It’s tough to nail the best travel gift for that intrepid explorer in your life. They’re always on the go and live that “minimalist lifestyle.” We’re full-time travelers so we know what’s a bust and what will be the perfect gift for someone going traveling.
These travel gifts are about making life easier while crossing the globe. With limited space in luggage, we can’t afford to waste space with unnecessary items. That’s the key to finding the perfect travel gift, finding an item that makes travel easier.
Here are our favorite useful travel gifts for people who love travel. This post has been written by both Cameron and Natasha to give a good male and female perspective for the perfect gifts for people that travel. Every single one of these products mentioned is products that one of us have had or currently has. We can attest to their durability. Also, every single one of these products mentioned are items we have paid for ourselves. This post is not sponsored and we weren’t influenced to write could things about anything mentioned – we just really do love these products and would pay for them a 1000 times over (and of course gift them to any world traveler!).
Table Of Contents:
- Best Travel Gifts For Every Traveler
- Travel Gifts For Women
- Best Travel Gifts For Men
- Electronic Travel Gifts
- Best Travel Luggage Gifts
- Gifts for Business Travelers
- Gifts for Traveling to Europe
- Travel Gifts for Mom
- Travel Gifts for Dad
Best Travel Gifts of 2019 (for everyone!)
Hydroflask Wide Mouth Water Bottle
Hydro Flask water bottles are everywhere these days and for good reason. They’re an awesome product. The container has the ability to keep drinks hot or cold. The double wall aluminum construction does a great job at keeping products at a consistent temperature without added weight. We’re really big on snowboarding so on a cold day in the mountains or on the slope a hot drink is really appreciated.
They come in a massive variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. However, the best seller is likely their best at 32 ounces with a wide mouth. The size feels perfect to stay hydrated and the wide mouth allows for more versatility, such as carrying some hot soup. We love multifunctional products when traveling so this makes for the perfect travel water bottle. The company is also dedicated to giving back and has made a series of grants in their Parks For All project. It makes for more than a great travel gift, it’s a great gift for anyone. If you want to check out more we have a post on the best travel water bottles on the market.
Packable Down Jacket
A solid down jacket is a classic outdoor wear staple. Unless we’re on a beach holiday we always carry our down jackets in our bags. The jackets are well known for being compact and providing plenty of warmth. We’ve tried several different types of down jackets out, but we’ve stuck with our Patagonia Down Sweaters for a while now.
They’re easily one of the best on the market, but we share more in our post about the best down packable jackets. This gift does come with a higher price tag so just make sure you really like the person before dropping $200 on a wonderful jacket. Or you could buy yourself a Christmas gift!
Reusable Grocery Bag Set
In today’s day and age, I feel like everyone should use these in their lives. If you could help reduce waste on the planet by simply bringing your own bag to the grocery store would you? Of course! These bags are cute, reusable, and pack up nicely!
We always carry some form of a collapsible bag in our luggage. It can serve for any number of purposes like souvenir shopping, a quick day trip, take out food, or even packing stuff for a day at the beach. These aren’t just good for being eco-friendly at home either, but for traveling with just about anything in general! It’s cheap, easy, and the perfect travel gift.
Trtl Travel Pillow
The Trtl Pillow acts more of like a “wrap” or a scarf than the other pillows on this list. The great thing about the Trtl wrap is that it’s small and compact but still, supports your head on both sides.
The Trtl prides itself on being able to attach to other luggage, and it can fit inside a purse or carry-on bag. We love this pillow so much we gave it the top notch as our best travel pillow. It’s pretty innovative design and make a great gift to replace that old U shaped pillow your traveler has been using for years. Or you could always buy them a croissant pillow…
This is a staple for many travelers and something we recommend most people pack in their suitcase. Packing cubes allow easy organization of luggage and will surely be appreciated by any frequent flyer.
We’ve outlined the best packing cubes previously, but our favorite brand still remains Eagle Creek packing cubes. They’re some of the nicest on the market constructed with nylon. The synthetic material means they can compress your clothing and resist stains. They’re sure to be a hit with any traveler who does not have a set yet, or needs a new one.
