The Best Travel Gifts for Families, According to a Travel Editor
If your family is all about the jet set life, these travel gifts are the perfect way to say “bon voyage”
With many families making 2023 the year of travel, it’s time to up your travel game, replace those roller bags you’ve had since the 5th grade, and give your travel gear an upgrade. If you are traveling with a baby, we have the ultimate backpack that will make your life a million times easier as it has a compartment for literally everything. Want new luggage but are short on space to store it at home? We have the perfect choice for that too.
Families looking to go more the experience gift route will love our recs for tours you can take with your kids. And if you want to remember that trip to Tahiti that you took when the kids were oh-so-little, we have gifts to make all your travel photos really shine.
The Getaway Bag from No Reception Club
If you’ve ever boarded an airplane with a baby, you know that the amount of stuff a small person needs is in inverse proportion to their size. Diapers, wipes, a change of clothes for all parties, snacks, a breast pump, and more and more and more—they all need to fit into your carry-on bag. That’s where No Reception Club comes in to save the day. The narrow shape makes it easy for any parent to carry and the stylish black exterior makes it more of an everything bag than a diaper bag. Our favorite feature is the flexible organization system with two “shelves” that velcro securely into the main compartment.
Vintage Travel Poster Made from Your Photo
These vintage travel posters made from your travel photo have been topping our list of gifts to give and receive for many years. We love how they take an everyday image and make it into a framable moment, perfect for displaying. Choose a digital-only option and get it printed yourself, or order the print to be delivered and make it that much easier on yourself.
ToursByLocals Gift Card
National Parks Playing Cards
These playing cards featuring vintage posters of our favorite national parks fall into many of our top gift-giving categories: portable, useful, inexpensive, and aesthetically pleasing.
INSTAX Wide Printer
Raise your hand if you have a phone full of snaps, and no actual photos for your kids to look at. This tiny photo printer makes it easy for you to pick your favorite photos from a recent trip and print them out to display on the fridge or on one of those cute string lights with clips that all the teens seem to have.
We secretly love a practical gift and this is one that any traveler would love. With airlines losing luggage left and right these days, AirTags are the essential way to ensure that your gear gets back to you safe and sound.
S'well Water Bottles
With most airports these days offering refillable water bottle stations, it's a no-brainer that you should add a water bottle to your packing list. We love the sleek designs from S'well and appreciate that their prices are reasonable enough that you won't lose your cool too much if one doesn't come home in the backpack at the end of the school day.
Rollink Collapsible Luggage
If you have a pile of suitcases taking up valuable real estate in your closet or garage, feast your eyes on the collapsible luggage from Rollink. Choose from the Vega line which includes both carry-on and checked bag sizes, or the Aura line with a few more bells and whistles like an exterior pocket for your laptop and a built-in magnetic closure to secure the bag when not in use. We tested these out and found them very sturdy, even when under pressure to carry home too many "treasures" picked up while traveling.
Wander and Perch Wet Bag
National Park Incense
Sometimes the scent of a place just really brings back all the fond memories. Choose incense with the scent of your favorite national park like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, or Yosemite. Each comes with 25 incense cones that have a scent to last up to 4 hours.
LectroFan Micro2 Sound Machine + Bluetooth Speaker
NOMATIC Compression Packing Cubes
KidCo Peapod Infant/Toddler Travel Bed
Subpar Parks 1000-Piece Puzzle
Portable Charger with AC Wall Plug
Secret Food Tours Gift Card
With locations all over the world, you can book a chocolate tour in Paris, a walking tour of Rio, or a spice market tour in Istanbul. We love this as a gift idea for families because these tours are interactive enough to keep kids engaged and will also expose everyone to foods they might not have tried before.
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