Gift Ideas for Families who Travel

Yes, the holiday season is fast approaching! Some people I know have already finished their Christmas shopping (brief pause while I roll my eyes in disgust), but most sane people are still panicking about what to buy their friends and family, and frantically searching Google for this season’s must-have toys.

Gift ideas for family travelBut in reality, there are just 28 more days until the jolly man in a red suit slides down our chimney. So if you are a panicking last-minute shopper and have friends who love to travel as a family, then the Mum on the Move list of Gift Ideas for Families who Travel should hopefully give you some inspiration.

If you are a family who loves to travel yourself, then please feel free to send on this link to your parents/grandparents/family/friends. All of the items on this list are either things I own and love and am happy to recommend to others… or things I would love to own and love and be able to recommend to others (just in case my parents/grandparents/family/friends are reading).

So here are our top Gift Ideas for Families who Travel.

Packing Cubes

From all accounts, packing cubes will change your life as a traveller. These small lightweight bags come in a variety of sizes (and colours if that matters to you), and often come with a mesh window to allow you to see the contents easily. This makes it easy to organize and compartmentalize sections of your suitcase.

I think packing cubes would be particularly handy for a family vacation, allowing you to separate family members’ clothing and putting an end to the continual rummage through the suitcase to find your son’s t-shirt or daughter’s pyjamas.

I don’t own a set of packing cubes yet, but I am ready for them to change my life, just as I have been promised. So if I don’t find any under my Christmas tree this year, then I will be rushing out to get some in the new year.

See more information and prices for Packing Cubes here

Up & Away Mulitple Passport Holder

The sassy, stylish Up & Away Multiple Passport Holders are made from beautiful leather and can hold multiple passports in the one streamlined holder (up to three passports in the Original Multiple Passport Holder and up to five passports in the Hi-5 Multiple Passport Holder), making them perfect for family travel.

Up & Away Multiple Passport HolderThere’s also room for all your travel documents such as boarding cards, frequent flier cards, itineraries etc. The passport holder is available in seven vibrant colours, with a choice of three patterned linings, and comes packaged in a beautiful white cloud gift box.

Read our full review of the Up & Away Multiple Passport Holder here


Someone bought me a Totseat as a gift when my daughter was born – and it has since travelled with us everywhere, being used by both my kids at dining tables around the world. The Totseat is a fabric chair harness that safely secures your child into an adult chair in the absence of a high chair – no need to bounce them on your knee while you eat, or push the buggy up to the table and risk it getting covered in bolognaise sauce.

The Totseat folds up small enough to fit in your handbag, can be used on almost any adult chair and is machine washable. Perfect for eating in restaurants, or holiday rental accommodation that doesn’t have a high chair.

See more information and check prices for Totseat here


Children’s Logbook

My kids get so excited every time we head to the airport. We travel so frequently that I recently thought it would be fun for them to have a log of all the flights they’ve taken, as a reminder of all the trips we’ve taken together as a family.

There are plenty of different kids flight log books on the market, but one of the best and most personal I’ve seen is the one from Simply for Flying. In it there’s a page for the Captain or crew to record important flight information, with the page opposite available for the kids to add their own information or drawings. A lovely keepsake for kids.

See more information and prices for the Simply for Flying logbook here

What are you hoping for under the Christmas tree this year? Let me know in the comments below – we’re always on the lookout for new family travel products and ideas.

Need more ideas? Check out our article about the Best Products for Travelling with Kids.

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9 thoughts on “Gift Ideas for Families who Travel”

    • Thanks Katja! Yes I definitely need to get some packing cubes, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to be honest. I’m also keen to give Flytographer a go – although it’s always my kids who are difficult during photo shoots rather than my husband!
      Marianne Rogerson recently posted…10 Fun Things to Do in Edinburgh with KidsMy Profile

  1. Fantastic list! The scratch map we ordered arrived in the mail last week and we already have it framed and on our wall! It’s awesome. (But there were some fights about whose turn it was to scratch off a entry…) I definitely recommend it for any travel fanatics! And I LOVE Flytographer! We have beautiful family photos fro our summer trip to Rome thanks to them. I’ve actually been debating the Totseat for my 15-month old. Would it work to restrain him in a train or airplane seat too or is it mainly meant for restaurant-style chairs?
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  2. Some great ideas! The photographer and travel logs are particularly interesting for us as we’re moving to HK next week.

    Another useful product for travelling families with children 4+ is the Boost-a-Pak backpack -booster seat. I’ve been using these for my kids since they’ve been old enough to do so. The backpack is large enough to hold a change of clothes, a book, headphones and a small assortment of toys. It is also an EU-certified car booster seat. This makes taxi journeys so much safer, and reduces the costs of rental cars.

    • Thanks Kym! Yes we also love the Trunki BoostApak – I use it for my 4 year-old daughter all the time, and we featured it in our Best Products for Travelling with Kids article. If you are moving to Hong Kong, I am sure you will find it very useful for taking taxis around the place. Good luck with your move – let me know if you need any help settling in!
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