Buying gifts for travelers in your life can sometimes be tough. Most of the time travelers want to carry as little as possible. So what do you get for someone that is always on the go that they will actually use? Here is a list of items that we would be happy to receive as travelers — many of which we already own and use regularly — that would make the perfect gift for the traveler in your life!
The avid traveler is rough on their luggage and needs something that can stand up to the rigors of their non-stop use. Choosing the right piece of luggage can be a challenge! But we have some suggestions that will hopefully make your decision easier.
Traditional Luggage – If your traveler prefers traditional suitcases vs. backpacks, the Samsonite Omni PC Hardside 3 Piece Set is an excellent gift that comes in 3 different sizes. They are lightweight, durable, and come with their own TSA lock.
Collapsible Bag – We cannot count how often we have gone traveling and needed another bag because we bought too many souvenirs and they wouldn’t fit in our luggage, or they would fit but made our bags too heavy. A collapsible bag is perfect for just such an occasion and would be a great gift to give the traveler in your life!
Weekender Overnight Bag – These Bluboon Weekender Bags are really the perfect size for any traveler. They function well as overnight bags for a quick weekend getaway or can compliment your luggage as a carry on bag for something like your camera equipment. They would also be great for short business travel.
2. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes have changed our lives! Originally we thought, “How could these things be effective? You’re putting more stuff into your bag!” We quickly learned, however, that not only are they the best way to organize your bag, but you’re somehow able to fit so much more in! This 6 Piece Set of eBags Packing Cubes are what we use and we absolutely LOVE them!
3. Hidden Pocket Scarf
Travel Scarfs are great for hiding valuables like passports and cash when walking through places with a lot of pickpockets. Or if you’re in an airport you can quickly stash your passport in your scarf for easy, convenient access. And as one of our YouPaca The Bag features recently pointed out, a scarf is a great way to dress up an otherwise ordinary (but comfortable) travel outfit! Great gifts for men and women!
4. Travel Journal
Travel Journals are a great gift for any traveler. They allow us to keep track of memories, itineraries, contact information and more! Check out our post on 5 Reasons You Should Keep a Travel Journal to see what kinds of things we add to ours.
5. Portable Charger
A portable charger is a travel essential. Long days of travel may mean you’re never near an outlet to charge your devices. A portable charger ensures that your devices remain charged for when you need them. And this high speed, 3-port charger from Anker allows you to charge up to three devices at once.
6. Universal Adapter
Going to different countries means different outlets. Gone are the days when we had to carry 10 different adapters because now they make universal adapters! Small and compact, these handy devices make the perfect gift for the international traveler.
7. Multi-Purpose Jacket
These Packable Jackets are warm and lightweight. They also can be packed down and converted to a pillow for when you’re not wearing them! Perfect for the traveler who wants to carry as little weight as possible. The Mens Jacket can be seen here.
8. Mobile Global Wifi Hotspot
If your traveler works while traveling or just needs reliable access to the internet, the Skyroam Mobile Hotspot may be the perfect gift! These devices work in countries around the world by connecting to mobile networks and then delivering a wifi signal. It allows you to connect up to 5 of your devices. Pay as you go, ($8-$10 per 24 hour cycle) and receive unlimited data in a 24 hour period.
9. Luggage Scale
For those travelers who always test the limits on how much they can pack into one bag! We love our Balanzza Luggage scale. It has saved our butts on more than one occasion from bringing luggage to the check-in that was way too heavy.
Books are perfect for long hours of travel. However, bringing a big book or two is not always efficient. Kindles are the perfect gift for the traveler who loves to read. With a practically unlimited number of books to choose from directly from your device, this small and lightweight device is perfect for travel!
11. Selfie Tripod Stick
The selfie stick has blown up in popularity over the years, and now it’s evolved to include a Tripod with Bluetooth Remote! Perfect for when there’s no one around to take a picture for you, or if you’re just tired of that arm-in-photo selfie look.
12. Headphone Splitter
Headphone splitters are great for those who travel with friends or family. Splitters allow you to watch or listen from the same device splitting the sound so that you can use your own headphones. Perfect for watching movies on an airplane, or even walking through a new city while listening to a free Rick Steves Audio Tour!
13. Electronics Organizer
Keep your cords, chargers, and memory cards organized while traveling. An Electronics Organizer is essential for the traveler on the go who carries multiple devices.
