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79 Gifts For Someone Going Travelling: Unique Ideas For Any Age & Budget

By Annie André

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Whether you’re looking for a gift for a globetrotter who’s about to travel to another continent or a wanderlust family who loves road trips, here are 79 gift ideas for anyone going travelling that are practical but not boring. 

photo of me at the airport in Marseille France with a backpack

Sometimes the best gift you can give a traveller is a practical gift they’ll actually use!

I think it’s safe to say that all travellers, whether they travel for business or pleasure, share one common frustration- fitting everything they want in their bags.

Many of these same travellers, including myself, value experiences over possessions, making it truly challenging to buy them gifts. Buy them an Eiffel tower keychain, and they might reconsider your relationship. Give them practical gifts that will significantly improve their travel adventures, and they’ll love you forever.  

79 gift ideas for someone going travelling: Practical Gifts Travellers Will Love & Use

In this gift guide for travellers, I’ve selected practical gifts for someone going travelling. Things that I’ve actually packed in my bags, or I wish I had packed, so you know they’re useful because I don’t just put anything in my suitcases.

photos of daughter at airport sitting on chair with bags on our way to Montreal

1) A Facemask That Makes A Statement

Number one on this list is a reusable, washable facemask. These days, you can never have too many. 

Face Mask (Made In France)

Reuseable and washable facemask with tiny French flag handmade in France.

These facemasks are made of a cotton-linen blend. From seller: MadeinVersaillesCo

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2-Portable French Press or Travel Mug

A portable French press comes in super handy when you’re someplace that has no coffee maker. Or when you want to make coffee on the go. Just add coffee grains (or tea), some hot water and push the plunger down after a few minutes. Voila, Fresh instant coffee to go.  It’s leak-proof, dishwasher safe and built like a tank. Mine is over 15 years old. I just cannot say enough good things about it. 

Did you know the French press is called a “Cafetière à piston” in French, which translates to “coffee plunger or coffee piston”?

Bodum French Press Travel Coffee Mug
$41.91

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.

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Travel mugs are a dime a dozen, but this travel mug, which looks like a camera lens, is sure to tickle the fancy of budding photographers. 

3- Portable Wine Glass / Travel Mug

I just love it when things do double and triple duty. This wine tumbler is a travel mug in disguise. Use it to sip wine or to keep your drinks hot or cold. The convenient splash guard is removable, so you won’t accidentally spill your beverage everywhere if you accidentally knock it over, which is extremely convenient for campers and people on the go. 

BrüMate 14oz Wine Glass Tumbler With Splash-proof Lid
$22.99

This mug lets you savour your wine as well as your hot and cold drinks the way you like them by keeping them at the same temperature from the time you pour them in till to the last drop.

Comes with a removable splash-proof cover and is crafted from durable food-grade 18/8 stainless steel. Choose a colour that matches your personality from sparkly pink and black to faux wood.

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4- Headphones & Earbuds

These days kids and adults listen to music, audiobooks, watch movies and play games on handheld devices. 

A good quality set of over the ear headphones or earbuds is the obvious choice that anyone at any age would love to receive. 

Apple AirPods Pro
$185.99
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5-TSA flight approved travel and lunch utensils

A set of travel utensils that are TSA approved is indispensable for travellers who fly by plane and don’t plan on checking luggage. These would have come in handy for my backpacking trip through Asia, where we ate a lot of street food on the go. 

Always check with TSA first, since rules change: 1-866-289-9673 or email them at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov 

TSA Approved Bamboo Travel Utensils with Case
$9.95

This set of reusable bamboo utensils with its ideal for the zero-waste lifestyle. It includes a set of chopsticks, fork, spoon, knife, straw, straw cleaner- which are all dishwasher safe. Plus, it comes with an organic cotton roll-up pouch.

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6-Set of reusable grocery bags

I know what you’re thinking. A set of reusable grocery bags

Reusable grocery bags are remarkably useful, especially for budget-conscious travellers who plan on buying groceries at their destination.  They fold up small enough to fit in your pocket or bag. Plus, they double as a day bag. Most importantly, they’re super cute and come in multiple styles to match different personalities. 

