Finding the perfect gift is no easy feat. While some people are happy with anything, others aren’t so easy to impress. Choosing just the right gift for the traveler in your life can be an even bigger challenge, as our wanderlust-filled friends, family members, and significant others can be super picky about what they bring along with them when they explore the world.
When you only have a limited amount of room in your bags and a high standard for what comes with on your trips, a lackluster gift just won’t cut it. So, if you’re looking to the best possible gift for your favorite traveler, you can stop right here. We’ve got our list of the thirty-three top gifts for travelers to spice up their adventures.
Find the perfect gifts for travelers with these top picks!
1. Anker PowerCore 10000
No one likes to run out of battery on their smartphone. Thanks to the Anker Powercore 10000, you never have to. With 10000 mAh of power, this external power bank is ready to keep your smartphone and other USB-chargeable devices running all day long.
This lightweight and compact portable power bank contains nearly three and a half complete iPhone charges thanks to Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. At just 6.35oz, the Anker PowerCore 10000 is a tech-savvy traveler’s best friend for powering up your devices on the fly.
Oh, and with an included Micro-USB cable and a travel pouch, the Anker PowerCore 10000 is ready to go on any adventure, right out of the box, making this external power source a perfect gift for your globe-trotting loved ones.
2. Universal Outlet Adaptor
Anyone who’s ever traveled to a new country has experienced the frustration of trying to charge your phone with the wrong plug. Why we have different kinds of outlets in different countries, the world may never know, but needless to say, any world traveler needs a good set of outlet adapters to stay connected on the go.
While you could carry around a whole slew of different outlet adapters, a snazzy universal outlet adapter makes travel easy, especially when away from home for an extended period of time. Long gone are the days of rifling through a bag of outlet adapters only to find that the South African and European plugs are so similar, but woefully different when you have this universal outlet adapter.
With four different international plug adapters, this universal model is compatible with plugs in more than 150 countries, thanks to its compact design and US/EU/UK/AUS plugs. Oh, and you can hook up two USBs and any plug into this adapter for quick charging nearly anywhere in the world, making it perfect for a techie on the go.
3. Fjallraven Passport Wallet
Organizing your important documents doesn’t have to be a challenge, thanks to the Fjallraven Passport Wallet. With this stylish and handy travel wallet, you can keep your passport, banknotes, and credit cards safe and secure, wherever life may take you.
Built using Fjallraven’s proprietary and famous G-100 HeavyDuty Eco fabric with G-1000 Eco lining on the inside, this passport wallet has enough room for your personal documents without compromising protection on the go. Plus, with a small zippered pocket, you can even organize your international currency or hold onto train tickets and other travel documents. What’s not to love?
4. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
No one wants to lug around a pile of books while traveling. That’s where the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite comes in. With space to hold thousands of books, you never have to be without your favorite read. Plus, with the ability to hold a charge for up to six weeks, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a traveling bookworm’s new best friend.
The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite tips the scales at just over 6 ounces, making it a lightweight yet incredibly useful entertainment option for any traveler. Oh, and with a waterproof rating of IPX8, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite can withstand immersion in up to 2 meters of freshwater for a whole hour, which means it’s durable enough to withstand years of abuse, wherever life might take you.
5. Reusable Bamboo Utensil Kit
When you’re zipping from place to place every day, you might not have time to cook for yourself. While eating out can be a great experience for a foodie, takeout containers and plastic utensils quickly pile up and take their toll on the environment. That’s where a reusable bamboo utensil kit comes in.
With a reusable bamboo utensil kit, your favorite traveler can ditch their reliance on disposable plastic cutlery, even when on the move. Complete with two spoons, a fork, a knife, chopsticks, and even a reusable straw, this bamboo utensil kit is perfect for any quick eat. Whether you pack your own lunch or you eat out regularly, a reusable bamboo utensil kit can help make your travels that much more sustainable.
6. Portable Luggage Scale
Let’s face it: overweight baggage fees suck. Why should you have to pay an extra $100 when your checked bag is just one pound over the limit? Unfortunately, this is the way of the world, but luckily, there are ways to avoid this dreaded situation.
With a compact portable luggage scale, you can quickly and easily check the weight of your checked bags before you get to the airport. This high-accuracy portable luggage scale from Etekcity is made for the frequent traveler to help save you money on baggage fees throughout your adventures.
