After trying countless products over more than a decade of travel, we've narrowed down the best gifts for travelers that have been tested by yours truly.
If you are looking for gifts for travelers in your life, you've come to the right place. We've chosen the best travel gifts to help you out during the holiday season.
We've been professional travel bloggers since 2009 and have tried and tested nearly every travel gadget out there.
After using products in all types of situations we put together our recommendations for travel gifts we love.
Travel Gift Ideas for 2019
Each year we track down and try out products so we can suggest gift ideas that your friends and family will actually enjoy.
This list of gift ideas will help take the guesswork out of buying something for that frequent traveler in your life.
Top 5 Gifts for Travelers in 2019
Remember the days when you put a pin on a world map to mark where you've been? Now there's something better.
The Scratch Map has a gold foil layer that you can scratch off as you go. Create your own wall art by showing off your travels.
There is nothing worse than getting to the check-in counter finding out you have to pay a fee for overweight luggage.
Instead, weigh it at home with this portable luggage scale.
If you read our blog often, you'll know that I recommend the Belkin as one of the best gifts for travelers every year.
The Belkin surge protector not only protects your electronics from power surges, but it also charges several things at once with 3 outlets and 2 USB ports.
Packing cubes are great stocking stuffers and an affordable option for organizing your luggage contents.
I stuff clothes, electronics, and even my dirty laundry to keep it from smelling in my cubes.
Everything is neatly packed away in color-coded cubes.
Sleeping on planes can be a pain in the neck (See what I did there?). But with the Trtl Neck pillow, those days are gone.
This is the Cadillac of all neck pillows.
It is scientifically proven to support your neck and aid sleep.
Travel gift Ideas for the Home
This globe is the coolest gift idea. Your travel friends can pin all the places they've been onto this handy globe.
The globe comes with 30 magnetic pins but you can buy more from MapMagnet on Amazon.
Looking for something retro? Then check out this Travel Fund Piggy Bank by the Sterling James Company.
Made of wood, it is durable and even comes with a money-back guarantee if it “doesn't make you and your loved ones smile”.
You don't have to be a Scotch lover to enjoy these cool etched glasses.
Made from lead-free crystal with hand blown extra thick bases, these glasses are sturdy enough to enjoy any cocktail you desire.
Snuggle up to the world as you hang out at home on the couch.
I love throw pillows, and nothing says world travelers more than a pillow covered in a map of the world.
Gifts for Outdoor Lovers
The Steripen sterilizes water using its UV light.
Fill your water bottle with lake water, tap water in a developing country or even a pond and you'll have clean water in seconds!
The Steripen purifies water in 90 seconds for a 1-liter bottle.
11: Tilly Hat
The Tilly Hat is the quintessential travel hat for adventure travelers.
The wide brim protects your neck and face, and there's plenty of ventilation to keep your head cool. It's easy to clean too.
If you know someone who does a lot of kayaking or hiking and you are looking for one of the best travel gifts under $100 then this is a great choice.
The Re-Volt from Black Diamond headlamp is rechargeable, durable and water-resistant. It is the headlamp we use and recommend.
Headlamps like this one are more powerful than your light on your smart phone and they keep your hands free.
You never know when you might need a dry bag. You may find you're going on a water adventure or you might end up in a water festival in Thailand or Holi in India.
The Sea to Summit brand dry bags are some of the most lightweight and durable ones around.
I go crazy sitting on a sarong or towel at the beach and getting covered in sand so when I hear about this sandless beach matt, I had to give it a try.
This matt really does wick away the sand.
When the sand is wet, it needs to dry, but once it dries, it falls through the matt giving you a sand-free beach experience.
Gifts For Travel Photographers
Keeping your cameras sensor and your lenses dust-free is something every photographer should be doing no matter what camera you use.
I have been using the LensPen for years now and it has never let me down.
