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. United by Blue Utensil Kit:

United by Blue has made a commitment to reusable products and the clean up of our planet. Their utensil kit includes two stainless steel straws, one silicone straw tip, one straw cleaner, one stainless steel spork, and one pair of stainless steel chopsticks. Mine fits perfectly in my tote or backpack to be at the ready for any on-the-go meal. The case it comes in is 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a water-resistant finish and velcro closure. Pick one up for anyone on your list for $24!

2. Haiku RFID Mini Wallet:

This tiny wallet packs a powerful punch, ready for any international adventure. You can fit your state ID and 3-4 credit cards in this slim wallet, which closes quickly with an elastic band. You get RFID-blocking technology in an CyclePET fabric made from plastic water bottles. Get one for $15.

3. Poppy handcrafted popcorn

Need a snack for the next long car ride, hike, or small holiday gathering within your pod? Poppy popcorn is different than the rest: it’s non-GMO, has no artificial colors or flavors, and most types are gluten-free. It’s made in the USA and comes in resealable bags, perfect for on the go. Pick up flavors like Everything Bagel, Chili Cheese, and Birthday Confetti. See all flavors and prices.

4. Buff Dog Reflective Neckwear:

Yes, it’s as cute as it sounds…a Buff for your dog! We love the reflective strip that keeps him or her safe on those nighttime walks or early morning jogs, and these Buffs come in multiple sizes and patterns, just like the human version. Pick one up for your pet for $12. Need one for your dog’s human, too? We love Buff’s new InsectShield line that protects everyone from ticks and mosquitoes.

5. Night and Day Bocce Ball Set:

Keep the party going after dark with Tenalach’s Night and Day Bocce set! Compact enough for any car camping trip and easy to stow in your car during the remainder of the year, this set is perfect to bring out at barbeques, reunions, and lake trips. In each set, you get 8 multi-colored, weather-resistant, regulation-size LED bocce balls, 1 white weather-resistant LED jack ball, 1 retractable measuring tape, and a canvas case for $109.

6. Juniper Ridge essential oils:

Can’t get out into the wilderness this holiday season? Bring the outdoors to you with Juniper Ridge’s set of essential oils, ready for any diffuser in your home. From Sierra Forest to Christmas Fir, you’ll be invigorated with the scents of the forest, helping with a sense of calm and relaxation when you can’t be outside.

7. Alpine Start instant coffee

Instant coffee that still tastes good? Yep! Alpine Start is the coffee pack to pick up for your next #vanlife adventure, camping trip, road trip, or socially distant travels. They come in a variety of flavors and pack sizes, including original or a super yummy dirty Chai. Packs are $8.99.

8. GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Cup:

The perfect stocking stuffer for the camper or outdoor adventurer who has everything! This stainless steel camp cup has double-wall insulation and a snug-fitting lid, and is light enough to easily attach to any backpack for carrying from campsite to campsite. It comes in multiple colors so you can be sure you always know which cup of coffee (or whiskey) is yours. Pick one up on GSI Outdoors for $15.

9. Avana insulated water bottle:

These beautiful and functional water bottles are leak-proof, spill-proof, and come with a built-in straw. You get a triple layer of insulation and a cool carry loop on the lid. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

10. Whiskware Stackable Snack Packs:

These adorable, stackable, interlocking containers are perfect for any road trip, air travel day, or hike with the family. Each pack includes three containers, measuring 1/3 cup, 1 cup, and 1 cup. The containers all connect together, making them easy to pack, and the removable handle makes it possible to clip them to a backpack or bag. They’re BPA-free of course! Pick them up for under $13!

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

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Holiday stocking stuffers for family and outdoor travel lovers.

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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