We all know that feeling. That feeling of dread when you don’t know what to buy your world traveler friend. I mean, really. What do you give someone who barely has space in their luggage to carry anything? Everyone knows that a traveler’s bag has very limited space, meaning everything that needs to go on there has to be versatile, useful, or just too darn cute to resist. So without further ado, here is our ultimate travel gift guide for the travelers in your life- because everyone is bound to have at least one!
For full disclosure, my partner and I have been on the road for the last four years. A lot of these products that we recommend are all items that we love and use. So in case any of our family and friends are reading this (hi mom and dad!), you know what to get us.
- 1 Travel Gift Ideas for Her
- 2 Travel Gifts for Men
- 3 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Travelers
- 3.1 Adventure in You Southeast Asia Guidebooks
- 3.2 Travel Listography: Exploring the World in Lists
- 3.3 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition
- 3.4 Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel
- 3.5 Adult Coloring Mosaic Places Featuring Travel Destinations
- 3.6 HYDAWAY Collapsible Pocket-sized Travel Water Bottle – 12 oz
- 3.7 TSA Approved Padlocks
- 4 Best Travel Gadget Gift Ideas
- 5 The Gift of Experience
Travel Gift Ideas for Her
Scarves are one of my biggest weaknesses! They are so versatile and handy so you can imagine my reaction when I saw this scarf which had hidden zipper pockets to store your cash, phone, credit card, or even passport. Ah-mazing.
This travel wallet can hold your passport, coins, credit cards, tickets, along with a whole lot more. Hate digging through your bag for important documents? Me too, which is why I swear by travel wallets! They just make travel so much more stress-free!
I swear by packing cubes and honestly don’t know how I traveled before them. They are a quick and easy way to keep your clothes organized and compact. This particular one by Shacke is rated very well in our best packing cubes article and is made of durable material and zippers!
I am a big believer in natural oils and when you’re traveling, this lavender roll-on oil is heaven sent. It helps you relax, sleep, and switch off (especially on long flights or buses) Best bought with: Anxiety Free Roll-On Relief. I use this when I’m feeling dizzy in long-haul flights or buses and it works like a charm each time.
These stretchy leggings are the perfect item of clothing for long flights or buses. Not only is it super comfortable but they also come with secret pockets where you can store your valuables. Definitely a must for travelers! You can easily fit in your credit card, passport, or a few bills in the pockets without being too noticeable.
When in the great outdoors, a good pair of sunglasses is a must! Made from real wood, these bad boys are sleek, polarized, and very eco-friendly! I love the look and they are quite durable as well. If you have an eco-loving travel friend, these bad boys are a great present and will sure to get you loads of appreciation.
Another awesome inclusion to this gift guide are these Young Living essential oils! My sister and her family have completely eliminated using medicine, treating common ailments like headaches and colds with natural oil remedies. For your travel-loving friends and family, you can opt to give individual oil scents alongside with travel size diffusers. I personally use peppermint oil for my headaches and swear by it!
Travel Gifts for Men
This nifty little backpack is stylish, trendy, and very versatile. You can use it as a backpack, messenger bag, or a duffel bag, offering three different ways to carry it. I personally dig the whole rugged look and think it’s perfect for outdoor travelers and enthusiasts. Plus the 1-year warranty that the company gives for your bag is pretty awesome too.
This kit is the perfect gift for travelers- everything a man would ever need. Clinique’s line of facial wash, moisturizer, eye cream, and facial scrub is a travel must! Every friend I’ve gifted this with loves it as its both a luxurious yet practical buy. Definitely highly recommended.
This jacket is windproof and waterproof and is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. In all honestly, Columbia jackets are always spot on when it comes to style and durability making it the perfect all around jacket to give. We usually alternate between using Columbia and North Face gear.
For every adventurous outdoor enthusiast out there, a good pocket knife is probably one of the best gifts you could ever get and trust me, this Swiss Army Knife does not disappoint. It’s small, it’s handy, and is something that will be often used. Just make sure to remember to always store it in checked in luggage rather than hand carry bags.
If there is one thing every traveler needs, it’s water. This hydration bladder is perfect for long hikes, camping, or other outdoor activities. This particular one has fantastic reviews for an unbeatable price. We take our hydration packs with us all the time when camping, hiking, or even when we go sightseeing during the day.
Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Travelers
Naturally, we would be silly not to recommend this as these products were created by yours truly! If you have any friends or family heading to Southeast Asia, these Adventure Guides are a great present to give. Filled to the brim with inspiring photographs as well as personal recommendations on the best things to see and do in each area, we cannot recommend these books enough! They all come as PDF/epub format meaning they can read these books from any digital device like their phones or computers making them super travel-friendly!
This listography journal is a big hit for those who enjoy chronicling their adventures and travels. I love this because it’s an easy way to document and look back at your trip without having to search through pages and pages of scribbling.
