At The Family Backpack, we value experiences over things, and we will continue to share our best and favorite destinations, excursions and experiences to inspire and encourage you to explore the world with your kids.
We also like to share gifts for the holiday season that make family travel a little easier and inspire wanderlust in all of us! This season, we’re sharing our favorite travel-related gifts (see last year‘s list here) – all gifts that members of our Family Travel Tribe have used, some we simply can’t live without for travel with kids!
Here’s to a magical, family-filled, travel-planning holiday season! Wheels up!
A functional and stylish diaper bag backpack (that we love to use for travel with our older kids, too) with pockets galore! This bag has compartments for everything including insulated spots for bottles or water, a hidden back pocket for valuables and plenty of room for snacks, tech devices and baby wipes. Find it here!
Portable storage for kids building bricks (or LEGOs) with a play surface for storing and building bricks on-the-go. This case is perfect for kids of all ages during road trips, flights and even layovers in the airport!
These beautiful, well-made and versatile bags can be used as a purse, a makeup bag, a bag for tech items and much, much more! Each bag has a number associated with its size and intended use. Several have straps that are removable and can be used as a wristlet or over the shoulder bag. Keep items organized in your carry-on or diaper bag and then use a strapped bag for hitting the local market or adventuring into a new city with the kiddos.
This scarf is stunning and has a hidden zipper/pocket that can hold your passport, phone, money or keys. This scarf is ideal for moms or solo female travelers. There are a gorgeous City Series and a new Stadium Series of colors and designs, too.
Travel size essential oils help you and your kids relax while on the go. We especially love lavender, tea tree oil and peppermint for traveling mamas. A bonus is they are great to stick in a stocking! Or try a Birds Tail Design Essential Oil Bracelet, an easy and lovely way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils while traveling! Start relaxing with yours here!
Document travels or use a world map to help plan trips as a family. We love the world map from Archibald Clutterbuck that is family-friendly and includes characters from this educational series. Plus, enjoy a 10% discount on all their products with the code CLUTTERBUCK10. We also love pin maps and scratch off maps to inspire and document travel. (The Family Backpack founder Andrea even has a world map in her kitchen for constant daily inspiration!)
Perfect for car or plane rides, camping with kids or backyard get-togethers, this streaming content mini-projector fits in the palm of your hand to take along everywhere.
We have a lot of life ahead, but vacation days are limited. Take some family time and put together a bucket list! These two books will get you started: "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" by Patricia Schultz and "Our Bucket List: A Journal" by Creative Smart Journals.
Fintie Passport Holder Travel Wallet & Travel Gift Card
Purchase a gift card from Uber, Airbnb, Hotels.com or a favorite airline and gift it in a new functional and personal travel wallet.
Focus on the "Experience Over Things" concept with the gift of an amazing ShoreTrips experience! Some favorite family-friendly excursions include horseback riding in Jamaica; a private family-friendly tour of Rome, Italy; or a chance for the whole family to snorkel at Stingray City in Grand Cayman where friendly creatures come so close you can touch them! Check out ShoreTrips for tons of magical family adventures around the world! Book your family adventure today!
Andrea Khan is the founder of The Family Backpack, and a kids and family content contributor at OnMilwaukee.
She was born and raised in Wisconsin and first ventured out of the country to France in high school. That trip changed her life and she has been traveling every since.
Three kids, over 24 countries and 20 plus states under her belt she still has a lot of world to see!
She considers herself a foodie, participates in a CSA, hits her local farmers market and also has her own backyard garden.
When she’s not traveling or planning their next trip she enjoys reading, cooking and playing games like Rummikub with her kids.