Cute Foldable Reusable Grocery Bags
$14.55

Cute reusable and machine washable grocery bags.

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Reusable French Sailor Grocery Bag
$12.00

Oh La La! This reusable shopping bag is perfect for that Francophile to head over to the corner market. Holds your lunch, shoes, gym clothes and up to 50 pounds of groceries. Folds into a flat 4" × 4" pouch. Holds up to 50 lbs.

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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 battery charger in my purse for emergencies when I’m out and about and need to juice up my phone on the go. 

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. 

Portable Solar Power Bank Battery
$29.99

This 20000 mAh battery with a built-in flashlight has enough juice to keep your phones and tablets charged for days. Charge your devices via cable or wirelessly.

In a pinch, when you don't have access to an outlet, recharge this battery with the sun.

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And if you want to go all out, an external battery charger that can charge all your devices, including laptops. 

Portable Charger For Laptop & Phones
$78.29

This external battery has an AC Output that reaches up to 80W to fully charge compatible devices: MacBook, Nintendo Switch, GoPro, camera batter, phones, tablets and more.

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8- A Good Quality Compact Umbrella

A foldable, windproof travel umbrella is a travel gift not many people think of but should because most people, including myself, forget to pack one. 

Foldable windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating
$22.95

Foldable, Windproof and super cute. This Teflon coated umbrella is extra durable.

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Although not as portable as a foldable travel umbrella, this classic bubble umbrella is just too cute not to include on this list. 

Classic Bubble Umbrella - Birds on a Wire
$24.61

 Let your personal style shine through with this smartly designed, classic clear bubble umbrella.

It has a canopy arc of 52 inches open with a generous 17 inches of headroom providing extra rain protection while allowing you to see clearly.

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9- A Luggage Tag

Who hasn’t forgotten to put a luggage tag on their bags?  I know I have. Then I race to fill one out while standing in line.

Silicone Travel Luggage Tags
$9.88

Get someone a set of fun and playful luggage tags that shows off their personal style. Comes in multiple themes from Disney princess to Star Wars and more.

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10- Give Them A Gift Card

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Premium Box
$50.00

Send someone an Amazon gift card nested 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

  • Scan and redeem any Gift Card with a mobile or tablet device via the Amazon App
  • Free One-Day Shipping (where available)
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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. 

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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 wallet

RFID Carbon Fiber Money Clip Wallet
$24.95

Part wallet and part money clip- The stylish design of this carbon fibre money clip allows you to hold up to credit cards and 9 bills at once yet slim enough to fit in a pocket.


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13- Hidden Money Belt & Document Keeper

A hidden money belt that you can wear under your clothes is not only great when you have no pockets but also when you want to carry ID and money around discreetly without a bag

14- Waist Pack

Not as discreet as a hidden money belt, nevertheless it’s still invaluable for those times when you don’t want to carry a bag to carry your essentials. 

15- Travel Scarf With Hidden Pocket

Another great place to hide money and Id while travelling is in a scarf with a hidden pocket. 

16- Ebook Reader

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 Amazon‘s Kindle Paperwhite, which cuts down on eye strain. The battery life is incredible. You could go weeks without needing to recharge. A single charge lasts 28 hours. 

Kindle Paperwhite- Waterproof ebook reader
$129.99

The Kindle paperwhite e-book reader is has a 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display that looks like real paper.

  • Waterproof (IPX8) 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.
  • Built-in adjustable light


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17- Action Camera

GoPro Action cameras aren’t just for action. Use it as your main camera or video camera. It’s rugged and waterproof to 33 feet (10m). The newer ones have touchscreens now.  

18 Compact Travel Sized Power Strip

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 power strip, you can charge multiple laptops and smartphones simultaneously. If travelling abroad, make sure also to bring an international power adapter

Power Strip Cube With USB Ports
$18.99 ($18.99 / Count)

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.


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19- International 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. 

International Power Plug Adapter With Multiple USB Ports
$16.99

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
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20- Inflatable Travel Pad / Mattress

There is no doubt that an inflatable travel pad is useful for campers and hikers who love the outdoors, but it’s also great for backpackers. I’ve even used it as a backup mattress for visitors. 