7. PackTowel Ultralight Towel
At the end of a long day of adventuring, there’s nothing better than a nice, hot shower. But, if you’re staying at a hostel or out on a camping trip, you’re probably going to have to bring your own supplies to stay clean on the go.
While towels are normally a large, bulky item that takes up way too much space in your bags, a lightweight PackTowel makes personal hygiene a blast regardless of where you are in the world. With a number of different sizes available, it’s easy to find the right PackTowel for your needs. Whether you need a towel for your beach vacation or a just-in-case washcloth to freshen up with in an airport bathroom, a compact PackTowel is a great choice.
8. Bee’s Wrap Lunch Wrap Kit
Packing your own lunch is a great way to save time and money while traveling. But, finding a sustainable container to carry your lunch around in can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, we have Bee’s Wrap lunch wraps to make packing a sandwich a walk in the park.
Made from organic cotton and sustainably harvested beeswax, a Bee’s Wrap lunch wrap is a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, plastic bags, and aluminum foil. Whether you want to pack a sandwich, wrap up cheese, or cover a bowl, the Bee’s Wrap Lunch Wrap Kit is there to help. Oh, and Bee’s Wrap is a Green America certified company, so you can be confident in your purchase.
9. Scratch Map Deluxe Edition
There’s nothing better than reminiscing about past trips while getting the inspiration for your next adventure. The Scratch Map Deluxe Edition is the perfect gift for any travel-happy wanderer in your life.
Manufactured in the United Kingdom, the Scratch Map is made of the finest materials to help your favorite traveler scratch off their recent adventures as they plan the trip of a lifetime. A fun way to keep track of past travels in a stunning, aesthetically pleasing medium, the Scratch Map is a great wall hanging for any traveler.
This interactive map has a thin layer of gold foil that scratches off easily to reveal a colorful selection of countries underneath. The more you travel the more color you get, making this a great souvenir for any globetrotter!
10. Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera
In the digital age, the ability to document and share your travels is of the utmost importance. Whether your loved one is a professional photographer, Instagram influencer, or a just a picture-taking hobbyist, nothing beats a Sony mirrorless camera when it comes to bang for your buck.
Thanks to Sony’s revolutionary mirrorless camera technology, the a6000 is a lightweight, compact camera for any adventure. Built with Sony’s e-mount, the a6000 supports a wide range of interchangeable lenses that run the gamut from fisheye to telephoto.
Plus, the a6000 can shoot photos in JPEG or RAW, making this affordable mirrorless system a traveler’s best friend. This mirrorless camera can shoot in fully manual modes, too, making it a great gift for your budding photographer.
10. Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cubes
Keeping your gear and personal belongings organized during extended travel can be difficult, to say the least. That’s where Patagonia’s Black Hole Packing Cubes come in. Built to last with Patagonia’s proprietary Black Hole fabric, the Black Hole Packing Cube is a nifty storage case made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.
With three liters of carrying capacity, the Black Hole Packing Cube is perfect for organizing those smaller items within your luggage. These packing cubes feature a simple zipper opening to make it easy to access your belongings on the go. Plus, the Black Hole Packing Cubes have a TPU-film laminate and DWR (durable water repellent) finish to help keep your belongings dry in severe weather.
11. Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones
Traveling can be exhausting, which is why many of us use time on planes and trains to unwind and enjoy some music or Netflix binge-watching on the go. Unfortunately, those flimsy little headsets that they give you on planes aren’t even good enough to work over the loudness of a plane’s engine, so you’ll want to come equipped with your own headphones.
With a pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear headphones, however, you’ll be well on your way to a comfortable listening experience, wherever you might be. These stylish and sleek headphones provide up to 22 hours of high-quality audio with pure adaptive noise-canceling technology for the best listening experience. Plus, with a built-in Apple W1 chip, you can listen to your shows or tunes wirelessly on nearly any Bluetooth-compatible device.
12. Leatherman Wave Multitool
A quality multitool can get you out of nearly any sticky situation. With the Leatherman Wave Multitool, your favorite traveler can handle whatever life throws there way, be it a loose screw or can that needs to be opened.
Made to be practical and functional, the Leatherman Wave is one of the most popular multitools out there, thanks to its single-hand design. With just one hand, you can open and use all of the Wave’s eighteen different tools, making it the perfect companion for any situation. Plus, all of the Wave’s blades lock for added security.
