Buying awesome gifts for teenagers might not be the easiest thing to do, however, when that teen is into traveling, there’s a whole new world opening up. We’ve selected the best travel gifts for teens that will spark their wanderlust! If you are searching the web for Christmas gift ideas for teens, scroll down and find the ultimate list of cool travel gifts. 

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Passport holder

A passport cover is a perfect present for a teenager who loves to travel. It looks great while it’s still practical as it offers protection for your most important document. Fuel their wanderlust and let the adventure begin!

Luggage tags

Searching for fun travel gifts? Adding a splash of personality to your luggage is not only entertaining but comes in useful as well when searching for your suitcase. Get into an instant summer mood with these funky tags.

Collapsible water bottle

This is one of our most popular travel accessories for teens!

Here at Travel Gear for Kids our love for traveling goes hand in hand with a sustainable way of living. Buying a couple of plastic bottles a day doesn’t line up with that. So bring some awareness to young minds and buy your teenager a collapsible water bottle that they can take everywhere! An added bonus if you buy this bottle: it will help rescue dolphins too!

TIP: buying a filtered water bottle is a great idea too! Check out this in-depth guide to the best filtered water bottles

Toiletry bag

A toiletry bag is a need when traveling, but hey, nobody said it couldn’t look cute!

Packing cubes

Packing cubes are such a handy tool when packing a suitcase or backpack! They keep your clothes and accessories organised while they double as compression bags and thus give you more room to bring back souvenirs.

Flip Flops

Hardly any traveler will leave home without their pair of flipflops. They’re great on the beach, to stroll around or to use in a shared bathroom.

For those teens that don’t like the feel of regular flipflops: these Crocs upgrade the concept and will add to the comfort of the wearer.

Travel passport wallet

Bringing a travel passport wallet is a great way to keep all your documents together.

Encourage your teen to take care of their important documents because those are the things you should safeguard most when on a trip.

Don’t forget to pick one with Rfid-block to prevent copying of credit cards.

Neck pillow

We all would like to get some sleep when traveling on a plane, bus or train and teenagers are no different. Gift them a good night of sleep by giving them a comfy neck pillow.

TIP: Read more on travel pillows in this post.

International travel adapter

What teenager doesn’t need an adapter to charge their electronic devices? This one has a great combination of USB sloths in combination with a universal socket that can be used in over 150 countries. 

Travel jewelry case

Any jewellery-loving teen will know how annoying it is to try to put your accessories into your toilet bag. They will either get lost or broken.

There are many types of jewellery bags for travel purposes, but we especially like this rolling one. It takes up little space and each compartment is see-through and can be closed with a zipper.

Multipurpose backpack

When traveling, you sure need a backpack. But this trendy backpack serves multi purposes: it can be used for travel, but they can take it to school or spare time activities as well. It’s available in a couple of wonderful colors!  

Camping Hammock

These extra soft but super strong nylon camping hammock makes for a unique gift for teens.

Tree straps and carabiners are included and the super lightweight hammock folds down to the size of a grapefruit for transport.

It’s a great gift for camping trips with their friends or if they prefer to have their own space on a family camping holiday.

Hip bag / Fanny pack

It’s comeback time for the fanny pack!

This hip bag is tied around the waist and is super useful when you want to transport your wallet and phone without having to bring a purse.

Tote bag

A canvas bag is a great gift for a teenager, whether they use it at home (for school!) or while traveling. The possibilities are endless, so have fun choosing the bag with that perfect travel quote.

Bandana scarf

This headband also features as a scarf or helmet liner and is stretchable and dries quickly. It is the perfect companion on many occasions, whether your teen likes hiking, fishing, yoga, extreme sports or just partying. Available in an abundance of colors, each package consists of 6 different pieces.

Travel makeup bag

A compact makeup bag is a great travel accessory for a teen girl. This one is pretty as well as useful with its 7 pockets and draw string.

Leakproof silicone travel bottles (in a cute design)

Silicone travel bottles are a must-have, whether your teenager is flying carry-on or not!

They take up very little space and they’re easy to use. Pick a cute design for extra fun.


Lens kit for smartphone

This is the most popular item on this list!

Small travel gifts are perfect presents for people who travel, especially when they travel carry-on only. A lens kit for your smartphone is small and might be just one of the coolest gifts for traveling teens! You just clip them onto the smartphone and you’re able to snap pictures with a macro or wide-angle lens. 

Action Camera

An action cam is a great way for your teen to record their adventures, whether they are on a bike, skis or under water.

Instant photo printer

Whether you are searching for awesome travel gifts or simply some cool tech gifts for teens, this instant photo printer will apply to all. Sharing your holiday pictures on social media is nice, but instantly printing your snapshots brings a whole new meaning to fun! This device is about the size of a smartphone and is a great way to make everlasting memories with new friends.


A drone is such a cool gift for teenagers!

When traveling they can use it to take wonderful videos and pictures of their surroundings and it provides a lot of fun as well!


Headphones make for a great gift for a teenager especially one that loves traveling. Every teen needs a moment for themselves, whether that’s passing the time with a movie or just chilling with some music.


Popsockets are trending!

You can attach them to your smartphone, which will allow your teen to snap better photos, watch movies handsfree or will break the fall of their smartphone.

Instant digital camera

An instant camera will give your teenage boy or girl hours of fun taking pictures, editing them, printing them immediately and even have fun afterwards with stickers and frames.

