The Perfect Gifts for Travelers—21 Gift Ideas for Travelers They’ll LOVE

Ok, ok I admit it. I’m guilty. I. AM. HARD. TO. SHOP. FOR. Between stuffing all my belongings into suitcases and unpacking at home, I struggle to think of anything else I could want. This leads to a lot of stress for friends and family around Christmas or birthdays (sorry!). Coming up with gift ideas for travelers you know can feel equally as stressful, which is why Kestra and I have put together our list of 21 perfect gifts for travelers, full of items we couldn’t live without, are secretly wishing for, or just might go buy ourselves!

Our list of gift ideas for travelers is in no particular order so take your time exploring the options. These gifts for travelers are targeted to people who love to travel, dream of exploring the world more, or are actively looking to start. Finding gifts for travelers can be tough, so we made sure to include a wide range of products to be sure you can find the right gift for the right person!

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Scratch-Off World Map

Kestra and I both have (and love!) our Scratch-Off World Maps. After our road trip this summer we were able to scrape off 12 states and it looks so much more colorful now! The only downside is the pick they provide you with isn’t the best, but if you use a dime it works just fine. It’s a great gift for travelers just starting their adventures or for those who don’t have many countries left! The map always brings back memories and if you frame it with pictures of your travels it becomes a great way to tell stories!

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Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Long plane rides or endless hours in the car are made so much easier with Kindles of any kind but I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite. I try to get through a few books a month and I never delete any, but I never run out of storage! Plus, I think I’ve charged the thing like 4 times— ever. It really is a great product and they even made the new ones waterproof! Many libraries now offer e-books so you can login online and check out books for free. Wicked!

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Portable Power Bank-24,000 mAh

These are life savers! At first I bought a cheap portable charger at Walmart and could only half-charge one phone. I upgraded before getting more serious about camping and boy did it help. Anything you can charge via a USB is compatible and it holds between 10 and 15 “phone charges”. They are perfect for anyone serious about camping (but still wanting to take pictures) or for those running to catch their next flight.

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LifeStraw Water Bottle

The two-stage built in filter means no more endless pumping through your filter, you just fill and drink. Ponds, puddles, lakes, and streams— this hiker’s dream makes it possible to always have your water ready to go. I have a LifeStraw (not in water bottle form) that I can’t speak highly enough of. They say they get rid of all odors and for the most part they do, if you can stomach it you can drink it. To all the off the beaten path explorers, enjoy!

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Bear Butt Hammock

I know it’s not an ENO. It’s better! I’ve had them both and can promise you Bear Butt is the way to go. They offer a double wide in great color choices and their Kodiak Straps are amazing. Seriously, for a reasonably priced hammock this thing outperforms even the name brands. Heck, its so good it might even be the name brand now. Be sure to “splurge” on those Kodiak Straps!

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DJI Phantom 3 Drone

Yeah I won’t lie this one’s expensive, but that’s why it’s a wish list so play along! Everyone is more and more familiar that drones changed the game when it comes to photography. DJI is essentially the GoPro of drones, they simply do it best. We personally don’t own one but if we did this is the direction we’d go. They also have slightly cheaper DJI models so feel free to check them out!

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Travel Adapter-2000W

Kestra and I picked this up before our trip to Iceland and it is awesome! You just flip the switches and plug into the proper slots for the country you’re in. It even has temperature control and surge protection so if you accidentally screw up you don’t have to bury your electronics. This version is the perfect gift idea for travelers because it works in over 150 countries!

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Men’s Toiletry Bag

These canvas bags are super handy and durable. Plus, for just over $10 they are a phenomenal value. They fit easily in a carry on and make separating out all of my extra junk so much easier. We highly recommend for anyone them for anyone you know who doesn’t want their toothbrush dragging over their underwear 😉

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Women’s Toiletry Bag

These toiletry bags are just a little larger than the men’s and cost just a little more. They come in great colors, have a built in hanger, and can fit full sized bottles of shampoo (if you can sneak it through TSA). Another great choice for any adventurers that like to brush their hair or use deodorant in the morning. Check them out!