The Leatherman Wave is so nifty, your favorite traveler will probably keep it in their pocket to deal with all of life’s little happenings. Just remind them to put it in their checked luggage before going through airport security!
13. The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister
Keeping your toiletries organized on the move has never been easier, thanks to The North Face’s Base Camp Travel Canister. Built to look just like The North Face’s uber-popular line of durable duffles, the Base Camp Travel Canister is the ultimate shower kit.
With an internal clip that allows you to hang the canister from nearly any hook, the Travel Canister is a great toiletry bag for active adventurers. A D-shaped zippered opening makes accessing your toiletries a breeze, while internal mesh pockets help keep things organized. Oh, and this is one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen, so it’s a must-have for any traveler in your life!
14. Blue Q Coin Purse
When you’re trotting the globe, it’s easy to amass a large quantity of foreign currency, especially those little coins. While coins can be a pain in the butt to carry around, with a Blue Q coin purse, you can keep your money organized as you travel.
These adorable coin purses are made from 95% post-consumer recycled material, so you can feel happy about your purchase. Big enough to hold cash and credit cards, while small enough to fit conveniently into a backpack or pocket, the Blue Q Coin Purse is a great little gift or stocking stuffer for any traveler in your life. Plus, one percent of the sale of Blue Q coin purses supports the conservation work at the Nature Conservancy. What’s not to love?
15. Tunods Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mat
Staying active on-the-go can be tricky. Thankfully, we have Tunod’s Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mats to keep us fit and in shape, wherever we might be.
Tunod’s Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mat completely revolutionizes the world of yoga mats by folding, not rolling, making it perfect for the traveler in your life. While the vast majority of modern yoga mats are designed for comfort, they’re not the most convenient for carrying around.
That’s where Tunod’s yoga mat comes in. Thanks to its folding design, the Tunod’s yoga mat lies flat and takes up minimal space in a suitcase. Plus, this double-layered yoga mat has a built-in odor control system and is completely machine washable, so you never have to live anything but your best life while you travel.
16. Adventure Medical Kits First Aid Kit
Anything can happen while traveling. Are you prepared to deal with it?
With an Adventure Medical Kits first aid kit, you can help ensure that your favorite traveler is always prepared for life’s little ups and downs. Whether it’s a sprained ankle or an allergic reaction to a bee sting, a quality first aid kit can salvage a difficult situation.
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Especially for people who travel in remote or exotic environments, a good first aid kit is a must-have on any adventure. When help is far away, this watertight first aid kit can make a world of difference. Packed full of an assortment of sterile bandages, tape, and useful over the counter medications, this medical kit is an essential part of any traveler’s carry on bag.
Who said life isn’t all fun and games? Although traveling is enough fun in itself, there’s always some time for a little bit of good ol’ fashioned game night. Bananagrams is the ultimate traveler’s game thanks to its compact size and endless entertainment.
Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or staying at a hostel, you can gather up a group and get started. Bananagrams is a fun Scrabble-like game where you build your own crosswords, competing against each other to amass the largest pile of tiles. Thanks to Banangrams’ compact size and adorable carrying case, it’s a great gift for the wanderlust characters in your life.
18. Fitbit Charge 3
Wearable tech has completely revolutionized our world, providing us with unparalleled information about our daily activity, helping us stay more on top of our fitness, especially while traveling. The Fitbit Charge 3 brings the smartwatch to a whole new level, allowing individuals to track their activity, heart rate, and sleep quality, all with the click of a button.
When combined with the Fitbit app, the Fitbit Charge 3 is the ultimate smartwatch for any traveler. Whether you love to walk or you just need that extra encouragement to stay active, the Fitbit Charge 3’s durable, waterproof housing is there to support you, every step of the way.
19. Hoyle Waterproof Playing Cards
Playing cards are a favorite pastime of travelers everywhere. Whether you’re traveling in a group or on your own, a deck of cards can turn an otherwise boring evening into one filled with endless entertainment.
With this pack of waterproof playing cards from Hoyle, however, you never have to worry about your deck of cards getting wet in a storm. Thanks to their unique clear plastic card stock build, these paying cards are flexible, hand-washable, and a dream to shuffle, making them the best deck of cards for any traveler. This small gift makes for a perfect stocking stuffer or even just a little sign of appreciation for that special globetrotter in your life.