This Pro Pack comes with 3 Lenspens that are safe, fast and easy to use on any lens, filter, eyepiece or LCD screen. It also comes with a Hurricane Air Blower, Lens Cleaning Tissues, Lens Cloth, Lens Cleaning Liquid, Brush and Cotton Swabs.
The beauty of this tripod is you can practically mount it anywhere, it is lightweight, has a ball head and it will support cameras up to 2.2 pounds.
The Joby GorillaPod 1K is the perfect gift for any travel photographer or videographer.
Go Pro is still our favorite adventure camera out there. We use the GoPro Hero 7 Black for everything from snowboarding to scuba diving.
They have just launched the GoPro Hero 8 which is what we recommend if you are looking to upgrade from the Hero 6 or below. If you have the Hero 7 Black I would stay with that for now.
18. Sony RX100 VII
Dave loves the Sony RX100 VI as a final addition to his two DSLR Sony bodies. I use it for video and vlogging all the time!
With a 24-200 Carl Zeiss lens and 20.1 megapixels, you’ll have professional-quality photos for a fraction of the price of other professional cameras.
Want to turn your travel videos and photographs into something epic? Pick up the DJI Mavic Pro 2 or Mavic 2 Zoom drone for your next trip abroad. It's compact and fits right in Deb's over the shoulder camera bag.
It folds up to the size of a water bottle, taking up little space in your carry-on luggage.
Gadgets and Travel Gifts Under $100
Finding the right travel adapter over the years has been a challenge but after getting this adapter we love it.
It converts plugs for any country in the world at the slide of a switch.
We use the PowerCore Lite 20000 because it has 2 outputs and saves us from carrying 2 separate power banks.
For those who want just one, make sure to check out the PowerCore Lite 10000.
This portable charger is lightweight and it carries enough charge to recharge your phone up to 3 times!
This mini portable hard drive is lightning fast for editing photos and videos on the road, but so tiny it can slip into my pocket.
We use the 2TB hard drive for extra space, but the average travelers would only need the Samsung Portable 500GB USB for only $89.99
Bags & Organizers
23. Carry-on Luggage
TravelPro Maxlite 5 helps us pack light while looking chic.
It weighs less than 6 pounds, has high-quality spinning wheels and also comes with a lifetime warranty.
The other day someone told me I have the most organized wallet they've ever seen. That's because I use the Pacsafe travel folder.
This organizer transforms into a clutch for a night out on the town too.
25. Smart Envelope
Dave has never packed so well since he got his smart envelope. His shirts come out pressed instead of a crumpled mess when flying.
After we unpack, we just give them a spritz with wrinkle wiz garment spray and he’s good to go.
Best Travel Gifts for Her
Whether we are in a tropical destination or trekking in the Himalayas my hair can get tangled anywhere. But, when I found the Tangle Teezer all that changed.
This is the perfect stocking stuffer. It is light, compact and it works!
27. Silk Wrap
I can't travel without a silk scarf.
It keeps me warm on the plane when the air conditioning is cranked too high, it dresses up my evening outfit, and it keeps me modest when walking into a temple overseas.
A silk pashmina wrap is a perfect gift to give to the lady in your life.
Everyone knows how dry it can get on the airplane, especially on those long haul flights.
That is why we always bring a moisturizing kit like this one from Burt's Bees, to try to stay moisturized throughout the flight.
With just a little care on the flight, you can arrive a little more refreshed.
A stylish travel scarf with a special hidden pocket that can be used for your passport, phone or any other item you want to secretly stash!
No one will ever know you have a secret pocket hidden in your scarf, making it the perfect place to keep your items safe!
I have ruined many a lovely bra during my travels by squishing them into my suitcase.
With this underwear travel organizer, I can organize all my undergarments and keep them neat and tidy in one place.
Best Travel Gifts for Him
A man needs to be organized and this Dopp kit is a classy way to store all his toiletries in one place.
Got a man that is always up at the crack of dawn and out the door for a run. Dave loves his Arcteryx jacket.