GoToob Travel Bottle
Don’t lug around a full sized body wash container, put liquids in little travel bottles instead! GoToob bottles are made with durable silicon that are food safe and airplane carry-on approved. Of course, they are 100% BPA free. The GoToob is made by HumanGear who make a wide range of reusable products.
We love their eco friendly product line for things like their FlexiBowl, GoBites, and GoTubbs. It’s all gear made to be reusable thus eliminating one use plastic products. It’s simple switches like this that can make a big impact on your enviromental footprint.
Smith Lowdown 2
As avid snowboarders, we already had a pair of Smith goggles since they make some of the best on the market, but we recently picked up a pair of their sunglasses. The Chromapop lens technology is like seeing the world with a fresh set of our eyes.
They enhance contrast, reduce glare, and reflection for superb vision while driving, walking around town, or out on the water. We also love the style of the glasses for anyone who likes to live an active lifestyle. The only ding against these are the lightweight polymer used to construct the glasses leaves them feeling slightly cheap for a premium sunglass pair.
Passport Travel Wallet
An organized passport holder is like a breath of fresh air. It keeps all your documents, dollars, itineraries, and rewards credit cards in one place.
It’s one of our key steps to how we bank and protect our money while traveling. We recommend the Herschel Passport Holder with RFID protection. It’s a great travel wallet, but if you’re look for more check out our post on the best passport wallets.
We travel everywhere with a Buff because it can serve a multitude of purposes. It’s a staple in our luggage and we pack it for every environment from beaches to the winter in the mountains. We even travel with a multitude of colors because we love their versatility and all their designs certainly make for a unique travel gift.
They can be used to protect the face, neck, worn as a hat or headband. Buff has expanded and makes a number of products now like headbands, hats, and even awesome buff hoodie hybrids perfect for those in winter conditions. The best part about buff headbands is they’re an inexpensive gift and it doesn’t hurt to have more than one.
This was a new find for us thanks to my sister and her boyfriend. We love these simple wallets for our day to day life when traveling. A lot of places around the world we don’t feel comfortable walking around with our passports on our person.
It’s a small stylish elastic band that securely holds a few cards and cash. The lightweight and minimal design make a great discreet way to carry around some payment options while traveling around the city or countryside. The best part is you don’t need to be a traveler to enjoy this gift as it’s great for workouts, the beach, or everyday life.
Solar Phone Charger
With this waterproof and dustproof solar panel charger, you will be able to stay charged and save energy at the same time. This was the perfect earth friendly product for our year long road trip across Africa. When you’re camping or out in the wilderness as I’m sure you are aware, there are no outlets.
This solar phone charger can handle charging my phone at least three times before I have to throw it in the sun again. Sometimes we even use it to charge two phones at once! It took me awhile to invest in one of these bad boys, but now my camping/outdoor/adventure life has never been the same!
Youphoria Travel Towel
This is a great multi-purpose towel, but it’s equally as useful at the gym or yoga studio as it is traveling. The best microfiber towel we found is a synthetic blend. The towel is absorbent and fights bacteria so it always smells fresh.
We recommend the largest towel otherwise it is difficult to wrap around the body. Produced from microfiber which means, it is soft, absorbent, and dries quickly. Microfiber has the ability to absorb up to four times its weight in water and can easily be wrung out. This makes for a great travel gift to pack for their next trip.
I love to travel everywhere with my yoga mats. If your loved one happens to be a yogi know that often when traveling yoga studios can be found. We’ve found places to practice in places like Costa Rica, Bali, and Hawaii. I love traveling with my Aurorae mat for full on yoga sessions and my Manduka travel mat when I just want to do a couple quick stretches. The Manduka travel mat is super light and thin. It can fold up into a square and easily be packed away in luggage. I bring this in my carry on so when I’m enduring a long layover I can stretch at the airport. At $42 it won’t break the bank and has super grip technology for those sweaty times.
