Travel Gift Guide: The 26 Best Travel Gift Ideas for Adventurers

It can often be difficult to buy gifts for the travelers in your life. Most travelers I know don’t like a lot of stuff cluttering up their house. Small, useful items are key for anyone looking to buy gifts for the travelers in their lives.

Here are the 26 best travel gift ideas—including the best gifts for tech-savvy travelers, outdoor adventurers, photographers, and more!

Travel gift guide: Top ten gift ideas for adventurers

Best Travel Gifts Under $50

Travel neck pillow

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or car, a travel neck pillow can provide some extra comfort to make the journey more comfortable. this travel pillow is made of memory foam and is ergonomically designed to comfort all the right curves in your neck and spine.

Packing of dice

We can all end the debate about the best way to pack a suitcase by getting these packing cubes. These cubes not only help organize clothes, but you can also use a single cube as a carry-on, keeping all your belongings compact to help eliminate the drama of zipping up your suitcase.

Toilet bottles

Reusable toilet bottles is a great convenience and saves money on travel. These have 3-layer leak-proof protection and are TSA approved. These specific bottles have a wide opening which is great for cleaning them out and storing them until your next trip.

World Map Wall Art

This world map wall art makes a great feature in any traveler’s home. Employing vintage wood, but with a modern finish, it can compliment almost any decor. This piece comes in four sizes and three colors to suit a variety of rooms in your home.

Passport holder

This lightweight, two pocket passport holder won’t take up extra space but will help you keep your important travel documents together for easy access. The passport holder is soft and waterproof and even has a transparent pocket that can be used to hold your vaccination card.

Travel Moisture Kit

Small products are great for travel, and this gift set contains a few good hydration products that many of us easily forget to pack. There are a few different options depending on what your favorite types of products are, but whichever you choose, they’re perfect to have on hand to throw in your suitcase on your way out the door.

Pocket umbrella

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to buy an umbrella on a trip (we now have a drawer full of umbrellas). This Pocket umbrella is small, compact and light, so we always leave it in our luggage to avoid forgetting it!

Digital Luggage Scale

Have you ever gone to the airline check-in desk only to find that your bag is over the limit by just a few pounds? That EatSmart Digital Luggage Scale offers a comfortable grip for easy towing of large and heavy bags – and it comes with a built-in scale to accurately measure the load. Never get stuck rearranging your luggage at the last minute due to excess weight fees at the airport again.

Lifeproof iPhone case

That Lifeproof iPhone case is on my wish list for this year, even though we have a great underwater camera (see below). Today’s well-traveled technomad knows that a phone is no longer just a device you can call—it’s a lifeline, a library, a GPS, and an emergency resource they can’t afford to lose.

The LifeProof iPhone case not only protects your phone from bumps and bruises, but even from being submerged in more than 6 feet of water.

Travel adapter

Nothing is more frustrating than plugging in your phone or laptop and realizing you have an incompatible connector. That Satechi travel router/adapter solves the problem by providing international converter plugs for over 150 countries in one convenient unit. It also has an AC power port and a USB port for charging phones and other electronics.

Best gifts for travel photographers

Waterproof backpack

I always regret not going along this waterproof backpack on my trips – especially when traveling to a tropical destination or any other place where rain is unpredictable. This backpack keeps your gear safe and dry with plenty of room to spare. It is also ergonomically designed to support the weight without hurting your shoulders and back.

Underwater camera

A traditional camera is not always suitable for every situation, but one Become a professional gives you a lot of unique options. They are small, waterproof and give great pictures!

This GoPro can take 5K Ultra HD videos and 20MP photos, and it even has a front screen and a rear touchscreen! Although this camera is small, it is powerful in both the battery and the work it does. It is equipped with hypersmooth 3.0 for in-camera leveling.


For aerial footage and photographs, a drone is the perfect gift. Both of these drones are small, easily portable and have between 30-34 minutes of flight time.

That DJI Mini SE is now lighter than ever, making it possible to stay in the air for longer than similar drones. It supports 12 MP aerial photos and can record videos in 2.7K HD. This drone also has upgraded wind resistance and ensures ultra-smooth footage.

