11 Travel Gifts for Kids to Make Trips Super Fun

Buying the perfect present can prove challenging. As the gift giver, you want to find something that is not only unique, but also relevant and useful for the gift recipient. Do you know of a kid who loves to travel? (Or perhaps one that needs some encouragement to really have fun on those long trips?) Then check out our recommendations below for travel gifts for kids. These items can used not only on airplanes but also when riding in cars and trains. Our recommendations are not necessarily the newest items in the market but rather tried and true items that kids will find useful and fun.

Enjoy these 11 travel gifts for kids – for those who love to travel and for those that need help having fun on trips!

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11 Travel Gifts for Kids to Make Trips Super Fun

Cloudz Plush Animal Neck Pillows

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If you’ve ever fallen asleep sitting upright in a seat, you’re likely familiar with the head bob: the tipping of the head forward as you nod off then the jolt awake as you raise your head back up. Keep your kids comfortable when they fall asleep on-the-go with the Soft N’ Cuddly Travel Pillow. It’s kid-sized to fit around and support smaller necks and heads. It’ll help prevent those painful kinks you can get when falling asleep upright without head support. This soft, cuddly, plush travel pillow is for not only for toddlers and preschoolers but also for older kids as it can widen to accommodate different sizes. Available in a variety of animal and color choices. Retail Price: $11.95 on Amazon

Travel Buddies Ride-On School Bus

Imagine your child riding around the airport on a school bus-shaped luggage. How cool is that? The fun factor would be off the charts. Plus kids will love packing their own little suitcase with their own things. This 17″ ride-on, pull-along lightweight luggage is made of sturdy ABS hard shell plastic. Parents and kids can use the adjustable handle to pull the luggage. The interior includes an internal zip storage, garment straps, and even bonus stickers for extra fun. The luggage is carry-on approved. The product lists no specific age range, but parent reviewers have stated that riding on the luggage can better accomodate the weights of younger children (toddlers/preschoolers). However, older or heavier children can still use the item, not necessarily as a ride-on toy but just as a luggage piece. Retail Price: $47.55 on Amazon

Travel Activity Bag Kit for Kids

Tired of hearing, “Mom, I’m bored!”? Keep the kids busy with this travel activity bag kit for kids. If you are looking for really fun travel gifts for kids, here is one that’s ideal for planes, trains, cars, or even at home. The kit, packed in a drawstring backpack, is loaded with a variety of items to keep kids occupied for hours. Art and craft lovers will enjoy projects like coloring their own travel mug, decorating with stickers, and creating pictures on the magnetic drawing board. Game aficionados will be delighted with the triangle peg game, travel bingo, and more. Other activities include fun things to do such as mazes, word searches, sticker activity book, and building 3D animals. Retail price: $39.99 on Amazon

Illuminated World Globe for Kids

Anyone who loves to learn about the world will be thrilled with this world globe for kids. This 8″ globe illuminates with LED lights for nighttime learning or just as a cool decor in the dark. It’s the perfect size for a desk and for smaller hands. The colorful globe features easy-to-read names of continents, countries, regions, oceans, capitals, and more. A sturdy, non-tip base makes it ideal for children’s bedrooms. Retail price: $29.99 on Amazon


Whether listening to music or playing games on an electronic device, having the right listening gear can help protect little ears. The design of the award-winning BuddyPhones revolves around safety, comfort, and fun. Ideal for kids ages 3-10 years, BuddyPhones make great travel gifts for kids because they are kid-sized to fit on smaller heads and ears. It features a durable and bendable plastic that’s adjustable. They’re also free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. Soft padding covers little ears, and the volume limit is at an 85 dB kid-safe level. The headset includes a built-in audio splitter cable for easy sharing with friends. It also includes an in-line microphone with answering button. BuddyPhones works with iPads, Amazon Kindle, tablets, iPhones, Samsung, and Smartphones. Comes with six sets of decorative stickers to customize your headset’s look. Retail price: $24.95 on Amazon

TRAYblecloth Airplane Tray Activity Cover 

Germy trays on planes – yuck! Who’d want to touch them? Fortunately, the TRAYblecloth Airplane Tray Activity Cover can help. It not only covers the entire tray thus keeping things hygienic, but it also acts as an activity table with storage. The cover includes a clear window pocket that acts as a changeable game board or whiteboard. Simply insert activity sheets in the window and use dry erase crayons or markers. Pockets along the sides hold pens, markers, cards, electronic devices, snacks, and more. The cover comes in a variety of designs and colors. The manufacturer offers free, downloadable game and activity sheets on its website. Retail price: $20.95 on Amazon

Airplane Flight: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Little ones love picture books. They’ll delight in reading “Airplane Flight,” especially if they read it at the airport or on the plane. Written by Susanna Leonard Hill for ages 2-5 years, this airplane-shaped book features rhyming verses, colorful illustrations, and super fun page flaps to lift. It’s available in paperback or board book forms. Retail price: $4.99 on Amazon

National Geographic Kids World Atlas

Every kid, especially ones who loves to travel, needs a world atlas. One of the most popular ones is National Geographic’s classic atlas for kids. Now fully revised and updated, this atlas includes not only maps, but also other activities like geo-themed games, crosswords, picture puzzles, essays about locations, and more. Retail price: $11.99 paperback and $19.99 hardcover on Amazon

1st Class Kid the Original Leg Rest Travel Pillow

If you’ve traveled with small kids, you know they get very restless on flights. They don’t want to stay belted, and oftentimes you find them lodged in the gap between their seat and the one in front of them. As for sleeping they’ll likely lay across your lap which makes it uncomfortable for you. Enter the First Class Kid Leg Rest Travel Pillow. The pillow is designed to allow young children to spread out forward in their seats to sleep rather than lie across accompanying passengers. It keeps little feet from dangling over the seat’s edge and prevents kids from falling into the gap between seats. Parents can manually inflate the pillow when above head plane vents are unavailable. Parent reviewers have stated it wasn’t as hard to inflate and didn’t take as long to do so as expected. Retail price: $22.50 on Amazon

AquaDoodle Travel Doodle

Based on the popular AquaDoodle for the home, this travel version includes the same features: kids only need water to draw! This means less mess with no worry about stains like from markers and paint. The AquaDoodle Travel Doodle folds up and comes with handles for easy transporting. Made of soft, durable material, this item includes an AquaDoodle pen and mat. Just fill the AquaDoodle pen with water and start drawing! Retail price: $14.99 on Amazon

Kids Travel Journal

Kids will always remember their adventures with this Kids Travel Journal. The journal not only provides space to record memories but also acts as an organizer. Kids can plan their trip and create a packing list. Pages include space for both written text and for any illustrations kids may want to sketch. Kids can rate each day, and an inside back pocket can hold favorite memories like ticket stubs, brochures, and more, making these travel gifts for kids ones that they will always treasure. Retail price: $10.79 on Amazon

What are your favorite travel gifts for kids? Just let us know in the comments below!

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