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. Wine Block:

If wine tasting and fine dining are a part of your travel experience, you’ll want to stash a container of Wine Block into stockings this year! WineBlock is the first ever, on-the-go, red wine stain-preventing lip and teeth balm. It prevents that dreaded purple hue you get on your lips & teeth after drinking your favorite glass of red wine, and doesn’t have a lingering taste, either. Pick it up for under $14!

2. Purist bottle:

Brand new this year, Purist Collective makes water bottles that are so clean and fresh, you absolutely won’t taste any residue, lingering flavor, etc. Even better, in our opinion, Purist bottles are elegant and streamlined, perfect to stash in any bag or backpack for easy travel. Their tops screw closed, so you don’t have to worry about leaks, either. They make for great gifts this holiday season!

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. Sabre Pepper Spray:

Yes, we hate to think we need it, but having a small, discrete pepper spray dispenser in your purse, bag, or on your keychain can give solo travelers peace of mind. Put Sabre in a loved one’s stocking this year for as little as $15-20. 

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. Klean Kanteen thermos:

Maybe you want hot chocolate after a day of sledding with the family, or an ice-cold cocktail after the slopes. Either way, we love the size of Klean Kanteen’s insulated thermos (in two manageable sizes). You get an integrated double-wall stainless steel cup, too, and the 360-degree pour-through functionality means you won’t dribble liquid everywhere while pouring!

7. Balega socks:

Balega’s running socks with ‘blister resist’ technology are a must-have for anyone on your list who runs, trail runs, hikes, or puts in serious mileage during a travel day. For only $13, you get a no-show sock that’s smart-designed to resist creating those hot spots that drive you crazy, plus have a nice elastic grip construction so they’re comfortable to wear with many types of shoes.

8. Wigwam socks:

Wigwam makes tough-as-nails socks built for serious outdoor play and travel days, which are still so soft and comfy, you won’t want to take them off. Our favorite this year is their Ultra Cool line, with breathable mesh panels and moisture control that works well during hikes, trail running, or snowshoeing all winter long.

9. EarthBands:

Earth Bands are bracelets and anklets crafted from woven hemp rope adorned with hand rolled beads that are made from the sand or soil of a specific location. We can’t think of a more thoughtful gift from a beloved vacation spot! Each bracelet carries a colorful tag indicating the bead’s origin. These unique pieces of jewelry have an earthy, cool, laid-back vibe making them great for the everyday casual world we live in.

10. Outside Inside games from GSI Outdoors:

Always awesome gift ideas, GSI’s line of travel-ready games for all ages has two new offerings that are perfect to stash in the car or pull out at the campsite. Pick up their Mancala game or Shut the Box game for family fun that alleviates boring flight delays, restaurant waits, and the like. Pick up a game for as little as $15.

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

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