71 Gifts Travelers Will Actually Want | Massive Travel Gift Guide
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A true traveler values experiences over possessions – making them particularly difficult to shop for. However, there are many gifts that will greatly improve their adventures. Aside from an around-the-world plane ticket, these 71 gifts are ones that travelers will actually want. Below is a massive variety of gifts for all categories of traveler: the backpacker, the luxury-seeker, or the family globetrotters. Prices range from $5 to $800 – so no matter your budget, we got you covered.
All prices accurate as of September 21st.
Travel Photography Equipment
1. Phone Gimbal
Without a doubt, this was my favorite purchase of 2018. With Smartphone cameras continuously improving, there is no need to buy a video camera for 4K-quality videos. This gimbal smooths and stabilizes your shots and actively tracks the subject. This device has elevated our videos far beyond what we expected.
For those wanting to up their photography or videography game without wanting to invest in a DSLR, this is an affordable option. This small clip-on lens is also great for events you don’t want to lug a separate camera to – everyone has their phone on them anyways. Attaching lenses to your phone camera can allow you to increase the zoom or widen the field of view.
3. Portable SSD
That last thing anyone wants is to lose all of those travel memories. Portable SSDs can increase your storage space or provide a backup for digital files. SSDs are especially great for traveling since they transfer files much faster and have no moving parts. At home, we back up our files to the cloud, but while abroad, we do not always have wifi.
The brand-new GoPro. If the traveler you have in mind does not already have a GoPro, this is the one to get. It features amazing video stabilization, voice control, and live streaming. Like the previous version, this camera is waterproof and drop resistant – perfect for adventurous travelers.
5. Camera Strap
6. GoPro Dome
Packing up all this photography equipment and gadgets in an organized and protected manner can be a nightmare. Travel can be harsh on photo equipment. A nice camera backpack keeps all your equipment secured and with you at all times.
9. Metal Print
If are you can get a copy of the recipient’s favorite travel photo, consider turning it into a metal print! Metal prints can either hang directly on the wall (without a frame) or be attached to stand to sit on their desk or bookshelf. A sleek modern design that makes your photographs stand out.
Capture a whole new angle on your travels from the sky. We use and recommend the DJI Mavic Air. It is their smallest drone when folded – perfect for travel. It also has amazing video quality and sufficient battery life.
Keeping that expensive glass you use to take sharp pictures clean is important. Rain, dust storms or just normal use while out traveling can dirty your lens. This lens cleaning pen is compact and easy to keep in your camera bag.
12. GoPro Karma Grip
Similar to the Smartphone gimbal, the GoPro Karma Grip is a stabilizer for the GoPro. This gimbal is great for those who primarily film with a GoPro for those high-action environments. A great gift for adventure-seekers looking to document their travels.
Travel Stocking Stuffers
13. Travel Journal
For those who love jotting down thoughts on their journeys. This journal is small enough to bring on travels. The pages are blank so they can be filled with drawings, writing, photos, or other paper keepsakes.
15. Travel Wallet
18. Luggage Tags
19. Playing Cards
These maps save the hassle of trying to neatly refold paper maps back together. Lightweight. You can crumple it into a ball and throw it into your back when done. There are maps for most major cities.
21. Airbnb Gift Card
22. Eye Mask
Most people do not wear eye masks in their normal lives, but they are invaluable while you travel. Whether you are trying to sleep on a plane, train, or just in your hotel, it never seems to get dark enough. Eye Masks are especially useful for the backpacker staying in shared hostel rooms.
24. Windshield Mount
My favorite way to pass time while traveling is listening to audiobooks. Physical books take up too much space in your luggage. With audiobooks, you can listen while driving across the country or closing your eyes on the plane.
Travel Electronics & Gadgets
27. External Battery
While traveling you pretty much have to completely rely on your phone: to get directions, to get restaurant reviews, look up attraction hours and cost, or to google an interesting custom you came across. This battery provides multiple phone charges while you are out and about.
29. Surge Protector
A powerful home security tool for travelers. This video doorbell provides ultimate peace of mind while your home is left empty. You get notifications every time someone stops by your front door so you can watch to make sure nothing is awry or talk with the visitor.
Gifts for the Practical Traveler
37. Laundry Bag
38. Packing Cubes
40. Travel Pillow
41. Water Filter
42. Water Bottle
43. Shopping Bag
For the budget-conscious traveler, getting groceries in your destination not only saves money but gives you a greater understanding of the daily life of locals. Reusable shopping bags are also great for souvenirs that might find their way back to you.
46. Washing Bag
Sometimes you do not have access to a washing machine or the time to wait at a laundromat. Do laundry fast and anywhere you are – in a hotel room or out camping. You can travel lighter and smarter.
47. Dry Bag
48. Dopp kit
This toiletry bag makes for easy travel – no need to constantly unpack and repack your grooming products on the counter when changing hotels. The last compartment is detachable if you need to remove your TSA-approved liquids from your bag when going through security.
Travel Inspired Home Decor
51. Scratch Map
52. Cork Globe
53. Map Glasses
54. Throw Pillows
55. Piggy Bank
56. City Map
Planning Books for the Next Big Trip
57. Where to Go When
58. Ultimate Travel
Ranked compilation of the 500 best sights and attractions around the world. It includes many of the well-known destinations (like the Pyramids and Great Barrier Reef) but also lesser-known places (Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina and the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland).
This book shows how you can visit even the most expensive destinations in the world on a budget. The book was written by Nomadic Matt, a travel blogger who has been traveling the world the last 10 years.
62. 36 Hours
The New York Times has an amazing series detailing how to spend 36-hours in the top destinations. This book compiles all their best articles on European cities or regions. Additional books available for other continents
66. Travel Hammock
Super fast drying, this microfiber towel is great for travelers who want to get dry and then go. Whether it is from sweat, swimming, rain, or after taking a shower. It is also a great option when space is at a premium.
68. Foldable Jacket
70. Day Pack
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