My absolute favorite eco friendly travel mat is Aurorae. All their mats are made from a non-toxic resin free from Phthalates, Phenols, PAHS, Latex, Rubber and Silicon. On top of that, they are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and made from eco-safe patented PER. These yoga mats are ¼” thick so definitely not as small or compact as the Manduka. That’s why I say it’s my favorite for actual class where I will spend an hour or more on the mat and want something comfortable. Make sure to pair any yoga mat with a travel bag so it doesn’t get dirty from all the movement. Another fun gift for yogis is a Yogi Surprise box subscription where every month you get a present full of yogi supplies! Use code TWP25 for 25% off!
Honestly you can really never go wrong with travel coasters so that the people that love to travel can have their travel gift right at home.
Every traveler should have a notebook where they can write down their things to do, memories, and most importantly how they were feeling in the moment they were traveling. Don’t get them just any old notebook though. This one is beautifully designed, has thick paper, and can easily hold business cards and other important documents.
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
If your special traveler loves coffee then there is no better gift to get them than an Aeropress. Aeropresses are the same concept as a traditional french press, but are lighter, easier to clean, and ultimately easier to travel with in every way. They make American style coffee or espresso shots that you can use in a cappuccino or latte. As someone who loves coffee and making my own around the world this invention is a lifesaver.
Airbnb Gift Card
You can’t really go wrong with an Airbnb gift card these days. Whether you are buying for a solo female traveler, a couple, backpacker, or a few guy friends almost everyone appreciates saving money on accommodation. Airbnb is a great way to stay in places other than a hotel or resort and still put money back into the economy. See more of our Airbnb tips here.
Reef Safe Sunscreen
When you travel, especially to beach destinations hotels, resorts, and even convenience stores will charge a premium to puchase sunblock. We personally choose eco-friendly sunscreen when we are going into the ocean so that we don’t release chemicals into the environment. This is the exact kind we traveled with around the world and it works very well. I cannot recommend reef safe sunscreen enough even if it is a couple of dollars more. All the chemicals released into the ocean from people wearing generic sunscreen saddens me as it harms marine life. This is the perfect gift for world travelers who are eco-conscious.
Best Travel Gifts For Women
Many women love to travel with an array of make up. Without proper organization their bag can quickly descend into chaos. Life is much easier for travelers when it organized.
We’ve gone in depth about our the best toiletry bags, but a cute bag for women we recommend is the Yeiotsy cosmetic bag. This bag has a stylish design and plenty of features to help keep your toiletries organized.
Security Door Stop Alarm
This is for all the solo female travelers out there, or men. It’s a security door stop. The GE Security Door Stop is easy to set up and can be placed under the door before going to sleep. If someone tries to enter your room in the night the device will stop the door from opening and let our a loud alarm. A 120 db alarm will be sure to wake you and everyone else up.
We like to take the approach of it’s always best to be prepared rather than sorry. However, everything that we’ve come to find in this world is that it is far safer than the news makes it seem. Parents you can give your intrepid traveler a gift that will help you and them sleep better at night!
This is a new concept and makes for an amazing gift for someone special. Vacay Style sells curated collections of clothes to help pack a multitude of styles in as few as items as possible. Tasha picked up the Syulita collection and it comes with five pieces of clothing it mixes and matches to create over 21 different outfits. It all comes with a guide to share the different styles.
It would make for the perfect gift for someone special getting ready to go on holiday. What’s great is it eliminates the need to think about what to pack – a massive win.
Portable Jewelry Box
A portable jewelry box his is a staple of Natasha’s packing list. It’s a great travel gift as it’s something that is easily over looked until it’s too late. It’s easy to break necklace chains or loose earrings in your suitcase or backpack.
Before she has this she was storing all her necklaces and earrings in a plastic bag and always untangling them. An easy design with a few compartments will you keep jewelry organized and stored safely.
