Welcome to the world’s most comprehensive list of gifts for travelers.
If you’ve been scouring the web, opening up millions of tabs, wondering if the next “best gifts for travelers” article you click will finally give you that perfect idea…
Know that you’ve finally landed in the right place.
With over 236 travel gift ideas—organized by budget and type of traveler—it is impossible to get through this list and NOT find the perfect travel gift. This list has it all.
That said, finding good gifts for frequent travelers can be a challenge…
Especially if said traveler basically lives out of their backpack.
In most cases, the best travel gifts are…
- Worthy of valuable “luggage real estate”
Finding something that meets all those criteria is tough, but if you ignore those guidelines, your gift probably won’t “make the cut” for their packing list.
And you don’t want it to be left behind collecting dust, do you?
Lucky for you, I’ve made your job easy. By choosing one of the following travel gift ideas, you’re guaranteed to pick a winner.
I’ve broken this list of best travel gifts up into sections to help you quickly find the type of travel present (and budget) you’re looking for.
Happy gift hunting!
***Apologies in advance for some of my sarcastic descriptions…this took me like eleventy-million hours to put together and I lost my mind after a certain point.
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Unique Gifts for Travelers
Instead of starting off this gigantic list with travel gift ideas you’ve probably seen before, let’s make things interesting. Let’s kick it off with unique gifts for travelers—gifts that will make them think, “Wow, that’s so cool! Where’d you find that??”
QUICK LINKS: “I Was Here” Travel Journal | Trtl Neck Pillow | Ekster Tracker Card | Lingo Playing Cards | Scratch Off Travel Journal | Travel Coffee Press | Cord Tacos | Collapsible Water Bottle | Vessi Travel Shoes | Inspirational Travel Soap | Travel Adult Coloring Book | Travel Electronics Mount
This is a good gift for travelers that’ll help them remember their trip for years to come.
I’m a HUGE fan of keeping a travel journal. There’s nothing I love more than spending a night on the couch, re-reading (and re-living) all my adventures.
The problem is, sometimes it’s hard to know what to write about while traveling. Fortunately, this neat little journal includes tons of different prompts and ideas to help you remember to record all the most important details of your trip.
I’ve met very few travelers who actually use “normal” travel pillows. They take up a lot of space and, frankly, aren’t even that comfortable.
However, this ain’t your ordinary travel pillow.
The Trtl Pillow was invented by a team of mechanical engineers and physiotherapists determined to create the “ultimate travel pillow”. It has a completely unique design and is one of the best travel pillows money can buy.
If you want to give the gift of ultimate travel comfort, this one’s a no-brainer.
This unique travel gift is perfect for people who are always losing things (or just have bad luck).
It is a credit card-sized Bluetooth GPS tracker that can be attached to a phone, wallet, luggage…basically anything you don’t want to lose.
If the item gets misplaced, simply check the app to see its location on a map. From there, you can even call the tracker to make it ring, pinpointing the item’s exact location.
I don’t care how addicted we’ve become to our phones—a good old fashion game of cards will NEVER go out of style (especially where there’s no wifi!)
These special playing cards are perfect for travelers wanting to practice the language of the country they’re traveling in. Each card has a common phrase in the target language, as well as the phonetic spelling.
These scratch travel journals are the “mobile version” of the popular scratch travel posters that I’ll show you a bit later.
It’s a unique gift for travelers who want to keep track of all the destination they’ve visited.
Here’s how it works…
The countries on each map are covered with gold scratch-off foil (similar to a lottery ticket). Whenever your traveler goes to a new destination, they can scratch off the foil revealing pretty colors underneath. So cool!
I hate to admit it, but I literally cannot function without my coffee (and I know I’m not alone).
This travel coffee press is one of the best gifts for travelers who are coffee addicts like me.
It’s easily packable (size of a 10oz mug), makes great-tasting coffee, and keeps it hot for hours.
Best of all, it has a lifetime guarantee!
Not only am I grouchy without my coffee, I’m also OCD (isn’t my wife lucky?).
Everything needs to be organized. Everything needs a home.
Untangling knotted up headphones and charging cords every time I pull them out of my bag not my idea of fun (can I get an Amen?)
These leather “cord tacos” are a great solution to this vexing problem.
Travelers used to face a dilemma when it came to water bottles…
They could either carry around a bulky BPA water bottle that takes up valuable backpack space. Or, they could buy plastic water bottles and murder the earth.
Thankfully, those days are over. The Nomader collapsible water bottle squishes down into a compact roll to save space when empty. Pretty genius if you ask me.
I’ve been seeing tons of buzz around these shoes lately. I haven’t tried them myself (I jacked up my feet in a motorcycle accident and now have to use special orthotics), but they seem like the could be the “ultimate travel shoe”.
Normally, you have to choose between a shoe that’s waterproof or one that’s breathable. With Vessis, you get the best of both worlds (or so they say).
Please please please don’t let your traveler be one of those backpackers who thinks soap is optional (you’d be surprised how many there are).
Each of these inspirational bars of soap have different travel phrases on them—a super cool gift for travelers who are about to leave on their trip (or just got home).
Coloring isn’t just for kids! In fact, adult coloring is actually weirdly therapeutic. And if that adult likes to travel, this Lonely Planet coloring books is a quirky travel gift that’ll be put to good use.
This coloring book is filled with 100 different detailed drawings of some of the greatest places on earth—a perfect activity for travelers to kill time on rest days.
I always get disappointed when I board a plane and see there are no TV screens on the seatbacks (#spoiled).
Having some inflight entertainment just makes the whole experience more enjoyable. That’s why the Airhook 2.0 Travel Electronics Holder is an awesome gift for travelers who fly a lot.
It mounts to the seat in front of you so you can watch a movie on your phone, tablet, etc.
And to top it off, it even has a built-in drink holder!
Unique Travel Gifts for Men
Looking for cool travel gift ideas for men? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of gadgets and gear he’s sure to love.
QUICK LINKS: Travel-Friendly Cologne | Travel Hair Buzzer | Anti-Odor T-Shirt | Carry-On Cocktail Kit | Personalized Travel Flask | Hidden Pocket T-Shirt | Multi-Function Travel Jacket | Personalized Travel Bracelet | Wallet with Tracker
It’s tough to smell good on the road.
If you’re traveling carry-on only, you have to buy mini cologne bottles to meet the liquid limits.
If you check your bag, you need to worry about it spilling all over your stuff.
Thankfully, those are all problems of the past.
With Drifter Men’s Solid Cologne, you no longer have to worry about spills or liquid limits (since it’s not a liquid!)—the perfect gift for world travelers who like smelling sexy.
This is a great travel gift idea for that guy who isn’t afraid to rock a buzz cut.
When you’re on the road, it’s hard to find the time to hunt down a good barber (and depending on what country you’re in, even harder to explain what hairstyle you want).
If you don’t want your guy wandering around the world looking like a nappy-headed dingus, the Wahl cordless hair buzzer is the perfect solution.
That way, they can buzz their hair themselves wherever they’re staying, in less than 10 minutes. (Letting other people buzz your hair is also a great way to bond with new friends).
When it comes to long-term travel, all T-shirts are not created equal.
Travelers don’t always have access to laundry services, so they need clothes that won’t smell like b-hole after one or two uses.
This is especially important in hot weather destinations where they’ll be sweating a lot.
The best odor-resistant material I’ve found thus far is Merino wool. I once sweated in my Merino wool t-shirt for 7 days in a row without it smelling bad (don’t judge).
If your traveler is going someplace hot, these shirts will come in handy.
This one is definitely a unique travel gift for men (or women who like cocktails for that matter).
However, while it may be unique, many reviews mentioned it’s a bit pricey for what is actually included in the set.
Here’s a useful travel gift for dudes who like to drink.
You never know what’s going to happen on the road. But one thing’s for sure—having a few shots handy will either make a fun situation more fun…or a stressful situation more tolerable.
And what could be cooler than taking those shots from a custom flask monogrammed with your initials?
This secret pocket t-shirt has got a lot going for it.
First off, it comes in either solid black, gray, or white—meaning it matches with literally everything and is perfect for packing light.
Second, it has a neat little hidden pocket right in the chest area where you can store cash, ID, passport etc. This means your traveler can walk around with peace of mind that their valuables are safe (unless, of course, someone steals their shirt).
You know how swiss army knives have like a million different tools that can pretty much do anything? Well, this is the jacket version of that.
It comes in four styles—vest, hoody, windbreaker, or bomber. Each jacket comes with 20+ nifty built-in features including a built-in eye mask, inflatable neck pillow and footrest, bottle opener, blanket, travel water bottle, and pockets for everything imaginable.
Mom, if you’re reading this…please remember my birthday is coming up 😉
Want to send your traveler off with a personal message they’ll see every day? Here’s a stylish travel present that lets you do it.
This men’s leather bracelet has a silver clasp engraved with a compass and a space to write a short message.
Whether you want to remind them to stay safe, make good choices, or simply that you love them—they’ll see it every day on their wrist and be reminded of you.
Help your traveler never lose their wallet again with this minimalist wallet designed by Nomad.
The wallet comes integrated with a hidden Tile GPS tracking chip that uses crowdsourcing location technology to locate a lost wallet. It even lets you “call” the wallet to help pinpoint the location.
Unique Travel Gifts for Her
So full disclosure: I’m NOT actually a female, nor do I have any idea what these strange creatures like. That’s why I recruited my lovely wife, Dayan, to give me ideas for unique travel gifts for her.
QUICK LINKS: Secret Pocket Scarf | Travel Jewelry Box | Travel Makeup Organizer | Door Stop Alarm | Sarong | Anti-Odor T-Shirt | Travel Hair Dryer | Travel Hair Straightener | Personalized Compass Necklace | World Map Bracelet | Wandersafe Beacon | Collapsible Period Cup | Multi-Function Travel Jacket | Hidden Pocket Tank Top | Grid-It Accessory Organizer | Mummy Bedsheet Liner
Travelers feel safe knowing their valuables are well-hidden when exploring unfamiliar places.
So really, anything with secret pockets makes a good gift for people who travel.
That said, this infinity travel scarf is EXTRA handy for women who want to travel in style. It’s lightweight enough to wear to the beach, but is also a great extra layer to use in colder climates.
Turns out men and women are different. A lot different.
I think it’s silly to travel with jewelry. It takes up space, serves no practical use, can get stolen…
My wife, on the other hand, kindly begs to differ.
If you’re looking for a good travel gift for women who like jewelry, you can’t go wrong with this travel jewelry box organizer.
When it comes to packing light, men have it easy.
Women, on the other hand, have a lot more things to keep organized.
