After trying countless products over more than a decade of travel full-time travel, we've narrowed down the best gifts for travelers for any budget that have been tested by us.
Finding the perfect gift for travel can be difficult, but we've done the hard work for you.
We've been professional travel bloggers since 2009 and have tried and tested nearly every travel gadget out there.
We've learned what to pack and what to leave home while finding a few travel gems that help us remember what it is we love about travel when we are in one place.
This list of gift ideas for travelers will help take the guesswork out of buying something for that travel lover in your life.
The Ultimate Travel Gifts for 2019
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Travel Gifts for the Home
We've got you covered with ideas from practical and affordable to indulgent and splurge-worthy.
We have also organized them into different sections to make browsing easier.
Remember the days when you put a pin on a world map to mark where you've been? Well, now there's something even 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.
We have done this for years and it it is still fun to scratch off a new country when we visit.
This globe is the coolest 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.
If you have a travel lover in your life, you can be sure they'll love this gift to show off where they've been.
Looking for a cool way to save for your next vacation that has a retro feel? Then check out this Travel Fund Piggy Bank by the Sterling James Company.
What we love about this is that it is both functional and decorative. It is a great place to throw your loose change and start saving for that next trip.
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”.
We love Scotch, so of course, we have these in our bar. But 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 anywhere from north, south, east and west 🙂
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 Adventure Travelers
If you are going into the backcountry without access to clean water, this is the gadget for you!
The Steripen sterilizes any water using its UV light. So get water from a stream, lake or pond – you can clean it!
Even if you aren't an adventure traveler, the Steripen is perfect to add to any travel bag. Get water from the tap anywhere, the tap in your bathroom, a water fountain, drink the water in developing countries.
Don't worry, the Steripen will make it safe. It purifies water in 90 seconds for a 1-liter bottle.
7: Travel Towel
Even if you are staying in a 5-star resort, you often have to bring a towel with you when going on an adventure excursion. Instead of packing the clunky hotel towel, use this microfibre travel towel.
It's good for long multi-day treks or just a day at the beach. Quick dry and odor resistant making it a plus to have in your baggage.
If you are going on an overland road trip or doing some independent trekking, the MSR WhisperLite Camp Stove works the best in our opinion.
It runs on multiple fuels so you don't have to worry about finding white gas in remote locations.
We've have used it in remote locations and even had it run on gas from the petrol station when we couldn't get pure white gas and it worked like a charm. Just be sure to clean it well after each use.
It's lightweight, making it the perfect gift for travelers who like to go off the beaten path.
9: Tilly Hat
The Tilly Hat is the quintessential travel hat. 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. We each have one and love them.
A headlamp is truly something everyone should carry when traveling.
The Re-Volt from Black Diamond is re-chargeable, durable and waterproof. It is the one we use and recommend. We have had it for years now.
Even if you aren't adventurous, you may go on a trek, need it on a train or bus or the power may go out.
Headlamps like this one are more powerful than your phone light and they keep your hands free.
You never know when you might need a dry bag. You could be in a destination that gets hit by a monsoon or just a bad bout of rain.
The Sea to Summit brand dry bags are some of the most lightweight and durable ones around. We have taken them kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing, and everything has always stayed dry.
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.
Everything you will ever need to keep your camera clean.
If you are looking for a compact, yet sturdy tripod solution then the Joby GorillaPod 1K is for you.
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.
See our latest video from Alberta where we shot nearly the entire video with the GoPro Hero 7 Black and the Joby Gorillapod 1K.
Go Pro is still our favorite adventure camera out there. We use the GoPro Hero 7 Black for everything from snowboarding to scuba diving.
We've taken our GoPro on every water adventure you can think of from scuba and snorkeling to jet boats, kayaks, and whitewater rafting.
15. 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! It fits great on my Joby GorillaPod too keeping things lightweight but looking like a million bucks.
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.
We love it. It’s small, lightweight and easy to use and we often leave the bulky DSLRs behind for the day and use this as our camera to capture amazing travel photos.
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.
The DJI Phantom series drones are amazing too but are pretty big for travel. They are huge. Once we downsized to the Mavic Pro 2, our camera gear was a lot less cumbersome. It folds up to the size of a water bottle, taking up little space in your carry-on luggage.
Plus, we don't get a lot of hassles at the border either because it's so small, nobody knows what it is. Take of the propellers and it can easily just look like a gimbal camera.