The issue is they take forever to blow up. Layon has a unique inflating method that takes less than ten breaths to fill it up. 

21- Travel Packing Cubes

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 packing cubes and distribute it to another bag. Another benefit of packing cubes is it makes unpacking a breeze. Just pull out the packing cube and throw them in a drawer, on the floor or wherever. I also use packing cubes for home use to store my seasonal clothes under my bed- specifically bulky sweaters. 

22- Travel Compression Bags

Travel Compression Bags
$11.99

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.

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23- Travel organizer for undergarments

When I travel, I always use packing cubes, but for my undergarments, I have a dedicated travel organizer from Origami Unicorn. I never travel without it. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed. My favourite thing about this undergarment travel organizer is I never have to unpack it. I simply hang it on a hanger, door handle or in the bathroom. 

24- Travel Experience

For that person in your life who is hard to buy for, give them the gift of an experience with a gift card from Tinggly, the Perfect Last-Minute Gift Box To Give To Travel Lovers.

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.

Tinggly has hundreds of experiences to choose from- from truffle hunting in France or bungee jumping in Austria to hot air balloon rides anywhere in the world. Which one will you choose to gift?

Best Balloon Rides -Voucher/Gift Card
$299.00

This gift box gives the recipient the ability to choose one amazing hot air balloon ride (with NO expiry date) anywhere in the world. Purchase and give them the gift in person or have it mailed to them.

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25- 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 dry shampoo bar in a round tin and throw it in my toiletry bag

Solid Shampoo Bar
$14.99 ($5.00 / Ounce)

The perfect travel shampoo. Each shampoo bar is more or less equivalent to three, six-ounce bottles of liquid shampoo. Shampoo bars also save millions of plastic bottles from being produced each year.

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26 – Victornionix manicure set with Nail clipper

This is literally the Swiss army knife of manicure sets. Nail clippers are one of those things many people overlook when packing, but they come in handy while travelling. Small manicure implements are also TSA approved. 

Victorinox Swiss Army Nail Clipper: A Travel Manicure Set
$20.00

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.

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27- Compact Travel Jewelry Organizer

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 jewelry organizer comes in handy. Plus, it keeps my jewelry safe and makes it easy to find in my bags. 

Travel Jewelry Organizer
$19.99

Multiple compartments - to hold rings, earrings, necklaces. buckled strap. Compact enough to throw in your carryon bag.


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28- Headphone Splitters

Headphone splitters have saved my sanity on more than one occasion. They allow multiple people to connect and listen to the same device, whether it be to watch movies or listen to music together. It’s a parent’s best friend when you have kids and don’t want to listen to what they are listening too. 

5 Way Headphone Splitter 3.5mm
$6.99

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.

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iPhone Adapter & Splitter, 2 in 1 Dual Lightning Headphone Jack
$8.99

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.

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29- Tile Pro- To find lost items

Everyone in my family has a Tile connected to their keys and one for their main bag. It works by connecting to your phone via blue tooth, so when you misplace it, you simply open up the app, hit find, and it rings. It shows the last known location in case you left it behind at a bar, which has happened to me once. 

30 – A Travel Pen Worth packing

Pens come in handy while travelling for filling out customs forms to luggage tags, you just never know when you’ll need one.

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. 

Grafton Mini Twist Pen

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. 

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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. 

Stitch Passport Cover Holder

Oh, the places you'll sew! Track adventures while protecting your passport. Simply use the needle and thread to stitch every new sight or city with an "X" a clever way to slow down and take in all the memories you just made.

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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. 

Cityscape Ring: Sterling Silver

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.

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33- 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. 

Lovebox

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.


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These long-distance relationship bracelets take it to a whole new level. 

34- Travel Seasoning Set

One of the biggest issues people have when they travel to a place where they plan to cook is a lack of spices. This travel seasoning set comes with everything you need to spice up your meals on the go. 