If you need a good gift idea for women who travel (especially if they like makeup), this travel makeup organizer would be a delightful surprise.
This security door stop alarm is a good gift for female travelers (especially if they are traveling alone).
This handy little door stopper can be jammed under the door to prevent intruders from breaking in. If the door is forced open, an alarm will sound.
Pretty neat, huh?
If you’re worried about your female friend staying safe on the road, this useful travel gift will give you both peace of mind.
When it comes to travel clothes for women who want to pack light, sarongs are the ultimate travel present.
They’re freaking cool. (I wish they had sarongs for men)
They have like a million different uses depending on how you fold it. A sarong can be used as a skirt, swimsuit cover-up, shirt, scarf, blanket, beach towel…pretty much anything you want.
Talk about practical!
Let’s be honest…
Men aren’t the only ones who smell janky when they have limited clothes in humid destinations.
That’s why I recommend a Merino wool T-shirt for women as well. When there are no washing machines available, this material can resist odor for several days.
This is an essential travel gift for females who have extra space in their backpack (this mini hair dryer is surprisingly small).
Think about it. After trekking across the world to visit stunning remote destinations, your traveling lady friend is going to want some photos. Pretty photos. Photos where her hair doesn’t look like a crime scene.
Whenever she sees her beautiful hair in those pictures, she’ll think of you.
If you decide to buy the travel hair dryer, mind as well throw in this mini hair straightener too and call it the “Ultimate Hairdo Travel Set 100”.
Remember, if her hair looks bad, she won’t want to take pictures. And if there are no pictures, did she really even go traveling?
If you haven’t noticed, I think the best gifts for travelers are ones that can be personalized—they’re more special…made specifically for one person.
This creative necklace comes engraved with a compass on one side along with custom GPS coordinates of “home”. On the backside of the necklace, there’s room for a date, initials, or short word.
I love the idea of this, but keep in mind…if they get robbed, the thief will know exactly where they live (Am I paranoid? Or have I just been in Colombia too long?)
If you’re completely stumped at what travel present to buy your globetrotting girl, you can’t go wrong with a simple, elegant bracelet.
This bracelet comes in gold, rose gold, or sterling silver and is described as “dainty”. I’m not entirely sure what dainty means, all I know is it looks sweet!
I’m a firm believer that most of the world is pretty safe (if the right precautions are taken). That said, it’s no secret that women need to be more careful than men.
The Wandersafe Beacon is a useful travel gift that’ll help them stay safe.
It’s a tiny device (fits in the palm of your hand) that has three potentially life-saving functions—a super bright flashlight, a loud personal alarm siren, and a “Silent Assist” button. When this button is hit, an automatic SMS message is sent to three emergency contacts that includes an “I’m in danger” message as well as a map of your coordinates.
No matter what country they’re traveling to (even if it’s a “safe” country), I highly recommend this.
I thought about not including this. But then I thought…if I don’t, everyone will start leaving comments saying, “Mitch! I thought this was a comprehensive list of gifts for travelers! What about the collapsible travel period cups??”
So, here you have it!
I’m not even gonna try to explain. Because honestly, I rather not read the description before eating dinner.
If, after reading through 236+ good gift ideas for travelers, you decide to buy the travel period cup…God bless your soul.
If you read about the Men’s version of this jacket and thought, “Aw snaps! I wish they had this in womens”—then today’s your lucky day.
To recap, this is the swiss army knife of travel jackets.
It comes in four styles—vest, hoody, windbreaker, or bomber—and is loaded with 20+ nifty built-in features including a built-in eye mask, inflatable neck pillow and footrest, bottle opener, blanket, travel water bottle, and pockets for everything imaginable.
Yay! More stuff with hidden pockets!
Here’s a casual tank that’ll match with everything, and that has a super-secret pocket near the chesticle region.
Perfect for protecting cash, cards, and passports from thieving fingers.
So this neat thingymabob has tons of practical uses for both men and women, but I’ve included it here because one of the best uses is to organize makeup, brushes, and other beauty paraphernalia.
It’s a great travel related gift for those who are constantly rummaging around the recesses of their bags, frustrated because they can never find their lipstick.
Again, this is a good travel gift for anyone (men included), but I’ve found that generally speaking, women tend to have more heebie jeebies about sleeping in unknown bedsheets.
This “mummy liner” can be used to protect them from any germs (or bugs) that may be hidden in strange beds.
This one in particular is made using Coolmax technology and works especially well in warm weather
Best Christmas Gifts for Travelers
It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping—especially if the traveler in your life will be gone for Christmas and you want to give them their gift early. If you choose one of these Christmas gifts for travelers, you really can’t go wrong.
If you’re looking for the perfect travel present for someone who likes exploring rustic destinations, this is a great gift.
When exploring mountains, deserts, islands, and other “off-the-radar” destinations, it can be difficult to keep your devices charged. Not only can this lead to missing opportunities to take once-in-a-lifetime photos, but being completely disconnected is also dangerous.
This top-rated portable charger has enough juice to charge smartphones up to 7 times (depending on the phone) so the adventurer in your life will NEVER run out of battery.
These travel t-shirts make perfect Christmas gifts for travelers for two reasons:
1.) Travelers tend to have a weird desire to inspire and share their adventurousness with non-travelers (Guilty!).
2.) Travelers are proud of who they are and the lifestyle they live.
There are tons of different travel shirt styles out there, but here’s a bunch to give you some ideas.
Seriously though. Who isn’t interested in discovering their roots and ancestors. I’ve heard some pretty cool stories of people who did these Ancestry DNA tests and discovered things about themselves they would have never imagined.
This is an awesome gift idea for travelers who would love to visit the lands of their ancestors (they can even discover long lost relatives living around the globe!).
All they have to do is send in a test tube with their saliva, then their DNA will be analyzed, and they’ll be sent a full ancestry report in the mail.
If you’re loved one is traveling around the world, it can be a challenge for them to actually receive your Christmas gift (I finally picked up my grandma’s 2018 gift the following June—a deliciously fuzzy blanket—and brought it back with me to Colombia).
It’s definitely not the most creative gift idea for travelers, but if you want to give something they’ll actually use (sooner rather than later), you can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card.
This is also a great travel gift idea if you’re worried about accidentally buying them something they already have. Don’t let the “gift cards are lazy presents” misconception hold you back. In reality, everybody likes being able to buy themselves exactly what they want.
Speaking of gift cards, if your traveler is in town and you have an REI nearby, an REI gift card may be an even better option. That’s because when a traveler is choosing an item they’ll be carrying with them all around the world (like a backpack, tent, travel clothes, etc), it helps to be able to test it out in person (and get professional guidance).
REI is one of the best stores to do that.
Is your traveler a watch person? If so, they’re gonna love this cute travel gift.
These watches have a world map as the background, along with a little airplane that moves around in circles as the clock ticks.
The one pictured above is technically a women’s watch, but you can find men’s styles as well on Amazon.
Rosetta Stone is one of the most popular language-learning tools out there.
If your traveler plans to spend an extended period of time in one region of the world, their experience will be completely different if they’re able to speak the local language.
If that local language is one of the 24 offered by Rosetta Stone, this will make the perfect Christmas gift.
This is the ultimate Christmas gift for travelers. Here’s how it works…
You buy a “box” of experiences, which is delivered via email to your traveler. Each box contains hundreds of different fun experiences in over 100 countries (skydiving in Singapore, Ferrari racing in Lithuania, wine tasting on a sailboat, etc). Your traveler then has 5 years to enjoy whichever experience they choose.
See what I mean by the ultimate gift for travelers?
Best Gifts for Business Travelers
There are many different types of travelers. Good gifts for backpackers may not be the best gifts for business travelers. If you’re looking for gift ideas for someone who mostly travels for business, this is the section for you.
QUICK LINKS: Skyroam Mobile Wifi | Emergency Grooming Kit | Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard | Laptop Privacy Screen | Demi Hugger Luggage Strap | Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirt | Travel Blazer | Chino Travel Pants | Dressy Yoga Pants | Priority Pass Membership | Xpress Spa Gift Card | TripIt Pro Subscription
Skyroam Mobile Wifi is one of the best gifts for business travelers who need to be constantly connected.
It’s a pay-as-you-go hotspot that provides fast internet connection in over 130 connections.
By giving Skyroam as a gift, your traveler will always have a backup plan and will never have to worry about losing connection again.
Make sure your business guy is always looking fresh with this emergency grooming kit.
It includes a shoehorn, nail clippers, 6 collar stays, and a shoe shining brush—all in a tiny travel kit.
This small travel gift is especially handy for those needing to keep everything compact and organized in their carry-on luggage.
Unsavvy business travelers work on planes by awkwardly balancing their laptop on the tiny tray table.
Savvy business travelers have a small foldable bluetooth keyboard, which they comfortably connect to their smartphone or tablet.
Help your business traveler be a savvy business traveler.
Let’s face it. People like to snoop…especially if they’re bored out of their brains on a plane or in the airport.
This can be an issue for business travelers working with sensitive information on their laptops.
Enter the laptop privacy screen. It glares out the screen for anyone looking at it from an angle, and is the perfect gift for business travelers who want other people to mind their own beeswax.
This thing is so simple, yet so practical.
It can mean the difference between a stressful trip and a smooth trip.
The Demi Hugger Luggage Strap basically holds all your bags, luggage, and possessions together so you’re not stumbling around the airport with your hands full.
And as you’ll see in the photos on Amazon, it has many other practical uses as well.
Normal dress shirts do not work well for travel. They’re stiff, uncomfortable, and by the time you get off the plane, you’re a wrinkled mess.
That’s why the Van Huesen’s Traveler Stretch Button Down makes a great gift for business travelers (only a men’s version of this one, sorry ladies).
It’s stretchy, comfortable, and doesn’t need to be ironed.
If your business traveler needs to dress to impress, this Eddie Bauer Travel Blazer will certainly do the trick.
It was designed with travel in mind—stretchy, rugged, breathable, wrinkle-resistant, and packable.
It even has special interior pockets to keep travel documents organized and easy to access.
I’m always amazed at how advanced clothes are these days. In the past, if you wanted to look good, you probably weren’t going to be comfortable.
Gone are those days.
These wrinkle-resistant, quick-dry, moisture-wicking, travel chino pants are a perfect example.
This is a great gift for business travelers who need some pants that are dressy, comfortable, and travel-proof.
A lot of these business traveler gift ideas have been for men. So this one’s for you, ladies!
These yoga dress pants have got to be the greatest women’s fashion invention of the 21st century…
The comfiness of yoga pants mixed with the fanciness of dress pants. Brilliant!
Business travelers spend many hours in the airport. These hours can be spent uncomfortable and unproductive in random airport nooks and crannies…or they can be spent in luxurious lounges with free food, wifi, and workspaces (some even have spa treatments!).
