Whether you’re looking for a gift for your daughter whose about to travel abroad to another continent, a wanderlust family who loves road trips, or a friend who is travelling abroad for the first time, here are 79 unique gifts for travel lovers they’ll love to receive and actually use.
Tips for buying a gift for a travel lover
I put this gift guide together with travel lovers like myself in mind, who value experiences over possessions which makes buying gifts for a travel lover challenging.
Another challenging aspect of buying a gift for a travel lover is the frustration travellers face of fitting everything they want to bring on their trip into their bags.
Buy them an
So make your travel gift count.
In this gift guide for travel lovers, I’ve selected practical gifts that I’ve actually packed in my bags, or I wish I had packed, so you know they’re useful because I don’t put just anything in my bags and suitcases.
- Avoid very personal travel gifts such as clothing and shoes unless you know the person very well. For instance, if you want to buy a gift for your son or daughter who will be backpacking around Europe and know that they need or have been wanting to buy that jacket or pair of hiking
bootsthen go ahead.
79 gift for travel lovers: Practical Gifts Travellers Will Love & Use
French Press or Travel Mug
Did you know the
Enjoy your daily fix wherever you are with this travel mug/coffee press. Simply add coarsely ground coffee, hot water and seal the lid for a freshly pressed cup of coffee in minutes. This stainless steel vacuum-sealed travel mug keeps beverages hot or cold for several hours.
Portable Wine Glass / Travel Mug
I just love it when things do double and triple duty. This wine tumbler is a
Savour your wine as well as your hot and cold drinks the way you like them. Crafted from durable food-grade 18/8 stainless steel. Comes with a removable splash-proof cover and is crafted. Multiple colours: from black and faux wood to hot pink.
Noise cancelling Headphones or Earbuds
These days kids and adults listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts, watch movies and play games on handheld devices.
A good quality set of over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds is a great gift for a travel lover. Not only do they block out external noise on an airplane but they can also block out noise so that you can sleep in peace.
4-TSA flight approved travel and lunch utensils
A set of
Always check with TSA first, since rules change: 1-866-289-9673 or email them at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov
reusable grocery bags
I know what you’re thinking. A set of
6- A Facemask That Makes A Statement
Face masks may not be mandatory anymore, but a stylish and reusable cloth facemask would be a great gift for a travel lover in certain situations such as protection from particles when travelling to areas with high levels of air pollution or for people who have allergies or are sensitive to environmental irritants, dust or pollen.
7-External Battery Charger For All Your Devices
I have several types of external battery chargers which I use for different occasions. I carry a small, lightweight
When I go on a long trip, I carry an extra heavy-duty charger that can simultaneously charge multiple devices for days without recharging. It’s an ideal choice for hiking, camping trips, weekend warriors and world travellers.
If you want to go all out, an
8- A Good Quality Compact and windproof u
A foldable, windproof
Foldable, Windproof and super cute. This Teflon coated umbrella is extra durable.
9- A Luggage Tag
Who hasn’t forgotten to put a luggage tag on their bag? I know I have. Then I race to fill one out while standing in line.
Just make sure that the person doesn’t already have
10- Give Them A Gift Card
A gift card to a travel lover’s favourite store is a dream come true. Some possible gift card ideas would be to a sporting goods store or a shoe store.
If you’re not sure what store they might like a gift card to, why not give them an
Send someone an Amazon gift card nestled inside a premium gift box with gold accents. Choose the amount you want to give (50, 75, 100, 150, 200 or choose your own amount).The gift card has no fees and no expiration date and can be redeemed towards millions of items storewide at Amazon.com
11- Local Foreign Currency:
Cash is king. If you know someone travelling to another country, consider giving them some cold cash in the currency of their destination country. When they land, they’ll have some liquid cash on hand, which comes in super handy. ATM’s are not always available at some airports in remote places.
Simply head over to your local bank and purchase some.
12- Money Clips
Money clips are great for travellers because sometimes you just need to carry a little cash and or a few credit cards with you and not your entire
Money Belt & Document Keeper
Normally I would say a hidden
Not as discreet as a hidden
Travel Scarf With Hidden Pocket
Another great place to hide money and Id while travelling is in a scarf with a hidden pocket.
Leave your purse at home and stash you keys, cards, money, phone, lipstick or whatever you want into the hidden zippered pocket. Measures 60 x 30 inches
Our family has owned several different types of eBooks over the years, from nooks and kobos to simple tablets. Each one has it’s strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion, the best e-readers are the ones with E-ink technology (electronic paper) like
The Kindle paperwhite e-book reader has a 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display that looks like real paper.
- Waterproof (IPX8) un up to 2 meters of freshwater for 60 minutes.
