Guys, I can’t believe it is already November! I had goals to accomplish before Thanksgiving. Goals like get in shape, eat healthily, and finish my holiday shopping. Well, I exercised once so far this fall and I am sitting here eating peanut M&Ms while I write this so we’ll call the first two goals a work in progress. But I totally rocked the last one. I have almost finished my holiday shopping! Woot woot!
When putting together my gift lists I gravitate toward gifts that travel well. We love to travel as a family and there are many toys, books, and entertainment that make traveling with kids more enjoyable. So this year, I put together my top holiday gifts for kids who travel. Regardless of whether you take a short road trip or a long international flight, these toys for elementary school aged kids are a must have for your trips!
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Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Kids Who Travel
Travel Games and Toys
A solid collection of travel games will keep kids entertained for hours! Our favorites are:
Connect Four and Battleship are classic, fun games. The travel versions are sturdy and durable for anyone who travels. We use them at home as well because the size is easier to store than the full-size versions!
Kanoodle is our favorite travel game because you play it alone! My eight-year-old son loves challenging himself to solve the puzzles while we are in the car. We even take it when we are just running errands or going out to dinner.
Lego sets are the perfect travel toy. They are small and light. Toss a few handfuls into a ziplock bag and you have hours of fun anywhere. I also love that legos are STEM toys thus meeting the perfect toy criteria-fun and educational!
STEM toys are super popular and make great holiday gifts. Check out Crystal’s page for a great guide of STEM gifts for curious kids!
Recording your Trip
Kids love to record their travels! We love to give travel journals and cameras as gifts because they keep our kids busy for hours on vacation.
I love this travel journal because it includes games, a space to write about each adventure, and space to draw or paste in photos of the trip.
I love giving kids cameras for so many reasons and this one is a great deal at under $100. Kids love having the ability to take their own photos and videos on any vacation or trip. We find it very helpful when we visit a museum that I know the kids are not really excited about going to. They are always engaged when I give them a camera and challenge them to find the most interesting exhibits in the museum to photograph. Or when I tell them we’ll print the photos to put in their travel journal. It’s always very interesting to see what kids find fascinating. They see so many details that we, as adults, miss! Of course, they also find naked Greek statutes funny so fair warning, you may end up with lots of pictures of nude marble bottoms….
Books, AudioBooks, Electronics
We are a family of readers so you know we pack books on every trip! I recommend a combination of paper activity books and electronic books and audiobooks.
I’m really not a fan of parking kids in front of electronics but they are really helpful when traveling. I love the kindle fire because it’s easy to use, it’s easy to find educational, fun game apps, and I can easily control screen time.
Along with a kindle fire, I love to give an amazon gift card so the recipient can start filling up their kindle with books and movies. I always recommend getting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to listen to on trips! I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love the story, even if they’ve already read it.
And if you have a Harry Potter fan, check out Beth’s page for more Harry Potter gift ideas for kids! She has a fantastic guide of gifts for Harry Potter fans! (And who isn’t a HP fan?!)
You can’t listen to Harry Potter on a plane without a set of good headphones! Also great for kids who want to watch Frozen for the 100000th time in the car.
I love activity books because they pack well and keep kids entertained for hours. The Lonely Planet Kids activity books rock! They are chock full of information, puzzles, and games. We also love their City Books series. Again, these books fulfill my criteria of a great gift being both educational and fun!
If you want more gifts that make learning fun, visit Julia! I am loving her list of educational gifts for the holidays!
These are my top 10 holiday gifts for kids who travel! This post is part of a blog hop of holiday gifts. For a full list of the best gifts for elementary and school-aged kids, visit Catrina’s page! There are some fantastic ideas for holiday gifts in this year’s gift guide!
What is your favorite holiday travel gift? Let me know in the comments below! And remember to subscribe for blog updates and newsletters!