Being the frugally-minded frequent flyer that I am, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on stuff. I’m not a gadget guy, nor do I like to carry a bunch of junk all-around the world with me. The less clutter in my, life the better.
But, when you’ve surrendered to wanderlust like I have, you tend to find a few things that come in handy during your journeys. The fact is that certain items just make traveling easier. And while I don’t think stuff adds value to your life, the right stuff can make your trip all the more memorable.
Of course, I despise shopping. I hate going out and buying a bunch of junk for myself, even if I need it. That’s one reason I’m always so grateful to receive gifts, especially when it is something I need. Whether it is being able to recharge your devices on the fly or capturing once in a lifetime memories on video, these 15 gifts for travelers are great to give any time of year.
Best Gifts for Travelers
1) Power Banks
When you’re on the go, it can be super difficult to find a place to recharge your device. Running out of battery power while snapping a selfie in front of the Roman Colosseum sucks hairy squirrels. That’s why power banks are one of the all-time best gifts for travelers. I recently picked up one of these bad boys at a convention, and it has been absolutely invaluable. You can find the power bank I use here !
2) Selfie Stick
Speaking of selfies, getting the traveler in your life a selfie stick is another great gift option. Yeah, constantly walking around with a selfie stick can annoy the people around you. Sure, the constant bombardment of selfies on Facebook gets overwhelming. But, if your loved one likes to travel, a selfie stick is a must have. Rather than asking some random street walker to take a photo, getting a selfie stick makes it easy to capture all of your memories by yourself. They’re easy to use, and the pictures just look better. I finally succumbed to getting one, and I’m really glad that I did.
3) Waterproof Pouch
Hitting the beach is one of my favorite types of vacations. The sun. The sand. The water. I love it all. But, they can also wreak havoc on your possessions. That’s why getting a waterproof pouch is one of the best investments any traveler can make. Just stick your room key, credit cards, even cash in the pouch and keep it dry all day long. (Personally, I refrain from sticking my cell phone in there, but that’s up to you.) I’ve used several different kinds, but the Dry Pak is easily my favorite. I simply remove the belt, fold it up, and put it in the pocket of my swim suit. If I’m headed into the ocean, I’ll loop my bathing suit strings through the handle and my cash stays dry. Seriously, this might be the best $10 I’ve ever spent. Find the Dry Pak I use right here!
4) Bubba Mug
Another beach vacation must is getting your very own Bubba mug. Seriously folks, getting my first Bubba was a life changing event. I never realized how much more relaxing a beach vacay could be when you reduce the amount of trips you need to make to the bar! With the Bubba, I keep my lazy bum plastered to my beach chair for about 3 times longer than I could using those tacky plastic “bar” cups. Now, I can hit the bathroom, grab a drink on the way back, relax, and repeat. My friends, that’s working smarter, not harder. Personally, I’ve found that the 34 oz. mug is the perfect size. Its not so large that all the ice melts, but just big enough to make it to your next bathroom break without needing a refill. Just so you don’t mix them up, they’ve even got them in “His” and “Hers” handles. Find a blue mug or a pink one here.
5) GoPro Hero Camera
Want to get some great adventure shots? Look no further than the GoPro Hero4 camera! We’ve got one and it freakin’ rocks! If you’re doing any swimming, snorkeling, or diving, an underwater camera can help you capture the moment. Same goes for ziplining, climbing, or hiking. The Hero4 takes awesome photos and videos both below and above water. Priced at about $399, this underwater camera is hard to beat. Additionally, you can purchase a special selfie stick or a head mount for hands free action. Seriously folks, this camera is totally rad and packs a huge value for the low price! Check out the GoPro Hero4 here!
6) Kindle Paperwhite
If you know a frequent traveler, chances are that they are also a frequent reader. Whether they’re lounging on the beach or sitting on a plane, reading is a great way to pass the time. Having a Kindle makes reading even more convenient. Travelers just need to visit the Kindle Store and take their favorite books anywhere they want. Plus, carrying around a Kindle is a lot lighter than lugging around a bunch of books. Personally, I never travel without mine. So, if you’re looking to buy great gifts for travelers this holiday season, you should definitely check out the new Kindle Paperwhite!