Crossing the globe means that often you’ll find appliances do not work due to changing voltages. So, despite packing a bulky hair straightener it may not work abroad. One of the best travel gifts for those who always love to keep their hair done is a travel straightener. The key to buying the right straightening iron or appliance is that has the capacity for dual currents from 100v up to 240v.
As we get older we’re slowly becoming hippies. We love using Lush products as they do not use hard chemicals, test products on animals, and offer a plethora of organic products. They have an awesome company ethos and we’ve never walked into one of their stores and been met with a frowning face. Of particular use to travelers are their shampoo bars, face washes, and fragrances.
I always travel with at least one outfit that I consider my “pajamas.” Something that I can lounge around in on days when I feel like not doing anything. This usually consists of comfortable pajama pants and a tank top, but occasionally I will travel with a silk kimono as they are super comfortable.
I could probably count on two hands the number of times I wear a regular bra in a year. I usually live in sports bras because they are comfortable and keep me motivated to stay active.
No matter what kind of bra lover you are there should always be at least one sports bra in your bag, they are an essential women’s travel clothing item. While I have tried many throughout the years and have found Handful the most supportive and reasonably priced. Handful makes activewear products that empower women. All their pieces are supportive, stylish, and durable.
I know you’re probably rolling your eyes at all the Patagonia mentions, but they have been one of my preferred brands for years. We were on a three-month snowboard trip last winter and I wore the Patagonia Fleece in the photo below every day. Guess what? It still looks and feels amazing, after I washed the smell out of it of course. Their fleeces like these keep me warm and comfortable in the fall and winter.
I’ve said it before (okay, I’ve mentioned it all over this site), but I’ll mention it again. Rainbow Sandals are my absolute favorite flip flops in the world. The first time I picked up a pair was in college. I was hesitant to spend $50 on a pair of flip-flops, but all the beach kids raved about them so I went out and reluctantly purchased a pair.
Those leather flip flops ended up lasting me four years, and they probably would have lasted longer if they weren’t stolen from my bag in Thailand. I am now on the second pair that I bought when we lived in NYC four years ago and they are still going strong. Never will I not own a pair of Rainbows.
Best Travel Gifts For Men
Long Handled Safety Razor
I do not know when men decided to ditch the straight edge razor for the expensive cartridges, but it was a major mistake. The safety razor provides a closer shave, are cheaper, have a classic look, and it’s easier and smaller to pack than cartridges.
It’s one best travel gifts for men and gifts in general. This is must have for any travelers toiletry bag!
Dakine Ranger Duffel Bag
I love having a duffel bag for my travels. This bag has a heavy duty exterior that is water resistant with enough handles to sling the bag around. It comes with a lifetime guarantee and in some pretty attractive colors. It’s lightweight and features straps that connect for an over the shoulder bag or backpack. The top opens wide with two J zippers allowing you to access all your stuff in the main compartment.
This is what I currently carry in my suitcase, since we are full time digital nomads I love having a bag that hold all our stuff for a few days while we island hop in Indonesia. What’s great about this gift is it’s useful for travel and everyday life. I’ve used this as a gym bag, day bag, or thrown some gear in it before taking a day out on my kayak. Adventure approved!
This makes the perfect travel gift for the adventurous traveler or action sports addict. We can’t travel the world with a box of tools, but a Leatherman makes for a good substitute. I use to work in the film industry and these are a must have item for anyone on set. Ever since then the habit of carrying one has stuck. I’ve tried out a few brands, but always come back the Leatherman brand name. Just remember to always to take it out of your carry on luggage when flying as it won’t make it past security.
After using about a half dozen different version of the Leatherman I still love one of their cheapest models. The Wingman has all of the basic necessities and spring loaded pliers that feel great in the hand.
ENO Travel Hammock
This is a unisex travel gift, but any guy is going to love a travel hammock if they don’t already own one. It’s the perfect gift for backpackers or those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
The hammocks are super lightweight, strong, and easy to use. I suggest to pick up the ENO SlapStraps too, as it makes it easy to throw the hammock up anywhere.