Travel Gifts Under $100
This is another item that we don't leave home without. It is always in our travel bag.
Finding the right travel adapter over the years has been a challenge but after getting this adapter at a conference we wouldn't buy any other.
It's compact and converts plugs for any country in the world at the slide of a switch. Don't carry a ton of separate adapters, one is all you need.
We started using one of these years ago. With the amount they charge you for baggage you can use this portable luggage scale to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.
There is nothing worse than getting to the check-in counter and realizing your luggage is overweight and you have to pay a huge fee.
Use this at home before you go so you have that piece of mind.
If you read our blog often, you'll know that I recommend the Belkin as one of the best gifts for travelers every year.
I can't help it, I love it! The Belkin surge protector not only protects your electronics from power surges, it charges several things at once with 3 outlets and 2 USB ports.
Let's face it, we all use our portable devices like phones, tablets, and cameras a lot these days and they never seem to hold a charge long enough.
That's why we recommend the Anker line of chargers. 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.
These are lightweight and carry enough charge to recharge your phone up to 3 times!
This mini portable hard drive is a game changer for us.
Lightening fast for editing photos and videos on the road, but so tiny it can slip into my pocket. It has really lightened the weight of our computers.
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
22. Carry-on Luggage
It is always a challenge to balance weight with convenience when it comes to carry-on luggage. We have tried so many different ideas but have found that the TravelPro Maxlite 5 covers the most bases for us.
It weighs less than 6 pounds, has high-quality spinning wheels and also comes with a lifetime warranty. You can't beat that!
23. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are great stocking stuffers and an affordable option for organizing your luggage contents.
I stuff clothes, electronics and medication in my cubes. Nothing roams free in my bag. Everything is packed away in color-coded cubes.
I even zip my dirty laundry inside a packing cube to keep it from smelling up the rest of my clothes.
24. Travel Suitcase
We now like to put our carryon bags on our backs (since they are the heaviest as they have all our cameras and electronics in them) and we pull our clothes behind us.
We recently switched the TravelPro Platinum Elite and love it. Not only are they easy to organize but they roll like a charm.
By using packing cubes, toiletry bags and the shirt folding envelopes, they all fit into our TravelPro Luggage perfectly just like pieces to a puzzle.
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.
It holds all my credit cards, rewards cards, both our passports and money – including change!
This organizer transforms into a clutch for a night out on the town too. I don’t want to always carry my large travel tote, so this gives me a bit of class when going out for dinner or drinks.
Are these gifts for travelers not what you're looking for?
26. Smart Envelope
As we mature, our wardrobe has matured with us. Dave has never packed so well since he got his smart envelope. His shirts come out almost perfectly 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 with a pressed and ironed shirt that's great for a night out, conference or keynote speaking engagement.
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 and something every female traveler should have in their bag. It is light, compact and it works!
A woman loves to be organized (at least I know I do) and this underwear travel organizer does the trick.
I have ruined many a lovely bra during my travels by squishing them into my suitcase. With this handy organizer, I can organize all my undergarments and keep them neat and tidy in one place.
29. 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. She'll love you for it, trust me.
I don't know about you but finding travel themed jewelry can be difficult. Especially things that look classy.
This World Map Bracelet is hand made, has a Fashionable design and is comfortable for everyday wear. Perfect for the woman who loves traveling and showing it off a little.
If you are looking to get that special someone something that is unique then this is a perfect gift.
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.
There is nothing worse than landing in a new destination and your skin feels like a dried up piece of fruit. With just a little care on the flight, you can arrive a little more refreshed.
This scarf is perfect for anyone who wants to look fashionable, be comfortable and carry travel items that no-one will even know you are carrying.
It has a special hidden pocket that can be used for your passport, phone, small guidebook, glasses, lip balm 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!
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.
Its leather base keeps things dry and easy to clean. I have been traveling with one of these for years and it really helps keep things organized.
It's true, I usually travel with checked luggage as we are always on the road.
But, since we have been home a little more and taking some shorter trips due to my back surgery, this Oversized Duffel from S-Zone has been getting more of a workout.
This is perfect for those weekend trips or overnighters. It is durable, versatile and comes in 6 different colors!
For the outdoor lover who likes a bit of style, show him that he doesn't have to completely rough it in Mother Nature.
The Handspresso makes a perfect cup of Joe, just like the coffee shop.