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GoPro Hero 7

We mentioned GoPro is the standard when it comes to action cameras and it’s because their technology is simply unreal. Tired of watching shaky footage, clicking through confusing screens, and just want good action shots from your trip? GoPro is the way to go. Their image stabilization is incredible, making the bumpiest of rides fun to watch. Before mine took a prolonged swim in the Pacific Ocean I took it skiing, wakeboarding, white water rafting, you name it. So you can be sure this is back on any wish list I put together!

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23andMe Ancestry DNA Test

Kestra and I had wanted to do these tests for years and this last Christmas we finally did. It was so cool to see where our ancestors lived, different traits we’d inherited, and even different genetic markers to make sure we were healthy—we are! This is one of those absolutely perfect gifts for travelers because it renews a sense of wonder when you travel. You wonder who in your family line has walked where you are and you dream of visiting the places you come from.

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Canon EOS Rebel T6 and Accessory Kit

What a steal! Kestra and I started taking photography a little more seriously and this is a great camera package to get started with. It come with two lenses, a tripod, two memory cards, telephoto and wide angle adapters, almost everything you need. Overall the camera performs greater than I expected, only downside is the tripod feels cheap and so does the bag. Compared to what you would pay for them all individually though this is a bargain!

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Columbia Women’s Hiking Boots

These boots are incredible. Kestra wears them everywhere, and I do mean everywhere: Iceland, Costa Rica, the North Shore, and California, just to name a few places. They’re good boots that wear well, don’t eat up your toes on the downhill, keep water off your socks, and actually breathe some (as much as a hiking boot can). Size wise they run true so there are no worries there!

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The North Face Men’s Hiking Boots

If you could only ever buy one pair of boots again I’d make it these. Why? Because North Face has a great warranty repair program. Anytime I bust an eyelet or something just doesn’t feel right they help me out. They also are super comfortable, easy to put on, and I’ve never gotten a blister in them. Needless to say, I know what I’d buy!

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The North Face Women’s Weatherproof Jacket

Man these are handy. Kestra loves her rain jacket from her grandma so she doesn’t need a new one but this is what I’d get her if she did. They are completely wind and waterproof, have a cinch down hoody, and can be folded into their own pocket when you aren’t using them. Eddie Bauer also offers some amazing rain coats but they run for three times the amount for pretty much the same jacket. Plus, North Face has tons of pretty colors!

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Marmot Men’s Weatherproof Jacket

These jackets are so nice. I have a friend who let me borrow his on the way to class a few years ago and I showed up completely dry. It has something like three layers of GoreTex (that’s the waterproofing stuff) so you can be sure that whatever you want to stay dry will. They also pack up into a coat pocket and come in four really cool colors. Check them out!

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Bluetooth Speaker

With thousands of 5-Star reviews these guys are obviously doing something right! Their wireless, waterproof speakers are perfect gifts for travelers who love the great outdoors and don’t want to worry about what can’t get wet. We’d love to take them camping, and if you pack that portable charger you can play your music for hours!

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Phone Tele-Photo Lens

For those not quite ready to lug around a camera all the time, this tele-photo lens for your phone is perfect. It is light and easily packable, not a pain to haul around all day, and can be fitted to most major phones. We all know most people are snapping pictures on their phones anyway, so why not invest and up the quality of them tremendously? This one is a wonderful gift idea for travelers who can’t seem to put their devices away (yeah, that might be me too).

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Leatherman Multi-Tool

This one is with me no matter where I go. It’s saved me countless headaches on many dirt bike trips, kept me from starving near the campfire because I can’t open the can, and even cut my hair one time—it was a chop job. The point is, though, when you’re in need it gets the job done, and with fourteen tools it’s bound to have the one you need. Or at least one that’s close enough!

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G-RO Luggage

This could use some explaining. I’ll preface it by saying, this is the Cadillac of suitcases. With built in power banks and USB chargers, Bluetooth luggage locators, oversized wheels to go over curbs and snow, these are built to last. For any serious travelers considering traveling more, they are well worth the investment. If it’s only a trip or two a year, then stick with the duffle. Check them out though because they are still cool!

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Noise Canceling Headphones

Wowza these are incredible. If you’ve ever just wanted to sleep on an airplane, you know the struggle of all the incessant background noise. From the engine on your left to the motor mouth on your right, sometimes you just wish you could hear yourself think. These make that possible again! Bonus: they’re wireless so you don’t accidentally choke yourself in your sleep.

