The best travel camera in 2024: compact and portable cameras to take anywhere

The best travel cameras are small, lightweight, easy to use and offer a range of features – here are the ones to look at

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Best travel camera: Our top picks

Best overall, best for most people, best for vintage styling, best budget, best for vloggers, best waterproof camera, best for reach, best action camera, best 360 action camera.

The best travel cameras have to do one crucial thing: be better than your phone. After all, your phone is almost certainly going to be in your pocket anyway – and it's almost certainly got a great camera. 

That means the best travel cameras need to combine compactness with image quality, advanced features with simple operation, and ideally the ability to get your files onto your phone, tablet or laptop quickly, to share your holiday photos and vacation videos. Having a camera that's safe to take on the beach, in the snow or even in the sea could be another key consideration!

1. Best overall 2. Best for most people 3. Best for vintage styling 4. Best budget 5. Best for vloggers 6. Best waterproof camera 7. Best for reach 8. Best action camera 9. Best 360 action camera

Even though the best camera phones can produce great images, you just don't get the same quality as you would if shooting with one of the best point-and-shoots or best mirrorless cameras . Smartphones are restricted by smaller sensors offering lower still and video quality, reduced low light performance and minimal control over depth of field (for those blurry backgrounds). 

The type of camera you pick comes down to personal preference and budget. To help you decide which is best, we've split the guide into two sections. First, we'll look at mirrorless cameras that offer better image quality and more versatility than compact systems but at the cost of increased size and weight. 

Secondly, we'll look at compact cameras that are pretty much pocket-sized, perfect for keeping on you at all times, won't weigh you down, and are really simple to use – although they have smaller sensors and fixed lenses.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

When picking the best travel camera, we're focusing on portability, and the dinky but mighty Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is one of the best portable cameras around. Read more below

Fujifilm X-S10 body

The Fujifilm X-S10 is one of the best all-around APS-C cameras you can buy right now. It's got a fully-articulated screen and generally handles very well (despite having fewer external control compared to the Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X-T30 II ) Read more below

Nikon Z fc

If you're looking for a camera that has modern tech but vintage styling then the Nikon Z fc is the king of style, sporting a design from precious film cameras. Read more below

Panasonic Lumix G100

If you want a small camera that shoots great stills and video, and cost cost the earth the Panasonic Lumix G100 is the best budget option out there for travel. Read more below

Sony ZV-E10

If you want to start a travel vlogging channel on YouTube then you need something compact, but mighty on specs and the Sony ZV-E10 is the perfect choice for wannabe travel vloggers. Read more below

OM System Tough TG-7

If you're planning on a coastal adventure then you need a camera that is fully waterproof and rugged enough to take on the most challenging adventures, the Tough TG-7 is for you. Read more below

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Best mirrorless travel cameras

Mirrorless cameras might be a little heavier and larger than compacts, but they deliver better quality (through larger sensors) and the option to change your lenses. The best lenses for travel give you the ability to capture ultra-wide-angle photos of famous landmarks and also zoom in on the beautiful details in the distance. You'll also find that they perform better in low light.

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1. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

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When picking the best travel camera, we're focusing on portability, and the dinky but mighty Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is one of the best portable cameras around. Not only does it have an incredibly lightweight body, with tactile dial-led controls, but it also uses the smaller-but-still-powerful Micro Four Thirds sensor.

While this has some slight disadvantages in terms of low-light capabilities, it effectively doubles the focal length of any lens mounted to the camera; so a 50mm will behave like a 100mm. And the best Olympus lenses include positively tiny lenses that go a long way for travel photography, helping you keep your kit and weight size down. We haven't even talked about everything else that's great about the E-M10 Mark IV: its snappy burst shooting, its accurate autofocus, and its impressive 4K video. It's a terrific all-around camera. 

Read our full Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review .

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2. Fujifilm X-S10

The Fujifilm X-S10 is one of the best all-around APS-C camera you can buy right now.  It's got a fully-articulated screen and generally handles very well, despite having fewer external control dials and buttons compared to the Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X-T30 II . Having in-body stabilization is also a huge bonus, making it easier to shoot handheld with slower shutter speeds – which is hugely useful for low-light work and using longer lenses. 

As with all Fujifilm X bodies, the JPG are stunning straight out of camera and it features a variety of different film simulation modes if you want to add a little something to your pictures. In terms of APS-C cameras, we're hard-pressed to think of one that offers a better balance of features, performance, and price than the Fujifilm X-S10, and that's why it's one of our top picks. 

Read our full Fujifilm X-S10 review .

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3. Nikon Z fc

If how your camera looks is really important to you, you can't go wrong with the Nikon Z fc. It comes in a choice of vibrant colors including mint green, coral pink, and dark orange so, no matter what your preference is, there will be one you love. 

When this camera was first released, it was so popular that Nikon struggled to keep up with demand . And no wonder; this compact camera isn't just a beauty on the outside, as its 20.9MP APS-C (DX) sensor delivers super high-quality images that you can transfer on the go thanks to built-in Bluetooth and WiFi. 

One of the biggest downsides to the Z fc is the lack of native DX lenses available, however. Nikon and other third-party brands are slowly bringing out more, but you might need to use much heftier full-frame glass to tide you over until then.

Read our full Nikon Z fc review .

A hand holding the best travel camera Panasonic Lumix G100

4. Panasonic Lumix G100

Travelers don't just shoot stills any more! For many of us video is just as important as still images, if not more so, and it's these vloggers and content creators that the Lumix G100 is aimed at. It makes it easy to capture high-quality video and stills with its approachable button layout. 

But even if you are uninterested in the technicalities of capturing great-looking videos, you will be able to get still images with this camera. There’s an inherent risk of dumbing things down too much when creating a camera for social media creatives, but Panasonic has avoided that pitfall with the Lumix G100.

This is a great camera to start with if you're just as interested in vlogging as you are in regular photography. It's also a super-small, super-cute camera with a wide range of Micro Four Thirds lenses available – though its autofocus uses Panasonic's cruder contrast-detect technology, which is notorious for "pulsing" and "hunting" during video.

Read our full Panasonic Lumix G100 review .

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5. Sony ZV-E10

The Sony ZV-E10 is one of the cheapest vlogging cameras yet, and combined with its slim dimensions this makes it a perfect choice for travelers who want to shoot a little video. It comes with sophisticated built-in mics and a clip-on windshield for noise reduction, making it much easier to get clean audio on your vlogs even outdoors, and the 4K UHD video it produces is of excellent quality. 

As we've come to expect from Sony, the autofocus is best in class, whether shooting video or stills. And a point worth mentioning is that, while the ZV-E10 may be optimized for vlogging, it's still a capable stills camera with 11fps burst shooting in the tank, so don't worry about restricting yourself with it. The ZV-E10 makes for an excellent traveler's camera.

Read our full Sony ZV-E10 review .

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6. OM System Tough TG-7

Following the aquisition of Olympus's camera divistion, the OM System TG-7 is essentially an update to the much-loved Olympus Tough TG-6 . It might have relatively conservative 12MP resolution, but it makes up for this by packing a sensor that's back-side illuminated. This means that a) there are less pixels, but each one is larger to capture more light, and b) the sensor design is more efficient at gathering light in challenging conditions. 

This is important because the TG-7 is a camera that can take pictures and video underwater – where there is obviously less ambient light. It can also take pictures and video in the dust, sand, snow, and heat – and it's drop-proof, crush-proof and freeze-proof. No more having to baby your camera, or not take it with you to the places where you're going to get the best photos! 

Even if you're not going to be hiking, climbing, swimming or otherwise putting your camera in danger, the Tough can capture RAW photos and capture 4K video, and has brilliant built-in macro and microscope modes for ultra close-up shooting. And since it's near indestructible, it's one of the best cameras for kids , too!  

Read our full OM System Tough TG-7 review .

A hand holding the best travel camera the Panasonic Lumix ZS200

7. Panasonic Lumix TZ200/ZS200

The Panasonic TZ200 / ZS200 benefits from a larger 1-inch sensor and it also has a 15x zoom, which zooms all the way to 360mm on a full-frame sensor. You can shoot in JPG if you want to use the images straight out of the camera or RAW if you prefer to edit your images first. For those who love documenting holidays through video, it can shoot in 4K and it also has a 4K Photo Mode that can extract 8MP still images from a burst sequence. 

If you're looking for versatility, portability, and advanced features without the fuss of interchangeable lenses, look no further.

Read our full Panasonic Lumix TZ200 / ZS200 review .

DJI Osmo Action 4

8. DJI Osmo Action 4

For most adventurer-creators, the Osmo Action 4 is the perfect balance of quality and price. Stabilized 4K video looks great and the camera can take a lot – not just rough and tumble but temperature extremes and it's waterproof to 16m without a case. Best of all, it has a larger image sensor than any other camera on the list, so it is better in lower light, making it more flexible.

DJI did have an interesting experiment with modular design, now seemingly abandoned, with the Action 2, but they do retain powerful magnetic mounts which can even partially survive the heat of an oven (we tried accidentally – see our full review). 

Like the more famous competition, DJI has high-quality horizon balancing and image stabilization, which has improved on the Action 3. The resolution limit is 4K, but in practice, this is the ideal resolution for action (and the limit of almost all TVs). More useful is the 120fps capability (or 240fps at 1080P).

The fact that Action 4’s isn’t interwoven with subscription software is one we wholeheartedly appreciate, too, but GoPro seem to finally growing out of this.

Read our full DJI Osmo Action 4 review for more depth.

Insta360 X3

9. Insta360 X3

There are times when handling even an action camera's wide-angle lens becomes a problem, and that's where a 360-degree action camera can step in. With two back-to-back lenses and enough smarts to eliminate a selfie stick from the footage, this almost magic camera can capture an image from a point within reach looking any direction you see fit.

I tried it with the bike attachment – which holds the camera a little way in front of the bike, over the front wheel – and was amazed at the footage which makes it look like I'm cycling toward a perfectly controlled drone. Better still, by syncing with my phone I could draw GPS data and have it overlaid, in the form of a speedometer, by the Insta360 app before sharing.

The only real worry is how naked those glass lenses are when the camera is in use; the joy of re-positioning the camera angle after the fact can be hours of fun. 5.7K is good enough for sharing, but more resolution would help pro work.

Read our full Insta 360 X3 review for more details

How to choose the right travel camera

These are five key things to look out for when choosing the right travel camera for your needs.

1) Image quality: Ask yourself how you will use any photos or videos you capture. If you only plan to share content online on social media then any of the above cameras will be suitable. If you plan to print your pictures, though, then mirrorless cameras with larger sensors and higher megapixel counts will produce better-quality results.

2) Focal range: What kind of range do you need for your traveling activities? Compact cameras can have impressive zoom ranges, but to achieve their tiny size they often lack quality compared to mirrorless cameras. For mirrorless cameras, what lenses are available? So-called standard zooms are a great option for all types of travel, but they can also be large and heavy. A wide-angle lens might be best for capturing cities and landscapes, or if you are going to see wildlife or a sporting event then a compact telephoto lens might be best.

3) Size and weight: If you're going on vacation then the last thing you want to take is a heavy kit – especially given things like baggage restrictions when traveling. With that in mind, both your camera and lens(es) need to be small and light. If you want something that can fit in your pocket, get a compact camera – but if you don't mind taking a bag, a mirrorless system with one or two lenses could be more versatile. 

4) Simplicity: Don't want to get bogged down with camera settings? Most modern cameras have a range of auto modes – especially compact cameras, which take away the stress. Advanced modes and complicated controls don't usually mix with spur-of-the- moment snaps, so decide what is important to you and pick your camera based on that.

5) Price: The cameras in our list have a range of prices, and we try to include cameras that suit every budget. The price of a camera usually reflects its capabilities, although all the options listed here will take great images and video – so try to strike the right balance between what you need in a camera and what you can afford.

How we test travel cameras 

Want to find out how we test and review DSLR and mirrorless cameras? We trial cameras both in real-world shooting scenarios and in carefully controlled lab conditions. Our lab tests will generally measure resolution, dynamic range, and signal-to-noise ratio, which gives us a benchmark by which to compare cameras. 

Resolution is measured using ISO resolution charts, dynamic range is measured using DxO Analyzer test equipment and DxO Analyzer is also used for noise analysis across the camera's ISO range. Our compact camera evaluations are based on real-world testing alone.

For our real-world testing, our reviewers spend time with each camera, testing it in a variety of shooting situations and providing their qualitative thoughts on how the camera was to use and evaluating the images and video it produced. Here's an example of how we literally take a camera on vacation to evaluate it!

How we choose the best travel cameras

When we are reviewing cameras, we carefully think about what scenarios each camera could be used for. When considering which cameras would make ideal travel cameras, we judge each camera on how small and lightweight it is for easy packing and transport, as well as carrying for long periods of the day while out exploring. 

We also consider the technical capabilities of each camera, and how suitable they are specifically for travel photography scenarios from beach vacations to safaris, to city breaks. Finally, we consider the price of the cameras to select options that cover a range of budgets and requirements.

We use our real-world experience with each camera and our in-depth camera knowledge to determine a final selection of top cameras that we would recommend as the ideal camera traveling companions.

Is it better to use phone or camera for travel?

We covered this a little bit at the start of the article, but the answer is that it is always better to use a camera for stills or video when possible. So the question really becomes, "Do your travel plans make using a camera possible?" Phones are so small and quick to use that they go where cameras are too bulky and slow to shoot. A great compromise is a compact camera – or the Olympus Tough TG-6 , which is a weather-proof camera that goes the places that you wouldn't dare to use your phone! 

Is a DSLR or mirrorless camera better for travel photography?

As a travel camera, mirrorless cameras are usually the better choice for most people. They are much small and lighter than DSLRs, and also usually have a selection of smaller and lighter lenses to match. This makes traveling easier as it takes up less space and weight in increasingly restricted carry-on bags. Mirrorless cameras also are generally newer than DSLRs and most likely have more modern technology, making photography and video easier to capture and of better quality.

What size camera lens is best for travel?

Again, this comes down to what your travel plans entail and what you plan to shoot. The kit lens that comes bundled with many cameras will cover the most commonly used focal ranges, so that's a good place to start (though kit lenses do not deliver the best image quality). We recommend checking out the best lenses for travel photography to see what's right for you.

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Gareth Bevan

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.

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Ultimate Travel Gift Guide 2024: 75+ Gifts for Travelers

Last updated: January 1, 2024 - Written by Jessica Norah 29 Comments

Buying gifts can be difficult, so we’ve put together a travel gift guide with over 75 different gifts for travelers. We have gift ideas suitable for all budgets, travel styles, and occasions.

Laurence and I travel for a living and know a thing or two about what makes a good travel gift. We’ve also tried and tested so many travel products and services over the years that we wanted to share a list of what we think would make a good gift for a traveler.

First, we’ll go over some tips for choosing the perfect gift for the traveler on your shopping list. Remember that thoughtfulness is key!

Next we’ll share over 75 travel-related gift ideas that include everything from the typical travel pillows, luggage, and tents to things like automatic pet feeders, cocktail travel kits, and carbon offset gift cards. We have gift ideas that will suit just about any type of traveler from backpackers to campers to cruisers to luxury travelers. We also have plenty of ideas for the armchair traveler.

Our gift ideas are suitable for any budget, whether your budget is $0 or $10,000, we have you covered. The first gift idea on our list is free and the majority of the travel gifts on our list are under $50, so there are loads of ideas for those who don’t have a huge budget. But we also have plenty of ideas if you have a big budget as well!

So let’s dive in with our ultimate travel gift guide!

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Travel Gift

Before we delve into travel gift ideas, we wanted to get you thinking about what would make the perfect travel gift for your friend or loved one.

Gift giving by humans likely dates back to prehistoric times although today we have a lot more gift options than the Neanderthals. In fact, with huge shopping malls and online shopping, we are perhaps too overwhelmed with choices! If only the decision was as easy as choosing between the shiny purple rock and the tiger tooth.

We’ll go over some tips and advice to help guide you into choosing the perfect gift for the traveler in your life.

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Decide on the Type of Travel Gift

It can be helpful to know what kind of gift you want to give the friend or loved one on your shopping list. Do you want it to be something practical and functional, or do you want it to be something funny that will make them laugh?

Do you want something that will inspire them to travel or something that will make their next trip more comfortable? Or do you want it to be an experience they can do on their next vacation? Or maybe a gift that will remind them of a special trip they have already taken?

Do you want it to be something that multiple people can enjoy, such as pinning locations on a map pin board, a family cooking class, or a travel-inspired film pack?

How personal do you want the gift to be? Obviously a gift given to a colleague at a work party is not likely to be as personal as the one you give your spouse on Valentine’s Day.

Do you want the gift to take them by surprise? Or do you want to give them something you know they already need or want?

Has the person already told you or hinted to what they want? If so, we’d recommend getting them something from their wish list as this research study  found that people who provide gift suggestions are happiest when they receive gifts they want.

Answering these questions can help you narrow down what kinds of things to consider.

If you really have no idea what they might want or what to get, go for something practical. Research, like this study , shows that people generally prefer gifts that are feasible and practical versus those that are fun but unpractical.

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Consider the Tastes of the Traveler

What kind of person is the traveler you are buying a gift for? What kinds of things do they enjoy doing? What kind of clothes do they wear? What kind of trips do they take? Are they travel newbies or have they been traveling the world for decades?

Are they a dreamy backpacker type, a practical person who plans every minute of their itinerary, an outdoors loving camper, an environmentally conscious volunteer worker, an adventure-junky risk taker, a 5-star luxury lover? A good practical gift for an RVer would likely be very different from a good practical gift for a luxury traveler who vacations at exclusive beach resorts.

What do they do on their travels? How do they get around (bus, car, RV, plane, train, boat)? What do they enjoy doing most? Would you be more likely to see them in a museum, bungee jumping, going on a food walk, or lying on the beach?

Think about anything that is unique about them and the way they travel. Do they worry about getting robbed when they travel? Are they obsessed with coffee? Are they worried about their carbon footprint? Do they go to classical music concerts in every city they visit? Do they use guidebooks? Do they pack too much? Do they love taking photos? Do they love trying out new-fangled tech gadgets?

If you want to give someone something practical for the trip, consider how they travel and how much space they have. A family embarking on a National Parks road trip in a van may appreciate a nice cooler to keep their drinks cold, but that same gift doesn’t work for someone who normally travels by plane.

Use these things to help guide you to the right gift for the travelers on your list. Remember, the gift should be something that they’ll love, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be something you personally love.

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Take Into Account the Occasion

The type of occasion may influence the type of gift you buy as most gifts are purchased to celebrate holidays, events, and rites of passage. Are you buying it for a birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day, graduation, honeymoon, retirement party, a gap year send-off, or some other occasion?

Why are you giving the gift? It may be to show others that we are thinking of them, to show we value our relationship with them, and/or to celebrate a special moment. And sometimes we feel obligated to give gifts during a special holiday or because someone gave us one and now we are in a never-ending gift-giving cycle!

Does the size of the gift matter? Are you getting them something that will fit in a card, a stocking, or a gift box under the tree?

Will the gift be opened in public or in private? Some gifts may be more suitable for being opened in an intimate setting versus a workplace party.

Have you been given any strict budget or rules around the gift? Perhaps the gift has to be under $20 for an office party, or it has to be something vintage, handmade, or recycled for an environmentally friendly gift exchange?

If it’s a college graduation or gap year send off, consider what a young and inexperienced traveler might be needing. If it’s a retirement, consider what might be a meaningful gift for the way that person plans to travel after they retire. A honeymoon couple might appreciate a romantic or experiential gift they can do together like a cooking class, spa day, or boat trip.

Perhaps you are gifting to someone you don’t know very well like a work colleague, a church or club member, or a friend’s daughter. In such cases, if you don’t know much about someone, you might go for a less personal gift like a gift card, a popular travel book, or something universally useful.

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Maximize Quality Within Your Budget

Obviously you need to take your budget into consideration when shopping for a gift. We provide price ranges for each of the suggested gift items on our list to help. I’d try to get a gift that maximizes quality within your budget.

Although it may seem better to buy a number of cheap things rather than one more expensive item, you want to make sure what you are giving is a quality item that the person is likely going to want and is going to use.

For example, a person has a gift budget of $25, wants to get something practical, and knows the person wants a new water bottle for their upcoming hiking trip. You check options and find that you can buy two inexpensive plastic water bottles for $10 each, or spend $20 for a much nicer and more stylish stainless steel bottle.

I’d recommend going with the latter. Although two gift items might sound better than one, the person is likely to appreciate the nicer bottle and it will likely be more durable and last longer.

You don’t have to have a huge budget to get a quality item, it is about choosing the right type of item. If your friend really wants a mirrorless camera, a $70 budget is not going to buy you a camera, but it will buy you a high quality camera case, strap, or bag.

Although people giving gifts worry about the cost and value of a gift, research shows that generally the receive feels no less appreciative of a $15 gift versus a $150 present if they believed the gift was thoughtful. Instead of worrying about cost, pick something you think they will want and is good value for your money.

If you have only a small budget, don’t despair. Thoughtful gifts don’t have to cost you anything but time. We provide gift ideas on what you can for free or what you can buy for very little money. This might include offering to watch your loved one’s pets, picking them up at the airport, or cooking them dinner when they return. Or maybe it’s a DIY gift like handmade luggage tags.

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Consider Personalized & Custom Items

A customized or personalized gift shows obvious thoughtfulness and makes the item special and unique. You can create a completely custom item or just personalize an item with the person’s initials, a quote, or a special image.

There are an almost endless amount of items you can have personalized or customized, from luggage tags to toiletry bag to jewelry to clothing to luggage. I love buying handmade gifts on Etsy , and many of the artists can personalize items for you. For example, I have gifted three personalized toiletry bags in the past couple of years.

Just note that handmade and personalized items are going to take longer to receive than an off-the-shelf one. So not a great idea if you need the gift as soon as possible.

Be sure to order handmade and personalized items well in advance of when you need them as in our experience, they often take longer than anticipated. We’d also recommend factoring in return time just in case something needs to be fixed.

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Remember that the Thought Really Does Count

You have likely heard the popular American idiom: “It is not the gift, but the thought that counts.” This is what your mother told you when your aunt gave you those ugly socks for Christmas.

But is it really true? Yes, actually, gift giving is a very symbolic thing. Giving someone a gift shows your appreciation, love, and/or respect for that person. It also conveys that you think about them and that they are included within your personal circle.

However, this does not mean just marking a date on your calendar for someone’s birthday and then shipping them the first thing you find online as their birthday present. The gift is not likely going to be perceived as being very thoughtful and it may convey a lack of care and respect for the receiver. Bad gifts can damage a relationship.

Research studies show that the most treasured and memorable gifts are those that the receiver knows that the person put some thought and effort into getting or making. People like things that show the giver’s knowledge of them. So, for instance, giving a leather purse to a vegan or earrings to someone without ear piercings shows low knowledge of that person. But giving someone tickets to their favorite rock band or buying them a much-needed new backpack shows knowledge and thoughtfulness.

People also like gifts that they know a person put effort into choosing, obtaining, saving for, and/or making. People also like things that are unique such as a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or handmade scarf.

This research study also found that women are often better at choosing gifts than men. However, the relationship again seems to be driven by the fact that women, on average, put more thought into the gifts and perhaps had more personal knowledge of the receiver.

If you did put a lot of thought into a gift but are not sure if the giftee is going to love it or not, consider adding notes or a card saying why you chose the gift items. Tell her that the lavender candle is to remind them of the trip you took together to Provence, the camera strap is because he complained of neck pain from his camera, or that you think the scarf color will go well with her favorite travel dress.

So even if you don’t choose the perfect gift, it is the thought and effort behind it that does count the most to people. Something to keep in mind if you can’t figure out the perfect gift. Just give them something that shows how much you appreciate and know them.

The fact that you know they love travel and are looking for travel-related gifts is already a good start!

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75+ Great Gifts for Travelers in 2024

We’ve put together a giant list of gift ideas for travelers that should fit any budget, travel style, and gift occasion. The cost of the suggested travel gifts range from free to $1,000+, with the majority costing less than $100 so that you can find the perfect present no matter what your budget.

We feel a gift should be special and specific to the traveler. For some of the travel gift ideas we do suggest a specific product, but for most we suggest different options. For example, there is no one-size-fits-all luggage set but we do give you recommendations and suggestions on types and specific sets and brand that might be a good fit.

We’ve listed the gift ideas in approximate order of budget, starting with items that can be purchased for under $10. However, keep in mind that you can purchase a $30 tent or a $500 tent so the order is somewhat relative, and we recommend skimming through the full list.

If you like to shop on Amazon, you can check out our curated gift list here that includes many of the items in our list that are available online via Amazon.

We’ve used many of the suggested products and services in this list, so please feel free to ask us any questions in the Comments section at the end of the post if you have any questions or want an opinion about a gift option.

Without further ado, here is our ultimate travel gift guide with over 75 gifts for travelers:

Offer to Watch House, Pets, or Children

Not all gifts cost money. Sometimes the most thoughtful thing you can do for a traveler is to offer to help them out with something while they are away. There are always plenty of things that most people worry about when they go away, and you can help offer to take care of one or more of these things while they are away.

This might be offering to water the plants, collect their mail, run an errand, check the house, watch pets, babysit children, or mow the lawn. Or maybe its a ride to and/or from the airport.

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If you want to make it more gift-like, consider creating a nice voucher (you can do it for free using Adobe Spark, Canva, Microsoft Word, etc.) and getting them a card.

Price: FREE

Word Puzzle Books

Buying for a traveler who likes word puzzles and games? Consider getting them a book with crossword puzzles, word searches, and/or sudoku.

Word puzzles are great for airports, planes, trains, and so many other situations where you are sitting and waiting while traveling. Save your favorite traveler from boredom on their next trip, and give their brain a workout!

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There are lots of word game puzzle books out there, including large-print versions and ones designed for kids and families.

Another option is coloring books, for adults or kids, but this means they’ll also need to pack crayons, colored pencils, or markers. You can see some travel themed coloring books here .

Price : ~ USD $6 to $15 per book

Face masks have become a daily way of life in much of the world. For travel, whilst as of 2024 most countries no longer require them, you might still want to wear one for peace of mind and to avoid getting sick.

Etsy has become one of the most popular places for buying reusable face masks, and this is where we have purchased all of our own masks. There are hundreds of sellers making masks, some of which can be personalized. You can see a very wide selection here on Etsy and even more options on Amazon .

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The CDC has a great guide to choosing, wearing, and washing face masks and coverings you can read here. We personally buy handmade reusable cotton masks from Etsy that are made from double layers of cotton fabric with an extra filter pocket (we’ve been using the Filti material since April 2020 to make mask filter inserts). We’d also recommend masks with adjustable nose wires to achieve a snugger fit around the nose.

One of the issues we have with face masks when traveling is that it can be difficult to wash them every day. So traveling with a number of masks is important and also having a travel-sized bottle of detergent so I can hand wash them as we go has been important. We keep a sealable bag for dirty masks and hand wash them at every stop where they have enough time to dry.

Other great gifts you might want to put together with some face masks are filters for the masks, travel sized laundry detergent (if person is going to have to hand wash masks on trips), travel sized alcohol-based hand sanitizers (CDC recommends at least 60% alcohol), moisturizing lip balm (masks can cause dry lips), and sanitizing wipes.

Price : $3 to $10 per mask

Children’s Travel Games

Do you know someone heading off on a long road trip or a set of international flight with children? Make their lives a little easier by gifting them a game or activity the kids can play in the car or plane.

Most kids spend too much time in front of screens, so consider a game that is low-tech and interactive like the Take N Play games and this washable marker drawing set . For road trips, we really like games such as this USA license plate game , the Rubbernecker game , Mad Libs for the road, and this travel scavenger hunt game .

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Just be sure to check the suggested age range for any game you buy to make sure it is suitable as some games may contain choking hazards for small children or may be too simplistic for older ones.

Price : ~ USD $5 to $22

Travel Inspired Scented Candles, Perfumes, and Soaps

Smell is one of the most powerful human senses and it is the sense most closely associated with memory. The scent of something has the ability to transport us back in time to past experiences and places, and this includes to places we’ve traveled.

If you are looking for a gift for a traveler, consider getting them something scented that will evoke past travel memories to places they enjoyed. Or take them on a sensory journey around the world to exotic places that they have yet to explore. This can be in the form of a candle, soap, perfume, body spray, beard oil, incense, etc.

Often we have specific smells associated with different locations and experiences. Lots of different scents may evoke a travel destination for someone. For example: pineapple (Hawaii), lavender (Provence), roses (Bulgaria), oranges (Seville), coconut (Caribbean), pine (Finland) frangipani (Seychelles), rosemary (Tuscany), lemongrass (Thailand), cardamom (India), tobacco (Havana), burning wood (camping), or whisky (Scotland).

A small company called Homesick makes soy candles which are supposed to smell like specific U.S. states, cities, and countries to remind people of their hometowns or places they love. For example Pennsylvania apparently smells like “ caramel, maple, buttery rum, and malty molasses balanced with dark cocoa and dry tonka bean” and India smells like “a simmering pot of curry with the ever-present scent of cardamom”.

Many of the Mer & Sea candles and other fragrance products are inspired by travel and locations, especially the seaside. They also come in really pretty jars and packaging for gift giving.

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We also love these two small artisanal shops which have created handmade travel-inspired candles, perfumes, wax melts, soaps, perfume oils, and more: Wanderlust Scents  and Adventuress Soap Co . We regularly use the soy wax melts from Wanderlust Scents and the perfume oils and lip balms from Adventuress Soap Co.

These kinds of items can also make perfect inexpensive stocking stuffers or additions to a larger gift basket.

Or if you have a bigger budget, consider taking a look at the latest from the fragrance companies which usually have a travel inspired scent or two. For instance, Penhaligon’s currently has a line of 19th century Trade Route destination inspired fragrances.

Price: ~ USD $7 and up

Travel Perfume Atomizer

A travel perfume atomizer is perfect for taking your favorite fragrance on the go. A full-sized glass perfume bottle is not ideally suited for life on the road, so a travel atomizer allows you to take a smaller bottle, protect the bottle from getting broken, and are ideally leak-proof.

So perfume atomizers generally can be filled in one of two ways. The most common type, like this one , is that you attach the atomizer directly to the tube of the perfume bottle and pump it directly into the atomizer. The second type, like this one , can be filled directly by pouring, spraying, or pipetting the perfume into the atomizer, and normally come with a mini funnel and/or pipette.

I personally avoid the first type as they can waste perfume if the seal isn’t perfect and they don’t work with all perfume bottles. The second type will generally work with any type of perfume or cologne and won’t waste perfume if you do it carefully.

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Be sure to check the sizes as some are very small (e.g. 3 ML) and won’t hold much perfume if someone is taking a longer trip or travels a lot.

I love my little Fragonard perfume atomizer and so far it hasn’t leaked, but I could not find it available for sale online. These make for a great inexpensive gift or stocking stuffer.

If you budget is a little higher, this more pricey set of 4 atomizers is very well reviewed. If you are in the UK or Ireland, we recommend taking a look at these well-reviewed atomizers .

Price: ~ USD $8 to $20

Luggage Scale

Know someone who tends to overpack and is always having trouble keeping their suitcases under the weight maximum for airports? They may benefit from a digital luggage scale which will allow them to easily tell how much their suitcases weigh before getting to the airport.

The great thing about a luggage scale is it keeps you from needed to unpack and repack your luggage once you are at the airport which is often stressful and a bit embarrassing, not to mention time consuming. Know what it weighs before you leave so you can ensure it fits airline guidelines before you leave home.

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With many airlines imposing stricter weight requirements on luggage, a luggage scale is a handy item for frequent fliers who have to pack a lot or have to carry very heavy gear (e.g., video or photography gear).

There are a lot of digital luggage scales out there and you can find a good one for an inexpensive price, like this one , so they make a good budget-friendly travel gift.

Travel Related Coffee Mug

A coffee mug can be a great inexpensive but thoughtful gift to remind someone of their love of traveling and your love for them every morning when they drink their coffee or tea.

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If you don’t see what you want you can also make your own custom mug if you prefer to add your own words and images. So the possibilities are endless.

Price : ~ USD $8 to $20

Eye Mask and Sleep Aids

For frequent fliers (and light sleepers like Jess), there are a range of products that can make for a more comfortable experience. Most important of these in our mind is a good eye mask to block out the light. This is helpful on both flights and at hotels, as well as on overnight bus or train rides.

There are a lot of eye masks out there and often it takes a few tries to find one that is best for one’s face and sleeping style. You can see reviews for lots of popular eye masks here .

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One of our favorites so far are the eye masks from Manta Sleep , which Laurence loves. They are a bit pricey but they are comfortable to wear and offer complete blackout of the light without exerting any pressure on the eyes. The eye cups actually adjust so you can achieve a much better fit.

Of course, an eye mask is not the only useful sleep aid and you might consider putting together a travel sleep kit as a gift for a traveler. Another useful sleep aids is ear plugs to block out sound and I personally use these Mack’s ear plugs . Other items might include a travel pillow, a drape clip, pillow mist, and/or silk travel sleep sack.

Price: ~ USD $8 to $30

Travel Journal

If you are looking for a gift for a traveler who enjoys writing, doodling, or sketching, a travel journal would likely make a thoughtful gift. A travel journal allows them to document their travels and be able to go back and read about them years from now.

There are lots of options out there for travel journals , such as this very popular and budget-friendly Maleden refillable travel journal with a synthetic leather cover and compass design. Or consider a personalized design to make it personal with these handmade travel journals .

Lifetime Leather and Leather and Earth Co . both make some beautiful handmade leather journals that can be personalized. Bound by Hand does a lot of vegan-friendly journals.

Personally, I like a really slim book and have filled up a few of these Paperblanks journals which reproduces a 1688 binding protecting L’Office de la Semaine Sainte. These are really slim so they are not for everyone, but larger sizes are available by Paperblanks .

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Things to think about are the dimensions of the journal, whether you want the pages lined or not, do you want a journal with planning or checklist pages, and how many pages it has. Will it be used for journaling only or will the recipient also likely be using it for planning, making lists, sketching, scrapbooking, etc.

If you are looking for a quality classic style writing journal there is of course the well-known Moleskine journals , but you’ll likely find better paper quality from journals such as Rhodia Webnotebooks or this one by Lemome .

If you are looking for a travel journal for a child, this notebook is one to consider.

For more tips on choosing a travel journal, you can check out our travel journal review article.

Price: ~ USD $8 to $25

Reusable Water Bottles

We think every traveler should have a high quality reusable water bottle to take with them on their travels. Having a water bottle handy keeps you hydrated, saves money on buying bottled water, and helps reduce single-use plastic waste which is bad for the environment.

There are tons of types of travel water bottles out there, from collapsible bottles for minimalist packers and campers to streamlined double-walled ones to fit into car cupholders to gallon-sized ones for those who need to carry a lot of water. There are also these popular wide-mouthed ones for those who like to add ice cubes or powder mixes.

If you are not sure what brand and are looking for a good but not too expensive reusable water bottle, then I’d suggest checking out the bottles by Nalgene . They are one of the most popular brands and have a wide range of options.

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For those trying to avoid reusable plastics, we recommend getting an insulated stainless steel bottle or one of the glass water bottles with protective silicone skins.

Although tap water is safe to drink in many parts of North America and Europe, it is not safe to do so in many countries or areas of the world. So travelers and hikers may need to take a portable water filter system or purification tablets to make local water safe to drink.

Travel Wall Decals

Wall decals are great for decorating a wall and adding some personal taste to a space. Most are made of vinyl, and they are designed to affix and peel off a wall without damaging paint or a wall’s surface.

There are a lot of travel wall decals to choose from on Etsy, from world maps to travel quotes, and you can see a list here . One great thing is that you can customize wall decals so you can get a decal of your favorite travel quote, word, or destination.

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We personally own a set of travel decals from Blue Design Co . Conquest Maps also makes a range of wall decals , including some that you can peel off the places you visit.

Price : ~ USD $8 to $50 per decal design

Films to Inspire Travelers

Most people enjoy watching movies, and there are many films that have inspired us to travel. Consider putting together a film pack as a gift for a travel-loving friend. These could be general travel related films or ones related to an upcoming or dream destination.

Films can be purchased in so many formats these days (e.g., DVD, Blue-Ray, digital, online rental), that they can suit almost any device.

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Just a few films to give you some ideas are Midnight in Paris (Paris), Eat, Pray, Love (Italy / India / Bali), Roman Holiday (Rome), Under the Tuscan Sun (Tuscany, Italy), Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (India), Out of Africa (Kenya), The Way (Camino de Santiago), and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (New York City). Of course there are also lots of travel-related documentaries out there as well.

There are also lots of children’s films with exotic destinations such as Madagascar , Ratatouille (Paris), Lion King (Africa), Mulan (China), The Princess and the Frog (New Orleans), and Rescuers Down Under (Australia)

Of course, if the person is more into TV than films, consider getting them a collection of episodes of a travel-related show. Some ideas include Rick Steves Europe , Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown , and BBC’s Planet Earth / The Blue Planet .

Price: ~ USD $10 to $20 per film

Travel Adapter

One of the more frustrating aspects of traveling with electronic items is the wide variety of power sockets around the world. Travel adapters are a necessity for international travelers.

If your travels are mainly taking you to one country, you can get fairly inexpensive travel adapters that you put on the ends of your plugs to make them fit into the electrical outlets in that country. For instance, an American traveler to France may want to get a set of these plugs . We’d recommend packing a few for a trip.

However, if the person regularly travels to a number of different countries, then you might get them a couple of universal travel adapters like this that will work in just about any country. This is a cost-effective yet highly practical gift and is needed by all international travelers. The one we recommend includes surge protection as well as USB charging ports.

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Note that a travel adapter is not the same thing as a travel voltage converter which has to do with the voltage. So for example if the person is traveling from the US, which uses a 110v power system, to Europe, where it’s 220v, they’ll have to check to make sure any electronic equipment they want to bring is compatible.

If you are not sure what kind of travel adapter you (or the gift recipient) will need, check out our guide to travel adapters . It also explains the differences between plug types and the differences between travel adapters and converters.

Price: ~ USD $10 to $20

Books to Inspire Travelers

If you are shopping for someone who loves traveling and reading, consider getting them a travel-related book. It can be a book to inspire them to travel, to learn about an upcoming destination, or a book to read during their trip. Put together a collection of books to turn it into a larger gift.

There are a lot of general travel books out there. There are books that give information about iconic destinations like National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime and Patricia’s Schultz’s popular 1,000 Places to See Before you Die , inspiring and funny travelogues such as those by Bill Bryson , or books that provide tips on how to travel in a certain way such as on a budget .

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If the traveler in your life has an upcoming trip planned or a dream destination, consider putting together a thoughtful book pack that includes several books that each have something to do with that destination. I love to read books about a destination before and while traveling there.