A Priority Pass Membership will give your business traveler access to over 1200 airport lounges worldwide. They’ll never complain about long layovers again.
This is a great gift for people who travel a lot for business, tend to be “tightly wound”, and could use some relaxation time.
These gift cards can be redeemed for spa treatments in any of the Xpress Spas located in major US airports.
Most locations offer professional massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing.
Tripit Pro is like having your own personal travel assistant who conveniently organizes everything related to your trips.
It’s a huge time-saver, and is an especially useful gift for someone traveling frequently who is “organizationally-challenged” (or who simply have more important business-y things they need focus on).
For a service with even more handy bells and whistles, check out the Expert Flyer Subscription.
Best Travel Gifts for Couples
Need gift ideas for a traveling couple? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of unique travel gifts that couples can enjoy TOGETHER.
QUICK LINKS: Doublenest Hammock | Hammock Straps | Scented Travel Candles | Yoozon Selfie Stick | JBL Flip 4 | Our Bucket List Adventures Couple’s Journal | Matching Travel Buddies T-Shirts | Mr. & Mrs. Travel Eye Masks | Personalized Luggage Tags for Couples | Personalized Adventure Fund | Ultimate Journeys for Two Book | TRX GO | Travel Yoga Mat
I travel with a hammock. And to be honest, I’ve lugged it around to many places and have only used it a handful of times (ok maybe “lugged” is a strong word, it’s not that big).
However, each one of those “hammock days” was UNFORGETTABLE.
There’s nothing like stumbling on an empty pristine beach, finding the perfect palm trees to hang your hammock, and swinging away the afternoon.
I recommend the ENO Doublenest Hammock. It’s ridiculously sturdy, is easy to set up, and can fit two people (but is also comfortable with one).
Here’s a great additional gift for travelers who already have a hammock.
These special ENO hammock suspension straps make setting up a hammock a gajillion times easier.
No more monkeying around with ropes, trying to learn complicated knots, or wondering if your hammock will crash to the ground the second you sit in it.
Best of all, these straps can support up to 400 pounds—perfect for couples who want to snuggle together.
These scented candles are a unique travel gift that’ll help your travel couple keep the romance alive on the road.
They are smoke-free, come in a travel-friendly tin, and have a total burning time of around 100-120 hours. (That’s a lot of special nights!)
Maybe I’m behind the times. But up until about 2-months ago, I was using the same crappy selfie stick I’d bought for $2 at Carnival back in 2016.
Boy how times have changed. Now they have fancy lightweight Bluetooth selfie sticks with remotes and built-in tripods.
Gone are the days of awkwardly hunting down strangers to take your picture. (Or, if you’re like me, balancing your camera on a rock, setting a timer, and trying not to trip on your face as you scramble to get in the picture).
I bought the Yoozon Selfie Stick Tripod and love it. I bet your traveling couple will, too!
When traveling, there are times when some good music can make or break an experience. If you need a good gift for people who travel a lot, you can’t go wrong with a quality “travel-proof” Bluetooth speaker.
When I say “travel-proof”, I mean something that meets the following criteria:
- Cheap enough to not break the bank
- Small, lightweight enough to pack
- Big, powerful enough to pump a room full of bumpin’ music
- Durable enough to get thrown around in your bag and stand up against the elements
- Waterproof to listen by the pool, hiking in the rain, tubing down a river, etc.
There are many great options on the market, but for me, the JBL Flip 4 is the “Goldie Locks” of Bluetooth speakers for travelers, meeting all of the above criteria.
This is a travel gift for couples that will help them create beautiful memories together. In this couple’s bucket list journal, there are activities to help brainstorm a list of 50 adventures they’d like to do together.
Once they start going on these adventures, there’s a space to add a journal entry and a favorite photo from their trip.
I can totally picture my wife and I wearing these shirts on travel days.
These t-shirts are cute travel gifts for couples (or BFFs) who like to show the world how adorable they are.
If you decide to go with this gift, make sure to buy both a “right arrow version” and a “left arrow version” (sold separately)
Speaking of adorable matching travel gear, this Mr. and Mrs. Travel Eye Mask Set is a good travel gift for couples who spend a lot of time sleeping (or trying to sleep) in planes, buses, airports, or anywhere with annoying light.
There are also a bunch of different versions to choose from (Mr/Mrs, Wife/Hubby, I do/Me too, and even personalized names like Mr./Mrs. Robins)
These personalized luggage tags are another cute travel gift idea for couples.
They come engraved with the person’s name and how long they’ve been traveling with their partner (see photo).
Great for long-term couples as well as new couples just starting their adventure together.
Need a good travel gift for couples who are in the “Savings Phase”? If so, this could be the one.
This personalized adventure fund is a beautifully-designed savings box—etched with a couple’s names— where they can drop in their cash savings and watch it grow.
This box also works well as a wedding or bridal shower gift box.
This couple’s adventure book, written by the “World’s Longest Honeymooners”, is jam-packed with little-known destinations perfect for couples.
Each destination idea includes insider tips and everything a couple needs to know to plan an amazing trip.
It’s hard to for couples (or anyone) to stay fit on the road.
Depending on the type of traveler, people usually either get chunky, or they turn into bean poles.
This lightweight Travel TRX Exercise Kit is basically a portable gym, and will help your traveling couple stay fit and sexy for each other.
This Travel Yoga Mat pairs perfectly with the TRX System above.
Your traveling couple will be able to train together while on the road, keeping their bodies fit and attractive for one another.
While one person is using the TRX, the other can use the mat. Yay for fitness!
Best Travel Gifts for Mom
Does mommy love to travel? If so, these travel gift ideas have been carefully selected to keep her safe and comfortable on the road.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Wearing a travel money belt doesn’t fool anyone. Every single thief on planet earth knows about them.
The secret bra wallet pouch, on the other hand, now that’s something those pesky thieves won’t expect.
This clever pouch was designed by a travel blogger, attaches directly to a bra strap, and is the perfect place to hide money, cards, or other small items while out exploring.
Speaking of keeping belongings safe, this anti-theft purse is the Fort Knox of purses.
It is lined with slash-resistant mesh body panels, RFID blocked pockets for passports, lockable compartments, and slash-resistant shoulder straps.
If you’re worried about keeping mom and her belongings safe, giving her this useful travel gift will put your mind at ease.
Your mom is beautiful. And she’ll look even more beautiful with this stylish Roll-N-Go Packable Sun Hat.
This hat is perfect for travels. You can roll it up into a nice little wad, stuff it in your suitcase, and never worry about it getting a bunch of ugly wrinkles.
Best of all, it’s “one size fits most”. So unless mom has a ginormous dome, it should fit perfectly!
These cute travel slippers are a great travel gift idea for mom if she’s the kind of person who likes to kick off their shoes on flights, long bus/car rides, etc.
They’re also handy for those who don’t want to wear shoes all the time in their hotel/Airbnb, but are too grossed out to go barefoot.
Lastly, the Snoozies come in a compact travel pouch that keeps them separate from the rest of your stuff in your luggage (because, ya know…germs).
Is your mom a wine lover? If so, she’s going to love this cool travel gift idea.
I wish I would’ve had these handy inflatable wine-protector bags when I was in Chile earlier this year. Because let me tell you, wrapping wine bottles up in sweatshirts and praying they don’t get smashed by airport baggage handlers is not the best way to do it.
And these air wraps don’t just protect wine, you can use them to keep other small souvenirs safe in transport as well!
These prAna travel pants are a big favorite among women of all ages.
They’re everything an adventurous gal could ask for in a pair of pants—lightweight, breathable, stretchy, sun-proof, water repellent and quick dry.
They even have a handy secret pocket to hide valuables!
Despite being incredibly ugly, women seem to LOVE these things (judging by the 8000+ reviews).
My guess is that this love stems from a mixture of comfort and practicality. These KEEN sandals can be used for walking around town, hiking, the beach, or even as a water shoe.
Best Travel Gifts for Dad
Maybe it’s his birthday. Maybe it’s Father’s Day. Or maybe he just has an exciting trip coming up. Either way, choose something from this list of best travel gifts for dad, and you can’t go wrong.
Does dad like whiskey? Does he have a favorite city? If so, this unique travel gift is right up his alley.
This custom whiskey glasses come with a map of the city of your choice etched in the side—so every time he has a drink, he’ll be reminded of his favorite memories there.
These personalized luggage tags are the perfect small travel gift for dads (or anyone, really) who want a way to easily recognize their luggage.
With 10 colors and six engraving styles to choose from, it will be sure to make their luggage truly one-of-a-kind.
If your dad is a board game guy, this roll-up backgammon kit is a fun travel gift he can take with him on the road.
The kit consists of a leather board designed by German backpackers to by as sturdy and lightweight as humanly possible.
Keep dad looking slick during his travels with this Remington cordless beard trimmer. It includes all the attachments needed to manage the hairs growing out of his facial orifices.
Best of all, everything packs down nicely into the included travel pouch.
I haven’t tried this trimmer personally (I generally try to avoid letting my patchy prepubescent facial hair grow at all), but with almost 5000 reviews, it seems like a safe bet.
Help dad travel in style (and stay safe from the sun) on his next trip with this foldable roll-up fedora hat.
It’s perfect for the beach, folds up nicely to fit in a backpack, and provides UPF50+ sun protection.If this one doesn’t feel like his style, here are some other travel hat options to choose from.
These are, according to many reviews, the best quality flip flops on the market.
Over the past few years, I’ve worn through at least 20 pairs of cheap flip flops. Perhaps splurging and investing in some quality Rainbow Sandals wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
Great travel gift idea for dad.
Here’s a travel gift your dad will never want to take off.
These prAna stretch pants are technically built for rock climbing, which means they are stretchy, comfortable, and durable—all features that make great travel pants as well.
The cool thing about these is they’re versatile. They may be meant for rock climbing and outdoorsy stuff, but they are casual enough to use for a night on the town.
P.S. – That ugly khaki color is only one of many color options.
I packed ONE pair of shoes for over a year of travel in South America—the North Face Hedgehogs.
These trusty shoes took a serious beating and held up surprisingly well. I wore them for everything. Every single day. Hiking up mountains. Tubing down rivers. Exploring the city. Going out at night.
These are hands down my favorite shoe for travel (especially when hiking is involved), and I’m looking forward to buying my 3rd pair.
Long story short—dad will love them.
Best Travel Gift Ideas Under $25
Here are some great gifts for travelers you can buy with $25 (or less). Keep in mind, there are also many sub-$25 gifts for travelers in other sections as well.
