Best Gifts for Family Travelers

Dec 3, 2017

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This crowd knows you’re never too young to travel. They value experiences over stuff, and take the whole crew — kids included — on their adventures. They’re budget-conscious and like to pack light, but are willing to splurge on gear to make things go more smoothly. Here are 10 gift ideas for the family traveler in your life.

1. Gadget: Anker Portable Charger

When you’re traveling with kids, your phone or tablet is an important lifeline. This multi-port portable charger is powerful enough to re-charge multiple devices at once, yet small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Buy: Amazon.com, $83

2. Cosmetic: Babyganics Toy, Table & Highchair Wipes

The world’s a dirty place, but your kid’s tray table doesn’t have to be. These wipes clean any surface little hands will touch without using any harsh chemicals or irritants. Buy: Amazon.com, $24

3. Travel Bag: Kreative Kids T-Rex Rolling Backpack

This combined backpack and roller comes with a detachable T. rex that doubles as a toy. It’s the perfect luggage set for toddlers who want to be independent, but still need a cuddly travel companion. Buy: Amazon.com, $37

4. Book: Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Airport

For kids who might be a little on the nervous side when it comes to flying, this book shows them all the fun things that can happen at an airport. Before, during and after their trip, they’ll love flipping through the colorful pages to call out what they’ve seen and where they’ve been. Buy: Amazon.com, $5

5. Accessory: Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder

Losing your passport while overseas is the thing of nightmares, especially with kids in tow. This travel wallet is big enough to store up to six passports, travel cards and cash, and small enough to keep handy when you need it. Buy: Amazon.com, $30

6. Comfort: Trtl Pillow

Adults traveling with small children rarely get the chance to get comfy on a plane. But if the timing is right, this super soft neck wrap is half the size of a traditional travel pillow, yet lets you sleep comfortably anywhere you need to. Buy: Amazon.com, $21

7. Subscription: Little Passports

This subscription service sends kids a box of travel-themed goodies every month, keeping the excitement going all year long. Choose a package based on age, and watch as kids explore different places around the globe through stickers, activities, games and even souvenirs. Buy: Little Passports, $13-$19/month

8. Gift Card: Disney

These gift cards are perfect for families who go nuts over all things Disney. Pick from a wide variety of card styles — from Mickey to Mulan — or send an e-gift instead. The value can be used at any US Disney park, store or resort, making them a great flexible choice for on-the-go families. Buy: Disney, $50

9. Random: Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory

Anyone who’s ever missed a connection due to a stubborn, meandering toddler knows how challenging shuffling kids through an airport can be. This simple accessory allows you to attach your car seat to your rolling luggage to make a makeshift stroller, so you can get to your gate on time. Buy: Amazon.com, $14

10. Charity: The Lunchbox Fund

Every penny donated to this nonprofit organization goes toward providing meals and educational resources to thousands of orphaned and at-risk school children in South Africa. Families can help families by setting up a one-time or monthly payment, helping to ensure no kid misses out on learning because they’re hungry. Donate: The Lunchbox Fund

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