Travelling with teens is one of the most enjoyable, amusing, rewarding and challenging experiences that any parent will undertake.
I know. last year saw me travelling the world for a year with my husband and our 16 and 13-year-old kids. I couldn’t have done it without wine and a comfy neck pillow for me, travel gadgets for my husband and a few teenage travel essentials for them.
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I have said thanks more than a hundred times for investing in the sanity-saving (ours and theirs) products that we bought for our teenagers before we set off from New Zealand on our travels.
We were also been lucky enough that family and friends bought our kids some fabulous travel gifts that have come in really handy.
Travelling With Teenagers.10 Items To Keep Everyone Sane.
As you know, teenagers love anything gadgety, but they are also kept entertained for hours on end by a simple puzzle toy. That’s why I’ve included both of those things in the post.
We have been saving for a long time to be able to travel with our teenagers so I scrutinized and compared the cost of everything before I let go of my hard-earned money.
Whether you are planning your next summer holiday together as a family, sending your teen off on summer camp or taking a huge leap and travelling long term as a family, I have compiled a list that will save yours and your teenagers sanity.
And everything here is what we travel with personally. I promise. Take a look at my recommendations for essential items when travelling with teens.
#1 Bluetooth Portable Speaker
My teenage boy couldn’t live without his JBL Flip 3 Portable speaker.
You can connect up to three smartphones or tablets to it meaning that his sister can also share the music (and the love if he’s feeling kind).
It has a built-in rechargeable battery which lasts for up to ten hours – essential for when you are travelling. The sound is really impressive; it has a beautiful rich tone.
My teenage son uses it on ferries (it’s also splashproof which is ideal) on the beach and in his room at night. It’s small enough for a travelling teenager to pop into their flight bag. Plus of course, they look cool – which let’s not forget is essential.
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Unbeknown to me, frisbee is a very cool sport amongst travellers.
And, lucky for us parents, it’s cheap and lightweight, fitting easily between the clothes in the rucksack.
For the travelling teenager to look cool, there is no other frisbee than this one — Click here for prices
I’ve talked about my love of the Kindle Paperwhite many times before on this blog.
l adore it and so do my kids.
It is one item on this list that I couldn’t do without.
The kindle paperwhite weighs just 205 grams. Perfect for the travelling teen. Let’s face it, they don’t like to carry too many heavy things — Click here for prices
#4 Photography Gear For The Travelling Teenager
Teenagers and phones.
They never travel far without them.
I’m sure my two have had them surgically implanted into their palms. And it seems the more gadgets they can attach to their phones the better. But here’s a little add-on that you will be happy you purchased.
If your teenager is showing an interest in photography – as my 13-year-old teenage daughter is – the amir Camera Lens Kit is a clip-on 2 in 1 lens that clips over the lens of an iPhone (8, 7, 6, 6s, 5) Samsung or smartphone, and is perfect for the travelling teen.
No more asking Dad if she can use his very expensive – and therefore highly treasured iPhone because it takes better photos.
This little gizmo is the answer to great teenage photography. It turns taking everyday photos into art by using a 0.4x super wide-angle lens that expands the field of view. Meaning that the teenager can get more of their travelling friends into the picture! — Click here for prices
#5 The Cube
Who would have thought that this 1980s phenomenon would be entertaining our teenagers forty years later!
If you are travelling with teenagers I insist that you take this Rubix cube with you.
I have lost count of the number of hours my son and daughter have spent fiddling with this addictive puzzle, leaving us to plan the next part of our trip. Whenever there is a train delay or an overnight bus to take (hence no wifi) they always reach for it.
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#6 Portable Battery Charger
Never hear the words “my phones flat!’ again. If you are travelling with teens, then no doubt you will be taking a lot of gadgets with you.
With four phones and an iPad to charge every day, there wasn’t any way we could travel with teenagers without this portable battery charger.
This super powerful little gadget that weighs no more than a can of soup can charge the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S6 five times, or the iPad mini 4 twice. It recharges itself within 10 hours — Click here for prices
#7 Waterproof case for Phone
These lightweight, durable waterproof cases are incredible value
. I bought one each for my teenagers when we set off on our travels and I find myself congratulating myself on the choice!
The case creates a secure seal around your teenagers’ device and is waterproof, dirtproof and dustproof. The best thing is (for the teenager of course) is that the touch screen function still works perfectly while in the bag.
Your travelling teen will use this whenever they are near water. In fact, I’m sure my 16-year-old teenage boy takes it in the shower with him — Click here for prices
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Remember, everything you see on this page are all things that my family uses personally. For the sake of all our sanity.
If you are planning to travel with teenagers you are going to have a ball! They are the best company ever. Just don’t forget to pack some patience and a sense of humour. And if at all possible, lots of wine. Happy travels!