QUICK LINKS: Packable Duffel Bag | 3D Contoured Travel Eye Mask | The “Buff” | Custom Design Luggage Cover | Belt with Hidden Pocket | “Unbreakable” Sunglasses | Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds | Ear Peace Concert Ear Plugs | EarPlanes Ear Protection
This neat travel present can be a life-saver for travelers prone to buying too many souvenirs.
Instead of having to buy an expensive extra suitcase, these cheap (yet sturdy) duffel bags pack down to almost nothing. That means you can easily store it in your normal backpack/suitcase, and if you ever need extra space…VIOLA!
These handy bags can also be used for day-trips so you can leave your main backpack safe at home.
The duffel bag I recommend is 65 liters. That should be big enough for most people. (I once bought a 120L version to transport my camping gear…it is MASSIVE!)
This is a really good gift for people who travel a lot, but have trouble sleeping.
See, travelers need to be able to sleep in all sorts of weird conditions—in buses, airports, shared dorm rooms where rude people turn on lights at the crack of dawn…it can be rough for light sleepers.
As a light sleeper myself, I’ve tried regular basic eye masks, and they suck. I usually end up ripping them off after about 15 minutes.
Thankfully, technology has brought us a better option: the 3D contoured cup sleeping mask.
If your traveler doesn’t already own a pair of these, it will make the perfect travel gift.
Every traveler needs a buff.
If you’re not familiar with the buff, it’s basically the most versatile, multi-use piece of headwear known to man.
Bandana, face mask, headband, due rag, scarf, balaclava, sweatband, beanie, hair tie, wrist sweatband…and the list goes on (here’s a video showing them all)
It’s the perfect gift idea for someone going traveling who loves spending time outdoors.
Ever saw a bag on the luggage carousel that looked just like yours? Maybe you even had to double-check the bag’s ticket to make sure.
Problem is, most people aren’t as careful as you. Gabbing away on the phone, chasing after kids, or simply exhausted from their trip—people accidentally leave with someone else’s suitcase every single day.
Make sure that never happens to the traveler in your life with these super cool custom luggage covers. (You could even make the cover be a photo of the two of you!)
This isn’t your average money belt (that every thief on planet earth knows about). This is an actual belt your travel can use to hold up their actual pants.
The inside of the belt is lined with a zipper to hide emergency cash.
I actually travel with this nifty belt instead of a normal belt because it folds up a lot smaller (although you look like a weirdo if you tuck your pants in).
Sunglasses tend to take a beating on long-term travel adventures.
If your traveler is a “sunglasses person”, it’s important to find a pair that won’t break easily.
Enter the “Unbreakable” Sunglasses.
These unisex glasses are made with a special TR-90 material that makes them bendable and scratch-resistant—perfect for getting thrown around in a backpack.
In this list, I mention a few more expensive travel headphone options. But sometimes it can be freeing to travel with cheap stuff. These affordable (yet durable) bluetooth headphones make a great gift for someone going traveling who doesn’t want to worry about having expensive gear getting lost, damaged, or stolen.
Best of all, these headphones are waterproof, and even have a mic for making calls.
Note: My mic doesn’t work 100% of the time, but for the price, it’s not a dealbreaker for me.
I love going salsa dancing in Colombia, but a lot of places blast music so loud that I literally have to put crumpled up napkins in my ears. At least, that’s what I did before I discovered these bad boys.
These Concert Ear Plugs are meant to lessen the volume of what enters your ears, without distorting the sound.
This is one of the best gifts for travelers who love going to concerts and festivals around the world (or for salsa dancers like me). It might seem a little weird at first, but their hearing aid-less ears will thank you for it when they’re older.
Here’s another good gift idea for travelers with sensitive ears.
These special ear plugs are designed to make air travel more comfortable.
They’re built to help relieve unpleasant changes in air pressure when changing altitudes.
Gone are the days of regulating air pressure by blowing into your nose (and hoping your eardrums don’t explode).
Small Travel Gift Ideas Under $10 (For the Cheapos)
Whether you’re strapped for cash or you simply don’t like the person that much—these are some rock-solid small travel gift ideas that are sure to come in handy.
QUICK LINKS: TSA Combination Locks | Digital Hanging Luggage Scale | Bag of Earplugs | Floating Waterproof Phone Pouch | Waterproof Pocket Notebooks | Headphone Splitter | Super Duper Strong Bug Spray | Minimalist Keychain Multitool | Duct Tape | Bucket Hat | Phone Dust Covers | Airplane Germ Defense Protector
Travelers can never have enough of these bad boys (especially if you’re a nice person like me and lend them out to others, only to have them disappear).
I recommend every traveler have at least one normal-sized padlock and 3 small TSA bag locks. That way you’ll have one for your locker, one for your bag, and an extra for when one goes missing. If you’re looking for some cheap travel gifts, pick up a couple of these.
Nobody likes getting hit with ridiculous “overweight baggage fees” when. It’s a sucky way to start a trip.
That’s why I recommend this small travel gift. It’s compact, lightweight, and it’ll give your traveler peace of mind whenever they need to catch a flight.
Super Cheap. Extremely effective. Easily lost.
A bag of these earplugs might not be the sexiest travel gift in the world. But when the time comes to use them, your traveler will be thankful.
These tend to either get lost or gunked up with nasty ear wax fairly quickly (or is it just me with the overactive wax glands?), so make sure to buy a bunch.
These floating phone pouches come in handy ALL the time…especially if you don’t have a fancy waterproof phone (or would rather not test out it’s supposed waterproofness).
This might be a small travel gift, but it gives huge peace of mind. Armed with one of these bad boys, your traveler won’t have to leave their phone hidden in their towel at the beach, praying nobody walks away with it while they’re out taking a dip.
These pocket notebooks are a cheap travel gift your traveler can use to take notes on interesting things they learn on tours. They’re also handy to carry around everywhere to jot down small things they see, think, or feel while they’re out exploring.
Yes, they could just use their phone to take notes. But there’s just something special about putting pen to paper when it comes to recording memories (plus, sometimes strolling around showing off your fancy smartphone isn’t the best idea).
Sometimes you’re traveling with a buddy, and you wanna listen to some tunes. But—UH OH!—Your unprepared buddy doesn’t have any tunes. And you feel rude about listening to your tunes while buddy sits bored and tunes-less.
What a horrible, awkward situation, right?
Luckily, you’ll traveler won’t ever have to experience it…because you bought them headphone splitters!
In Guatemala, I got infected with Chikungunya. That shiz is the worst!
Now I don’t eff around with skeeters.
This 100% DEET mosquito spray is my new preferred method to combat evil mosquitoes, and it’s a cheap gift for travelers who plan to be in jungly areas (or anywhere with lots of disease-carrying bugs).
WARNING: This stuff is strong. You don’t need to use very much.
This tiny, TSA-friendly multitool packs a big punch.
It includes a carabiner, bottle opener, box cutter, 3 wrench sizes, a ruler, and a flathead screwdriver.
Best of all, it’ll only run you a few bucks!
So, I don’t really recommend giving JUST duct tape as a travel present. That’s a horrible idea.
However, you could include it as a part of a “travel hack kit” and pair it with other small useful items they’ll need on the road (like anything else in this section).
Yes, duct tape might seem like a ridiculous gift. But I guarantee it will come in handy.
This affordable outdoor bucket hat is nice small travel gift for anyone who loves spending time in the great outdoors.
It’s mesh panels will keep their head cool, the UPF 50 UV protection will keep their skin safe, and the flexible material makes it perfect for crushing into small spaces in a backpack.
Travel has a weird way of destroying electronics…especially if beaches and sand are involved.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution: PortPlugs.
These little port covers will protect your traveler’s phone from sand, dust, and other travel-related gunk from getting inside.
This set comes with a bunch of extras, as they are small and easy to misplace when on-the-go.
Is your traveler a germaphobe? If so, this cheap travel gift is sure to make their flights a bit less yucky.
This airplane germ defense protector kit comes with disposable antibacterial latex covers that fit over headrests and bacteria-filled tray tables.
To top it off, throw in a box of disposable face masks. Take that, nasty germs!
Best Luxury Travel Gifts
If you’ve got more money than you know what to do with, here are some luxury travel gifts and accessories that’ll blow your travel lover’s mind. (Also, why don’t you send some of that extra dough over to Uncle Mitch while you’re at it?)
QUICK LINKS: Kindle Paperwhite | Sony Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones | Bose Noise-Cancelling Earbuds | Jabra “True Wireless” Exercise Earbuds | Travelpro “Smart” Luggage | Kimono Travel Robe | Luxury Eye Mask | The “Rolls Royce” of Electric Travel Toothbrushes
This is hands down one of the best gifts for travelers who love to read. And you know what?
I’d even go as far as to say it’s a great travel gift even for people who DON’T read that much.
Travel has a weird way of turning people into readers.
Because when you travel “off-the-grid” to remote destinations, there is oftentimes nothing to do except read.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the most basic version of the Kindle, but it’s perfect for travel. It can hold thousands of books, is easy to read in any lighting condition, has a battery that lasts for weeks between charges, and is even waterproof!
Looking for the ultimate travel gift that will win you a place in the heart of your favorite traveler forever and ever? Look no further.
Here’s the thing. I used cheap headphones while traveling for years. And guess how many times they broke in the middle of my trip? TOO MANY TIMES!
For the cost of all the cheap headphones I had to replace, I could’ve just purchased a nice pair.
Now I use Sony WH1000XM3s, and it is like heaven on earth. If I need to focus and get work done, drown out crying babies, or simply get lost in my music, I throw on my Sonys and let the noise cancelling block out the world.
As much as I love the Sony headphones above, they’re obviously not the best travel gift for an ultra-light traveler who doesn’t have much space.
If that’s the case, the Bose QuietComfort 20 Earbuds offer top-of-the-line noise cancelling in a much more compact, travel-friendly size.
Here’s the last “luxurious” headphones gift recommendation I have. The Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds are the perfect travel earbuds for travelers who like to exercise on the road (these are what I use for my travel workouts).
They are completely wireless, waterproof, and dustproof (IP55 rated)…in other words, perfect for the sweaty traveler who ain’t afraid to get dirty!
This luxury travel gift is perfect for the tech-savvy traveler who spends a lot of time at the airport.
With a built-in USB charger (that is removable to comply with airline regulations), your traveler will never have to trek through the airport hunting for charging stations again.
The best part is the Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 comes at a surprisingly affordable price (compared to the competition), and even includes a warranty against damages caused by those pesky heavy-handed baggage handlers.
This probably won’t make the cut for a long-term backpacking trip. But it definitely has its place on a luxury weekend getaway trip.
This Kimono Robe is lightweight and will make your traveler feel like a queen after a nice bubble bath or dip in the pool.
