If you’re after some unique travel gifts for her you’ve come to the right spot.
It’s tough to nail the best women’s travel gift for that intrepid gal in your life. They’re always on the go and live that “minimalist lifestyle.” I’ve been a full-time traveler for eight years now so I know what’s a bust and what will be a great travel presents for her.
These cool gifts for women 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 female travel gift, finding an item that makes travel easier.
All Around Gift Ideas for Women Who Travel
Travel sheets are really great travel comfort accessories to have if you’re sleeping in hostels or shared accommodation where you don’t trust if the sheets are super clean or not.
We used these when we were younger and didn’t always trust the hostel sheets. We’ve definitely been in situations (and two cases of bed bugs) where we weren’t sure how clean the bedding was and these things give us great peace of mind.
All this being said it’s best for travelers who are on overland camping trip, budget traveling, backpacking, or general adventure travel.
HydroFlask Coffee Thermos
For those who need more than a little shot of espresso in the morning – so no matter what your day entails, you can quench your thirst with this Hydroflask travel mug. No more wasteful paper cups of coffee, although you can really store anything in here that you want. The twist cap makes it entirely leak-proof, so if you’re the kind of person who likes to add flavor packets to water, or sugar to your coffee, you can feel okay about giving this one a dang good shake to mix things up.
The double-walled interior insulation will keep your morning coffee hot for up to 12 hours, or your icy water chilled for up to 24. If you happen to shop around a bit more with this brand, the cup is also compatible with other lids, so you can mix and match to best suit your needs for the day. Extra bonus: get color-happy. This baby comes in a whopping 12 different colors. See more of our favorite coffee thermos here.
Travel Yoga Mat
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 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. You can also see all our favorite travel yoga mats here!
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 and is one of the most important gifts for women on this list. It’s a security door stop. The Sabre HS-DSA 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!
Portable Jewelry Box
A portable jewelry box is a staple to my travel packing list. It’s a great travel gift for women 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 I had this I was storing all 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.
This is one of my favorite travel gifts ideas for her. The infinity scarf not only looks great, but holds important belongings actually inside the scarf. No more passports and credit cards in the purse, but instead safely around the neck in a stylish way.
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 women 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.
Herschel — Strand Tote
Another gift for world travelers is a travel tote. Hershal makes some fantastic weekender and overnight bags. It would be hard to write a list of the best travel totes and not include an option from Herschel, given both their popularity and the durability of their products. Their Strand Tote is a perfect example of a bag with all the elements you need as a seasoned traveler. It’s even large enough for those overnight trips – whether you’re an hour’s drive from home or taking a train ride halfway across a European country.
Choose from one of eight different colors or patterns, each one offering the typical elements you’ll need to store your essential items: an interior zippered pocket and an external sleeve.
The bag has a little extra security when it comes to closure; not only does it zip all the way closed, but snap buttons on either end keep things extra secure and thief-repellant. Plus, Herschel, in general, is stylin’ enough that it’s no problem rocking this once you’re back home from your trip!
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. Lush makes really great eco products for her.
Nomatic 40L Carry On Travel Backpack
A roomy 40L bag, individual removable organization panels, headphone and charger cord pass-throughs, magnetic snap-back side pockets, and backpack to briefcase versatility, it really does seem like they have thought of everything.
Nomatic is fairly new to the anti-theft backpack game, only getting started after raising over 5 million dollars on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. They claim to have created the “most functional travel bag ever!” Based on their design scheme, they just might have.
However, it would be better stated that this is a business/travel backpack with anti-theft features, such as RFID protection and lockable zippers, rather than calling it primarily an anti-theft bag. This isn’t just great as an anti-theft backpack, but a general travel backpack for Europe. This is a great pack for women who are looking for security and something to travel carry on only with comfortably.
Mia Toro — Designer Hard Side Spinner
For those that want a bit more style to their luggage and travel I would highly recommend checking out Mia Toro. Mia Toro curates Italian designed luggage pieces. Check out their website and you’ll see all the amazing artwork on there to choose from. I recently went with their Joao Wood Zebra hard side spinner, because we have a deep connection to Africa.
