travel gifts for tweens

Buying gifts for 10 to 12-year-olds might not be the easiest thing to do, however, when said tween is into traveling, there’s a whole new world opening up. We’ve selected the best travel gifts for tweens that will spark their wanderlust!

If you are shopping for a younger or older child, take a look at these articles: The best travel gifts for kids (age 5-10) and the ultimate guide to travel gifts for teenagers.




Travel Journal

A kids’ travel journal is a great way to remember all the cool stuff and adventures from a trip. It helps improve writing skills and documenting experiences. A travel journal is definitely on the list of road trip essentials for tweens!

TIP: Check out this blog for some FREE kids travel journal printables!

Non-Fiction Travel Book

Travel information books are top gifts for tweens and a great way to get to know the world! It’s useful to get into travel modus before the trip, but they can also bring it along and teach the rest of the family some interesting facts about the destination.

Travel Themed Fictional Book

But don’t limit it to non-fiction. Youth adventure books with a setting in a foreign country are great gifts for girl tweens and boys too of course! For example the fantastic The Mapmaker Chronicles series is a great travel gift for 10 year olds or up!


Binoculars are a great present for a nature-loving kid! Make sure to give them binoculars that come with real optics but are sturdy enough for an occasional bump into the ground.

World Map

A world map is always a great educational gift that will enhance your tween’s geographical knowledge. Make the present more unique by buying a scratch-off map, a coloring map or an interactive learning map.


Personalized Passport Cover

A passport cover is one of the best travel gifts for an 11-year old who loves to travel. It looks great while it’s still practical as it offers protection for their most important document. And adding their name to the cover makes it even more special! Fuel their wanderlust and let the adventure begin! 

Travel Neck Pillow

If you would like to give a more practical present, travel neck pillows are great gift ideas for tween girls and boys. We all like to get some sleep when traveling on a plane, bus or train and tweens are no different. Gift them with a good night of sleep by giving them a comfy neck pillow. read our in-depth article on the best kids travel pillows. This is one of the best travel accessories for tweens!

Read our in-depth article on the best kids travel pillows here!


Every kid wants to bring their own backpack! It’s perfect to store their toys, a tablet, and other personal stuff. And it’s multifunctional: they can use their backpack for travels, but also for school or afterschool activities. A backpack also works perfectly as tween carry on luggage!


How cool is it as a tween to get to travel with your own suitcase. Many suitcases for tweens have such amazing designs! Pick one that isn’t too large but still big enough to hold a decent amount of clothes and some toys/books!

(Collapsible) Water Bottle

Help the environment by bringing a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic bottles all the time. Pick a regular plastic one, a stainless steel one or save some space with a collapsible bottle.

Fun Luggage Tags

If your child has their own backpack or suitcase, get them a luggage tag so they can put their name down. It’s a travel gift for a 12-year old that will make them feel all grown up!

Cuddle Blanket

Another option to get comfortable on a trip – but always useful at home as well! – is a fleece blanket. One that folds up small is especially handy when traveling.


Family Travel Game

What better way to pass the time than with a travel game. Think about classics as Uno, Monopoly (travel edition), Spot It or Brainbox!

Especially when it’s as educational as it is entertaining, travel games are fun gifts for tween boys and girls!


A kick scooter is a great present for an active tween! You can hardly ever take a bike with you on a trip, but this ultra lightweight folding scooter, takes up very little space in your luggage and provides lots and lots of fun. It’s a great way for your tween to get that energy out. And thanks to the height adjustability it can be used into the teenage years and even as an adult as well!

One-person thinking game (smartgame)

Solitaire games are a great way to keep tweens occupied with something else than screens. As fun as playing a family game is, sometimes there is just one person who wants to play. The one-person games designed by Smartgames and Thinkfun are created to give both children and adults hours of fun on their own. Both brands have (usually magnetic) travel versions of their games as well.


Playing outdoors is always a great idea, but often a soccer ball or football takes up too much space while traveling. A frisbee is a great alternative to get active!

Snorkel set

A snorkel set makes for a great gift for water-crazy tweens! You can opt to buy only the mask (perhaps even a full-face mask), a snorkel mask + breathing tube or go all in and include some diving fins.

Travel Kite

It might not be your first thought to bring along a kite on your travels, but it’s a great toy to keep your tween occupied outdoors. If you pick one that’s easy and small to fold, your kid will have lots of fun while away!


Lens kit for smartphone

Looking for popular and cool Christmas gifts for tweens? If your tween already owns a smartphone, a lens kit for that smartphone might be a good idea! Just clip them onto the smartphone and you’re able to snap pictures with a macro or wide-angle lens. 


Headphones are one of the best gifts for tweens especially for one that loves traveling. Every tween needs a moment for themselves, whether that’s passing the time with a movie or just chilling with some music. Noise-cancelling headphones for tweens are great for some peace on long travel days as well. Definitely a cool gifts for tweens idea!

Nintendo 3DS

If you want to splurge, your tween will be more than a little excited with a Nintendo 3DS. A game console is a great alternative for a tablet if you don’t mind some screen time every now and then. The Nintendo 3DS is portable and lightweight and can easily be tucked away in a backpack. This is definitely one of the best gifts for tween girls and boys!

Kids Travel Drone

A drone is a great gift, especially for children interested in technology, filming or photography and they might use it for a long time.

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