This isn’t your ordinary eye mask.
This a luxury mask. With a contoured fit and special breathable “eye chambers”, this mask will help your traveler get the beauty sleep they deserve.
This luxury travel accessory even comes with a travel pouch and earplugs!
This luxury travel gift is perfect for those who don’t like to mess around when it comes to dental hygiene.
The Oral-B Genius Pro is quite literally a genius. It connects to your smartphone and uses positioning and facial recognition software to show which teeth have been brushed and which are still dirty.
It also has sensors that adjust brush speed to protect your gums.
Lastly, it comes with a smart travel case that can be used to charge both your toothbrush AND your smartphone.
Whoever said brushing your teeth couldn’t be fun?
Best Travel Gifts for Nature Lovers
Need inspiration for gifts for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers? Here are a bunch of ideas to get your juices flowing.
QUICK LINKS: Steripen | LifeStraw | LifeStraw Bottle | TSA-Friendly Multitool | Hammock Mosquito Net | Leatherman Multitool | Black Diamond Headlamp | Dry Sack | aLokSak Bags | Emergency Survival Kit | Lightweight Backpacking Tent | Air Core Sleeping Pad | Ultralight Backpacking Stove | Backpacking Cookware Set | Mummy Sleeping Bag | Solar-Powered Power Bank | Wrist Dive Computer | Packable Daypack | Permethrin-Treated Clothing | eTrex Handheld GPS | Travel Binoculars
Many developing countries do NOT have safe drinking water. Travelers going to these areas have three options:
- Spend tons of money buying and lugging around huge water jugs
- Get sick
- Use a handy portable water purifier
A Steripen is a great gift for people who travel because it’ll not only help keep them healthy, you’ll also save them loads of money on water (and trips to the grocery store).
That said, there is one caveat. If you’re going to give a Steripen as a gift, it’s SUPER important to also include a few sets of spare CR123 batteries. It turns out, these batteries can be hard to find in other parts of the world (I learned that one the hard way). And no batteries means no clean water.
A cheaper alternative to the Steripen is a LifeStraw.
This also is a super handy gift for someone traveling, but it’s not quite as practical as the Steripen. That’s because with the Lifestraw, water is purified as you suck through the straw (meaning it’s for personal use).
A Steripen, on the other hand, allows you to purify water for multiple people.
The LifeStraw water bottle is another great gift for travelers who will be exploring places with sketchy water.
That said, it’s probably the least practical of the three purification options because, well, it only works if you drink from this bottle.
It’s still would make an awesome adventure travel gift, but the other options are a bit more flexible.
The Lever Gear Toolcard Pro Multitool is one of the most unique travel gifts you can buy for outdoor adventure lovers.
It fits in your wallet, is allowed on airplanes, and has 40 different uses (but let’s be honest, they’ll probably only ever use the bottle opener 🍺)
Remember that hammock we talked about earlier?
Well, if you don’t want your traveler to get eaten alive by skeeters in said hammock (which in some areas, is actually extremely dangerous), then get them this handy hammock mosquito net!
This net was designed by a former US marine and offers a lifetime “No Bugs” warranty.
Every outdoor adventurer needs one of these bad boys.
Leatherman multitools are built to last. They come with a 25-year warranty and are made with quality materials in the good ol’ US of A.
Quick note: a 25-year warranty means nothing if you accidentally pack it in your carry-on and security confiscates it (been there, done that!). Make sure your travel always keeps it in their checked bag when flying.
I made the mistake of buying a cheapo headlamp once.
I carried it around in my backpack for months, patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. Finally, I found myself out in the Costa Rican jungle with no electricity. Excited, I whipped out my headlamp, pressed the power button, and…NOTHING.
The stupid thing was a dud. And I spent three nights stumbling around in the dark, praying I wouldn’t accidentally step on a tarantula (they love chilling in the middle of the footpaths at night).
After surviving that weekend, I decided it was probably a good idea to shell out a few extra bucks and buy a top-rated Black Diamond headlamp.
Every traveler needs one of these. They’re perfect for the beach, tubing, and boating excursions…but honestly, they’re great to have along any time you might get caught in a rainstorm and are carrying stuff that you prefer stays dry.
If your traveler doesn’t already have a quality dry sack, this will be a very useful travel gift.
When it comes to protecting valuables from water damage while traveling, it’s always good to have backup options.
These aLokSak waterproof bags basically zip lock bags on steroids. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, and will give your traveler peace of mind when carrying their valuables around water.
Here’s a handy gift for travelers that could actually save their life.
This emergency survival kit is a must-have for adventurers who like to rough it in the wild. It includes an emergency blanket, fire starter, tactical knife, scraper, compass, swiss card multitool, flashlight, whistle, multifunction survival bracelet, and more.
Best of all, everything comes in a compact, travel-friendly waterproof case.
You can’t just use any old tent on a long-term backpacking trip. It needs to be lightweight and ultra-compact.
These tents can be ridiculously expensive. That’s why—unless your traveler plans to camp all the time—I recommend the cheaper North Face Stormbreaker tent, which cost less than half of some of the other backpacking tents on the market.
This is the tent we used to hike the “O” trek in Torres del Paine, where it survived a harsh beating (our neighbor’s tents collapsed in a storm in the middle of the night).
If your traveler plans to spend time camping, they’re going to need a sleeping pad. And these things are definitely not created equal.
I did TONS of research on sleeping pads when preparing for our hiking trip through Torres del Paine, and the Big Agnes Air Core Pad seemed to offer the best mix of quality and value.
After using it for 2 weeks camping in the mountains, I’m super impressed at how lightweight and comfortable they are (the only downside is they’re kinda slippery).
Having your own travel stove opens up tons of food options when camping (or traveling in general). You’re no longer at the mercy of the cookware available at your campsite, hostel, etc)—you can cook up a nice meal anywhere!
If you need a gift for budget travelers or hikers, this will help them save a boatload of money on food.
If your traveler wants the freedom to cook their own meals in the wild, they’ll also need a compact camping cookware set.
This is the set we used in Torres, and it worked perfectly—small enough to pack, but just big enough to cook.
I’m a firm believer that every adventurer should own a high-quality sleeping bag—something that will keep them warm in extreme temperatures.
This probably won’t be a travel present that your traveler will take with them on long trips (lugging around a sleeping bag—no matter how compact—is a pain). But if they love camping and hiking, they’ll definitely put it to good use.
When choosing a sleeping bag, there are 3 main things to consider: Price, Temperature Rating, and Size/Weight.
Ultra-compact sleeping bags with extremely cold temperature ratings can get very pricey. I used a “middle of the line” Marmot Trestles 15 bag in Patagonia, and it was perfect.
These solar-powered power banks are cool travel gifts for nature lovers who like exploring off-the-grid locations without running out of battery.
They come with 4 solar panels that soak up the sun’s energy during the day and, once full, can charge a smartphone 8-10 times.
In other words, as long as your traveler isn’t sitting in a dark cave for 8 days, they’ll never have to worry about their electronics dying ever again.
Does your traveler loves scuba diving? If you’re looking for gifts for divers, here’s one that will help them stay safe as they explore the underwater world.
This wrist dive computer monitors important dive metrics, has adjustable alarms, and is beginner-friendly.
When traveling, you need a minimum of two bags. One large main bag, and one smaller daypack. However, lugging around two bags everywhere isn’t fun.
That’s why a packable daypack makes a great gift for people who travel.
This water-resistant packable daypack offers 35L of space to take hiking or sightseeing during the day, but folds down tightly into its own pocket to store away in your main bag when traveling.
Permethrin-treated clothing is an awesome gift for travelers planning to be in dangerous “mosquito zones”. This clothing is treated with Permethrin, a mosquito-repelling chemical, which means your traveler won’t have to worry about constantly applying mosquito spray.
Here are a few different options:
The last option is to simply buy the Permethrin chemical itself so they can use it to treat any clothes they want.
There are many hikes around the world that are well-marked and easy to follow. The problem is that since they’re so convenient and easily accessible, sometimes it’s hard to have a place all to yourself.
If you need a gift for someone who loves to escape the crowds and go WAY off the beaten path, the Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld GPS will help them do just that.
This handheld GPS is one of the best hiking essentials for hardcore adventurers who want to create their own hiking routes.
If your traveler is going to be out searching for wildlife, having a good pair of binoculars is a must.
Seeing things up close (or at least feeling like you’re close) is a whole different experience than squinting to make out the camouflaged shape of an animal that might actually just be a log off in the distance.
Best Gifts for Travel Lovers Homes
Honestly, finding a travel gift worthy enough to make it in a world traveler’s backpack is hard. Maybe even impossible. It’s way easier buying gifts for travel lovers homes (assuming they have a home). The following travel gifts ideas will keep their wanderlust levels high while they’re at home in between trips.
QUICK LINKS: Scratch Off World Map | Scratch Off USA Map | Framed Push Pin World Map | Levitating Desk Globe | Wall Map Art Canvas | “Try The World” Subscription Box | Atlas Coffee Club Subscription | World Map Bed Sheets | Travel-Themed Pillows | Personalized Travel Scrapbook | Lightbulb with Secret Camera | Map Coasters | Personalized World Map Cork Board
This unique gift for travelers is something you’d buy them AFTER they get back from their trip.
It’s a world map poster covered with a gold film (similar to a lottery ticket). Whenever they travel to a new country, they can scratch off the gold film, reveal the colored map underneath, and track everywhere they’ve been.
If the traveler in your life prefers to traveling within the US, this US-specific scratch map is a better option.
It’s the perfect way to track which of the 50 states they’ve been to, and which they plan to visit next.
This is another cool gift for travelers who want to track where they’ve been. With the pushpin world map, instead of scratching off the countries, you put a pushpin everywhere you’ve been (this let’s you be a bit more precise with specific cities).
This beautiful wall map includes an elegant 2-inch frame and 100 pushpins.
This is probably the coolest desk decoration I’ve ever seen—a magic floating globe.
I honestly can’t tell you how it works—you’d need a rocket scientist to do that—all I can say is if you’re looking for a unique travel gift that’ll blow your traveler’s mind, this is it.
Technology, I tell ya…never ceases to amaze me!
If you can’t tell, I’m a map nerd. (This is the last one, I promise!)
This beautiful wall map art canvas comes in various sizes (some of them HUGE, like the one pictured above). They’re the perfect creative gift for travel lovers who need some wall decorations to spruce up their home.
If Amazon ever makes it to Colombia, this is totally going in my living room.
Is your traveler a foodie? If so, they’re gonna live this delicious travel gift.