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As you can see there are plenty of amazing gifts for travelers if you look hard enough. Some are more budget-friendly than others but all are guaranteed to deliver smiles! Be sure to let us know below in the comments which gift idea for travelers you liked the most. Do you know of any other good gifts? Please remember to subscribe and share our blog on social media with your friends and family, God Bless!

 

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Visit 6 Active Volcanoes in Costa Rica

Home to over 200 volcanic structures and 6 active volcanoes, it’s difficult to visit Costa Rica and not see one! Not all of the volcanoes in Costa Rica are the conic shaped ones you see at science fairs, but all are just as mesmerizing as those baking soda experiments. Your trip to Costa Rica isn’t complete without visiting at least one of these famous active volcanoes!

Some of the best volcanoes in Costa Rica are easier to get to than others, but this guide examines them from a different standpoint… how cool they are! Be sure to check for activity and park closures before planning your trip, they are active remember. If you’re feeling extra incredible, please shoot this post a like and a share and, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get too far, remember to…

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Arenal Volcano

 

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica

Located 84 miles northwest of San José in the Guanacaste Volcanic Range, Arenal is one of the most photographed volcanoes in Costa Rica due to its natural conic shape. Although it hasn’t erupted since 2010, its base city, La Fortuna, is still a popular tourist spot because of its quaint downtown and proximity to La Fortuna Waterfall, one Costa Rica’s Best Waterfalls!

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Poás Volcano

Poas Volcano Costa Rica

Just 34 miles north of San José, this volcano has been closed to the public since 2017 due to volcanic activity. I was lucky enough to visit before it closed and wow– the park was stellar! Costa Ricans are extremely serious about volcanic safety, so any sign of activity will close the parks until further notice. However, if you do happen to be around when it’s open, I highly encourage you to go. It is (or was, I suppose) Costa Rica’s most visited volcano. An easy (albeit sort of lengthy) walk on a paved trail will wrap you through the forest and up to the lookout point. And even though I was lucky enough to be there when it was open, I still wasn’t able to grasp a view of the crater. Turns out clouds forests have their downsides as well. The clouds covered the crater, which made our visit all the more eerie! We went too late in the day (around noon), your best chance at viewing this spectacular volcano cloud-free is going to be in the morning!

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Irazú Volcano

Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

San José sits in a valley surrounded by volcanoes, making them extremely easy to visit on your way to and/or from the airport. Irazú Volcano is located 35 miles east of San José near the city of Cartago. Last active in 1963, this is the highest of all the volcanoes in Costa Rica, sitting at an altitude of 11,260 feet above sea level! Although this volcano boasts five craters, the main one makes you feel like someone scooped you off of Earth and plopped you down on Mars– for real!

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Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Costa Rica

Named after a popular local legend where a girl’s father threw her lover into the volcano, The Old Woman’s Corner is located 170 miles northwest of San José. This hidden gem is stowed snugly in the northern countryside, offering incredible hikes through its 34,000 acre Rincón de la Vieja National Park, and hasn’t disrupted its visitors since 1998.

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Turrialba Volcano

Turrialba Volcano Costa Rica

Just a tad further down the road from the Irazú Volcano, Turrialba is only 43 miles east of San José. Closed since 2014, this volcano last erupted in December of 2016. Turrialba is also a conical volcano. You can see it from miles away but we think it is best up close and personal! This park has no intention of re-opening anytime soon, so if this volcano is on your Must Visit List, keep your eyes peeled.

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Tenorio Volcano

Tenorio Volcano Costa Rica

Located 130 miles northwest of San José, this volcano was closed for a couple of days in early 2018 due to activity, but is now back open. Always make sure to check before you visit as conditions change daily! Boasting four volcanic peaks (one of them earned its own name– Montezuma Volcano), the Tenorio Volcano is located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. While you’re there, you can also see the infamous Río Celeste Waterfall!

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That’s that! A summary of all six active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Of course there are dozens of other volcanoes you can visit in the country, but doesn’t the thought of hiking on or near an active volcano get your blood pumping!? Have you visited any of these volcanoes in Costa Rica? If not, which one would you like to visit? Will you be stopping at any on your next trip to Costa Rica? Let us know in the comments below!