Stocking ideas for families who travel

Need help filling those Christmas stockings this year? We’re back with this year’s 10 stocking ideas for families who travel! Whether you have small children who need entertainment on long road trips or teens who love the outdoors, the following holiday stocking stuffers will fit the bill!



1. Takeya Bottle:

Coming in ‘original’ or ‘active’ style in three sizes, Takeya insulated water bottles should be in your stockings this holiday. I love many water bottle brands, but the Takeya lid is simply the best there is: the opening is small enough that you don’t get a wave of water when you try to sip, but it opens all the way if you need a wide-mouth option for ice, etc. We like the ‘active’ style, with a rubberized bottom that helps the bottle stay put. Buy for $20.

2. Nomad Clear Case:

I am in love with my Nomad Clear Case, which has premium vegetable tanned Horween leather on the bottom half and clear plastic on the top, giving it a sleek, yet rugged, look. And it’s not just pretty: you get six foot drop protection, edge-to-edge protection, and a microfiber lining. It’s available for the Apple iPhone X or the 7/8. Grab it for $30.

3. Wet Wander Bag:

These water-resistant, zippered pouches are so much more than a wet swimsuit bag (though they are that, too). Wet Wander Bags can be used as toiletry bags, snack bags in the car, shoe bags, first aid kit bags, electronic gear bags, and just about anything else you can dream up. It’s great to have one per family member before any trip, and they come in various sizes and colors. Pick one up for $32.

4.Klymit Pillow X Large:

Klymit, the company that makes our favorite sleeping pads for backpacking, has several pillows on offer. The Pillow X Large features the same advanced self-centering X design as their Pillow X, but in a wider, thicker and softer configuration. The pillow weighs only 3.2 oz, making it easy to take camping or backpacking, or on the plane.

5. Sea to Summit pack cover:

No one remembers to buy a simple pack cover for their backpack or day pack until it’s too late, and it’s been drenched in the rain. Help out your travel buddy buy gifting him or her a Sea to Summit pack cover. Covers come in various sizes, and stuff down to almost nothing when not in use. Just stash in your backpack side pocket. Grab one for $26.

6. Qottle 32 ounce bottle:

Not only is this water bottle fun to say, but it comes in a wide-mouth version with a flexible rubberized handle, which makes it my new go-to bottle for adventure days when I need a lot of hydration but need to clip my bottle onto a boat or backpack. Pick one up for $19, a deal for an insulated bottle.

7. Adventure Medical Kits Dog series:

Fido should be cared for while on vacation, too! If you bring your dogs along on hikes, to beaches, or for city walks, either at home or while away, bring along the Adventure Medical Kits dog care kit. It weighs just over one pound, and is filled with any emergency supplies you’d need, including a triangular bandage that can be used as a muzzle (sometimes necessary when dogs are in pain).

8. Matador Transit tote:

This 14 liter tote packs down to smaller than your fist (in its own pouch) but once opened, has bells and whistles you’d only expect on traditional travel totes, like waterproof zipper seams, a zipped-closed top, and extra pockets for more storage. The whole bag is actually waterproof! Grab one for $30.

9. Sea to Summit Ultra Sil stuff sack set:

You can’t have too many stuff sacks, and Sea to Summit makes my favorite: they’re study yet lightweight, colorful, and functional. The three-pack comes in a small, medium, and large for each purchase, and can be used for backpacking and camping, rafting, organizing gear in the garage, and in suitcases and duffels for travel days. Grab a couple packs! Sold for $22.

10. GSI Outdoors Pack Kitchen:

Consider the GSI pack kitchen to be a family gift! It’s cute as a button, while remaining utilitarian as well. Because the pack kitchen comes in its own mesh bag, we bring it on camping trips, yurt stays, and backpacking trips. It would do well in any RV, too. Included in the pack kitchen are condiment containers, a travel salt-and-pepper shaker, a camp towel (worth the price alone), scrubber, and two lightweight utensils for camp cooking. Pick up the entire GSI Outdoors Pack Kitchen for only $14!

Need more ideas? Check out more holiday gift picks from Pit Stops for Kids!

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About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




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  3. I love those animal headphones! I want a pair for myself!

  4. Great and useful ideas. I remember next time to travel. thanks for sharing.

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