20. G-Technology 4TB Mobile USB-C External Hard Drive
Regardless of how many times we’re reminded to back up our computers, phones, and tablets, the vast majority of us neglect to do so on a regular basis. So, when the dreaded day comes that our computers and our important documents vanish into thin air, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Enter: the G-Technology 4TB Mobile USB-C External Hard Drive. This Time Machine-compatible hard drive has an impressive 4 terabytes worth of data storage, so it can easily and efficiently back up pretty much anything you have on your computer.
Plus, the G-Technology External Hard Drive comes ready to go with a USB-C to USB-C cord and a USB-C to USB cord so you can plug it into any computer. Whether you’re looking to back up your Lightroom catalog or your entire computer, this affordable external hard drive can’t be beat.
21. Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
A fan favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, the headlamp is an essential piece of gear for any traveler. Whether you’re camping in a remote valley or trying to read in your Airbnb at night, a headlamp is an easy and convenient way to light up your world.
Lightweight and compact, the Black Diamond Storm headlamp is small enough to toss into your carry on bag for any adventure. Built to be both dustproof and waterproof, the Storm is also durable enough to handle whatever you might throw at it. Plus, thanks to the Storm’s 250 lumens of light output, you never have to be left in the dark.
22. Osprey Farpoint 70 Travel Backpack
Purpose-built for the modern-day adventurer, the Osprey Farpoint 70 is the ultimate travel backpack. This burly 70 liter backpack features a stowaway back panel, which quickly converts into a spacious duffle bag for use as a checked bag on flights.
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Made with durable fabrics in high-wear areas, the Osprey Farpoint 70 maintains a light overall weight without sacrificing robustness overtime. Plus, with a detachable daypack, the Osprey Farpoint is ready to go for any travel experience. Whether you need a new checked bag, a good city walking pack, or both, the Osprey Farpoint 70 is an all-in-one system for the contemporary traveler.
23. Cotopaxi Del Dia Bataan 3L Fanny Pack
Once popular only among dads at amusement parks in the 90s (what a time), the fanny pack is making a serious comeback among Gen Xers, Millenials, and Gen Zers, alike. Small, compact, comfortable, and super convenient, the fanny pack (or as our friends across the pond call them, “bum bags”) is a great travel accessory for any urban adventure.
This fanny pack from Cotopaxi is made to be one of a kind buy employees who have complete creative control over the pack’s color scheme, so you’ll never find another one like it. With a large zippered front pocket and 3 liters of carrying capacity, th Del Dia Bataan is a stylish little fanny pack that can hold everything you need for a day out on the town. What’s not to love?
24. AeroPress Coffee Maker
No one likes a bad cup of coffee. For the significant population of people who just can’t function before their morning cup o’ joe, a quality cup of coffee is the only way to start the day.
When you’re traveling, however, it can be difficult to reliably find a good cup of coffee on the go. That’s where the AeroPress comes in. The Aeropress uses innovative microfilter technology to quickly and effectively brew an amazing cup of coffee or a shot of espresso in just a few minutes.
Plus, the AeroPress is made with BPA free plastics which are super durable and lightweight, making them perfect for your java-crazy world traveler.
25. KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup
Let’s face it: while we love the convenience of coffee on the go, the amount of disposable cups we use each day is insane. In fact, we humans use an average of about 500 billion plastic cups each year, with an additional 16 billion disposable coffee cups tacked on top of that number to add some extra insult to injury.
Thanks to KeepCups, however, disposable coffee cups are a thing of the past. As the world’s first barista-standard coffee cups, the KeepCup is sized and shaped perfectly for that Americano, latte, or whatever hot drink you might want while traveling.
Made from a super durable clear plastic or tempered glass, the KeepCup is a stylish alternative to plastic cups for life on the move. The best part? KeepCup even comes in an espresso-sized version, so you never have to use a disposable coffee cup again!
26. Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System
Those of us who live in countries with modern sanitation systems rarely have to worry about the quality of the water we drink. When we travel, however, we often come into contact with water that’s not safe to drink, so we need to have a plan in place for staying hydrated. That’s where the Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System comes in.
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This one-liter collapsible water bottle is made with a built-in filter system that quickly and effectively removes dangerous particulates and microorganisms from your water as you drink. Easy to fill and super convenient for life on the road, the Katadayn BeFree is a low-maintenance water filter that keeps you moving and hydrated around the world.
