If you’re wondering: what are the best practical gift ideas for travel enthusiasts? After 3+ years of full-time travel, we’ve got answers!
When you’re searching for practical gift ideas for travel enthusiasts, several considerations come to mind. Gifts for travel lovers must be packable if they’re going to be used when traveling. And the most unique gifts for travelers should be inspirational and versatile if they’re intended to be used in between trips.
The best gift ideas for travel enthusiasts correspond with their interests, how tech dependent they are, and their personal style. Christmas gifts for travel enthusiasts are often given with plans in mind. Many travelers excitedly share that there is a an upcoming trip, and thoughtful givers will pay attention. Using all these considerations, we’ve compiled a dozen recommendations for 2017 travel gifts, along with links to our popular gear, luggage and travel shop postings from which you’re sure to find a great fit for the traveler on your list.
Practical Gift Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts who are Technology Users
Extra strength charger cords – Why is it that we go through phone and device charger cords so quickly? Could it be that these are intentionally fragile? We were tired of charger cord failures which always seemed to occur in places where they weren’t easily replaced. Pete found this nylon braided cord and we’ve been thrilled with how tough it is! Multiple lengths are practical in the car, on the desk, or at the bedside table.
Power converter kit and power strip combo – This is your voltage converter/charger solution in a bag! You’ll be able to charge 7 different devices simultaneously using this compact kit. Includes 1 EU power cable and 3 international adapters to fit outlets in North America, UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Avoid source incompatibility catastrophe by transforming 100-240V input to 100-120V output which will fit your American devices.
Clip on phone lens kit – A 7-in-1 kit includes 2 zoom telephoto, fisheye, macro, super wide, polarized, and wide angle lenses which are easily changed on the universal clip. Compatible with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Edge, and others. Get those unique photos with a lightweight, packable case to keep things organized.
Powerfully Stylish Power Banks – from our own store, Peter’s custom designed power banks are really a must for travelers who don’t want to be caught in a low or no-power battery emergency. The custom-printed designs add a personal touch to the compact, lightweight power bank. We carry several power banks with us at all times. It’s amazing how easy it is to completely drain your power supply while you are distracted by taking photos, or keeping up with emails an social media while you’re on the go. Different options offer configurations with multiple ports using a lithium ion source allow for rapid and multiple device charging: phones, tablets, or any device with a built-in rechargeable battery.
Tip: For more tech ideas, check out our recommendations in Travel Tech Essentials
Practical Gift Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts: Packing and Organizing
Pro Packing Cubes – Strong, light packing cubes designed by travelers are a travel essential which will organize and compress your clothing without wrinkles. Pack like a pro with this 6-piece set includes versatile oblong slim cubes which are easy to tuck into spare corners or luggage pockets or serve as shoe bags. Larger cubes can serve to separate laundry on the return trip home. These make packing and unpacking swift and painless as well as minimize arranging and re-arranging. Whether you’re a “roller” or a “folder,” you’ll see an improved organizational experience.
The Perfect Under-Seat Rolling Carry-On – Betsy currently has a Samsonite wheeled underseater large carry-on, and it’s perfect except for one thing: no trolley sleeve, which means it isn’t stackable on her other wheeled luggage. If this versatility isn’t an issue for you, by all means buy the Samsonite. Betsy is going to replace her Samsonite with the Delsey Quilted Underseat Tote, which not only has the trolley sleeve, but a few extra interior pockets for better organization. Other useful features: easy access front organizer for tickets, passport, tablet. This versatility often serves for “personal item” usage along with another carryon bag. Note: Amazon private label has a version of this bag, too.
Tote Bag Interior Organizer – If you’re a tote bag lover – and who isn’t? – this is a game-changer. While we’ve seen other types of interior purse and tote organizers, we recommend you consider felt fabric for soft protection and shape retention. The pocket configuration ensures fragile items like phones, glasses, cameras and even tablets won’t shift, or disappear inside your larger bag. Easily transfers between different bags, too.
Practical Gift Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts: Added Comfort
Cashmere Wrap – If you get cold on airplanes – and we generally do, particularly in bulkhead seating – you know the airline blankets don’t always cut it. Why not indulge yourself or your favorite female traveler with a 100% cashmere travel wrap. Thick and toasty, yet lightweight and easy to fold and fit. The generous size – 72” x 29” without fringe – and 4-ply construction allow for luxurious draping and heft without overpowering.
A new-fangled travel pillow that actually works – We’ve purchased more traditional u-shaped travel pillows than we can count, usually just ahead of a long-haul flight where we’re desperate to get some shuteye. At the end of the flight, they go in the trash because they were, literally, a pain in the neck. This pillow gives full support while you’re sitting upright in your airplane, train, or bus seat. Easily attached to your carryon with a snap-strap. Machine washable and compressible, soft and most importantly, supportive. Available in adult and children’s sizes.
Tip: For security-minded travelers, see discussion and products at Why You Need a Passport Cover.
Practical Gift Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts Who Don’t Want “More Stuff”
Experience Gift Card – Don’t we all love gift cards, even though they’re a little impersonal? Improve the gift card for travelers by tying it to an experience. What if your recipient could arrange for a private gondola ride in Venice or James Bond Island sightseeing tour for two in Thailand? Or how about surfing lessons in Hawaii, or wine tasting in Tuscany? Choose this gift and your favorite traveler can put it toward anything from more than 15 pages of diverse Tinggly experiences all over the globe. Available in different denominations to suit your budget.
Guided Tour – what if you know your traveler is headed to a specific destination? Wouldn’t it be nice to send them on a guided tour or help them skip the line to a long-awaited attraction? You can! With over 30,000 things to do in more than 7,000 destinations around the world, Get Your Guide is the world’s largest online platform for booking tours, attractions and activities with knowledgeable partners who provide professional local guides. Choose experiences ranging from a couple of hours to several days’ duration, all with a money-back guarantee.
Practical Gift Idea for Travel Enthusiasts Who Are Readers
Readers who are travelers are always on the lookout for a new book or anthology. Give your travel enthusiast what has been called “the gold standard for short-form travel writing” by the New York Times Book Review. The Best American Travel Writing 2017 anthology is varied in topical scope and length, which makes it a perfect long-term companion, not to read straight through, perhaps but to pick and choose.
Tip: For more book recommendations see our Bookworm’s Guide to Authors and Books that Inspire Travel.