If you are a coffee lover like we are then this is a must-have for any camping trip!
Surprise him with a foamy frothy cup on your next family camping trip.
Got a man that is always up at the crack of dawn and out the door for a run. Dave loves his Arcteryx jacket.
This one he has had for over 5 years now. It is lightweight, breathable, durable and comfortable. Everything that he wants in a mid-layer jacket.
**Note** These usually fit a little small so you might want to order a size up as I did.
The world is become a noisier place by the minute and airplanes can be the worst. From screaming babies to loud talkers, long flights can be frustrating.
Put on these Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones and they drown out all the sound.
With padded earphones that cancel noise, the traveling man in your life can watch his favorite flick in peace and quiet and if he decides to nap, the headphones will keep him from being disturbed.
We always have this in our luggage.
It has come in handy so many times. When you need a bottle opener when you need a screwdriver, nail file, etc. The Leatherman is the go-to tool.
It uses are endless and must-have in your travel kit.
If you want to relax ASAP while on vacation anywhere then you better get yourself a Travel Hammock.
I was never really a “Hammock” kind of guy but when someone gave me one of these that all changed.
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
This is the first eye mask that even my husband Dave loves.
It’s padded and comfortable and it blocks out the light. 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.
The wide strap doesn’t tangle in your hair and it looks great so you feel stylish as you sleep.
41. 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 this 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.
I also use it as a spritz over my makeup if I am looking for that dewy look.
I don't always need to have a water bottle handy, but I do like having one in my luggage should I go out on a hike or have a long day of sightseeing.
This water bottle collapses down to the size of a pancake, taking up less space in my luggage.
43. Travel Slippers
I know that nobody likes to look at people’s bare feet when traveling. I was guilty of this in my backpacking days.
I used to always travel in flipflops. Now, I care about the people around me and slip into my ballet flats on the flight.
They are comfortable and stylish and I’ve even worn them out of the airport too.
These babies have very good grip and I wore them once walking around Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia and they held their grip nicely on the rocks.
Compression socks help with circulation and leg exhaustion. Compression socks have come a long way.
I tried them once a few years ago and they felt like they were squeezing my legs, my latest pair are so cushiony and cozy.
With this Multi-Pack from Charmking, you get enough pairs for a whole week!
Trust me when I say these really help, especially if your legs and feet are constantly tired.
This was a huge seller last year and a reader favorite!
If you are traveling in the backcountry, hostels or anywhere where you use a shared bathroom then this will give you some peace of mind.
This toothbrush sanitizer will keep your toothbrush nice and sanitary. It kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, which sure sounds good when camping.
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. Trust me, it works!
Small Travel Gifts Under $25
Keeping your cords and headphones organized will make life a whole lot easier.
If you travel with a ton of chargers like we do this is the perfect gift.
It keeps them neat and easy to find when you are digging around in your bag on the plane
Do you like to have an extra bag for souvenirs or any other “extra” stuff that you buy? Then this is the perfect gift for you.
The Arxus Foldable Tote folds up really small, it is lightweight and durable. It also slides right onto the back of your luggage so you can easily bring it on the plane with you and put it under your seat.
These are perfect for carrying all of your liquids like shampoo and conditioner.
Made from silicone and TSA approved the GoToob+ has a drip-proof cap and they are easy to squeeze so you can get every last drop out.
They come in a pack of 3.
We have used these for years and they have never let us down.
Gifts for Travelers Who Love Books
If you are looking for books the inspire travel, see our complete list at 21 Best Travel Books to Inspire the Wanderer in You
Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent
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!
Nothing sparks wanderlust more than looking through National Geographic.
It's the covers that always captured my attention and this book rounds up the most iconic photographs from the magazine's history.
52. 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 this one caught my eye.
I'm not a fan of the stiff moleskin journals, give me a fancy journal any day like this MaleDen journal.
Do you have suggestions for some great gifts for travelers? We'd love to hear, leave them in the comments below.
Bonus Gift: Global Sim Card Sticker
When traveling abroad everyone wants to stay connected. 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.
Planet D readers receive 50% of the Global SIM Sticker. Use promo DDSave50
Read our review here: KnowRoaming an Easy International data solution
And that finished our list of the best gift ideas for the traveler in your life.
If you have a unique travel gift idea, let us know in the comments below, we are always looking for more cool travel gadgets and gear.
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