- 8GB of storage for thousands of books.
- Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your audible books
- A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
17- Action Camera
Waterproof, Low Light and Wi-Fi, 1080p Live Streaming, Webcam, Stabilization. 23MP photos and 5.3K video resolution at 60fps. 8x slo-mo at 2.7K and you can pause videos and grab 15.8MP still photos from 5.3K video that look amazing.
18 Compact Travel Sized
There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to find out there is only one wall outlet to charge everyone’s devices. With a
At less than 2 ½ cubic inches, it's both compact and portable for maximum space-saving at home or in your travel bag. It contains 3 AC outlets and 3 USB ports so you can power everything from a single compact hub (18W max output from the USB ports and 1250W from the AC outlets). Overload protection and a fire-retardant casing ensure complete protection for you and your devices.
power adapter with USB ports
Power adapters are handy for travellers, but an international one that works in multiple countries with USB ports to charge your devices is priceless.
Simultaneously charge up to 5 devices with the international power plug adapter.
- Fits outlets in over 150 including US,UK, EU, JAPAN, CHINA and more. It has 4 USB Type A and 1 USB Type C ports.
- Extremely rugged and durable
Travel Pad / Mattress
There is no doubt that an inflatable
The issue is they take forever to blow up.
Sleeping pad & neck pillow in one travel essential. Fill this travel sleeping pad with 10 breaths. completely contactless. No need to put your lips on a dirty valve.
I never, ever travel anywhere without packing my clothes in packing cubes. They keep all your clothes snug, secure and organized in your bags. I usually use one for my shirts and another for pants. Sometimes I just use a bigger one for everything. It just depends on the size of my bag and where I’m going.
Need to get something at the bottom of your bag? Pull out the packing cube to get to it. Is your luggage too heavy? Pull out one of the
These compression bags are a real space saver. They can Increase your luggage space by up to 70%. NO PUMP or VACUUM CLEANER REQUIRED! Once you place your clothing items in the bag, simply zip the bag up, and roll it like a burrito, squeezing the air out through the valves on the bottom side.
23- Travel organizer for
When I travel, I always use
Whether I'm taking the train for a weekend getaway, or flying internationally, I always bring my origami unicorn travel undergarment organizer. It's where I keep my undies, bras, pyjamas and bathing suit. When I arrive, I just hang it on a hanger, bathroom hook or door handle.
For that person in your life who is hard to buy for, give them the gift of an experience with a gift card from
I’ve given and received several of these, including the time I chose to go glamping with my husband at a bubble hotel in France.
Dry Shampoo Bar
Shampoo bars are not only the perfect travel shampoo, but they’re also good for the environment because they don’t require any plastic bottle packaging. I carry my
26 – Victornionix manicure set with Nail clipper
This is literally the
Made in Switzerland, Victorinox offers a lifetime guarantee against defects in material and workmanship. It contains 7 implements for 8 different functions.
1.75" Blade, Nail File with Nail Cleaner, Nail clipper, Lever Design Serrated-edge Scissors, Key Ring, Tweezers, and Toothpick.
27- Compact Travel
When I travel, I sometimes like to bring a few sets of earrings and necklaces. I like to keep my jewelry organized and easy to find, so a compact
Multi Headphone Splitter allows you to connect 5 headsets or speakers to 1 jack. Simply plug the splitter into any device with a 3.5-millimetre auxiliary port to start sharing.
5 Way 1 Male to 2 3 4 5 Female Splitter Cable for iPod,Mp3 Player,Mobile Phone,Laptop,PC,Headphones,Speakers.
The 2 in 1 dual lightning adapter cable supports listen to music and charge your phone at the same time. Support Calling Function, Charging, Headset Control, Data Transfer, Microphone and Remote.
Tile Pro- To find lost items
Everyone in my family has a
30 – A Travel
Pen Worth packing
Pens come in handy while travelling for filling out customs forms to
If you know someone that enjoys the finer things in life, then here are a couple of pens that will make their eyes light up with glee.
Everyman is an online shop that sells everyday carry essentials for the finer, fewer crowd. Their Graften is shorter in size than a traditional pen making them pocket friendly and easy to carry. They are sleek in design, expertly weighted, and feel great in your hand.
31- Stitch Passport Holder Cover
The perfect gift to give to that globetrotting DIY lover. They can stitch an X for everyplace they visited or would love to visit.
32- Cityscape Ring
If you know someone in love with a major US city than these sterling silver cityscape rings are the perfect gift for your wanderlust traveller.
Celebrate your favourite city by keeping it wrapped around your finger. Each ring features buildings and landmarks that will remind you of the city you love. Cities available include, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Seattle.
