Are you trying to figure out what present to buy a child who loves traveling? Maybe they are your niece or nephew or perhaps even your own child. Well luckily you found our travel kids gift guide 2023, because here we have 21 of the best travel gifts for kids this year. Whether you are looking for gifts under $10 of over $100 or various points in between, gifts for toddlers, school aged or teenagers, we have got the perfect unique travel gift ideas for kids.
I personally recommend all these travel gifts for kids and in many cases we have these items ourselves so can speak from personal experiences.
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21 of the Best Travel Gifts for Kids 2023
In no particular order, please find some awesome suggestions of gifts for kids that love to travel.
If you’re looking for kid travel gift ideas for kids that are tiny, consider the super popular Trunki Ride on Suitcase. The Trunki is designed for kids to ride through the airport either by scooting along or having their parents pull them. The Trunki comes in a stack of super cute designs too, so there is the perfect ride on design for your little traveller.
As well as your little one being able to scoot along through the airport instead of walking, it’s also the perfect place for them to store all their belongings in. It’s a great size for carry on luggage or you can choose to check it. It also comes with a strap for parents to pull the child along or for easy carrying when your child is not using it.
The VTech Kidizoom camera is one of the best kids travel gifts for those wannabe travel photographers. This is perfect for the little photographers as it is durable camera that’s built to handle drops and tumbles, plus it’s easy to use with both rear and front cameras (perfect for selfies). Some other great features that I love about this camera include:
- Photo Optimization – when a photo is taken the camera actually takes multiple photos, chooses the best and saves that one;
- Movie recording;
- Creative options to enhance photos such as frames, stickers and effects;
- Built in MP3 Player and speaker as well included headphones;
- Games and Parent control – parents can limit the playtime for the games as well as disable the game setting; and
- 256 MB of memory or an SD card can be used.
This camera is recommended for kids over the age of 3.
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One of the good travel gifts for children going on a long haul flight is a footrest pillow. These are fantastic for toddlers, but we still use one for Myla on long haul flights, plus I often rest my feet on it too.
When Myla was younger, we travelled with one like the above, which packs down nice and small and doesn’t take up much room in your baggage. It also has a removable washable cover and comes with a hand pump too – or you can easily blow it up by mouth in seconds.
Just keep in mind that not all airlines allow you to use these – so consider this first. But so far we’ve never been asked to put ours away on any flight.
Tickets for Experiences around the World
If you know where the young traveller is headed, why not talk to their parents (or maybe you are the parent) and purchase them tickets for a fabulous experience. Tickets could include theme parks, water parks, zoos, the options are endless.
Klook sells vouchers for some great attractions and tours from all over the world and quite often their tickets are cheaper than going direct with the attraction. Klook sells tickets to attractions in destinations such as Tokyo, the Gold Coast, Los Angeles, Singapore, London, Melbourne and many more.
Vouchers to the childs favourite attraction or an attraction on their bucket list makes a great travel gift for kids or even one of the best family travel gifts if you decide to buy a family pass.
A friend of ours gave Myla this atlas years ago and it’s still one of her favourite books – in fact she often uses it for book week and dresses up in traditional dress from places around the world. She just loves looking at all the different countries in the world, learning about them and deciding where she wants to explore next. I think an atlas is a must for all travelling kids.
The National Geographic My First Atlas of the World is packed with information about the world, people, cultures, languages, plants and animal. The pages are filled with vibrant colours and engaging photography to keep kids entertained for hours.
This particular book is designed for pre-schoolers, but if you have kids at school consider getting them the National Geographic Student World Atlas.
You can check out our full guide to the best travel books for kids here.
Keep the kids writing throughout their travels and gift them with this Lonely Planet kids travel journal. The journal comes with writing topic suggestions, lists to complete and heaps of ideas for the kids on how best to record their travel memories. There is heaps of space for writing, drawing and collage keep children entertained for hours.
The Lonely Planet travel journal is recommended for children from the ages of 5.
It’s great for kids to keep track of the countries they visit in a visual way. Myla has this very Scratch Off World Map one in her bedroom and loves scratching off a country after every trip.
As well as being able to scratch off countries you have visited, countries like the USA, Canada and Australia allow you to scratch off states and you can scratch off flags too. The map also comes with a scratching tool, memory stickers, eraser for scratch smudges and a magnifying strip.