So if you know someone heading to California, perhaps buy them a collection of fiction novels set in California and a useful California guidebook.

If you are looking for travel books for children, there are also lots of kid-friendly books out there for kids of all ages.

Price: ~ USD $10 to $20 per book

Selfie Stick

To be honest, we are not big fans of the selfie stick but millions of travelers use them and they can be invaluable to a solo traveler who wants to get some photos of themselves while traveling. Also great for getting couple photos.

They are also small, cheap, and fairly easy to travel with and most can sync to your phone using Bluetooth so you don’t need to fiddle with wires.

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Selfie sticks come with a number of different features these days. Before choosing a model, make sure it is compatible with the traveler’s phone’s model, operating system, and size.

Price: ~ USD $10 to $25

Luggage Tags

Luggage tags are used to include identifying information in case your luggage is lost and are much more durable and nicer looking than the paper tags provided by airlines. They are also perfect for making it easier to spot your suitcase as it comes around the luggage carousel at airports.

If you are getting someone a luggage tag as a gift, we recommend you get them a unique tag. It is easy to get a personalized or custom luggage tag made. There are tons of handmade options on Etsy that you can see here .

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For privacy reasons, we recommend getting a design where the traveler’s full name and contact information is hidden inside the tag rather than displayed on the outside.

We received custom leather luggage tags as a wedding gift from a friend that includes our first names and date of our wedding. A thoughtful gift for frequent travelers.

Passport Wallet

It can be a hassle to dig in and out of your purse or suitcase for your passport, travel documents, and boarding tickets while at the airport or while traveling by train. A passport wallet can make this a lot easier by keeping all your documents together in one convenient place.

Some features to look for include a pocket big enough for a passport, ID and credit card slots, a place for boarding tickets, a place for cash, and a zipper pouch where you can store coins. Most also have RFID blocking. We recommend taking a look at this well-rated wallet .

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If you are traveling as a family and want to be able to store multiple passports and identity cards together we recommend this family travel wallet which can hold several passports plus other travel documents.

If you are looking for a passport holder that can be personalized with initials, names, or quotes, there are a number of handmade and customizable ones available as well.

Microfiber Beach Towel

Traditional beach towels are often too heavy, take up too much space, and dry too slowly for traveling. If you know someone who loves to go to the beach or lay by the pool on vacation, consider getting them a microfiber beach towel.

Microfiber beach towels are thinner, more lightweight, and dry faster. They are great for people on the go. Also great for camping, hostels, and other places you may need a towel when traveling.

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A couple of microfiber towels to consider are these colorful ones by Dock & Bay and these ones . These towels are not going to be as soft or thick as regular towels, but they are perfect for travel.

Travel Pillow

For travelers who have difficulty sleeping on planes, a travel pillow can be a lifesaver for long-haul flights. These can help you get to sleep, get better quality sleep, and wake up with fewer aches and pains.

There are so many travel pillows out there! There are the typical U-shapes ones, ones that allow you to lean forward and rest using the airplane tray tables, ones that go across your chest like a seatbelt, memory foam mini traditional pillows, and ones that fit like a neck brace. These all have fans and devotees and it really depends on how a person likes to sleep.

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You can see a list of some of the most popular models here . It can be tricky choosing a travel pillow because often people need to try a couple of different types to find the one that works best for them. If you are not sure what kind they might like best, I’d just go with one that sounds good and is well-reviewed.

If space is a concern, as it is with many people, we recommend looking at those that inflate rather than those that are filled. This way they will take up only a small amount of additional room. Of course, the filled ones often provide more support and will be longer lasting than the inflatable ones.

Price: ~ USD $10 to $30

There are a lot of variations on the money belt out there. We can personally recommend the money belt products by Eagle Creek , which makes several money belts and other types of travel security products.

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In addition to money belts, there are many other ways to keep money safe if a money belt isn’t a good fit. These include hidden pockets which fit onto belts, bra stashes , neck wallets , and this pocket and strap system that can be worn in multiple places.

Price: ~ USD $10 to $35

Travel Coffee Mug

Know a traveler who loves to take along their morning coffee? Consider getting them a quality travel coffee mug or thermos.

These spill-proof coffee thermoses are designed to be carried with one hand and to fit well in car cup holders. They keep your coffee hot longer and their reusability allows you to avoid using single-use paper and styrofoam cups.

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A travel coffee mug is perfect for travelers and workers on the go, and can help save travelers money by being able to brew their own coffee in their hotel room or take along coffee from the morning hotel breakfast. No need to buy that second cup of coffee later. Perfect for road trips.

A couple of popular brands we have used are Contigo and Stanley .

Price: ~ USD $12 to $30

Travel Themed Holiday Decorations and Tree Ornaments

If it’s Christmas and the person you are shopping for likes to decorate for the holidays, then you might consider getting things like travel-themed holiday decorations, Christmas tree ornaments, stockings, candles, and other types of decor. You can see a number of ideas here on Etsy .

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Christmas tree ornaments are a popular gift and some examples include these globe ornaments , these personalized suitcase ornaments , and these custom floating photo ornaments (great for displaying a special travel photo). There are also things like globe tree toppers , travel themed Christmas stockings , and map luminaries .

The great thing about the majority of the travel-themed Christmas decorations on Etsy is that they can be personalized by adding text, monogramming, adding photos, choosing colors, etc. So that you know the gift will be unique and memorable.

Price : $15 and up

Travel Guidebook

Even as travel bloggers, we still love to read a good travel guidebook as they have all the information you need in one place, are organized, and easy to take along on your travels. Many travel guidebooks these days are available in both printed from as well as in digital form, and some purchases come with both a physical and a digital versions.

A travel guidebook is a great gift for a traveler planning their next big trip, or for the armchair traveler who wants to some day travel to their dream destination. Get them one step closer with a travel guidebook.

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There are lots of travel guidebook brands out there. Your choices will be narrowed down by destination and language. Each brand is a bit different, for instance some are better known for budget focus (Rough Guides and Lonely Planet) or their photography (DK Eyewitness Guides).

Lonely Planet and Fodor’s are two brands we recommend taking a look at that have English-language guides to destinations around the world. Rick Steves’ guidebooks are designed for North American travelers going to Europe. We have guidebooks from all three of these brands, and each brand has its strengths and weaknesses.

In the United States, we like to find state-specific guides written by local writers as these tend to be the best and often include smaller places and better advice than guides written by the big travel brands.

We recommend looking for a guidebook specifically focused on where you are traveling (e.g., if traveling only to Paris, buy a Paris guidebook instead of a France one) and be sure to buy the most updated version. Most guidebooks are updated every year or two.

Price: ~ USD $15 to $20

Packing Cubes

We’re not sure that anyone loves packing, but as it’s a necessity when you travel, you might as well do it right.

We find that the whole process of packing and unpacking is greatly simplified when we use packing cubes. They let us easily sort all our different items into different sections in our bags, making it easier to find things and repack.

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With packing cubes, you no longer have to go hunting through your whole bag to find that one thing you suddenly need. You can just locate the correct packing cube, and know that it’s going to be in there!

Packing cubes come in a variety of sizes, making them handy for different items and different sizes of luggage. We recommend this set which have mesh windows that allow you to see what’s inside and they also come with a laundry bag. We also really like Eagle Creek brand items and they make this cube set which we can also recommend.

Jess uses a couple of smaller packing cubes plus an Eagle Creek packing folder for her main clothing items (shirts, pants, jackets).

Price: ~ USD $15 to $35 per set

Travel Sized Beauty Items

If you are buying for someone who is into skincare or cosmetics, then you might consider putting together some travel-sized items for them to pack on their next trip. Depending on their preferences and lifestyle, these could be eyeshadow, lip balm, lotion, beard oil, sheet masks, sunscreen, hairspray, lipstick, etc.

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If you are not sure exactly what they might like, consider the brand Wander Beauty for a great travel-themed gift. The brand has a on-the-go travel-themed branding and packaging and most of their products are the perfect size for travel.

Wander Beauty offers both skincare items and make-up items; two of the brand’s most popular items are their Baggage Claim eye patches and their Mile High mascara . The eye patches are something that just about anyone can use regardless of their makeup or skincare preferences.

If you are looking for more sustainable beauty products for someone who wants a more minimalist routine and likes to travel light, consider the plastic-free sustainable beauty brand Axiology. You can see all their multi-use and plastic free products here .

They offer multi-sticks and balmies, all of which can be worn on the lips, cheeks, and lips. So even if you don’t know the perfect color to get, these are pretty versatile and most can be used by pretty much anyone with any skin tone. They also come in multi-pack sets which can make a nice gift.

If you are putting together a larger gift, an idea might be to get a makeup bag or toiletry bag and then fill it with a few skincare, hair, and makeup items that you think they’d love.

Price: ~ USD $10 to $50 per item

Camping Cookware

If you are buying a gift for someone who loves camping and exploring the great outdoors, then we would suggest that some camping equipment might be just the thing for them. One thing that any outdoors person needs is a good camping cookware kit or camping mess kit, which is a set of versatile cooking equipment and utensils designed for cooking outside.

This allows them to cook in almost any situation and the kits should include a number of versatile pieces, and be easy to clean and pack up. Ideally, they should take up a minimal amount of space when packed.

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One good option is this very well-reviewed and budget-friendly camping cookware kit , which is a set of cooking equipment and utensils that will fill a variety of roles and includes a small stove. Or perhaps this more elaborate 4-person mess kit is well suited for families.

Price : ~ USD $15+

Travel Jewelry Organizer Bag

If you know a traveler who likes to travel with several pieces of jewelry, consider getting them a travel jewelry bag. These bags provide a cushioning to help better protect jewelry and keep it organized. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.

Two of the most annoying things about traveling with jewelry is being able to find it quickly and keeping it from getting tangled up, but an organizer bag can help prevent these issues. Those traveling with more expensive pieces can also easily place the whole case in hotel safes to keep it safer while traveling.

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I have had a silk brocade jewelry roll like this one for about 10 years which has several zippered compartments, a snap roll for rings, and folds flat. The problem is that necklaces and earrings can get tangled if not kept in the separate pockets.

If I was buying a new one I’d probably get a bag like this or like this which has special earring boards and places to hang necklaces to prevent them from getting tangled in the bag.

For those who are wanting little pockets for individual pieces to put into a larger travel or toiletry bag rather than a full-sized jewelry roll, consider these little jewelry pocket packs . These can help keep your jewelry more protected and separated when placed in another bag.

Price: ~ USD $15 to $35

Travel Scarfs with Hidden Pockets

Travel scarfs combine fashion and functionality and have hidden zippered compartments where you can store valuables, including cash, credit cards, passports, locker keys, and IDs.

These are a great security solution for those who enjoy wearing scarfs and like to travel.

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Almost all these sort of scarfs are infinity scarfs because the design is best suited for the hidden pockets and to allow for the extra weight of the items being stored. There are lot of different designs and brands making these scarfs so there are a lot of choose from, and you can see a selection of them here .

For a wider list of all kinds of travel scarves, with and without hidden pockets, see our travel scarf guide .

Toiletry Bag

Almost all travelers have a toiletry bag (sometimes called a dopp kit for men) where they store all their toiletry and shaving items. Much better than throwing your toiletries in a plastic bag.

We recommend looking for a toiletry bag that has a water resistant or waterproof interior so that it can be wiped clean easily if anything spills. Some toiletry bags have hooks so they can be hung in a bathroom or shower if that is a feature you want.

A couple different bags under $20 to consider are this hanging bag and this more traditional looking toiletry bag . You can check out some of the most popular toiletry bags online here .

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Recently, I bought two of these handmade leather toiletry bags on Etsy as gifts. It is a bit more expensive than many of the toiletry bags out there, but I liked that it was handmade, made in the USA, personalized with embroidered initials, and had an inner nylon liner. Laurene also has one of these leather toiletry bags and it has held up to travel very well.

If you are buying someone a toiletry bag, you may also want to fill it up with a set of travel-sized toiletry bottles (so they can fill with their own products) or with travel-sized toiletry items from brands they love.

Price: ~ USD $15 to $50

A globe is a perfect travel gift for someone who loves to travel. They are both decorative and functional, and can fit perfectly into someone’s living room or office. They are also great for kids as they are educational and inspire a bit of wanderlust and interest in geography.

There are a lot of globes out there and some are designed more for decorative purposes and some are designed more for educational purposes. They range in size from the tiny hand-sized ones to the giant floor sized models. Many have special features such as this one , which has lights which show the constellations in the evening.

Personally, I like the Replogle brand globes as they tend to be good quality for the price and most of them are made in the USA. These are a bit more expensive but tend to be of much better quality than some of the cheaper globes.

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I had a globe as a child and remember spending a lot of time looking at it and spinning it to play the “where will I travel” game. Today, I still have a bit of an obsession with globes and made sure to visit the Globe Museum on our trip to Vienna .

If you have a very large budget (or just want to look at awesome globes) we recommend taking a look at Bellerby & Co Globemakers’ website . The London-based company creates custom handmade and handpainted globes, from tiny desktop globes to giant Churchill globes (50 inches in diameter). Feel free to buy one for me!

Price: ~ USD $15 and up.

Travel Jewelry

A piece of travel related jewelry is a great gift for a traveler who loves to wear jewelry. It can show off a passion for travel, remind them of a special trip, and inspire them to plan their next adventure.

There are lots of options out there for travel jewelry such as rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and earrings. Remind someone of travel or a special destination. Such as this dainty airplane necklace , Pura Vida bracelet style packs , the travel-inspired fine jewelry by Cristina Ramella , or Pandora Disney charms for Disney park lovers.

Consider a personalized or custom piece which are easy to find and create on Etsy . Make your jewelry piece unique with special coordinates, initials, quotes, photos, or messages.

Travel jewelry is also not just for women, as there are plenty of rings, necklaces, arm cuffs, cuff links, and watches out there for men as well.

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See our travel jewelry guide for lots of ideas on choosing the perfect piece of travel jewelry for you. We own a number of pieces and are also happy to give recommendations.

If you are buying jewelry for a frequent traveler, consider whether the item is going to be travel-friendly or not. Chunky pieces can be difficult to travel with, delicate items can break, and flashy expensive pieces can draw unwanted attention.

Price: ~ USD $15 and up

Lifestraw Water Filter

A LifeStraw personal water filter makes contaminated water drinkable by filtering out both waterborne bacteria and waterborne parasites. This allows a person to be able to safely drink from most streams, wells, ponds, etc. Each straw will filter up to 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters) of water.

Some LifeStraw filters and purification systems can also filter out chemicals, viruses, and lead.

These are perfect for anyone who likes to camp, hike, fish, boat, or do other outdoor activities where they may run out of water or need to filter available water. They are also perfect for international travelers visiting countries with questionable public water supplies and for emergency situations. They are regularly used by international aid workers and military personnel.

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You can purchase the straws individually , in packs, or you can purchase a LifeStraw that is already fitted into a LifeStraw water bottle . We have a LifeStraw water bottle which has been perfect for hiking trips and are planning to get a second one for a trip to East Africa.

Price : ~ USD $20 – $60

Dual Voltage Hair Appliances

Know someone who is planning to travel internationally and needs to blow out, straighten, or curl their hair every day? You might want to find out if the hair appliances they have are dual voltage or not.

Different countries use different electrical voltages and most hair appliances are not designed to work with other voltages. If used with the wrong voltage the appliance will often stop working, short out, or even catch on fire if used with another voltage. Dual voltage products can work with both voltages.

In the United States and most of North America the standard voltage is 110V or 120V, but in Europe and much of the rest of the world the standard voltage is 220V to 230V. So if you are traveling from the United States to France, you would want a hair dryer that support 220V.

You can purchase dual voltage hair dryers , hair straighteners , and curling irons .

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If you are getting someone a dual voltage hair appliance for their trip, I’d recommend first checking out what kind of brands they are currently using. For instance, if they love Conair, Chi, or Babyliss, but the product they own is not dual voltage, you can probably find a similar dual voltage model.

We personally have a Conair dual voltage travel dryer, which is a much older version of this one which must be about 20 years old now! It is small, inexpensive and works well for its size. I also have a dual voltage straightening iron but they don’t seem to make the model anymore.

One thing I like about my dual voltage flat iron is that it came with a heat resistant bag cover that allow me so pack it when it is still warm (although I wouldn’t risk it being too hot). If the hair straighter and/or curling iron you purchase does not come with one, I’d recommend getting one. It also doubles as a resting mat for the hair tool when it is hot to prevent burning surfaces when in use.

Price: ~ USD $15 to $60

Canvas Print of Travel Photos

A great gift for travel lovers is a way to help them remember some of their most memorable trips and experiences. A good way to do that is with a high quality canvas print of one or more of their favorite photos.

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We take so many photos on our trips, but the reality is that we rarely see them. By giving someone a canvas print that they can hang on their wall, they’ll have a regular reminder of a trip they loved!

Canvas prints come in a wide variety of sizes, from small 8″ x 10″ all the way up to much larger prints. A lot of photography shops, drug stores, and department stores offer the option to make photo canvases. You can also see online size and price options for canvas prints here .

When choosing photos, be sure to upload the most high-resolution images you have for the best results.

Price: ~ USD $15 to $80

Travel Cord & Electronics Organizer

If you are buying a gift for someone who has a lot of devices and cords, they may appreciate an electronics organizer to keep their gear together.

Electronics organizers generally have pockets and straps to keep cords and electronics in place, and then they fold or roll and then slip into a carry-on or suitcase. They often have different pockets and compartments that hold cords, cables, chargers, batteries, dongles, adapters, stylus pens, ear buds, SD cards, hard drives, travel adapters, and other tech accessories.

For example, this well-priced electronics organizer has room for several cords, chargers, batteries, a smartphone or hard drive, and other accessories. If you are bringing along a tablet, multiple hard drives, mice, keyboard, and/or laptop you’ll likely need a larger electronics organizer. You can see a lot more options here .

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If you are looking for something handcrafted and unique, then I’d check out some of the handmade electronics organizers that you can customize and personalize. These make for great gifts for tech-loving travelers.

Price: ~ USD $15 to $150

Travel Home Decor

Consider giving them something that will inspire them to travel but also something that is decorative and/or functional for their home. For instance, If they need a new shower curtain or throw pillow, consider getting them ones with a travel-related design.

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The options are almost endless and could work with just about any budget. Some ideas are travel-themed artwork , shower curtains , throw pillows , duvet covers , fridge magnets , nursery decorations , jewelry dishes , or really anything else they might want or need. Most of these items can also be personalized to make them unique gifts.

See our article on travel themed home decor for a lot more gift ideas for the home.

Travel Scratch Map

A travel scratch map can be a fun way to keep track of the countries you have visited on your travels. You simply scratch off the countries you have visited and it is a fun activity for couples and families.

There are a lot of world maps, like this one , available but you can also find more detailed regional or country maps, such as large maps of just the United States and Europe .

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In addition to just regular maps, there are also scratch maps focused on specific types of locations and hobbies like keeping track of U.S. National parks visited , golf courses played , and origins of craft beers .

We own both a world scratch map and have gifted a beer related map. They have been well-received. If you are giving a scratch map to someone who is likely going to want to hang it on the wall, you might also to also get them a frame as part of the gift.

Price: ~ USD $20 to $30

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

If you are searching for a gift for a person who loves a well-made classic cocktail, consider giving them a carry-on cocktail kit. These pocket-sized kits include all the ingredients (other than the alcohol) needed to create a nice handcrafted cocktail.

The best known ones are made by The Cocktail Box Co who currently creates different classic cocktail kits that you can take on the go so you can have a cocktail on an airplane, train, party, or at your hotel. So far they have released several kits, including an Old Fashioned kit and a Champagne Cocktail kit . You can also get a combo kit to try 4 or 6 different kits at once.

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The travel cocktail kits come with all you need to make your drink, you just need a glass and the alcohol. Each kit makes 6 drinks. For instance, the Old Fashioned comes with bottles of aromatic, grapefruit, and orange bitters, raw cane sugar cubes, steel cocktail pics, 1 muddler spoon, and a linen cocktail napkin. Just add bourbon!

Making a few drinks for other passengers is a great way for a solo traveler to make friends during a long plane ride or train journey!

For a traveler who really loves their drinks, you might consider getting them a travel bartender kit so they have the tools need to make their favorite drinks wherever they go!

Price: ~ USD $22 and up

Eco Friendly No Waste Travel Kits

If you are buying for a gift for a traveler who wants to be more eco-conscious, you may think about getting them an eco-friendly travel kit. You can purchase an assembled kit of items, or build your own kit.

These kits usually contain several items that are eco-friendly and made of natural renewable resources. Generally, items are also vegan, plastic-free, reusable, cruelty-free (not tested on animals), and recyclable.

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You can put together your own eco-friendly travel kits with some of your favorite products such as soaps, hair care items, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, reusable make up pad remover pads, cosmetics, cutlery, razors, period products, laundry soap, reusable straws, reusable face masks, reusable water bottle, etc. An eco-friendly toiletry bag or tote bag could make for a great gift bag.

Or if you don’t want to buy a bunch of individual items, you can purchase a pre-assembled travel kit. For instance, we like this popular eco-friendly kit by Battle Green which contains eco-friendly shampoo, soap, travel tins, cutlery set, wooden comb, toothbrush, and toothbrush holder.

The shop also sells a number of other eco-friendly products such as natural deodorant, cutlery, reusuable makeup remover pads, feminine hygiene products, kitchen items, and travel soaps. You can search their full product line here .

Price: ~ USD $20 to $40

Car Power Inverter

If you know someone who is going on a road trip, and who also likes to pack along electronics, they may enjoy receiving a car power inverter.

These plug into the car’s cigarette lighter and transform the electrical currents from DC to AC while the car is running. This allows you to charge devices such as laptops, e-readers, tablets, TVs, breast pump machines, DVD players, and game consoles. However, most of these are NOT designed for use with high wattage devices like hair dryers or flat irons.

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We bought this model in the U.S. before our Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66 road trip , and found ourselves using it almost every day. It is one of those things we never knew we needed until we had one!

Be sure to check to make sure your purchase works for the make and model of the car being driven and converts into the correct voltage for your appliances.

Carbon Emission Offset Gifts

Know a traveler who is concerned about the environmental impact of travel and would appreciate a gift that gives back rather than a cool travel gadget? Consider donating to a worthy cause such as a carbon offset project in their name.

Travel, especially flights and cruises, has a huge carbon footprint and many travelers are concerned about the huge impact travel can have on the environment. Many travelers seek to offset their carbon footprint by investing money in ways that reduce, avoid, or remove greenhouse gas emissions (of which carbon dioxide is the biggest) from the atmosphere, or otherwise have positive environmental impacts.

There are a number of companies that allow you to purchase gift certificates for contributing to carbon offset projects and other environmentally positive projects. These include terrapass , the United Nations , and Cool Effect .

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There are a number of good carbon footprint calculators that can be used to calculate one’s personal carbon footprint such as this one (global) and this one (U.S. focused) so you can be sure to give at least at the level of the carbon footprint estimated for the person’s trip.

If you think carbon offsetting is expensive, it is not. If fact, it costs very little. For example, for a round-trip 8-hour each way flight, there is about 1.32 tonnes of carbon dioxide created per person on the airplane. It costs less than USD $12 to offset this cost.

Of course if you are thinking about a gift that gives back, it doesn’t just have to be strictly related to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. There are lots of other worthy non-profit organizations that help save wildlife and forests, provide disaster relief, and provide medical treatment around the world. Some examples include the World Wildlife Fund , World Land Trust , UNICEF , the American Red Cross , and Doctors without Borders .

Just be sure to do a quick bit of research on any organization you choose to make sure it seems legitimate and that the donation actually goes towards the cause.

Price: ~ USD $20 and up

Travel Scrapbook or Photo Album

If you know a traveler into scrapbooking or who enjoys taking photos, consider getting them a scrapbook or photo album. This will allow the person to create a special book with memories of his or her trip.

Or if you went on a trip with them and have access to photos and items from the trip, you can create a special photo album or scrapbook about the trip to give to them!

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A co uple of options are this multifunctional synthetic leather one and this photo album with map cover. But we recommend that you consider personalizing one if are giving it as a gift to make it extra special.

On Etsy, you can find loads of custom travel scrapbook and photo album options so you customize the album with names, initials, locations, and/or trip details. For instance, we really love the ones at The Pink Shop Crafts store , and we also like the look of this wooden scrapbook album and the ones by woodlack .

Price: ~ USD $20 to $50

Travel Router

A travel router is a wireless range extender and access point designed for people who are on the go and need to connect to the internet when they are away from home. They can make a great gift for travelers who need to be able to get online and connect multiple devices securely.

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Our current recommended model for most people is the GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 (Mango) as its small, inexpensive, and has all the basic features. But it depends on which features are most important to you. We personally use this bigger and more advanced model by GL.iNet .

You can see our travel router guide to help choose the best model for you.

Price: ~ USD $20 to $70

Portable Aromotherapy Kits & Essential Oil Diffusers

Know someone who loves aromotheraphy and love to travel? Consider getting them an aromotherapy travel kit like this one by Scentered . The kit includes 5 different mini balms in a travel kit; the balms are solid rather than liquid so easier to travel with and use on the go.

Or perhaps consider getting them a travel-sized diffuser or cool mist humidifier. These mini gadgets can diffuse essential oils for aromatherapy, help purify hotel rooms, and put moisture into the air to prevent dry eyes and scratchy throats.

You can’t pack a full size diffuser, but there are mini ones like this one and this one that are portable and can be used for travelers. If you have a bigger budget, you might consider this mobile mini nebulizer that is wireless and requires no heat or water to run!

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You might also consider also getting them a set of mini essential oils to pack with them. Just note that many users of essential oils also have strong preferences regarding brands of oils, so if they are already using essential oils, I’d try to find out what brand and scents they use to help guide your purchase.

Price: ~ USD $25+

Travel Coffee Maker

If you have a friend who isn’t functional until they’ve had their morning coffee, you might want to get him or her a travel coffee maker.

A travel coffee maker is great for being able to get a cup of coffee whenever you want it, saves money on purchasing coffee, and allows you to make coffee when camping or outdoors. Also great for those who love coffee but hate instant coffee which is often provided in hotel rooms.

Travel coffee systems vary and include French Press style ones, pour over systems, and others. Some are better for American style coffee and some are better for espresso. But you have several models out there to choose from.

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The easiest design to travel with is a French Press style like this one which also doubles as a travel mug! All the users have to do is add ground coffee and hot water, and then it is good to go! This model is leak proof, easy to clean, and designed for travel.

For those who want more control over the coffee making process or who don’t like French Press coffee makers, you might consider the popular Aeropress coffee system . This travel coffee system has more parts and isn’t nearly as convenient, but gives you control over making a perfect espresso style shot or cup of coffee. The Aeropress Go is an even more portable version that comes with a mug and lid.

See our full review of the AeroPress and AeroPress Go to see which might be the best option for your gifting needs.

If you are shopping for someone who likes freshly ground coffee, you might also consider a travel coffee maker that includes a coffee grinder like this one as part of the gift. For more ideas, see our guide to the best travel coffee makers .

Price: ~ USD $25 to $45

Travel Medicine Organizer

Medical issues can be a hurdle to traveling and can be a major source of worry and travel stress . Make it easier for someone by getting them a travel organizer to help safely store their pills and medications, medical information, and medical supplies in one safe place.

We recommend getting a pill organizer like this one or this one that will hold a number of pill bottles and medicines, a pill organizer, medical documentation, and additional medical supplies. If the case doesn’t come with a locking mechanism, you can add a small luggage lock to if you want to be able to lock the case.

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We always recommend keeping all important medications and medical documentation in your carry-on bag and to not pack it in checked luggage in case that luggage is delayed or lost.

If you are traveling internationally, some destinations require that pills and medications are accompanied by their prescription. This is also useful if you get stopped and need to prove that something is not illicit. So it is generally best to keep pills in their original prescription container whenever possible.

Price : ~ USD $25 to $45

Camera Strap

A camera strap is a great gift for the traveler who enjoys carrying a camera, but maybe doesn’t have a camera strap or is using one that is uncomfortable. Most cameras in our experience come with manufacturer straps that are neither attractive nor very comfortable.

The type of strap is going to depend on the size and weight of the camera. If are buying a camera strap for a smaller and more lightweight camera, you have more options. For more lightweight cameras, I have used these stylish camera straps which are designed to appeal to women and I like the look and quality of them. They are also really colorful!

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However, for our heavier cameras, we use Peak Design straps which are more heavy-duty straps that are designed for heavy and bulky cameras. Laurence has found these to be the most well-designed and comfortable straps out of all the brands he has tried over the years.

The specific straps we use for the DSLRs are the Peak Design Slide straps . This strap allows us to sling our camera across our body, which is a lot more comfortable for prolonged usage, and means the camera isn’t always bumping off our chests!

Looking for gifts for a photographer? Check out our guide to gifts for photographers for dozens of photography related gifts that will make any shutterbug happy!

Price: ~ USD $25 to $75

Outdoors Bluetooth Speaker

An outdoor Bluetooth speaker is great for listening to music while on the go, whether it is at the beach, car, on a boat, or next to the pool. They sync wirelessly with your phone by Bluetooth to provide louder and clearer sound.

The COMISO Bluetooth speaker is splashproof, rainproof, dustproof, and sandproof. They are lightweight and portable, making them suitable for traveling.

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Note that many Bluetooth speaker models, like this one, are oftened marketed as “waterproof” but they are only water-resistant and cannot be partially or fully submerged in water. Most are not waterproof.

However, if you have a bigger budget, you can get a truly waterproof Bluetooth speaker such as the Wonderboom speaker by Ulitmate Ears, which is waterproof, dustproof, and can even float! It runs up to 13 hours on a built-in rechargeable battery.

Price: ~ USD $30 and up

Dog Travel Bag

Looking for a gift for a dog lover? Consider getting a dog travel bag that includes all the space pet owners need to store all their pet’s dog food, toys, and accessories. The bag is perfect for long trips to the park, traveling, and for dropping off the dog at the dog sitter or kennel.

This dog travel bag comes with insulated food cases, collapsible silicone food bowls, water bottle pouch, and storage for toys and leashes. It is also TSA compliant so it can be taken onto a plane. You can see many more pet bags here .

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Although most are designed for dogs, these bag can also be used for those traveling with cats, rabbits, or pet pigs.

Price: ~ $30 to $60

Custom Travel Photo Blanket

If you are looking for a unique gift, consider making them a custom travel photo travel blanket that includes photos of some of their favorite travel memories.

There are a number of custom photo blanket options out there that you can customize with your own photos and get in different sizes. A couple of examples are this photo fleece blanket and this custom throw .

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Be sure to check the size, and thickness, and fabric details before ordering to make sure you know what you are getting. All designers should also give you a color proof for your approval before printing to make sure the photos are arranged as you wish.

I would look for a machine washable blanket that has been printed (normally via sublimation) so that the images won’t fade, crack, or peel during washing.

Price : ~ USD $30 to $85

Travel Purse

Most women (and some men!) take a purse when they travel to keep their money, valuables, travel guides, and daily essentials handy when exploring. Although any purse can work, many people purchase a purse specifically for traveling.

We recommend a sturdy crossbody purse that is large enough to hold all the essentials but isn’t too big or flashy. We also recommend one with several compartments to keep your items organized and handy. Many travel purses contain anti-theft related features like RFID blocking, slash resistant straps, and locking compartments.

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When choosing a purse as a gift, think about what the person is most likely going to put in it (e.g., does it need to fit an iPad, a guidebook, an oversized wallet, or a water bottle?) to determine the best size. The lighter the load the better for traveling.

There are travel purses designed to fit any budget and style. For a general all-round travel purse, I like this one by Peak Gear . But there are several travel brands out there specialize in travel purses or have a travel purse line including Travelon (best selling travel purse brand), Tumi (more upscale brand), and Baggalini (lots of good value options).

Pric e: ~ USD $30 and up

Travel Wrap

A travel wrap is a great versatile travel garment that can work as a shawl, scarf, or travel blanket. A good travel wrap can keep you warm as a blanket on a cold plane, cover your shoulders on a cool evening, and dress up a plain outfit.

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There are a lot of different travel wraps out there in a variety of styles and fabrics. A few ones we recommend taking a look at are this USA made HappyLuxe wrap , this wool wrap , or the many travel wraps by Mer & Sea Co .

If you have a larger budget and are looking for something more luxurious, you might consider a cashmere wrap like this Ovcio wrap or this classic cashmere wrap made in Scotland .

For more suggestions, see our travel wrap guide that has tips for selecting a travel wrap that will fit just about any budget.

Travel Tripod

If you are looking for a travel-related gift for a keen photographer, consider a travel tripod. These help keep cameras steady to prevent blurry photos, help photographers take photos in low light conditions, and to do more advanced photography techniques.

Travel tripods are smaller and more lightweight than regular tripods which make them much more suitable for travel. Travel tripods come in all sizes and there are ones designed to work with all types of devices from smartphones to professional DSLR cameras.

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We ourselves almost always travel with a tripod and use Vanguard VEO tripods . But there are lots of options out there to fit any budget and you can see our travel tripod guide to help you choose the best model for the person on your gift list.

Price: ~ USD $30 to $200

Knitting Travel Kits

If you know someone who enjoys knitting, consider getting them a travel knitting kit. These little kits include all the knitting essentials in a travel-sized kit.

For example this kit includes a needle gauge, stitch markers, mini scissors, U-shaped cable needle, sewing needles, and more. Another useful item might be this handy wrist bag to hold yarn for knitting on the go.

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If the person is planning to fly and knit on the plane, be sure to make sure that the knitting needles and scissors are compliant with the airline’s standards to be taken in carry-on luggage.

Price: ~ USD $32 for full kit

A tent is an essential item for those who plan to camp outdoors, and is a perfect gift for someone who is looking either to start camping for the first time or is in need of a new tent.

Tents range in prices from about $40 to over $1,000 depending on size, brand, and features. But you don’t have to spend a lot to get a decent tent, especially if you just are looking for a small and simple one. This well-reviewed 2-person Coleman tent currently starts at just $50 (although price seems to fluctuate wildly)!

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Although tent material is already usually water-resistant, it is recommended for most tents that a waterproof spray be applied before first use to make them more weather-resistant. This is often particularly important for the tent seam area. So you may want to buy a can or two of spray for the new owners as part of your gift.

If someone is new to camping, they probably need a lot of other camping gear as well, so if your budget is larger you might also think about getting them some other camping stuff like a sleeping bag , sleeping mat , and cooking kit .

Price: ~ USD $40 and up.

Picnic Basket

Do any of the people on your gift shopping list love picnics? Considering getting them a picnic basket to help them better transport all their food and goodies to local parks, hiking locations, campsites, or just the neighbor’s backyard.

There are of course, the more traditional basket wicker picnic basket designs like this one . But for those who often hike before a picnic, a picnic basket backpack may be a better fit as these are designed for campers and hikers.

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The picnic baskets and picnic basket backpacks come with all the basic plates, silverware, and glassware and a large insulated area to store food. Most also come with extras like wine corkscrews, picnic blankets, cloth napkins, cheese boards, and dirty dish bags.

Price: ~ $40 to $100

When traveling, as well as a main bag, most travelers will also appreciate a good quality day pack. This is where they’ll put all the stuff that they take out during the day, which may include a water bottle, rainjacket, guide books, snacks, and so on. Also great for putting on for a day hike.

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A day pack is also useful as a carry-on bag for flights. We like to stash all our valuables and essentials (e.g., important trip documents, medications), main electronics (e.g., laptop), and anything we need for the plane ride (e.g., travel wrap, snacks, headphones) in this bag.

We’d suggest a day pack in the region of 15L to 30L would be ideal for most travelers, depending on how big you need it to be. Just note that backpacks are often not allowed into museums or attractions and will need to be left behind or stored in a locker.

We’ve traveled with and used both Osprey and Eagle Creek daypacks and suitcases for years, and have found both brands to be reliable, quality products. Key features to look for in a daypack in our mind are multiple compartments so gear can be separated, space for a water bottle, room for a tablet or laptop, and a hip belt / sternum belt combination for extra comfort.

We’d recommend checking out the latest Osprey day pack and Eagle Creek packs . That should give you a good start to your day pack search.

Price: ~ USD $40 to $150

Map Pin Board

A map pin board is a great gift to give a traveler who loves to keep track of his or her travels. It hangs on the wall and you use pins to indicate all the places on the map that you have been (or want to visit!).

You can get boards that cover the entire world, a specific country, or a specific state. These boards are nice reminders of all your past travels and also can help you decide where to travel next. A thoughtful gift for any traveler who has some available wall space!

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Although there are lots of travel pin boards out there , we can personally recommend pin boards by Conquest Maps which are handmade in the USA and made with digitally printed cotton/poly blend matte canvas stretched around am internal frame created especially for the pin boards. We have this one hanging in our apartment!

Another great option is the  Push Pin Travel Maps products which are also American-made and the framed options come with your choice of a 2-inch wooden frame. A variety of maps are available including world maps, USA maps, continent maps, U.S. state maps, and maps of other individual countries.

Just note that if you want to see finer details on a map (beyond just countries, states, major cities), you’ll want to go for the larger size map boards. Or I’d look for a pin board that just has that particular region, country, or state.

Every traveler needs luggage. If you are giving a gift to a traveler who is new to traveling, they may need a luggage set. Or a more veteran traveler may be in need of a new piece of luggage or an upgrade from a cheap set of luggage.

Luggage comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and prices. It is good to know if the traveler you are buying for is a carry-on only traveler or a person who packs multiple suitcases for a trip. Also they may have a preferences about soft luggage versus hard sided luggage which can help guide your gift selection.

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If the person is a light packer or business trip taker, they are probably the carry-on only type, and I’d look for a good quality carry-on suitcase that fits their travel style.

I’d look for a 21 inch suitcase as this should fit any international baggage guidelines for a carry-ons. In the United States the standard carry-on allowance maximum is 22 inches X 14 inches X 9 inches (56 cm X 35 cm X 22 cm). We like the look of these snazzy Steve Madden carry-on bags .

If they are someone who is going to pack multiple bags, consider getting them a 2 or 3 piece matching set, such as this set by Samsonite .

Price: ~ USD $40 and up

Travel Washing Bag

If you are looking for travel gift for a traveler who goes off on extended travel and does laundry while traveling , you might consider a travel washing bag.

The Scrubba is a portable washing bag from Australia helps you get your clothes cleaner than hand washing them in the hotel or campsite sink and is great for campers and travelers.

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The Scrubba is best for doing essentials and small loads of clothing and you can wash and rinse a small load in about 3 minutes. There is a flexible internal washboard that helps you get clothes cleaner than in a sink or dry bag alone.

Scrubba is the best known, but there are also a couple of competing bags out there on the market as well. We haven’t tried these but they appear to work in a similar way to the Scrubba.

