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Travel is a great way to teach children about the world. Through travel, we’ve been able to introduce our daughter to the many different cultures, people, and ways of life that make this world great. And even when we aren’t traveling, we like to feed our child’s curiosity with toys, books, and other items that fuel her love for the world. We’re constantly looking out for travel-inspired gift ideas for kids. We’ve created a list of the best travel gifts for kids of all ages that your little globetrotter will be sure to love! Hopefully, these gifts will bring that travel feeling into their everyday lives.
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The Ultimate List of Travel Gifts for Kids
To help you find the perfect present for your young traveler, we’ve broken this list into several categories and created a table of contents to take you directly to the category that is best suited for your child’s age and interests.
Travel gifts for babies (0-18 months)
Travel doesn't have to stop when you have a baby. In fact, why not start developing a love for travel as soon as your little one is born? These travel gifts for babies are sure to start molding your tiny traveler's wanderlust from the very start.
Prepare your baby for all the exciting sounds of travel with this fun and entertaining toy. Just press a button and the toy makes landing, flight and take-off noises that will have your tiniest traveler fascinated.
This adorable travel-themed gift set for babies is the perfect gift for babies whose parents are always on the go. The Tiny Tourist set includes 3 infant toys including a camera rattle, crinkle sunscreen bottle, and teething passport toy, as well as a fun tourist bib.
When our daughter was a baby, she had a travel-themed nursery. And while this mobile is more geared toward a boy's nursery, it definitely fits the travel theme. You can also find lamps, blankets, and artwork to match this cute airplane-themed nursery.
Travel gifts for toddlers (18 months - 4 years old)
Toddlers are at the perfect age to truly start developing their unique interests and building upon those learning experiences they get during travel. Pretend play is important during this stage of development, and these travel gifts for kids ages 1 1/2 to 4 years old are perfect to help them expand their minds and develop a worldly perspective.
What kid doesn't like Fisher-Price Little People? Luckily, Fisher-Price makes a variety of great travel-themed Little People sets. The Travel Together Friend Ship is a great way to get your little person ready for a cruise or beach vacation.
But, if you're heading to the mountains instead of the beach, the Going Camping Playset allows kiddos to build a pretend campsite with a tent , campfire, and sleeping bags.
Or when your baby graduates to the toddler stage and you want to make flying familiar to them, the Travel Together Airplane will help them plan their pretend Little People trip. And for less than $10, this is the type of budget-friendly travels any parent can appreciate!
LEGO is another popular brand for toddlers and older kids alike. And the DUPLO Town Airport set is a great way to let your child explore the world of air travel through pretend play.
Another great LEGO DUPLO set is the World People set. People come in all different colors and so should toys. The World People set by LEGO is the perfect gift for kids to help them build awareness of diversity and teach children about embracing other cultures and celebrating differences.
Our daughter loved play food from the time she was about 18 months old to around the age of 7. And when it comes to play food, Learning Resources makes the best, most realistic, and most cultural options on the market. The Multicultural Food set and the Stir Fry Set are two of our favorites by Learning Resources.
Another great cultural food set for toddlers is the Melissa and Doug Sushi Slicing Set. We love sushi! Although my daughter doesn't enjoy it yet, she loves to pretend to eat foods that mommy and daddy eat. This set is also great for preparing your child for a family trip to Japan.
Introduce your toddler to geography, animals, and nature with this interactive talking globe from Educational Insights. The globe comes with a stylus pen that kids can use to touch the globe to learn fun, kid-friendly facts about the planet.
These eight adorable plush toys representing cultures around the world make for perfect gifts for kids who travel, or are curious about the world. The dolls, which include Latin, Polynesian, American Indian, Eskimo, Asian, Indian, and Dutch people are soft, cuddly, and great companions on any trip.
Whether you're flying on an airplane with a toddler or going on a road trip, a sticker book is a great travel gift for kids that they can take with them on your travels. The Usborne First Sticker Book Travel Edition lets your creative toddler build their own adventure using stickers of cars, buses, boats, planes, and people.
Thank you, Crayola, for recognizing people don't all come in one or two shades and for creating a box of crayons of varying skin tones. This is a great, inexpensive travel gift for kids to color and draw beautifully diverse pictures of their friends and family. Pair it with a Colors of the World coloring and activity book and you've got a great travel gift for kids that they can take with them on vacation!
Based on the popular YouTube channel for kids, Ryan's World is a new line of toys that has some great travel-themed gift ideas for kids. The World Tour Passport Pack is a mystery toy set that includes 6 country-themed micro figures, plus stickers and a passport book to match. Your child will love collecting the different characters and adding to their set of global people.
Little Passports is perhaps the brand name in travel gifts for kids. The subscription boxes help your little one explore one country at a time with fun and educational activities and books. You can get a subscription for kids ages 6-10 or get one that is more appropriate for early explorers ages 3-5.
Let's be honest, it is nearly impossible to keep kids off tablets, so why not buy them this fun and educational travel gift for kids that works with their tablet? We love Osmo in our house. These award-winning educational games are so fun, your child won't even realize they are learning! Using a handheld magnifying glass game piece, your child can search for landmarks around the world while learning about local cultures and solving mysteries. Osmo sees and reacts to your child's moves on their tablet. Of course, you'll need an iPad or Fire Tablet for your Osmo kit to work.