**Note** These usually fit a little small so you might want to order a size up as I did.
The world has become a noisier place and airplanes can be the worst. From screaming babies to loud talkers, long flights can be frustrating. Noise canceling headphones are a must for any traveler.
Put on these Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones and they drown out all the sound.
This has come in handy many times during our travels. When you need a bottle opener, a screwdriver, nail file or a quick fix to the camera or travel gear The Leatherman is our go-to tool.
I was never really a “Hammock” kind of guy but when someone gave me one of these that all changed.
This Travel Hammock. is lightweight sets up almost anywhere and man is it comfortable.
Make sure to throw this in your bag for your next trip to the islands!
Travel Gifts for Wellness
36. Essential Gluten-Free Travel Cards
World traveler Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads has created these excellent food guides to help people travel healthier.
She has created these downloadable gluten-free restaurants and travel guides based on destinations.
If you are someone you know suffers from Celiac Disease or you want to travel healthier by omitting gluten from your diet, these cards are a great reference.
She has guides for all different areas of the world for $8.99:
One of the things I love about this Pretty Care Eyemask is that it doesn't rest on your eyes.
It is raised so there is no pressure on them like traditional eye masks. It’s padded it really blocks out the light.
38. Facial Mist
If you don't want to bring a whole wellness kit with you then I suggest you at least make sure you have some Facial Mist handy.
I use Dermalogica products and mist during my flight and right before I get off of the plane.
It is refreshing and moisturizing and is the perfect way to start off in a new destination.
Reduce plastic and use a reusable water bottle. This collapsible water bottle is perfect for travel collapsing down to the size of a pancake taking up less space in my luggage.
40. Travel Slippers
Nobody likes to look at people’s bare feet when traveling.
Carrying these foldable, lightweight ballet flats on a flight let's me slip off my shoes and feel comfortable.
Compression socks help with circulation and leg exhaustion.
This Multi-Pack from CHARMKING will give you enough to last for several trips.
Compression socks really help if your legs and feet are constantly tired.
If you are traveling in the backcountry, sharing hostels or going anywhere with a shared bathroom this will give you some peace of mind.
A toothbrush sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
Small Travel Gifts Under $25
If you travel with a ton of chargers like we do this is the perfect travel gift.
It keeps cords neat and organized when you are digging around in your bag on the plane.
This is the perfect gift for travelers who love to have an extra bag for souvenirs or shopping.
The Arxus Foldable Tote folds up really small, is lightweight and durable and slides right onto the back of your suitcase for easy carryon.
Made from silicone, the TSA approved GoToob+ has a drip-proof cap that is easy to squeeze so you can get every last drop out.
They come in a pack of three and are the right size for carrying liquids on a plane.
Gifts for Travelers Who Love Books
Our friends Mike and Anne partnered with National Geographic to pen this great book about adventures for two.
Cool Fact: we wrote one chapter for this book too 🙂
Make sure you get your copy. It makes a great conversation starter or coffee table book!
47. Comfortably Wild
The second book written by our friends, Mike and Anne of HoneyTrek, “Comfortably Wild” is the culmination of their 3-year, 9-country quest to find the best glamping destinations on the continent.
48. Travel Journal
People may have their noses in their smartphones, but nothing connects you more to the moment than taking out a pen and paper and writing about your experience.
I love a flexible elegant journal and the MaleDen journal caught my eye.
With a glare-free display, the Kindle Paperwhite is like reading on paper. Even in the sunlight.
Plus it is waterproof and the battery lasts for hours. Load it with some of your favorite travel books and give this bestseller to the travel lover in your life.
50: Global Sim Card Sticker
If you have a loved one going on vacation, give them a SIM Sticker that they can attach to their existing phone's SIM card.
They never have to change SIM cards and can simply and easily activate data once they reach their destination for only $3.99 per day. (unlimited data)
And those are our travel gift suggestions for 2019. Happy shopping!
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