What arrived in the mail far exceeded my expectations. This beautiful piece of handcrafted luggage not only looked elegant but is built to withstand tough travel.
This piece is extremely lightweight, features an Ergonomic Gel Grip Handle, 360 degree dual wheel, zippered divider, and compression straps. This luggage is a split book style open, which I prefer for ease.Mia Toro on Amazon
Amazing Clothing Item Gifts for Her
Travel pajamas always make great travel presents for her. 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.
Columbia Pardon My Trench
There’s nothing like a good trench coat, and when you combine that with waterproof fabric, you’re left with a rain jacket that boasts double the awesome. Plus, with all the added features this jacket can offer, surprise rainfall is no big deal. Some of the features included making this option a no-brainer for our list of best lightweight travel jackets.
Two-way zip with a panel protects the zipper from the elements. Princess seams run down the front and back of the jacket for a slimming fit that looks as good as it feels. Bonus: for windier, rain-free days where you don’t feel the need to break out the hood, you can easily remove it and stow it away.And finally: looking for something a little more fun than black? This jacket comes in a wide variety of colors like red and yellow.
What I really love about this women’s jacket for travel is its blend of style, performance, and price. It’s a great well-rounded jacket! Altogether it comes together for a great travel gift for women.
Pitusa Cover Ups
A cover-up is another one of those beach vacation clothes you should always travel with. Not only do they look cute but they will also protect you from the suns harsh rays. Many establishments don’t allow beachgoers to wear just a swimsuit so this is where the cover-up is essential. Most of my cover-ups come from Pitusa.
Pitusa only uses Peruvian and Indian cotton and employs women from Peru, Bali, and India to make the products. As a fan of fair trade, I love that these are made in ethical work environments. These Pitusa dresses are also so beautiful they double as a night out dress (but are sheer so wear something underneath).
Yoga Democracy Leggings
I always travel with yoga pants, sports bras, and breathable tank tops. One of my favorite brands to buy yoga pants from is Yoga Democracy. Yoga Democracy carries yoga pants that have fun designs, yet they are still extremely durable. All their gear is made from recycled nylon from material like a fishing net that damages our oceans.
It’s estimated that there over 600,000 tonnes of this fishing net litter is going into our oceans, so wearing Yoga Democracy is choosing to fight against that. They are eco-friendly, USA made, and sweatshop free! Use the code TWP20 for 20% off your purchase.
Outdoor Gifts for Her
Fjallraven’s Keb Pant
Both Cameron and I have Fjallraven’s well known Keb pants. Fjallraven’s Keb pants are a mountaineering staple, but they are heavyweight and not excellent for quick dry properties yet extremely durable. I’ve been asked numerous times on Instagram and in person what brand my pants are, and I feel confident recommending them to anyone. They are seriously SO GOOD.
They keep me warm throughout most of my hikes and are windproof. When I am too hot at the base of the mountain, I am able to unzip the sides for airflow. These are, without a doubt, my favorite women’s pants to hike with in the mountains.
If you think it’s going to be a cold day you can easily wear long johns under these as well.
Patagonia Better Sweater
We were on a three-month snowboard trip last winter and I wore the Patagonia Better Sweater 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. We prefer the quarter zip as it fits a little more snug!
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.
Chacos or Tevas
Teva’s and Chacos are my go to travel sandals. They are great for getting outside and even a light hike. I love that their footbed molds to your foot over time and features durable strapping over your toes and ankles.
I’ve actually worn both Tevas and Chacos quite a bit while hiking around the Canadian Rockies and they are perfect! Of course, you probably don’t need both Teva’s and Chaco’s so see my comparison post here.
If you’re shopping for a new pair of travel shoes, likely, you’ve already come across Allbirds on the internet. They’ve billed themselves as the most comfortable shoes in the world, made to fight odor, be worn without socks, and generally handle the demands of travel exceptionally. Those are all some tall claims – I knew I had to have some.
