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30 Useful Travel Gifts Travelers will Love!

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Searching for the perfect present? One that is both practical and loved by the recipient? A present that a traveler will truly appreciate? We are here to help! As full-time travelers (on the road and in the air since 2014), we are tuned into what travelers need and want. On our list of useful travel gifts, you will surely find the perfect present!


Useful Travel Gifts

There are some items that every traveler needs – like luggage, gear, lodging – and then there are some things that travelers want, which make the experience of travel so much better. To help you find the ideal gift for your traveler, we have included both kinds of presents in our Useful Travel Gifts Guide

{Are you looking for something a little quirky? Check out our complete list of 65 Unique Travel Gifts!}


Useful Travel Gifts Every Traveler Will Love

We sorted our list of Useful Travel Gifts into categories: Packing, Tech, Clothing, Toiletries, Items for an Upcoming Trip and – the very best travel gift of all – the Gift of Travel


Gifts for Packing

Packing may be a daunting task, but it’s a necessary part of travel! Make the process a little bit easier with these functional and useful travel gifts!

#1 Luggage

Having something to pack clothes in is essential for every traveler…and there are ample choices when it comes to luggage! We use backpacks (I carry a Lowe Alpine and Kris carries an Osprey) because it keeps our hands free when we are (inevitably) rushing through an airport or to catch a train. However, I have to admit that I envy those traveling with sleek, hard-side spinner suitcases. Start your search for the perfect luggage gift set at The Luggage Guy. The site features a variety of name brand luggage sets (including Tommy Bahama, Nine West and Timberland). Not certain which to buy? Go for The Luggage Guy gift card


#2 Passport holder

While not 100% necessary, having a passport holder helps protect a traveler’s most precious travel document. I like the simple and classy leather passport covers, but you can add a special touch by giving your traveler a personalized passport holder

#3 Travel Wallet Document Organizer

I don’t know what I would do without my document organizer! It keeps everything nice and tidy…and zipped up so that I’m less likely to lose important items along the way. This RFID Blocking Travel Wallet is the perfect travel companion because it is zippered, waterproof and has numerous slots for a passport, currency and credit cards.

#4 Anti-Theft Day Pack

Pickpockets and thieves prey on travelers. What better time to snatch a wallet than while the person is oohing and awing over the sights in a crowded city? But an anti-theft travel bag stops sticky fingers from grabbing what doesn’t belong to them. My Timbuk2 messenger bag has anti-theft measures (inside zippered pockets), but Travelon makes a full line of anti-theft purses and bags that get rave reviews from travelers. Another way we keep our wallets out of reach from thieves is by using a money belt and bra stash


#5 Packing Cubes

When we purchased our Eagle Creek packing cubes, we thought they were an unnecessary splurge…now we cannot imagine traveling without them! Not only do they help to organize, but they also compress – meaning we can pack more clothes without taking up more space. We own many products from the line – in addition to Pack-It Specter Cubes, we also use Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes, Pack-It Compression Sacs and Pack-It Original Cubes. These packing superstars are lightweight space-savers that every traveler must have!


#6 Luggage Tag

A luggage tag helps to easily identify luggage when it is rolling off the conveyor belt at luggage claim…or more importantly, if it gets misplaced by an airline or hotel staff. That is why it is essential to have a tag securely attached to the luggage, like a TUFFTAAG travel ID bag tag

#7 Luggage Scale

Having to pony up extra cash at the airport for overweight bags is a terrible way to start vacation! A digital luggage weight scale from Etekcity can easily weigh luggage (up to 110 pounds) or individual items as they are packed ensuring travelers stay within allowable weight limits before they head for the airport!


Want to know what I pack for full-time travel? It’s not much more than what I would pack for a one-week vacation! Check out My Packing List for World Travel.

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Tech Gifts

In the modern era of traveling, there are numerous technical travel gifts that can help enhance any trip!


#8 Camera

For many travelers, capturing the sights and precious moments of a trip in photographs is as important as the trip itself…but with what camera? For budding photographers, the Canon Rebel Kit is a great place to start as it comes with heaps of accessories. The Rebel t6 DSLR comes with an 18-135mm lens (the everyday lens we use!) and is packed with features to create amazing photos – plus, it’s WiFi enabled to share pictures in real-time.

Tip: If you are looking for something a little less expensive and more compact that still takes fantastic photos, consider a Canon Powershot. It’s slim enough to fit into a pocket and still takes great pics!


#9 Kindle Paperwhite

Not only thin and light, the latest version of Kindle Paperwhite is also waterproof. A best-seller of e-readers, the Paperwhite features a glare-free screen, 8-32GB of storage space, pairs with Bluetooth headphones and has a battery that lasts for weeks. 

