Do you have a friend or family member who’s always thinking about their next trip? If you’re nodding right now and you’re here to get some ideas on the most appropriate travel gifts for someone enjoys seeing the world.
In this guide to gifts for travel I’ll present some ideas that will work for male and female travellers. I’m fairly certain that this isn’t the first book that you’ve opened, therefore there could be similar items to those in other guides. As travellers, we love these guides and would appreciate receiving any of them from our beloved ones.
However, I’ve tried my best to include as many unique and unique travel gift ideas as I could, gifts which I’ve not seen in other articles. In addition in this gift guide I’ve listed a number of environmentally-friendly presents, some of which don’t even require you to purchase a physical product.
This list includes more low-cost gift ideas that don’t cost you a lot. Many guides would include gifts like cameras or GoPro’s that are a bit more expensive. Of obviously, if you’re lucky enough to to spend more for your loved ones, you could always take a take a look inside our camera backpack for some more expensive gift items.
Best Gifts for a Traveller
Top Techy Gifts to a Traveler
1. Portable Charger or Solar Charger An essential travel gift
I’m sure we’ll admit that our phones are glued to our hands nowadays. When we’re travelling or on the go, we’re always taking photos and videos , as well as checking social media, and looking at Google Maps for directions. It’s not surprising that our phone batteries die more quickly.
Carrying a portable charger won’t only allow travellers to continue to snap photos with their phones. The ability to charge your device is particularly important when traveling abroad. It is never known when someone will need to consult maps to avoid getting lost , or for an urgent phone call. So, purchasing a portable charger as a gift will be an incredibly useful product.
Also, if your travel buddy also spends lots of time outdoors, then consider buying a solar charger.
2. Travel Adapter as a Gift for International Travellers
Did you know there are 15 different plugs and socket types in the world?
It’s a good idea to give one travel adapter to an international user instead of needing to purchase (and afterwards store) several different ones. Modern adapters come with USB charging ports along with a socket for charging, which means your traveler can charge their devices all at once. In Mexico, South America or Europe we’ve always had the ability to use our adapter in a safe manner. Thus, I believe that this would be a very useful present for a person who travels.
3. Extension Cords are a Great gift for those who have Lots of Gear
It may seem like the most boring gift, but having an extension cord should be an essential item in all travellers’ suitcases or backpacks. Particularly, if someone has a large amount of travel camera gear – like us which requires charging on a daily basis. If your traveler friend is staying in hostels that have only one awkwardly placed plug socket. Simple as they are and can be, they come in useful in numerous situations.
Of course, if you aren’t looking to wrap an extension cord around as a gift to someone I totally can understand. In this case, I suggest creating a mini ‘electronics kit’ – almost similar to a traditional stocking or a combination of it with other ideas from my list below.
4. Kindle or E-Reader – A Gift for Entertainment
If your traveller friend is also a book worm like us, then the Kindle Fire or Kindle Paperwhite is an absolute must when traveling. It is true that some prefer to carry a book on a short trip however, if they are prepping for a longer adventure and needs to carry a Kindle, it will be a great way to save space.
We used our kindles each day during our backpacking adventure, no matter if it was during a long bus ride or on a plane.
5. Apple AirTags Make a Great Security Gift
I’m convinced that after the chaos of cancelled flights and luggage lost or never delivered this year, we’ll all agree that AirTag’s are becoming indispensable items for those who travel.
If you’re not familiar AirTags are tiny tracking devices that act as a central finder, in essence, helping people keep all their personal items. Thus carrying an AirTag in your checked-in suitcase will allow you to follow exactly the location of your luggage. This can be extremely useful to those on connecting flights, so they can constantly check if their bags made the plane or not. In addition, if your bag did not arrive, you can find out where it is which will be much easier as compared to trying to locate it with the airport staff.
Of course, these gadgets can also be handy if your backpack is missing or taken. I read an article in which one person was able to trace their belongings to a person’s home after the backpack was stolen.
While AirTags are best used if you own an iPhone, you can also consider Galaxy SmartTag if you use android.
The Best Eco Friendly presents for travelers
Here’s a list of presents that don’t need the purchase of a physical product, as well as those that will help them avoid the use of plastics, making them some of the best sustainable gifts for a traveller.
6. Pure Water Water Bottle The most environmentally Friendly Present
Recycling single-use plastics is now more vital than ever. So reusable water bottles are always a fantastic present for travellers (and to everyone else for the same reason).
If the person you’re buying gifts for is going to a country where drinking tap water isn’t safe, it is possible to give them a water purifying bottle, such as WaterWell. These bottles would also be beneficial for those who enjoy outdoor activities, so they can always refill their bottles and drink safe water.
I believe it’s important to point out that the WaterWell mission goes beyond profit and their aim is to involve their customers in the support of a wide range of worthy environmental and human rights causes. For instance they plant a tree on every order which is a great idea.