That DJI Mini 3 Pro is just as small and light, but offers more advanced features. This model supports 48 MP photos and records videos in 4K as well as offers a wide range of intelligent features such as FocusTrack, true vertical recording and many more. The tri-directional obstacle sensing helps keep the drone safe while it is out of your line of sight.

Gorillapod flexible stand

Any seasoned traveler knows that natural photo opportunities don’t always wait for you to set up your gear. That GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible tripod easily arranged tripod legs allow it to quickly and reliably balance itself on any surface for the perfect shot.

Canon compact camera

It is not always possible to bring a complete camera setup on every trip. Having a smaller, yet high quality, camera for these cases can ensure that you are able to get a good picture regardless of the situation. This Canon PowerShot digital camera has a lot of features in a small package. Although small, this camera has built-in Wi-Fi, an LCD screen, offers high-resolution images and the ability to shoot in RAW mode.

Best travel gifts for outdoor adventurers

Anti-theft travel day bag

Whether your travels take you to walk through a new city, hike in the rainforest, or camp in complete solitude, this theft-proof travel day bag is useful for any type of adventurer. The anti-theft design features secure exterior zips as well as an interior zip pocket and an RFID secure pocket. It is also equipped with padded, adjustable shoulder straps for complete comfort.

Insulated travel water bottle

Water bottles are almost an accessory now, people carry them around with them all day every day. This 17 oz stainless steel water bottle is double wall insulated to keep your water cold (or hot) all day long. It is powder coated to prevent fading and scratching and is built to fit most cup holders.

Cooking set for camping/backpacking

For the camping enthusiast, this camping/backpacking cooking set has all the cookware you need stored in a lightweight bag. These sets are non-toxic, heat quickly and can be hung over an open fire so you can cook the way you want. The heat-resistant handles make it even easier to use these on a campsite.

Travel hammock

From relaxing for a few hours to sleeping outside, whatever the season, this travel hammock is easy to set up, so you can spend more time enjoying it than reading the instructions. It is available in both single and double versions and can be folded up to the size of an aubergine. These hammocks are machine washable and built to last a lifetime.


Do you know someone who spends time outside at night? This ultra-bright LED headlight is 15 times brighter than standard LED technology and will provide more than enough light for your camping activities or an emergency. It’s rechargeable and water-resistant to withstand whatever elements you’re in. It even offers green and red LED modes for night vision.

Microfiber towel

Great for a devoted camper or beachgoer, The Rainleaf microfiber towel is quick drying and super absorbent for a wide range of needs. It absorbs up to 5 times its weight in water and dries quickly to allow repeated use. It is ultra-compact and low weight, so it does not take up much space in your luggage.

Bugsaway clothing

No one likes to be eaten alive by bugs, but the chemical smell of bug spray is not pleasant either. I’ve bought Deet that actually stings my skin every time I put it on, so any option for me to avoid harsh chemicals is a plus.

Bugsaway clothing is designed to fit well, look good and repel insects at the same time. Forget about mosquitoes, ticks, flies, ants and other little annoyances that can ruin an otherwise fantastic adventure.

Best gifts for tech-savvy travelers

Small portable charger

Portable chargers are great to have around, it doesn’t just have to be for travel! This small, portable charger is compatible with a wide range of phones, Airpods and more. It is compact with a slim look and is powerful enough to give your phone a full charge.

Amazon Kindle

For someone who enjoys a good book on the plane, a Amazon Kindle is the perfect gift option.

They are small, light and have adjustable light to make it easier to read regardless of the interior lighting conditions. It allows you to have endless amounts of books at your fingertips and can easily be tucked away. It’s also waterproof, so feel free to take it with you for some beach reading.

Noise-reducing headphones

Give your intrepid explorer the luxury of peace and quiet on the road. These noise canceling headphones take up less space than comparable full-coverage headphones, yet offer the same level of noise cancellation. They offer 22 hours of listening time and have a built-in microphone.

Best luggage gifts

Luggage set

Made of robust, lightweight material, Rocklands 3 piece luggage set protects your belongings from the lumps, bumps, bangs and falls that suitcases can acquire over many years of use.

The omnidirectional spinner wheels also make it easy to maintain your agility as you move through a crowded terminal – and they come in really fun colors. We have the gray set (Scott wasn’t down with the pink one) and we use at least one of the bags on every trip.

Do you have anything to add to this Christmas traveler gift guide list?

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