Judge me all you want, but a tablet makes traveling long distances so much easier. We load ours up with our daughter's favorite shows and a handful of educational, fun apps onto her tablet when we are traveling. It's also great gift for home activities that will inspire a love for travel. (See the Osmo game above.)
Much like the scratch off map that made our gift guide for dads, this poster lets you scratch off where you've been. But this map of the USA also includes fun facts about each state to help kids learn about all the places they've visited. So, if you take a Southwest USA road trip, your child can not only scratch off the southwest states but also learn all kinds of fun facts about them,
The World Map Foam Floor Puzzle is another one of the great travel gifts for kids from Educational Insights. The 54 piece puzzle is perfect for older toddlers and young elementary school kids who are ready to move on from the 24 piece puzzles to something slightly more advanced.
Mattel makes so many great Barbie gifts for kids that inspire travel. From their Dolls of the World collection to their playsets that allow kids to take Barbie on a variety of adventures, these toys are sure to create hours of fun.
Travel Barbie is ready for an adventure! Her bag is packed and she's ready for jetsetting. Who knew Barbie flew carry on only?! You can also get Travel Ken, Travel Chelsea, and of course, all of Barbie's BFFs come in a travel version, including Nikki and the ever-so-hip Daisy.
Of course, Barbie and her crew need a get around on their travels, and luckily Mattel offers plenty of options. Your young jetsetter will love the Dreamplane, where Barbie and friends can travel in style on their way to or from a new adventure around the world.
LEGO is one of those brands that grow with your child. Here are a few travel-inspired LEGO sets for kids in grade school. The LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran is a great travel-themed set that lets your child build their dream boat. Ah, remember those days of lounging on a private catamaran as a child while island hopping in the Greek isles? Yeah, me neither. But your globetrotter can always dream, and this LEGO set will help them do just that!
For a slightly less posh building set, the LEGO Friends Mia's Camper Van set is a great 488-piece building set that will have your child ready for your next family camping trip. Traveling the world in an old camper van is probably a bit more budget-friendly than a private catamaran. So, if your child is a realist, this set might be more up their alley.
This award-winning talking world map is another great way to teach geography to children and inspire a love for travel. Hang it on the wall or let your kids play with it on the floor as they explore and learn about capital cities, countries, flags and more fun facts about the world we live in!
You may keep your children's passports put away somewhere for safe keeping, but they have a blast filling up these pretend passports with passport stickers and stamps. Who doesn't love the feeling of a new passport stamp?! This set of 24 stampers includes a variety of popular countries from all over the world. It's another great option for filling up the pages in your child's pretend passport.
Sleeping on a plane is never fun and never comfortable, but a neck pillow can definitely improve your odds of getting some quality shut eye. This cute, convertible neck pillow is a great companion on any trip as it easily folds up into a stuffed animal.
A travel journal is a great way to document your child's travels and encourage them to write down what they learned, saw, and experienced on a trip. This kid's travel journal from Lonely Planet is perfect for kids who need additional prompting to help them craft their writing.
Travel gifts for kids ages preteen and teen
Buying for preteens and teenagers can be a challenge, especially if you are trying to buy them anything educational. But even the hard-to-buy-for preteen or teenager will like one of these awesome travel gifts for older kids and teenagers.
Gaming is popular among preteens and teenagers regardless of gender. And the Nintendo Switch Lite is a great gift for kids to take on trips and keep them entertained for hours on planes, trains, and on road trips.
Not that we want to give our teenagers another way to tune us out, but noise cancelling headphones are one of the must-have travel essentials. So, help your teenager become a pro traveler with their very own pair of headphones that will reduce the sound of traffic, airport noise, and younger siblings. 🙂
This makes for a perfect stocking stuffer or small gift your teen can give to friends. These reusable straws with a key-chain carrying case, are great for the environmentally-conscious teenager or preteen. Made from stainless steel and collapsible, these straws can go to school, on trips, or anywhere else with your child. They will be reducing environmental waste while making a small, positive impact on the world around them.
Prepare your teen for a lifetime of travel by buying them travel gear that will grow with them. This 4-piece luggage set comes with 2 spinner rolling suitcases, plus an overnight back and a toiletry kit. It is the perfect set to ensure they will have everything they need on your family travels and afterward. Don't forget a fun luggage tag to match! Luggage tags make for the perfect stocking stuffer!
Let your child's taste buds take a trip around the world, even during the times of the year you cannot. These awesome Cadbury chocolate bars bring a taste of the United Kingdom home to you. They even come in a fun UK-flag gift box!
Looking for international variety in your edible travel gift for your kids? How about a snack box with an assortment of treats from Eastern Europe. This box includes pre-packaged snacks from Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, and Croatia, a country with some delicious cuisine!
If you want to bring the taste of Asian sweets home to your kids, this box is more suited for your family. With 40 different candies from China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan, your kids will love all the variety and the fun packaging. In fact, during our travels through Japan, the fun candies and food were two of the awesome reasons we loved Japan.
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This post was originally published in November 2018 and was updated in September 2021 to include the latest and best travel gifts for kids in 2021.