Are you looking for the ideal gift for a friend or family member that travels often? It’s hard to find that perfect present so let us help!
We put together the ultimate traveler gift guide with something for everyone including the frequent flyer, the road tripper, the camper, for her, for him or for the book-lover.
FOR ANY TRAVELER
Travel Towels – The Quick Dry Towel by Grizzly Fjord is a fabulous gift for campers, hikers or any outdoor enthusiast. They dry fast, are ultra light, super soft and extremely compact, freeing up space and weight.
Packing Cubes – Packing Cubes are helpful in organizing items and maximizing space which is great for a backpack or luggage. Since most airlines now charge for extra baggage, these come in handy.
Hanging Toiletry Kit – Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit is perfect for the smart traveler who packs light and tight. It is only 2.25 inches thick with four compartments to keep travel toiletries organized. It also has the eBags Lifetime Warranty and includes a removable hanging hook for those who prefer to use it as a countertop bag.
Universal Travel Adapter – Not only is this an adapter for multiple countries but it is a USB wall charger as well. It’s small, portable and has wide compatibility.
Selfie Stick – I refused to get a selfie stick for the longest time but I recently bought one and haven’t looked back since. It is so convenient for taking pictures when you do not want to bug a stranger and it has a strong grip. It has no Bluetooth to worry about connecting and does not have to be charged.
FOR THE FREQUENT FLYER
Sleep Mask – OOSILK Sleep Mask is 100% silk, hypoallergenic, breathable and adjustable. The mask help provides a pleasant sleep even in a bright environment. Pair this with a set of ear plugs and napping on their next long plane ride will be a snap.
Compression Socks – Travelsox are designed to help stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling. Compression socks are recommended for long flights to prevent blood clots. Hikers and runners also wear them to prevent swelling and pain.
FOR THE ROAD TRIPPER
Cell Phone Car Mount – The Abco Magnetic Car Mount is useful when using your phone as GPS to safely navigate while driving. It works with any phone and is awesome! The Abco mount hangs on to any vent regardless of alignment, is easy to put on and remove, is very small and easy to pack, and has a strong magnet that securely holds your phone in place.
Car Charger – Have you noticed that your older car chargers can’t keep up with the newer cellphones and tablets? This is because they have a lower amp power source. The PowerBear Car Charger takes a single charging port in your vehicle and turns it into two USB ports that each have outputs of 3.0 amps or more. It allows phones to charge fast between stops so any road tripper has enough battery life to take pictures and videos when on foot.
Jump Starter with Built in Compressor – The Jump Starter has plenty of juice to charge cell phones, jump-start a battery, pump up bicycle tires, and can even power a DC fan all night long. If you know anyone who truck camps or road trips, the compressor is a practical gift.
FOR THE CAMPER
Camping Fun – Camper décor, shirts, and hats.
Floppy Hat – Luxury Divas Diva Style Brim Hat is stylish, easy to pack, and accentuates any outfit. It is a fabulous travel accessory.
Packable Jacket – The Yidarton Hooded Packable Down Jacket is lightweight, durable and folds into a small packable bag making it great for travel.
Travel Wrap – The Celeste Travel Wrap is cozy and great for layering. You can dress it up or wear it with a pair of jeans.
Scarf – A quality scarf should be in every woman’s travel bag for any type of trip. Scarves are so versatile. Use it as a shawl, pillow, blanket or something to spice up an outfit. This infinity scarf that has a hidden compartment for your passport!
Watch – The Waterproof Digital Watch is shock-resistant with an hourly calendar, multifunction alarm, and a soft backlight for at night. Perfect for any active traveler.
Packable Jacket – Tankoo Men’s Hooded Packable Down Jacket is lightweight, durable and folds into a small packable bag making it great for travel.
Quick Drying Shirt – This Ex Officio Trip’R Shirt was designed with a traveler in mind. It is quick drying, rarely wrinkles, has a security zip pocket, Sun Guard 30+ and a snap front closure.
FOR THE BOOK-LOVER
E-Reader – The Amazon Kindle allows any traveler to bring thousands of books on a trip in one, compact device. It has no glare, easy on the eyes, incredible battery life, and even the ability to checkout library books and transfer them to yourself over Wi-Fi. The Amazon Kindle with Built-in Light is more expensive, but is great for reading at night or in darker locations.
Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips – National Geographic’s inspirational book with top picks for travel destinations and tips on how to get there.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed had lost everything including her herself when she decided to hike the PCT. The book is a memoir of her 1,100 mile trek, alone with her thoughts. It is an epic tale of how one adventure can be a transformative experience.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – The book is a hilarious look into the journey of two friends hiking along the Appalachian Trail, a path that stretches more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. If you have an avid hiker in your life or someone who dreams of hiking for an extended period time, this book gives a great account of what that adventure entails.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2015 and was updated in December 2017.
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