This is a new one for me and I’m happy I found it. For the longest time men and women have traveled with a glass bottle of alcohol based fragrance in their bag. It was heavy and ran the risk of breaking thus ruining whatever it touched with harsh alcohol.
Solid cologne is super easy to pack and it can even be slipped into a carry on backpack with out risk. I love the scent of this cologne, but a quick search online will provide a number of options. Lush also makes some great options to check out!
Best Travel Electronic Gifts
Sony Rx100 III – V
There are several versions of this camera so the final choice depends on your price point. The only one model I don’t fully recommend is the latest, the RX100 VI as the price point ($1,200) puts it in competition with interchangeable cameras.
We have the RX100 V, which has one of the fastest fps in the world for still images (24 images a second), it contains a one-inch sensor, and shoots 4k video. The built-in lens is also plenty fast enough opening to a 1.8F stop and it has image stabilization for video. You can also gain full manual control with an ability to shoot RAW images even with the RX100 base model that retails for under $400. This produces wonderful images and when it comes to compressed images on a blog or Instagram you’ll hardly notice the difference between them and a full frame camera.
The negatives are the size of the camera makes it uncomfortable for shooting all day, okay at landscapes, it has a small viewfinder, fixed lens, no spare batteries, and it feels slightly amateurish when you show on a press trip. That last point is silly I know, but when you’re provided press access to an event people might be a little take aback to a point and shoot.
In my opinion, it is the best camera for travel blogging and the perfect gift if you are looking to spend a decent amount of money on a gift. You don’t need a ton of accessories just a memory card with a lightweight tripod and you’re done. To further the point it fits in a pocket, we picked this camera up because we can take it on hikes, snowboarding, and into sensitive areas without drawing any attention. It’s phenomenal and the amount of camera that Sony packed into such a small product is amazing. We’ve now owned about a dozen cameras all across the board and one of my favorite cameras has been this one.
As a bonus, they make the cheapest underwater housing for this camera around $300. If you like to surf or scuba this is a tremendous option. To stress the big negatives again with this camera is the viewfinder, small body, and battery. I find the viewfinder really difficult to use in hard lighting conditions, tough to operate for a full day, and the lack of a spare battery annoying.
Canon Powershot G9X Mk II
If you have the budget a good camera is the ultimate gift for travel lovers. This camera is one of the best cameras for travel on the market, especially for the price. We love it! It’s small, records video, and it’s affordable. This is the perfect camera for a blossoming photographer, aspiring blogger, or frequent travel.
It also comes in at an affordable price. With the reliability and image quality of a Canon product it’s an amazing travel gift.
This definitely isn’t a budget camera, but if you are looking to spend some money on great gift consider the Fuji camera series. We just upgraded to the Fuji XT3 and ist is beautiful, weather resistant, and mirrorless. It is easily the best ASP-C camera on the market and gives a serious run at many of the full frame cameras. After all, is a full frame camera really a necessity? In my opinion, not at all!
For any photography enthusiast, the Fuji XT3 will literally check everything down your list of expectations for your ideal camera. This state-of-the-art mirrorless camera has a highly sophisticated autofocus function, due to its cutting-edge CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor. Almost unheard of by its competitors, the XT3 can shoot up to 30 frames per second with its electrotonic shutter and 11fps with the mechanical.
For those wanting to shoot video, this Fuji camera also shoots in 4K High Definition. There is little to complain about when looking at the XT3. The only things which could be improved are its battery life. Also, for such high-end video performance, it lacks image stabilization. For the fastest processor and autofocus available, the Fuji XT3 will make sure you never miss a shot, even with the world flying by you.
DJI Mavic Air
One of the newest and latest drones from DJI is by far the most compact. As travelers, when we saw the release we got super excited and now carry it with us on our travels. It fits in the palm of your hand and takes up minimal space. The drone is capable of flying at speeds up to 43mph and it films in 4K. I also love the wide range of flights modes that the camera offers such as programmed flight paths and follow features. It’s amazing how fast DJI has progressed the drone market. You can not beat the size and convenience of this drone!