Long Distance Relationship Bracelets
I already have the French Love box, which lets me send love notes to my husband while he works in Switzerland, so I know how meaningful it is to send love from afar.
Send heartfelt messages to loved ones—anytime, anywhere in the world—with this modern take on the classic love note that sits in the comfort of your home and connects to any smartphone device via Wi-Fi.
Once connected, you can send messages to it from anywhere in the world at any time using the mobile app (available on iOS & Android.). When the box receives a message the heart located on the front of the Lovebox will begin to spin to notify a new message. The heart will continue to spin until the receiver lifts the lid of the Lovebox to read its secret message on the Lovebox screen. They can even send you some love by manually spinning the heart of the Lovebox, which will send you a waterfall of hearts on your Lovebox app.
These long-distance relationship bracelets take it to a whole new level.
One of the biggest issues people have when they travel to a place where they plan to cook is a lack of
35- Self Watering Plant System That Uses Old Wine Bottles
This self-watering plant system is the perfect gift for wanderlust travellers. You won’t need to water their plants while they’re away.
Let them show off their wanderlust spirit with this adorable stainless steel
37- Sterling Silver Airplane Earring
If you can only pack one pair of earrings, bring
38 -Children’s Travel Literature Books
If you know someone taking younger kids on a trip, I recommend the
A must for every jet-setting family with youngish kids.
This is Paris, is another witty children's travel book in the "This is…" series written by Miroslav Sasek. His other books include, This is London, This is San Francisco. This is Rome and many many more. This large-format book about Paris, first published in 1959 is not only visually beautiful, but it will also take your child on a journey to famous Parisian buildings, beautiful French gardens, museums, sidewalk cafes, and introduce you to the people who live there -- artists, flower girls, and thousands of cats.
Why not get the French edition of This is Paris?
39- Pink Striped
Weekends should be fun, so why carry a normal black
This Swim Club striped weekend bag by Ban.do is the perfect bag for those quick getaways in the car or as carrying on luggage. It features a concealed front pocket and one large main compartment that is easy to fill and unpack. Includes a detachable interior pouch that helps you keep up with those smaller, more important travel necessities.
40- A Good Carry On Bags That Actually Look Good
There’s something to be said about a good looking piece of luggage.
I have two bags from Delsey, and I love them. Delsey is a French company based in Tremblay-en-France, in the Paris suburbs. which manufactures luggage and travel accessories.
Cabin Zero also makes stylishly sleek and light backpacks that anyone would be proud to carry around.
This timeless design is from Delsey, a French luggage manufacturer. 28 Inch, with Brake
Silk pillowcases should be on everyone’s list of essential travel items to bring in your carryon. It’s great for your hair and skin. There is less friction, and your hair tangles less when it rests on silk for hours on end and frizzes less when you wake up. You won’t wake up with
Just bring the
Breathable and hypoallergenic, made of 100% natural mulberry silk, which contains 18 kinds of Amino acids that are believed to stimulate your skin cells' metabolism and help your natural skin moisture. It also has a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus and mould, in addition to many other allergens, perfect for those with sensitive skin! And perfect to bring on your next trip.
42- Shock Proof
Phones cost as much as laptops these days, so it only makes sense to protect your investment with a well-made
Flip Flops and walking shoes
A pair of good-looking, comfortable
All Rothy's are carefully crafted with eco-friendly materials made from a proprietary blend of marine 100% recycled marine plastic (collected within 30 miles of coastlines and marine environments.) spun into their signature thread Their footbeds made of plant-based materials. They are machine washable and are extremely fashionable.
All Rothy's are carefully crafted with eco-friendly materials made from a proprietary blend of marine 100% recycled marine plastic (collected within 30 miles of coastlines and marine environments.) spun into their signature thread. Their footbeds are made of plant-based materials.
They are machine washable and are incredibly fashionable.
44- A Sporty bikini top
I love it when I find a bikini top that is both comfortable, cute and sensible. Wear it on hikes under your clothing and jump in a lake, or take it to the beach. Nothing will ever pop out.
I'm a big fan of body glove. This cute and sporty bikini top is flattering and sensible. Thanks to the modest high neck cut, you never feel like anything is going to pop-out or come undone. Perfect for doing laps in the pool, recreational water sports or a day at the beach. And of course, surfing.
Travel Yoga Mat That Doesn’t Slip
I never travel with my
47- DNA Ancestry Test
48- Carry On Cocktail Kits
First Aid Travel Kit
50- Discreet Fitbit
51- Portable Electric
Peak Design‘s “Every Day Tote Bag”
I’m a big fan of peak designs. Their designs are functional, well made and thoughtful.