#10 Garmin

If you are searching for a gift for an outdoorsy traveler, a Garmin Fenix 5 GPS watch might be what you are looking for! The high-tech, durable wrist watch is made for the adventurer and includes features like navigation tools, connectivity and a long-lasting battery. We don’t personally own one of these hot gadgets, but we definitely see the appeal!

#11 Portable Charger

With full days of sightseeing, picture-taking, social-media-sharing and Google map-checking, mobile devices will surely need a mid-day boost – and that’s where the Anker PowerCore 10000 comes in. The small, lightweight, portable battery-booster can recharge phones, iPods and iPads on the go, so the device stays charged and ready-to-use.

#12 Waterproof Phone Case

Some of the best vacation moments are spent in the water – splashing in a pool, going head-first down a water slide, boating on a lake or snorkeling in the sea – and water is the worst place for electronic devices. Enter: JOTO Cellphone Dry Bag. Not only is the waterproof case ideal for stowing handheld devices (plus money and credit cards!), but it’s clear, making it possible to take photos while in the water.


#13 Travel Adapter

For international travelers, a travel adapter is a necessity! There is no worldwide standard for power outlets, so a universal travel adapter is the way to go. Most travel adapters now come standard with USB ports, which makes it easier to charge multiple devices at one time.


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Clothing Gifts

Clothes that are designed with the traveler in mind make fantastic useful travel gifts! 


#14 Technical Travel Apparel

There are two companies that come to mind when we think of travel wear: Columbia and Mountain Hardware. We have long been fans of Columbia apparel. They have a range of tough-tested gear that is both stylish and functional – as well as comfortable. (Looking for a deal? Try the Columbia Discount Outlet store!) Kris owns a pair of Mountain Hardware pants that have seen some miles, yet hardly show any wear at all. The gear at Mountain Hardware is top-quality and made for the outdoors. In addition to men’s apparel, they have clothing for women, too!


#15 Buff Multi-Purpose Band

The Buff multi-purpose headband is incredibly versatile – and a must-have for travelers! The band can be situated on the head numerous ways – as a scarf, hat, headband, hair cover, mouth-ear-and-nose cover and hood – to name a few. Buff bands are also quick-drying and moisture-wicking – plus the fabric is treated to help control odors. 


#16 Lightweight Raincoat

A rain jacket is useful to have on any trip! Traditional rain coats can be heavy and bulky – and while plastic rain covers work in a pinch, they are not ideal. The Helium II raincoat, however, is perfect for traveling! The jacket is not only waterproof and breathable, but it only weighs 6.4 ounces and folds into it’s own carrying pouch that is the size of a granola bar. 


#17 Compression Socks 

Airplane travel – especially long-haul flights – can take a toll on your body, especially on blood circulation. Passengers often notice their feet and legs are swollen after a long flight – and some travelers have developed blood clots after being in the air. Compression socks (as unattractive as they may be) aid in keeping blood circulating properly to reduce the risk of swelling and clotting while traveling by air. (Looking for a product with a little pizzazz? Try these colorful compression socks!)


#18 Versatile Wrap

The wrap I carry with me is the most versatile item in my backpack. I have used it as a wrap (as intended), a scarf, a picnic blanket, a beach towel, a shower towel, a bus seat cover and rolled up as a plane pillow. To wrap it up (pun intended), it makes a fantastic travel gift! Although my wrap was not intended for such uses, this Blanket Scarf is designed to be multi-purpose. 


#19 Travel Scarf

The Travel Scarf is a genius invention: it’s an infinity scarf with a hidden zippered pocket. So, while it is fashionable to wear and can provide a bit of warmth, it also has a secure spot for a passport, wallet and phone.


#20 Travel Accessory Gifts for Clothes

Minimalist packers and travelers on long trips will undoubtedly need to wash a few clothing items at some point on their journey. A Travel Clothesline is key for travelers who need to ‘sink wash’ items like socks and undies – and they will need travel detergent packets, too. Business travelers might like these folding hangers and mini-iron to keep their clothes looking fresh for meetings abroad. 



Toiletry Travel Gifts

Toiletries can be tough to pack; travelers need quality products to ensure liquids won’t spill and that what they carry through security meets TSA guidelines. 

#21 GoToob

Travelers have been raving about GoToob products for years. The refillable, no-drip, silicon bottles are great for frequent travelers who want to carry their own brand of shampoo, conditioner and body wash with them on their trip. The best part: the bottles meet the regulations for TSA and the latest-edition of the bottles are clearly marked as being 3.4 oz and 100 ml. 