With the Try The World subscription box, your traveler will receive a box of tasty foods from around the world every month. Pistachio cream from Italy, couscous from Morocco, olive spread from Argentina, roasted chana from India…every month they’ll be surprised with new cultural delicacies to sink their teeth into.
This unique travel gift is similar to the “Try The World” subscription box, but with coffee.
Every month, your traveler will be sent a “coffee of the month” box filled with the world’s best coffee from all around the world.
So, even if they’re currently living at home, they can continue traveling the world one cup of coffee at a time.
Here’s a neat travel related gift that’ll have your loved one dreaming about travel every single night.
These bed sets come with a blanket and two pillow covers. There are tons of different map styles to choose from (like this antique version), so it shouldn’t be hard finding something that matches their bedroom.
These decorative travel pillows are perfect for beds and couches—you could even match them with one of the wall maps above.
If your traveler is anything like me. They have tens of thousands of amazing travel photos sitting on their hard drive that they never look at.
Seriously though…what’s the point of working so hard to get the “perfect” photo if you never even look at them??
With this personalized travel scrapbook, they’ll be able to choose their favorite photos and put them on display—an awesome gift for travel lovers homes.
This nifty secret camera light bulb is a great gift for travelers who want to keep an eye on their house while they’re off exploring the world. (We just bought one for my father-in-law’s cottage).
This LED light bulb has a hidden 360-degree camera that is activated by a motion sensor, connects to wifi, and can be monitored via your smartphone.
It even has a built-in speaker you can talk into from your phone!
These antique map drink coasters are a great gift for travel lovers homes.
They match perfectly with the antique wall maps, pillows, and other home decor mentioned above.
Travelers love anything that reminds them of their adventures (or inspires them to go on new ones), so you really can’t go wrong with any travel-themed home decorations.
This one is similar to the push pin map above, except this one is printed on high-quality canvas and can be personalized with your traveler’s name and favorite colors.
It also comes with 100 push pins that can be used to track their travels and post photos of their favorite vacations around the world.
Lastly, if your traveler prefers to domestic travel, there’s a USA cork board as well!
Best Gifts for Travelers Who Are Currently Traveling
Finding good gifts for travelers who are currently on the road can be a tough task. It’s hard to know where to ship (and can be stupidly expensive!). That’s why if your traveler is on the road, you might need to get creative. Here are some winning travel gift ideas to get you started.
QUICK LINKS: Travel Insurance | ExpressVPN | Neveo Monthly Family Newsletter | Audible Audiobook Sunscription | Netflix + Spotify Subscription | Meditation App Subscription | Online Yoga Class Subscription | Trusted Housesitters Membership | Online Language Private Lessons | Gift from Local Store | Surprise Flower + Food Local Delivery
WARNING: Don’t let your loved one travel without travel insurance. I repeat. They need travel insurance.
When exploring the world, you never know what’s going to happen (Read about my unexpected travel health scares here).
If you can’t convince them to buy it themselves, there’s no better gift for travelers than the gift of health and safety. Signing them up is super easy and takes about 3 minutes. Just enter their details in the box above, get an instant price, and checkout.
Speaking of safety, health isn’t the only thing your traveler has to worry about. They also need to protect their data.
When using public wifi—as they probably do all the time on the road—their sensitive personal data (credit card numbers, passwords, etc) is at risk to hackers.
Fortunately, if they’re using a VPN, they can encrypt their information and “hide” it from digital thieves. There are many VPNs out there, but one of the most popular choices for travelers is ExpressVPN.
This is a cool gift for travelers that solves an important problem many travelers have (myself included)—keeping grandparents updated with their beloved grandchildren’s adventures.
My grandparents are computer illiterate. And no matter how many times I ask the rest of my family to share my travel pictures with grandma, nobody ever keeps her in the loop.
With Neveo, all your traveler has to do is mark their favorite trip photos with a few clicks. Then each month, Neveo takes those photos, formats them, prints them in a beautiful journal, and mails them directly to grandma. So cool!
Frequent travelers spend a lot of time in transport—planes, trains, buses, boats, etc. Books are a great way to take advantage of that time. But if you’re like me, reading and moving vehicles don’t mix well.
That’s why Amazon’s Audible subscription is a good gift idea for travelers. They can download a bunch of interesting books, and listen to the audio version to keep them busy on travel days.
Help your traveler take their entertainment on the road with either a Netflix or Spotify Premium subscription (or both!).
Traveling can be exhausting. And sometimes, there’s nothing better to recoup from a string of busy days than a nice Netflix n chill night.
These subscriptions will also keep them content on long plane or bus rides.
I can honestly say that these two meditation apps have changed my life.
This is a good gift for travelers who want to learn how to slow down, live in the moment, deepen experiences with people and places, and simply enjoy life more (who doesn’t want that?).
I can’t recommend Headspace and Calm enough. (You may have to sign them up for a free trial, and then upgrade it)
Yoga is a health-conscious traveler’s best friend. It keeps their body flexible, their mind fresh, and best of all, doesn’t require any equipment.
The problem is, most people don’t know enough about yoga to create their own routines. It’s much easier to follow a class.
By gifting a subscription to an online yoga program like Yoga International, they’ll get instant access to hundreds of yoga and meditation classes taught by professionals.
Classes can even be downloaded onto their phone or laptop for offline use.
This is the perfect gift for long-term travelers on a budget.
Trusted Housesitters is a paid membership platform where homeowners who need someone to “watch over” their empty house (and pets) connect with travelers who want a free place to stay.
By buying your traveler a membership, they’ll have access to tons of housesitting opportunities worldwide.
Is your traveler interested in learning the local language of the country they’re in? Why not buy them some online language lessons.
There are many online programs out there. One of the most popular is italki, which has a database of 10,000 private online language teachers your traveler can choose from.
Gift from Local Online Store
If you know your traveler will be staying at a certain address for several days, you can buy them a gift from a local online store and ship it directly to them.
In the US, Amazon is the big online retailer. But many countries have their own “version of Amazon”.
You might have to do some digging on Google or in travel forums to find out what that country’s popular online shopping portal is called…but it’s a great way to ship a physical gift directly to them (without breaking the bank).
Flowers / Pizza / Ice Cream / Cake Delivery
Again, it might require some investigative work, but if you know where they’re staying, you can find a way to have flowers, pizza, cake, ice cream, etc. delivered to them.
These gifts might be boring under normal circumstances. But when you’re in a completely different country and a cake randomly arrives at your doorstep on your birthday…now that is a memorable surprise!
Best Travel Gifts for First Time Travelers
While these are all good gifts for first time travelers, here are some gifts for someone traveling abroad specifically for the first time. These are aimed at newbie travelers who might not have their basic travel gear covered yet.
QUICK LINKS: Nomatic Carry-On Backpack | Osprey Farpoint 70 | Shacke Pak Packing Cubes | Compression Packing Cubes | Hanging Toiletry Kit | Universal Adapter | Quick Dry Travel Towel | Passport Holder | Osprey Day Pack | Travel Laundry Sack | Classic Money Belt | Hydration Fanny Pack | Travel Guide | Pocket Language Dictionary | Travel Journal
If your travel rookie is planning on traveling light with just a carry-on bag, this is hands down the bag they’ll want to use.
Nomatic is a company obsessed with making the “perfect travel backpack”. Check out this video to see what I mean.
They’ve literally thought of everything!
While the Nomatic bag is probably the best travel bag out there, they don’t offer anything larger than carry-on size.
So if your traveler needs more space (most do), I recommend the Osprey Farpoint 70 backpack.
A high-quality backpack is a long-term traveler’s best friend. It’s literally their “house” and needs to be strong enough to take endless beatings. (Imagine lugging a heavy load around the world with a broken strap…not fun).
I personally use the old version of the Osprey Farpoint 70, and over the past 4 years of rough use, it has proven virtually indestructible.
Traveling without packing cubes can be an organizational nightmare. It’s one of the biggest rookie packing mistakes.
If you’re looking for a great gift for someone traveling abroad, especially if that someone has never done a big trip before—these packing cubes will save them loads of frustration and headaches.
An alternative to the traditional Shacke packing cubes above are the new Eagle Creek COMPRESSION packing cubes.
I have yet to test these out myself, but from the looks of it, they’re like packing cubes on steroids.
Not only do you get the organization of regular packing cubes, but now you can compress everything down to save space in your bag…brilliant!
A toiletry bag might not seem like a very unique travel gift…but the key here is HANGING toiletry bag.
This will make your traveler’s life so much easier.
When I first started traveling, I had a regular non-hanging bag, and let me tell you…it sucked!
Turns out, many bathrooms have nowhere to set your bathroom stuff. So unless you want to set your toothbrush on the grimy floor, you have to set it in the wet sink…or balance it on your knee…or tuck it under your chin. You might think I’m exaggerating, but the struggle was real!
After I bought a hanging toiletry bag, everything changed. As long as the bathroom has a doorknob, towel holder, or shower rod—you have somewhere to put your stuff. (Plus it’s super slim and easy to pack!)
If you need a good gift for someone traveling abroad for the first time, a universal travel adapter is a great option.
Many newbie travelers forget about the fact that other countries use different types of outlets. Without an adaptor, they won’t be able to charge anything!
A basic universal adaptor would make a so-so gift, but most only let you charge one device at a time – not very practical.
That’s why I recommend the EPICKA Travel Adapter, which has 4 USB and 1 USB-C charging slots, all in one compact adapter.
Do not let your rookie traveler leave home without one of these towels. Seriously, DON’T DO IT!
If you haven’t traveled much, you won’t appreciate the difference between a regular towel and a microfiber travel towel. But trust me, the difference is huge.
A good microfiber towel packs down to half the size of a normal towel, dries 10x faster, and takes longer to start smelling like butt.
To choose the perfect microfiber towel, you need to think about size. Small towels are nice because they don’t take up much space in your bag. Big towels dry you better and are great for the beach.
For me, XL is the perfect size (30 x 60 inches). Not too small, not too big.
When traveling abroad, your passport is your life. It’s not something you just throw in your bag willy-nilly. It needs to be protected from both physical elements, as well as digital thieves.
That’s why a passport holder is a great gift idea for someone going traveling for the first time. There are tons of different designs and styles., so you might want to poke around Amazon to see which your traveler would like best.
I personally prefer compact passport holders (like this one) that are easy to fit in my pocket.
Whichever you choose, make sure it has RFID-Blocking technology so hackers can’t scrape the data embedded in your passport and steal your identity.
If your traveler’s main bag doesn’t have a detachable day pack (like the Osprey Farpoint 70 recommend above), they’ll need a separate day pack.
This is the backpack they carry around site seeing (while their bigger bag is stored in their accommodation).
The Osprey Packs Daylite Plus is one of the best day packs on the market—a useful travel gift your little explorer is sure to love.