Tablet case

Electronics are an important part of modern life, especially for teenagers and travelers. You can’t go wrong by buying a fancy cover for their tablet.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Gaming is a popular teenage activity, so if you’re wondering what to bring on a plane for a teenager, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a great choice.

It’s small enough to easily tuck into a backpack and it’s fun enough to entertain a teen for hours on end.

Don’t forget the accompanying travel carry case. Check it out here!

Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Kids love music, so buying your teen a portable bluetooth speaker is a guaranteed success.

Choosing a waterproof one makes it one of the best accessories for teenagers because they will be able to take it into the shower with them or bring it to the pool or beach.

Electric scooter

An electric scooter is such a great way for your teenager to transport themselves when they’re on a trip, but they’ll like it just as much at home!

Make sure to pick one that folds down small. This way it is easy to transport or even put on in a suitcase.

Tripod for smartphone

This sturdy, bending tripod is a great tool for taking pictures. Thanks to the remote control, you can take shots up to 30 feet away.

this is perfect for selfies, group pictures and steady shots.

Bluetooth earphones

Instead of the bigger headphones set, some teens will prefer small wireless earphones.

They can use them on the bus, plane, for workouts or just for chilling/gaming.

Smartphone Ring Holder

This is a great travel accessory for girls and boys who love watching movies on their smartphone. No more holding them the entire time!


Bringing a couple of books will get too heavy to be fun, so get your teenager an e-reader that they can bring along for some reading fun.

This Kindle is waterproof and comes with a built-in adjustable light, so they can read anytime they want.

Mirrorless digital camera

At this age, most teenagers can be trusted with more expensive material.

By giving them a decent digital camera, an aspiring photographer can develop their skill. And what better place is there than on a trip?!

Mirrorless cameras are a big hit with travelers because they shoot (almost) as good as a big DSLR-camera, but they are much more lightweight and compact.


Travel journal

A 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.

World map scratch poster

A world map scratch poster might not make it to the list of most unique travel gifts, but it still looks fantastic in a teenagers bedroom. It’s a great way to keep track of the places they’ve already visited and to fuel dreams about new adventures.

(Beginners) Photography book

Many travelers love taking pictures of all the wonderful things they see. If your teen is interested in photography, buying them a book to develop their skills is a fantastic idea!

This Beginners Photography Guide gets raving reviews.

5-minute gratitude journal

We often take things for granted – our health, our education, our ability to travel etc.

It’s good to stop and think ones in a while about those things. This 5-minute journal will help your teenager on a year-long trip towards more gratitude in their lives.

Subscription to Audible

If your teen prefers audiobooks over regular books, a subscription to Amazon’s Audible is a great idea!

1, 3, 6 and 12-month memberships are available.

Subscription to Kindle Unlimited

Give your teenager access to 1 million books and thousands of audiobooks by gifting them a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Memberships are available for 6, 12 and 24 months.

National Geographic subscription

Whatever way is there to learn more about the way the world works than to read the interesting articles by National Geographic.

Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)

This book is the ultimate introduction to all the countries in the world and thus a great base for your travel-loving teenager. Which country will be next on their bucket list?


Story Cubes

If your teenager likes to tell or write stories or if they have to enhance their skills, this is the perfect gift for them.

The story cubes take up very little space and offer endless storylines to come up with. It’s a great game to play solo, as a family or with siblings/friends.

Colouring book

No better way to pass the time while waiting for a plane or bus than by coloring. Even when they’ve just outgrown childhood, a coloring book is way too much fun to leave at home. A perfect gift for young travelers!  

Travel game

What better way to pass the time than with a travel game. Especially when it’s as educational as it is entertaining, gifting a travel game to a teenager will make for a successful present!

Genius playing cards

A deck of playing cards is a basic travel item, but no need for a boring one. Spice up your teenager’s music knowledge while they play a game and travel the world.

Inflatable Lounger

It might not be one of can’t-live-without teenage travel essentials, but hey, what a great gift is this!

It is perfect for chilling with friends, camping or as a beach chair. These inflatable hammocks are lightweight and easy to transport. You don’t need any equipment to inflate it: just unfold it, scoop some air and buckle it up.

Music subscription

Music is everything for many teenagers, so a music subscription to their favorite app is a fantastic gift!

They can take their Youtube, Spotify or Pandora subscription with them wherever they go.

Netflix subscription

If your teen prefers tv and movies over music, another suberb option is a Netflix membership. This way they can watch their favorite shows wherever in the world they are.


A frisbee will hardly take up any space in a suitcase and can provide hours of fun on the beach or in a park.


A vacation or trip will often be pared with water fun. If your teen is crazy about the ocean and loves surfing and scuba diving, a wetsuit is a great birthday or Christmas present for a teenager.


What are the best travel accessories for teens?

When you are searching for travel accessories, you can’t go wrong with a passport holder, an international travel adapter or a collapsible water bottle.
Click here for more inspiration!

What are the best technological gifts for travel loving teenagers?

Think about noise cancelling head phones, an instant photo printer or a lens kit for their smartphone.
Click here to find more ideas!

What are the best travel gadgets for teenagers?

Practical and fun gadgets are always a big hit. Score with some funky luggage tags, a lens kit for smartphone or Genius playing cards.
Find more gadgets here!

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Babs Rodrigus is the co-founder and main writer of Mums on FlipFlops . She is absolutely crazy about travelling – especially together with her wife and daughter. Babs loves animals, chocolate (what did you expect from a Belgian?), reading and writing.

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