#22 Toiletry Travel Kit

If you are looking for a gift for a novice traveler, a Toiletry Travel Kit fits the bill! The kit includes 19 grooming necessities – all conveniently packaged in TSA-approved travel-size bottles.


#23 L’Occitane 

Spoil your traveler a little with something luxurious from the L’Occitane Travel collection. The gift sets, like Shea Travel Treats and the Weekender Tote, include travel-size essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion and creams.


#24 Travel Essentials

There are a few essential toiletry items we would never travel without! Some of our essentials are sanitizer, tissue packets, Band-aids and a travel roll of toilet paper…just in case! You can create a fun and necessary travel gift set of these items as the perfect practical traveler gift!


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Useful Travel Gifts for an Upcoming Trip

If the traveler you are buying a present for has an upcoming trip planned, our destination-specific travel gift ideas might be exactly what you are looking for.


#25 Guidebooks

Lonely Planet has a collection of guidebooks for travel around the world. The books provide information and advice for destinations on every continent on the planet. The collection of books ranges from multi-country to city-specific. They also have eBooks, language books and books for kids – as well as an entire series of books that can be given as gifts to inspire travel
Tip: Looking for something different? We also like Rick Steves’ guidebooks, but his collection is limited to Europe! 

#26 Must-Have In-Flight Travel Gear

Plane travel is not as glamorous as it once was, but with the right in-flight gear, it can still be an enjoyable ride. Noise-cancelling headphones, a contoured eye mask and a revolutionary neck-support TRTL travel pillow are key travel items to have on a flight (or long bus ride, for that matter!). Travelers who suffer from extreme ear pressure will likely benefit from using earplugs like EarPlanes that help reduce air pressure discomfort.



#27 Personal Safety Alarm

It’s always a good idea for travelers practice safety precaution while traveling – and a personal safety alarm is a good item to carry! The Vigilant Alarm is activated by a push button and deactivated by a hidden button. In case of battery failure, there is even a back up whistle. 


#28 Travel Experiences with Viator 

Viator is a one-stop-shop for booking activities worldwide, offering more than 60,000 travel experiences. You can book these experiences in advance, which makes them fabulous travel gifts. From watching a Moulin Rouge show in Paris to walking with wild kangaroos while visiting Sydney, Viator has a range of activities that any traveler would love!


#29 Rosetta Stone

Before traveling to a foreign country, we like to learn the some of the key phrases in that country’s language. Rosetta Stone offers interactive software for 24 languages to help travelers learn more than just a few words and phrases. In fact, for those who want a continued online education of a specific language, Rosetta Stone offers year-long memberships. Give the Gift of Language: Rosetta Stone starting at $20/month!



#30 Priority Pass

Membership with Priority Pass means VIP access to more than 1,000 airport lounges in cities around the world, which is a nice slice of luxury for frequent travelers. There are three levels of membership to choose from: Standard, Standard Plus and Prestige.


The Ultimate Travel Gift: Give the Gift of Travel

Planning a trip with (or for!) someone is the greatest and most memorable travel gift ever! My mom gifted me my first European trip as a college graduation present – and years later, we still reminisce about our epic vacation abroad. 

Plan a Trip on your own

Booking a vacation for someone else is a lot of work, but well-worth the effort. There are various details you will need to sort, like flights, accommodation and activities. No need to stress: we give our best tips on booking flights, finding the perfect place to stay and more on our Travel Planning Page. 

Plan a trip with a trusted tour company

While it can be rewarding to plan a trip on your own, sometimes it is best to leave the nitty-gritty details to a professional – because there are a ton of details to consider, especially when planning a trip as a gift. Tour companies to the rescue! For solo travelers and small travel groups who want to travel by tour, the key is finding the right travel company for the trip. Go to our Organzied Tour resources page to find out more about booking a trip with a tour company. 

Whether you book a trip on your own or use a travel company, don’t forget about Travel Insurance!

Need inspiration on where to go? Take a look at our Travel Guides page to check out the awesome countries we’ve visited – and our recommendations for what to do in each destination. 

Need more travel gift ideas? Check out our list of 65 Unique Travel Gifts — or get inspired with our complete list of partners for all things travel related! From gear to gifts to tours to trips, we’ve highlighted the top companies in the industry.


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6 thoughts on “30 Useful Travel Gifts Travelers will Love!

  1. One item I’ve loved while travelling is my battery pack 20,000mAh. I never travel without it and love it so much. I can’t tell you the amount of times it has saved me. 11 days in Nepal Himalayan trek without electricity, my pack charged my phone, GoPro, and my friends phone as well.

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