How many times have you tried to find a good travel gift guide? Or wondered what can be a useful gift for travelers? Well, let us help you with our awesome list of small or unique travel gifts or the perfect present for road trips and much more.
Before we start, keep in mind that all the gifts are categorized to help you easily find exactly what you need. We promise to include useful and cool stuff only. So, prepare for a giant smile on the face of the person you’re buying gifts for!
A travel gift guide for useful gifts for travelers
Well, let’s start with some gifts that any traveler will find valuable. We’ll keep it simple, with a few great ideas. You can get more creative and give the gift your own personal touch.
It makes perfect sense, everyone needs a travel bag for traveling. The options are countless really. Those sticking to low-budget flights probably need a compact travel bag, while frequent business travelers always welcome a fancy carry-on suitcase.
This is a gift I got for my birthday and I simply love it. Any traveler, male or female, needs a high-quality toiletry bag. My advice is to go for a compact and waterproof option. It’s also great for the bag to have a hanger, so they can conveniently hang it in hotel bathrooms or wardrobes.
Travel Wallet / Passport Holder
No gift guide can go without a travel wallet or a passport holder. Especially not when it comes to items necessary for safe travel. Travel wallets are excellent for storing travel documents, plane tickets and even credit cards or cash. Personally, I have the Zoppen Multi-purpose Travel Passport Wallet and I love it. I’m sure your loved ones will love to get a travel passport, especially with RFID blocking features to keep their credit cards and information safe.
You want to read a book on the go, but your phone or tablet is dead. You are lost in a foreign city and need to use Google maps, but your battery is dying. Worst case scenario you need to call for help, but your phone is dead.
The common issue here is a drained phone battery. Save your loved ones the trouble by getting them a portable charger. Believe me, those will be the best money spent. Portable charges are not only great gifts for travelers, but backpackers or hikers. There are even solar powered portable charges to choose from for the sunny destinations.
Packing cubes are necessity for any well-organized travelers out there. Even if they have some already, travelers are always happy to get a new set of packing cubes. You can go for a cheaper and simpler option or go lavish and buy something fancy and expensive. Either way, the traveler you love will be extremely happy to get them.
Small Travel Gifts
Small and compact gifts are certainly part of every gift guide. After all, they are perfect if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare on gifts. Keep in mind, small doesn’t necessarily mean cheap.
Eye Mask / Sleeping Mask
Not only eye masks i.e. sleeping masks are small, but they’re extremely useful. Regardless whether on a plane or on a train or even in a hostel, eye mask will help your traveler to relax and get a good sleep during days and nights.
Mini Travel Kit
As there are lots of brands that offer mini travel kits, these gifts can come with various goodies inside them. Most often, however, mini travel kits will have a travel-sized toothpaste, small toothbrush and certain cosmetics. Usually, the products inside are for one trip, but the pouch they come in can be reused forever.
Travel mirror is a great option if you’re looking for travel gift ideas for her. Compact and quite useful, travel mirrors can help travelers stay in top shape for their Instagram photos. Everyone knows how important that is, right?
Packable Duffle Bag
This is both a small travel gift and a useful one. Namely, an unpacked duffle bag takes very little space – it folds into a small pouch – but then transforms into a fully functional duffle bag. It’s perfect for those that plan to go on a shopping spree and will need extra space.
I never considered including mini binoculars in any travel gift guide until I got one this year. I love my mini binoculars, which are perfect for exploring beautiful nature, animals and just having fun looking around. So, I am quite sure if the traveler in your life doesn’t have one, buying this gift will make them very happy.
Unique Travel Gifts
Now that you have ideas when it comes to small or compact presents for your loved one, let’s check out some cool and unique gifts.
Travel Scratch Map
Travel starch off maps are a real craze for quite some time now. They are basically world maps, whose regions travelers can scratch off after they visit them. It’s a fun way of keeping track of visited countries and make for a nice wall decoration.
Tile Mate Loss Prevention
Tile Mate is a genius product that helps travelers keep track of their belongings. The Bluetooth tag can be attached to key chains, put in wallets and hidden in bags. Thus, if something gets misplaced or lost, they can be easily found.
This product comes in many shapes in concepts. You can go for the magnetic globe with pins for tracking visited countries or you can go for floating globes that are more of a decoration. Either way, the globes do make for a unique idea that anyone will love.
Portable Washing Bag
A true innovative and unique gift is a portable washing bag. Yes, people have come up with the perfect solution for backpackers and budget travelers who often have issues with finding where to wash their clothes. Now, they can do this on the move.
TravelJohn Portable Urinal
Well, this gift may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s cool. TravelJohn is a portable urinal fen, for women and kids. You can use the non-leaking bags until they’re full and then dispose them. Whatever you think of TravelJohn, it’s certainly a unique gift.
Gifts for Road Trips
No guide can be complete without some cool gifts for road trips. I love going on road trips and here are some products I always find useful when on the road. After all, road trips are much more than reading tips on preparing food for road trips or creating bucket lists.
It may sound confusing, but a hammock is actually one of the useful gifts for travelers on road trips. After hours of driving, being able to hang a hammock and relax for a bit is priceless. Therefore, don’t hesitate to consider it among the gifts for people who love to travel by car.
On a trip to Greece once, someone deflated my tire. That’s when I bought a tire inflator and it saved my life several times since then. So, I believe tire inflator to be one of the most useful tools for road trips. Usually, these are easy to use and come with various adaptors, which make them perfect for inflating other stuff like balls or bike tires.
Car Power Inverters
As I mentioned before having a portable charger or bank is necessary for explorers. Why not get a car USB charger or even go a step further and look into a power inverter? If the person you are planning to surprise this holiday season is a travel blogger that is about to go on a road trip, a power invert will make sure he or she can power their laptops, cameras, cell phones and much more.
Why stop at every shop when craving a cold drink while on a road trip when you can always have a nice ice cooler stacked with drinks? So, if the person you want to surprise is often on road trips, buying them an ice cooler is a very creative idea. You can go for a large or small option, depending on the usual length of their road trips. Either way, you won’t make a mistake.
Magnetic Phone Car Mount
Discreet and useful, magnetic phone car mounts are perfect for those on the road. Using your phone while driving is extremely unsafe as well as illegal in a lot of countries and states. So, having it mounted on your dashboard is a great alternative.
Best Gifts for Adventurers / Gifts for Someone Traveling Abroad
Let us finish this ultimate holiday gift guide with best gifts for adventures and for someone traveling abroad.
First, some of the best gifts for the adventurous boyfriend would include Scooba-diving classes, parasailing rides or diving equipment. Moreover, solar phone charges, pocket knives and paddle boards could do the trick as well.
Naturally, this all depends on your budget and what he has or is into. It goes without saying that travel gift ideas for her, the adventurous girlfriend, will likely be the same. Other best gifts for adventure seekers would include protection clothing and equipment such as helmets, googles, water shoes or even pepper spray.
Now, let’s focus on those traveling abroad for a longer period of time. Well, such travelers can benefit from foreign language classes. As they probably have taken care of tickets and accommodation, you can surprise them with public transport, museum or national park passes.
Naturally, this applies only if the passes can be purchased online and on another person’s name. Other useful gifts for people traveling abroad is a travel adapter. If you know the traveling destination, you may even buy them a tourist map of the place or even a travel diary for them to record all their adventures.
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