Finding a gift for an avid traveler can be challenging. They’ve traveled the world (or at least have a long list of countries they’re working through!) and often appreciate experiences over material items. We wanted to share our top travel gift ideas for that special person(s) in your life.
Here are a few ideas for some unique and useful gift ideas for that traveler in your life.
1. Packing Cubes:
This is one of those products that we always recommend to those who travel a lot. They are extremely versatile to use and fairly inexpensive. Packing cubes allow you to compartmentalize your packing, which organizes your clothes and maximizes the space in your suitcase or backpack.
Eagle Creek also has a great Pack-It Garment Folder, which is ideal for the business traveler as it helps organize shirts and formal attire.
This is always a useful gift. There are a ton of choices out there, but the one I recommend the most is the Leatherman PS keychain multi-tool. It’s not a multi-tool that is going to replace your normal tools or help you build a house, but it’s small and light enough to carry without noticing. It also doesn’t include a knife blade, which makes it safe for air travel and places where there are restrictions.
3. Scratch-off Map:
A scratch-off map is a fun and thoughtful gift for the traveler that wants a visual way to keep track of all the places they have visited. They come in various sizes and are a great way to decorate a wall and showcase your travel destinations.
4. Password Manager:
This is more of a nerdy gift, but I’m an advocate of using a password manager to create unique logins and passwords. With all the news of security breaches and hacks, it’s never been more important to secure your passwords. I personally recommend LastPass and 1Password. Also, password managers are especially useful for travelers who want to store and encrypt sensitive information on their phones while traveling, like a scanned copy of a passport or ID.
5. Travel Wallet:
There are a ton of choices when it comes to wallets, with styles ranging from money clips to waterproof passport and phone holders. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out our “How to Carry Money While Traveling” video/post. We recommend the Bellroy Card Pocket and Mitchell Money Clip Wallet for both daily use and travel. In general, we are huge fans of Bellroy products. They are great quality, and made from sustainable and responsibly-sourced materials.
6. Portable Travel Safe:
This is another great gift for the frequent traveler. We also did a review of the 5L Pacsafe Travelsafe, so check it out for more details. There’s also a couple of other options available, like a 12L size that can fit a laptop and the X-series which doubles as a daypack.
7. Portable Battery Charger:
This is a must-have for any traveler. With phones and tablets becoming a bigger part of our lives, it’s easy to run out of power while traveling. And searching for a plug at the airport is never fun, so why not carry a portable battery charger? There are a ton of options out there, and I’m personally a big fan of Anker products, particularly their battery chargers. In fact, I always carry one of their PowerCore+ Mini chargers in my bag or pocket, and I keep a larger pack in my car that can boost my vehicle battery if needed.
8. Amazon Prime Membership:
Amazon’s Prime membership allows you to get free two-day shipping on most items, and expedited one-day shipping for a discounted price. In addition, membership gives you access to the Prime video library, which is growing every day in original content.
9. Internet Enabled Home Security System:
This is perfect for the tech-savvy traveler. Again, there are a lot of options out there, and the price ranges a bit. These systems allow you to monitor your home while traveling and can provide notifications of activity and store recordings. We did a review of the Canary Security System, which monitors activity, temperature, humidity, and air quality, so check it out for more details. It’s given us peace of mind not just when we’re traveling, but anytime we are away from home.
10. Gift Cards:
You can’t go wrong with gifts cards. Some potential gift cards that are especially useful for travelers are:
- Uber / Lyft
- Southwest Airlines
- Apple iTunes / App Store
Bonus Tip: If you’re a points collector, it’s worth buying your gift card with a credit card that can earn you extra points or cashback.
Do you have any gift ideas? If so, please comment with your suggestions below. We’re always looking for more ideas!