We both got a pair this month and love them. The feeling of wearing them is best compared to wearing a wool sweater – comfortable and cozy. They are so soft and will be our new all around travel shoes. Allbirds tries their best to source sustainable materials for their shoes, which we love. The style is also great, and they look even better in person than online with high-quality details.
Feathered Friends Down Jacket
If I’m traveling anytime besides summer you can bet there’s a down jacket in my bag. Packable down jackets are well fitted, warm, have a good shell weight, and are comfortable. However, their most favorable aspect is their portability and just how lightweight and packable they are.
A good down jacket should be able to pack into the shape the size of a football or smaller and not take up much room in your suitcase. I have one main down jacket which gets me around the world and holds up well here at home in Canada. Feathered Friends are environmentally friendly and all their products are made from Environmentally Sourced Down and adhere to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).
Arc’Teryx Beta AR Jacket
I don’t travel without a rain jacket. They are so easy and light to pack up there is no reason to not have one in your suitcase just in case!
My rain jacket has come in handy so many times. Many places where it wasn’t supposed to rain and completely unexpected. The Arct’teryx is waterproof, windproof, and breathable and made with Goretex Pro. It’s not just good for traveling and rain storms, but is a protective shell against all levels of weather.
Title Nine Sports Bra
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 Title Nine among some of the most supportive and reasonably priced. They have a ton of different styles for all shapes and sizes. All their pieces are supportive, stylish, and durable.
California Cowboy Flannel
If I’m traveling in the fall or winter there is at least one flannel in my bag. Flannels make for great travel clothes because they are comfortable, warm, and can be worn several times without need for a wash. Also, in the right setting, they look and feel right at home.
They’re the ideal Instagram fashion choice in the fall and winter. My favorites are from California Cowboy. California Cowboy is a small apparel store out of California producing hip, crazy comfortable, and functional clothes.
Their High Sierra shirt is made out of super soft flannel, and warm thermal lining. Plus it has all kinds of pockets to keep a phone, chapstick, or a cold beer. It’s an awesome travel gift that feels more like a jacket than your standard flannel.
Coalatree Trail Shorts
Coalatree creates eco-focused outdoor apparel that we’re learning to love. As far as comfort these are the best on this list and the only drawback is the price. They’re made out of a lightweight material that is a blend of Bluesign Nylon and spandex.
They’re super comfortable and the combination of nylon and spandex allows for them to stretch in any way that you can move. The drawstring makes for an easy adjustment and the spandex does a good job of hugging your hips.
Kuhl Flight Vest
My all time favorite vest is made by Kuhl. It’s good to go in any outdoor adventure. Whether that’s on the slops are hiking around the wilderness it looks and feels amazing. Seriously, out of all the outdoor vests I own this is by far the most stylish. It’s a great adventure gift for women!
Kuhl Flight Jacket
If my all time favorite vest is made by Kuhl you can bet what fleece I love. The Kuhl Flight jacket is as plush as it gets. Super comfortable year round and feels just like you’re snuggling up with a sheep. It has a pull out hood, and looks stylish in any outdoor setting.
Electric Gifts for Her
I listen to music and podcasts all the time when I travel and having a solid pair of wireless headphones has made traveling that much more enjoyable.
While, I’ve tried several different headphones varieties over the years Sennhesier and Bose 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!
Bet this useful travel accessory is one you haven’t thought about. Just because we are traveling doesn’t mean we like to fall behind on our shows and movies.
We have traveled for three years now with a Google Chromecast and Roku Express and it seriously makes Airbnb’s and hotel rooms so.much.better. We just plug in the streaming device to any TV when we travel and Voila – Netflix!
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.
This definitely isn’t a budget camera, but if you are looking to spend some money on great womens travel gift consider the Fuji camera series. We just upgraded to the Fuji XT3 and it 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. See our other favorite travel cameras here.
There you have it! My Favorite Unique Travel Gift Ideas for Her. Happy Traveling!
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