Your traveler is going to need a way to separate clean clothes from dirty clothes within their backpack/luggage.
The best way to do this is with a dedicated laundry sack designed to prevent dirty clothes rank from seeping out into the “clean area” of their bag.
Friends don’t let friends travel wearing ranky clothes. So if you need a great gift for friends going traveling, this is it.
While I think there are definitely better ways to hide your money while traveling (which I’ve scattered all throughout this list), a classic money belt is a travel staple that is bound to come in handy.
This one sports RFID-blocking technology, is water-repellant, and has a few extra pockets to help keep things organized.
Think fanny packs are dorky? Think again!
When your traveler is in the airport, taking a tour around town, or off on a day hike, they probably have a few doodads they want to carry around with them, but not enough to warrant hoisting around a big backpack all day.
That’s where a nice fanny pack comes in. I invested in one of these bad boys last year, and it’s made travel way more comfortable. I highly recommend it as a gift for people who like to travel.
With the internet giving us instant access to anything we want to know, physical travel guides are becoming less and less popular.
That said, there’s something romantic about putting the phone away and following a good ‘ol travel guide.
Yes, there is an app for that. You can look up anything you want to know on your phone.
But when traveling, there are many times when pulling your expensive smartphone out isn’t the best idea.
A handy pocket dictionary will help your traveler pick up the local language whenever their phone isn’t available.
My travel journal is hands-down one of my most prized possessions.
I’ve carefully recorded all of my favorite travel memories, and one of my favorite things to do is sit back with a beer, crack open the journal, and relive those memories.
That said, it wouldn’t be the same if it were written in a normal notebook. The feel of a high-quality leather journal in your hands makes the experience more magical. (Make sure to pair this cool travel gift with a waterproof pen).
Best Gifts for Retired Travelers
Know someone who just retired and is about to set off on a travel adventure? Here are some travel gift ideas that’ll help them have a trip of a lifetime.
QUICK LINKS: Family Photo Playing Cards | Airplane “Sleepy Ride” Footrest | Roll-Up Sun Visor | Travel Compression Socks | AARP Membership | Reliefband Motion Sickness Bracelet | Acupressure Anti-Nausea Bands | “Senior-Friendly” Suitcase
This simple, yet thoughtful gift for retired travelers will remind them of their loved ones back home whenever they have a game of cards.
These personalized playing cards come with the photos of your choice printed on each card.
They are also waterproof, tear-proof, and come in a clear plastic case perfect for travel.
This airplane memory foam footrest is a useful travel present to help make long flights more comfortable for your retired traveler’s creaky bodies (who am I kidding, I’m 28 and I need this).
This ingenious contraption easily attaches to the seatback in front of you, and makes it feel like you’re sitting in a comfy recliner.
Lastly, it packs down tight into an included travel carrying pouch and takes up minimal space in a carry-on bag.
I can totally see grams rockin’ this non-crushable sun visor—it’s grandma fashion at it’s finest.
This trendy straw visor rolls up tight and can be mushed down in your bag without getting damaged. It comes in many different colors, can be adjusted to grandma’s head size, and provides extra sun protection for her delicate skin.
Compression socks are great for anyone who has to sit for hours on long bus/plane rides. But they are especially important for older folks who have circulation problems.
When they sit for a long time, the “stale” blood pools in their feet and can cause dangerous blood clots.
These travel compression socks will boost their circulation and help them stay healthy on their trip.
Don’t let the senior adventurer in your life pay full price for travel!
Sign them up for an AARP Membership so that they can start receiving discounts on flights, insurance coverage, tours, cruises, hotels, rental cars, airport parking, and much more.
They’ve worked hard their whole life saving up for these adventures. Help them make that money last as long as possible.
There’s nothing worse than looking forward to seeing a beautiful destination…only to get horrible motion sickness on the ride there.
You can take medicine to prevent nausea, but that makes you sleepy (and who wants to travel the world half-awake?).
Thankfully, technology is here to save the day. The Reliefband bracelets create small impulses on the inside of your wrist that “trick” your nervous system into not getting motion sick.
This is the budget-friendly alternative to the above-mentioned Reliefband.
Instead of wrist pulses that affect your nervous system, these travel wristbands use acupressure to a certain area of the wrist shown to decrease nausea.
I have yet to try these myself, but I’ve heard multiple people say they love these things.
Your senior traveler may have an adventurous spirit, but chances are they aren’t as strong as they once were.
Lugging around a heavy backpack or poorly-designed suitcase won’t be fun for them.
If you’re looking for gifts for retired travelers that’ll make their trip more comfortable, consider the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Suitcase – it’s lightweight, has four wheels with patented technology that increase stability, has plenty of space, and is comfortable to travel with.
Best Travel Gifts for Kids
Who said adults are the only ones who like to travel? If you need some good travel gifts for kids (or a traveling family), here are some ideas to get you started.
This travel gift idea is awesome for helping families build stronger relationships while traveling the world.
When traveling with kids—whether that be a cross-country road trip, summer vacation, or round-the-world adventure—there is a lot of downtime.
The Our Moments Question Game helps take advantage of that downtime to bond with each other. It includes a set of cards with 100 thought-provoking conversation starters that will help the family get to know each other on a deeper level (and practice communication skills).
Help fire up the wanderlust in your favorite kiddo with this travel present.
The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book is jam-packed with fascinating facts about each country in the world. From interesting cultural customs to unfamiliar foods to crazy festivals—this book will open a child’s mind, expand their worldview, and inspire them to go see these amazing places for themselves!
I’m a firm believer that kids and cell phones should not mix. It’s ruining society’s social skills and ability to focus and learn (but that’s a rant for another day).
The point is, when they’re traveling, get them off that dang cell phone! Show them it’s fun to use their mind in other ways, like with a good ol’ book of travel-themed mad libs.
Aren’t these things just the cutest?
If these slippers came in adult sizes, they’d be on my feet right now.
Speaking of games to get kids off the phone, here’s a classic.
This dominoes set is specifically designed for travel. It has a magnetic board that prevents pieces from sliding around while playing on the road, comes in a pocket-sized carrying case, and is super fun!
This company makes all sorts of other magnetic travel games as well, so be sure to check out all the other options.
So this eco-friendly travel gift idea isn’t necessarily for a kid’s enjoyment (well, they’ll probably enjoy not getting a fire-red lobster sunburn), but it gives you the opportunity to teach them why it’s important to protect the environment.
Unlike normal sunscreen, this biodegradable sunscreen doesn’t include chemicals that damage coral reefs and other important marine life. (Some touristic aquatic sites even prohibit non-biodegradable sunscreen)
Best Travel Presents for Photography Lovers
I’d like to start this section by saying I’m a shockingly bad photographer and have not tried most of the photography gift ideas on this list. The recommendations below are based purely on reading product reviews of photographers who know way more than I do.
QUICK LINKS: Pro Lens Kit for Cell Phone | GoPro HERO 7 Black | GoPro Mega-Value Accessory Bundle | GoPro Dome Housing | Fujifilm Instant Film Camera | Prynt Pocket Instant Printer | DJI Mavic 2 Drone | 360 Action Camera | Peak Design Camera Strap | Lightweight Tripod | DSLR Cleaning Kit | SD Memory Card | Mirrorless Camera
This cool travel gift allows you to take stunning photos without having to lug a ton of expensive bulky camera equipment.
All you have to do is clip one of the small Xenvo lenses onto your cell phone camera, and watch as the images magically improve. This set comes with two handy lenses…
The first is a wide-angle lens that lets you fit more scenery into each photo. The second is a macro lens for taking ultra-detailed close-up photos of tiny objects like insects and flowers.
This is one of the best travel gifts you can get someone who loves to do extreme sports and adventure activities.
Whether that be scuba diving, surfing, motorcycling, snowboarding, skydiving, etc. The GoPro HERO 7 will let them take AMAZING shots that would be impossible with a normal phone or camera.
And as you’re admiring their stunning travel posts on Instagram, you’ll know that YOU were the one that made them possible.
In order to get those incredible GoPro shots, your traveler is going to need some accessories.
The problem is, the cost of these accessories adds up quickly when buying them individually.
That’s why I recommend this 42-piece GoPro accessory kit, which will give them plenty of ways to get that perfect shot.
Have you ever seen those amazing photos where half the image is below water and the other half above? (of course you have, I just showed you one)
These photos are made possible with the GoPro Dome accessory (which unfortunately isn’t included in the accessory kit above).
It’s crazy to think that this one accessory costs more than the 42-piece kit above…but the incredible photos they’ll be able to take using the Dome are totally worth it!
This instant film camera is definitely a unique gift for travelers that you don’t see every day. It’s actually something I wish someone would buy for ME!
How cool would it be to take photos with friends you meet around the world, print them instantly, and give them as gifts so they’ll forever remember your time together?
The answer is SUPER COOL!
Here’s a neat alternative to the Fujifilm Instant Camera above.
Instead of having to carry an extra camera around, the Prynt Pocket Photo Printer lets you print directly from an iPhone.
However, this isn’t for everyone. For this to make a good travel gift, your traveler needs to:
- Have an iPhone (not compatible with Android), and
- Load up on the special printer paper before leaving (refills may be hard to find while traveling)
Ok, so this one is definitely not a cheap gift for travelers. In fact, it’s by far the most expensive travel gift on the list. However, if you can swing it, it’s GUARANTEED to impress.
The DJI Mavic Pro 2 is the ultimate travel drone. If you’re looking for a gift for someone with a travel blog or vlog (or really anyone who wants to create beautiful videos documenting their adventure), this will not disappoint.
This thing looks epic!
It’s a 360-degree camera (meaning it shoots video in all directions simultaneously) and comes with some super high-tech features, like the “invisible selfie stick”.
I feel like my description doesn’t do it justice, so I recommend watching the product video on Amazon to understand exactly what this bad boy can do.
Lugging around a heavy, expensive camera all day can get uncomfortable.
I can’t speak from personal experience, but this Peak Design Camera Strap SL-2 comes highly regarded by many professional photographers who say it is strong, secure, and comfortable for long periods of use.
Having a good tripod is a must for serious travel photographers. The trick is finding one that is lightweight and compact enough to carry around the world with them.
After doing some research, I quickly found that these things can get expensive (like really expensive!).
The Vanguard Alta Pro is one I found that seems to balance quality, price, and positive reviews.
I’m not gonna lie—a lot of these travel gifts for photographers are on the expensive side.
So, here is a great idea if you’re on a tighter budget.
This professional cleaning kit for DSLR cameras will help your travel photographer keep their equipment in tip-top shape.
Having a fancy camera means nothing if your traveler runs out of memory to store photos.
