Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers 2013

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Gift GuideIt’s that time of year again. Time to get in line, guess what your loved ones can’t live without, and figure out what will make the kids squeal with glee on Christmas morning.

Back by popular demand I’ve thrown together a list of gifts that are sure to knock the socks off even the toughest person on your list. To make it even easier for you I’ve created an Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers 2013 page in my Amazon. All you have to do is click instead of standing in endless lines on Black Friday.


Speaking of Black Friday, keep an eye on the various shopping sites, including Amazon and Etsy (both featured here). Every site is sure to have deals over the next few weeks to help you save a little more.



  • Kindle Fire HD or HDX are the must-have gifts of the season for any traveler. Add on an Amazon Prime membership and your loved one can enjoy unlimited movie and TV streaming, borrow books and download tons of apps
  • Otterbox Defender Series Protective Case for Kindle Fire HD 7”. If you have ever worried about dropping your tablet then this is the case for you. Trust me. The baby and toddler at my house have put it through the ringer.
  • STM Cable Wrap keeps all of your cords, power cables and adapters in one, very organized spot. Never forget your phone charger again or deal with a tangled mess.



  • eBags Packing Cubes are a miracle product for all avid travelers. Whether you bounce from spot to spot, or you like to stay put in one location for a bit, you will feel like you have your home dresser with you without all that extra weight.
  • Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for travel (multiple colors) are the perfect size for little ears. Better yet, the volume won’t go above a certain decibel so your child’s ears are protected.
  • Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter is great if you have only one DVD player or tablet for two or more kids to share. Everyone in the family can plug in and watch together.


Toys for travel


Subscriptions for everyone in the family

  • Little Passports World Edition- 1 year subscription– this adorable monthly subscription brings the world to your children with games, activities and tales of fabulous places across the globe.
  • Escape Monthly– you can’t always be on vacation, so why not get inspired with a box that highlights a new city each month with books, products and more from that region. My Napa box even included a $50 wine gift card, which was more than the monthly subscription fee!
  • AFAR Magazine– get inspired to reach a little farther and book that dream vacation. The magazine’s online presence compliments the print magazine that you and your loved ones can drool over all month long.


Maps and Memories



  • The Family Traveler’s Handbook by Mara Gorman. Overwhelmed by the mere thought of picking a destination that is right for your family, planning an itinerary and keeping your clan healthy on the road? Well then this is the book for you. Family travel expert Mara Gorman covers all of this and more.
  • The Travel Mamas Guide by Colleen Lanin. Grab practical advice on everything from packing to travel toys and road trip activities to help you stay sane. Family vacation planning will never feel like a chore again!
  • Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo by Matthew Amster-Burton. If you love to eat then you will love Amster-Burton’s latest book. Hop along with his 8-year-old daughter and wife as he discovers the diverse and satisfying cuisines that can be found in Tokyo, and even a few ideas on where to find it, told through delicious tales and funny antidotes.
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. This story carries you from modern-day Hollywood to half a century past on Italy’s northwest coast, through the trials and magic of communicating any way possible when language and reality stands in your way.
  • This is Paris by M. Sasek. Quite possibly the most beautiful series of children’s books you will find to get you excited about your next adventure. This is Paris shows off just why the City of Light is worth the trip. Don’t forget to grab other books from this same series. There are more than enough to choose from!
  • The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller. This silly tale of the states switching places to see what is cool about living elsewhere will have you and your kids giggling with glee and learning about our diverse nation in the most entertaining way.




Handmade stocking stuffers

  • Bucket List Journal by BlueToad. Keep your travel dreams and memories all in one spot with this beautifully handmade journal featuring plenty of blank pages and maps.
  • Custom Long Distance Friendship Travel Mugs by 3BetweenSisters. Great for siblings, best friends and loved ones separated by miles across the country.
  • Travel Wallet/ Passport holder by TheRubyCottage. Keep your passport and other travel documents in one tidy spot with this beautiful blue and white clothe wallet featuring French stamps.


DIY Gifts

Need more ideas? Check out last year’s Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers 2012.

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers 2013 via Walking On Travels.com

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  • Jessica

    Awesome List! I’ll take one of everything!

  • Kim {Stuffed Suitcase}

    Great list! Thanks for including my suitcase craft!

  • Paz

    Okay seriously!!!! This whole list is awesome! I am so excited about ordering some of these. Now I just have to decide which ones to start with!!! Thanks so much!!!

  • wanderingeducators

    WHAT a great list – thank you!

  • Sherri May

    Wow, what a fabulous list! I love the the escape box!

  • Katie

    Holy moly that is a great list!!!! Appreciate your efforts!

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour

    A really useful list. Thank you

  • Jenna

    Very thorough list, Keryn! I love many things on here, but I just want to agree with you on the Spot games. My kids love that one, and even little ones can play it. 🙂

    • Keryn @ Walking On Travels

      Jenna we are just starting to get into it. I have friends who swear by it. Can’t wait for our next road trip!

  • Allison

    The retro travel posters are my favorite. I may have to add a few of these things to my wish list…

  • Laurel- Capturing la Vita

    I am so in love with that little suitcase ornament! Great gift suggestions!

  • Colleen Lanin

    I love, love, love this list…and not JUST because my book is on it! 🙂 Thank you for including “The Travel Mamas’ Guide”! I’m going to have to buy a few of these for those on my holiday list.