I listen to music and podcasts all the time when I travel. We have conflicting opinions on headphones here at The World Pursuit. Natasha likes to opt for a cheap pair of headphones because they’re easy to lose or break. While, I’m a little too much of an audiophile for the cheap headphones and opt for a mid range pair with a decent range.
For a super cheap pair we recommend picking this pair of Panasonic earbuds. While, I’ve tried several different headphones varieties over the years Sennhesier has made some of my favorites. For the active user the CX685 are a great earbud as they’re washable, remain in your ear, and sound great. Check out our travel music playlist for more!
The Kindle transformed the way we read books and now accounts for more than 50% of all book sales in the U.S. It’s the most convenient piece of technology for travelers. The Kindle takes up less space than a regular book and can store thousands.
We also love the non backlit screen as it’s easy on our eyes and not like reading on an LCD screen. We recommend opting for the standard Kindle Paperwhite over the Fire. However, if you’re looking for a reasonably priced tablet it’s hard to argue with the appeal of the Kindle Fire.
Mobile Power Bank
We’ve named this one of our essential items to have for a long haul flight, it’s easy to understand why. In this day and age, we use electronics a lot and we’re pretty much attached to our smartphones for better or worse. Running out of power in a device sucks and can leave you in a bit of bind on the road.
As travelers we carry our reservations, tickets, and directions on our smart phone so we carry mobile power bank to top our devices back up with juice. They make great gifts for travelers and they’ll always thank you.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
The GoPro is the perfect travel gift to give someone for any occasion. It’s small, lightweight, and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as some cameras on the market. If the person you are shopping for is into adventure and action there is no better thing to get them than a GoPro.
We love to play in the water, snowboard, and use it for all different kinds of adventure shots. You can also pick up a helmet mount, selfie stick, or all kinds of other GoPro accessories. If you don’t want to shell out the cash for brand name consider looking at our GoPro alternatives.
If you’re buying for a solo traveler then a tripod is essential. There are a wide range of tripods you can choose from with varying price points. One of the most well known brands out there is Manfrotto. Manfrotto makes tripods for all types of travelers. A good starter one is their aluminium Compact Travel tripod which folds up small and weighs only 4 lbs.
Gifts for the Frequent Travelers – Luggage
Osprey Farpoint – Best all around backpack
This has become the golden standard for travel packs. With a big easy access zip, solid suspension for hopping around cities, lightweight, a removable daypack, zip-away suspension, and a side handle to top it off.
For the new digital nomad traveler, this pack is a terrific choice. The only drawback of the pack is the less comfortable suspension and its unisex design. However, it’s portability makes it an awesome choice for the best women’s backpack or men’s.
LowePro Flipside AW II – Best backpack for photographers
Even with a low-price tag, this camera bag still packs a punch with the number of features included in it. We had this bag for years before just recently upgrading to another LowePro. The LowePro Flipside AW II can carry a camera with an attached lense as well as three other lenses, a laptop, and several jackets or even other articles of clothing needed for the trip at the top.
On the side of the bag, it can even accommodate a tripod or bottle of water. The backpack also includes a rain cover for protection from all kinds of weather from monsoons to sandstorms. Comfort can be an issue, however, with the straps known to dig into the shoulders. The Lowepro would be best suited for those going on short trips, no more than a few hours.
Osprey DayLite – Best carry on backpack
This backpack rocks. It’s slim, lightweight, durable, and it’s designed to clip on to a full-size pack. With two mesh pockets for water bottles and an inner pouch for a water bladder, it’s also easy to stay hydrated with this pack.
It carries weight, like most ospreys, really well. Even though the straps are slim I regularly carry six-eight kgs in it all day never notice the weight on my back. It’s smaller than most of the bags on this list, but if you’re looking for a great carry-on bag that can double as a daypack this is the one for you. If you’re wondering I can fit my 13″ Mac Air inside too.