7. Tote Bag A Wonderful Toy to Help Reducing Plastic Waste
Bags for totes may seem like an additional item to carry around but believe us when claim that they can be used for many different purposes.
Your travel friend can make use of it to shop for groceries and help reduce the amount of plastic waste. We have used these bags for bags for the beach or as an extra bag to store all of our drinks and snacks for a long bus ride.
8. Giving a Tree as a gift is the Ideal Gift to Make the Planet Greener
When you think of tree planting Is it not time to present a tree to your traveler?
A gift of a tree will likely be an unexpected yet unique gift. I think that we can all acknowledge that trees are essential to make our planet greener by cleaning the air, promoting the diversity of our ecosystem and stopping soil erosion. At Treedom you can pick from a wide selection from different varieties of trees which will be planted by local farmers.
Giving a tree a gift won’t only make a wonderful gift to those you love, but it’ll also bring environmental, social and economic benefits to many communities.
9. Gift an Experience – A Fun Present to Create Memories
Gifting an experience is definitely our most preferred type of present. Although tangible items are often used up, stolen or damaged No one can remove the memories associated with an experience.
So, if you know that your beautiful travel buddy is heading somewhere, you can always surprise them with a cool event. That way you won’t just make them save a few dollars, but every time they remember that awesome moment, they’ll remember you. Additionally, you could purchase a joint one and will create lasting memories together.
The Best Travel Accessories
10. Camera Bag It’s a must-have item for Photographers
If your travel companion is a photographer, they’re bound to carry a lot of camera equipment. In the process of creating videos on Our YouTube Channel and taking photos for our travel blog, we definitely are carrying a lot of expensive tech with us. This is of course something that needs to be stored in a safe, efficient method.
We carried our camera backpack regularly while traveling by backpack, but we like using our smaller shoulder bag when moving closer to home with less equipment.
11. Day Backpack – A Perfect Gift for Any Traveller
I think backpacks are perfect gifts for anyone traveling. They can be utilized as hand luggage when on the plane, or as a day bag to take trips for a day.
If you’re after a more environmentally-friendly backpack, I suggest Hemp and Hope. It’s a clothing line that is sustainable, which I discovered by chance and was enthralled by. They design their clothing and bags made in Scotland, UK and have their products made in Nepal.
The hemp they make use of is harvested then spun into yarn by the women in Baglung as well as Bajura Villages in the Himalayan mountains. It is then taken through Kathmandu and Pokhara to be transformed into their items.
I took mine around many countries during our backpacking trip and stuffed every kitchen appliance in it. And after an entire year of use, it’s as intact as it was the day I received it.
12. Fanny Pack or Bag Bag as well as a Money Belt – The Must-Have Item for Safety
While not the most original present you can get, bags for your bum or money belt can be a useful accessory for any traveler.
The risk of pickingpockets is everywhere, no matter where you go. Therefore, keeping your important items like cash, travel cards and mobiles close by is very important. We have a bum bag and money belt whenever we travel and feel safe knowing that we will always keep important items near to us.
13. Beach Towel – One of the coolest Travel Gift Ever
If you’d like your travel friend or family member is to look like the coolest person at the beach, then you’ll need to get your loved ones one of Awesome Maps’ beach towels. Even though I’m not the most beach person it actually entices me to get out and lay in the sand for a bit.
I believe this beach towel is a great conversation to start a conversation. So, if your traveller is on a solo adventure, I’m sure they’ll make friends right out of the gate.
It’s lightweight, quick dry and also extremely sand resistant. You can also choose from the general bucket list world map, or more specific ones, for example, hiking or diving ones. If this isn’t the most cool and most unique physical gift to a traveller then I don’t even know what is.
14. Dry Bag is a great protection for Water Lovers
The theme is water A great idea for a gift to a traveler is a dry bag.
A dry bag is completely waterproof and its primary goal is to keep items dry during water activities. If you’re going to be going on a canyoning trip, kayaking, or kayaking parks or just taking a boat ride maintaining electronics and other valuable things like cash dry makes this bag extremely useful.
15. Scarf Sarong, Scarf, and Headscarf The Best Multi-Purpose Gift
A big blanket scarf or sarong will come in handy to any female travelers or relatives. It’s probably the only item that I’ve used to do so many things that I could not imagine leaving home without one anymore.
A big scarf has been my blanket or pillow on many overnight bus trips across Mexico as well as South America. It was also part of my daypack each day on our journeys through Turkey to be able to cover my head and shoulders. Also, it’s always a good choice to cover your head if the weather turns cooler.
Bandanas have become a regular part of my journeys. It’s not just an awesome accessory, but it also helps keep my head cool in warmer places , or prevent my hair from becoming tangled when it was windy.
Final Thoughts on Top Traveler’s Gifts
I hope you had fun scrolling through this gift guide and got some ideas. I would imagine that those who are also passionate about environmental issues would love to be given any of the gift ideas for travel.
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