7) International Sim Card
If you or your loved one is traveling out of the country, you’re going to need an International SIM Card for your cell phone. These tiny cards come in a number of different varieties – including cards with phone minutes, texting, mobile data plans, or all of the above. Not all cards include the same usage options or fees. They may not work in every country either. SIM cards can make a great gift, but be sure to shop around so that you get the right type of card!
8) Undercover Fanny Pack
Let’s face it, fanny packs look freakin’ dorky – which is why most people hate to wear them. Still, they are a great way to lug around some of your necessities while you travel. But fear not! Holly spent hours searching and found this undercover fanny pack that I absolutely love! We’ve used these all around Europe to carry our cash, credit cards, and passports. The best part is that they are flat! We just strap the money belt around our waist, pull our shirt over the top of it, and nobody even realizes it’s there. Plus, with all of the pickpocket problems in Europe, these packs keep our money and important documents close to our bodies, making it very difficult to steal from us. You can get the one we use right here!
9) Travel Pillow
Getting a good travel pillow is a great gift for any traveler. There are all kinds of travel pillows on the market, but I’ve found that the J-Pillow works best for long plane rides. Instead of having to lay my head back, the J-Pillow supports my head in front and on the side. Since I’m tall and can’t get comfortable with my head back, I’ve found this pillow to be much more comfortable than any other travel pillow I’ve tried. Just to show you I’m not blowing smoke, it won the 2013 award for British Invention of the Year. Find out more about the J-Pillow by clicking here!
10) Solo Pro Backpack
Traveling with a laptop can be a pain. Standard laptop bags only hold your computer, so you have to carry an additional bag for all of your other junk. The Solo Pro backpack solves that problem. Stick a laptop into one compartment, shove your other stuff into the pouch, and carry it on the plane for easy access. This backpack makes a great gift for anybody who travels with a computer – which is practically everybody these days!
11) Carry-On Bag
My mom bought this quilted travel duffel bag for Holly a few years ago, and we take it everywhere we go. It’s the perfect carry-on bag because holds a ton of stuff, and the quilted material is extremely flexible. Plus, it’s fashionable, which is a plus. For realsies, this may be Holly’s favorite gift of all-time. The quilted bag also comes in gray, or you can find a more masculine version here. If you want to find her exact bag, just click here!
12) Rick Steves Guidebooks
If you’ve ever watched Rick Steves, you know that his unassuming dorkiness is really quite charming. And while he might seem like your average next door neighbor, this guy is a traveling genius. His guidebooks, particularly about Europe, are second to none. Mr. Steves walks you through the best sites in Europe while offering practical advice on food, spending, and general travel tips. In addition to the guidebooks, Rick Steves offers audio guides, maps, and more. You can pick up a copy of his Best of Europe guidebook right here!
13) Bucket List Map
I think this map is super cool, and it’s definitely one of the best gifts for travelers. It is a “scratch-off” bucket list map! Yep, I said scratch-off! Just hang this map on the wall and reminisce about all the places you’ve been. Each time you visit a new country, scratch off the silver coating like you would on any other scratch-off item. Sure, it isn’t as practical as the other gifts…but who cares?!? It’s fun! You can pick up a copy of this map here!
Nothing sucks more than getting caught in a downpour when you’re trying to do a little sightseeing. Usually, you don’t have time to get back to the hotel, so you’re soaked and uncomfortable for the rest of the day. That is why carrying a poncho with you can be a lifesaver. Rather than getting one of the disposable kinds that tear and leak, get a decent one. You can reuse it, plus they are a bit more stylish. Most importantly, it will keep you dry. Check out a nice polyurethane poncho here!
Finding gifts for the travelers doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. There are plenty of practical and fun options for you to choose from. Giving any of these travel gifts will make a wanderluster’s day!
I hope you liked my list of the “Best Gifts for Travelers!” If you did, please share this piece with all of your traveling friends. Enjoy and safe travels!
What are your favorite travel gifts? Let us know in the comments below!