Saddleback Leather – Best backpack for style
Saddleback Leather makes some of the best quality backpacks – hands down. Their leather backpacks are the best daypacks on the market and we don’t travel anywhere without them. They aren’t cheap by any means, but they are quality. Saddleback Leather ensures their products with a 100-year warranty. They only use sturdy materials on their bags including full grain leather, pigskin lining, and marine grade polyester thread.
The lower back section is padded with Neoprene and the shoulder straps are completely adjustable. No, this bag won’t hold all of your luggage but is perfect for an overnight bag or as a carry-on addition to your main luggage. We also choose this bag as our go-to for safari bags!
Osprey Aura 65 – Best women’s hiking backpack
TheOsprey Ariel is the perfect women’s trekking backpack. It’s a great all around bag built to fit a woman’s torso. Made of Nylon ripstop material it comes in two sizes 55L and 65L. Complete with a custom fit and interchangeable IsoForm5 harness and even a padded hip belt the Ariel is great for long hikes.
Its Anti-Gravity technology is throughout the entire back and can be found in the lightweight mesh material in the upper torso and lumbar area. My favorite feature of the Ariel is the convertible top lip day back which can be removed if you want to climb a nearby peak without the entire pack. The pack has trekking pole attachments and hydration sleeves to keep hydrated. With their LightWire peripheral frame, the Ariel is also one of the lighter backpacks on this list.
Osprey Atmos AG – Best men’s hiking backpack
This is the pack Cameron carries and its treated him exceptionally well. The Atmos has two size options with a 50L and 65L that should fill the need of most needs from short overnights to extended treks. Don’t be afraid to load the bag up as I can carry 40lbs and it still sits comfortably on my back. This top loading pack has a removable floating top lid that can be utilized to lighten your load. As well as an internal frame and side compression straps that when combined with its anti-gravity back panel make for great weight distribution.
I also love the dual front paneled pockets, a mesh area for dirty shoes, and straps for your tent poles. To back it all up, Osprey has one of the best guarantees in the business. They have been designing great bags for years now so it shouldn’t be any surprise they make one of the best hiking backpacks on the market.
Gifts for Business Travelers
Chances are your special business traveler either likes tea or coffee. We travel around with a tumbler so that we don’t have to waste plastic and we can take our hot (or cold) drinks on the go with us when we travel. It’s one of the most useful travel gifts in our entire bag and one that can’t seem to find abroad.
Anytime I get on a plane without an entertainment system I immediately wish I had an iPad as pulling out my Macbook on a plane is too big. As a full time traveler I don’t even think I fly half as much as business travelers. Let me tell you that long haul plane rides can get miserable and boring. Having a backup entertainment system like an iPad Pro helps with that. Obvioulsy it’s not only good with flights, but every other aspect of travel too.
I really love messenger bags for their ability to conveniently hold a laptop, phone, important documents, and anything else a business traveler may need. The Vaschy vintage has a super sleek look and can hold anything from pens to business cards. Perfect for carrying onto any long haul flight.
D-Link Wireless Range Extender
This is helpful for extending the range of the WiFi in your guesthouse, hotel, or hostel. As someone who works online I consider this a travel essential for Europe. You’ll never have to fight for hours with WiFi again!
Gifts for Traveling to Europe
We like to look online and at other travel blogs for inspiration on what to do in Europe. However, sometimes it’s nice to take your eyes off a screen. We always have a Lonely Planet or Rick Steves guide book in our bags.
You will definitely need an adaptor for your electronics on your packing list for Europe. We always keep one handy in our carry-on bags, that way we can charge electronics on arrival or at the airport.
No matter the season a rain jacket is always an essential for traveling to Europe (and the rest of the world). We both have rain jackets made by Kathmandu. They are lightweight, durable, packable, waterproof, and windproof.
Gifts for Moms that Travel
I absolutely LOVE this fuzzy fleece jacket. The design of it and the soft plush feeling is unlike any I have ever seen or felt in a women’s fleece jacket. Perhaps that’s because it is made out of midweight Italian fleece. This jacket has a few other notable features including vintage microsuede accents that match the rest of the jacket.