27. GoToob 3-Pack Refillable Travel Bottles
Jetsetting sometimes means buying a seemingly endless supply of travel-sized toiletries. Thanks to airline regulations, we can’t bring more than a 3 fluid ounce sized bottle with us on the plane, so many of us have resigned ourselves to wasting loads of plastic on those adorably cute little bottles of shampoo. But what if there was another way?
Thanks to GoToob, you don’t have to buy travel-sized toiletries anymore. With these soft and refillable squeezy bottles, you can simply fill them up with your shampoo, lotion, body wash, or whatever you might need for your adventures. When your GoToob bottles are empty, rinse them out and get back on the road. It’s as simple as that!
28. Buff Multifunctional Headwear
It’s a hat! It’s a scarf! No, it’s a Buff!
A Buff is the original multi-functional headwear, made popular by its use on the TV show Survivor in the early 2000s. Buffs are made of 100% stretchy microfiber polyester that can be worn in more than twelve different ways. These moisture-wicking and quick-drying garments are highly breathable and odor-free, so you can use it as a neck gaiter, headband, or whatever else you might use while traveling. Oh, and it’s so small and compact, you’ll forget you’re even carrying it!
29. Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit
Let’s face it: Our love of technology has a huge impact on the environment. From production to constantly having to charge our devices, we use a whole lot of fossil fuels to stay connected. With a Goal Zero solar panel, however, you can harness the energy of the sun to keep your devices powered up.
The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit features a 7W Nomad 7 charging panel that is designed to optimize its angle to the sun, wherever you might be in the world. You can connect the Nomad 7 straight to your phone or you can connect it to the Guide 10 Plus external battery pack for later use. Lightweight, portable, and easy to use, there’s no reason not to have the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus.
30. Thermos Commuter Thermos
When you’re on the go, you don’t have time to sit and drink your coffee. That’s where a thermos comes in handy.
With the Thermos brand Commuter Thermos, you can keep your beverages hot for up to 8 hours in any conditions. Thanks to Thermos’ proprietary vacuum insulation technology, you can always have a hot drink while toting around a thermos that’s lightweight and cool to the touch. Plus, this thermos fits in most cup holders, so you never have to be without it!
31. Cotopaxi Teca Full–Zip Windbreaker
Travelers often find themselves in harsh weather conditions, whether that’s snow, rain, or a windstorm. While we hope to always be ready for the weather, sometimes we just don’t have the right gear. Thankfully, with the Cotopaxi Teca Full-Zip Windbreaker, you can keep weather protection in your pack at all times.
The Cotopaxi Teca is a stylish and affordable windbreaker that can pack quickly and easily into its internal chest pocket for storage on the go. It’s so light and compact that you can leave it in the bottom f your pack until you need it most. While it’s not a waterproof jacket, the Teca can help keep you dry and warm until you can find shelter, or it can help cut the wind when you’re out on a walk, making it a truly versatile layer.
32. Apple iPad
These days, most travelers just don’t have space in their luggage for a full-sized computer. With an Apple iPad, however, you can carry around all of the features of a computer in a small, sleek package.
The latest edition of the Apple iPad features a 9.7 inch Retina display for stunning visuals, as well as 10 hours of battery life, so you can stay connected. With two speaker audio, a 8MP back camera and a 1.3MP FaceTime HD front camera, there’s nothing the Apple iPad can’t do.
33. Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow
The worst part of any flight is the painful neck kink that invariably ensues after trying to nap mid-flight. With a Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow, however, you don’t have to deal with that annoying pain again!
The Evolution S3 has revolutionized the world of travel pillows by eliminating that pesky forward head drop and preventing lateral head movement. This travel pillow helps keep your head upright from all directions for a better sleeping experience. Plus, it’s made from premium memory foam at its core for a soft, supportive feel, and features a machine-washable removable cover, so you can be ready for any trip.
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David Parnell is the founder and lead editor at Trail and Summit, who enjoys writing on a wide range of topics from travel trailers to trail running. He’s an accomplished mountain endurance athlete who has completed over 25 ultra marathon races (follow on Strava). He is most proud of his finish at The Drift 100 – a high elevation, 100 mile winter foot race that zigzags along the Continental Divide in Wyoming. In the future he hopes to compete in the ITI 350 and ultimately the full 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational that follows the same path as the historic dog sled race.
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