Gourmet Travel Seasoning Set

Set of 15 Spices Includes:

Minced Garlic, Basil, Marjoram, Air-dried Tomatoes, Savory, Rosemary, Sea Salt, Za'atar Blend, Garlic Powder, Thyme, Oregano, Chili Pepper Flakes, Herbs de Provence Blend, Smoked Paprika, Sesame Seeds

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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. 

Self-Watering Terracotta Stakes For Plants
$11.99

This self-watering system uses your empty recycled wine bottles. Just fill the bottles with water and place the neck inside the terracotta stakes. Then go on vacation.

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36- Wanderlust Bracelet

Let them show off their wanderlust spirit with this adorable stainless steel bracelet wanderlust bracelet from Etsy

Wanderlust Bracelet

A stainless steel bracelet with a stamping of "Wanderlust " with personalizing charms on bangle band. From Seller: FrostedWillow. If personalizing with initial charms on bangle band please mention initials in "buyer notes box" during checkout.



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37- Sterling Silver Airplane Earring Studs

If you can only pack one pair of earrings, bring studs. These Airplane earrings are small enough to sleep with and show off their love for travel. 

38 -Children’s Travel Literature Books

If you know someone taking younger kids on a trip, I recommend the children’s travel books written by Miroslav Sasek. He’s created over 20 books about different cities. Each book is beautifully illustrated and has a very retro feel. They’re Perfect for parents who want to educate their little ones about different cities, customs and cultures.

A must for every jet-setting family with youngish kids.

This is London book
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39- Pink Striped Weekend Bag

Weekends should be fun, so why carry a normal black weekend bag when you can carry this adorable pink striped bag?

Pink Striped Weekend Bag
$49.95

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.

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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. 

DELSEY Paris Chatelet Carry On Luggage
$142.90

This timeless design from Delsey, a French luggage manufacturer is the perfect carry on luggage for weekend getaways and business trips. Interior dimension: 16.75x15.75x8 inches Exterior dimension: 14.5x15.5x8 inches


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Cabine Zero 44L bag

Cabin Zero is a British company that creates bags and travel accessories. This 44l Classic CabinZero bag is part Briefcase, part backpack and it's the perfect size bag to bring on planes, trains, buses or horses.

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41- Silk Pillowcase

 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 pillowcase creases either. But the best part is silk is naturally hypoallergenic. 

Just bring the pillowcase so you can use it in your hotel room or on the pillows provided on airlines. 

100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
$23.99

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.

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42- Shock Proof Phone Case

Phones cost as much as laptops these days, so it only makes sense to protect your investment with a well-made phone case that can take a beating. Otterbox makes cell phone cases for nearly every make and model on the planet. 

Phone Case From Otterbox

The name Otterbox has become synonymous with cell phone protection. They are the #1 selling phone case company for a reason.

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43- Eco-Friendly Flip Flops and walking shoes

A pair of good looking, comfortable walking shoes are a must for any woman who travels. Rothy’s eco-friendly shoes made from recycled plastic bottles come in multiple styles that will match anyone’s personality. 

Rothy's Red Flats

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.

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Not all flip flops are created equal. 

Flip Flops by Rothy's

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.

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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. 

Body Glove Women's Smoothies Elena Solid High Neck Crop Bikini Top Swimsuit

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.

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45- Travel Yoga Mat That Doesn’t Slip

I never travel with my yoga mat because it’s too bulky to fit in my luggage. But a travel yoga mat is the perfect travel companion because you can fold it up rather than rolling it up. 

Manduka Folding Travel Yoga Mat
$49.14

Manduka is made with 100% non-toxic natural tree rubber. It's absorbent with an excellent grip. The more you sweat, the more grippy it gets. The yoga mat itself is 1.5mm thick, folds up like a towel and machine washable with cold water and mild detergent.

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46- Tiny Portable Speaker

47- DNA Ancestry Test

23andMe Ancestry: Personal Genetic DNA Test
$99.00

Many of us to see the landour ancestors came from. Thanks to 23AndMe, you can discover your ancestry composition and where in the world your DNA is from across 2000+ regions and how they moved around the world over thousands of years.

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48- Carry On Cocktail Kits

4 Piece Carry On Cocktail Kit Set
$59.99

Premium Cocktail Gift Set - The Perfect Combo for Any Cocktail Lover!