This map would look fantastic in any child traveller’s bedroom and is one of the great gifts for kids that travel.
For long haul flights or road trips, neck support is a must for everyone in the family including the kids. These cute character neck pillows are specially designed for children and are super cute and cuddly. These are a great idea if you’re looking for travel gifts for toddlers.
If your child is a little older, then you might want to opt for something a little more grown up looking like this memory foam pillow set. It also comes with an eye mask and earplugs too.
One of the best travel items for kids is wireless headphones so they can to listen to their own devices whilst travelling. I just love the wireless headphones, no more tangled cords to worry about. There is so much to love about the LilGadgets headphones:
- Another child can plug their headphones into these so both children can watch the same device;
- Comes with a microfiber carry pouch and micro-USB charging cable;
- Volume control;
- 12 hour battery life and 180 hours standby;
- Specially designed in sized and durability for children; and
- Compatible with most Bluetooth devices.
Another great aspect of purchasing from LilGadgets is that a proportion of every sale goes towards bullying prevention in schools.
These wireless headphones come in a range of bright and funky colours for kids and are suitable for children from the age of 4.
Kids of all ages are going to love having their very own super cute passport holder. Having a unique cover on their passport makes it easy to work out who’s is who’s as well when you’re about to board.
There are so many different options available – there are pink and sparkly, bright and quirky, to more sleek and sophisticated. Whatever age your child is or their likes you’re bound to find the perfect passport holder for them.
One of the best travel gifts for tweens or even slightly younger children is a stylish yet durable over the body sling bag – in fact Myla’s been using a crossbody bag like this since she was around 6. It’s great for them on the plane to be able to easily access their own things, as well as to encourage the kids to be responsible for their own items like their water bottle, camera, sunglasses etc while you are out and about sightseeing.
The Mosiso Sling Bag is made from water repellent polyester with good quality zippers. It is a fantastic size as a kid travelling bag with a variety of different compartments such as:
- Large compartment to carry devices such as a camera, kindle or iPad;
- Mesh compartments on both sides for water bottles;
- Separate compartment for phone, power bank and wallet or purse; and
- Section for keeping power cords and documents.
The Mosiso Sling Bag comes in a range of great colours including grey, black, blue, purple and red and is one of the best travel bags for kids.
It’s fantastic when the kids can start to carry their own packs. From the ages of around 7-8 years of age, I recommend getting your child fitted for their own pack. I recommend something like this Osprey Porter 30L. Whilst at a young age I don’t recommend jamming it full, pack it to a weight they can safely carry – this way you have a pack that the child can grow into.
Here are some of its great features:
- Compression with padded wings and lower panels secures and protects your items;
- Shoulder harness and hip belt is full adjustable and can be stowed away inside the bag when not in use;
- Lockable rear panel zip for laptop or tablet for easy access during security checks at airports; and
- Small front pocket for quick access to small items.
The Osprey Porter 30L comes in a range of colours including teal, black, grey or red.
I personally use the Osprey Porter for travel – except I have the big 46L and just love it.
This one is for the child traveller who loves to read. Kids can preload all their favourite books to read whilst travelling. It doesn’t have to be just for the older kids either, there are plenty of picture books you can load onto the kindle for the younger travellers.
The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most popular kindles. Here are some of its features:
- Highest Resolution e-reader display for crisp, laser quality text;
- No glare in bright sunlight;
- Waterproof, so great to withstand any accident spills;
- Lightweight so can easily hold with one hand – perfect for little children; and
- 1 charge can last up to 6 weeks.
For the budding adventure travel photographer, the Go Pro Hero 7 would be a dream gift – perhaps their Christmas and birthday present all in one!
Andy recently got the GoPro Hero 7 Black and it is brilliant! I just love how clear the video is and the special effects that come with the App are amazing.
Here are some super cool features of the GoPro Hero 7:
- Automatically sends footage to your phone for upload to social media;
- High quality footage – with vastly improved image quality from previous models;
- Video stabilization;
- Waterproof to 33 feet (10 metres);
- Touch zoom; and
- Wi-fi to make it simple for sending images and videos to your phone.
Of course there are also endless of GoPro accessories that you can use with the Hero 7 – so you will be set with gift ideas for future birthdays and Christmases.