With this huge 256G SD Cards, your traveler will have plenty of space to store all their amazing pics (without having to switch memory cards all the time).
And if you really want to make sure all the memory needs are met, they even sell 512GB SD Cards—but these are a lot pricier and probably a bit too much (unless photography is what they do for a living).
Note: This is more of a gift for beginner photographers, as someone with experience probably has their memory card game figured out already.
DSLR cameras are awesome, but they’re big. My wife has a DSLR and it’s a pain to pack and haul all over the place.
If the photography-lover in your life is planning a long-term trip, they might be better off with a mirrorless camera like the Canon EOS M100.
These cameras offer similar quality to DSLR cameras, but they are smaller and much easier to travel with.
Best Travel Presents for Digital Nomads
Most of the travel presents mentioned thus far would work for digital nomads as well. However, the following section includes gift ideas for digital nomads specifically designed to make travel jobs and “work on the road” more enjoyable (and profitable!).
Note: See the Gifts for Business Travelers Section for even more gift ideas for digital nomads.
QUICK LINKS: Portable Travel Safe | Mini Surge Protector | Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack | “Travel-Proof” External Hard Drive | Skillshare Subscription | Wifi Signal Booster Antenna | BUBM Accessory Organizer | Macbook | Travel-Themed Laptop Case | The “Roost” Laptop Stand | Wireless Keyboard + Mouse | Full Focus Productivity Planner
This is a great travel gift for digital nomads or anyone who travels with expensive equipment like laptops, tablets, cameras, etc.
One of the biggest worries travelers have is how to keep their belongings safe. It’s hard to enjoy a destination if you have to leave your expensive equipment behind in an insecure hostel or hotel room. The Pacsafe Travelsafe—a bag lined with metal mesh wire that can be locked to any fixed object—puts those worries to rest once and for all.
Here’s another great gift for digital nomads (or anything traveling with an expensive phone or other electronics).
Electricity in developing countries can be sketchy. Most travelers learn this the hard way. They charge their expensive equipment in basic wall outlets with a “my electronics are indestructible” attitude.
That is, until it all gets fried.
So do the traveler in your life a favor. Get them this mini surge protector, and help them avoid having to learn the hard way.
This is a good travel gift for digital nomads who regularly carry around expensive equipment with them—especially if they spend time smooshed inside packed buses or metros (where theft is common).
This anti-theft backpack comes with tons of cool technology to stop thieves in their tracks—hidden zippers and pockets, cut-proof material, and even a built-in USB charging port.
However, the bag does come with some downsides—many complain it can be a pain to open and close (it’s built to keep out thieves, after all!).
A digital nomad’s livelihood is literally tied to the data saved on their computer. They need a reliable external hard drive to back up that data in case of emergency.
However, not all hard drives are built to withstand a rough travel lifestyle.
There are some drives out there that are basically bulletproof (like this one), but they can get pricey.
The Silicon Power A60, however, provides decent durability without the huge price tag.
As a digital nomad, it seems like I’m forced to learn a new skill every single week. Yes, a lot of it can be learned via Google, but it’s not the same as going through a paid course focused on exactly what you need to learn.
That’s where a Skillshare Subscription comes in. In my opinion, this is one of the best gifts for digital nomads. With the subscription, they’ll have unlimited access to over 30,000 classes related to building an online business—from graphic design and writing to accounting and productivity (and everything in between).
This is a top travel gift that’ll take their business to the next level.
Note: First sign them up for a free month subscription, then upgrade their account.
Sometimes it’s hard finding good wifi on the road. And for digital nomads, no wifi = no money.
That’s why this Alfa Long-Range Wifi Antenna is a lifesaver travel present for digital nomads.
The antenna picks up signals from far away and makes them stronger (ex. They could be connected to the cafe’s wifi down the street).
As you might expect, digital nomads carry around lots of different electronics.
And lots of electronics = lots of cords, adapters, memory cards, etc.
Without a system for staying organized, this can be a nightmare.
This BUBM Travel Organizer Bag is the perfect solution your digital nomad will love.
If you’ve got extra money to spare and want to buy a travel present that is guaranteed to be one of your digital nomad’s most prized possessions—this is it.
They are trying to build a business online, so they should be using quality equipment.
If they’re still using their ratty old laptop from college, a Macbook Pro will be a gift that shows them you believe in them and support their business (for a less expensive, yet still very powerful version, check out the Macbook Air).
Help your digital nomad protect their expensive laptop with a beautiful hard shell case.
In addition to the travel-themed case pictured above, there are many other cool designs on Amazon.
This specific case is built for a Macbook, but there are cases for Windows laptops as well.
Make sure to pick up a unique keyboard cover while you’re at it to help them protect their expensive equipment from dust, crumbs, sand, etc.
There’s nothing worse for a digital nomad’s posture than sitting hunched over a laptop all day.
Having bad posture all day can lead to painful injuries—and it’s no fun exploring the world in pain.
The Roost is a super compact laptop stand that will allow them to increase the height of their screen so they can get out of that dangerous hunched position.
If your digital nomad is using a laptop stand (and they should be), they will also need a wireless keyboard and mouse to complete their ergonomic workstation.
If they use Windows (or the Apple products are too expensive), there are also some cool folding keyboards (like this one) that are super compact and perfect for travel. As far as mice (mouses?) go, the Microsoft Arc is a popular option among digital nomads.
Whichever you choose, make sure you double-check compatibility before buying anything.
There’s a lot of moving parts to building (and maintaining) a successful digital nomad lifestyle.
You have to learn to be ultra productive with work time (otherwise there’ll be no time for travel!).
This Full Focus Productivity Planner designed by Michael Hyatt is a great gift for digital nomads, as it will help them set meaningful goals, stay on track, and continue growing a successful business on the road.
Best Books for Travel Presents
It took me a while…But I recently realized that books aren’t just for nerds. Books are freaking awesome! They’re literally like a sneak peek into someone else’s mind. You get to learn a lifetime-worth of wisdom and insights…all condensed down into a few hours of reading. How cool is that? Anyway, rant over.
The following is a list of the best books for travelers. Some are physical books, most have eBook options, and they all are sure to inspire.
QUICK LINKS: The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small | National Geographic’s Atlas of the World | Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel (2019 Edition) | 50 Place to Bike Before You Die | How to Travel the World on $50 a Day | Vagabonding | The Alchemist | Into the Wild | The Beach | The 4-Hour Workweek | Overview: A New Perspective of Earth | Lonely Planet’s Secret Marvels of the World | Lonely Planet’s You Only Live Once | Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure
In life, it’s easy to fall into ruts and get so lost in our To Do list that we forget about our dreams. That’s what The Bucket List book aims to prevent.
Perfect for the coffee table, this book of 1000 adventure ideas will keep your traveler’s wanderlust tank full whenever they’re at home.
Here’s another one for the coffee table. (You definitely don’t want to carry this bad boy around in your luggage).
This big and beautiful book covers everything you’d ever want to know about the world—maps, flags, facts, population, climate, health…you name it, you can probably find it in this book.
The world is constantly changing. Destinations are constantly changing. Travel is constantly changing.
In Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 Edition, your traveler will learn all the best places to travel RIGHT NOW. It includes all the newest attractions, the “best-value” destinations of 2019, and the latest info on what to see and where to stay.
50 Places to Bike Before You Die by Chris Santella
Here’s another bucket list book—this time, for cyclists who love to travel.
This book is filled with info and beautiful photos of the top cycling routes both within the US, and worldwide.
Wouldn’t it be cool if they got inspired by your gift, and went on one bucket list bike ride every year for the next 50 years?
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes
This is the book that inspired me to leave it all behind to travel the world back in 2015. It literally changed the trajectory of my entire life.
I’d highly recommend it for any aspiring traveler who wants to live an extraordinary life (without breaking the bank).
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Vagabonding is another popular book that teaches exactly how to take a break from “normal” life and take an extended trip around the world.
It goes over everything needed for a successful long-term trip—from saving money, choosing a destination, and adapting a traveler mindset…to working overseas, overcoming common travel obstacles, and coming back home.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This peculiar little book is jam-packed with wisdom nuggets about travel and life. I just finished it a few months ago, and it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read.
It’s all about learning to follow our dreams and is a must-read for all travelers.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild is a true story of a man who wanted ultimate adventure and freedom. He abandoned his possessions and disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness by himself to start a new life.
This book is both inspiring and heartbreaking—perfect for travelers off on their own adventures.
The Beach by Alex Garland
Is your traveler headed to Thailand? If so, this crazy book will make a great travel present.
The Beach is about a backpacker in search of a mysterious hidden island paradise in Thailand. Once he finds it, things take a weird and totally unexpected turn…but I won’t spoil it for you!
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
This classic book is probably responsible for 90% of the digital nomads out there today.
It opens the reader’s mind to a whole new way of thinking about work—that you can build your work around your life of travel (versus the other way around).
While some of the specific tactics are a bit outdated, the underlying message is as inspirational and life-changing as ever.
Your traveler may have witnessed breathtaking sites all over the world…but they’ve never seen them from this point of view.
This unique book is full of beautiful satellite images of our planet—images that tell a story of how we as humans have changed the face of the Earth.
Another great option for the coffee table.
We’ve all heard of places like Machu Picchu, The Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal…but there are tons of weird and fascinating places around the world that nobody talks about.
Nobody except for Lonely Planet’s Secret Marvels of the World book.
This unique book is filled with 360 intriguing places that your traveler doesn’t even know exist!
You Only Live Once is more than just a bucket list of must-see destinations. It’s a manual for living an extraordinary life.
This book will inspire your traveler to step outside their comfort zone, grow, and live every second to the fullest.
If you’re looking for a travel gift for a hardcore adventurer, Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure will not disappoint.
This book is filled with adventurous activities (and tips for doing them) in over 150 different countries.
From surfing to dune boarding to kloofing (hiking and swimming through a ravine #WordOfTheDay), this book will keep your adventurer busy for years to come.
The Best Travel Gift of All
As you can see, when it comes to good gifts for travelers, you have TONS of options.
Just remember – While all these travel gift ideas are great, there’s one gift that trumps them all.
It’s the gift of your TIME.
Whether that be sharing meaningful experiences together or simply talking on the phone, spending time together is the best way to show your love.
So give them that travel gift. But ALSO give them your time.
After all, travelers are an unpredictable bunch.
You never know when they’ll fall in love—with a foreigner or a destination itself—and never return.
***How’d you like this ultimate list of best gifts for travelers? This took me an embarrassingly long time to put together (thanks, A.D.D.). So if you found it useful at all, I’ll love you forever if you click the buttons below to share on social media. Gracias! 🤗***
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