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The Ultimate List of Awesome Travel Gifts for Tweens and Teens
I love cool travel gear. I also like buying travel gifts for my kids because I know they are gifts that will get used and not just sit in their closets collecting dust. However, I know it’s not always easy to find ‘the right’ travel gifts for tweens and teens. Having a list of the best gifts for tweens and teens can be helpful.
With four kids who span the tween and teen range as travel gift guinea pigs, I’ve compiled this list of 17 Awesome Travel Gifts That Your Teen or Tween Will Love in 2020.
Passport Wallet (Passport Holder). When my oldest two took their first flights alone (on separate occasions), I gifted them each a passport wallet. I gave one of my children a passport wallet like the one below. It comes it a variety of colors, so you can pick your tween or teen’s favorite color; the colored options mean that your child will be able to easily distinguish his/her passport from a sibling’s passport wallet.
Toiletry Bag. My tween thinks clear toiletry bags are really cool. So does TSA. 🙂
Water Bottle. The VSCO girl thing may be so 2019, but Hydroflasks are still 2020. Pricey, a bit. But worth every penny. These water bottles are great for tucking into teen and tween side backpack pockets. Just make sure they are empty before going through Airport Security! They come in various colors and sizes, making them perfect sustainable water bottle choices for children of all ages and parents. Hydroflask also offers a coffee flask for teens who love hot beverages–or mom!
Wireless Headphones. MPOW Bluetooth, Wireless Headphones. My tweens and teens LOVE these headphones. I think the price and value is right for these to be a good pick for travel headphones–comfort, sound, color options, and packability.
Buff. An Original Buff is a super cool gift for a tween or teen. Not only can you wear a buff in like 12+ different ways, including the handy COVID-19 Mask style, but they often UV protected fabric so they can be worn as a sun protector, hat, neck scarf, headband, or hair tie. Buffs come in tons of cool designs and prints, which will surely appeal to your tween or teen.
Smartphone Ring Holder. Tweens and teens may love Pop Sockets, but smartphone ring holders are super fun gifts, too. They make holding a smart phone easier and waaaaay less tiring for teen and tween hands–hey, all of those hours watching videos and texting takes a toll.
Pop Sockets. You. Can’t. Go. Wrong. With. This. Gift. Pop Sockets come in so many cool and fun designs. You just can’t go wrong. Teens and tweens love these and they are great for holding onto a smartphone during travels.
Travel Journal. Even the most wired teens and teens will appreciate a travel journal, complete with old fashioned paper, and enjoy looking back over their travel memories in the months and years to come.
Powerbank / Portable Charger. Gotta keep those devices charged. Fully charged devices = happy tweens and teens.
Playing Cards. Sure, you could go for card games like UNO, but you could also get your tween or teen some really sweet playing cards, like these donut cards. My kids love them–as do all of their buddies. They are so yummy looking though, so if your kid starts whining for a donut during the trip, you’ll know why.
Hoodie. Teens and Tweens love hoodies. They are perfect for traveling, especially on airplanes…kids can just pull the hood up and snuggle into their own cocoon, especially while listening to music or watching movies. My kids love to wear basic, solid color hoodies like this one by American Apparel when we travel.
Movie Downloads (Gift Cards). A smartphone or screen loaded with movies is a gift most tweens or teens won’t refuse. A gift certificate toward movie downloads makes a fun gift and perfect entertainment on buses, trains, and planes.
Music Gift Cards. If your teen or tween has an iPhone, you probably can’t go wrong with an iTunes gift card. Traveling with music is fun, relaxing, and helps pass moments of ‘boredom’ (imagine that!) and home (or friend) sickness.
Funky Travel-Friendly, No-Tie Shoelaces. Gotta appreciate easy to slip on and off shoes during airport security checks. No-tie, TSA friendly shoelaces, in a variety of colors are a fun choice for tweens and teens–and will look good in Vans or Converse.
Laptop Backpack. A security-feature rich laptop bag, like the affordable Tzowla Backpack, is a great gift for teens or tweens. The Tzowla bag is water-resistant, and has a USB charging port and built-in lock. Two of my children have these bags and have shuttled them to coffee shops, libraries, workshops, and classes all over the planet. For the price, this is a really awesome bag. I initially had doubts that it would be tough enough to hold up to tween and teen wear, and keep valuables like laptops safe, but so far so good! The bag comes in different colors, including floral print, which one of my kids absolutely loves.
I hope this list of travel gifts for tweens and teens helps you find the perfect travel gift for your teen or tween. If you have other ideas, say hello and drop a note in the comments below.
Happy Travels, Julie