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Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner! That means that it’s time to start thinking about all those holiday gifts you need to buy! Do you have some pint-size travelers on your list? Are you planning a family trip soon? If you are looking for some ideas on travel related gifts for the kids in your life, then you need to check out this gift guide for travel-loving kids. It will make your shopping a breeze and ensure they get a gift they will love!
For a smart, practical gift, look no further than luggage. Every vacationer needs it, and kids love having their very own. Depending on the age of the child, you may want to choose a rolling suitcase or a backpack. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of choices out there. You can go with bright colors, polka dots, favorite characters, or cute animals. Just be sure that whatever piece you decide on can be rolled or carried by the child themselves. The last thing you want is to give a kid a bag he really loves but that has to be carried by mom. So, choose wisely!
Money or Gift Cards
You can never go wrong giving money or gift cards to a travel lover, regardless of age. Money allows them to spend it on something they need before their next trip or to use it for souvenirs while on vacation. If your favorite little traveler is going to be taking an international trip soon, consider giving them money in the currency of they place they are going. This will guarantee they have spending money for the trip.
Gift cards are great too because there are so many options these days. You could give a gift card that could be used to prepare for the upcoming vacation (such as one for Cabela’s in advance of a camping trip). Or you could give a gift card that can be used while traveling (such as a Disney gift card for a trip to Disney World). You could even give a generic one, like a Visa gift card, that could be used for a variety of things.
The next item on my gift guide for travel-loving kids is a camera. This can give young tourists a sense of freedom by allowing them to take their own travel photos. It encourages them to document the trip in their own way. And, it is a clever way to foster a love of photography in a young person. Choose a rugged point-and-shoot camera for all kinds of travel or an underwater camera for the child who loves water activities.
Compass and/or Maps
Travel is a easy way to get kids interested in geography. During the trip planning process, you can show them maps, photos, and videos of their next destination. To further encourage them to learn about the world, give them maps of various places. Choose either useful ones for them to study for their next trip or some of places they have already been which can be cherished mementos. Another option would be to frame a nice map of their favorite location along with a photo of them there.
A compass is another nice gift for the kid who loves hiking, camping, or navigation. This is another way to teach some important life skills through travel.
Books about Travel
An excellent way to inspire wanderlust in kids is to give them books about traveling. You could choose nonfiction books that can teach children about different places around the world. One of our favorites is the Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide. Alternatively, you could choose fiction books that are set in various locations across the globe. An entertaining fiction series that combines history, art, adventure, and famous locations worldwide is 39 Clues.
Regardless of whether you are heading to the ski slopes or the beach, you will need some sunglasses to protect against the bright sunlight. Kids need sun protection as much as adults do. So, for a fun gift, consider sunglasses for the mini adventurer on your list. For a teenager or older child, look for a quality pair of sporty glasses. For a younger child, choose something fun and silly.
Another travel necessity on my gift guide for travel-loving kids is a high quality travel pillow. These are useful for sleeping on a plane or in the car, and they can also come in handy when you need some extra cushion for a sore back or numb bum. Choose one that is the perfect size, shape, and color for your child. Combine it with a travel blanket and your child will be ready for any adventure!
Any kid who travels needs a good pair of headphones. This is a necessity for them, their parents, and anyone else who might be within earshot of their electronic devices. And there are a ton of wonderful options on the market these days for kids of all ages. They are not very expensive, so it is a win-win gift for everyone! For an extra bonus, pair the headphones with a new movie, video game, or digital book to enjoy during their trip.
If you have a child on your shopping list that loves outdoor activities while traveling, then outdoor gear is the perfect gift. Examples of outdoor gear to shop for includes a snorkel set, snow shoes, ski goggles, hiking boots, a backpack, a portable hammock, fishing gear, or any type of camping gear. Think about your child’s favorite activities or what they will be doing on an upcoming trip to decide what type of gear to buy.
Regardless of whether your travel-loving kid is into camping, road trips, or flying to faraway cities, having their own water bottle can come in handy when traveling. Look for one that is insulated and easy to transport. Collapsible water bottles with a clip make travel a breeze.
Another excellent gift for little adventurers is a travel journal. They are especially wonderful for young writers and artists who like to document their travels in their own way. A travel journey also helps you encourage a child to spend more time writing. These journals can be used not only to remember past trips, but can be used to jot down a child’s wish list for future travel as well.
Some kids are scared of the dark. This fear can be worse when they are trying to sleep in a strange environment, such as a hotel room or tent. To ease their anxiety, buy them a small flashlight that they can travel with. It can be used as a nightlight or just to give them a little piece of mind after the sun goes down. They also can be used to read in the car at night.
There you have it: my gift guide for travel-loving kids. I hope this list helps you with your holiday shopping this year. If you need more gift ideas, see my gift guide for Disney travelers, how to give the gift of travel, the best gifts for travelers, and unique gifts inspired by travel. If you have other ideas for travel-loving kids, leave me a comment and let me know! I would love to hear your ideas. Happy travels!