Other accompanying products that you might want to add to the gift are travel-sized washing liquid , travel laundry line , and a laundry bag for dirty clothes.

Price: ~ USD $30 to $50

Travel Gift Certificate

If you are not really sure what the traveler on your gift list may want, you might consider getting them a travel related gift card or gift voucher. This allows them to spend it on travel related things like tours, activities, concerts, and hotels around the world.

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Here are just a few to consider:

One great gift card to consider is a GetYourGuide certificate as they can be redeemed against any of the 30,000+ tours and activities offered on their website. They offer experiences worldwide but have a particularly large number of tours within Europe and major cities worldwide.

Tinggly gift boxes are gift certificates where the recipient can choose from the hundreds of different experiences and activities offered on that card for free. These include things like food tours, spa treatments, hot air balloon rides, and walking tours. There are cards geared to different geographical locations and types of travelers, and range in cost from USD $80 to $350.

Although better known for their wedding and honeymoon gift funds, Honeyfund also has gift cards you can purchase and use towards travel oriented purchases. They can be redeemed with over 20 brands which currently include Amazon, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Hotels.com, and Columbia Sportswear.

Price: ~ USD $50 and up

Automatic Pet Feeders

Know a traveler who is out of the house a lot and worries that their cat or dog is not getting fed on a schedule when they are traveling? Consider an automatic pet feeder. These allow you set a schedule with automatic feeding times and program the amount of food delivered at each meal time.

The two main types of automatic feeders are gravity fed and electronic ones. The gravity-fed ones don’t need a power source, but the electronic ones require an electric or a battery power source.

We recommend checking out the PetSafe automatic feeders like this one as the company has been making electronic pet products for a long time.

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While these won’t replace the need to have someone check on the pets when someone is away on vacation, they can certainly make it easier for the carer and allow them to visit less frequently. These also allow you to make sure your pets are being fed the right amount of food at the same time even when you are away.

For cat owners, you might also consider a self-cleaning litter box , which makes litter box cleaning much easier for pet carers when the owners are traveling.

Price: ~ USD $60 to $200

SCOTTeVEST Vests

SCOTTeVEST is a travel clothing company which specializes in clothing that is designed to hold and organize a lot of objects without being too bulky. Their signature item is a vest and they have several designs for both men and women.

The vests are designed to hold all your valuables and handheld electronics including wallet, phone, iPod, keys, change, passport, ID documents, sunglasses, tickets, cosmetics, chargers, etc. They can even hold larger items like tablets and e-readers, travel journals, and paperback books.

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In addition to vests, they also make shirts, jackets, pants, dresses, and other items. All items are designed to look nice, be durable and rugged, and have a lot of pockets. You can see more of their clothing here .

Laurence owns two of the vests, a long-sleeved shirt, and a pair of boxers from SCOTTeVEST and finds them to be well-made and lightweight with lots of pockets. Useful for going through airports and also for holding his photography gear when out shooting.

Price: ~ USD $100 to $175

Know someone who is setting off into the wide blue yonder on a classic backpacking adventure? Whether they are gap year newbies or fit silver-haired veterans, their adventure will be greatly enhanced by a nice backpack.

Backpacks allow you to travel with just one piece of luggage and not have to drag along a wheeled bag. They also allow you to easily transition from plane to city to hiking trail to campsite easily.

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We’re big fans of Osprey for their backpacks, and we’ve had both backpacks and daypacks from Osprey that have lasted us for years. Osprey have a number of great backpacks, which you can see here . The Osprey Atmos in particular is a quality product that will last for many years of backpacking.

Whilst there are many backpacks available online, we would very much urge you to go shopping in person with the person you are buying the backpack for or just be sure to get one with a good return policy.

Getting the right fit for a backpack is very important, and this can really only be done in person and by testing out the backpack with some weight in it.

Price: ~ USD $70 to $300

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for any international traveler. However, some travelers forego travel insurance to save money or because they don’t think anything bad will happen to them. But you never know when you might get sick, injured, have a tour canceled, miss a flight, or have your luggage lost.

Travel insurance covers things like trip delays and cancellations, lost luggage, and overseas medical care. Some also include things like protection of travel gear, rental car insurance, and medical evacuation to your home country.

Giving the gift of travel insurance is a great way to help protect the health and trip costs of your favorite traveler. While you can’t purchase their policy for them, you can research an appropriate policy and get a quote so you can gift them an appropriate amount.

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There is no one-policy-fits-all insurance. Some things that will affect the cost and suitability of a policy is traveler’s country of residency, age, destinations visited, and length of travel. Be sure to check carefully what is covered (and to what extent) and what is not covered.

The COVID-19 pandemic has really made the need for travel insurance clear. But it has also made it clear that a lot of policies have limitations. So do read the fine print and ask questions. The “cancel for any reason” policies tend to offer the most coverage but are also the most expensive.

We’d recommend starting with your current insurance agency and see if they offer travel insurance as you may get a better rate for an additional policy. If you don’t have an insurance company in mind, World Nomads will cover people from just about any country and trips to just about any destination. They are especially recommended for extended and long-term travels.

Price: ~ USD $0.40 to $20 per day of trip. Can vary widely.

If you have a friend who likes to stay connected as they travel, but doesn’t need a full laptop (or even a keyboard), then a tablet would make a great gift.

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These devices are good for checking e-mail and keeping up to date on social media, as well as for travel tasks like researching destinations, booking accommodation and restaurants, and looking up directions. It’s also much nicer to read a book or watch a movie on a tablet than on a tiny smartphone screen.

There are a number of tablets on the market. Our advice would be to find out what sort of phone your friend has so you can get them a matching tablet as this will let them use their favorite apps across devices.

If they have an Apple phone, they would like appreciate an Apple iPad like this. If they have an Android phone, it would make more sense to get them an Android tablet like this .

If you looking for something under $100, we’d recommend taking a look at the Amazon Fire tablets .

Price: ~ USD $70 to $400

Wireless Hotspot

You can help your loved one stay in touch while they are traveling by buying or renting them a wireless hotspot. This is great for travelers heading overseas who want to stay in touch, but are worried about high data roaming fees. They allow for multiple devices to connect at once.

These pocket-sized devices can be purchased (and person pays a low data usage amount) or are available to be rented for a fixed daily rate. These devices allow people to access the Internet without having to worry about finding a free WiFi hotspot or paying data roaming fees, and can be an easy way to stay connected when traveling.

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If you want to purchase a wireless hotspot device, there are a number of devices out there , and we’ve personally used hotspots from both Netgear and GlocalMe. You can see their latest hotspot models here. You can see our guide to choosing the best mobile hotspot for travel to help find the best model for you. 

Check out our article for more options for getting online when traveling if you are looking for other solutions.

Price: ~ USD $9/day (rental) or USD $75 to $200 (purchase device)

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are perfect for any traveler who loves listening to music or watching films while traveling, or people who just need peaceful moments in noisy places. Perfect for airplanes, noisy buses, and long commutes.

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Active noise-cancelling headphones have a microphone, amplifier, and speaker incorporated to also cancel the lower-frequency portions of ambient noise. Active ones generally are better at reducing noise than passive ones.

The quality and price varies widely for noise-canceling headphones from about $30 to over $500, and for a gift we’d recommend spending at least $75 or more to ensure quality. We recommended looking at options from Bose and Sony which are industry leaders in this category. If you have a larger budget, we recommend taking a look at this highly-rated pair by Bose .

Price : ~ USD $75 and up

Silk Sleep Sack

A silk sleeping bag liner or sack is a travel sheet that can be used when you don’t feel comfortable using hotel or motel sheets or when camping or staying in a hostel. It makes for a perfect camping bag liner.

Often you need to bring your own sheets when hosteling, camping, glamping, or staying in cabins. So this is a perfect fit for that and the fact that it is made of silk which is super soft and hypoallergenic, gives you that added bit of luxury.

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There are a lot of sleeping bag liners and sleep sacks out there, made of a variety of fabrics, and you can see several options here which can fit just about any budget. Note that most of the less expensive “silk” options are not real silk. But we recommend this silk sleep bag if your budget is a little larger.

This works for almost any type of traveler as it can be used in any sleeping situation from a campsite to a nice hotel to a sketchy motel to an unexpected snooze in an airport. The recommended silk sleep sheet also has a built in pillowcase pouch where you can place the hotel pillow (or you own pillow).

The recommended silk sheet sack weighs less than 6 ounces and folds up into a 6 inch by 8 inch pouch. Even though it is made of silk, this one is machine washable.

Note that some sleep sacks and sleeping bag liners claim to deter or prevent bed bugs , but we do not know of any research that supports such claims. Bed bugs are highly persistent and the best prevention is to look for signs of bed bugs and not stay in a room where signs of infestation are present.

Price: ~ USD $20 to $50 for non-silk; $90 to $150 for silk

Travel Photography Course

Know a traveler who wants to improve their photography skills? Then an online photography course, local photo workshop, or how-to book would make a perfect gift.

We can specifically recommend an online course such as Laurence’s online travel photography course . It covers all the basics of photography that is perfect for those at any skill level and then goes into more advanced photography concepts and techniques. It also covers photography editing and even tips on how to sell your photos.

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With over 60 lessons across 10 weeks, optional homework assignments, lifetime access, interviews with several professional photographers, we think the course is pretty amazing value for money. You can also do it at your own pace as you have lifetime access to the content.

You have direct access to Laurence for help and feedback with the homework and any other questions you have about photography. There is also an exclusive Facebook group where you can post questions and receive feedback from the other members of the course, and take part in regular fun photo challenges.

You can purchase the course for yourself or as a gift to give to someone else. Customizable gift certificates are offered for gift purchases and can be customized for the person and special occasion (e.g., Christmas, birthday, gap year, graduation, etc.).

You can learn more about it here and read testimonials from some of the over 2,000 people who have already joined the course.

Price: USD $129

Ebook E-Readers

If you are looking for something for an avid reader, consider getting them an electronic reader. Packing a large number of books can add a lot of weight to luggage, and an e-reader, a digital table designed for reading books, is a great solution for having access to lots of books and travel guidebooks without the bulk.

Kindle is the best known brand of e-reader, but there are also a variety of other ebook e-readers and tablets out there as well, and you can take a look at this list .

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There are a variety of models available which offer many of the same features. The latest Kindle versions are lighter, thinner, and even waterproof (I’d read that as water resistant!)

If you are familiar with ebook readers, consider setting up the e-reader for them and downloading some ebooks you know they’ll love and some guides and helpful books related to their upcoming travels.

Price: ~ USD $90 to $200

Most people’s most treasured souvenirs from a trip are not something they purchased, but the photos they took during the vacation. Smartphone cameras keep improving, but a “real” dedicated camera can take better photos and allow for more advanced photography capabilities.

The best types of cameras for most travelers are either a compact camera, a mirrorless camera, or a sports camera. We’ll go into some thoughts about each of these types of cameras and which might make the best gift for your special traveler.

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If a person you are buying for has never really used a camera before, a good-quality compact camera , or point-and-shoot camera, may make a perfect gift. The pros of a compact camera are they are small, lightweight, easy to travel with, and fairly easy to use. The downside is they give you less control and may not perform well in certain situations. Perfect for those who want something that can fit into a pocket or purse.

If you are buying a travel gift for someone who is more keen on photography and does have some photography experience, then you might look at a mirrorless camera. Mirrorless cameras come with interchangeable lenses and offer more features and versatility than compact cameras. Although heavier than compact cameras, they are often smaller and less heavy than DSLR cameras .

If the traveler you are buying for is a bit of a daredevil and adventurer, you might consider an action camera or sports camera instead. These are similar in capabilities to a compact camera, but are designed for sports, action, and are normally water-resistant or waterproof.

Action cameras are small, durable, and built to withstand elements such as dust, water, and some bumps and bruises so are great for the more outdoorsy and adventurous travelers. The best known type of these cameras is the GoPro series .

You can read our travel camera guide for even more options. We also have guides to the best compact cameras for travel , best action cameras , best bridge cameras , best mirrorless cameras , and best DSLR cameras . Have a question about choosing a travel camera or travel camera accessory, feel free to ask us as we have a lot of experience buying and recommending cameras to people of all skill levels.

Price: ~ USD $125 and up.

Give them a Weekend Getaway

Know someone who could use a weekend getaway but maybe can’t afford it or doesn’t have the time to plan because of personal or work related responsibilities? Plan and book a weekend getaway for them, so all they have to do is pack something and go. It’ll be a thoughtful gift and experience they’ll always remember.

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This might be a getaway with you, a solo getaway, or one you help organize with their partner or family. It could be a weekend spa getaway, a family beach vacation, an all-inclusive cruise or tour, or a fun city break. Or maybe its just a hotel stay in your own city for needed time away from the house and daily routine.

It helps of course if you are close to the person and know their day-to-day schedule and availability. But if you don’t, perhaps get in touch with someone who would know this such as a spouse, parent, or best friend and enlist their help.

Price: ~ USD $150 and up

Home Security Camera System

If you know someone who travels regularly, one thing that they might love is a networked home security camera system. These devices will let them keep an eye on their home (or their pets!) when they’re away from home, and they can be configured in a variety of ways.

Lots of different systems are available , but we recommend the Netgear Arlo range, which have been around for a while now and we’ve used in the past. Another popular option is the Ring home security system .

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Versions are available for indoor and outdoor use, as well as with night vision capabilities and 2-way audio. Most send you an email or text alert when motion is detected. Many are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Echo Show, Fire TV, Google Assistant, etc.

You can see what’s going on and control the cameras with a smartphone app, tablet, or computer, making these cameras an excellent option for peace of mind when you are on the go.

Cruise Tickets

If you know someone who is looking for a fun trip where they’ll be able to experience new destinations without the hassle of having to pack and repack on a regular basis, a cruise might be just the gift for them. Whether it is a weekend party cruise or a 3 week expedition cruise to Antarctica, you’ll likely find something to suit their taste.

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Cruises are available at a wide range of price points, and cover a huge variety of destinations and travel styles. There’s everything from luxury river cruises to transatlantic cruises to family-friendly cruises . There are even expedition cruises to some of the more far flung corners of the globe.

There are hundreds of cruise companies out there, and it will depend on what kind of cruise you are after. We have booked most of our cruises from a Carnival weekend cruise to Mexico to our Cunard Queen Mary transatlantic cruise ( where we got married !) via Priceline.com as they often have special deals and offers, and we have found their phone and online customer support to be good.

Price: ~ USD $150 and up.

Round Trip Plane Tickets

Perhaps there is nothing more romantic and exciting than receiving round-trip airline tickets to some exotic destination!

Of course, you may not know the dates, times, and passport details necessary to book tickets for someone else, so you are probably better off giving them a card with the money, check, or gift card they can use towards the purchase of the flights.

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If you know which airline they like to fly, some airlines including United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer gift credit or gift cards that you can purchase.

Also if the traveler on your gift list has an airline miles account, most airline miles programs allow you to gift miles to another account. So that is another option. Just be sure to check any expiration or exclusion details.

Price: ~ USD $200 and up

Flytographer Photographer

Give the gift of lasting memories by hiring a professional local photographer to take photos of your loved one on their next holiday. 

It is difficult to take good photos of yourself if traveling solo, take good couples photos while traveling , or get those perfect family photos on the road, and the best way to get great photos is a professional photographer.

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You can, of course, hire a specific local photographer for them, but an easier solution is to give them a gift card for a service, such as Flytographer, that specializes in pairing travelers with photographers in over 200 cities around the world.

You can get a discount on your first Flytographer shoot by signing up here .

Price: ~ USD $250 and up

If you know someone who is into photography or making videos and is maybe looking for a new way to capture images, a drone makes for a fantastic gift.

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There are a number of drone options out there. In terms of brands, we can recommend the DJI line of drones which make some of the best drones out there. The DJI Mini  is a great portable starting drone option and is really lightweight. We personally have a DJI Mavic 2 (more recent version is the Mavic 3 ) but it is too bulky for the average traveler.

Or if you know a traveler with a drone, you might consider getting them some cool accessories. You can see our drone accessories guide here.

Just note that there are a lot of restrictions related to drones and travel, and it can be difficult to travel with drones to certain countries. They are also not permitted in places like in U.S. National Parks or near airports. So you’ll want to do your research before packing a drone for a trip.

Price: ~ USD $400 and up

Space Camp is an educational camp which provides a fun interactive learning experience that is based on the training that U.S. astronauts receive when going into Space. It is operated and located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center . There are also special programs that focus on things like robotics, cyber technologies, and aviation.

The majority of attendees are children who attend as part of a school or club groups, but Space Camp is also open to adults and families. The standard program is 6 days for children or a weekend or 3-day programs for families and the Adults only program.

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A trip to Space Camp has been on Laurence’s bucket list ever since he saw the 1980’s Space Camp movie. We were finally able to make that happen on a trip to Huntsville Alabama , and you can read all about our experience visiting Space Camp .

If you want to give Space Camp as a surprise gift but not sure of what dates would work, you can create a registration and instead of picking a date, you will select ‘choose your dates later’.  The person who receives the gift can then call later and schedule the dates they would like to attend.

There are also space-related camp programs that are now offered in other parts of the world as well, including Florida, Norway, and Russia. These are not exactly the same thing, but may be a good alternative for those living closer to these locations.

We think that a trip to Space Camp would be the most amazing gift for anyone interested in space, no matter their age!

Price: USD $499 and up per attendee

Travel Laptop

Travel is often a time we want to get away from everything, but this isn’t always possible. For longer trips, or for folks who just take their jobs on the road (like us!), a travel laptop is a necessity rather than a luxury.

There’s a huge range of travel laptops to choose from. Our suggestion would be to go for something that is very portable and has good battery life, but is still powerful enough to do everything you need to do when traveling.

Some good lightweight traditional laptops are the Dell XPS 13 series for Windows users and the Macbook Air series for Apple users.

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If you like the idea of something that can be used as a laptop or a tablet, one of the best options is the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (try the older Pro 6 or 7 versions if you have a smaller budget), which is a very portable laptop. It has both stylus support and a detachable keyboard (both sold separately ).This makes it great for use as a tablet for watching movies, and the keyboard can be added for writing e-mails or other word-processing tasks.

If you are buying a gift for someone who is likely to do things that requires a more powerful laptop, like photo editing, video editing, or gaming, see our guide to the best laptops for photo editing to get some ideas of what is available.

Price : ~ USD $750 and up.

Travel Related DIY Gift

As noted, a travel gift doesn’t have to cost money. Consider giving them something thoughtful that you made yourself.

Do you knit, do crafting, woodworking, or make candles? Some examples could be a travel themed charm bracelet, a handmade wooden photo frame of one of their vacation photos, a needlepoint of their favorite destination, a leather luggage tag, a handsewn fabric passport cover, a knitted scarf for their next trip, or a scented candle to remind them of favorite travel memory.

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Perhaps you are a great home cook. Consider cooking for them or filling their fridge with some meals before they return from a trip to save them from grocery shopping and cooking when they first get back.

Got a gift for choosing great music? Create an amazing playlist for your loved one’s next road trip.

If you are doing a gift with children, perhaps get together to make the person a surprise Welcome Home banner and throw them a little welcome home party.

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So that is our travel gift guide! Hopefully we’ve given you some great gift ideas for the travelers in your life.

If you want to see the items all in one place (or at least those available online via Amazon) you can check out our gift list here that includes many of the items from our gift guide.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our gift guide for travelers! Which of these products would you want to receive as a gift yourself? Know of a travel-themed gift idea not on our list, feel free to tell us about it.

If you have any questions about any of the gift suggestions, please let me know in the Comments section below!

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Idelle Longman Post author

October 15, 2022 at 9:28 am

Hello Jessica,

This is the most comprehensive and well-thought-out gift list ever written. Thank you for your diligent research. I might have missed it, but did you have anything for a well-made rain jacket? Good to have in your suitcase when mother nature does not want to cooperate.

Jessica & Laurence Norah Post author

October 17, 2022 at 12:45 pm

Yes, a good rain jacket is a great idea for a traveler gift. We personally own rain jackets from Trespass (UK company) and North Face. I just got a new North Face one (they have several rain jacket options) that is really lightweight and easy to pack and good for warmer climates. I also have a thicker, warmer one I use for colder places from Trespass. You can see some rain jacket options on Amazon here and on REI here (if in the USA). North Face, Outdoor Research, Columbia, REI, Marmot, and Patagonia all have a number of rain jacket, parka, and poncho options but any of the outdoor stores/brands carry some good options.

I would just make sure you get one with a good hood, useful pockets (preferably zippered and sealed), and is the right weight/warmth for where you plan to travel. Reading reviews online can also be helpful. If needing one for a warm/hot place, I would recommend something really thin and packable so it doesn’t take up much space in your suitcase.

Hope that helps!

Best, Jessica

Jan Post author

December 9, 2021 at 10:10 am

Great gift guide here! Wondering if you could help direct me to what kind of camera might be good for a beginner. I have no real knowlege of cameras and my son, age 19, is taking interest in photography and would like to get him a decent camera that he could perhaps upgrade in future. What models might be best. What else would he need, such as basic accessories just to get started. Budget for camera around 500 to 600 euros.

December 9, 2021 at 12:36 pm

What a lovely gift idea.

I’d recommend either a mirrorless camera or DSLR camera . So at that price point we would probably recommend a DSLR camera, because mirrorless cameras tend to be a bit more expensive (although you might also consider a used or refurbished camera as well where you can get more for your money).

For a new DSLR at that price point (for both the camera body and a lens), we’d recommend something like the Canon EOS 250D , which you should be able to get with a lens for around €600. Canon have a huge range of lenses, so he can upgrade further down the road if he wanted to.

In terms of accessories, you’d want to make sure the camera comes with a battery, charger, and camera strap (most cameras come with these included) and you’d also want to probably get him a memory card (16GB or greater). Those are the basic things he would need to use the camera and get started!

Hope that helps and just let us know if you have any other questions!

December 9, 2021 at 6:35 pm

Thanks Jessica! this is super helpful and very kind of you to get back to me so quickly. That recommendation sounds good as I know he had a little Canon camera when he was a kid that he loved. This gives me a good jumping off point to start from and I will also check out the camera articles you link to try to educate myself a little more about the basics.

Much appreciated!!! ~Jan

December 10, 2021 at 5:06 am

You’re very welcome and just let us know if you have any other questions when camera shopping! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

October 17, 2022 at 8:22 pm

Hi Jessica,

Your information is very helpful, especially concerning jackets for colder places.

Erma G. Post author

December 4, 2021 at 8:29 am

Fantastic travel gift guide! Just wanted to say thanks as it gave me lots of ideas as I do my holiday shopping this weekend 😉

December 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

Glad you found our gift guide for travelers useful for your holiday shopping! Thanks for taking the time to comment, we always love hearing that our content has been helpful 😉

Wishing you luck as you shop and a wonderful holiday season!

Connie D. Post author

November 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm

Very detailed list ! How about adding some travel translators like Travis or Pocketalk? They’d fit right well with the theme 🙂

November 8, 2019 at 3:45 am

Hi Connie, Glad you like our gift guide for travelers. Yes, a travel translator could also make a great gift for someone traveling internationally to a country where they don’t speak the language. Thanks for the suggestion!

Suzanne Walsh Post author

October 28, 2019 at 5:13 am

Such a wonderful and thoughtful gift guide for travel lovers! I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind as would like some advice.

1.) What would you think would make a nice travel related stocking stuffers for a family of 4 (parents in late 20’s, girls 5 and 7)? My husband and I are purchasing a trip for our older son and daughter in law and their two kids to go to Costa Rica this year – it will be their first time out of the country. Big gift for them all and then we wanted to just give them some stocking stuffers that would go with it so they have something else to open.

2.) On a sort of related note, I really like your articles about cameras and am thinking about getting a camera for my stepson. He’s 17 and interested in photography. He really likes nature and landscapes as well as taking photos of our dog, family, and documenting our family travels. Currently he has his phone as well as an old point and shoot camera (5+ years old now). Was thinking of maybe a mirrorless camera and budget is around U.S. $500. Any thoughts on a specific model?

Thank you very much indeed!

October 28, 2019 at 6:16 am

Hi Suzanne,

That sounds like some exciting holiday gifts for your family – I am sure they are going to be very excited and thankful for such a big gift! For stocking stuffer travel gifts, I would perhaps consider some things that are related to their upcoming trip. You can get them small things to help them get excited for their trip, things to help plan their time in Costa Rica, and/or things they will need for the trip.

Here are a several ideas:

-Passport holders for their new passports, you can get them personalized with their first names or initials, you can see some options here -Candles or soap that smell like Costa Rica to get them excited, like this soy candle -Guidebook to Costa Rica to help them plan what they want to do, there are a lot of options with most of the major travel guide companies having one on the country -The girls may like coloring books about Costa Rica they can do before the trip and on the flights -Costa Rica themed jewelery, such as a necklace or bracelet, see some options here -Christmas tree ornament related to Costa Rica, such as this one that can be personalized for the family -Toiletery bags, packing cubes, travel sized bottles, etc. are also great things to gift, especially for those new to international travel

In terms of a mirrorless camera for your stepson, I would probably recommend the Canon EOS M200 . This is a great entry level mirrorless camera with all the manual controls that you need to get to grips when learning photography and doing some experimenting, but at a reasonable price point. It is slightly over your budget, so you could get the older model EOS M200, but we think the price difference is worth the upgrade in this case.

Hope that helps and wishing you a happy holiday season!

October 30, 2019 at 3:19 am

Thanks so much Jessica, so many great thoughts. Love the idea of making them about Costa Rica and you’ve saved me from many hours of looking and searching for the perfect gifts!

Aksel Post author

September 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm

This is such a thoughtful and amazing guide, so many great gifts for travellers!

I am wondering if I can get your help as bewildered husband in Copehagen. My wife and I love to travel when we can and I want to get her something she could use on an upcoming trip. We don’t normally do gifting at birthdays but it is going to be her 45th birthday and wanted to get her a little something. Something tasteful and something that would be good for travelling but also would be useful in other situations. I have read your great guide and just can’t make choice, if you have any ideas that would be great. Budget is 150€ to 200€.

September 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm

I am happy to try to provide some suggestions, although it is of course difficult without knowing your wife’s tastes or travel style.

The thing that popped into my mind as I was reading your comment was a cashmere scarf or travel wrap. It is tasteful, useful, and could be used for traveling as well as at home in Denmark. I have a couple from Ovcio that are within your budget that I can highly recommend, you can see those here .

Other birthday gift thoughts:

-A nice piece of luggage, perhaps a carry-on bag that could also be used for other situations? Or a weekender bag? -A nice set of noise-canceling headphones -A monogrammed toiletry bag or travel jewelry case -An e-reader or tablet

Hope that helps you decide, and I am sure your wife will love whatever you get her!

Roslia Santamaria Post author

July 9, 2019 at 4:07 am

wow!! so many great things in this gift guide for travelers and amazing pictures – love it. Thanks for sharing this.

July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Hi Roslia, Glad you are enjoying our travel gift guide – lots of great options for travelers!! Best, Jessica

Scott Post author

May 20, 2019 at 10:29 pm

Wow! Awesome post, really loved reading it. Thank you for sharing all these travel related gift ideas with us.

May 21, 2019 at 5:22 am

Hi Scott, Thanks, glad you enjoyed our post, hope you find the perfect gift for the traveler on your gift list (or for yourself)! Best, Jessica

MF Post author

May 8, 2019 at 5:47 am

Hey, Great content and amazing tips. The list of gifts for travellers contains a list of items that are utmost necessary. Will surely help when next travelling. Thank you for sharing and Keep up the good work.

May 8, 2019 at 8:46 am

Hi MF, Glad you enjoyed it, hoped it helped you choose the perfect gift for the traveler in your life or for yourself 😉 Best, Jessica

Valerie Post author

May 2, 2019 at 5:47 am

Fab travel gifting guide! I am looking for something for my granddaughter, a 17 y.o. (soon to be 18) who is graduating from high school next month and is very interested in traveling the world and joining Peace Corps in future. She is going on a trip with her family to Florida over the summer, but no other travels planned before she starts university. Would like to get her something travel themed but not necessarily something that has to be used for travel since not sure how much traveling she will get to do in near future. Just wanted to see if you had any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

May 2, 2019 at 6:32 am

Hi Valerie!

There are lots of possibilities and it depends on your budget and her taste obviously, but here are a few ideas:

-A piece of jewelry such as this compass necklace which makes a nice graduation gift for a travel lover. But you can see our guide to lots of travel themed jewelry for lots of options. -Something for her university dorm room such as this sheet set . Will need to know the size of her dorm bed. -A nice smartphone phone case with a travel theme such as these ones -A weekend bag she can use for shorter trips, going to the gym, trips home, and nights at friends. You can have it personalized with her initials such as this canvas bag .

Hope that helps! Jessica

May 2, 2019 at 7:02 am

Thanks so much for your thoughtful response, Jessica. These are some great ideas and I think I may go with a necklace and a dorm room sheet/comforter set – just need to check with my daughter about sheet sizes. Thankss so much, Valerie

Ruth Zelger Post author

April 29, 2019 at 8:52 am

This is an amazing list of gift ideas for travelers – the best I’ve ever seen! Very thoughtful list and you can tell you did some research into so many of this products and ideas. I am doing some gift shopping for some college graduation gifts for a few of my nieces/nephews and partners who are headed off on a European backpacking trip and this guide has been incredibly helpful so thank you for that!

One question: You mentioned that some people avoid reusable plastic water bottles – is there anything but BPA that I should be avoiding? Just wondering as planning to buy a few water bottles as part of the gifts.

April 29, 2019 at 9:19 am

So glad you are finding our travel gifts guide helpful! Sounds you have a number of gifts to buy this Spring.

So I am not an expert on the research on reusable plastic bottles, but obviously BPA (bisphenol-A) is one chemical that has been deemed as unsafe by a number of organizations and most plastics bottles are now made without BPA. However, a number of scientists are now concerned about BPA alternatives and similar chemicals used in reusable plastic bottles and containers as they may have the same health effects. The health consequences aren’t from a new bottle, but from a bottle used over time as the chemicals can leech through as the bottle wears and gets older or if it gets scratched etc. You can read more in this article .

How much BPA or other chemicals truly effect an individuals’ health or how often bottles leach into drinks/food is unclear, but if it is a concern, the best recommendations are for uncoated stainless steel bottles (be sure if it is coated, the coating does not contain BPA) or glass bottles.

Seana Turner Post author

April 25, 2019 at 6:24 am

Wow – this is one comprehensive list! I’ve actually given or received a number of these, including the travel adapter, the Bose earphones, the scratch off map, the pin map, the water bottle and the travel vest (which my husband loved when we went to Israel). I love that you started with the idea of watching children.. that is probably the hardest one to get, and is such a sacrificial and loving gift!

April 25, 2019 at 11:23 am

Hi Seana, Glad you like it and wow, sounds like you have already given and received some great gifts for travelers – we have many of those same products 😉 Yes, indeed, sometimes the most thoughtful gift you can give is your time! Best, Jessica

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The best travel camera for 2024: the finest choices for your adventures

The best travel cameras for your next big trip

  • Best overall
  • Best-looking
  • Best action cam
  • Best tough camera
  • Best premium compact
  • Best small full-frame
  • Best hybrid vlogger

Best for moving subjects

  • Best superzoom

How to choose

  • How we test

1. The list in brief 2. Best for most people 3. Best value 4. Best-looking 5. Best action 6. Best tough 7. Best premium compact 8. Best small full-frame 9. Best hybrid travel vlogger 10. Best for moving subjects 11. Best superzoom bridge 12. How to choose 13. How we test

Road trip or flyaway vacation, the best travel cameras let you capture incredible images of your holiday adventures. From action cameras to compact mirrorless models, we've extensively reviewed the top travel-friendly cameras and rounded up our recommendations in the expert guide below. Whatever your itinerary, this is list is your ticket to the ideal travel camera.

Based on our tests, we think the best travel camera overall is the OM System OM-5. A portable, weatherproof Micro Four Thirds model, it shoots higher quality images than a smartphone while offering the useful flexibility of interchangeable lenses.

Whatever your expectations and budget, you'll find a travel camera to fit the bill below. Our list includes some of the best mirrorless cameras , as well as some of the top compact cameras . Our expert reviewers have spent many hours testing the best options, using them in the real world to assess how well they perform when traveling. You'll find the results distilled in the list below, together with buying advice to consider when choosing a travel camera.

Tim is TechRadar's Cameras editor, with over 15 years in the photo video industry and most of those in the world of tech journalism, Tim has developed a deeply technical knowledge and practical experience with all things camera related. He’s also worked in video production with clients including Canon, and volunteers his spare time to consult a non-profit, diverse stories team based in Nairobi.

The quick list

If you don’t have time to read our full list of the best travel cameras, you can read the round-up below for a shortcut to the top options for your needs and budget. If you find one that takes your fancy, use the links to jump to our full write-up.

The best travel camera overall

Squeezing a host of features into a compact, weatherproof body that’s compatible with a range of lenses, the OM-5 is the ideal travel camera.

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The best value travel camera

With a large 1-inch sensor and useful 15x optical zoom, the Panasonic TZ200 puts smartphone-beating performance in your pocket.

The best-looking travel camera

Don’t be fooled by its lovely retro looks: the Nikon Z fc is every bit the modern travel camera, with a useful touchscreen and top image quality.

The best action camera for travel

Small but powerful, the GoPro Hero 11 Black uses a new 8:9 aspect ratio to offer enhanced framing flexibility, ideal for sharing travel videos to social.

The best tough travel camera

If your travels take you off the beaten track, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is an intuitive rugged camera that can deliver decent results in difficult situations.

The best premium compact

With a fixed 23mm focal length and small form factor, the X100V is a powerful tool for street photography, producing detailed, realistic stills.

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The best small full-frame camera

Combining a small form factor with a high-res 61MP sensor and fantastic autofocus, the Sony A7C R is the best full-frame camera for travel photography.

The best hybrid for travel vlogging

A capable sensor and automated settings, including a Vlogging mode, make the Fujifilm X-S20 an accessible tool for stills and video on the go.

The best for moving subjects

The compact A6700 uses AI-powered autofocus to reliably snap on to animals, insects, cars and more. The Fuji X-S20 is better for video, though.

The best superzoom camera

Even with a 1-inch sensor, the Sony RX10 IV delivers sharp stills and video, with the added versatility of a generous 24-600mm zoom range.

The best travel cameras in 2024

Why you can trust TechRadar We spend hours testing every product or service we review, so you can be sure you’re buying the best. Find out more about how we test.

Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best travel cameras in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.

1. OM System OM-5

Our expert review:

Specifications

Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

✅ You want a robust travel camera: Light enough to travel with but tough enough to deal with bad weather, the OM-5 is a ruggedly dependable camera. ✅ You shoot handheld a lot: The OM-5 has excellent image stabilization for stills, meaning you can cross a tripod off your packing list.

❌ You want the best image quality: Its Micro Four Thirds sensor is decent enough, but some rivals offer more pixels and better low light performance. ❌ You have large hands: Handling is surprisingly good for a small camera, but the grip is not very deep, especially for those with bigger hands.

The OM-5 is only a relatively minor update of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III , but its combination of talents make it an ideal travel camera in our book – particularly if you want the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. It shoehorns a lot of features into a compact, weatherproof body that's compatible with a wealth of equally small lenses. Most of its skills, including excellent in-body image stabilization and computational photography modes, are also designed with travelers and adventurers in mind.

Our tests found that the OM-5 delivers excellent video and stills quality for its size, helped by a stabilization system (good for 6.5-stops of compensation) that gives you a high hit-rate of keepers. We also enjoyed the high-quality feel of the camera's dials, as well as in-camera software tricks, like Live ND and in-camera focus stacking, which are ideal for macro shots or blurring skies for an ethereal effect. Less good are the fairly average EVF resolution, 4K /30p limit for video and relative limitations of its smaller sensor, but these are all acceptable trade-offs considering this camera's size and price.

Read our in-depth OM System OM-5 review

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The best-value travel camera

2. panasonic lumix zs200 / tz200.

✅ You want an all-in-one compact: You can’t beat the TZ200 for portability, but it’s also a feature-packed option with a useful zoom range and 1.0-inch sensor. ✅ You want a large zoom range: At 15x optical zoom, the TZ200 offers the versatility to shoot all sorts of subjects on your travels.

❌ You like an ergonomic grip: The Lumix TZ200 has plenty of manual controls on the metal body, but there’s not much of a grip to get your fingers around. ❌ You want a cheap camera: Its generous feature set makes the TZ200 excellent value, but its still pretty pricey for a premium compact.

With smartphones now raising the bar for point-and-shoot photography, compact cameras have to offer something special to justify their place in your travel bag. The ZS200 / TZ200 does that with its large 1-inch sensor and versatile 15x optical zoom. It might be towards the upper end of the compact camera market, but Panasonic 's travel zoom continues to offer great value.

Its large 1in sensor produces better natural image quality than most smartphones, despite the latter's advances in multi-frame processing. Our tests found colors to be nice and punchy, with the dynamic range allowing you to recover lost shadow detail with post-processing if needed. Even at 24mm, vignetting and distortion is nicely controlled. There's also a handy built-in electronic viewfinder, which makes it easier to compose images in bright light. It's still quite pricey, but this is still the best travel zoom compact camera available right now.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 review

3. Nikon Z fc

✅ You care about camera design: From the retro dials to the circular viewfinder, the Nikon Z fc channels classic style to fantastic effect. ✅ You like manual exposure control: Dedicated dials for ISO, shutter speed and exposure, complemented by a lens control ring, give excellent manual control.

❌ You need a wide choice of lenses: There are only a handful of Z-series kit lenses designed for the APS-C format, limiting your options for expansion. ❌ You want a rugged camera: Although it looks like the sturdy FM2, the Z fc isn’t weather-sealed, so it’s not one to take on rainy adventures.

Travel photography is all about capturing memories and Nikon’s Z fc fully embraces the concept of nostalgia: it’s a stunning homage to the 30-year-old Nikon FM2 – complete with retro styling, dimensions and dials. Despite the throwback design, it’s a very modern camera inside, sharing many of its specs with the capable Nikon Z50. While some photographers might wish for a full-frame sensor, the Z fc’s APS-C number does a stellar job of capturing stills and 4K video, aided by reliable tracking autofocus. Our tests found that its 20.9MP sensor had an excellent handle on noise, especially under ISO 800, while dynamic range was impressive.

Its vari-angle touchscreen is also a brilliant addition, making it easy to frame travel selfies – or folding away completely for a leather-back look that lets you pretend it's the Eighties. The Nikon Z fc isn’t as sturdy as the camera that inspired it (there’s no weatherproofing, for example), but it’s still a beautifully unique camera for casual use. And with dedicated dials for ISO, shutter speed and exposure, plus a customizable lens ring, it’s also an easy one to control on the go.