14. Day Pack
An excellent gift for any traveler. Day packs are often overlooked, however, travelers routinely need something that is meant to spend a day on their back. A bag that can hold all of their essentials for the day and feel comfortable at the same time.
15. Travel Slippers
Travel slippers are ideal for travelers who want to take their shoes off on an airplane and still keep their feet warm. If you have to go to the bathroom no need to struggle to get your shoes back on when you have these. They conveniently roll up and can be stored in a small pocket.
While traveling there will always be an occasion when you need a knife or corkscrew or scissors. A Leatherman is a great gift for a traveler because it covers all those things without taking up a lot of space. Just don’t stash it in your carry on!
DSLR – A good camera can make a difference when traveling. What better way to capture the memories from your vacation than by having a camera with a lens that actually zooms in and can take that picture you could have never taken with your phone. The Nikon D7200 is the camera we use and it takes gorgeous photos, even if you’re not a photographer! It also has wifi capability, so you can send pictures instantly to a smart phone.
Waterproof GoPro – An underwater camera is a great addition for travelers to take to beach locations. No worries about it getting wet or ruined! The GoPro is not only an excellent underwater camera, but is also a great camera for making videos — and it’s got a tremendous amount of accessories available to enhance it’s capabilities!
18. Travel Flashlight
Having a small, easily accessible flashlight is something every traveler will use at some point! Something that can clip onto a backpack or purse is essential when trying to unlock a door at night or searching for something in your bag. There are so many times when you would need a flashlight!
When you travel a lot, you need a good pair of headphones for when you want to drown out that screaming baby or the obnoxious flibbertigibbets in front of you. Noise canceling headphones are worth their weight in gold and any traveler would love a pair!
20. GPS Tracker
TrackR Bravo can be attached to your keys, wallet, luggage, or really anything that you want to keep track of. They link to your iPhone and if you lose your item, it can use other users to help track down your item.
21. Travel Hair Styling Set
For the traveler that likes to travel with hair styling tools but doesn’t want to take up much space in their bag, a travel size hair styling set may be the ideal solution.
22. Travel Umbrella
Weather is always unpredictable. Having a high-quality umbrella that won’t break on its first use and that won’t take up a ton of space is something all travelers would enjoy receiving.
23. Travel Laundry Kit
Having access to a laundry machine while traveling is usually a luxury. More often than not, travelers are forced to hand wash their own clothes in a sink. Traveling with a clothesline, a drain stopper, and some laundry soap in many cases is a must and something a fervent traveler would love!
24. Video Stabilizer
This is a great gift for the traveler who likes to document their travels with video. These stabilizers allow you to turn your smart phone into a super-steady motion camera, making what you film look smooth and professional.
25. Netflix Subscription
Giving the gift of Netflix is a superb gift for people that are on the road a lot! Netflix works internationally, allowing travelers to watch it almost anywhere in the world!
26. Travel Games
27. Polaroid Mobile Printer
A gift for travelers that might want to print out pictures for their journal or to share them with others. These Polaroid Mobile Printers are small, about the size of a smartphone. The pictures are smudge-proof and have sticker backing — perfect to add to the journal.
28. Platypus Water Bottles
These water bottles are super lightweight and take up very little space. When they’re empty they can be folded up and made almost flat. Perfect for travelers that want a water bottle, but don’t want to lug around a bulky item.
29. Electronic Gift Cards
Sometimes a computer is just too much to travel with. For such occasions a tablet is an excellent alternative. A gift of an iPad or other tablet would make any traveler happy.
31. Runners Belt
Perfect for the traveler that doesn’t want to openly carry their important items. If traveling in an area known for having pickpockets, a Runner’s Belt is the optimal solution.
32. Scratch Off World Map
What better way to keep track of travels than with a fun scratch off world map! It’s a great conversation piece to talk about travel with guests!
33. Luggage Tags
This is always a simple but great gift. Luggage tags wear out over the years or addresses change. What better way to personalize luggage than with a gift of a luggage tag.
34. Travel Containers
More often than not travelers don’t want to travel with a whole bottle of anything. Whether it be shampoo, pain relievers, or lotions. Travel containers are a great vessel for carrying small amounts of something.
35. RFID Blocking Travel Wallet
Travelers can store all of their documents and carry-on essentials in this slim RFID blocking wallet. Their identity and personal information can remain safe and protected.
Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for taking the time to check out our gift guide!
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