There is a GoPro 8 out now as well – but that just means the 7 offers even better value for money as it’s lower in price.
All kids love taking photographs of themselves, and a selfie stick allows them to take greats photograph of themself while travelling. We just love this selfie stick, as not only is it a selfie stick, but you can also use it as a tripod and it has a remote which connects to your phone via blue tooth so no need for messing around with timers.
With this gift, you’ll be able to get some great families pictures of your trip.
Ok yes, some drone’s can be crazy expensive, but here I am only talking about a cheaper type drone as a great gift idea for travelling kids. Drone’s can be tricky to master, so even if you have the cash, I highly recommend you start out with something cheap. The budding videographer will absolutely love this as a gift and be able to capture some smashing footage of your family trips.
From the makers of the best selling DJI Mavic Mini, the Ryze Tech Tello is a great priced entry level drone for the kids. Some of its features include:
- Real time viewing, via an app on your phone you can see what your drone sees in real time and can take photos and videos whenever you like;
- Kids can use the programming app Scratch to code their drone to move;
- High capacity battery for long flight times; and
- Can perform a range of great tricks at the tap of a button.
I don’t know how many trips we have been on, where the guide has handed out binoculars for the adults to get a better view of the crocodile or bird or whatever it may be we are looking at and the binoculars are too heavy or big for Myla to use. So a specially designed set of binoculars would be a great gift for a child who was off on a wildlife adventure.
The Pulviius kid’s binoculars are great for kids as they have been specially designed with kids in mind. These binoculars are shockproof, waterproof and also include the following features:
- Soft rubber surrounded eyepieces to protect little one’s eyes and face;
- Fantastic magnification and easy to focus;
- Rubber grip and lightweight so easy for little hands to hold; and
- Neck strap to prevent dropping.
With all the devices kids carry these days, it is essential for them to have their own portable charger. Whilst Mum and Dad might have their own, for older children, it’s great for them to have their own and be responsible for charging their own devices whilst travelling.
Depending upon how many devices the child has to charge or perhaps the portable charger is a joint gift for multiple children will depend upon what sort of charger you should buy.
For more than 1 device I would recommend getting a portable charger with a high capacity like the Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger. This charger can charge two devices at once multiple times over before going flat. Plus it’s nice and compact too.
Kids just love playing with torches and will love having one of their very own. We find headlamps great for travelling as they free your hands up for whatever it is your doing and don’t take up a lot of space in your bag.
The Blitzu Headlight is great for kids as it claims to be indestructible! It can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters as well as being water resistant. Some other great features include:
- Lightweight and adjustable so perfect for growing heads;
- The headlamp tilts so you can aim the light where you need it; and
- Comes in a range of funky colours so you can get each child a different colour to know whose is whose.
We love to have music wherever we go, so a small portable speaker for us is an essential travel item. Kids of all ages will just love being able to listen to their own music whilst travelling.
When it comes to portable speaks, I recommend getting ones that are waterproof – so even if they’re using this speaker around the pool and it somehow ends up IN the pool – it will be protected! Awesome for clumsy kids. This gives parents so much peace of mind.
Other great features to consider include:
- Bluetooth and wireless so no tangling cords
- Built in strap so you can attach it to your backpack, tree branch or even their bike
- Rechargeable with long hours of playtime
- USB charger so you can easily recharge it.
For the little water lover, a snorkel set is a great idea for a present. We got Myla her very own set a few years ago now, as that way she can familiar with her own equipment. Plus it can get expensive if you have to hire it when you travel – not all resorts provide them for free.
A lot of people get the full face masks these days, but I still prefer the standard masks – and they are much safer too. This snorkel set by Starsea includes everything your child needs to snorkel. It comes with a tempered glass dive mask which is scratch and shatter resistant and has a silicone skirt to ensure a watertight seal. The set also includes a splash-proof snorkel which is great for preventing water coming into the top, so kids can breathe easily. The included fins are adjustable and the straps can be completely removed to making them easy to get in and out.
The set also comes with a carry bag so you can easily carry the set around.
This set is suitable for children between the ages of 4 to 14.
I hope you found this guide on the best travel themed board games useful. If you’re looking for more things for kids that love to travel, check out guide on travel themed games here or our kids travel books guide here.
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