The newly revamped Everyday Tote 15L combines clean aesthetics with thoughtful functionality to protect, organize, and give quick access to your every everything you need, including your, laptop and photo gear.
The 100% recycled 400D weatherproof shell keeps everything safe. The integrated luggage carry makes this a perfect carry on bag for your next trip.
53- Unisex Man Purse /
Elegant, simple and thoughtful functionality. This toiletry bag sits upright on the counter or hangs via a stowable hook, always giving total visibility and access to your toiletries. A network of nylon mesh pockets, along with a magnetically-sealed toothbrush pocket, external razor pocket, and internal zippered pouch, keep items organized and clean.
Gadget Travel Case For Phone, Cords & More
Bracelet With Charging Cable
One of the problems travellers face is having to charge their devices on the go. A
Keychain With Charging Cable
If you’re going to get a boring
Hot Sauce Keychain
For travellers who love spicy food, the problem is real. If you know someone who is planning to visit a country like France where
59- An Inspector
Gadget Travel Vest
This is like the cargo pants of vests. Great for travellers who want to travel light but still need to carry around the essentials.
This sleek low profile men's vest features an incredible 26 pockets to hold everything you need while traveling, working, hiking or simply running errands. There's even a large pocket big enough for an iPad or other bulky items.
Tripod For Phone & Small Camera
61- A Subscription To
62- Rugged External
From urban jungles to backwood trails, the rugged USB-C external hard drive from LaCie is ready to survive and ready to connect. With USB-C, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility, it works seamlessly with Mac and Windows. Superfast transfers. Easy, reliable backups. It's all there.
Projector To Watch Movies Anywhere Anytime
Carry a world of entertainment in your pocket with this portable mini projector from Kodak. Measuring just 3″ x 3″ x 0.8″, this projector fits easily into pockets or backpack. Built-in Speaker, HDMI, USB and Micro SD. It's compatible with iPhone iPad and Android Phones & Devices. There is even a memory card slot to display photos.
65- Portable Travel
66- Discreet Travel
Wine Bag holder and dispenser
Amaze your friends with this travel tote with a hidden, Insulated compartment for a wine bladder.
Discreetly holds and pours 2 bottles of Wine (or 1.5L of your favourite beverage) from a removable, easy to use BPA-free beverage pouch. Each PortoVino has a unique, patent-pending, secret, zippered, Insulated pocket that keeps your pouch chilled for hours. Material: Water-resistant Cotton Canvas | Size: 17 in x 6 in x 13.
67- Portable Travel
68- Portable Garment
70- Portable Board Game
Play chess, checkers, and backgammon wherever you go with this handy multi-game set. The double-sided board measures 9.75 x 9.75 x 1 inch (25 x 25 x 2.5 centimetres) when open. The magnetic features of the board and the playing pieces mean your game will stay put
71- Portable Hotel Room Travel
72- Pocket Sized
A pocket-size washing machine that doesn't require any coins or electricity and can also be used as a dry bag! The Scrubba portable travel wash bag is perfect for the camper who wants to wash clothes at a campsite or a budget traveller who wants to save on hefty hotel washing fees.
Solar Lantern That Folds Flat
Inspired by origami lanterns, this inflatable lantern lasts up to 12 hours and can fold flat so you can throw it in your bag or your luggage.
Travel Fan + Power Bank
Mirror With Built in Light
This handy mirror has a touch screen ON/OFF button, which also controls the brightness. Folded, it measures 4 1/2" x 0.4", it's large enough to do your makeup on the go but small enough to fit in any handbag, purse, makeup bag or carry on.
76- Refillable Travel Sized
Perfume Spray Bottle
Now you don't have to take the whole bottle of perfume with you on holiday. Simply fill your travel atomizer with your favourite perfumes or colognes. Or fill with eyeglass cleaner, hairspray, aftershave or even makeup remover.
77- After Flight Face Refresher
There’s nothing worse than hopping off a plane or getting out of the car after a long drive feeling and looking like the walking dead. Elemis is the answer.
Travel Journal / Sketchbook
Everyone takes photos while travelling, but an often overlooked aspect of travelling is recording what you see and where you go. A refillable
79- An Unrippable
City Map You Can Crumple
The Crumpled City Map is an easy to read map that you can crumple and stuff in your pocket. Each foldable map has details about a large part of the city, including streets, monuments, museums, art galleries and much more.
There are multiple cities available, including Paris, London, Vienna, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, New York, San Francisco and many more.
Wrapping up this guide of travel lover gifts
The list of 79 must-have gifts for travel lovers is a curated selection of items that are both useful and unique. From practical items like a
Even if you didn’t find the exact gift you were looking for, I hope it gave you some ideas.