Read our in-depth Nikon Z fc review

4. GoPro Hero 11 Black

✅ You want a rugged travel camera: Waterproof down to 10m, the GoPro Hero 11 Black is a great choice for capturing action-packed travels. ✅ You plan to share on social: The 8:7 aspect ratio of its sensor gives you lots of flexibility to crop footage for social, including vertical videos.

❌ You plan to shoot in low light: Its 1/1.9in sensor shoots sharp footage, but it still struggles with noise handling in lower lighting conditions. ❌ You want a hybrid for stills: While the sensor can shoot 27MP stills, you’ll get a better photography experience from a standard alternative.

Thanks to a new 1/1.9in sensor with an 8:9 aspect ratio, we think the GoPro Hero 11 Black is the top action camera for travelers. Its max resolution of 5.3K/60p is the same as the Hero 10 Black, but the option to reframe footage for different social channels without sacrificing quality is a big deal if you like to share your adventures. So is the ability to capture dramatic TimeWarps at 5.3K, raw bursts at 30fps, and 24.7MP stills from 5.3K video.

Physically identical to the Hero 10 Black, the Hero 11 Black ships with the larger Enduro battery as standard, giving more time between recharges on the road. Its updated interface lets you tweak the user experience, with ‘Easy’ and ‘Pro’ modes to suit your skill level. It proved a polished tool in testing, wrapped up in familiarly robust housing. Improved Horizon Lock and HyperSmooth 5.0 smarts also do a remarkable job of stabilizing handheld video. Stills quality can’t compete with a proper camera, but the Hero 11 Black is still an impressively rugged, pocket-friendly choice for adventurous travelers.

Read our in-depth hands-on GoPro Hero 11 Black review

5. Olympus TG-6

✅ You want a hardcore camera: With a case that’s waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is built to take a beating. ✅ You like a simple interface: Premium features include RAW shooting and 4K video, but the camera itself is easy to operate, even in tricky conditions.

❌ You want the best image quality: Results from the 1/2.3in sensor are fine, but the TG-6 tends to overexpose, and detail is lost at the telephoto end. ❌ You like using a viewfinder: The Tough TG-6 doesn’t have a viewfinder, and the 3-inch LCD screen has limited visibility in bright sunlight.

Olympus arguably started the rugged compact camera trend with its Tough series, and the TG-6 doesn’t break the mould. Innovation might have slowed, but the Tough TG-6 is still one of the best travel cameras you can buy – and there’s no questioning its freeze-proof, shockproof and waterproof credentials. 

Its industrial design felt reassuringly rugged in our tests, with (slightly fiddly) catch mechanisms that protect the ports. Large buttons make it convenient to operate beneath the waves, while the improved 3-inch LCD display also offers decent visibility in most conditions. 

We found image quality to be reasonable for a camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, with nice, rich colors – although there was a tendency to overexpose and blow out highlights. An equivalent zoom range of 25-100mm is fair, plus the inclusion of 4K video and raw shooting enhance flexibility. It isn't a major upgrade from the TG-5, but the Olympus TG-6 is nevertheless a stellar option for all-action travelers.

Read our in-depth Olympus TG-6 review

6. Fujifilm X100V

✅ You shoot in the street: With a fixed 23mm f/2 lens, snappy autofocus and compact build, the X100V is a fantastic choice for street photography. ✅ You want a premium camera: From its tilting touchscreen to its metal body, the X100V feels well-made and looks the business.

❌ You don’t want a fixed focal length: The 23mm lens is fantastic, but some users will find it limiting, especially if you value the ability to zoom. ❌ You’re on a tight budget: The X100V is a unique camera that feels premium, but its high price will put it out of budget for many.

A premium compact camera with a fixed 23mm f/2 lens and a design that's been inspired by 1950s analogue cameras? Sounds like the very definition of niche. And yet, Fujifilm ’s X100V is one of the best travel cameras you can buy – as long as you're okay with that single focal length and no zoom.

For a start, it takes the X100F's small form factor and adds a supremely useful tilting touchscreen. The advantages are support for touchscreen gestures and easier shooting at low or high angles.

Inside, a new 26.1MP sensor and X-Processor 4 combine to produce improved autofocus, image quality and high ISO performance. Our tests found that noise was well-controlled up to ISO 6400, while photos had bags of detail with realistic colors. Add in the option to shoot 4K/30p footage on the fly, as well as a higher resolution hybrid EVF, and you’ve got a properly capable pocket performer – provided you’re happy to pay a premium.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X100V review

7. Sony A7C R

✅ You want the sharpest stills: With a 61MP full-frame sensor, you won’t get sharper travel snaps from any other camera in this list. ✅ You want a small, powerful camera: Despite the full-frame sensor inside, the A7C R is very compact and fits neatly in the hand.

❌ You value good handling: The small design has drawbacks, including a compromised viewfinder and absent AF joystick. ❌ You plan to use big lenses: Its compact proportions mean the Sony A7C R is mismatched with larger telephoto lenses.

By combining a small, travel-friendly form factor with a 61MP full frame sensor and fantastic autofocus, Sony has created arguably the ultimate travel camera. Successor to the Sony A7C – already one of our favorite travel photography tools – and announced alongside the A7C II , the A7C R fits nicely in the hand, while a flip screen and new dials offer welcome control.

Equipped with Sony’s top-grade autofocus and AI-powered subject tracking, the A7C R can cleverly and reliably track a broad range of subjects. You won’t find a better full frame sensor, either: borrowed from the A7R V , it captures stunning, pin-sharp stills in all conditions. Cropping potential is vast, and video footage is decent too.

There are trade-offs, though. In testing, we found that the A7C R’s compact proportions come with handling compromises, especially compared to the traditional design of the A7R V. The viewfinder feels small and fiddly, and we wish Sony had included an AF joystick. It’s also not a camera to pair with large telephoto lenses. But the real kicker is the cost: it’s significantly more expensive than the A7C II. That premium means it’s only a camera to consider if you need absolutely the best possible image quality on your travels.

Read our in-depth Sony A7C R review

8. Fujifilm X-S20

✅ You value longevity: The X-S20 has double the battery life of the X-S10, making it a great choice for long days of travel photography. ✅ You shoot video, too: Capturing sharp 26MP stills and 6K/30p open gate video, the Fujifilm X-S20 is a true mirrorless hybrid.

❌ You need weather proofing: Build quality of the X-S20 is good, but you’re better off with the Sony A6700 if you need a weatherproof camera. ❌ You have a limited budget: Its additional features come at the cost of a steep price hike compared to the Fujifilm X-S10, which makes it a harder sell.

Channelling everything we liked about the X-S10 – including a compact, well-balanced body – the Fujifilm X-S20 cements its position as a fantastic mirrorless cameras for travel. It handles comfortably, with simplified dials making it accessible for beginners. In testing, we found new novice-friendly features – such as a dedicated Vlogging mode – also make the X-S20 a forgiving camera for touring first-timers.

The X-S20 is blessed with a proven shooting system, utilising the same 26.1MP sensor as the X-S10 and X-T4 to produce quality stills. It also eases the way for beginners with an automatic scene detection mode, which harnesses the power of Fuji’s latest X-Processor 5 to reliably choose the correct settings. From our first impressions, it works better than the automatic subject tracking, which was a little hit and miss.

With 6K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit internal video recording also on offer, plus in-body image stabilization that worked well in testing, the Fujifilm X-S20 is a solid option for content creators on the move. The lack of weather-sealing will discourage adventurous travellers, while the price tag means it isn’t one to leave in an unattended bag. But at just 26g heavier than its predecessor, the X-S20 is a very capable all-rounder for travel.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-S20 review

9. Sony A6700

✅ You want a capable travel hybrid: A sharp APS-C sensor, five-axis stabilization and AI autofocus make the A6700 a great all-rounder to take on the road. ✅ You like to get hands-on: A more ergonomic grip and lots of direct-access buttons make the A6700 a nice camera to handle and use.

❌ You shoot mostly video: The A6700 can record sharp video, but there’s a heavy 1.6x crop on 4K/120p slow-mo and Active SteadyShot stabilization isn’t the best. ❌ You like simple menus: The interface on the A6700 has quite a learning curve, and it can be tricky to navigate when shooting out and about.

It's a close-run thing between the Sony A6700 and the Fujifilm X-S20 above, but if you shoot a lot of moving subjects then the Sony should be your choice. Like the Fuji, it has a 26MP APS-C sensor and comes in a compact, travel-friendly form. And like the Fuji, it's a genuine hybrid, offering decent video options to go with its stills prowess. But there are some key differences.

First, the good: the A6700 has the same AI-powered chipset as the far more expensive Sony A7R V , and this helps it deliver incredible subject tracking; seriously, this camera will lock on to humans, animals, insects, cars, trains, aircraft and more, then follow them unerringly around the frame. However, its video chops aren't as impressive as those of the Fuji. 4K 120p slow-mo footage is subjected to a heavy 1.6x crop, while the five-axis stabilization doesn't work as well when filming as it does when shooting stills. The complex menu system also leaves something to be desired.

Still, it handles well, has a great battery and would make an excellent all-rounder for your next trip - so long as you're slightly more focused on images than video.

Read our in-depth Sony A6700 review

10. Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

✅ You like to zoom in: With a sharp, fast 24-600mm, the RX100 IV offers fantastic versatility to capture a range of subjects on your travels. ✅ You want an all-in-one option: The RX100 IV is a high-end bridge camera with a big zoom range, high-quality EVF and capable AF system.

❌ You want a small camera: While it ticks most of the boxes for travel photography, the RX100 IV is bigger and heavier than many rivals. ❌ You like a slick touchscreen: Its tilting touchscreen is a useful addition, but you can’t use it to navigate menus or swipe through images.

In terms of offering something for everybody, the RX10 IV ticks a lot of boxes. It's like having a bag full of lenses, but with the benefit of never having to change them. There's a very long zoom (going all the way from 24-600mm), while the maximum aperture is pretty wide throughout the lens. 

The RX10 IV's sensor might not be as a large as the ones you'll find on a mirrorless camera or DSLR, but Sony's 20.1MP one-inch chip proved itself to be very capable in our tests. Noise was well-controlled, and you'd have no problem making an A3 print from one of its files (particularly if you shoot at under ISO 800). 

You also get 24fps shooting, cracking 4K video quality and handling to rival a DSLR. The major downside? The high price – if your budget is tighter, don't forget about this camera's predecessor, the RX10 III .

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV review

How to choose the best travel camera for you

Picking the right travel camera can be trickier than finding affordable flights. You’ll want a shooting tool that’s compact enough to conveniently carry on your travels, yet still capable of capturing sharp stills and stable video of your jet-setting adventures.

There are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing your ideal travel camera. Among the most important is size. While pocketable compacts offer convenience, the quality of your travel snaps will be boosted by the bigger sensors of larger mirrorless models.

If your adventures are likely to involve going off the beaten track, it’s worth considering a travel camera with rugged credentials. This could be one of the best action cameras , such as the GoPro Hero 11 Black – perfect if you plan to shoot quick, slick travel clips. Or it could be a sturdy compact such as the Olympic TG-6, which is one of the best waterproof cameras .

It’s also worth thinking about what subjects you might be shooting on your trip. A long zoom range will be handy on safari , while something light and fast is better for capturing street snaps on a city break. Travel compacts, such as the Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200, usually use a zoom lens to cover a range of shooting scenarios. Interchangeable lens cameras like the Fujifilm X-T30 II can similarly offer the flexibility of both worlds, but only if you’re happy to travel with extra barrels in your backpack.

Which type of camera is best for traveling?

Travel cameras come in a range of shapes and sizes. Which style is best for you will depend on how you like to travel, what you like to shoot and how much gear you’re willing to cart around.

Travel zoom compacts such as the Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 are pocket friendly, yet offer a broad scope for capturing a range of subjects. Thanks to generous zoom ranges, they give you the opportunity to get close to the action, or to shoot wide. The trade-off for having all of this flexibility in a compact body is generally a smaller sensor, which is less useful for shooting in low light.

If you’d like neat proportions but don’t need the versatility of a zoom lens, premium compact cameras could be worth considering. Models such as the Fujifilm X100V sacrifice zoom range in favour of larger sensors that are better at gathering light – usually a one-inch or, in the case of the X100V, an APS-C chip.

Between compacts and mirrorless cameras is where you’ll find bridge cameras. Bulkier than a standard compact, they offer more comfortable handling and a large zoom range, but without the need to carry different lenses. New bridge cameras are increasingly rare, but the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV remains a great example.

If you don’t mind traveling with multiple lenses, many of the best mirrorless cameras have been specifically designed with travel in mind. In the case of models like the OM System OM-5 , that means a portable, weatherproof body, useful image stabilization for shooting on the move, plus a versatile Micro Four Thirds sensor that balances size and performance. And with lots of different lenses to choose from, you can pack different optics depending on the type of trip you’re taking – or opt for a reliable all-round option.

Is a DSLR or mirrorless camera better for travel photography?

When it comes to travel photography, most photographers look for a balance between portability and performance. If this is the combination you’re after, mirrorless cameras will almost aways have the edge over their DSLR rivals. Mirrorless models are generally smaller and lighter than DSLRs, making them easier to wield and travel with.

Despite their more compact proportions, many of the best mirrorless travel cameras can also match or outclass DSLR cameras when it comes to image quality, as well as autofocus abilities and video features. This makes them versatile tools for shooting on the move, especially if you choose a model with in-body image stabilization for sharp handheld results. If you pick a mirrorless camera with an established lens mount system, you’ll also find no shortage of glass to pack for your trip.

That said, there are reasons why you might still want to consider a DSLR camera for travel. Some photographers prefer the chunkier ergonomic grip for which the DSLR format is famous, especially if they plan on shooting for hours on end. The best DSLR cameras also offer superlative battery life, which can be useful if your travel plans include days away from electricity.

Budget might also be a factor, especially if you’re concerned about taking an expensive camera on your travels. Older DSLR cameras can offer great value, as can second-hand mirrorless models. It’s also worth looking at our round-up of the best cheap cameras , which includes some options that are a good fit for travel photography.

  • Read our in-depth DSLR vs Mirrorless comparison

How we test travel cameras

Buying a camera these days is a big investment, and travel cameras are no different – so every camera in this guide has been tested extensively by us. For travel cameras in particular, real-world tests are the most revealing way to understand a camera's performance and character, so we focus heavily on those, along with standardized tests for factors like ISO performance.

To start with, we look at the camera's design, handling and controls to get a sense of how suitable it is for life on the road, and any particular features that might be particularly useful for globe-trotters. When we take it out on a shoot, we'll use it both handheld and on a tripod to get a sense of where its strengths lie, and test its startup speed.

When it comes to performance, we use a formatted SD card and shoot in both raw and JPEG (if available). For burst shooting tests, we dial in our regular test settings (1/250 sec, ISO 200, continuous AF) and shoot a series of frames in front of a stopwatch to see if it lives up to its claimed speeds. We'll also look at how quickly the buffers clears and repeat the test for both raw and JPEG files.

In various lighting conditions, we also test the camera's different autofocus modes (including Face and Eye AF) in single point, area and continuous modes. We also shoot a range of photos of different styles (portrait, landscape, low light, macro/close-up) in raw and JPEG to get a sense of metering and its sensor's ability to handle noise and resolve fine detail.

If the camera's raw files are supported by Adobe Camera Raw, we'll also process some test images to see how we can push areas like shadow recovery. And we'll also test its ISO performance across the whole range to get a sense of the levels we'd be happy to push the camera to.

Battery life is tested in a real-world fashion, as we use the camera over the course of the day with the screen set to the default settings. Once the battery has reached zero, we'll then count the number of shots to see how it compares to the camera's CIPA rating. Finally, we test the camera's video skills by shooting some test footage at different frame-rates and resolutions, along with its companion app.

We then take everything we've learned about the camera and factor in its price to get a sense of the value-for-money it offers, before reaching our final verdict.

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From quirky photography accessories to vintage-style cameras, this collection brings together lots of the best travel gifts for photographers.

Looking for a fun travel gift for the photographer in your life? In this post, I’ve collected top-rated travel gifts for photographers and anyone who loves creating art with the click of a (real or virtual) shutter. Since I’m a picky shopper myself, I’ve made sure everything on this list earned great ratings and reviews. If you have more ideas for top-rated travel photographer gifts, I’d love to see your suggestion in the comments!

Now, we’re starting with the basics, then going into the fun, strange, and quirky, then wrapping up with some bestselling photography books. Here goes!

1. Essential Gear: Cameras and Lenses

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: One of the most popular lenses on Amazon

Are you looking to buy a new camera or lens for your favorite photographer? That’s great.

I can tell you that the one of the best-selling lenses on Amazon is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (pictured above). It’s a solid prime lens that’ll let the lucky photographer take fantastic low-light shots. If the photographer on your mind already has an established photography “kit” and a beloved routine, though, you know what might be the best next step for your gift hunt? Ask. Really, just ask. Photographers are usually picky about their gear, and many spend (too much) time dreaming about specific camera and lens upgrades. Sure, that new lens might not be the biggest surprise when it’s unwrapped, but they’ll love it and you’ll feel great knowing it’s spent a long time on that wish list!

2. Gift Cards for Photo Equipment

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If you want to help a photographer invest in gear but you don’t want to spoil the moment, consider getting a gift card for a reputable site like Amazon or your local camera shop.

Would you rather get a unique gift that’s worth venturing off your photographer’s wish list? Then check out these creative, top-rated travel gifts for photographers:

3. Diana Camera

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The Diana Camera (Price Not Found at Amazon) is one of those few film cameras that’s stayed popular through the digital age. It produces soft, dreamy images that infuse every shot with unpredictable effects and meaning. These make great travel gifts for photographers looking to take their work to new creative levels.

4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

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Why give this top-rated Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera (Price Not Found at Amazon)? Because its instant prints combine the magic of film shooting, fond memories of your old Polaroid, modern quality, and the joy of instant gratification.

5. Camera Drone

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Take a trip away from the ordinary by venturing into the exciting new world of drone photography. The affordable Cheerwing CW4 RC Drone with 720P HD Camera (Price Not Found at Amazon) might be just what your favorite traveler needs to bring a new perspective to the art of photography.

6. Lensbaby Spark

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The Lensbaby Spark (Price Not Found at Amazon) is a selective focus lens. These travel gifts for photographers let you capture images with a “sweet spot” of focus that’s surrounded by artistic blur. It’s available for Nikon and Canon DSLRs.

7. Gorillapod

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Practical and packable, Gorillapods make great travel gifts for photographers who like to pack light. This Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom (Price Not Found at Amazon) isn’t cheap, but it comes with a ball head included and supports much more weight than other portable alternatives.

8. Polaroid CZA10011 PoGo Instant Mobile Printer

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With the Polaroid CZA10011 PoGo Instant Mobile Printer (Price Not Found at Amazon), photographers can print their photos on the go. These are great travel gifts for photographers who like to print copies of their pictures during their travels.

9. Red Woven Vintage Camera Strap

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This Red Woven Vintage Camera Strap (Price Not Found at Amazon) makes a fun and inexpensive gift (or even a stocking stuffer) for photographers whose camera kits could use a dash of color.

10. Think Tank Cable Management 20 V2.0

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Think Tank Cable Management 20 V2.0 bags (Price Not Found at Amazon) make practical travel gifts for photographers who love traveling but aren’t so enthusiastic about packing the cords, chargers, batteries, and other bells and whistles that make up a photography kit.

11. Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket

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Looking for travel gifts for photographers who have too many memory cards to keep track of? The Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket (Price Not Found at Amazon) helps you stow away memory cards safely while keeping them within easy reach.

12. International Plug Adapter

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The right international plug adapter will help you keep your camera snapping and all your other gear juiced up no matter where you go. The Flight 001 4-in-1 adapter (Price Not Found at Amazon) pictured here is a fun and popular option, or you can check out this TGL post that goes through lots of top-rated international plug adapters .

13. Lens Travel Mug

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Nothing quite beats drinking a hot cup of coffee out of your favorite camera lens. This STRATA CUPS Camera Lens Coffee Mug ( Price Not Found at Amazon) gives the photographer an opportunity to do just that — without endangering any prized equipment, of course! These make fun travel gifts for photographers who like to bring along a hot drink for their journey.

14. Life is like a camera luggage tags

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Remind your favorite photographer to focus on the best parts of travel with these “Life is like a Camera” luggage tags ( click here to check the price at Zazzle).

15. Custom Image Luggage Tag

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Bring a favorite photo along for the ride with these Custom Image Luggage Tags ( click here to check the price at Zazzle). Not only are the practical applications of these travel gifts for photographers clear, the quality of the printing is also top notch!

16. Camera Lens Wrist Watch

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Looking for unique travel gifts for photographers who are more focused on art than on time? Then check out this Camera Lens Wrist Watch by ShabzDesigns (click here to check the price at Zazzle).

17. Photographer Evolution T Shirt

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How has your photography evolved? These Photographer Evolution T Shirts ( click here to check the price at Zazzle) are fun and funny travel gifts for photographers who have a sense of humor about their art.

18. Photography Lingo Keychain

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Keep those house keys in easy reach no matter where you go with this top-quality Photography Lingo Keychain ( click here to check the price at Zazzle).

19. DSLR Icons Keychain

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This DSLR Icons Keychain ( click here to check the price at Zazzle) is simple, inexpensive, and would make a great stocking stuffer.

20. Custom Image Keychain

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Customize a keychain for your favorite photographer with this Custom Image Keychain ( click here to check the price at Zazzle). The printing quality of these travel gifts for photographers is excellent, and you can’t beat the personal touch of a wholly customized gift.

21. “Peace Love Photos” Canvas Bag

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Keep the most important things in life close at hand with a “Peace Love Photos” Canvas Bag ( click here to check the price at Zazzle).

22. Kikkerland Photo and Card Holder

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A Kikkerland Photo and Card Holder (Price Not Found at Amazon) is great for photographers who want to display their images at their destination but aren’t looking to riddle the walls with tacks or buy bulky frames. Not only do these travel gifts for photographers look good, they also take up almost no space in a suitcase.

23. Caution, Frequent Stops Bumper Sticker

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These Caution, Frequent Stops Bumper Stickers ( click here to check the price at Zazzle) make fun travel gifts for photographers who can never turn down a good road trip.

24. Eat Sleep Photography Bumper Sticker

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Help your favorite photographer stay focused on the road with this “Eat, Sleep, Photography” bumper sticker ( click here to check the price at Zazzle).

25. Camera Stud Earrings

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Enjoy a little photographic glitz with a pair of Camera Stud Earrings (Price Not Found at Amazon).

26. Betsy Johnson Camera Necklace

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This top-rated Betsy Johnson Camera Necklace (Price Not Found at Amazon) is a fun accessory that’ll look good with any travel photographer’s outfit.

27. Vintage TLR Camera Case For The iPad Mini

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Do you edit photos on your iPad Mini? Dress that technology up with this Vintage TLR Camera Case ( click here to check the price at Zazzle).

28. Funky Cameras Laptop Sleeves

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Show off the traveler’s good taste and love of photography in one fell swoop with this Funky Cameras Laptop Sleeve ( click here to see the price at Zazzle). These travel gifts for photographers are also available with a red or blue background print.

29. Understanding Exposure

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Switch your camera from Auto to awesome with Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson (Price Not Found at Amazon), a book that’s helped thousands of photographers make the most of their cameras and their art.

30. Camera Lens Kit for Smartphones

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Get three different lenses and three different cool effects with a Camkix Universal 3 in 1 Camera Lens Kit for Smart phones (Price Not Found at Amazon). These travel gifts for photographers are available in six different colors.

31. Keyprop: Keychain Stand

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Shoot perfect travel selfies with a Keyprop cell phone Keychain Stand (Price Not Found at Amazon). These travel gifts for photographers fit any phone with a headphone jack.

32. Humans of New York

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Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York (Price Not Found at Amazon) makes a great example of how to showcase a place and its people through a camera lens.

33. Sebastiao Salgado. Genesis

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Genesis (Price Not Found at Amazon), a collection of breathtaking black-and-white photographs by Sebastiao Salgado (edited by Lelia Wanick Salgado), was described by Salgado himself as a “love letter to the planet.”

34. Paris in Color

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Wondering which of these travel gifts for photographers will be perfect for your favorite francophile? Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson (Price Not Found at Amazon) offers up all the romance and none of the cliches with its artistic, color-coordinated photographs of Paris.

35. Iceland: Land of the Sagas

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Iceland: Land of the Sagas by Jon Krakauer and David Roberts (Price Not Found at Amazon) combines stunning photography with in-depth explorations of Iceland’s landscapes, history, and mythology.

36. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

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Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs (Price Not Found at Amazon), edited by Andrea G. Stillman, is a beautiful collection by one of the most popular photographers ever. With lots of stunning landscape images from US National Parks, these make especially meaningful travel gifts for photographers who have visited (or plan to visit) those parks.

37. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio (Price Not Found at Amazon) offers a fascinating exploration of food around the world with photographs of families and their food in 30 countries around the world.

38. National Geographic 125 Years

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No collection of travel gifts for photographers could be complete without a nod to National Geographic. National Geographic 125 Years: Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries That Changed the World by Mark Collins Jenkins (Price Not Found at Amazon) showcases 600 breathtaking photos taken by Nat Geo photographers around the globe.

39. The Americans

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The Americans (Price Not Found at Amazon) is a beautifully edited collection that showcases photographs taken by master photographer Robert Frank during his 1950s expedition around the United States.

40. Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World

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Nurture a photographer’s wanderlust with Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World (Price Not Found at Amazon), a beautiful hardback collection featuring gorgeous photos from around the world.

Bonus: Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics

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Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey (Price Not Found at Amazon) features 120 photos of sweet-tempered rescue dog Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things. Theron, her owner, took these fun and hilarious photos during their year-long road trip while he worked on a photojournalism project.

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Shopping for travel gifts for a photographer this holiday season? There are plenty of presents in this guide that we are sure will delight them. Whether you are looking for a big-budget jaw-dropper (like a camera or a drone) or something with a more reasonable price point—we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more about the gifts that we think the traveling photographer in your life will love.

Best travel drone: DJI Mini 3 Pro

Best travel backpack: lowepro photosport bp 24l aw iii.

  • Best hard camera case: Pelican Air 1535 Case

Best lightweight camera backpack: WANDRD PRVKE Lite

Best camera strap: peak design slide camera strap.

  • Best compact travel tripod: JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit

Best full-size travel tripod: Peak Design Travel Tripod

Best editing console for travelers: loupedeck creative tool, best sd cards for travel: sony tough cards, best case for organizing memory cards: pelican 0915 micro memory card case.

  • Best action camera : GoPro HERO11 Black Accessory Bundle

Best international plug adapter: Sublimeware Multi Port Electric Plug

Best noise-canceling headphones for quiet journeys: bose noise cancelling headphones 700.

  • Best way to encourage printing photos: Mpix Gift Card

Best backup power when on the go: Anker Portable Charger

Best tool for smartphone videographers: dji osmo mobile 6 smartphone gimbal, best starter kit for smartphone cameras: moment iphone 14 starter kit – three lenses, best way to keep gear clean: urth glass cleaning kit.

  • Best packing cubes to stay organized: Cotopaxi Cubos Travel Cubes  

Best way to keep files safe: LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB

Best large duffel for big trips: patagonia black hole wheeled duffel bag 70l, best notebook for travelers: moleskine voyageur notebook.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro travel drone

Sure, a camera is great for documenting travels. But if the photographer in your life wants truly unique, wow-worthy photos and videos, a drone is the way to go. The DJI Mini 3 Pro is the best option for globetrotting due to its tiny size (about the size of a soda can when folded), stability in the air, user-friendly flight modes, and quality camera. It also only weighs 249 grams (8.78 ounces), which is below the FAA’s requirement for registering drones in the United States. Though regulations will vary in each country, many have similar weight restrictions, meaning there will be fewer issues getting this little thing in the air while traveling.

Lowepro PhotoSport BP 24L AW III photography backpack

The LowePro PhotoSport backpack is a fantastic travel gift for a photographer who loves to explore the great outdoors. This is the third iteration of the backpack design, so you can trust lots of kinks have been worked out by now. The top-loading backpack is designed with plenty of space for hiking gear and personal items. It also features a dedicated insert for camera equipment that offers side access. The bag is lightweight (3.31 pounds), is made of 75 percent recycled materials, and features an ActiveZone harness system to help ensure that the weight of the pack is distributed evenly on your back.

Best hard case: Pelican Air 1535 Case with Foam

Pelican Air 1535 case is the best travel gift.

If you know someone who travels with a lot of camera gear and wants the ultimate level of protection, the Pelican Air case is the premier choice. The case is crushproof, dustproof, and watertight. Despite all that, it’s 40 percent lighter than traditional hard cases. The case comes with the customizable TrekPak divider system to keep gear safe while in transit. Or you can choose Pick N Pluck foam or padded dividers as well. It has integrated wheels for easy transport through airports. And two stainless steel padlock protectors keep everything secure.

WANDRD PRVKE Lite camera backpack

Sometimes, you just don’t need a giant camera bag. Whether going on a quick day trip or wanting to travel quickly and lightly, many times, a small bag is best. The WANDRD PRVKE Lite is our favorite lightweight option. It has a built-in camera cube, a laptop sleeve, tons of pockets for personal items, and a roll-top design that easily increases its carrying capacity. 

The backpack has three points of access: a side pocket for quick camera access, a lay-flat clamshell opening (great for getting through security at airports), and the previously mentioned roll-top. And the PRVKE bag is made of durable, water-resistant tarpaulin and nylon. Photographers won’t have to worry about their camera gear getting ruined if they get caught in some bad weather during their travels.

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

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The Peak Design Slide is an industry-favorite camera strap. It’s made of padded nylon webbing, has a minimalist design, and can be used as a sling, a neck strap, or a shoulder strap. Peak Design’s unique anchors and quick-pull handles make it incredibly fast to get this strap attached to your camera so you can start shooting. Our favorite part? Those handy anchors can be attached to any camera body, so you can purchase an extra pack and move the strap between multiple camera bodies without much fuss.

Best compact travel tripod: JOBY Gorilla Pod

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Joby’s GorillaPod is one of the best tripods for travel and adventure. The tripod has a unique design with flexible legs that can be wrapped around nearly anything for stable shooting and interesting angles. It features a ball head with a 360-degree panning bed, 90 degrees of tilt, and a bubble level to keep your horizon lines straight while shooting. The GorillaPod only weighs 0.86 pounds, making it easy to pack alongside their camera equipment on their next trip.

The Peak Design Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

While the GorillaPod is great as a compact tripod, sometimes photographers need something full-sized. The Peak Design Travel Tripod offers the benefits of a full-size tripod yet is only the width of a water bottle when folded down. It supports a wide range of shooting angles and even features an integrated phone mount. This particular version is made of carbon fiber and weighs just 3.4 pounds. If you’d rather have a lower price point for a travel gift, the aluminum version is also fantastic.

Loupedeck Creative Tool

Having an excellent camera to capture your adventures while traveling is really only the first step. A lot of the magic of photography happens in the editing room. The Loupedeck Creative Tool is a customizable console aimed at improving your efficiency while editing. It can be used to edit photos, videos, and even audio and works with a number of Adobe programs and Capture One. Functions can be customized based on your specific workflow, and it’s a lot more ergonomically friendly than using a mouse or a trackpad for long periods of time. The console has a relatively small footprint as well, making it easy to pack along on your adventures.

Sony Tough SD card

The Sony Tough Card is the world’s first one-piece molded SD card. This design makes the card more durable than traditional SD cards, which feature tiny ribs that have been known to break off inside of cameras and wreak havoc on the precious files that are stored inside. They also happen to have an IPX8 waterproof rating , are dustproof, and have fast enough read and write speeds that they can handle 4K video shooting and burst mode. When photographers are making photographs far away from home, having cards they can rely on becomes extremely important. So far, Sony’s Tough cards haven’t let us down.

Pelican 0915 Micro Memory Card Case

Having more than one memory card is essential, especially on longer trips. But, without a dedicated method of keeping them organized, they are liable to get lost. We love this tiny Pelican case because, like the company’s larger cases, it is made of rugged polycarbonate resin. Even if it ends up on the bottom of a pack, cards won’t get crushed. And it has a water-resistant seal with an IPX4 rating. It can hold 12 SD cards, six mini SD cards, and six micro SD cards, which is more than enough for even lengthy journeys.

Best action camera: GoPro HERO11 Black Accessory Bundle

GoPro HERO11 Black Accessory Bundle

While GoPros aren’t a full replacement for a standard camera, they really are fantastic travel buddies, which is why we couldn’t leave them out of our travel gift suggestions. The Hero 11 is rugged and durable without needing any additional accessories. It’s even waterproof without a case down to 33 feet. That saves space (and money) while packing. It features a larger sensor that allows for 5.3K video and 27-megapixel photos and supports social media-ready vertical video. Plus, the video stabilization is truly outstanding, so even if they are mountain biking or trail running on rugged terrain, the footage will be smooth.

Sublimeware Multi Port Electric Plug

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Those who travel internationally will encounter all sorts of plug varieties. It can be challenging–and annoying–to make sure you have multiple types on hand if going to a few different countries on one trip. That’s why a multi-port adapter is a fantastic gift for world travelers. This particular plug works in 150 countries using US, UK, EU, or Chinese outlets. It also has four USB ports, so it can charge four devices at once if needed. 

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

It can be hard to get quiet time when you’re on the road. Whether traveling by plane, train, or bus, having a good pair of noise-canceling headphones can be life-changing. These Bose headphones provide 11 levels of noise cancellation, so if the traveler doesn’t want to entirely tune out the world, they’ll have options. You’ll have peace of mind knowing they can get some sleep in noisy situations but worry less about them being totally unaware. These headphones provide excellent sound quality and also contain a mic for hands-free calls. And they offer 20 hours of battery life, plenty for even the longest flights. 

Best way to encourage printing photos: Mpix gift card

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Photographers are typically notorious for not printing their own work. That’s an extra shame for travel photographers. A gift card to a reputable printing company is a fantastic and unexpected way to get them to print their own photos. Mpix offers a wide variety of products: They can select from standard flat prints, canvases for walls, photo books, cards, or even mugs or luggage tags. And sure, gift cards aren’t the most exciting. But chances are, you don’t have the files to print their work, and allowing them to choose the format will likely be appreciated. 

Anker Portable Charger

I’m sure anyone who has traveled even a little has run out of phone battery at just the wrong time. A battery pack is a must for situations like these. It can literally be a lifesaver. Anker’s portable charger is nicely slim, so it will easily slide in a backpack or even a jacket pocket. When fully charged, it will provide 2.25 charges for iPhone 12, 1.6 charges for Galaxy S20, and 1.2 charges for iPad mini 5. And it doesn’t make any annoying high-pitched noises when charging devices like others we’ve used.

DJI Osmo Mobile 6 Smartphone Gimbal

Sometimes, photographers like to travel without their cameras but still want a way to document their journey. If they like to create videos of their travels, this DJI phone gimbal will help provide smooth results even while the photographer is running around. It features easy-to-use controls and a compact design. And it offers a built-in extension rod for unique angles and extra reach when it’s needed.

Moment iPhone 14 Starter Kit - Three Lenses

Another way to help creatives document their trips without bringing a full camera kit is a set of phone lenses. Moment’s mobile lenses are some of the best you can buy. Despite being made for mobile phones, they are made of the same high-quality glass that you’ll find on high-end 4K film lenses. This starter kit comes with a case–which is required for attaching lenses–and three lenses of your choosing. They make kits for many different phones, so just be sure to get the right one. 

Urth Glass Cleaning Kit

Traveling will inevitably put you in dirty conditions at some point. And try as best we might, it’s impossible to keep lenses pristine. This lens cleaning kit comes with everything needed to keep lenses spotless. And, unlike lots of kits, it all fits in a weatherproof, recycled nylon case with a zipper. All cleaning supplies will stay put in one spot instead of falling out and potentially getting lost. Plus, Urth plants five trees in areas impacted by deforestation with each purchase, making this an even more beneficial purchase.

Best packing cubes to stay organized: Cotopaxi Cubos Travel Cubes

Cotopaxi Cubos Travel Cubes

If the photographer in your life likes to travel with one big stuff sack for camera gear and clothes, packing cubes will be extra helpful. They help keep clothes (or gear) organized, somewhat less wrinkled, and can separate dirty from clean clothes. They won’t have to dig around endlessly in the bottom of a bag before finding the shirt they need. Plus, these Cotopaxi cubes are made of repurposed materials for less waste. They are lightweight and breathable. And they feature handles on top for easier grabbing out of bags.

LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB

It’s easy to take thousands of photos on trips, even relatively short ones. And while it is tempting to leave them on a memory card until you’re home, it’s much safer to back up the files as frequently as possible. Having a small, portable hard drive is the best way to ensure files are safe. We love this LaCie Rugged solid-state drive because, well, it’s rugged. It provides IP67 weather resistance, can withstand a nearly 10-foot drop, and offers two-ton car crush resistance. You can literally drive over the thing, and your photos will be fine. 

Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel Bag 70L

If you know someone who likes to go on long trips, a large pack will be a welcome gift. We love this Patagonia duffel in part because it is made of 100 percent recycled materials. That includes a recycled polyester ripstop with a weather-resistant TPU-film laminate. It won’t stay dry if dunked in water but can handle some rain or snow. It features a large opening to the main compartment for easier access. A zippered external side pocket, as well as mesh pockets inside the lid, provide space for smaller items. And there are wheels for easier airport maneuvering. 

Moleskine Voyageur Notebook

We at PopPhoto are big proponents of notebooks for photographers. We think they are an invaluable tool, especially because of how simple they are. And for those who travel, having a notebook to job down trip details, plans, and memories is even more important. Beyond assisting with travel plans, it will help tell the stories of the photos better down the line. And it can just be a nice thing to reflect on later on. 

Moleskin specifically designed its Voyageur notebook for travelers. It features detachable packing and to-do lists, a planning section for scheduling purposes, and budgeting pages. And, of course, it also has plenty of journaling space. It even has an expandable inner back pocket for storing flat keepsakes like ticket stubs.

Abby Ferguson

Abby Ferguson is the Associate Editor for Gear and Reviews at PopPhoto, joining the team in 2022. She has been involved with the photography industry in various capacities since her undergraduate training at the University of Kentucky, with work ranging from client photography to program development and management of the photo department at Evolve, a vacation rental company.

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The 58 Best Gifts for Travel Lovers in 2024

Peruse these practical and thoughtful gift ideas for every traveler on your list.

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Shopping for your travel-loving friends and family can be tricky — after all, you’ll want to ensure you’re picking up something practical, but you also don’t want to gift them something they already have. It’s also worth considering that frequent travelers, especially digital nomads, tend to live a more minimalist life. This means practical gear will reign supreme over more frivolous items.