The Old Fashioned - Champagne Cocktail - Moscow Mule - Gin & Tonic -

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49- Mini First Aid Travel Kit

First Aid Travel Kit – 66 Pieces
$14.95 ($14.95 / Count)

Great emergency kit for most daily use or travel adventures, cruises, backpacking or business trips.

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50- Discreet Fitbit Bracelet

51- Portable Electric Toothbrush

Quip Electric Toothbrush - Copper Metal
$44.95 ($44.95 / Count)
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52- Peak Design‘s “Every Day Tote Bag

I’m a big fan of peak designs. Their designs are functional, well made and thoughtful.  

Peak Design’s Everyday Tote (15L)

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.

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53- Unisex Man Purse / Sling Bag

Peak Design Everyday Sling Bag

Peak Design Sling Bag is ultra-protective yet easily accessible. For guys, this unisex bag is your answer to the women's purse, without losing any masculinity along the way. Ladies, this is a functional, well made day bag that isn't overly masculine.

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54- Fancy Toiletry Bag

Peak Design Wash Bag / Toiletry Bag / Dopp Bag

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.

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55- Gadget Travel Case For Phone, Cords & More

56- Bracelet With Charging Cable

One of the problems travellers face is having to charge their devices on the go. A charging cable you wear as a bracelet is both fashionable and convenient. Ready to use in an instant without rooting through your bags. 

Leather Braided USB Type C Cable Bracelet
$13.99

Fashionable and convenient. Never search for your USB cables again. Compatible with all devices that charge with USB type C cables, including the Nintendo switch, some MacBook Pros and smartphones. 

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57- Keychain With Charging Cable

If you’re going to get a boring keychain as a gift, you might as well make it a functional one like this keychain fob that doubles as charging cables for your phone. 

58- Sriracha 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 hot sauce is usually not an option, they’ll really appreciate these tiny TSA approved hot sauce keychain bottles.

Sriracha Keychain Combo Pack (TSA Approved)
$13.99

TSA friendly and BPA approved. You get two mini bottles. One Mini, the perfect size to fit on your keyring for that quick lunch. And another to get you through your entire day.


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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 essential. 

SCOTTeVEST RFID Travel Vest for Men-26 with Pockets
$149.00

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.

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60- Miniature Tripod For Phone & Small Camera

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod
$19.95

Lightweight, intuitive to use and easy to carry. Beautiful Italian design.


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61- A Subscription To Audible Audiobooks

62- Rugged External Hard Drive

LaCie Rugged USB-C 2TB External Hard Drive
$100.99

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.

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63- Mini Projector To Watch Movies Anywhere Anytime

Kodak Luma 75 -Portable Mini Projector
$189.99

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.

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64- USB Hub

4-Port USB 3.0 Hub
$9.99

Instantly transform a single USB port into a full work station- adds 4 USB 3.0 Ports to Any compatible device. The extended 2 ft cable allows for the perfect set up and easy access to out of the way ports.

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65- Portable Travel Door Lock

Portable Travel Door Lock
$15.88

It's small but will hold your door shut firmly for added security to prevent unauthorized entry, perfect for Traveling, AirBNB, Hotels, Home or Apartment.

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66- Discreet Travel Wine Bag / Dispenser

PortoVino Beach Bag / Wine Purse
$44.95

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.

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Neoprene Wine Bag with Hidden Spout
$25.99

Ditch the wine bottles and discreetly pour up to 4 Bottles of Wine with this neoprene wine bag /dispenser.

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67- Portable Travel Bidet

Discreet Travel Bidet
$13.90 ($6.95 / Count)

The most discreet portable bidet on the market. Compatible with most plastic bottles.


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68- Portable Garment Steamer

Portable Travel Clothes Steamer Wrinkle Remover
$25.97

This handheld steamer is compact enough to travel with. Great for business trips, weddings or when you just don't want to iron.

