Thinking of gift ideas for kids can be tricky, but here are suggestions for those families who like to get out and about. Whether you like exploring locally or further afield, here’s a round-up of the best gift ideas for kids who travel.
Our list includes suggestions to keep them entertained on the journey and useful gadgets for when you are there. It even has ideas of games and books which will inspire travel in the future. Whatever your budget, you’ll find some first class gift ideas for kids who love travel.
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Gift ideas for kids for the journey
100 things for little children to do on a journey
A set of activity cards with simple activities to kids entertained on a long journey. The set includes a wipe clean board and pen, so that all cards can be used again.
Activities include mazes, puzzles and matching games.
A set of headphones that kids can use to connect to their device during long journeys.
The headphones have soft ear muffs which go over the ear to provide more comfort. They also have a volume limit switch.
Are we nearly there yet game?
Are we nearly there yet? is a great way to pass the hours on a long car or coach trip. Basically, you have to be the first to spot the items on the card to win the points.
Nintendo Switch Lite
I have been told on good authority that a Nintendo Switch is the ultimate gift for kids who travel, though I think this might be just a big hint from one of the Chimptrip boys!
If you want to splash the cash, this handheld games console would be a great way to keep any child quiet for a long journey.
Gift ideas for kids at the beach or pool
Zoggs seal flips
Seal flips are ideal for building your baby or toddler’s water confidence. These multicolour seals float on the top of the pool. When the children blow on them, they will flip over to another colour.
Zoggs diving sticks
For building your child’s underwater confidence, try the Zoggs underwater diving sticks.
These brightly-coloured sticks stand up on the bottom of the pool when dropped in. Just perfect for an underwater swimmer to retrieve them.
We bought our first underwater camera for our family trip to Borneo, as we knew we’d be spending a lot of time by water.
The kids loved taking photos of the marine life in the sea. We also used the waterproof camera for our jungle river cruises with a camera float, so that we didn’t have to worry about the kids dropping the camera in the river.
Gift ideas for teenagers who love travel
Smart phone lens kit
Jewellery travel case
Noise-cancelling headphones can block out the surrounding noise. Ideal for plane journeys or commuting on noisy trains.
This stylish accessory will give your teenager a quality, authentic sound and up to about 30 hours of play time.
Nike club team toiletry bag
A practical, but stylish gift that will provide teenagers with storage for their own personal toiletries when travelling with the family. It’s also ideal for using at the gym or sports club.
Electronics accessories organiser bag
Keep everything in one place. This organiser bag will help teenagers keep all their essential electronic accessories and various cables together.
We’re talking teenage essentials, like cables, flash disk, power, cords, memory cards, USB driver, charger, pens, headphone etc!
Gift ideas to inspire kids to travel
This game is fun and easy to learn. It’s like dominoes, but with maps. Build your own map of Europe, by connecting countries that share a common border.
No geography knowledge required, but kids learn as they play. There’s also a UK and USA version.
Interactive children's globe
Not only will an interactive globe teach children the countries of the world and their capitals, but will educate them on cultures, habitats and animals too.
Older children might prefer a traditional world globe that comes with the stars constellation pattern at night.
Game of Britain
Learn all the major cities in Britain in a race to visit all the places on your cards. Watch out for blocked stations and hazards!
I had my own version of this as a child, so was keen for the boys to play it too. A fun, educational game for children above 7 years old.
Gift ideas for stocking fillers
Where in the world? snap
Ideal cards for playing snap or matching pairs. Young travellers have to match the iconic picture with its country of origin, for example a kangaroo and Australia.
Where in the world? snap is a compact, educational game, which is easy to pop in a bag for holidays.
Articulate mini family game
Teenagers will love playing this fun travel version of the classic family game Articulate.
The concept is simple as you have to beat the clock to describe the word on card. However, it is not as easy as it sounds when you’re racing the timer.
Boggle (travel version)
Race against your friends and family to make as many words as possible before the timer runs out. However, you don’t get the point if someone else finds the same word.
A fun, fast game, which is great for practising spellings.
Do you have any good gift ideas for kids who love travel? We’d love to hear your suggestions!
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