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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 😉
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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).
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!
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!
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.
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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