You’ll also want to take into account the kind of travel your favorite globetrotters or influencers are into. City explorers or luxury-leaning travelers, for example, probably won’t want the same gear as someone who spends their PTO hiking and trekking through the wilderness.

The following options were hand-picked by our team to suit every type of traveler and vacationer on your list. We’ve extensively researched (or personally tested) all of the following gifts to ensure your purchase will make a thoughtful and genuinely practical addition to your loved one’s travels. Here are the best gifts travelers will love — for all budgets and needs.

Solo Re:Define Backpack

You can’t go wrong with a new travel backpack, and the Solo Re:Define Backpack earns our top pick as the absolute best laptop backpack in the game. It’s lightweight and stylish while still roomy enough to hold the essentials whether your gift recipient plans to use it as a carry-on bag or as a city bag while exploring a new town. It also has a built-in USB port and headphone jack for ease of use.

Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow

The gift of a good night’s sleep on a red eye isn’t exactly something you can wrap in a bow and place underneath the tree — but the Cabeau TNE S3 Travel Pillow makes it possible. This is the best travel pillow in our book; it’s designed to attach to any headrest which helps keep the user’s head from dropping or moving around when sleeping. The air-like cushion is also super comfortable and cozy without being too hot.

Samsonite Freeform Carry-on Spinner

If your giftee is on the go a lot, chances are they could use new carry-on luggage . The Samsonite Freeform Carry-on Spinner is our top pick when it comes to long-lasting and practical carry-on luggage. It’s aesthetically pleasing but also incredibly durable and is able to withstand packed travel schedules thanks to the polycarbonate design.

Away Travel The Compression Socks

Compression socks might not seem like the most exciting holiday gift at first glance — but trust us when we say that once your loved ones start flying with the compression socks from Away, they won’t want to go back. These are the best compression socks we’ve found not just because they’re stylish but also because they work well (see: help prevent swelling and discomfort) without being too tight.

Paravel Passport Case

If your favorite travelers don’t already have a high-quality passport cover, you might want to consider the Paravel Cabana Passport Case. The elegant leather case is our highest rated passport case and can even be personalized with a hand-painted monogram or custom graphic to add another layer of elegance. We also like that this option has an abundance of pockets and card slots to make organization easier.

Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler

The Stanley Quencher has become everyone’s favorite emotional support bottle over the past few months — and it’s easy to see why. This aesthetically pleasing cup fits up to 64 ounces of their favorite beverage and promises to keep their drink ice cold for hours. It’s also available in a ton of fun colorways and patterns.

Boka Fresh on the Go

The Boka Fresh on the Go set was made for travelers who avoid checking a bag at all costs. It includes everything they’ll need to maintain good oral hygiene while on the go, but the toothpaste is TSA-approved and the mouthwash — this is the best part — comes in the form of chewable tablets so it won’t even count toward their liquid quota.

T-core Power Bank

The T-core Power Bank makes a great stocking stuffer — look how tiny it is! — for travelers who are constantly in search of a power outlet to juice up their devices. The compact 10,000mAh portable power bank is small enough to fit in your pocket and can fully charge a new iPhone 2.9 times with one charge.

Jamaica Vibes

Jamaica Vibes is the latest in the Assouline coffee table book family — and possibly one of the most fun options to date. The stunning visual-first book will allow travelers to reminisce about any time spent in Jamaica (or dream about future trips) while the cover and spine of the book will add a dose of elegant and trendy style to coffee tables and bookshelves.

Contiki Tour

You can’t go wrong with the gift of travel itself, and if you’re looking for a big-ticket experience gift for a younger traveler in your life, look no further than a Contiki tour. The pre-packaged trips will take them all over the world with like-minded young people and range from exploring the Garden Route in South Africa to road-tripping through the Balkans.

Epicka Universal Travel Adapter

Sure, a travel adapter might not immediately come off as the most exciting gift. But any traveler will tell you just how valuable a reliable one really is. The Epicka Universal Travel Adapter is the best travel adapter in our book; it works in more than 150 countries and it’s super compact and easy to pack thanks to the modular design. Plus, you can always pair it with a flashier item like a travel-themed phone case .

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Luxury hand cream is a great gift for anyone, but particularly for the frequent flyer. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is very lightly scented (which is great for the plane), but it’s also incredibly moisturizing and rich in texture. It’ll serve as the hydration and comfort MVP during long, dry flights.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 16GB

Being a traveler and a voracious reader can be tricky — you likely don’t want to go bookless on the go, but who wants to lug several books from city to city just to make sure they’ve got reading material? Certainly not us, and that’s why the Kindle Paperwhite has become a non-negotiable. The ultra-lightweight device can store thousands of books in one spot and you can even download new content while traveling — so avid readers will never run out of material (or worry about going over the carry-on weight limit with books).

Mise 店 Udon Gift Set

Traveling to Japan changes you; once you’ve visited, you’ll want to return again and again. That’s why the Mise 店 Shoshi Watanabe Udon Gift Set is a major win for anyone who has traveled to (and fallen in love) with the country. The bundle includes everything your gift recipient will need to cook delicious udon at home, all of which has been sourced directly from Japan.

Lavazza Espresso Italiano

If they’re constantly posting throwbacks to their summer vacation in Italy, give them the gift of an Italian morning at home. The Lavazza Espresso Italiano tastes just like those shots of espresso you can guzzle at every corner cafe in Rome. Bonus points if you pick up a set of espresso cups to really set the mood.

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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The SereneLife Stand-up Paddle Board is an excellent option for anyone who wants to bring the spirit of resort life home. We tested out a variety of inflatable paddle boards and our team agrees that this is the best board on the market thanks to the lightweight, portable design and impressive stability in the water.

Jabra Elite 8 True Wireless Earbuds

It doesn’t matter if your gift recipient is a city or a wilderness traveler: everyone can use a reliable pair of earbuds to take on the road. The Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless Earbuds offer the same high-quality sound and design as much more expensive options, but the under-the-radar headphones come with a much more digestible price tag.

LARQ Bottle PureVis

The Larq Self-cleaning Water Bottle is a true game changer for all kinds of travelers. The smart bottle uses UV technology to not just disinfect itself but also to purify the water you’re drinking. This means the jetsetter you’re shopping for will be able to comfortably drink from most water sources without worrying about getting sick.

Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair

The Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair is simply the best beach chair around — and it makes a great gift for road-trippers and camping enthusiasts alike. It’s super easy to transport thanks to the folding backpack design and is surprisingly comfortable due to the adjustable head pillow and elongated seat. We also like that the frame is rust-proof, meaning it’s perfect for using at the beach or in the rain.

Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a game changer for efficient and organized packing, and the Gonex Compression Packing Cubes are our top pick for best packing cubes . The ultra-soft, lightweight ripstop nylon design simplifies packing and compresses everything from T-shirts and sweaters to socks and underwear, taking up way less space in a suitcase and making it easy to find specific garments without having to unpack completely.

Raytix RFID Money Belt

Travelers who take organization — and safety — seriously will particularly appreciate the Raytix RFID Money Belt. Our number one pick for the best money belt , this practical pouch is super comfortable to wear and is also large enough to hold things like earbuds, transit tickets, and other small travel accessories they may want to keep close by. It’s also available in a huge variety of fun colorways to suit every style

Intelligent Change Inc. The Five Minute Journal

Sometimes, it can be hard to live in the moment and absorb all the magic that is travel — but a gratitude journal can help ensure your globetrotter stays centered on the go. The Five Minute Journal takes, as advertised, just five minutes of a traveler’s time, but jotting down their thoughts for those few minutes will help them remember and appreciate the most exciting parts of their day while traveling or at home.

The Alchemist

This famous fable by Paulo Coelho is an excellent gift for travelers (and aspiring travelers) of all ages. The Alchemist is one of those books that we’ve read time and time again when searching for inspiration. It’s a quick but impactful read that’ll inspire anyone to continue to work toward their goals and find their own Personal Legend.

Andobil Car Phone Holder Mount

The best car phone holder mount in our book is the Andobil Car Phone Holder Mount, and it’ll make a great gift for roadtrippers and car commuters. It’s super easy to install and, once set up, is incredibly stable and easy to use while on the go. There’s also space to plug in a charger so drivers won’t have to mess around with their phone just to get some juice.

Puffer Hug 418 Scarf

Think of the Puffer Hug 418 Scarf as a stylish and equally practical alternative to the fishing vest. Hear us out: this cozy accessory serves as a regular scarf but also has tons of pockets for things like a smartphone or passport. It’s great for wearing to the airport when you need to have documents at the ready but is equally sensible for wearing to explore a new city.

Slip Silk Skinny Scrunchies

The Slip Pure Silk 4-pack Skinny Scrunchies is a fail-safe gift for anyone with long hair. The silk design is gentle on the hair and is designed to not pull or cause breakage, even with regular use. We also really like the elegant patterns and colors of the scrunchies, which can easily double as cute arm candy among a stack of bracelets.

Vinarmour Travel Wine Carrier

Wine-loving travelers will flip for the Vinarmour Travel Wine Carrier. This stunning carrier is designed to transport a bottle of wine without any risk of breakage. It features sufficient padding to keep the bottle safe while in transit, but it’s also made from leak-proof material — so even if the bottle was already damaged and cracks while in cargo, it won’t spill on the rest of your luggage.

Smithsonian White Mineral Globe Paperweight

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The Smithsonian White Mineral Globe Paperweight makes for a stunning addition to a coffee table or desk. The hand-polished globe is crafted from a stunning combination of two kinds of green jade, lilac lepidolite, red stone, marble, and abalone, and it’s designed to pay tribute to the National Gem and Mineral Collection — one of the largest collections of its kind.

The Harmonist Travel Coffret

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The Harmonist Travel Coffret is a game-changer when it comes to feeling fresh and relaxed in transit. The set of three heavily-concentrated perfumes were designed to foster a sense of calmness and relaxation thanks to the various notes, including patchouli, pomelo, Bulgarian rose, and vanilla. It also comes with a striking travel case to keep the vials safe in transit.

Spirit Daughter Malachite Palm Stone

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If you’ve got a nervous traveler on your list (or someone who could use a little extra protection), consider the gift of a Malachite Palm Stone. Malachite is believed to ward off danger and fight off illness which makes it a great healing crystal for any traveler to keep in their carry-on or toiletry kit while traversing the globe.

Twelve South AirFly Pro

The Twelve South AirFly Pro is such an easy way to upgrade the economy experience. This handy little device allows travelers to use their own Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with the inflight entertainment system rather than having to use the sub-par freebies provided by the airline. The AirFly is super easy to use as well — all you have to do is plug it into the headphone jack on the plane and pair it with your headphones.

Tumi Leather Jewelry Case

The Tumi Leather Jewelry Case is a game changer for anyone who typically travels with their jewelry loose in their carry-on or cosmetic bag. The beautiful leather accessory is striking in its own right, but the interior makes it incredibly easy to keep all jewelry and accessories properly stowed and organized on the go. The suede interior is also super soft and won’t scratch or scuff delicate pieces.

Four Seasons Velvet Slippers

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There’s something inherently luxurious about slipping into a pair of hotel slippers upon check in — and the Four Seasons Velvet Slippers amplify that feeling and bring it home. These stunning slippers are made in Italy from sleek velvet and cotton with the Four Seasons logo embroidered on the top. The elastic back and rubber sole make them appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.

Apple AirTag

Don’t let your loved one get stuck with lost luggage sans AirTag. This tiny gadget offers major peace of mind for anyone who has to check a bag (and it’s worth throwing one in a carry-on, too — just in case a gate check situation arises). The AirTag is no bigger than a quarter and pairs with iPhones to easily track and monitor the location of gear at all times — and it has actually helped people get their suitcases back faster.

Nurse Jamie Super Cryo Mini Massaging Orb

The Nurse Jamie Super Cryo Mini Massaging Orb is a frequent flyer’s best friend. The device works to increase localized circulation and reduce surface-level inflammation in the skin. It stays cool for up to six hours at a time which should be more than enough to get jetsetters through a red eye to Europe. The stainless steel device can also be used hot for a soothing under-eye treatment.

Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

Here’s one for the solo female travelers on your list. The She's Birdie Personal Safety Alarm is designed to fit incognito in her handbag or pocket — but if she finds herself in any kind of trouble, it’s easy to grab and sound the alarm to draw attention and deter an attack. All she has to do is pull off the top tab to activate the 130-decibel siren and flashing strobe light.

Dagne Dover Tech Organizer

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Nobody thinks they need a tech organizer while traveling, but when you take into account all the cables and adapters required to make international travel smooth, having a specific spot to keep everything untangled is major. The Dagne Dover Arlo Tech Organizer is small enough to pop into a carry-on but has plenty of interior space to store everything a traveler needs.

Lindsay Albanese Toptote Leather Hat Holder

Traveling with a cute hat seems like a great idea, but in practice it can be a bit of a pain. The Lindsay Albanese Toptote Leather Hat Holder allows travelers to bring along a wide-brim hat without having to wear it the entire commute or risking it getting crushed in a suitcase. The clip attaches to the brim of a hat and the built-in carabiner lets you pop it onto a handbag or carry-on for a hands-free solution.

Diptyque Travel Cleansing & Moisturizing Set

This cleansing and moisturizing set will be a welcome addition to any routine whether at home or on the go. The decadent set includes both rinse-free and regular hand wash as well as a moisturizing hand lotion — all of which smell just like your favorite luxury hotel bath products. We also like that this option comes with a cute carrying case that makes it easy to store the items in a handbag or carry-on.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Detangling Hairbrush

This detangling hairbrush is a must-have addition to any cosmetic bag thanks to its compact design and convenient top cover. The brush combats knots and tangles without damaging the hair, but it’s truly the streamlined design that makes it so great for travel; your giftee won’t have to worry about squishing the bristles or getting anything stuck in the brush. Plus, the shiny holographic-inspired finish is very pretty to look at.

Baimei Jade Roller & Gua Sha Facial Tools

You’ve probably already heard about the wonders of a jade roller, but the gua sha is just as efficient. This set of two gives travelers everything they’ll need to depuff after long flights or nights out. Note that this set is also available in amethyst and rose quartz, should your favorite traveler prefer a different hue.

Tinggly Bucketlist Experience Collection

If you prefer to gift experiences over physical items but aren’t sure where or when your recipient’s next trip is, consider a Tinggly Bucketlist Experience Collection. The gift package allows them to choose from hundreds of different experiences to partake in around the world, from sandboarding in Abu Dhabi to a food tour of Istanbul.

Vasco V4 Language Translator Device

World travelers always have a few favorite travel products they swear by. For traveling abroad, the Vasco V4 Language Translator Device makes the experience so much easier — not just on the traveler but on the locals as well. This genius device provides instant voice translation in 108 languages and comes with free lifetime internet to ensure it’ll always be functional anywhere in the world. The instant translations mean your traveling pal can have real-time conversations with people across the globe, even if there’s no common spoken language.

Pokoloko Harem Towel

The Pokoloko Harem Towel is handcrafted using 100 percent Turkish cotton by artisans in Turkey — and it’s the perfect beach bag essential. It’s very lightweight and rolls down much smaller than the average towel. However, it’s also incredibly absorbent and quick-drying, so travelers can pop it back into their beach bag at the end of the day without worrying about lugging home a soggy towel.

Ugg Franca Hooded Travel Cardigan

The Ugg Franca Hooded Travel Cardigan was designed with travelers in mind. It’s ultra-cozy and comfortable, but it’s also incredibly easy to fold up and pack away when not in use. We love that it’s fitted like a structured cardigan so you can get away with wearing it from the plane and right into the city if you’re so inclined.

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

If your giftee is still traveling the world using disposable coffee cups, it’s time they’ve upgraded. The Fellow Carter Everywhere Travel Mug is a super chic reusable coffee cup that is particularly great for travel, as it has a leak-proof seal that prevents the cup from spilling everywhere when tossed into a carry-on. It also keeps beverages hot for up to 12 hours (and cold for up to 24), so travelers won’t have to deal with lukewarm coffee or water on even the longest travel days.

Vacation Luxury Shine Duo

You can’t go wrong with a selection of sun care products, especially if the traveler on your list tends to prefer warm-weather destinations. The Vacation Luxury Shine Duo offers a cheeky, oil-based take on sunscreen with high-quality ingredients and retro packaging that’ll keep beachgoers protected from the sun without actually smelling like sunscreen.

Babelio Mini Sound Machine

Light sleepers might struggle to fall asleep in a hotel, but the Babelio Mini Sound Machine makes it a whole lot easier. The tiny sound machine won’t take up any space in a carry-on, but the powerful white noise will be more than enough to lull your loved one to sleep, whether they’re in a noisy hostel or a too-quiet luxury suite.

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L

It’s called the Everywhere Belt Bag for a reason! This Lululemon staple has quickly become a cult classic for travelers (it has quite literally been everywhere this year). The adjustable belt bag is super convenient for everything from hiking to exploring cities hands-free, and the durable nylon material means you won’t have to worry about potential spillage or getting stuck in the rain (it’ll wipe clean with a bit of water).

Longchamp Le Pliage Filet Mesh Bag

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Regular travelers know the importance of throwing a decent-sized tote into their luggage. After all, you never know when you’ll need the extra bit of space while on the road. The Longchamp Le Pliage Filet L Mesh Bag offers a sophisticated take on the humble mesh tote complete with a snap closure and both a top handle and shoulder strap for added versatility.

Conair Travel Garment Dual Voltage Steamer

The Conair Power Steam Handheld Travel Garment Steamer makes looking and feeling put together on the road a snap. The compact steamer is small enough to slip into a carry-on bag and pull out as needed while traveling. It boasts a 35-second heat-up time so the traveler in your life can power away wrinkles and creases in no time at all.

Sidney Sleep Mini Travel Size Neck Pillow

Sometimes you just need the comfort of your own pillow to get a good night’s sleep, and this mini travel pillow will do just the trick. The travel-sized memory foam pillow is great for using on planes or camping trips, and the compact size means it can easily slip into a bag for easy carrying when not in use. Consider adding a cozy travel blanket to complete the set.

YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

The Yeti Roadie 24 Hard Cooler will be well received by the road trip warriors and beach bums on your list. Not only is it super aesthetically pleasing, but it can also actually fit an incredible amount in such a compact space — we’re talking up to 33 cans, 26 pounds of ice, and even full-sized bottles of wine.

Loop Quiet Ear Plugs

You don’t quite realize how high-quality the Loop Quiet earplugs are until you really need them. The surprisingly stylish earplugs were designed to be comfortable while sleeping and will serve as a major blessing the next time your gift recipient has been put in a hotel room next to a crying baby or bachelorette party.

Native Union Universal Sling

The Native Union Universal Sling is designed to pop onto smartphones like a phone case — but it comes with a built-in strap that allows travelers to wear their phone like a crossbody bag or around their neck like a lanyard. It’s available in a variety of colorways and is made from recycled material for a more sustainable approach. It’s perfect for travel as it’s more secure than throwing a phone in a pocket or bag as well.

Hotel Lobby Candle City Collection Trio

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There’s something inherently luxurious about slipping into a pair of hotel slippers upon check in — and the Four Seasons Velvet Slippers amplify that feeling and bring it home. These stunning slippers are made in Italy from cozy velvet and cotton with the Four Seasons logo embroidered on the top. The elastic back and rubber sole make them appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.

Conscious Coconut Coconut Oil Travel Ready Tube

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Frequent flyers and dry skin just go together, unfortunately — which is why it’s so essential to have heavy moisturizer on hand at all times. The Conscious Coconut Coconut Oil Travel Ready Tube is pretty much the best way to carry around ultra-moisturizing coconut oil without getting it everywhere. It’s pure but packaged in a convenient tube that makes application much easier than that of your standard coconut oil jar.

Metáfora Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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If you’re shopping for a frequent flyer who doubles as an excellent home cook, you’ll want to consider Metáfora Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This high-quality olive oil is imported directly from Portugal and offers a surprisingly spicy flavor, which makes it great for cooking Mediterranean dishes or simply serving with fresh bread and cheeses.

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Gift Ideas From Around the World: The Best Presents Our Travel Editors Have Ever Received

By CNT Editors

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Gifting is a tricky business. No matter who you're shopping for, there's always a chance you'll buy something they already own, don't like, or that will end up at the back of a storage closet. Sometimes, though, you stick the landing, and give something your mom, friend, partner, or otherwise will treasure for years to come—whether that's something tangible, or a can't-put-a-price-on-it experience gift . We asked Condé Nast Traveler editors from around the globe to reminiscence on the most memorable presents they've ever received. These suggestions from our global editors range in price and personality—from life-changing trips to Paris and hand-crafted artwork to dreamy fragrances and essential luggage.  Below, find a mix of 32 inspiring and practical gift ideas for every traveler on your list.

Find even more gift recommendations here .

All products and listings featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Honeymoon adventures

“Ahead of our destination wedding in Italy, my now-husband and I decided to forego the traditional registry and instead establish a honeymoon fund with Zola . So while we didn't receive tangible gifts, contributions did go toward once-in-a-honeymoon experiences like a stay at the beautiful Hotel Eden in Rome, as well as impressive private tours ( Fendi flagship , anyone?) with operator Imago Artis Travel and a few languorous, sun-soaked days at La Posta Vecchia , an estate off the coast of Ladispoli. Sure, a KitchenAid mixer is great—but it was far more memorable to sip Franciacorta by the sea and explore the underbelly of the Colosseum.” — Betsy Blumenthal , editor, features and editorial franchises, U.S.

Gift Ideas From Around the World The Best Presents CNT Editors Have Ever Received

A flower press 

“One of my favorite hobbies is pressing flowers, especially those from my favorite destinations I visit. I have always just used a book to flatten the petals, which was not very handy and sometimes inconvenient. This all changed when my grandmother bought me a lovely, chic flower press from Anthropologie before my European travels last year. It is super light to carry so I brought it with me everywhere. I now have flowers from all over the world hanging in  clear frames on my walls. Not to mention, pressed flowers from Paris or Italy make for the perfect ‘I thought about you, even all the way in Europe’ present for someone special.” — Jessica Chapel, editorial assistant, U.S.  

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Hotel Eden in Rome

A flight to Paris

“During my first year of college, my parents gifted me a round-trip ticket to Paris for spring break (printed from the travel agency and tucked into the inside cover of a Lonely Planet Paris guidebook nonetheless). I’d grown up what felt like a million miles from Europe and had spent weeks of my life dreaming of finally getting there. My friends and I exited the Metro early morning in the 10th arrondissement. I could smell the boulangeries; a woman in a bright orange coat ate a pastry as she walked down the street; wicker chairs were lined against the bistros facing onto the roads as if anticipating the great spectacle that would become Paris during the height of the day. It sounds cliché but it wasn’t; it was just Paris and it was marvelous. I fell so hard for Europe that I returned a few months later for work, moved there after university, and have juggled a life that straddles the East Coast and Europe ever since. That gift literally changed the course of my life.” —Erin Florio, director of features and editorial franchises, U.S.

“The best travel gift I ever received was a trip to Paris . Yes, it sounds unoriginal, but classics never die. My parents were celebrating 25 years of marriage and planned to travel alone to the city of love, but at the last moment, my mother decided that it would make her much happier if my two brothers and I traveled with them. We did all the touristy things possible, we accumulated a lot of anecdotes: I shared a little hotel room with my two brothers, I gave an emotional speech at sunset on a Bateau Mouche , and, to top it off, a painter made a very flattering portrait of me in Montmartre which has presided over my parents' living room ever since. That was, without a doubt, my best travel gift, the trip in which I fell in love with Paris, France, and the idea of travel itself.” — Clara Laguna , writer, Spain

Hand-woven goods from Turkey

“A hand-woven wool cushion and carpet from Turkey. We visited the local production factory and learned about the beautiful patterns of the cushions, in which each shape has a meaning and each pattern is the first of its kind. Hand-woven wool products have a long history in the region, and this souvenir provides insight into how they were made and used by local people thousands of years ago.” —Zhicheng Guo, art designer, China

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An essential travel bag 

“As soon as I arrive at a hotel or Airbnb, it’s not long until the entire bathroom counter becomes cluttered with all of my makeup products. It’s hard to dig through a travel makeup bag to find each product you need (especially when you’re rushing to get ready like I typically am), so I end up taking everything out on the counter and making a mess. Last year, my mother gifted me a hanging toiletry bag and it has been a complete game changer. It hangs neatly on the back of any bathroom door and displays all of your products at once, all while keeping them organized, secure, and off the counter. This one is affordable and comes in plenty of fun colors. ” — Meaghan Kenny , associate commerce editor, U.S.  

“I’ve long been partial to Paul Smith’s underrated wares—when the SSense sales roll around, these become some of the most affordable, highest quality products on the market in every category. My first luxury purchase ever, made in high school with all of my birthday money, was for the brand’s  Chelsea boots at the height of the trend. A pair of linen pants from  PS by Paul Smith carry me through New York City summers and formal events in warm climates across the world. My most useful piece came to me as a Christmas gift, however. Infamous for my packing strategy of “throw-stuff-in-a-bag o’clock”, I was in desperate need of something at the very least to neatly contain my many unwieldy toiletries. Enter this wash bag pouch , in which I can toss my Sensodyne and Cetaphil without a second thought. It doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty to look at.” — Charlie Hobbs , editorial assistant, U.S.  

A camera strap

“A couple years ago when I was starting to get into photography, I bought a starter camera and used my friends as models for my portfolio. I always carried my camera in my hand because I didn’t want to use the generic straps that came with a Canon. As a gift, a good friend of mine bought me a monogrammed leather camera strap. It was a dark blue color so I didn’t have to worry about standing out too much whenever I was out and about snapping pictures. She knew I was trying to take photography seriously and I haven’t taken that strap off since.” —Kayla Brock, associate social media manager, U.S.

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Mossio seven-piece set of packing cubes

Packing skills (and cubes)

“The best travel gift I've ever received is my mother’s talent for packing. Especially now, when we are separated by an international border, I revert to the skills my mother taught me every time I pack. Although I moved to Toronto, Canada, two years ago, I still try (pandemic permitting) to visit my family and friends in New York at least once a month. So, it seems that I am always packing or unpacking. My mother taught me how to magically create space in a suitcase and still take seemingly everything. One of her tricks is to lay everything flat, not stacked too high, and pack each category of clothing in its own separate packing cube . She also taught me to pack fragile items, like a computer or hard drive, in between clothing, and to put shoes and heavier items in a carry-on to avoid overweight fees. One last tip from my mom for the traveler with more than one suitcase or who is traveling with others—separate your clothing between bags so that if one suitcase is lost, then you know you will have something to wear no matter what.” —Andrea Edelman, associate digital photo editor, U.S

An Airbnb gift card 

“My runner-up for the best travel gift I've ever received—an Airbnb gift card. There is nothing better than the gift of choice .” —C.H.  

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A hot air balloon in Morocco

A hot air balloon ride

“One of the most special gifts I remember is a flight, not by plane but in a hot air balloon. It was during a trip to Morocco (a birthday present from my boyfriend). We were staying at a beautiful riad in Marrakech and one morning he told me that we were going to do an excursion to the desert. What I didn't know is that a huge balloon was waiting for us, ready to soar into the sky as the sun peeked over the Atlas Mountains. Then, we had a traditional breakfast in a Berber camp. I will never forget it. (The best companies that offer this experience: Ciel d’Afrique or Marrakech by Air ).” — María Casbas, writer, Spain

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“My husband bought this Bvlgari perfume—for both of us, not just me—this past Valentine’s Day. It’s the signature scent of the toiletries at Hotel Santa Caterina , in Amalfi, where we got married about a year ago, and just a spritz of it brings us back to that time and place. Beyond the emotional connection, I love that we both feel comfortable wearing it, and how lovely, light, and fresh it is; even in winter, it conjures Amalfi’s fragrant hillsides and long, hot summers. ” — B.B.  

“I love buying perfume on vacation; different scents help me remember different feelings from a trip. My friend bought me Gucci Bloom when we traveled in Krabi—the fragrance is definitely much more sharper and juicier; the jasmine and tuberose scent makes you feel like you're walking through an actual garden, making me remember the time in Thailand, soaking up the sand, sun, and sea.” —Ginni Jiang, lifestyle editor, China

“My friend went to Paris a few years ago and gave me a bottle of perfume with a beautiful story: Buly 1803 is a Parisian brand founded in 1803. The old shop of Buly 1803 is located at No. 6 Rue Bonaparte in Paris. The name originated from Jean-Vincent Bully, a perfumer, Parisian distiller, and pharmacist who was famous for making perfumes and vinegar in the 18th century. Bully was very fond of Balzac's ‘Comedy on Earth’ and a character named Saicha Pirotto. Inspired by him, Bully created a series of perfumes full of Parisian style. I have never been to Paris, but that has always been the city I've dreamed of visiting. Now it is easy for us to buy a bottle of perfume online, but I look forward to the day when I can go to this store in Paris.” —Chen Li, senior features editor, China

A great cup of coffee 

“Convenience and portability, the primary factors I value during travel, can be found in Saturnbird Coffee. Among the mountains and lakes, a sip of coffee and a breath of fresh air brings me calm and comfort, and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The sense of intimacy from Saturnbird Coffee always energizes me.” —Chenxu Wang, lifestyle editor, China

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Rimowa luggage

“My best travel gift to date is my goes-everywhere, never-lets-me-down Rimowa suitcase set. The exact model, the Salsa Air, is now discontinued, but there’s a new style that has replaced it, the Essential Lite. Aside from being incredibly light and gliding smoothly across all types of terrain, the Rimowa suitcase also has a clamshell design that I’m convinced allows me to fit more than a standard one would. My carry-on size got me through a seven-day Alaska cruise (one half was dedicated solely to hiking shoes and rain boots ), while the check-in size fit everything I needed for a two-week trip across three different countries in Southeast Asia. I swear by this suitcase—it’s pricy, but has been worth absolutely every penny.” — Stephanie Wu , former digital director, U.S.

A flight upgrade

“The best travel gift I've received is a sudden cabin class promotion after a long tiring trip. Also up there: meeting a stranger that is good at chatting, sharing his wonderful experience while sitting at a random bar.” —Yuejie Liu, senior art designer, China

Great travel companions

“Thinking about the best travel gift takes me back to the summer of 2019, when my friends and I went camping. The fresh air, the clear nearby lake, and the wide, starlit sky gave me a burst of energy. Personally, I think the best travel gift is to have like-minded friends to travel the world with.” —Yang Lu, editorial coordinator, China

A trip to Tuscany

“To celebrate my birthday, I gave myself a trip to Tuscany with my friend, experiencing a very remarkable time in Castiglion Del Bosco by Rosewood . It is such a charming place with elegant style, a fabulous natural landscape, and a profound food culture. Absorbing myself in all this good food and drink, I brought back two dozen bottles of wine as a souvenir to memorize this happiness.” —Shawn Ong, content deputy director, China

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National Geographic Atlas of the World, 11th Edition

“A few years ago, my mother-in-law bought us a National Geographic World Atlas. The book is huge—like a solid foot by a foot and a half, and the only place we could store it was out on our coffee table. I can’t tell you how often our family flips through the atlas, talking about where we want to go next or playing that game where the page you randomly open up to is where you are going to live one day. Every guest that comes into our house—whether they’re 50 or five years old—gets lost in its pages.” — Rebecca Misner , senior features editor, U.S.

Luggage straps

“Okay, this is admittedly not a flashy once-in-a-lifetime travel gift, but it is my most used travel item thanks to my mother-in-law: this invaluable luggage strap. It helps you stack luggage, cram souvenir bags, and balance random accessories like your hats and purses, all while leaving you hands-free. And when you’re not using it? Just tuck it away in a tiny spot—it folds up to almost nothing. Plus, it's made from quality elastic, has adjustable straps, is machine washable, and comes in a few bold colors—what more could you want from a little gadget? And all for just $10.” — Lara Kramer , global associate director of audience development, U.S.

A trip to Thailand

“Before the pandemic, I went on a trip with my girlfriend to Krabi, Thailand. It was her 27th birthday and she decided to celebrate it with her favorite person of the year. I was lucky enough to be that person. Back then, we were still in a long-distance relationship, and it was not easy for us to meet. After a six-hour flight and two hours of ground transportation, we managed to get to there from different cities. But the three-night-stay at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Krabi was totally worth it. It was such a relaxing time, the weather was perfect, and nothing bothered us during that holiday.” —Phillip Leung, editor, China

A semester at sea

“When I was 20, my parents agreed to put a semester's worth of my college tuition toward a study abroad program on a cruise ship. On Semester at Sea, I sailed alongside 600 students, faculty, and life-long learners to 17 countries in four and a half months, spending a few days to a few weeks everywhere from Brazil to Morocco to Cuba, and taking classes with a curriculum that followed our itinerary. It was the best gift I could ever ask for—an adventure of a lifetime that pushed my wanderlust into high gear.” — Madison Flager , senior commerce editor, U.S.

A signed jersey

“Basketball is my favorite sport, and I like watching NBA games and NBA stars, especially Kobe Bryant, who was one of the greatest players in the world. A few years ago, my friend went on a trip to Los Angeles and watched one of Kobe's games in person. After the game, he bought a signed Kobe jersey and gave it to me. It is still hanging on the wall in my living room, and it's one of the most valuable travel gifts I’ve ever received.” —Miracle Liu, art director, China

“The best travel gift that I received was from the Londoner Macao Hotel . When I checked into the David Beckham suite, I found a Manchester United football shirt signed by David Beckham on my bed. It was the perfect gift for me.” —Ting Wu, managing editor, China

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A non-smartphone camera

“The best travel gift I have ever received is my FUJI Instax mini 90 Camera. All across China, from the Master of the Nets garden in Suzhou to the Gobi Desert in Dunhuang, from volcanoes in Ulanqab to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, I have always carried it with me to capture the special moments and things that inspire me. When I leaf through the photos later, I always appreciate that I brought this camera on every journey.” —Chocaly Qiao, copyright and production editor, China

“Either my SLR, a Canon EOS 1100D, or disposable cameras. Since I got my Canon, though, we have been living an intense love story. It has accompanied me to Paris, Venice, Barcelona, Lisbon, and a road trip through the Canary Islands, not to mention my hometown, Madrid. I enjoy collecting pink skies, looking for the most photogenic side of the buildings, and immortalizing the best profile of my friends (or random people). Without a doubt, the most gratifying thing about capturing the different scenes that I find along the way is being able to travel from home, months later, to all those moments in which I was so happy.” — Lidia González , adaptation editor, Spain

“I received a film camera from my best friend on my 18th birthday. It was a companion for many years, until it stop working one day. I've been many places and created many memories with it though. Every time I would develop a roll of film, I was surprised by the photos. Some are wonderful, some a blur, but I love them and I always enjoy the uncertainty of the process.” —Mandy Guo, video content editor, China

“I​ love ​buying jewelry and trinkets when I travel—it's my way of having the places I've traveled to close to me when I'm back home. I have lacquer earrings from Vietnam, glass bangles from Rajasthan, beaded necklaces from South Africa, and even silver anklets from a Goan flea market, to name a few. A few years ago, a close friend took a solo trip to Nagaland , in India—something I've wanted to do forever. She knew I'd have major FOMO and brought me back a pair of beautiful beaded danglers that she bought from some fierce tribal women she met during her trip. It's a gift I keep close and wear on days I feel the wanderlust rumbling in my bones.” — Smitha Menon , culinary editor and associate digital editor, India

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A surprise party at a medieval castle

“When I turned 40 I decided not to celebrate, because my birthday coincided with a long bank holiday in Spain, so everyone had their plans. Or so I thought. With the excuse of a getaway to my parents' country house, we ended up diverting in the direction of the Castillo del Buen Amor , a cozy hotel located in a medieval fortress where we often go, so nothing made me suspicious. Imagine my face when I crossed the yard of the castle and saw about 50 friends appear, including the entire Condé Nast Traveler Spain team, singing happy birthday among endless balloons. It was just the beginning of three days of party, music—there was even a concert—and fun. Now, every time I go back to the castle, I remember that day. More than a gift, more than a trip, it was the biggest surprise I’ve ever had.” — David Moralejo , head of editorial content, Spain

Refrigerator magnets

“I collect refrigerator magnets and buy them as a souvenir wherever I go. Normally I buy them myself. But once in Milan , I received one from a friendly passerby. This fridge magnet is in the shape of a bowl of pasta, which still sits on my refrigerator.” —Yutong Wang, creative editor, China

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Apple AirTags

“Because my family is spread out across the world, my travels usually involve long-haul flights and a lot of luggage. Which also means I live in fear of lost or misplaced bags. Enter: the Apple AirTags that an aunt sent me earlier this year, which make me feel much more in control on my travels. The technology allows me to track my luggage—or really, any other tagged item—on my phone or laptop, via Apple’s Find My network. And yes, it’s been proven to work globally! Of course, it won’t actually prevent my luggage from getting misplaced by an airline, but it gives me all the peace of mind I need when I get on a plane and see my luggage safely tucked into the aircraft’s hold. Thankfully, I haven’t had the need to use it on lost luggage…yet—and I’d like to keep it that way.” — Arati Menon , global digital director

A limited-edition poetry book

“A prose poem from Antwerp! About two years ago, I went to Antwerp and interviewed Maarten Inghels, the city poet of Antwerp from 2016 to 2018. He showed me how special this poem is when we met at Demain Books. Maarten wrote ‘I Follow the River, I Am the River’ during a journey on foot, following the river Scheldt from its source in the north of France to the sea near Antwerp to check the stream for irregularities and obstacles. This edition features a glass container filled with 40 cL of pure spring water from the Scheldt source. Only 80 numbered and signed copies are on the market. The book store owner, Rene, joked that the book might be full of moss several years later, but we’ll see. It reminds me of the flow of poems and the city.” —Jing Yang, senior features editor, China

A Chilean painting

“I always love buying handicrafts, because it reminds me of the people who created those beautiful things. I've brought back a wood-carved giraffe from South Africa, a fabric basket from Marrakech, and a ceramic pot from Turkey. But a painting on a wood board from Chile comforted me the most during the pandemic. It depicts snow on the red volcanos of Chile. Every time I look at it, it brings me back to the Atacama desert.” —Erin Zheng, features director, China

Tom's Guide

33 best travel gifts for 2023 — gadgets and gear for jetsetters, roadtrippers and more

N othing beats packing your bags and taking off on an adventure, whether by land, sky or sea. Most folks appreciate a good getaway, and gifts that encourage such excursion are almost certain to be well received. This is why we picked our 33 best travel gifts for 2023. 

From handheld game consoles to sturdy walking boots to the perfect neck pillow, the experts here at Tom's Guide have strong opinions on which items most deserve space in your suitcase or carry-on. Moreover, if it made this list, it's legit.

