Gift shopping for the travelers in your life is not the easiest task! Plane tickets are expensive…and what else does a traveler want anyways? This post is here to explain!
I’ll be sharing gift ideas for travelers that range from sentimental to practical…and even a few that I’ve received myself over the years! My family has really had their work cut out for them over the years, as we not only are obsessed with travel, we didn’t have a home for over 5 years as we traveled the world! (Gift shopping for us was nearly impossible – sorry!) But they came up with some great gift ideas for us. I also polled several of the travel groups I’m part of to see what gifts my fellow travelers treasured most. Enjoy!
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20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers
1.) Portable Luggage Scale
Hands down, this is the most useful gift I’ve acquired over the years. I honestly don’t know how I survived without it! This is useful even if you’re not a diehard traveler…just someone who needs to take a flight! This little scale is a lifesaver. I’ve linked to the exact one I have below, and I can promise that it 100% accurate as well. (I always love seeing what the weight of my bag is when I get to the luggage counter and then exclaiming how accurate my luggage scale is. Haha.)
Click here to shop this luggage scale.
2.) Scratch-Off Map
I also love the scratch-off map I received a few years ago. It’s so fun to come back from an adventure and scratch off a country. It’s also a fun conversation piece to have.
3.) LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle
Out of the hundreds of travelers I polled from my various travel groups, this was the highest ranked travel gift out of them all. I don’t actually have one of these filtering water bottles! After hearing everyone rave about them, though, I’m definitely investing in one. (Especially since I can’t drink the water in Russia unfiltered anyways! This will save on bottled water!)
Click here to shop the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle.
4.) Travel Journal
The second highest ranked travel gift out of the poll I did with my travel groups was a travel journal. Having something to jot down your travel memories in was really important to a lot of travelers. I personally carry a journal with me everywhere too.
Click here to shop some awesome travel journals!
5.) Noise Canceling Headphones
Noise canceling headphones were number 3 in my poll of gift ideas for travelers…and this is one of my husband’s top picks! He says there’s nothing more important than being able to block out the world around him when he’s on a flight. He’s a big fan of having wireless headphones as well. (He uses them in the office as well, not just for traveling.)
Click here to shop these noise canceling headphones.
6.) Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag
This is one of the best travel gifts I’ve ever received. I use it to organize my makeup even when I’m not traveling. I like to be able to have my makeup and toiletries hanging on a towel rack or door by me when I’m getting ready. And then, if I find out I’m traveling somewhere, I just roll it up and away I go!
Click here to shop this hanging toiletry travel bag.
7.) Dual Voltage Hair Dryer
A dual voltage hair dryer is something my husband wishes he would’ve bought for me 8 years ago! He hated having to haul a converter along only for my hair dryer (all of our eletronics are dual voltage). Sorry, hun! We don’t need the converter anymore now!
Click here to shop this dual voltage hair dryer.
8.) Outlet Adapters
Even if all of your eletronics are dual voltage…you’re still going to need outlet adapters if you’re going abroad! And instead of getting one for every country you go to, get this 4-in-1 adapter that works in over 150 countries!
Click here to shop this adapter.
9.) Long Distance Lamp
Ok, this is more specific to expats…or just people who live a long ways from their families. We received one of these lamps as a gift last year and it’s so cool! You touch your lamp and then the other person’s lamp lights up to let you know you’re thinking of them. It’s really awesome! We were living in Argentina at the time, and the other lamp was in the northern United States…it works really well!
Click here to shop the long distance lamp.
10.) Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf
If you’re a lady who doesn’t want to carry a bag while you’re traveling, these hidden pocket scarves are where it’s at! I personally don’t own one (yet) but multiple travelers have recommended them to me now. It’s a great way to keep your valuables (like your passport) safe as well.
Click here to shop this hidden pocket infinity scarf.
11.) Microfiber Towel
These microfiber towels are gift ideas for travelers….and non travelers alike! Anyone who likes to go camping, swimming or to the gym… you name it! My fellow travelers say these are wonderful for traveling, though, because not only are they fast drying, they are very easy to pack in your bag.
Click here to shop these microfiber towels.
12.) Passport Cover & Luggage Tag
Getting a personalized, or even just cute, passport cover and luggage tag is a fantastic idea! I have a black suitcase that looks like literally every other suitcase…so, having a luggage tag would be great! And having a personalized passport cover is fun, and it’s also a great way to keep your passport in decent shape. I didn’t have a passport cover for my first passport, and after 10 years, it barely held together!
13.) Packing Cubes
My husband is obsessed with his packing cubes…as are many other travelers. He is all about organization and maximizing his packing space. I have yet to jump on the packing cube train…but I’m also a disorganized mess! Maybe one day…(my husband is likely buying me these for Christmass…)
Click here to shop packing cubes..
Speaking of Christmas gifts from my husband…I had vehmently protested getting a Kindle because I just LOVE the way having a REAL book feels. However, when you’re living out of a suitcase…real books just aren’t practical. My husband bought me a Kindle before we started our life abroad, and now I can’t imagine life without it!
15.) Map Accessories
I love map themed anything. This does seem to be a common theme among many travels (although not all, so confirm first with your traveler). I personally have those earrings pictured above, and I wear them all the time! Map accessories can be great gift ideas for travelers (especially if you get them personalized, like this coordinates necklace).
16.) Cork Globe
Keeping with the theme from above, a cork globe could also be a fun idea for a travler-lover’s home! (Provided they have a home…this wouldn’t have been a good gift for our nomadic selves
Click here to shop the cork globe.
17.) Battery Pack
Battery packs are a must for travelers…or anyone, really. If your traveler doesn’t already have one, this is a must-get gift! How many times has your cellphone died just before you went to take a photo…or when you really needed it for directions back to your hotel? Problem solved with a battery pack! (Just remember to charge it before you leave…unlike me…)
Click here to shop this battery pack.
18.) Eye Mask
Getting shuteye in a plane, train or car can be a bit tricky. But put on a sleep mask and your noise cancelling headphones and you’re good to go! This might have to be my husband’s gift from me these year…he has a sleep mask, but it really doesn’t work well. I’m going to invest in a higher quality one (like the one linked below) for him. (Shhhh, but don’t tell him!)
Click here to shop this eye mask.
And if all else fails, getting some high-quality luggage for your favorite traveler is always a safe bet! My husband swears by his drop bottom rolling luggage (linked below) because he doesn’t have to check it on small regional flights then. (I’m personally a fan of hard case luggage myself, though.)
20.) Travel Gift Card
And if your traveler happens to already have everything on this list…you can never go wrong with travel gift cards as gift ideas for travelers! You can get gift cards toward airlines, AirBnB, Uber… you name it!
Click here to shop travel gift cards.
I’m curious, what is the best travel-related gift you’ve ever received? And are any of these gift ideas for travelers on your Christmas list? Let me know in the comments!
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