A two zippered chest and hand pockets and even a stowaway hood that will create a larger collar. I love just how warm and stylish this fleece is. You can easily throw it on over anything and still look great!
There aren’t many shoe companies better suited for beach footwear than Sanuk. Sanuk’s laidback style can be seen in almost all of their products, but some of their most popular are the Donna Hemps. These are hemp slip ons that are good for just about anywhere near the coast.
They have a premium, molded EVA footbed with an antimicrobial additive to reduce odor and are extremely comfortable and durable. When I want something as free as a flip flop, except covering my toes I turn to my Donnas.
Cooling Eye Masks
Mom’s like to sleep too! Especially on planes with kids. One of the best things to take on the plane with them for a good night sleep is a quality eye mask. My favorite are the cooling masks that are good for relaxing, headaches, migraines, and sinus pain.
One of the best things you can get a traveling mom is loose and flowy pants. I literally live in loose free flowing pants when I travel. My favorite are made by prAna. Their Women’s Mantra pants are made out of hemp and recycled polyester while offering 50+ UPF protection.
They are perfect for traveling, especially in the more conservative countries. These pants are lightweight and weigh nothing in a carry-on bag. I could literally live in these pants if it were acceptable to wear them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner out.
Gifts for Dads that Travel
Chippewa Apache Boots
These are probably my favorite pair of boots I’ve ever owned. I spent some time looking for the perfect boot brand and came across Chippewa. They make gorgeous leather boots and they’re all made in the USA. Which, for me, means supporting my own nation and it brings a level of quality when not mass produced cheaply.
The boots are made of a thick soft leather, strong stitching, and they’re extremely comfortable. These boots are tough and perfect for both a safari and life in general. As a tip, I’d pick up some leather treatment to protect the boot and add a level of water resistance.
Tag Safari makes excellent shirts for a safari. All their products are made in Zimbabwe by locals so you know their African bush shirts are about as authentic as they come. With two chest pockets, two chest security pockets, a button down collar, and safari tabs there are a lot of bells and whistles on this classic mens safari shirt.
The whole shirt is double stitched so you know that you are getting a rugged piece of clothing. Tag Safari is known for their great products. I love their mission to help “Africa through trade, not aid.” Check out more of their products on Amazon!
Indiana Jones Hat
This is one of my favorite hats on the list, but it’s also one of the most expensive. The hat is rugged and stylish. It still is highly practical being made out of sturdy organic cotton. You wouldn’t even guess the headwear is made out of cotton upon first look. A wide brim with built-in wire that can be adjusted assures that it accomplishes the task of sun protection. The distressed cotton wins me over for looks and could fool some for leather. This is a great winner for those who don’t like to wear animals products.
If you’re looking for one of those traditional Italian designed leather bags then the Polare is your answer. This 23″ bag is stylish, strong, and made of all natural cowhide. If you think it looks great in the photos, just wait until the product ages a bit! This bag is a great gift for dads that travel and at less than $200 the price is spot on.
Travel Gifts for Couples
Eno Double Nest Hammock
As mentioned before I’m a big believer in traveling with a hammock. Then when you find two trees you can easily strap up your travel hammock and relax and read a book for as long as you want in your new destination. Now imaging doing that with your sweetie pie. The Double Nest Hammock comfortable lets two people relax together. It’s one of the best wedding gifts for travelers too!
Matching Passport Covers
Passport holders are essential for all travelers, but matching passport covers are essential for traveling couples. These ones are made out of scratch resistant fake leather, are stylish, and personalized!
Audio Splitter Cable
We have been traveling with an audio splitter for years. Although it may seem like a small gift it is great for those times couples are together on a bus ride, train, or airplane and want to watch and listen to the same thing.
Matching Eye Masks
I’ve mentioned before on this list that eye masks can make or break a long haul flight. I’ve been on far too many red eye flights where they don’t turn the lights off and all I’m wishing for is an eye masks. Matching eye masks may seem cheesy, but they truly are useful travel gifts for couples!
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