The best travel gifts range in price from under $20 up to several hundred. Regardless of taste or destination, we've got ideas that should please even the fussiest of jetsetters. Now boarding: the best travel gifts of 2023. 

Airplane Essentials

Bose QuietComfort 45

A quality pair of noise cancelling headphones can mean the difference between a peaceful flight and a headache-inducing one. Don't settle for just any pair. These Bose Bluetooth headphones are battle-tested and staff-approved. Find out why in our Bose QuietComfort 45 review.  View Deal

Wandrd Prvke 21L backpack

This oddly-named backpack is full of secret compartments and features, including an oversized weather-resistant roll-top for expanding storage and a hide-away water bottle pocket. The main area is also highly configurable, with plenty of space for gadgets and gear — there are even separate sections for a laptop and a tablet. Oh, and it fits nicely under the seat in front. View Deal

Hydro Flask

Beyond being well-rested, staying hydrated is one of the keys to beating Jet Lag. To do that, you need a good refillable vessel. The Hydro Flask is our favorite water bottle for travel because of its thin, attractive design and outstanding insulation that keeps bevs cold for 24 hours or more. It also comes in an array of snazzy colors. View Deal

Keemall Inflatable Neck Pillow A decent inflatable neck pillow just may be the ultimate travel hack. This one is just $15 and has a soft, machine-washable cover. Inflation takes just a couple of breaths into the one-way air valve. And when deflated, the Keemall can be packed into a small carrying case for easy stowage. View Deal

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2

Want the best noise cancelling earbuds money can buy? Say no more. These second-generation Bose QuietComforts will isolate you into a tranquil zone of peace and quiet. Audio quality is also excellent, which is perhaps why we called them the best-ever wireless earbuds for noise cancellation in our Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 review. View Deal

JLab JBuds Mini

For some affordable ear candy, check out these JBuds Mini wireless earbuds. For $39, they provide solid audio quality in a petite and stylish package. They also boast decent battery life and a durable design. For more on why we love them, read our JLab JBuds Mini review. View Deal

Anker PowerCore Slim 10000

This rugged Anker pack is one of the best portable chargers you can buy. The 10,000 mAh battery has plenty of juice to recharge your smartphone multiple times, just in case the seat-back power is once again on the fritz. It also boasts ports for USB-A, USB-C and Micro-USB. (Note: be sure to clip the coupon on Amazon to save 30%), View Deal

Away Travel Bigger Carry-On

Smart luggage is a smart move. The Bigger Carry-On from Away Travel features a built-in removable battery to keep gadgets charged. It's also super sleek, durable and overhead compartment compliant. Find out more about why we love the Away Travel Bigger Carry-On in our review. View Deal

REI Big Haul 60 Duffel

As its name implies, the Big Haul is all about schlepping lots of stuff — 60 liters worth, to be exact. Best of all, it can be carried as either a backpack or a duffel bag, and the straps easily tuck away when not in use. It also boasts numerous attachment points and a weather-resistant exterior.View Deal

Delsey Paris Helium Aero Luggage Checking a bag? This lightweight, hard-sided spinner suitcase is tough-built and cleared for takeoff. It features two internal zippered compartments, a durable polycarbonate exterior and the ability to expand capacity by two inches (just in case you pick up too many souvenirs). Best of all, it's also designed to survive occasional mishaps like tumbles down subway stairs.View Deal

Tech Gadgets

Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera

Get your vlog on with Sony's pint-sized ZV-1 video camera. It shoots high-quality 4K and is simple to operate. Flip the screen around for selfies or shoot in vertical mode for sharing on social. It also features rock-solid image stabilization and reliable autofocus tuned to human faces. Find out what else it offers in our Sony ZV-1 review. View Deal

Apple AirTag Never misplace your keys, car, smartphone, wallet or luggage again with one of these little round trackers. Sold individually or in four-packs, they offer peace of mind for those on the move, especially when checked bags and short connections are part of the itinerary. Learn more in our Apple AirTag review.View Deal

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 The Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 is a stylish and compact instant camera that makes use of the brand's smallest (and most affordable) Instax Mini format. Dead-simple to operate with no shortage of retro charm, the Mini 40 is a great road trip companion. Find out more in our Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 review. View Deal

Theragun Mini massage gun

Theragun's most compact massage gun doesn't skimp on the power. With three intensities to choose from and a low-profile design, this little device is the ultimate travel and adventure companion, especially after an eight-hour flight in coach. View Deal

Fitbit Charge 6

Monitor your health and wellness with the best overall fitness tracker of 2023. The Fitbit Charge 6 keeps tabs on heart rhythm, blood oxygen saturation, pulse, skin temperature, sleep quality and more. Of course, it can also track your fitness stats as you explore. Find out more in our Fitbit Charge 6 review.View Deal

GoPro Hero10 Black If getting extreme is part of your travel plans, you'll need a decent action camera to document your exploits. The GoPro Hero10 Black may not be the brand's most recent release, but it's plenty capable and can often be found for a discount. Video quality is top-notch, as is image stabilization. Want to know more? Read our GoPro Hero10 Black review. View Deal

Games and Entertainment

Apple iPad Air The latest Apple iPad Air is the best overall tablet of 2023 and a great choice for travel, thanks to its lightweight (and elegant) design. It also offers great battery life, a truly stunning display and speedy performance. For more on why we love it, head to our Apple iPad Air review.View Deal

Amazon Fire 7 A tablet for less than $60? Yes indeed. The Amazon Fire 7 is the best budget tablet in 2023. Perfect for watching movies and TV, reading the news or browsing social feeds, it's an unfussy tablet for unfussy folks. Read our full Amazon Fire 7 tablet review. View Deal

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Got kids in tow? The Amazon Fire 10 HD Kids Pro is the best tablet for kids ages six to 12 thanks to its bright screen, simple user interface and durable design. For even younger travelers, consider the non "pro" Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids instead. View Deal

Kindle Paper White

The Kindle Paper White is one of the best e-readers out there, thanks to a large 6.8-inch display and ten weeks of battery life. It's also water-resistant and reasonably tough-built. Learn more in our Kindle Paper White review. View Deal

Nintendo Switch (Mario Kart 8 Bundle) One of the best holiday Nintendo Switch deals is this Mario Kart 8 Bundle for $299 at Best Buy. You get a Switch console, a digital copy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Switch Online. Not to shabby considering the console alone usually costs that amount. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite - Blue The Nintendo Switch Lite doesn't offer the same hybrid gameplay as its big brother. But it plays all the same games. And for those often on the go, it may be a better choice thanks to its petite, lightweight design. Find out more in our Nintendo Switch Lite review. View Deal

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Believe the hype. This game is expansive, nostalgic, fun and totally awesome. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is finally available for the Nintendo Switch (and Switch Lite). Grab a copy today and get lost in the vast lands and skies of Hyrule.View Deal

Outerwear and Weather Prep

L.L. Bean PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jacket

This lightweight, insulated synthetic jacket is the perfect mid-layer for cold-weather activities like hiking and snowboarding. It's also a good choice for those who get chilly easily on airplanes. When not being worn, the PrimaLoft Packaway does what its name suggests: packs away into an interior zippered chest pocket. In this form, it makes for a good travel pillow.  View Deal

Patagonia Houdini packable jacket

Fun fact: This was Houdini’s favorite jacket, hence the name. He even wore it during some of his most famous escapes. Okay, not really, but there is something magical about a packable garment that takes up almost no space, weighs next to nothing, yet provides a fair amount of weather protection. View Deal

Scarpa Maverick Mid GTX Hiking Boot

Stylish and supportive, these Italian hiking boots are appropriate for dirt or pavement. The outsole strikes a perfect balance between stiff and flexible, a Gore-Tex liner keeps your toes dry and an odor-crushing insole ensures you don't offend anyone. They're also among the best hiking boots in 2023.View Deal

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket Offering greater rain protection than the Patagonia Houdini, the Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket will keep you dry in all but heavy and/or sustained downpours. It's also lightweight, comfortable and super breathable. Plus, like all the jackets in this guide, it packs down for easy carrying. View Deal

Road Trip Essentials

Stanley Adventure to Go Insulated Travel Tumbler Whether you want to keep 35 ounces of coffee hot and fresh for up to 25 hours or a thirst-quenching beverage ice-cold for 27 hours or more, this insulated stainless steel thermos has your back. It boasts a leakproof design with a built-in cup that doubles as a lid. It's also seemingly bombproof.  View Deal

Noco Boost Plus GB40 1000A Battery Jump Starter

Kiss the dreaded jumper cables and awkward pleas with strangers goodbye forever. For less than $100, an automatic jump starter is a great emergency kit addition, especially if you live somewhere cold. It can also be used to charge electronics and has a built-in LED flashlight. View Deal

Purple Simple Seat Cushion

Give your tired buns a rest with Purple's travel-friendly Simple Seat Cushion. It's super comfy, especially for long-haul drives, and designed to work well in most vehicles. The outer cover is machine washable, just in case you spill some coffee/ketchup/etc. View Deal

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

Ideal for drivers who to minimize obstructing their view of the road ahead, the Garmin Dash Cam Mini is the best small dash cam in 2023. Offering Full HD video, voice control and a tiny footprint, it's also a bargain right now at just $99. Find out more in our Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 review. View Deal

Fanttik X8 Apex tire inflator The Fanttik X8 Apex may be compact and unassuming, but it's also one of the best tire inflators in 2023. We love it for its petite size, large display, onboard battery and built-in LED flashlight. It's also a piece of cake to use. Want to know more? Read our Fanttik X8 Apex review.

DOT Essential OSHA ANSI Emergency Kit

Preparation is the key to any successful trip. This is especially true when embarking on a long road trip. Whether you're driving a new car or a beloved clunker, make sure you have one of the best emergency car kits onboard. The DOT Essential OSHA ANSI Compliant Kit comes in a compact duffel bag and includes many essentials like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, emergency lights and more. View Deal

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35 Best Travel Gifts for All Kinds of Globetrotters in 2023

Beyond a voucher or a wad of cash put towards some imminent vacation, the best travel gifts go one step further to ensure that the actual trip itself goes off without a hitch. Any number of potential pitfalls can put a snag on that blissful OOO sojourn, from an unfamiliar outlet that can't charge your devices to screaming infants on your flight, but there are gadgets and gear that you can bestow upon someone to pre-empt all the expected challenges. And outside these purely practical choices , there are also some select splurges that will help fulfill their wildest travel dreams, like a souped-up GoPro camera or a piece of status-y luggage .

They'll have you to thank every time they slip on their favorite travel tee , or glide down the terminal with a shiny new carry-on bag. And you'll feel slightly less envious about all those dazzling photos from sandy beaches when you know you helped them capture all those moments, or made their trip a little smoother. Without further ado, all the best travel gifts for your favorite gallivanter.

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Go Travel Coffee Press

Aeropress' eminently travel-friendly designs use wafer-thin filters and an impressive plunger design that requires almost no cleanup for your coffee grounds whatsoever. It's a no-brainer for any frequent traveler who wants consistently delicious coffee no matter where they are, on or off the grid.

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Instead of relying on WiFi or Bluetooth, Air Tags ping billions of iPhone users all around the world to pinpoint their locaiton. Twenty eight bucks isn't much to spend for the gift of knowing your bag made it onto the flight, and isn't in fact spinning out somewhere over the ocean.

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Mega Pillow

If he's secretly like the princess and the pea when it comes to pillows , this travel version (which packs down to the size of a soda can) will be a game-changer. Tell him to combine this with a window seat for the best sleep experience available in economy class.

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Lightweight Standard Mouth Trail Series

This bottle will become his companion at the gym, on the trail, and on long trips. The Trail series Hydroflask bottles are 25% lighter than standard models, but still keep your water cold for up to 24 hours.

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America the Beautiful Pass 2023/2024

This pass is easily the best 80 bucks you'll ever spend, securing you entry to public lands from coast to coast.

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Add some yee-haw energy to his travel rotation with these roper boots that have a slightly more accommodating fit than most, making them a great choice for first-time cowboys.

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'There and Back: Photographs from the Edge,' by Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin has lensed some of the least-explored places on earth. With this coffee table book, maybe he'll find some inspiration to plan some of his own adventures, even if they're a little less extreme.

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No Sweat Pants

We all know someone who needs to lose the sweatpants. Duer's "no sweat" pants look a little more dressed-up than joggers, but have the comfy feel of a lived-in piece of leisurewear.

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Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 70L

Patagonia's iconic Black Hole duffels switch gears easily between white water rafting trips and weekends in the Hamptons. The wheeled version will even help him haul his gear across the airport or to the trailhead.

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Accents Kit

With these high-vis Tumi accents, he'll never have trouble locating his bag in the crowded luggage carousel.

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Sleep Mask Pro

The GOAT of sleep masks blocks out all sunlight with molded eye cups. It's not the prettiest sight in the world, but it may be the only thing that'll actually help him cure his jet lag.

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Introduce him to his new favorite travel tee. The Manna is soft, sustainable, and odor-resistant, which makes long days navigating railways and airports a little bit less unpleasant.

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Peak Design

The guy who is constantly untangling the giant bundle of cables he carries around everywhere could probably use a pouch that has all the space and organization he needs to achieve charging serenity.

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Titanium Spork

Airline cutlery is the worst, and ordering takeout to your hotel with no utensils in sight is just as disappointing. But with this shiny spork in his bag, he'll be prepped to chow down whether he's in the mountains or in a meeting.

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GoPro HERO11 Black Camera

Getting footage of your vacations is fun, but hauling around a clunker of a camcorder like your dad might have is not. The Go Pro Hero 11 Black Camera is small enough to stuff into pocket, and gives him a way to film on days when he wants to leave his phone back at the hotel.

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Wave+ Multi-Tool

A good pocket multitool has all the essentials you'll need on the road in one lightweight attachment. The Leatherman Wave+ uses a 1/4" bit driver to allow you to customize the tool set to your needs.

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Sea to Summit

Hydraulic Packing Cube Set

Sea to Summit's new Hydraulic packing cubes are water- and dust-proof, while keeping bulk to a minimum. Their translucent sides will also help him remember what he's packed, whether he's backpacking or booking into business class.

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International Travel Adapter & Charger

Replace his bag of region-specific adaptors and USB converters with one that covers all his bases for charging just about anything, just about anywhere.

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Moto Buds ANC True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Portable, noise-cancelling buds that don't feel as bulky as over-ear options when you're trying to get some sleep on a packed flight or just aiming to run some laps in your hotel gym.

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Nalgene Polyethylene Bottle - 2 fl. oz.

If he likes to save money, or just wants to save the planet, these tiny, indestructible bottles are great for toting his toiletries on a trip—minus the mess.

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Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

Rumpl's puffy, lightweight down blanket works just as well on a flight as it does for sleeping under the stars on a summer night, and comes in tons of great colorways like this Blue Ridge-themed one.

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Durable Bifold Wallet

This classic, GQ -approved canvas bifold is built to stand up to the rigors of hard winters in the outdoors, so it should do just fine in his back pocket. These wallets are also vegan, and can avoid unwanted snooping on his credit cards with their RFID blocker.

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These over-ear headphones look great and sound even better. They also boast an active noise-cancellation feature that's efficient enough to drown out the drone of a plane engine, or the screaming baby a few rows back on your flight.

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Field Shirt

Arc'teryx

Lightweight collared shirts are a timeless travel staple that can be dressed up or down for the occasion, and this Arcteryx Veilance model is one of the most versatile, blending modern fabrics and design with the utility of the classic safari shirt.

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Fenix 7 Pro S

Garmin's Fenix 7 Pro S can run more than a month on a single charge, and functions as a fitness tracker , smartwatch, and GPS in one package. It's the perfect splurge gift for the guy who likes to stay in shape (or just micromanage his bio stats) while he travels for work.

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PowerVolt Travel20 Wall and Car Travel Charger

Not being able to charge your phone in a rental car is frustrating, but not quite frustrating enough to travel with a 12V adaptor. This handy plug works as a wall to USB-C adaptor as well as a 12V to USB-C adaptor so he'll never be seeing the dreaded red blinking battery light.

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85 Best Gifts for Travelers: Unique Travel Gift Ideas for 2024

Jeremy Scott Foster

  • Last Modified: December 13, 2023

Unique Gift Ideas for Travelers

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As a gift-giver, shopping for gifts for travelers can  feel  like fun. But those of us on the receiving end of these traveling gifts know that some travel gift ideas are better than others.

Of course, that’s true of all gifts, but we travelers, in particular, need functionality and convenience above all else.

A lot of gift guides for travelers out there include some questionable items, but I’ve spent the past few years compiling and updating this guide to make it the most comprehensive list of travel gear and present ideas that people would  actually  want under their Christmas tree.

Every item in this guide is useful, practical, long-lasting and many even eco-friendly. If you’re out of travel gift ideas, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for here.

Here are the best travel gifts, suitable for anyone who loves to travel in your life.

Unique Travel Gifts

How do you shop for the traveler who has it all? These unique travel gifts really stand out; there’s something here for even the most high maintenance jet-setter.

1. Vessi Travel Shoes

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First up: travel shoes ! When I shop for travel shoes, I look for something that is weatherproof and supportive without compromising on style. Normally these categories are mutually exclusive, but fortunately, Vessi has come in with these amazing kicks that are vegan, waterproof and super comfortable.

These light, sporty shoes come with different designs for city life, everyday and active wear, and they’re suitable for “peak to street” wear. Unlike other waterproof shoes, the Vessi travel shoes have a patented fabric weave that keeps them waterproof for life, which is perfect for impromptu storms or adventures.

Not convinced? Read my full Vessi Shoes review . I’m a long time fan.

2. GRAYL GEOPRESS Filtered Water Bottle

Grayl Water Bottle

One of my favorite places in the world to hike is the mountains of southern New Zealand. I also love being able to drink from the ice-cold streams that snake through the valleys and forests thanks to the  GRAYL GEOPRESS filtered water bottle .

Forget the iodine tablets and the extra water bottles, this filtered bottle gives you access to clean, natural water with every sip. It removes pathogens like viruses and bacteria, and it filters out everything from heavy metals to pesticides. This is a great gift for the traveler in your life who’s eco-conscious and don’t like getting sick on the trail. I think it’s safe to say: That is most of us. Packing a Grayl Geopress is one of my favorite travel tips.

3. Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel Bag

Every backpacker knows the airline luggage struggle. You need  a carry-on backpack  with the storage capacity of a suitcase, but a comfortable go-anywhere backpack carry design.

The only item you see everywhere, however, is the clickety-clack wheelie bags that would be hopeless on a hiking trail. Fear not,  the 45L Peak Design Travel Bag  is my favorite carry-on backpack to date.

Designed to be taken from the airplane cabin to the trail, this weatherproof wünderbag is the perfect present for anyone who needs to carry a new backpack.

It’s definitely not the cheapest option on this list—this is a  nice  gift—but I personally love it and I’m sure they will, too!

For more info on this travel bag, check out my full  Peak Design review .

4. Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

Alright, I know what you’re thinking. You can’t possibly read from a screen because nothing will ever beat paper (except scissors).

Folks, I’ve been there. I am a voracious reader, but on my first trip, I realized that I had to do something about all the travel books I had accumulated because my back was killing me from lugging them around.

After moaning to a family member about this, they gifted me a  Kindle Paperwhite …and I haven’t looked back. With its natural paper interface, it re nothing like a smartphone screen. If you love to read, a whole library of travel books can be made available in a device that weighs less than most paperbacks, plus it comes with a ton of accessories. This is one of my favorite gifts for the person who loves their literature.

5. Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracking Device

Tile Bluetooth Tracker next to a set of keys

Hands up if you’ve lost your keys, wallet or phone on holiday. We all know that sinking feeling of your things not being there when you need them, and not remembering where you left them. But thanks to  Tile,  you can find your accessories quickly and easily via Bluetooth.

You simply attach a receiver to your valuables, then if you misplace it, you can make them ring via Bluetooth. These are also trackable online if you lose them out of Bluetooth range or if they are stolen. Keep track of those elusive keys and walkabout wallets, and thwart petty thievery. Pretty neat, huh?

6. REI Gift Card

REI Gift Cards

Are you looking for gifts for travel friends but have no idea what they like? Give them a  choice  with a  REI Gift Card.  Their online store stocks an amazing range of gifts for travelers from high-quality tents to yoga mats to wool accessories, so they are sure to find something they will like.

Take the guesswork out of shopping and let your friends pick out the products they want the most! You can’t go wrong with a gift card, and it’s easy enough to add to your shopping list.

7. JBL Flip 6 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

In my opinion, one of the all-time best gifts for travel is a Bluetooth speaker—or as I refer to them, Instant Party Machines. If you’re out on the beach and need some fun beats to get the mood going, you can connect your phone and get a soundtrack going. The sound quality is surprisingly good!

If your playlist runs out of steam, there’s no AUX cord to worry about, just connect someone else’s phone and you’re back on. Plus,  this particular speaker from JBL  comes in a bunch of colors and is sturdy and water-resistant so it can handle a drink being spilled on it.

I’ve traveled with the JBL Flip in nearly every country I’ve visited from Colombia to Laos, so join the party.

8. Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone

Just to be clear, I’m not telling you to buy the Egyptian artifact held at the British Museum (though if you get the chance, you should definitely see it).

Rather,  Rosetta Stone  is a language learning tool that is easy for everyone to use.

No, it’s not a piece of tangible travel gear, but it will be something that your loved one will appreciate on his/her next adventure.

This is a perfect travel product idea because it teaches everyday foreign language skills that you can use quickly and easily, instead of getting bogged down in excessive vocabulary and grammar.

With a wide range of language options, Rosetta Stone is a great way to prepare yourself for a new country and make yourself some new friends. That’s why it’s one of the coolest gifts—it’s the kind that keeps on giving.

9. Coalatree Kachula Blanket

Coalatree Kachula Blanket

From camping trips to music festivals, the Coalatree Kachula Blanket is a must-have for the holiday season. But, this multi-functional product is more than just a water-resistant blanket for picnics. Not only can it be used as a light sleeping bag, but it can also transform into a hooded poncho or travel pillow.

And if you want to share with others, the module system can snap together with another blanket set to make one giant, super-blanket! It’s one of the coolest accessories you can have for traveling.

Considered the swiss-army knife of blankets, I absolutely love the Kachula Blanket for its versatility.

10. Peak Design Tech Pouch

This is a personal favorite. As a person who hoards charging cables, stationery, SD Cards and other tech bits because “you never know…” It’s amazing to have somewhere organized to carry them all.

This handy little pouch  is basically a toiletry bag for electronics. It holds all your electronics in a maximum-storage/minimum-space design that will fit perfectly in your luggage.

This easily makes it ideal for travelers trying to save space. Plus, if you go to the Peak Design store and order this Tech Pouch with the backpack from earlier, you save 10 percent.

11. Jaybird X4 Wireless Headphones

Jaybird X3 Bluetooth Headphones

Meet the next generation of headphones designed for active listeners.  The Jaybird X4 ‘s are custom designed to stay on while you exercise so you never again have to scrabble in the bush on a trail trying to find your other earpiece.

Matched with a high-quality sound production system for a flawless listening experience and an eight-hour battery life, this tops our list of best gifts for travelers who like to stay active on the road—or just listen to tunes while hustling through the airport. Wireless headphones might be all the rage, but these are just as comfortable.

12. Anker PowerCore Portable Battery Bank

Anker PowerCore Portable Battery Bank

Finding outlets in an airport can be notoriously difficult. Sometimes looking for a place to plug in my phone can feel like going for a treasure hunt. And then when I find one it’s either broken, or there are seven people waiting in line to get a charge.

Give the gift of convenience with this Anker PowerCore battery bank. If you’re getting a gift for a frequent traveler, they’ll love the ability to top off their phone battery without hunting around the airport. It’s compact, lightweight, and actually offers pretty impressive charging capacity for its size.

It will also give them some great peace of mind knowing that they will never get stranded with a dead phone when they need it.

13. Deckers Lab X-Scape Shoes

Deckers X Lab X-Scape Shoes

Deckers Lab X-Scape Shoes  are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They’ve been dubbed the home workout sneaker of the year, with excellent midsole cushioning for extra support. They also regulate foot temperature.

Whether you’re doing sumo squats or shuffling around the apartment making coffee, these shoes just work. There’s lots of styles and colors to choose from as well, including for both men and women.

14. Stigma Hemp

Stigma CBD oil

Travel is exciting, but it can also be nerve-wracking. If you know a traveler who gets extremely anxious before boarding a flight, or even embarking on a solo trip, CBD oil (like the organic offerings from Stigma Hemp ) can be a huge help. Its calming properties help reduce anxiety and fear, and it’s one of the things I most recommend for dealing with travel anxiety in particular.

It also comes in a number of forms, from organic oil to gel capsules to chewable gummies.

Just a note: Do your research before traveling with CBD oil. Although it’s legal in the United States, that doesn’t mean it’s legal everywhere.

Small Travel Gifts Under $50

Want to spoil your loved one, but don’t have a lot of cash to spare? These small travel gifts under $50 are a big hit.

15. Magnet Earphone Winder from Mochi Things

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It’s a fact of life that it’s impossible to keep wired earphones from tangling into a giant mass that takes forever to untangle. That’s why the Magnet Earphone Winder from Mochi Things is an absolutely brilliant piece of technology.

The ends of the earphone winder are made up of magnetic pieces, so all you have to do is wrap your earphones around the winder and put the ends together. It keeps your wires nice and tidy, and the inside of the winder is made with suede for cleaning your screen.

The Magnet Earphone Winder is super affordable, and it’s small enough to make a fantastic stocking stuffer.

16. Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow

The Cabeau Evolution S3 Neck Pillow

Bring business class comfort on any long haul flights with  this deluxe travel neck pillow . Forget the limp U-pillows in the airport shops or curling up in the window seat. This is the Ferrari of head support and easily the best travel pillow on the market.

Guaranteed to avoid the dreaded post-flight crick in the neck. It has supports for your neck, chin and head using a memory foam core, and it can even strap to your headrest to keep you extra stable mid-flight. Designed to give you the ultimate in-flight comfort, the only thing this neck pillow doesn’t have is a built-in masseuse. Those long flights don’t stand a chance!

17. Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Midori Traveler's Notebook

I am a sucker for a nice travel journal. They are like memory vaults, full of anything from journal entries to the bizarre directions a stranger gave you that you had to quickly scribble down. What better way to hold onto these precious moments and fun photos than with  this quality, Japanese design from Midori?

It pulls your travel photos together with a stylish, classic look. Its high-quality craftsmanship will furthermore hold your treasured memories safely without falling apart. For frequent travelers, it’s a must. Sometimes the best gifts for travelers are the ones that make memorable keepsakes.

18. “Keep Calm and Travel On” T-Shirt

Keep Calm and Travel On T-Shirt

We’ve all been there: Plans have gone out the window, it’s pouring with rain, you can’t find where you’re supposed to be going and you’re starting to panic. In times like these, it’s always good to have a reminder that it’s all going to be OK.

That’s just where  this perfect shirt  comes in: Look in the mirror, look at the shirt and remember to keep your chin up. After all, what could be better than traveling?

19. Anker PowerCore Slim High Capacity Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore

Picture this: Walking the streets of a far-off city while you head towards a beautiful art gallery, your phone suddenly dies and you lose your directions. You could run all the way back to the hotel and use the wall socket, or you could save yourself a whole lot of hassle with this  power bank from Anker.

This portable power bank with USB ports is an amazing piece of technology. It’s so small, you can carry it in your pocket next to your phone. It’s a godsend for frequent travelers. Yet, it can hold enough charge for at least three full recharges.

20. ESPRO Travel Coffee Press

ESPRO Travel Press

There is nothing like a quality cup of joe on a trip. The  ESPRO travel press  means that you never have to settle for instant coffee. You can bring your favorite roasts and beans with you wherever your traveling.

With the french press and pour-over capabilities, as well as a tea brewing capability, this travel press means anyone can have a cuppa their way, no matter where you are. It is also nice and compact to slide smoothly into your gear without taking up too much space.

21. Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Shirt

Patagonia Capilene® Cool Trail Shirt

Just like onions and ogres, travelers have layers. What better layer to get for your nomadic loved one than a comfy, wear-anywhere t-shirt that will take them from the hiking trail to the city with ease?

With its lightweight fabric and assortment of colors, this is one of the best travel gifts for anyone who needs a little extra in their wardrobe (or luggage). It’s especially great for your environmentally-conscious BFF—it’s entirely made from recycled materials.

22. Kuju Pour Over Coffee

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Here’s something for the coffee snobs in our life: the Kuju Pour Over Coffee . Single-serving and portable, these little pockets anchor to any size mug so you can brew delicious coffee without any additional equipment. 

Kuju Pour Over Coffee is an excellent gift for any outdoorsy type. All the coffee is specialty-grade and ethically sourced, and the packaging is ultra-lightweight for carrying. Just pour hot water over the coffee, and the brew is ready in two minutes! No more carrying around that yucky instant mix.

You can also purchase bundles with different flavors, as well as camp mugs, insulated flasks, and other accessories.

Useful Travel Gifts

If you’re trying to shop for your most practical friend or family member, you can’t go wrong with these useful travel gifts.

23. HydroFlask

Hydro Flask adventure bundle

Who knew thermoses could be so cool this holiday season? These stylish insulated bottles are great gifts keep your cold stuff cold and your hot stuff hot while also being slim, chic and environmentally friendly.

HydroFlask  has a number of designs made for travelers to take water, booze, coffee, tea, soup or any other liquid you’d rather not have lukewarm. Absolutely one of our best gifts for travelers who like to stay on the move with refreshment always on hand.

24. Quip Toothbrush

Quip Toothbrush

While we’re talking about deliveries, let’s talk about  Quip.  This is a revolutionary electric toothbrush, designed for travelers who want to keep their teeth extra healthy.

The sleek metal design is compact enough to slip into your luggage, and fresh brush heads are delivered to your door every three months so you always have maximum brushing power. The vibrating technology gives your teeth a bit of extra polish to keep all those late-night travel beers and morning coffees from doing too much damage.

25. NOMAD Goods Leather Smartphone Case

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The best travel gifts are the ones that keep your important stuff safe as well as stylish, and that’s exactly what NOMAD does with its range of  smartphone cases.  Beautiful, American-made leather cases that not only look amazing but that also protect your electronic baby from the hard bumps and knocks on the road.

They even have cases that will fit a Moment smartphone lens for those who like to take smartphone photography to the next level. You can still take a great photo while also protecting your smartphone from scratches and dirt.

26. Swiftwick Socks

Pursuit Socks from Swiftwick

Socks are literally THE gift for the person who has everything, but that doesn’t mean socks aren’t thoughtful and luxurious! Every traveler needs a quality pair of socks with a great fit, and Swiftwick does the job.

My favorite socks are from the Pursuit line. They’re made of merino wool , they’re cushioned to support muscles, and they’re designed to absorb impact. Perfect for long travel days and walking for hours on end!

27. Eagle Creek Compression Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek Compression Packing Cubes

You will never believe how useful packing cubes are until you try them.  These handy little packing cubes  do two things: they keep all your clothes separated for easy access, and they save you space by compressing them all so you can pack light.

When you travel with packing cubes, you’re staying exceptionally organized and saving yourself a ton of packing space in your luggage! Say goodbye to dirty old shopping bags full of clothes, these packing cubes make great gift ideas for travelers who want to pack light and stay organized.

28. The Scrubba Washbag

Scrubba Wash Bag is a must have item for both male and female travelers!

I  love   this washbag set from Scrubba.  It’s basically a portable washing machine for your trail gear. Dirty, stinky trail gear that’s being worn multiple days is a hygiene risk (not to mention gross). But a Scrubba will have it fresh and clean with just a touch of detergent and some water.

These make perfect gifts for travelers who are looking for a space saver—washing your clothes mid-hike means you don’t have to pack as much clothing, plus the set can be used as a laundry bag once dry. What’s more, you’ll save money while traveling by not having to pay for washing services or a laundromat, which makes it an incredible travel product.

29. Universal Travel Adapter

Universal Travel Adapter

One of the most irritating parts of traveling to new countries is power sockets. Why can’t they be standardized like charging cables? It would make things so much easier.

Thankfully, there is a magic solution.  This universal travel adapter  adjusts to fit any socket anywhere around the world and fits plugs from just as many places. It even comes with two USB ports so charging your phone and mobile devices is easier than ever. Compact, sleek and ruggedly designed, we chose this as one of our best gifts for travelers who are looking to cut down on unnecessary purchases during their trip.

30. LARQ Bottle

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Say hello to the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle! As one of the most technologically advanced products on this list, the LARQ Bottle will easily become the coolest accessory in your bag. In fact, it made our list of best travel water bottles .

The built-in UV-C light neutralizes 99.9999% of viruses and bacteria, like E. coli and Salmonella. On top of that, it cleans the inside of the bottle, which means you’ll never have to wash it, ever!

Best of all, you’re cutting down on the usage of single-use plastic bottles. Save the environment and enjoy fresh-tasting water anywhere around the world! Check out my full LARQ review here .

31. BenjiLock Fingerprint Padlock

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The BenjiLock Fingerprint Padlock is one of the coolest new pieces of technology we’ve come across in a while. This padlock is a must for anyone who travels with a lot of expensive gear or valuables, as it’s equipped with advanced fingerprint technology to ensure fingerprint accuracy and security. No more fumbling with numbers or keys!

The padlock comes with a 43mm lock body, a chrome-plated steel shackle, a built-in rechargeable battery, and a fingerprint touch screen. A fully charged battery lasts for up to six months, and there’s also a set of spare keys to go with it (just in case). It also stores up to 10 fingerprints, so anyone traveling with friends or family can spread the love.

Adventure Travel Gifts

Finding the best adventure travel gifts for your person can be tricky if you’re not familiar with all the gear. These items will get you started, but be sure to read about our favorite outdoor clothing brands for more ideas.

32. Jetboil Flash

Jetboil Flash

Even though you’re in the wilderness, you can still wake up with a cup of hot tea or coffee. The Jetboil Flash is your portable cooking companion that can boil water in just 100 seconds! It’s perfect for hot drinks, oatmeal, pasta, and anything else on the menu that needs boiling water.

This is a must-have gift for friends who want to up their cooking skills while camping or backpacking.

33. BioLite HeadLamp 330

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When you’re doing adventurous things in dark places, you need to be able to see what you’re doing. Try lighting up your surroundings that with this BioLite HeadLamp 330 . A good headlamp is easily one of the most useful things to take with you on your adventures (or, let’s be real, even for just rooting around in your backpack in a dark hostel dorm).

It weighs only 69 grams and its moisture-wicking fabric keeps you nice and dry. There’s a rechargeable battery, and red night vision is included. Plus it comes in four colors to match anyone’s style!

34. Roo Camping Hammock by Kammok

Kammock Roo Hammock

If you’ve ever wanted a hammock that works hard and plays hard, this is your stop.  The Kammok Roo  works hard by being made of tough, tear-resistant material and stronger-than-steel cords. It plays, not exactly hard, but incredibly comfortable and provides the perfect resting perch between your hard travel adventures.

Use it in the backyard on a summer evening or as a camping hammock in the bush. Big enough for one or two, this is among the best gifts for travelers who are creatures of comfort.

35. Kammok Pongo Pad

Kammok Pongo Pad

On a camping trip, there’s always that one person who complains about never getting enough sleep. To save them (and yourself) from hours of whining and complaining, consider buying them a Kammok Pongo Pad.

This inflatable sleeping pad has an egg-crate design that’s guaranteed to keep them comfortably snoozing through the night. And they won’t have to worry about hauling around a bulky mattress topper. That’s because the Pongo Pad deflates to a compact 4 in x 8 in, and can easily fit in most backpacks.

36. 57Hours Tour

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Know someone that’s addicted to travel plans and travel experiences? With 57Hours , you can give friends and family the gift of adventure travel!

Since the mission of 57Hours is encouraging people to adventure outside and making it easier for them to do so, this company aims to do just that.

Whether it’s rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon or hiking in Svalbard, 57Hours has an adventure travel option to suit everybody. You can’t put a bow on top of it (or maybe you can?), but the gift of travel is pretty hard to top.

37. Arkadia Sea to Sky Pack

Arkadia Sea to Sky Pack

If you’re looking for a  travel daypack  that’s a cut above the rest, look no further than this  Arkadia backpack.  It’s lightweight, durable and, best of all, the main compartment is  fully  waterproof. It’s basically a packable, dry bag daypack! And the adjustable side straps and padded shoulders mean you can carry your stuff around all day and explore the world with minimal discomfort.

The Sea to Sky pack can be used for hiking in a rainy season. Or it can be used for bicycle commuting at home if the weather isn’t holding up.

38. BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle

BioLite Camping Stove Bundle

After a day on the trail, there is nothing I hate more than fiddling with matches or gas cookers to get dinner started. Thankfully, the  BioLite CampStove 2  is here to help.

This amazing little stove burns biomass wood, pinecones or pellet fuel and has adjustable heat settings. All this energy funnels to a grill top and even a phone charger.

Best of all, the fire is smokeless, so you don’t need to get up and move every time the wind changes. At five pounds, you might not want to take it backcountry hiking, but it’s a brilliant and lightweight assist for camping trips. It’s the perfect travel gift idea for anyone who wants to bring a bit of glamping to their camping.

39. Sea to Summit Ascent Sleeping Bag

Sea to Summit Ascent Sleeping Bag

The Sea to Summit Ascent Sleeping Bag is my sleeping bag of choice for camping and backpacking—I take it everywhere, even if I’m car camping . Not only is it super warm and lightweight, but it’s also made with responsibly sourced 750-fill-power duck down.

This sleeping bag comes in regular and tall sizes, and three different temperature ratings: 2.5 seasons (25 degrees Fahrenheit), 3 seasons (15 degrees Fahrenheit), and winter (0 degrees Fahrenheit). It takes up just 5-10 liters of space when compressed, and has an ultra cozy hood for when things get a little chilly.

40. Arc’teryx Atom Hoody

ATOM LT HOODY

When I travel anywhere, I like to save luggage space by taking clothes that are versatile without compromising on quality. That means usually taking a jacket that is durable and weatherproof for hiking but can also be worn for sightseeing in the city. It’s extremely versatile, serving as either a midlayer or an outer shell.

That’s why I absolutely love  this hoody from Arc’teryx . Lightweight, insulated and quick-drying with a bit of subtle style, it’s an amazing product for someone looking for a versatile layer.

41. Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL

If your camping set is needing an upgrade, look no further than  the Big Agnes Copper Spur . This is on my list of the best backpacking tents for backcountry hikers who likes a bit of headroom, as this tent is designed for maximum internal space (HV = High Volume).

As well as being very lightweight (UL = Ultralight), it is adaptable for hot summer nights with the ability to turn it from a tent into a ventilated shelter. Three-season, two-person, one award-winning tent. It’s easily one of the best gifts for travelers and campers who pack light!

42. Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld GPS

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If you’re hiking in the bush and Google Maps just isn’t going to cut it,  the Garmin eTrex 30x  is what you’ve been looking for. These are designed to get you geolocated no matter the weather conditions or the forest cover.

Durable, boasting a long-lasting battery and coming with a handlebar mount for wheeled adventures, this is certainly a key piece of safety gear for anyone venturing off the beaten path. They’ll never have to worry about getting lost in the wilderness again.

Travel Gift Ideas for Her

If you feel like spoiling the lady in your life, these travel gift ideas for her will do the trick. And, if you’re still stuck, check out our full list of travel gifts for her.

43. Kiehl’s Travel Size Skincare Value Bundle

Kiehl's Skincare Bundle

Women who love to travel should be acquainted with the annoyance that is liquids. It can be a hassle because you need them on the plane, but you can’t take them in your carry-on. This means pouring a splash of everything you need into tiny little containers just for the journey.

The  Kiehl’s Travel Size Skincare Value Bundle  has travel-sized bottles and one of the few travel gifts for her that’ll make things a lot easier. All of the toiletries are already packaged in 100ml containers.

She’ll never have to rummage through her luggage for her liquids, making airport security a breeze from here on out. These travel accessories are a win win!

44. Peak Design Everyday Tote

Peak Design tote

The Peak Design Everyday Tote  is built for the traveling photographer and will keep her camera, lenses, and other photography equipment well organized wherever she goes. The best part about this bag is that it’s incredibly versatile, so she’s able to wear it slung like a cross-body messenger bag, a normal handbag, or a full tote.

There’s nothing flashy about it, either. This camera bag is low-profile, meaning she can bring it just about anywhere. It’s even suitable for business trips.

45. Bluffworks Trevi Dress

Bluffworks Trevi Dress

The  Bluffworks Trevi Dress  is a lightweight and breezy travel dress that makes the ultimate travel gift for your most fashionable friend. Thanks to its wrinkle-resistant and odor-wicking fabric, it’s easy to toss into your luggage and is perfect for both long-term and short-term trips.

But the best part? The Trevi Dress has six built-in pockets designed to hold her valuables, like her passport, phone, or wallet! It’s a must-have for any closet, but especially for anyone who likes to look sharp while on the road, whether it’s for business travel or a fun night out.

46. BaByliss Pro Travel Dryer

BaByliss Pro Travel Dryer

Those old hairdryers in hotel rooms are rarely worth using, and often they’ll leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. But the new BaBylissPro Travel Dryer packs up perfectly into most purses and all suitcases thanks to its compact design and ability to fold up. No more frizzy, dried out hair when she’s on the road! 

It’s also super high tech. Unlike most travel hairdryers, the BaBylissPro Travel Dryer has special tourmaline titanium technology to keep hair sleek, shiny and frizz-free. Plus it blow dries hair much, much faster. This is the ideal gift for anyone who values great hair while on the road!

47. Aria Travel Kit

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The Aria Travel Kit is an essential kit for travelers, with hand-picked, quality items also inside a vegan leather pouch. Everything is in a compact form so that it fits in all carry-ons or bags. 

Every Aria Travel Kit is a first-class experience that comes with an all-natural face and body moisturizer, lip balm, deodorant, solid perfume, a lined notebook, a silk sleeping eye mask, hair ties, Emergen-Cs, earplugs, q-tips, disposable face masks, a pen, and a bamboo toothbrush. That’s a lot in one kit!

Most of the items are citrus or grapefruit-scented, but the perfume is portland rose. Even so, the scents aren’t overpowering, and your gift recipient will feel refreshed after a long flight thanks to all these goodies. 

48. Silken Pure Sleep Mask

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The Silken Pure sleep mask is the Cadillac of sleep masks. It’s made of 100% pure organic silk from the outer shell to the filler lining. These masks are incredibly soft and comfortable, and the silk is actually proven to improve natural skin hydration.

The Silken Pure sleep mask also promotes healthy, wrinkle-free skin thanks to the material’s anti-aging and anti-sleep wrinkle properties. The masks are designed to help you fall asleep and stay asleep, and you’ll wake up looking as good as you feel. If you know someone that has trouble sleeping on flights, this gift is a godsend.

The masks also come in a variety of colors, including blue, pink, gold, and black.

49. Nabee Compression Socks

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Compression socks are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, thus improving blood flow and reducing swelling. For some people, this is vital for air travel, where the risk of blood clotting is higher.

Nabee’s compression socks are considered the world’s best, and they’re made to last for years. Their non-binding, non-slip design keeps the sock firmly in place, and the extra Achilles heel padding prevents Achilles heel irritation. There’s also extra arch support, and the fabric is super breathable.

Nabee’s compression socks also come in tons of different funky patterns and colors to keep things interesting. Stripes, polka dots, hearts, and bright colors are just some of the options!

50. Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Travel Scarf

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Here’s a gift for frequent travelers: a stylish scarf with a secret, hidden pocket to store any valuables, such as passports, money, or credit cards. All the scarves are handmade in the United States, and they come with self-locking zippers to keep belongings tightly sealed inside.

The Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Travel Scarf is ideal for anyone who loves to travel hands-free, especially to festivals and sporting events. Certain designs are limited and sell out quickly, but there are lots of patterns and colors to choose from (including lighter scarves for warm temperatures).

Pro tip: the pockets are big enough to conceal an entire flask. Just sayin’. 

51. Ouai Anti Frizz Hair Sheets

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These handy little Ouai Anti Frizz Hair Sheets are easy to use: all you have to do is swipe the sheet from root to ends to tame static and wild frizz. It’s good for most hair types, including straight, wavy, curly, and coiled. 

The sheets are small enough to stick in a purse or small bag, making them the ultimate travel hack for freshening up while on the road. They leave hair shiny and smooth, making for a quick fix after a long flight or a busy day of travel. They also come with a slight fragrance of Rue St. Honoré—a French-inspired scent with violet and gardenia.

52. Serene House Travel Size Essential Oil Diffuser

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The Serene House Travel Size Essential Oil Diffuser is aromatherapy that your loved one can take with them while at their travel home away from home! Whether it’s travel for business or pleasure, having this diffuser promotes peace and relaxation, making any apartment or hotel room feel much comfier. And it’s tiny enough to fit in a small bag.

Imagine sinking into the soft scent of lavender after a long day exploring a new city or networking at a conference. You can also make a purchase with some SERENE HOUSE 100% Natural Essential Oil—just a few drops help promote well-being and self-care. They come in a number of scents, including eucalyptus and lemongrass. 

53. Cirrus No. 2 Travel Steamer

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For the business traveler (or appearance-conscientious traveler), the Cirrus No. 2 Travel Steamer is a must. This lightweight steamer is a gentle and effective way to keep clothes wrinkle-free and fresh in between washes. It’s incredibly easy to use, and it’s incredibly compact. It fits in any luggage and doesn’t take up much space.

This steamer also works on most fabrics, including delicate cashmere garments and silk. The steam is a lot gentler on clothes than a typical iron, and it won’t burn or crush delicate fabrics. It also has a minimalistic style and comes in three different colors.

54. Mejuri Travel Jewelry Case

Mejuri Travel Case

The Mejuri Travel Case is small but mighty; you’ll be amazed by how much this jewelry case can carry! It’s ideal for carry-on travel, and is about the size of a wallet, but it has a section to hold rings and earrings (with six earring holes) as well as hooks for hanging necklaces. This keeps all valuables separate without worrying about things getting tangled.

This is a popular item and it sells out a LOT. Its exterior is made up of handcrafted leather, and its lining is made of suede. The design is sleek and stylish, and since it’s portable, your loved one can keep their valuable jewelry close to them at all times.

Travel Gift Ideas for Him

Have you run out of travel gift ideas for him? It happens to the best of us. Check out these options or read up on our other favorite travel gifts for men .

55. Leatherology Travel Necessities Gift Set

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The Leatherology Travel Necessities Gift Set is built for travelers who like to take off on spontaneous adventures: there’s a Standard Passport Cover for a passport and tickets, a Small Accessories Pouch to store cosmetics or tech accessories (or any other small items), and a Standard Rectangular Luggage Tag to help quickly identify luggage. 

All of Leatherology’s products are made with their signature timeless leather, with a fine grain texture that’s ultra soft. This is definitely a gift for the luxury-loving traveler, and it comes in a gorgeous gift box to boot. You can also add personalization to make it extra special.

56. Ridge Wallet

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The Ridge Wallet is an ultra-slim, streamlined wallet that holds 1-12 cards and is made with RFID-blocking materials, keeping credit cards and debit cards safe and secure. Wallets are made of aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber, which gives the wallet a durable and lightweight feel. It’s even backed by a lifetime warranty.

Although it’s very thin, you can add a Cash Strap or a Money Clip for a more traditional feel. There’s also plenty of designs and colors to choose from. This wallet is an excellent gift for any minimalist! 

57. Manscaped Perfect Package

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Yup, this gift is designed specifically for refining a man’s, er, most sensitive areas. The Manscaped Perfect Package kit comes with specially designed products for “below-the-waist male grooming,” including an electric trimmer, deodorant, spritz, body wash, a 4-piece nail kit, shaving mats, and a sleek travel bag. 

The Lawn Mower is a high-powered and compact electric trimmer with an adjustable shave guard, and advanced technology to reduce the chance of nicks and cuts. The Crop Cleanser is an all-in-one body wash, conditioner, and moisturizer, while the Crop Preserver is a ball deodorant and moisturizer with anti-chafe lotion.

If your special someone likes to keep it fresh on the road, this is the perfect present.

58.  SAXX Sleepwalkers

SAXX Sleepwalker for men

Who doesn’t love a sexy set of SAXX Sleepwalkers ? Your guy friends will love a comfortable set of these. The super-soft shirts and pants are made with a special moisture-wicking fabric, so he’ll stay sweat-free and dry for the whole night.

The most notable feature on this pajama set, however, is the Ballpark Pouch. This is a special 3D hammock-like pouch in the pants that protects his most sensitive body parts throughout the night. He’ll definitely be grateful that you’re looking out for his family jewels, although he might not admit it!

59.  Bluffworks Field Jacket

Bluffworks Field Jacket

The Bluffworks Field Jacket  is one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing for traveling, and makes an excellent addition to any guy’s wardrobe. It comes with 10 different compartments and pockets, so he’ll be able to carry just about anything he needs wherever he goes.

The Field Jacket is also just a really, really stylish jacket. It comes in both olive green and jet black, and unlike other utility jackets, it’s ideal for exploring the outdoors or hitting the pavement in a new city.

60.  Monogrammed Flask

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I love traveling with a flask. It’s such a handy thing to keep with you, and it tends to get well used. That’s why it’s a great gift for any man.

But don’t spring for any ol’ vessel; why not go for a monogrammed flask ? This one comes in both stainless steel and vegan fake leather, so it’s super stylish to boot. (My favorite is stainless steel.) You can personalize the flask with his initials for an extra special touch.

61.  The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide

The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide

Here’s the best resource for any man who wants to learn how to handle himself out there in the wild: The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide . It’ll teach him everything, from escaping alligators to lighting a fire. And since it’s 2020, this book also talks about the definition of manliness and what the essence of the modern man is.

It’s an overall really intriguing read with tons of awesome nuggets of wisdom and knowledge for impressing all his friends (and the ladies too!).

Personalized Travel Gifts

Go the extra mile and put a personal spin on your purchase. Check out these personalized travel gifts!

62. Mark & Graham Leather Tech Folio

Mark & Graham Leather Tech Folio

For the tech-minded friend or loved one, Mark & Graham’s best-selling Leather Tech Folio comes with several pockets, card slots, and lots of pouches for cords, cables, tablets, phones, and more. It folds and zips easily into a sleek, compact carry-all.

The folio is the right size to fit a regular iPad or iPad Mini. It is made of unlined, smooth leather that just becomes softer over time. It also comes in several different colors and classy patterns. This upscale gift is a timeless, classic piece and sure to please the dapper techie.

63. Well Told Map Drinkware

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Well Told Map Drinkware makes thoughtfully personalized gifts, with beautiful maps imposed on classic drinkware like wineglasses (including stemless wine glasses), pint glasses, rock glasses, and clear coffee mugs. There are even insulated water bottles and tumblers to take on the road. 

There are lots of map options and destinations to choose from as well, including hometown maps, college town maps, and topographic maps. For aviation geeks, you can get glassware with custom airport codes from around the world. Well Told Map Drinkware is an excellent option for that person who’s incredibly had to shop for—just pick their favorite destination or hometown! Plus they make a great conversation piece.

64. Tinggly Travel Gift Cards

Travel Gift Cards from Tinggly

These days, not everyone is looking for more things in their life. For someone who already has all the things they need, try buying them an experience—quite literally the gift of travel—with a  Tinggly gift pack . Simply choose your category, send it to your friend and they have a choice of fun experiences that make perfect gifts for travelers.

Think: Kayak trips, bungee jumps, off-road driving, and culinary tours are all on the menu. So your friend is sure to find something they like with this, one of the most comprehensive travel gift ideas.

65. 23andMe Ancestry Kit

The 23andMe Ancestry kit is a very unique travel gift that she'll love!

Deep down, many of us are yearning to return to our roots and see the land that we came from, but it’s not always an easy task finding out where that is. Thanks to  23andMe,  you can find out and read exactly where your ancestry lies using an easy process.

Just a quick cheek swab and you can find out where your great great great great grandparents were from. Your results are sent straight to your email address and smartphone. Who knows, you might even get to meet a distant relative you never knew you had.

66. 08left Airport Prints and Posters

08left Airport Prints and Posters

Express your wanderlust with these fun prints from  08left.  Whether it is a favorite destination you’ve been to, a place you’re aching to explore, or the scene of a romantic reunion.

Each poster and photo will look right at home in a modern home or workspace. These are great photo gifts for travelers who want something a bit unique to remember their story.

67. Nomadik Adventure Subscription Box

Nomadik Adventure Subscription Box

Give your outdoor-loving friends a gift that keeps on giving. The Nomadik Adventure Subscription Box sends a variety of camping, hiking, and travel-related products straight to their door every month. Best of all, each item they receive is handpicked and specifically curated to their tastes.

Past boxes have included compression socks, wool hats, multi-tool accessories, and even snacks. This holiday season, shower your friends with tons of accessories they’ll love for their next adventure.

68. Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas Coffee Club's monthly subscription

Between trips, every traveler craves a taste of the world to keep the wanderlust at bay. With  Atlas Coffee Club , you can travel around the world with the tip of your tongue.

This Atlas Coffee Club subscription delivers a new single-origin coffee to your travel companion every month. The menu is complete with tasting notes, brewing tips and a postcard from the country of origin. In other words, it’s a fun idea that supports local coffee farmers and is, therefore, a perfect gift for people who travel with a mug in their hands.

Best Luxury Travel Gifts

Some people just prefer the finer things in life. These are the best luxury travel gifts for high-end travelers.

69. Aesop Departure Kit

Aesop Departure Kit

The Aesop Departure Kit is the ultimate skincare routine for adventurers on the go, with seven travel-sized products to help clean and moisturize the hands, keep skin and lips hydrated, and promote oral hygiene. 

Small but practical, Aesop’s carry-on kit comes with rinse-free hand wash, hand balm, a hydrating face mask, facial hydrosol, lip balm, mouthwash, and toothpaste. In other words, everything needed for a few days of travel. The ingredients are also all-natural, with the likes of chamomile, rose petal, Vitamin E, and spearmint. 

The design of these products is sleek and chic—it’s like having a spa in your bag with you wherever you go.

70. Waterfield Air Duffel

Waterfield Air Duffel

As a frequent traveler, you know that packing light is the key to a stress-free vacation. Although you’ll need to carry on luggage for overhead storage, you should also make sure you’re utilizing your personal item allowance.

And we have the perfect piece of luggage to maximize your space. The Waterfield Air Duffel is small enough to fit under your seat but spacious enough to fit everything you need for a weekend away. And don’t worry, you’ll still have enough legroom to stretch out during your flight.

71. Harber London Travel Wallet with RFID Protection

Harber London Travel Wallet

The best gifts for travelers these days are the things that will keep their most important belongings safe: passports, tickets and money. With this passport wallet from Harber London, it’s all together in one discreet package. Plus, it has enough space for multiple passports and credit cards.

This passport wallet also includes a hidden pocket for your cash stash or tickets. Plus, has built-in RFID protection so thieves can’t get data from your important documents and cards.

It also just looks and feels really good. Harber London makes some of the best quality leather goods out there, and this travel wallet is no exception. This is a great gift for a traveler with an eye for style and quality.

72. Bose NC 700 Noise Canceling Headphones

Bose noise canceling headphones

Goodbye screaming baby on the plane, goodbye roaring bus engine, goodbye snoring roommate. Surroundings instantly become a relaxing and pleasant melody with these premium noise-canceling headphones, which are particularly useful on long haul flights.

Featuring the latest sound-wave negating technology for perfect noise isolation and crystal clear sound quality, these wireless noise canceling headphones from Bose  are a must for any traveler. Tune out the loud and chaotic noises of travel and simply relax with your music, movies or podcasts. It’s a perfect travel gift idea for all the audiophiles out there.

If you’re deciding between these or the QC35’s, check out my Bose NC 700 vs QC35 II comparison .

73. Baubax 3.0 Travel Jacket

Baubax 2.0 Travel Jacket

If the Swiss army started making clothes instead of knives, they’d look like  Baubax’s travel jackets . Jackets come with different features designed for travelers: an eye mask for sleeping on the plane, pockets on the inside for your iPad, phone, passport and sunglasses, AirPods straps, a blanket, collapsible water bottle, inflatable footrest, and (I’m not kidding) an inflatable neck pillow in the collar.

As far as best gifts for travelers go, this piece of fun travel gear is top-notch—you might not even need a backpack!

Gifts for Travel Photography

It’s true that photographers can never have too much gear. These gifts for travel photography will make your loved one very, very happy! For more ideas, check out The Best Travel Photography Equipment.

74. GoPro HERO 9 Black (with Shorty Add-On)

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Everyone needs a way to show the world the crazy stuff they’ve been up to. With the  GoPro HERO 9 ,  you can capture it all with a high-resolution, waterproof camera that will survive the toughest adventures. Also, the photo and video quality is fantastic for the GoPro 9’s compact size.

Plus, with the new Shorty accessory set, you can add a handy handle that can turn into a mini tripod for that perfect photo. The best gifts for travelers are the kinds that capture every moment.

75. WANDRD Duo Daypack

WANDRD Duo Daypack

Made specifically for photographers on the go, the sleek WANDRD Duo Daypack is an innovative bag to hold all your photography gear and equipment. It’s one of my favorite gifts for travelers who love taking photos on their trips.

Fishing for small items floating around your bag is not just a hassle – it’s annoying. But this module backpack unfolds so you can have full access to whatever you’re looking for, whenever you need it.

In fact, every item has its own pouch, compartment, and organizer. The pop-up camera cube protects your camera body while the padded expansion pockets can easily fit up to four lenses. There’s also a padded laptop sleeve, tripod compartment, and hidden passport and cash zippers.

If you’re looking for something a little larger, the WANDRD PRVKE is a great choice, too.

76. Boundary Supply X-Pac Prima System

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The Boundary Supply X-Pac Prima Backpack  is one of the most versatile camera bag sets out there. It comes with the Verge Case and Fieldspace to provide unbeatable organization, and its adaptable modular features provide extra storage.

You can attach and remove various components for the ultimate organization! This bag is definitely too heavy-duty for photographers just starting out, but if you travel with lots of equipment, this one comes highly recommended. Check out my full Boundary Supply Prima System review .

77. Moment Smartphone Lenses

moment lenses for your smartphone

Take your travel photography to the next level with these  mountable lenses from Moment  for your smartphone. Compatible with almost any device, you can get a single photo lens for enhanced mobile travel photography, or a whole kit of different sizes if you want to get serious about your travel photos.

These lenses will enhance the quality of your photo without the expense of purchasing an expensive camera.

This is the best gift for travelers who want to capture a special memory without having to haul around a chunky DSLR camera.

78. BZE Bluetooth Selfie Stick

BZE Bluetooth Selfie Stick

It’s a fact: handheld selfies make your face look weird. Get yourself a better photo with a selfie stick. The distance will put your face in better proportion, plus it gives you more space to get your friends into the shot.

Our best recommendation is this extendable model that can also be used as a tripod. Take it from me, the one time I wish I had a selfie stick was in Vietnam: wearing a triangular Non La hat makes it very hard to take a photo. The best travel gifts are ones you can share with friends, after all.

79. KUVRD Universal Lens Cap

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Any photographer knows that an expensive camera lens should be protected at all costs. Well, with the KUVRD Universal Lens Cap , you won’t ever have to worry about losing your lens cap again.

Made from stretchy rubber, it creates an air-tight seal to protect your camera lens from dust, sand, and dirt. That means no more smudges or scratches on each photo! And because it fits most DSLR and camera lenses, it’s the only camera lens cap you’ll ever need.

80. Matador Camera Base Layer

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For the photographer in your life, the Matador Camera Base Layer is a super lightweight solution for protecting mirrorless and DSLR cameras from all the elements, without all the bulk of a standard camera bag. 

This Camera Base Layer comes with a roll-top design so that it’ll fit all camera shapes and sizes. It can also be used with a neck strap, or clipped to a belt or backpack—but it’s easy to detach quickly in case the perfect shot comes up. There’s also a rainfly to keep everything dry, and extra padding to prevent any bumps and bruises. 

81. Peak Design Travel Tripod

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Photographers know that dragging around a traditional tripod on their travels is just impractical and a waste of space. That’s why Peak Design spent four years designing the perfect travel tripod for any trip. No more bulk or extra weight! 

Height and stability doesn’t get compromised with this tripod either. The Peak Design Travel Tripod sacrifices nothing and still packs down into the size of a water bottle. It’s easy to set up and pack away, and it’s covered under Peak Design’s incredible lifetime guarantee. This thing can take a real beating, and it’ll still last forever. 

82. Moment Fanny Sling

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Who says fanny packs aren’t cool? The Moment Fanny Sling is the most comfortable fanny pack out there, and it’s versatile enough for travelers to take it from the city to the mountain trail. It’s incredibly customizable, with seven different adjustment points to suit anyone’s height and waist size. 

Although the Moment Sling Pack is a pretty standard size for a fanny pack it can also expand up to four inches to fit a 35mm camera. It uses canvas and ripstop to keep everything dry inside, but the material doesn’t get too sweaty either. The icing on the cake: it’s covered under a lifetime warranty.

Give the Gift of Travel Books

Take it from me—literary lovers can never have too much reading material. Give the gift of travel books!

83. 10 Years a Nomad

10 Years a Nomad

10 Years a Nomad is more than your typical travel read. Written by Matt Kepnes (founder of Nomadic Matt), this book dives head-first into what it means to be a world traveler and budget backpacker. From hilarious stories about staying in hostels to life-changing advice on traveling long-term, this is the ultimate travel read for anyone with wanderlust.

84. On the Road

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If you’re looking for a classic read, then I recommend On the Road , by Jack Kerouac. Based on the adventures of Kerouac’s own road trip across the US, this novel is one of those timeless gifts (especially for road trippers). The engaging narrative and stories of personal exploration make it one of the best gifts for travelers who love to read.

85. To Shake the Sleeping Self

To Shake the Sleeping Self

A 2018 New York Times Best Seller, To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedadiah Jenkins will easily become your new favorite travel book. After quitting his job, Jenkins documents his journey as he sets out on a sixteen months soul-searching cycling trip from Oregon to Patagonia. This autobiography weaves together issues of travel, self-discovery, and sexuality as Jenkins tries to find himself on this road.

We’ve all got one AWOL friend who’s off gallivanting around the world. And, if you can’t think of that friend, it’s probably because you are that friend. So whether you’re shopping for gifts for others or yourself, rest assured that this list of best gifts for travelers has you covered.

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The Twelve South Airfly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter is one of the year's best travel gifts.

Travel gifts don't have to be reserved for frequent jet-setters and aspiring globe-trotters. Luggage and travel accessories can also be a good option in those scenarios where you just don't know what to buy, but still want to give something meaningful and useful. Read on to find the best travel gifts – including new products and trendy favorites – at a variety of price points.

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Mediheal Sheet Masks

Air travel can be especially drying for the skin, making these restorative sheet masks a favorite among jet-setters. The Mediheal Sheet Masks come in a pack of 10 and a variety of options to suit different skin care needs.

Price: $19.90 or less

TIGARI Passport Holder

Due to unusually long processing times, passport applications and renewals have been a nightmare for many travelers over the past year (plus). Help your gift recipient protect their precious new (or newly updated) travel document with a stylish wallet like the TIGARI Passport Holder, our top passport wallet pick . Travelers appreciate that this wallet comes in bright colors, allowing them to easily locate their passport.

Price: $9.99 or less

Etekcity Luggage Scale

For the chronic overpacker and/or souvenir shopper, the Etekcity Luggage Scale can determine whether or not their luggage weight will meet airline restrictions – and save them the hassle of paying excess baggage fees.

Price: $12.62 or less

Riemot Luggage Travel Cup Holder

It's nearly impossible not to spill coffee when you're trying to maneuver carry-on luggage , locate your gate and keep your travel companions together. This nifty gadget features two pockets for drinks (or other essentials), and recent reviewers confirm it really helps them multitask at the airport.

Price: $16.99 or less

Steeped Coffee

While the AeroPress is a timeless travel gift for adventure travelers, steeped coffee – which is basically a tea bag, but with ground coffee – is a newer option that can be just as good as a freshly brewed cup of Joe. If you can't find it at a local coffee shop, try the brand of the same name: Steeped Coffee. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the company sells a variety of roast profiles.

Price: From $14.95

Conair Handheld Travel Garment Steamer

While garment steamers are prohibited on cruise ships, they're useful to have just about anywhere else you go (think business trips and destination weddings ). Not only is this top-rated option by Conair good for travel, but it's also handy at home.

Price: $24.99 or less

Read: Cruise Packing List Essentials

Veken Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a foolproof travel gift; there's no one who can't benefit from them, even if they already own a set or two. Available on Amazon, the Veken Packing Cubes include eight compartments in a variety of sizes, including one that's designed for toiletries and another that can hold a pair of shoes.

Price: $29.99 or less

Read: The Best Packing Cubes for Travel

Magicteam Sound Machine

You can't go wrong with the gift of sleep, and this portable sound machine is just one way to encourage a good night's rest (which can be difficult to achieve when you're in an unfamiliar place). The Magicteam Sound Machine offers 20 non-looping sounds and 32 volume levels to ensure your gift recipient will find the perfect setting for soothing. Recent reviewers agree this sound machine is small but powerful.

Stasher Bags

Not only are these reusable bags convenient for everyday use, but they're also useful at the airport – your gift recipient can put their medications and other essentials in the clear bags for easy identification and access. While they're a bit pricey, buyers appreciate that they're sustainable .

Price: $44.99 or less

CALPAK Tech Organizer

Phone chargers, travel adapters, laptop cords – they all need to come with you, but they can be awkward to pack. Enter the tech organizer, a trendy travel gadget that's actually useful. This one by CALPAK offers multiple compartments for storing a variety of cords, and its mesh paneling helps you see where everything is located.

Price: $38 or less

Apple AirTag

The luggage tracking device has become less of an accessory and more of an essential over the past year. Out of all the luggage trackers on the market, frequent travelers agree the Apple AirTag is best at keeping tabs on their belongings.

Price: $28.99 or less

Belkin Apple AirTag Holder

An AirTag holder is necessary for anyone using the popular luggage tracker, and this option by Belkin has great reviews on Amazon. Plus, at less than $15, it won't set you back much if you decide to gift it along with the AirTag itself.

Price: $12.99 or less

Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Neck Pillow

Not all travel pillows are created equal. For a quality option that will fully support the neck and prevent aches and pains, choose the Cabeau Evolution S3, our top pick for the best neck pillows for travel . Your gift recipient will be thanking you for years to come.

Price: $49.99 or less

Brita Insulated Filtered Water Bottle

This stainless steel bottle not only keeps drinks cold but also filters out contaminants – especially useful when filling it with water in unfamiliar destinations. Because of the filter, reviewers note the bottle can be a tad awkward to drink from, but they ultimately recommend this product.

Price: $31.49 or less for 20-ounce bottle

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Tips on Trips and Expert Picks

Travel tips, vacation ideas and more to make your next vacation stellar.

Happyluxe Wayfarer Travel Scarf Wrap

As perhaps the most versatile travel accessory, a wrap is useful on cold planes and cool evenings, as a swimsuit cover-up, or when you just want to dress up an outfit. Recent buyers say the Happyluxe Wayfarer Travel Scarf Wrap is a wardrobe staple, noting how soft it is.

Price: $48 or less

Travelon Anti-Theft Waist Pack

A modern take on the fanny pack , belt bags are one of the year's top fashion trends; better yet, they're especially useful for vacationing, allowing travelers to both safeguard and easily access their phone, credit cards and other essentials. The highly rated Travelon Anti-Theft Waist Pack takes it up a notch, with locking compartments, a slash-resistant build and an RFID blocking compartment. It can be worn around the waist or across the chest.

Price: $60.60 or less

Read: The Best Travel Insurance Companies

Twelve South Airfly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter

If your gift recipient uses wireless earbuds, they'll appreciate this tiny device that allows them to wirelessly transmit audio from in-flight entertainment (which is otherwise limited to those with wired headphones). It also has 25 hours of battery life so it'll last a long-haul flight. Recent buyers say this is a must for air travel.

Price: $54.99 or less

Fujifilm Instax Mini 12

Instant photos are a great way to commemorate any trip, and they're just plain fun for both kids and adults. The compact design of these cameras – particularly the Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 – makes them ideal for travel, too. Just note that the film is sold separately unless you purchase a package that includes accessories.

Price: $77.35 or less

Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs 

Quality beach chairs can be an investment – but a worthy one for anyone who frequents the sand and surf. The Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair remains the tried and true choice for many beachgoers, who appreciate its portability and comfort.

Price: $89.50 or less

Halfday The Garment Duffel

Halfday The Garment Duffel in blue against white background.

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One of the best garment bags for travel , this duffel style makes it easy to travel with suits, dresses and other formalwear. Available in several different colors, The Garment Duffel by Halfday gets rave reviews for its durable, spacious design and ability to keep clothing wrinkle-free.

Price: $98 or less

CALPAK Car Organizer

It's easy to clutter a car – even more so when you have kids – which is why just about anyone who drives will find the CALPAK Car Organizer useful for road trips and everyday errands. The water-resistant bag features three compartments and a carrying handle. It also folds down via snap buttons to be used as a makeshift tote bag, a feature recent reviewers love.

Read: Road Trip Packing List Essentials

Allbirds Tree Runner

The Allbirds Tree Runner remains a top-rated choice for those in search of comfortable walking shoes for travel . Available in a variety of colors for men, women and kids, these sustainable shoes are lightweight and breathable; they're also machine-washable. Allbirds wearers appreciate that these sneakers look good and feel good on their feet.

GetYourGuide Gift Card

Regardless of where they plan to travel next, your gift recipient will appreciate a GetYourGuide gift card. Available for any amount, this gift card grants access to a variety of guided tours around the world, from expert-led tours of the Vatican to airboat rides in the Everglades .

Price: Varies

BÉIS The Weekender

One of the year's trendiest bags, The Weekender by BÉIS makes a great gift for any traveler, from college students visiting home to your friend who likes to escape the city on weekends. Owners of this bag especially appreciate the shoe compartment, as well as its variety of color options.

Price: $108 or less

Read: The Best Weekender Bags for Women

RTIC Outdoors Soft Pack Cooler

A cooler bag can go a long way, from tailgate parties to camping trips to beach vacations and beyond. Our top pick for the best cooler bag on the market, the RTIC Outdoors Soft Cooler receives rave reviews for its durability and capacity (up to 40 cans for the largest size). Be on the lookout for sales – these coolers are regularly discounted on Amazon and elsewhere.

Price: $159.99 or less

Delsey Paris Helium Aero 19-Inch Carry-On

This chic bag meets most carry-on luggage size requirements for international airlines, making it an ideal choice for frequent globe-trotters. Recent buyers especially appreciate how lightweight it is.

Price: $179.99 or less

Airbnb Gift Card

From treehouses and houseboats to windmills and lighthouses, Airbnb offers unique accommodations across the globe. Treat your loved one to a memorable overnight experience with an Airbnb gift card, available in any amount. Gifts cards purchased online are digitally delivered, while physical gift cards are available at stores like Target and Walmart .

State Bags Logan Suitcase

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With ride-on and even sleep-on options, today's best kiddie luggage makes us want to be young again. But if you're looking for a timeless piece of luggage that's both fun and built to last, the Logan Suitcase by State Bags is highly recommended by parents. It's available in two sizes and a variety of colors and patterns.

Price: $225 or less

Peak Design Travel Backpack

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Travelers rave about the versatility of this heavy-duty backpack, which can be used as a camera bag, a daypack, or as luggage for weekend and weeklong trips. Earlier this year we chose it as one of the best travel backpacks for men – but the truth is, it's perfect for any adult and any trip.

Price: $299.95 or less

Monos Carry-On Plus

The Monos Carry-On Plus has been getting a lot of attention, and here's why: It's perfect for frequent jet-setters who want to travel with a carry-on bag only, offering just a bit more space than your average carry-on suitcase. Travelers agree they're also drawn to this bag for its sleek design and color options.

Price: $275 or less

Travelpro Expandable 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner

Whether you choose the hard-sided version or the soft-sided spinner , you can't go wrong with any of the carry-on (or checked) luggage by Travelpro. One of the best luggage brands on the market, Travelpro is known for its quality luggage that is built to stand the test of time (and airport luggage handlers). Look out for luggage sales , as Travelpro regularly offers discounts.

Price: $369.99 or less

Read: Hard vs. Soft Luggage: Which Type Is Right for You?

Solgaard Carry-on Closet

The Solgaard Carry-on Closet is one of the ultimate travel gifts to give right now. Thanks to the patented shelving system that gives the bag its name, travelers say this suitcase lives up to all the hype you've seen on social media and TV. They also note that they've been able to use this as their only luggage for longer trips.

Price: $345 or less

Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag

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The popular Cotopaxi Allpa travel pack now comes with wheels. Launched in late 2023, this roller bag is slightly bigger than its predecessor but can still be used as a carry-on bag. Larger sizes are also available.

Price: $350 or less

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11/16/2023 By Traveling Canucks 1 Comment Categories: British Columbia Product Review Travel Resources Travel Tips

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Family Travel Gift Ideas

Are you struggling to find the perfect travel gift for your travel companion, family member, or kids? If so, we’re confident you will find something in this list of family travel gifts.

We feel it’s important to note that we’ve used these travel items and recommend them. We don’t bring every item on every trip (it depends on the length of the trip and the destination), but each item has been proven useful for our family travels. 

Note – many of the links in this post are affiliate links , which means if you decide to make a purchase, we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you . Also, some of the items were gifted. We thank you for your support.

Read this post for recommended baby travel items.

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Best Travel Gifts for Adults

Let’s start by sharing a few of our recommended travel gifts for adults..

The following items range in price. Some are less than $10 USD and would be great stocking stuffers, while others are a little more expensive, like the GoPro action camera.

We’ve selected these travel gift ideas because we currently use them or we’ve used them in the past and found them helpful. 

Portable Power Charger

Portable Power Charger

In my opinion, this is best travel gift you can give someone. Everyone needs another portable power charger. And they’re relatively inexpensive, so they also make a good “Secret Santa” gift, too!

This portable power charger is the one of the best travel gifts for your traveling friend or family member (or you!). Everyone can use one of these. 

It’s really a useful travel item that will surely come in handy. There’s nothing worse than running out of power on a long flight, train or bus. 

Research portable power chargers here .

External Memory Drive

External Memory Drive

We take a LOT of photos and video when we travel. It doesn’t take long to fill up our memory cards. We like to transfer photos and videos to an external hard drive so that we avoid that dreadful situation where the memory card is lost or damaged. 

We also use external hard drives at home. Laptops can break or be damaged at any time. Get one with plenty of memory (at least 1 TB). You’ll be amazed at how quickly you fill it up.

We have this one . It has over 250,000 reviews on Amazon. 

Keen winter boots.

During the winter we are often spending our days on the ski hill so it’s very important that we have the right footwear to keep our feet dry and warm. 

We just got the kids Puffrider Waterproof Winter boot (gifted) for Braydon to use this winter. He likes ski racing so we need good winter boots to keep his feet warm and dry when he’s on the hill and not in his ski boots. He finds these boots really comfortable and warm.  

Keen Shoes

I love my Howser Slides. I’ve had these for more than 3 years and they are still in excellent condition. They are my favourite fall/winter shoe. I often get compliments and questions about them. Here are the newer versions of the Howser Slides for women.

Related – The best ski resorts near Vancouver, BC

You can purchase keen shoes here . .

Tripod for photos

Andobil Magstick Tripod

This extendable tripod has been a great addition to our travels. It’s lightweight, comes with its own carry case.

We love that it also includes a detachable Bluetooth wireless remote. It fits a variety of different phone sizes and the top holder is removable which also allows flexibility for different adaptors.

We also like that the base is sturdy, which helps us capture great family photos.

We have this one . You can find it on Amazon. 

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Trtl Pillow

There are a lot of travel pillows to choose from so it can be a little confusing as to what pillows actually work. One tip we recommend is to avoid blow up pillows. Although blow up travel pillows save space, they are not very comfortable. 

The Trtl neck pillow is soft and versatile. We like that it also portable, lightweight and can attach to your luggage. It’s also easy to travel with since it’s half the size of a traditional travel pillow and only weighs 148 grams. 

The Trtl Pillow makes a great travel gift. More info here .

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TSA Approved Luggage Locks

Another classic gift for the traveller in your life. You can never have too many of these luggage locks!

For some reason, EVERY time I travel to the USA my luggage is searched by US Customs. These locks are TSA approved so border agents can easily access your luggage without breaking the lock. Before we purchased these TSA approved locks , we had several cheaper locks broken by agents. 

It’s worth spending the extra few dollars to get the durable option .

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Noise Canceling Headphones

Last year I upgraded my ear buds to these full sized headphones . It was a good move. These particular headphones are not noise-canceling, but they do block out most sounds while on the plane.

My ear buds  are noise-cancelling ( read our product review here ), but I prefer to use these Bose headphones because they’re much more comfortable, especially when using them for long periods of time.

If you prefer something less bulky, Airpods are a hot gift item this year. 

You can purchase these bose headphones here ..

Travel Neck Pillow

Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow

If you prefer something a little more firm, we recommend a memory foam pillow. It will mold to your neck and provide support to your head and neck.