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69- Travel Sewing Kit

70- Portable Board Game

3-in-1 Travel Magnetic Chess, Checkers, and Backgammon Set
$16.00

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

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71- Portable Hotel Room Travel Humidifier

USB Rechargeable Travel Humidifier
$16.99 ($16.99 / Count)

The Figrol Portable Mini Humidifier comes with two height options for the stem so that you can drop it into a hotel glass or a water bottle. Automatically shuts off when the water level has receded. Best for small spaces, your car or positioned near you.

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72- Pocket Sized Washing Machine

Travel Hand Washing Machine
$55.00

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.


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73- Portable Solar Lantern That Folds Flat

Solar Puff- Inflatable, Portable Led Solar Lantern
$50.63

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.

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74- Portable Travel Fan + Power Bank

2 in 1 Rechargeable Portable Fan + Power Bank
$13.99

Stay cool on hot days with this portable fan with rechargeable batteries. Doubles as a power bank to charge your phone and devices.

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75- Makeup Mirror With Built in Light

LED Light Travel Makeup Mirror (USB Charging)
$15.98 ($15.98 / Count)

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.

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76- Refillable Travel Sized Perfume Spray Bottle

Lipstick Size Refillable Perfume Spray Bottle
$8.99 ($2.25 / Count)

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.

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77- After Flight Face Refresher

There’s nothing worse than hopping off a plan or getting out of the car after a long drive feeling and looking like the walking dead. Elemis is the answer. 

ELEMIS Superfood Nourishing Face Oil
$55.00 ($107.84 / Fl Oz)

Elemis's award-winning Superfood Facial Oil is made of highly concentrated plant-based superfoods that hydrate and nourish to give skin a glow. Perfect after a long flight.

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78- Refillable 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 travel journal is a great gift that will bring years of enjoyment for anyone. 

Leather Travel Journal Notebook
$12.99

This beautiful Writing Journal is made of high-quality soft leather. Comes with 180 Blank pages that are perfect for writing, drawing, sketching, quick notes, photo album or memory book. It's also refillable.

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79- An Unrippable City Map You Can Crumple

Crumpled City Map-Paris
$12.49

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.

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79 Practical Gifts Travellers will love and actually use on their adventures abroad

  1. I think headphones are a perfect choice for teenagers. The other things I like is coffee and camera lens. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful list. It helps a lot.

  2. Thanks for the list. Personally technology has changed the world we live in and I cannot imagine travelling without the iPad and headphones so that kids can enjoy their personal favorites on the go.

    Long trips can be taxing on both adults and kids likewise, it is a great rescue to have such a helpful list. An eye mask and a neck pillow are a lifesaver that need to be other must haves in any travellers list.

  3. I liked the camera lens coffee mugs that was cool. I think you should add “inflatable neck pillows” to the list. I’m not sure I could handle a 5 hour plane ride without it, and it folds up into a tiny pouch so you don’t have to carry a giant pillow all over Europe.

    Also, A kindle. Let’s be honest, its just away better than ‘nook’ (and cheaper)

  4. I agree with Annie, a quality vpn service (aka ‘fast’) is an incredibly useful tool for international travel. There are a number of U.S. websites we rely on that can’t be utilized from other countries (popular examples include hulu and netflix). Furthermore, travelers will find themselves frequently using unsecured wireless networks, but with an encrypted vpn, your data is safe no matter what network you use.

  5. Hey Annie,

    great article and something that annoys me (people wasting money on expensive gifts like the money will be a good substitute for lack of thought – NO IT ISN’T) I’d far rather have a 2p chew than something I don’t need that makes me feel bad about the money that’s just been wasted.

    Anyhoo – I can see why unwanted gifts are even more of a bane for someone with the nomadic lifestyle (though you’re settled for the moment, right?). I get that. I do I do I do.

    We have limited space and I like it that way. We keep few things on purpose – harder than you’d think when you like recycling and re-use too.

    Those kids books look really cool – on the tablet front I reckon the very very basic kindle is all you need though. Keep it simple ;-)

    1. Hi Alan,
      Yeah we’re settled now in France. but we still have to keep our personal belongings to what we can fit in suitcases. About 50 pounds each. So i continue to think in terms of travelling light and we only get what we really really need.

      And the kid books are great. THey are kind of a luxury though because we have to carry them around if we move again which we will in the summer again.

