Best Gifts for Little Travelers.

The Best Gifts for Little Travelers

Whether you're heading to the next town over or to a faraway land, travel has countless benefits for kids. Going somewhere out of the ordinary helps them develop patience, resilience, and grit—all key characteristics of successful adults. Plus, they'll discover cool new things and come home with cherished souvenirs and stories. With this in mind, we’ve selected the best gifts for travel pros in training.

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The Best Toys for Little Travelers


Crayola Twistable Crayons

Crayola Twistable Crayons Mini 24ct.

The 24 crayons in this pack work like mechanical pencils (you twist them to expose the color), which means they’ll never need to be sharpened and will all vacation long—barring any rolling-under-the-seat mishaps.

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Lego Architecture

LEGO Architecture London.

Lego’s “Architecture” series lets little ones construct famous landmarks and skylines like the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, and London (complete with Big Ben and Tower Bridge). 

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Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pads Set

Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads Set: Vehicles and Habitats.

With 10 backgrounds and hundreds of reusable stickers, kids can create approximately a billion different situations, from the realistic (a whale swimming in the sea) to the absurd (a dino hitching a ride on an airplane).

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Melissa and Doug Wooden USA Map Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Wooden USA Map Puzzle.

At home, have your kids master the shape, position, and nickname for all 50 states in the union. We guarantee you’ll learn something, too.

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Briarpatch Travel Scavenger Hunt Card

Briarpatch Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game.

Looking out the window for hours on end is much less tedious when you’re competing against a sibling to see who’s the first to find a red car or a license plate starting with Y.

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USA Toyz LED Constellation Globe for Kids

USA Toyz LED Constellation Globe for Kids.

By day, kids can spin this globe and fantasize about life far, far away. At night, LED displays nearly 90 constellations, encouraging even further imagining.

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Play-Doh Sparkle Compound

Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Collection.

Up your child’s Play-Doh game with this sparkly edition of the classic arts and crafts classic. Not only does this Play-Doh shimmer and shine, but it comes with special tools for extra-fancy creations.

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The Best Travel Gear and Tech for Little Travelers


Carpool Karaoke Bluetooth Microphone

Carpool Karaoke The Mic Bluetooth® Microphone SINGING MACHINE.

Road trips can’t be boring when you’re channeling James Corden and his parade of celebrity passengers with this Bluetooth-equipped gold microphone.

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Mattel Football Electronic Game

Football Electronic Game - Handheld - Mattel Classic.

What iPhone? This handheld football game’s simple interface is meant to evoke an earlier era of gaming, but kids will still get all the joy of scoring.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera

FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera.

This retro-looking camera lets kids point, shoot, and print wallet-sized photos for an instant souvenir.

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Skip Hop Rolling Luggage

Rolling Luggage SKIP HOP.

Whether your kid is heading to a weekend with the grandparents or a family trip to the Grand Canyon, this unicorn suitcase will stash several days’ of outfits, as well as books, snacks, and toys.

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JBL On-Ear Headphones

JBL JR300 Volume-Limited Kids On-Ear Headphones.

If you’re not sure how many more times you can hear a certain Disney ballad, it’s headphones to the rescue. This sky blue model by JBL also limits how loud your kids can crank things up.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), 32GB.

This HD tablet lets you keep an eye on what your kids are streaming. The quality’s so good that when they’re done, you’ll want to borrow it to binge-watch grown-up stuff. 

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Jetkids by Stokke Bedbox Ride-On Carry-On Suitcase

Jetkids by Stokke Bedbox® 19-Inch Ride-On Carry-On Suitcase STOKKE.

Introducing the ultimate multitasker for kids. This suitcase is so much more than a travel bag for packed items: it works as a foot stool, a bed for airplane seats, and a mode of transport for tired legs. Bonus: it comes with stickers!

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Geosafari Jr. Binoculars

Educational Insights Geosafari Jr. Kidnoculars.

Help your little one see the world with these specially designed binoculars. No focusing required, perfect for small hands. 

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The Best Books for Little Travelers


Cars, Trains, Ships, and Planes: A Visual Encyclopedia of Every Vehicle

Cars, Trains, Ships, and Planes: A Visual Encyclopedia of Every Vehicle.

Featuring planes, trains, and much, much more, this book will help any child see the truth behind the cliché: it really isn’t about the destination, but the journey instead.

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The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids

The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids.

Bright and colorful, this journal will help children chronicle their adventures on the road with imaginative prompts and plenty of space. 

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!.

Dr. Seuss’ whimsical classic has a great message about the benefits of being open to new experiences. 

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The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World

The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world.

There’s nothing like fun facts and gorgeous photos to drum up excitement about exploring. Lonely Planet Kids’ beloved travel book, organized by continents, takes young minds all over the world without leaving their room.

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The Best Clothing and Shoes for Little Travelers


Kanu Surf Rashguard

Kanu Surf Boys' Platinum Rashguard.

If you’re headed to sunny shores, you’ll want to invest in a rashguard. This one offers major sun protection—UPF 50 .  

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Tiny Tribe Star Rashguard

Star All in One Rashguard TINY TRIBE.

This star-patterned swimsuit zips up for stress-free maneuvering over a diaper or pull-up.

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Hunter Waterproof Rain Boots

First Classic Waterproof Rain Boot HUNTER.

The must-have rain boot for adults, shrunk down for maximum adorability (and puddle-splashing capabilities).

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OshKosh Field Jacket

OshKosh | Toddler Field Jacket.

A durable in-between jacket with tons of pockets for storing shells, buttons, rocks, pine cones, candy, and anything else your adventurer acquires along the way.

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Keen Kids Newport H2

Keen Kids Newport H2 (Little Kid/Big Kid).

Think of these sandals as water shoes that can be worn to the snack bar, the movies, or Europe. Their versatility, comfort, and durability means that the only reason you’ll get replacements is because your kid outgrew them and needs a new pair. 

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Toms Kids' Lenny

TOMS Kids Lenny (Infant/Toddler/Little Kid).

Velcro keeps these shoes firmly anchored to even the fastest feet. And, through its One for One program, Toms donates a pair of shoes to a kid in need for every pair purchased. 

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Reversible Patagonia Sun Hat

Patagonia Baby Sun Bucket Hat - Kids'.

Breathable and adjustable, this hat can go where your child goes. Keeping this hat (or any hat, for that matter) on his head is an entirely separate matter.

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Columbia Convertible Pants

Boys’ Silver Ridge™ III Convertible Pant.

They dry fast, they thwart UV rays, and they convert from pants into shorts. Columbia’s outdoor pants are genius for young hikers and campers.

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Ugg Genuine Shearling Boot

Classic Short II Water Resistant Genuine Shearling Boot UGG.

These boots are not only super comfy, super adorable, and free of troublesome laces and straps, but they’re also essentially weather-proof, so tiny toes will stay toasty.

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