This travel book is nothing short of inspirational. The author, Patricia Schultz vividly describes some of the most beautiful places on earth evoking an unparalleled sense of wanderlust. They have this in paperback and in Kindle form as well. I had the pleasure of meeting the author during a conference and the places she had been to were incredibly inspiring.
What better way to remember your travels than through this interactive scratch map where you can mark the places you’ve been. Plus, looking at this world map reminds you how many places there are to visit! This is a great gift to give and although they won’t be able to carry it everywhere, it would be a nice keepsake to keep at home.
Another fabulous inspirational book which got my wanderlust juices flowing! Definitely a great gift idea to any travel-loving friend. If you have a friend that is a bit more on the creative side, they have this exact book available but is compiled as an adult coloring book. For other book ideas, you can also check out our top rated article featuring the best selling travel books.
Perfect for long buses and flights (trust me, there’s a lot of them!) this adult coloring book is a good stress reliever and a great way to pass time. Before I first left to travel my dad gave me a few of these and I absolutely loved them. You would be surprised at how easy they help you pass time.
This awesome little device is perfect for backpackers as it’s light, handy, and super useful! Plus brownie points to you as well if you give this to anyone as buying water bottles isn’t environmentally friendly. Personally, we don’t use these as we still have our handy Water2Go bottles (which are awesome by the way!) but sometimes, I do wish I had something that was smaller and more compact like this.
Trust me, anyone you give this too will smile and think you’re the coolest person ever. Travelers LOVE especially TSA friendly ones! I carry a few with me at all times and they always come in handy.
Best Travel Gadget Gift Ideas
Since go pros are more often than not likened to the holy grail of outdoor cameras, any adventurous traveler would love to receive one. With the latest model having a nifty LCD display, its a perfect all-around camera to use. I absolutely LOVE ours and use it all the time. If this doesn’t cut it for you, check out our list of the best travel cameras for more recommendations.
Despite the size, these waterproof speakers produce a deep bass and sound which can last up to 9 hours. Oh, did I mention it’s waterproof too? I love these as they are super small and handy! If any of my friends are reading this…..THIS is what I want for Christmas 🙂
Believe it or not, headphones range from anything between $10-$800! For all your audiophile traveler friends, this is a great option as the sound quality is really top notch minus the crazy price tag. It’s also compatible with any smartphone or tablet with a decent battery life to boot.
This camera is perfect for those people who are thinking of getting into photography but don’t want the hassle of lugging around a bulky DSLR during their trip. Great choice for those amateur photographers who want to document their trip with high-quality photos.
This is the perfect present to give to your trigger-happy friends who enjoy taking photos! Make the most out of your smartphone using these universal lens clips that can turn your phone into a decent camera. Usually, you can get clip-on lens turning your mobile camera into fish-eye lens, wide angle, and even macro lens.
Digital books make it possible for frequent travelers to constantly read without having to lug the weight of multiple books. Although I love the feeling of a hardbound book, having multiple reads all in one device is pretty nifty.
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The Gift of Experience
Because no matter what we say, as advocates of inspiring people to do more, there is no better gift to adventurous travelers that the gift of experience. Luckily, in this day and age, I could be halfway around the world (which more often than not I am) and someone can gift me with a once in a lifetime memorable experience. This is why we’re madly in love with Tinggly, a company that allows you to give incredible gifts to virtually anyone in the world. A hot air balloon ride, a bungee jump, cooking classes- really, it’s endless!
As the gift giver, all you have to do is choose from a package type and the person you’re giving it to can choose exactly what they want to do- depending on where they’re going! This is pretty perfect as my parents always say I’m never in one place long enough for them to send over presents. In the hopes that my parents and friends are reading this, here are my top 5 picks for Tinggly Experiences which are perfect for any adventurous (and hungry) traveler like myself.
Cruise in a limo bus and rock up a few well-known breweries in Denver Colorado, a place loosely known as the “Napa Valley of Beer” I mean..what’s not to like?
Located 400ft above the ground, you have to climb Via Ferrata or hike up to this hanging Skylodge which offers breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley of Peru. The experience includes a gourmet meal with wine as well as breakfast delivered straight to your transparent capsule.
I’ve always been fascinated by sharks which is why a day diving with thresher sharks, Devil Rays, and other large pelagics is something I would love to experience over and over again. This present is a must for water enthusiasts.
We love the concept and think it’s one of the best gifts you can ever give to a traveler. The experience also arrives in a cute little gift box which makes it even way cooler as the person you are giving to actually has something to open.
So there you have it! 30 awesome gift ideas that every traveler would LOVE! Check out our other articles below for more travel inspiration
- Things I Learned From Being a Solo Woman Traveler
- Why We Don’t Have a Bucket List and Why You Should Get Rid of Yours
- 5 Things I Learned From Traveling
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