gifts for travel families

Useful Gifts for Travel Families (to Make Everyone’s Life Easier)

As an avid traveler I’ve traveled with my children pretty much since the day they were born (my firstborn was born in another country and flew on a plane when he was only 14 days old). We became one of these crazy travel families who decided to drag the kids along on our adventures!

I love all travel-themed gifts for babies and useful things that you can gift to children and these recommendations will also make your life easier as ultimately, they are gifts for the entire family who travels.

In a rush? I created an ultimate list of basic necessities and travel gadgets for families traveling with baby or toddler. Check out MY LIST on Amazon (I update it all the time).

Best Gifts for Travel Families (for parents & babies)

Babies don’t use or need many things. While there are a few things I highly recommend when flying with babies or going on a road trip with infants, if you love traveling why not create a travel themed nursery?

We did a travel-themed newborn photoshoot and it was the best thing I’ve ever invested in! These photos will last forever and I’m sure my son will love to see them when he grows up.

You can put those items on your baby registry or tell your relatives that you’re planning a travel-themed nursery.

Travel Themed Nursery

travel-themed newborn photoshoot

Best Travel Gifts for Toddlers & Preschoolers

These items aren’t really travel toys, just something to gift people who love to travel. These are things that might be useful, but can also be used at home to bring their travel bug out.

For travel toys for kids to keep them occupied on the plane – see my other post.

Ride-On Suitcase

I must admit I got my son a Trunki suitcase way earlier than most parents would, but he immediately started dragging it around.

Even infants under 2 who aren’t paying full fare for flights (they’re only free within the US) are entitled to a free carry-on.

Trunki is the most popular and affordable model to start with, and it’s also most fun for the kids because of the colorful designs.

Sticker Atlas for Kids

Stickers are always fun, so why not combine them with learning about the world? This book is a fun supplement to around-the-world studies.

The stickers are color-coded so you have an idea of what stickers go together. Some adults claim they’ve learned a lot from it as well.

Toddler using his kids camera to take photos with his dad using a DSLR camera

Kids Camera

Kids want to be like parents. My son has been trying to steal and operate our camera even since he could walk.

We gifted him this one so he can use it himself without having to worry he’ll accidentally drop or destroy our fancy DSLRs.

If your child is old enough you can get him a more advanced shockproof camera. My son wanted something more advanced once he mastered the kids camera so we got him Coolpix.


Shockproof binoculars are a great educational item for toddlers and little kids.

Kids version is made with rubber so it doesn’t damage the little eyes and can survive being dropped or thrown around.

toddler using kids binoculars by the pool

Pretend Camp Set

For all future campers, it’s a funny way to start the adventure!

The 20 camping accessories include binoculars, oil lamp, gas stove, watch, water bottle, cooking pan with pretend foods, 4-in-1 emergency tool and pretend camping utensils. And obviously the tent itself.

I actually got it for my husband and my own bub since my husband is an avid camper.


You don’t want to be that person who sets a kids movie on full volume on planes, trains, or buses. Add a cute design and your kiddo will wear them all the time.

This particular set is perfect for travel families, because it’s basically a headband. Your child won’t be bothered by it and could even lay down comfortable in it.

World Food Box

While you’re not traveling you can encourage your kid to try different foods. My son loves discovering what’s in new boxes and trying different things from around the world.

He waits for a new box every month. It helps him keep his travel bug contained until the next trip 😉

Gifts for travel families

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