Get one that has an adjustable clasp because that will offer chin support. It also adjusts to accommodate different neck sizes.

Learn more about this memory foam neck pillow here .

Stanley water bottle.

Another convenient travel gift is this a good quality water bottle . The Stanley is a very well known brand that keeps your drinks cold, iced or hot for the day.

I recently heard of a story where a car caught on fire and the person had a stanley water bottle in their vehicle filled with cold water and ice. Even after the fire was put out, the stanley didn’t completely burn and it still had ice cubes in it. 

This gift will be a winner for anyone traveling to a warm climate and wants their water cold or to a snowy destination and someone wants to keep their tea, coffee or hot chocolate warm.

Learn more about Stanley water bottles .

Multi charging adaptor.

We don’t leave home without our multi charging adaptor. It’s very useful for hotel rooms when you need to charge multiple devices at once. Every traveler should have one of these. 

We found it very handy on our Alaska cruise because our room only had one power outlet. Without it, I’m not sure how we’d be able to charge our camera batteries, phones, tablets and laptops. It’s been a life saver on many occasions.

This is the multi charging adaptor is a great gift for any traveler.

Memory Card

Digital Camera Memory Cards 

Running out of memory for your camera, drone or phone is the worst. The last thing you want to do is run around a foreign city looking for new memory cards while on your vacation.

We always bring extra memory cards. You can’t go wrong with these as a travel gift.

Get 2 x 64GB cards on Amazon. 

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Luggage Packing Cubes

These packing cubes are the best! If you aren’t already using packing organizers for your luggage or backpack, you should.

Luggage packing cubes are great for all types of travel, but especially for family travel. We often pack our boys clothes in the same luggage, so things can get disorganized. Our boys wear different sizes, so it’s not fun when their clothes are grouped together.

These luggage packing cubes make things super easy and efficient. We like the ones that come in a variety of sizes. That way we can get creative with our packing.

We recommend these luggage packing cubes . 

Soft travel blanket pillow for airplanes.

A soft blanket pillow is so useful when traveling. We’ve had to use travel blankets many times on cold air-conditioned buses and/or flights. We also use it to block light when are boys are trying to sleep. Look for a travel blanket pillow that is a soft plush and comes with a carrying case. 

Research travel blanket pillows here.

Compression socks.

Compression socks provide a number of benefits for all types of travel. They promote blood flow from the feet to your heart. They also help with leg swelling, prevent blood clots and help overcome the uncomfortable effects of travel.  

There are lots of compression socks to choose from. Start here .

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GoPro Hero waterproof action camera

We recently purchased the GoPro Hero 10 and really like it. It’s a huge upgrade from the Hero 6 that we were using previously.

If you’re in the market for a lightweight, compact camera, this is a good one. Even if you don’t plan to use it for snorkeling or snowboarding , it’s a high performance camera that’s great for family travel.

Check the latest deals for GoPro cameras here .

The Insta360 is also one of the newest adventure cameras to come on the market. We plan to purchase one very soon. You can check them out here.

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Carry-on luggage

We only travel with carry-on luggage now. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 1 week trip or 3 weeks we make it work and you can too!

Within the last year we did two trips to Europe (both were over 2 weeks long) and we only took carry on luggage. We just plan an opportunity to do 1 load of laundry to refresh on our trips and it’s been the best change we’ve made for our travels. We save time at the airports and we save money on checked bags.

You don’t need to buy expensive luggage. The trick is to find the right size and luggage that is durable. We like this luggage. It’s a good size, has the lock included, spinner wheels, comes in lots of colours, and it’s less than $100. 

Get your luggage on Amazon. Find prices here .

Luggage Scale

Portable Luggage Scale

Have you ever been charged an additional $50 or $100 for luggage that is overweight? We have. And it sucks! We’ve had moments where we’ve had to open our luggage and transfer items from one luggage to another, just to save a pound or two. It’s so annoying.

A luggage scale allows you to see exactly how heavy your luggage is BEFORE you depart for the airport. It will save you from having to re-organize at the check-in counter or paying extra fees. This is one of those inexpensive family travel gifts that most people do not currently own.

You can purchase this model on Amazon. 

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Airplane Foot Hammock

Okay, so this is a unique travel gift idea..

The airplane foot hammock is the perfect travel companion for long flights. It comes with an extra long strap so travelers of any height can find comfort with this foot hammock. 

Basically, you wrap your foot hammock around the seat tray in front of you and adjust the strap to your desired length. You can also use this portable foot hammock in the office or where ever you go, making it a versatile holiday gift idea.

Research airplane foot hammocks here .

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Flex Safe AquaVault

We won this Flex Safe AquaVault last year but have not had the chance to put it to use, yet. We spend a lot of time at the beach so this will come in handy on future trips.

Basically, it’s a secure bag that you can attach to anything. You put your phone and special items in it when you go for a swim or walk on the beach. We could have used this a few years ago when our stuff was stolen while swimming in Costa Rica.

You can purchase this bag here .

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Waterproof Smart Phone Camera Pouch

This  protective waterproof pouch  fits virtually all smart phones and pocket digital cameras. It’s perfect for the beach or water activities like kayaking or snorkeling.

It also holds personal items like credit cards and cash, so you don’t need to bring a big dry sack with you. 

BONUS – the Life Proof waterproof hard case is another great gift idea.

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HP Sprocket Mobile Printer

We got our HP Sprocket a few years ago and had fun using it over the holiday season. This device allows you to print 2×3 inch stickable snapshots from virtually anywhere.

You can also c onnect your social media accounts to the HP Sprocket App and turn your online photos into color prints. The app has filters, borders, emojis and drawings so you can get creative with your prints.  It’s about the same size as your smart phone, so it’s lightweight and easy to transport. 

Learn more and get pricing on Amazon here .

A similar gift idea is the Polaroid Originals camera. 

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Trip Chaser Card Game

Check out the Trip Chaser Card Game, created by our friends at @HeckticTravels . It’s a travel-themed game that gives you all the thrill of adventure, right at home.

And for every game purchased, one tree will be planted to help offset carbon emissions.

Learn more about this fun travel game here . 

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Gift cards for Amazon (or AirBnB, iTunes, etc)

You can’t go wrong with holiday gift cards . They may not be the most creative gift idea, but everyone appreciates a gift card.

Gift cards are easy and cheap to mail (or email) to friends and family in far away places. 

You can purchase gift cards directly on Amazon here .

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Lonely Planet Travel Guides

Lonely Planet travel guides make a great gift, especially if you know the destination that your gift recipient will be visiting. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, there are several compilation books that will surely spark wanderlust.

We have The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world , which is a kids book that covers over 200 countries. Our boys love it. It opens their eyes to the world and gives them an opportunity to help with our travel planning process.

Search for Lonely Planet travel books here .

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Best Travel Gifts for Kids

Bringing the right family travel items makes all the difference..

Below are a few family travel gifts that we use with our two boys. You don’t need to break the bank to find useful travel gifts for family and friends.

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Nintendo Switch

The newest addition to our device arsenal is a nintendo switch . We love that you can hook it to the TV to play, but it’s also portable and our kids mainly use it as a handheld device. 

It is an investment, but our kids play it for hours. Some of their favourite games are FIFA and Mario Cart. 

This is the gaming device we have and we really like it especially for on the plane and during our travels.

Travel Games

Portable Travel Games

We always bring portable games when we travel. We bring compact, lightweight models and stick them in our boy’s carry-on bags or backpacks. They are an easy and inexpensive family travel gift.

Our boys are hooked on their tablets, so we try to make time for playing board games like Connect 4, Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, Battleship and Trouble. They also love the UNO card game.

You can purchase portable travel games here .

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Kids Headphones / Earbuds

Our boys are now using wireless earbuds that are connected to their phones or tablets. However, up until last year, they were using wired over the ears headphones. 

These are the headphones our boys used for years.

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Kids Travel Luggage

This kids travel luggage has four spinner wheels that allow the suitcase to move seamlessly through 360 degrees of motion. It’s lined with multi-use pockets, making it easy for packing clothes.

It also comes with a built-in lock so you can ensure your kid’s valuables are secure and safe.

We prefer hard shell luggage. It fits easy under the seat or in the overhead compartment inside airplanes.

Search for kids travel luggage here .

Kids waterproof camera.

Our boys love taking pictures when we travel. A few years ago, we purchased a waterproof camera for our oldest boy. He had fun capturing his own photos when we were in Mexico. See his photos from Mexico here .

We recommend you purchase a durable waterproof camera. They might not take it in the pool or ocean, but it helps keep it safe when it’s raining. 

This waterproof kids camera can be found here .

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They love taking photos with their kid’s digital cameras.

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Blow-up Leg Pillow for Travel

If you have young kids, and plan to fly soon, this travel item is a game changer. Blow up leg pillows are placed on the floor and act like a small blow up bed for kids.

We use them all the time and they work like a charm.

The picture above was taken on a long haul flight from Vancouver to Japan. The model used in this photo is no longer available, however this kids blow up leg pillow is similar.

It’s a unique gift idea that will win you bonus points for creativity.

Order this unique travel gift on Amazon here .

Handheld tablets.

Now that tablets are reasonably priced, our kids each have their own. This way, they get to choose what games and shows they want on their device. It also prevents arguments over who’s turn it is next.

We recommend the FIRE handheld tablet for younger kids. It’s relatively inexpensive and has all the basic features you need.

See the latest deals for tablets here .

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What did we miss? What are your family travel gifts ideas?

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Last updated: September 27, 2023

A comprehensive guide to the best gifts for travelers, written by a world traveler.

Every year, my mom asks me, “what do you want for your birthday?” She asks, knowing that I’m a frequent traveler and live most of my life out of a backpack or suitcase, hopping from plane to train, traveling from country to country.

Travelers tend to value experiences more than material items (e.g. ziplining in Costa Rica or eating gelato in Italy).

However, most of us can’t afford to buy our best friend a full vacation, which is why I put together this list of the best gifts that travelers will actually use. 

Finding the perfect gift for the traveler in your life is about balancing usability with meaning. It’s ideal to give something that won’t weigh a traveler down or be forgotten about in a closet at home. 

Gifts for travelers should be fun and special but also practical for a more nomadic lifestyle. 

My rule of thumb when buying gifts for travelers is to find something that makes them feel free. Encouraging freedom means giving gifts that are lightweight, increase efficiency, or give that little push to help someone live their travel dreams.

Travel gifts also need to be durable, dependable, and make it through airport security.

This gift list will help you find the best travel gifts for friends, family, colleagues, or partners who love traveling.

Note: this article contains affiliate links, which help run this site at no extra cost to you so I can keep providing free recommendations.

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Best Stocking Stuffer Travel Gifts

Wild socks by crazy dog t-shirts.

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My favorite gift for travelers who have a sense of humor is fun socks. These aren’t your grandma’s socks, though. 

Crazy Dog socks come in vibrant colors and with silly prints ranging from bananas to awesome opossums. 

My adult friends always laugh when they receive socks with funny sayings like “Swearing helps” or “Give no f*cks.”

Travel Cutlery Set

Travel Cutlery Set

Last year, my best friend got me a backpacking spork, and I have gotten so much use out of this perfect stocking stuffer. 

It’s something that I can appreciate while eating lunch at work or while eating a parfait at the airport.

Carrying a set of reusable cutlery in carry-on bags also helps travelers cut back on single-use plastics.

You can even personalize this Etsy set with your friend’s name.

Self-Care Face Mask

Self-Care Face Mask

If you’re looking for gifts travelers will love, remember the importance of pampering. 

My favorite thing to do after returning home from a long trip is to relax in an Epsom salt bath with a face mask and candles. 

The benefit of face masks over mud masks is that they hardly add any weight to a bag and can pass through airport security if your traveling loved one wants to relax in a hotel room.

Soap Leaves

Soap Leaves

More times than not, the restroom at a park or trailhead doesn’t have a handwashing station—or they do, but it’s missing soap. 

Whether your loved one is road tripping across their home state or flying across the world, carrying soap leaves in a travel bag or purse gives them the basic luxury of washing their hands whenever and wherever. 

This is especially relevant for reducing the spread of diseases while traveling. Plus, these make a great stocking stuffer!

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Laundry Detergent Leaves

Laundry Detergent Leaves

While we’re on the subject of soap, let’s talk about laundry. 

For the love of good-smelling clothes, it doesn’t hurt to get your traveling friend a pack of pocket-sized dry laundry detergent leaves. 

Sea to Summit detergent is biodegradable and phosphate free. They won’t push the weight limit for backpackers, and they’re less messy than traditional detergents.

Massage Ball

Massage Ball

Drop one of these golfball-sized fellas into someone’s stocking, and you won’t have to rub their feet after a long day at Disneyland . 

This ball is made of solid rubber. It’s gentle on tender spots and strong enough to work deep knots.

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Sleep mask & ear plugs.

Sleep Mask & Ear Plugs

Sleep is always crucial, no matter if your loved one travels for fun or goes away for business travel.

Give frequent travelers the gift of improved sleep. Over the years, I’ve used complimentary in-flight eye masks, but they lay flat on my eyelashes and often let light in from the corners. 

The Alaska Bear eye mask is soft and contoured for eye comfort without light leaks. It comes with a carrying pouch and earplugs.

Waterproof Phone Pouch

Waterproof Phone Pouch

If the traveler in your life is taking off on a beach vacation or plays water sports, give them a waterproof pouch for their phone. 

This pouch not only protects from accidents, but it can take underwater pictures too. The Pelican phone pouch also floats, setting it apart from cheaper comparisons.

Travel Charm Keyring

Travel Charm Keyring

Personalized keyrings are fun travel gifts, especially if you’re looking to get something inexpensive for a big group of travel friends.

Travel Size Watercolor Palette

Travel Size Watercolor Palette

The Winsor and Newton Cotman pocket watercolor palette changed the way I paint. 

Usually, I leave my art supplies at home because they’re too bulky, but with this mini palette, I can drop it into my carry-on luggage and paint anywhere.

The palette is about the size of a large cell phone, and the travel paintbrush has an internal water compartment. It all folds down into a convenient carrying case. 

This is the convenience gift of the century for traveling artists.

Microfiber Travel Towel

Microfiber Travel Towel

At first, I was skeptical about trying a microfiber travel towel because I don’t like the clingy feeling of microfiber cleaning cloths. But these travel towels are not clingy! 

I’ve had no issues with sand, dirt, pine needles, and general crud sticking to my towel.

Gift your beach babe, Parisian hostel hopping, or gym rat loved one a lightweight, quick-drying towel.

Bar Shampoo and Conditioner

Bar Shampoo and Conditioner

Alright, it’s time to get down to business: who here has been stopped at TSA for packing too many liquids in your luggage? 

Pouring shampoo and conditioner into tiny travel bottles that always leak is a thing of the past. /liv/ Nature shampoo and conditioner bars actually work and come in TSA-friendly tins. 

Not only does this gift make packing easier, but it’s also more environmentally friendly than those tiny single-use plastic shampoo bottles in hotels.

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Self-discovery and storytelling are quintessential aspects of traveling. The best gifts for travelers keep this in mind.

Every traveler needs a trusted journal where they can jot down thoughts, brainstorm future travels, and vent about the monkey who stole their phone.

I received my first Zequenz Classic 360 notebook as a present, and after it was full, I purchased a new one. 

As a traveling writer and artist, I love this journal because it can be rolled up to fit in a purse or lay open without the pages turning on their own. 

While I prefer blank paper, this journal style also comes with grid paper or ruled paper.

Cell Phone Camera Clip-On Lens

cell phone camera clip-on lens

I first learned about lenses for phone cameras from a photography professor whose son switched to phone photography. 

There are three clip-on lenses for 15x macro, 180° fisheye, and 0.6x wide angle. For context, my Google Pixel 6 has a 20x macro and 0.7 wide angle function built into the camera, but it doesn’t have a fisheye setting.

This kit is best suited for someone who wants to upgrade their phone camera without dropping a thousand dollars on the newest phone.

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Polaroid camera.

polaroid camera

Polaroid cameras are no longer a thing of the past! 

Travel lovers of all ages can print pictures on the go with the Fujifilm Instax Mini. I have a friend who documents her travels with one special polaroid picture per day.

Camera Strap

Camera Strap

Interested in travel gifts for a photographer? Add a pop of color and personality to a loved one’s camera with a vintage camera strap.

Camera Cleaning Kit

Camera Cleaning Kit

Camera cleaning kits are another piece of camera gear that your photographer friend will use time and time again.

Travel Hotel Sheet or Sleeping Bag Liner

Travel Hotel Sheet or Sleeping Bag Liner

Travel hotel sheets and sleeping bag liners are essentially thin sleeping bags made out of bed sheets.

If you know someone who sleeps in hotels often, a travel sheet offers extra protection from whatever lingering germs in their hotel room would light up under ultraviolet light. Yuck.

For your loved ones who prefer camping, hotel sheets or liners protect the inside of their sleeping bag from dirty feet and stinky armpits after a long day of hiking.

BeFree Water Filter Bottle

BeFree Water Filter Bottle

BeFree filter bottle carries one liter of water, the same as a trusty old Nalgene water bottle. 

It’s BPA-free, collapsible, easy to pack, and can help your friend avoid water-borne illnesses while traveling.

Exercise Resistance Bands

Exercise Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a lightweight gym on the go. Most travelers I’ve met have trouble maintaining an exercise regimen while traveling long-term. 

A set of non-slip resistance bands and a foldable yoga mat will keep the traveler in your life fit and toned on their next big trip.

Best Travel Gift Ideas for Her

Hidden pocket infinity scarf.

Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf

Seriously, why are scarf pockets not more common? The patterns on these infinity scarves are so much fun, and now I don’t have to hide things in my bra.

Pacsafe RFID Cross Body Bag or Travel Purse

pacsafe rfid cross body bag or travel purse

Before learning about PacSafe, I used a system of safety pins to “secure” the zipper on my purse while traveling. This year I learned about the anti-theft security zippers on PacSafe bags, and I’m hooked.

I like this Pacsafe purse in particular because it expands to just the right size for carrying a journal or a book.

Looking for more anti-theft bags? Read our guide to the best travel purses .

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

patagonia nano puff jacket

If the outdoorsy traveler in your life is always cold, consider buying her a Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket. 

This puffer has 60g of PrimaLoft recycled insulation and a recycled polyester shell. 

She can cram it into an already bulging backpack, fold it into the compression pouch, and use it as a travel pillow on the plane.

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Travel Pants

Travel Pants

Whether the traveler in your life is hanging out on the beach or dressing up for a night out, these pants will be at the top of her packing list .

The Brooklyn Ankle cut fit the classic style of many European countries with the comfort of leggings and light material for summer travels.

These are my favorite travel pants because they are easy to pair with any shirt and can be dressed or down. Versatility is key when it comes to travel.

VIVAIA Shoes

Vivaia Shoes

VIVAIA shoes are made of recycled plastic water bottles and hold up to daily wear at the beach or walking through cobblestone streets. 

If you know your friend’s shoe size, this can be a great gift for the traveler who still likes to look nice while traveling.

Read our detailed review of VIVAIA shoes and compare them with Tieks , Rothy’s , Birdies , and Allbirds .

Best Travel Gift Ideas for Him

Cocktail mix kit.

Cocktail Mix Kit

Alright, this is one of the best travel gifts for dads, hubbies, and swanky people who like to mix their own drinks. 

Each box contains the dry ingredients and mixing tools for making cocktails, meaning they can pass through airport security. 

Make sure the gift recipient knows that they will have to procure the alcohol and tonic from a flight attendant or bring it to the campsite. 

The Cocktail Box Co has several different recipe boxes, so you can give several to the same person or buy them as individual gifts for different friends.

Mini Razor

This mini razor and leather pouch is a classy gift for family members who love to travel.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

hanging toiletry bag

If the man in your life doesn’t have a leather toiletry bag, gift him the KomalC hanging travel kit.

This buffalo leather shave kit has a surprising amount of storage space. It can be hung next to the bathroom sink to avoid pooling water and dirty countertops. 

By unfolding it, your giftee can see everything and is less likely to lose small items at the bottom of the bag.

Travel Security Money Belt

Travel Security Money Belt

Money belts are an excellent alternative to fanny packs and purses. The Jasgood money belt has an anti-theft pocket for hiding cash from pickpockets at densely packed tourist destinations.

Headlamp

Another practical present for the outdoorsy traveler in your life is a waterproof headlamp. 

Hands-free headlamps are more versatile than flashlights and won’t drain phone battery, which is important on long trips. 

While traveling in Costa Rica, I used my headlamp for a nighttime hot springs tour. It was perfect until I dropped it in the water, which is why I now recommend going for the Ghost Bird Seiker waterproof headlamp.

As a bonus, one percent of Ghost Bird profits goes to the World Owl Trust .

Looking for more outdoorsy gifts? Read our guides to the best gifts for outdoorsy women , the best gifts for hikers , and the best gifts for campers .

Best Travel Gift Ideas for Couples

Airbnb gift cards.

airbnb gift cards

Send your favorite couple on vacation by paying for their accommodation away from home. Airbnbs are all over the world and range from luxurious to rustic. 

Maybe the travel duo already has their accommodation covered—no problem! Airbnb users can book experiences like cooking classes and kayaking tours as well.

Travel Challenges Card Game

Travel Challenges Card Game

Are your friends adventure travelers? Pick up a deck of Couples Edition adventure traveler cards. 

Each card has instructions for travel challenges tailored toward meeting locals, exploring the city, and creating unique memories.

Ticket Stub Organizer

ticket stub organizer

I don’t know about your friends, but mine have old concert ticket stubs, movie tickets, and boarding passes coming out of their ears. 

Just the Ticket is like a hybrid scrapbook—trading card organizer. Each ticket has its own slot and a few lines to write memories. 

If you want to make an extra special gift for your partner, surprise them with tickets for an upcoming travel experience or show.

Travel Snacks

Travel Snacks

One of my favorite gifts from a sorority sister in college was an assortment of dried mandarin and mango slices and artisan hot chocolate mix. 

The dried fruit went straight into my travel backpack for my next trip through airport security. 

Other easy-to-pack travel treats include nuts and candies. Bonus points if you find your friend a snack with sentimental value.

Best Gifts for Someone Traveling Abroad

Universal outlet adaptor.

Universal Outlet Adaptor

When a friend goes abroad for the first time, I casually ask if they have an outlet adaptor. 

This is one of those lightweight gifts to take abroad that won’t add unnecessary clutter to their suitcase. Outlet adaptors are easy to forget about but essential.

Passport Holder

Passport Holder

The second question that I ask when a friend travels abroad for the first time is, “do you have a passport holder?”

My sister bought me a passport holder before my first study abroad trip to India. It was a meaningful gift that I still take with me around the world.

Plus, the RFID-safe material blocks potential thieves from scanning the cards inside.

Eurail Global Pass

Eurail Global Pass

If you know someone planning a trip to Europe, consider gifting them a Eurail Global Pass. 

Eurail passes are essentially an open-ended train ticket. The pass-holder can hop on and off of trains across Europe over a predetermined period of time. 

Eurail isn’t the cheapest option for booking train tickets, but it’s the easiest.

A traveler with a Eurail pass can book a last-minute seat or miss their train and catch the next one. It’s essentially a priority pass to the European rail system.

This is what I would buy my graduating senior who is backpacking across Europe.

Scratch Off Map

Scratch Off Map

Every traveler needs this scratch-off map to showcase where they’ve been and discover where they’ll go next. 

If you’re looking for slightly less practical travel-themed gifts, maps are easy-to-hang dorm decor and interesting backgrounds for Zoom meetings. 

Also, scratch-off maps don’t require push pins, making them safer for small kids and less destructive to walls if the giftee lives in an apartment.

Read our guide to the best US national park scratch-off maps .

PacSafe Camera Bag: Anti-Theft Daypack

pacsafe camera bag anti-theft daypack

For someone able to fork out the money for high-quality photography travel gear, check out the PacSafe CamSafe X25 pack. This backpack is worth every penny.

My favorite part is the anti-theft zippers that latch together and can be locked for extra security while walking in crowded touristy areas. 

The front of the bag and the straps are constructed with slash-resistant material. Inside is an RFID-safe pocket to protect from unwanted credit card scanning, and the bottom half of the bag opens separately for equipment-only access. 

It also has a water bottle pocket, extra padding, hip and sternum straps, and a rain cover.

For more backpack recommendations, read my article on the best EDC backpacks .

Thin Fanny Pack

Thin Fanny Pack

Venture’s slim pouch is large enough to carry a phone, money, keys, and passport but thin enough to conceal it under a t-shirt, button-down, or skirt before letting loose at the dance club.

Fashion tip: this year, many of my European friends are wearing their fanny packs as a crossbody bag (from shoulder to hip instead of around their waist) during the day.

Is your friend more outdoorsy? Read our guide to the best hiking fanny packs .

Best Gifts for Someone Who Travels a lot for Work

Packing cubes.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a hot item among travelers right now because they help keep things organized and reduce wrinkles. 

I use packing cubes to compress my clothes while backpacking and replace the need for a laundry bag.

My friend backpacked in Malaysia last month and got caught in a rainstorm that soaked through her outer bag, which is why I recommend the waterproof Veken set. 

I don’t know why it took so long for packing cubes to become a mainstream item, but your traveling friends and family will thank you for this time-saving gift.

We tested the best packing cubes on the market and assembled a guide to choosing your best fit. Read about our eight favorite packing cube brands .

Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve

A simple leather laptop sleeve makes an elegant graduation gift for your favorite traveler. 

With this Allinside laptop sleeve, you’ll help them feel and look professional at business meetings around the world.

Lumbar Support Cushion

Lumbar Support Cushion

If your parents complain of lower back pain while traveling, save their asses—or rather, their backs—with a lumbar support cushion.

Folding Yoga Mat

Folding Yoga Mat

One of the trickiest things about frequent travel is maintaining an exercise and mindfulness routine. 

Traditional yoga mats are difficult to travel with, and no one wants to touch hotel floors. 

The Gaiam folding yoga mat doesn’t have much cushion, but it does have the grip necessary for downward dog. Plus, it folds up to the size of a small laptop for frequent travelers.

Mini Travel Steamer

Mini Travel Steamer

A mini steamer is one of those gifts for travelers who need to pack light but still want to look their best in business meetings. Steamers remove wrinkles and even some stains.

Travel Backpacking Pack

Travel Backpacking Pack

Speak to your budget backpacker friend’s heart with a new backpack.

For a beginner traveler, I recommend the Coofay XL backpack .

The Coofay has all of the essentials, like compression straps, zipper pockets, and even a shoe compartment. It doesn’t have a hip belt, but it does have a sternum strap.

If your loved one is ready for an upgrade, I suggest investing in the Osprey Fairview or Farpoint packs (women’s and men’s versions).

These Osprey backpacks are pricier, but they’ll last for years and years to come.

The 40L versions of the Fairview and Farpoint have external stuff pockets, a 16-inch laptop pocket, and hip belt pockets.

Hip belts are super important once someone’s getting serious about traveling because they take a lot of weight off of the shoulders on longer trips.

These Osprey bags are also water-resistant, and the backpack straps stow away.

Looking for more backpack options for an outdoorsy traveler? Read our guide to the best travel backpacks and hiking backpacks for women .

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Best Travel Accessory Gifts

Travel blanket.

Travel Blanket

You know that friend whose couch is hidden under a pile of blankets? 

The Pavilia travel blanket is my favorite travel gift idea. It’s fuzzy like the blankets back home but compresses into a pillow the size of a standard airplane tray table.

Travel Neck Pillow

Travel Neck Pillow

What I love most about this travel neck pillow is its adjustable shape. 

This is the perfect travel gift for anyone who wants to avoid falling asleep on their seatmate’s shoulder—I am, of course, not speaking from experience *cough, cough*.

Compression Socks

Compression Socks

Searching for the best gift ideas for parents and grandparents? Compression socks promote blood flow from the feet upward to reduce swelling after long flights.

Suitcase and Shoe Deodorizers

Suitcase and Shoe Deodorizers

You know that friend with the stinky feet? Kindly Amazon this gift to their doorstep.

But seriously, Marsheepy deodorizer bags use charcoal and bamboo to absorb and eliminate odors. They work in shoes, backpacks, suitcases, even cars, and around the house. 

Simply recharge the deodorizers in the sun once a month, and they will last for about two years. 

The best part is that once your friend is done with them, the contents are compostable.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

I am definitely that mom friend who gives first aid kits as holiday gifts. This ultralight medical kit weighs only 0.5 oz, making it an easy safety accessory to toss into any suitcase or backpack. 

If you like going the extra mile, I always add Benadryl and menstruation pads (highly absorbent for serious wounds and surprise periods) before wrapping this gift. 

Best Travel Gadgets & Tech Gifts

Noise canceling headphones.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Using advanced noise canceling technology, Bose makes it possible for your favorite world travelers to sleep on the plane despite crying babies.

Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Good sound quality is worth investing in. The JBL Flip 4 isn’t cheap, but it will survive accidental lake dives—oops—and it has a battery life of 12 hours. 

Tech Accessories Organization Bag

Tech Accessories Organization Bag

Having a dedicated bag for organizing tech accessories makes all the difference when traveling with videography and photography equipment. 

Portable Charger

Portable Charger

Portable chargers are travel essentials. If your favorite traveler doesn’t have a portable charger, give them one this holiday season. 

I like the INIU power bank because it’s small enough to carry in a purse, and it can charge multiple phones before needing to be recharged. 

INIU has two USB ports and one USB C port, compatible with new smartphones. 

Laptop Stand

Laptop Stand

The MOFT Invisible Laptop stand is a cool travel gift for digital nomads and business travelers. 

Raising the laptop closer to eye level prevents remote workers from staring down all day, thus reducing neck pain. 

Unlike bulky laptop stands that are intended for home offices, MOFT’s invisible stand adheres to the bottom of any size laptop, weighs 3oz, and folds down to 1/9” in width. 

I prefer this laptop stand as a travel gift because it takes up minimal space in a carry-on bag and can be set up on a tray table for watching movies. 

Luggage Scale

Luggage Scale

Have you ever been charged a hefty fee for an overweight bag? Trust me, it stings. But it’s not like you can stuff a whole bathroom scale in your suitcase when you’re traveling abroad. 

This convenient luggage scale is pocket-sized and super lightweight, so travelers can take it anywhere and always know when their bag is too heavy–before getting gouged at the check-in counter. 

Best Luxury Travel Gifts

Swiss gear carry-on suitcase.

Swiss Gear Carry-On Suitcase

I recommend Swiss Gear for luxury suitcases. My favorite is the soft 21” expandable carry-on roller because it meets the dimension requirements for most major international airlines. 

Looking for more luggage options? Read our guides to the best wheeled backpacks the best hardside luggage sets , Beis Luggage, and Pakt One Luggage .

Airport Lounge Access

Offer to upgrade a loved one’s plane ticket or share your airline points for access to airport lounges. 

I am obsessed with this luxury experience, and it would be the ultimate surprise for a budget backpacker.

To arrange access to airport lounges, you’ll have to know which airlines the giftee plans to fly through. 

Upgrading tickets for lounge access can be expensive, so be prepared to pay big money for this luxury present.

Yeti Travel Mug

Yeti Travel Mug

Looking for a great gift for traveling coffee addicts? Encourage sustainability and style with a double-wall insulated Yeti travel mug. 

Yeti fits in cupholders, and double wall insulation keeps drinks cold or hot.

Foot Hammock

Foot Hammock

Another way to boost frequent flyer comfort for your short friends is with a foot hammock that attaches to the seat back. The sleepy ride hammock is 7 oz and buckles to the seatback. 

Best Unique Travel Gifts

Necklace with photo projection.

Necklace With Photo Projection

Custom photo projection necklaces are an excellent gift for moms (including dog moms) who miss their families while racking up frequent flyer points. 

Unlike lockets, these necklaces are discrete, and no one will know that she has a secret picture unless she shows them. 

Monogrammed Duffel Bag

Monogrammed Duffel Bag

Personalized or monogrammed items are a fun gift to remind travelers that their friends and family back home are thinking of them.

It also helps distinguish their bag on the luggage carousel. 

Looking for more duffel bag options? Read our guide to the best waterproof duffel bags . 

Personalized Leather Luggage Tag

Personalized Leather Luggage Tag

Leather luggage tags are an inexpensive but unique gift for frequent travelers. Leather looks better and is more reliable than those pesky paper tags that crinkle, fade, and fall off. 

With this personalized luggage tag, your traveling loved one will be able to spot their stuff at baggage claim instantly. 

International Snack Subscription Box

International Snack Subscription Box

Universal Yums sends tasty international treats in a monthly subscription box. 

Grandkids can taste snacks from around the world, and college students can have international travel-themed movie nights.

In a pandemic-stricken world, it can be difficult to find gifts for people who like to travel but are still stuck at home. Now they can get their international travel “fix” delivered right to their door. 

ID and Medical Bracelet

ID and Medical Bracelet

On the topic of safety, I wear a medical bracelet while traveling or hiking in the backcountry. ID bracelets are personal items, best for gifting to family members. 

Medical bracelets usually don’t make the “Best Travel Accessories” list. However, they can save lives by providing first responders with the wearer’s name, date of birth, emergency contact information, current medications, and blood type.

For someone traveling outside of their home country, be sure to include the correct international country code in front of their emergency contact’s phone number.

Best Travel Books to Give as Gifts

Kindle (e-reader).

Kindle (E-Reader)

Kindles are one of the best travel gift ideas for saving bookworms from the heartache of choosing which book to pack. With 16GB of storage, they can now pack their whole library.

Make this the absolute best gift by pre-downloading one of the following titles.

The Best American Travel Writing Series

the best american travel writing series

Inspire future trips with an anthology of the best international travel essays by American authors. 

This is the perfect gift for long-haul flights, bedtime dreaming, and displaying as a coffee table book. 

I’m currently learning about Siberian history and culture through an intriguing essay in the 2010 edition. 

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel

the island of sea women a novel

The Island of Sea Women is an epic feminine multigenerational tale about two best friends growing up in the 20th century on Jeju. 

Jeju is a Korean island where women traditionally support their families by free diving to unfathomable depths. 

As the girls become women, their friendship is strained by Japanese colonialism, wars, familial disputes, and shifting traditions. 

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

what i was doing while you were breeding

Kristin Newman’s travel memoir is the best gift for Eat, Pray, Love groupies. 

Like Gilbert, Newman is a comedic, reflective, kickass solo traveling woman who will make your friend want to board a plane tomorrow.

The Lonely Planet Travel Guides

The Lonely Planet Travel Guides

Lonely Planet travel guides make perfect gifts for someone who likes to study up on travel destinations ahead of time. They make an excellent coffee table book for travelers while they’re (briefly) at home.

You can choose from hundreds of travel guides that provide information on lodging, transportation, culture, and cuisine based on location and type of travel.

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Jodelle Marx is an artist and writer, adventure seeker, and collaborator. She hikes, swims, chases after her dog, and hums off tune. When Jodelle is not nerding out about traveling, she is probably working on a community project or performing spoken word poetry.

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Whether you tune in on Super Bowl Sunday to watch the actual game or your focus is more on the snacks, puppies playing football, or halftime pyrotechnics, having the right equipment for your watch party is key.

Sales on AV gear abound, and though not all of them are worth the spend, our price tracking has shown that late January and early February can offer great deals on Wirecutter-recommended TVs . With one of these TVs, you’ll never miss a moment.

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A TCL QM8 Series LED TV.

TCL QM8 Series

Our pick for the best lcd/led tv.

A solid choice for gamers, this LED TV is packed with features—including built-in Google TV—at an affordable price. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate for cleaner, smoother motion, plus a mini-LED backlight and quantum-dot tech for high contrast and rich colors. But it’s available only in larger screen sizes.

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Read our review of the best LCD/LED TV .

A Hisense U8K Series 4K QLED TV.

Hisense U8K Series

Our runner-up pick for the best led tv.

This premium QLED Google TV has all the same advanced performance tech as our top pick, including mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots for high contrast and rich colors. It isn’t quite as bright, but it’s still good for brighter rooms and daytime viewing.

You save $300 (14%)

Other things to know: Offers native 120 Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, and Wi-Fi 6E capabilities. Audio performance isn’t top-notch. Deal for the 85-inch TV matches the lowest price we’ve seen for this size.

A LG C3 OLED TV (77-Inch).

LG C3 Series

Our runner-up pick for the best oled tv.

This OLED model boasts all the extras you might expect from a premium TV at an affordable price, and our experts were impressed by its picture quality and overall value. It isn’t as bright or colorful as our top OLED pick, but it’s an excellent choice if Dolby Vision HDR is your priority—and the bonus gift card doesn’t hurt, either.

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Samsung The Frame QN43LS03BAF

A larger version of our lifestyle-oriented qled tv pick.

Blending seamlessly with any room’s aesthetic, this TV stands out for its artwork-inspired presentation—but it’s also just a really good TV. It delivers the same bright, richly appointed image as many of Samsung’s upper-tier QLED models do, but you need a subscription to access most of its art-centric features.

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Other things to know: Image quality is not equal to that of the best 4K and 8K models from the same manufacturer. Two models are on sale: a 43-inch new model and a certified-refurbished 55-inch model on sale for over $150 less than the lowest price we’ve seen for it new. The refurb comes with a 30-day return window with free shipping, plus a two-year warranty from Allstate.

Read our article about TVs that think outside the box .

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This article was edited by Nathan Burrow and Annemarie Conte.

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A Patagonia Pom-Pom Beanie for 31 Percent Off

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As we settle into a few more months of gray, coldish weather , might I suggest brightening things up with a warm and slightly silly hat ? This one from Strategist-favorite outdoors brand Patagonia is on sale at REI right now for just $38, down from $55, a 31 percent discount. Both colorways (a dark turmeric and deep forest green) are marked down.

Aside from looking pleasingly Nordic and retro, this beanie is highly functional, being knit from recycled wool and nylon and lined with soft fleece to reduce itching. The slightly oversize fit creates a nice slouchy look and means it’ll actually keep your head warm. Summer is sadly still a while away, and life is short, friends. Just say no to the minimalist, not-even-ear-covering bro beanie.

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Russian air defense units allegedly intercepted a drone over the city of Elektrostal in Moscow Oblast, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin reported in a Telegram post on Nov. 19.

Sobyanin claims the drone was heading towards central Moscow.

The Mayor also said emergency services were at work at the crash site but no casualties or damage to infrastructure have been reported.

The Kyiv Independent could not independently verify the reports.

Since the launch of Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukrainian forces have targeted Russian military, logistics, and infrastructure sites in the occupied territories and within Russia.

Today's drone report comes just hours after Ukraine's alleged drone attack was intercepted over the Bogorodskoye municipal district in Moscow Oblast.

While claims of Ukrainian attacks within Russian territory have increased since summer 2023, Kyiv rarely comments on these reports.

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