  6. What a great collection Annie and of course I would have never thought about some of these for people who are traveling. Like you said, unless we’re traveling we don’t think about packing things and not having the room for them.

    Now I wouldn’t have thought about the coffee things nor probably the items for the kids but the currency and the tablets, nice… Great ideas so are you hinting here? :-)

    Have a great end of your week Annie.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Thanks Adrienne,

      These gifts would be great for just about anyone not just travellers. I think these would be great for students too.
      And you are right, unless you have travelled, one might not know what gifts to get a traveler.

  7. Great idea Annie! I may have to go scoop up the entire Educational Travel series for my daughter. I love her knowing all these places around the world before she is 10 yrs old! I would love for her to grow up a world travelor.

  8. Hi Annie,

    Wow, looks like you did some research here. I would have never thought about the foreign currency, but that’s a great idea. Oh, and the nook of course. Great gift!

    By the way, I just wrote a blog post about things that I’ve learned living abroad, which is my last none-holiday related post of the year, and I’ve linked to your blog ;) It will be out tomorrow, Friday at 8:00 AM EST.

    Thanks for your great post :)

  9. Ooh, thanks for all these great ideas. My daughter is traveling to London right after Christmas for a semester abroad and I’ve been stumped on what to give her. This is perfect timing! I think the bodum coffee press is a go!

    1. Sarah,
      I do love my travel coffee press/mug. My hubby did not like it. He is kind of old school and said he preferred the glass ones as do I. But the practicality of it trumps it all when you are travelling. It doubles as just a plain old water holder or juice holder too.

      When I pack it, I just make sure I fill it up with stuff so there is no wasted space in my luggage. We have to travel light so no hole goes unstuffed.

  10. Great ideas Annie! I’m going through this at the moment, what to buy the kids when we’re leaving home in a few months. I think we’re going with the Kindle idea, one with a built in mp3 player, so maybe those headphones for the under 10s would be good too.

    1. I love our ereader. The one thing you might want to look into is, will the amazon.com store let you buy books while in another country. I’ve been using a VPS to access sites that are otherwise blocked while traveling like HULU, some Canadian channels and renting movies from Netflix and Amazon. The vPN creates a dynamic vpn which makes it appear that I am actually in the US. Happy shopping.

  11. What a great list! We just had a family meeting about Christmas gifts in light of our upcoming travel plans and this would have been perfect. We will have to reconvene and go over your list!!
    I am particularly excited about the coffee press – as that has been a worry of mine!
    We were discussing the pros/cons of Ipad vs laptop for the kids – any advise on that one?

    1. Cindy,
      We have both laptops and tablets. i.e. not ipads but tablets nonetheless.
      All three of my kids seem to use the tablet the most.. They read on them, do skype calls, take pictures. My 16 year old goes on facebook to chat with friends. y little five year old uses the tablet to read interactive stories and we let her watch movies on it and play age appropriate games.
      I would say if you had to choose, a tablet wouuld be better for mobility and functionality. But if the kids want to do some serious computing than a computer would be best. Then of course there is portability. Tablets are small and light. Our tablets (saumsung galaxy tab) were inexpensive. less than 200 bucks so if they get lost we won’t be as mad as if they lose their computer. I think ipads are much more expensive right?

      Overall we prefer the tablets. Hope that helps and didn’t make things more murky for you.

      1. Thanks Annie! Sounds like we need to look into the tablets. I’m all for the less expensive and more practical option!

  12. What a wonderful collection Annie!

    I guess these are all the more reason that one should travel much more now ;)

    I loved the way you took out time to gather all these awesome travel gifts that families would love to have. More so, catering even for the kid’s and teens, who need something or the other to keep them occupied all the time.

    I would be forwarding this to one of my close friends who loves to travel too, and to my teen daughters, just in-case they like something from your wonderful list. :)

    Thanks for sharing these with all of us. :)

    1. Thanks Harleena. These are all things I’ve found extremely useful during my travels. Even for day trips and road trips these come in handy. Especially my ebook reader / tablet. There’s nothing worse than having to wait somewhere with nothing to do. Reading helps pass the time.

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