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Over 30 Gift Ideas for Every Type of Traveler
There are so many random travel gadgets out there that it can be daunting to choose a travel-themed gift. This gift guide will make things easier for you. These are things that I actually use or have been lusting after for months because I know they would make things easier while traveling. They would also make a great gift for the traveler in your life. But travelers come in many different forms, so I’ve broken the list down by types of travelers (frequent fliers, beach vacation lovers, parents, kids, backpackers, and many more).
Most importantly, these are travel gifts they will actually use.
GIFTS FOR THE TRAVELER IN YOUR LIFE
For the Stylish Air Traveler
- Barefoot Dreams Products! Have you heard of the Barefoot Dreams brand? It is my new obsession.
And a couple more gift ideas for comfortable air travel…
- Got my sister a poncho similar to this one recently and she loved it.
- Scarf with Pockets — Cute and convenient.
For the Frequent Flier
- 40 Blinks Sleep Mask — This mask is super comfortable because it sticks out from your eyes plus it really blocks the lights for better airplane sleep. It was recommended to me for labor. Seriously. If it’s good enough to help supposedly lull you into relaxation while giving birth, it will definitely help foster sleep on a plane. Stick in some earplugs with the gift, too.
For the Last Minute Traveler
- Grab and Go Toiletry Bags – Put together a few ready-made toiletry bags in Ziploc bags that can be packed in a carry-on to make packing faster and easier.
- Stick in bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, disposable razor, contact solution (if the person wears contacts) and a travel toothbrush. (Remember to keep everything under 3 oz.)
- One of these shampoo bars would also be a fun add-on to the gift — I brought one of these all over Europe with me and loved it!
- A bath bomb is also a fun addition to the gift.
For the Beach Loving Traveler
- Easy-to-Pack Sun Hat – Help keep your gift recipient covered and safe from the sun with this cute and easily packable hat.
- I can totally picture this sun hat on a Caribbean beach.
- Cute and Simple Rubber Flip-flops – No fancy ones for sand. I learned this from years of living in San Diego.
- Fun Beach Bag – I love this design!
For the Parent with a Baby Traveler
- Maya Wrap – Easy to use and convenient for road trips, air travel, dining in restaurants, and just about everything in my opinion.
- I have it in plum, but wish I’d gotten it in this cool color design.
- Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag – This diaper bag has a genius design. It is great for travel (and every-day life) because it can switch between being worn over the shoulder (with a strap long enough to cross the body) or as a backpack. Also, the changing pad folds out right next to pockets for diapers and wipes, making it easy and convenient to create a makeshift changing station wherever you are.
- Padded Carseat Bag – My husband and I get comments on this bag pretty much every time we fly from other parents admiring it (oh, the things that become exciting once you become a parent) and asking where we got it.
For the Traveling Parent of Little Kids
- Travel Blackout Blinds – Might help the kids to sleep in another hour, and extra sleep is a great gift for any parent.
- Reading Material – If the gift recipient is a parent overwhelmed by the thought of traveling with little kids, get her or him this recently published book. It’s an engaging, interesting read that will make it seem like traveling with kids is totally possible.
- Want to Splurge on the Gift? Get this amazing stroller which I so wish someone would gift me. You simply push a button with one finger and it closes on its own.
For the (Temporarily) Stuck at Home Traveler
- Art Inspiration– Keep their wanderlust going with this desk art.
- Book Inspiration – This book always gets me dreaming of new places to go. An oldie but goodie that every traveler should have on their bookshelf.
For the Traveler Who Loves to Shop
- Expandable Getaway Bag – I have this bag and love it for traveling. It is more compact at the start of your trip and then unzips to fit things in that you inevitably will buy on your travels. It often is sold out so buy fast if it’s on your list!
For the Short-on-Time Traveler
- One of my eGuidebooks! 🙂 Here are my bestsellers:
For the Coffee-Addicted
- Travel Mug – One that will go the distance and keep that coffee hot.
- Corkcicle – I also recently discovered the Corkcicle 12 oz. travel mugs thanks to Oprah’s Favorite Things and they look great for coffee and wine.
For the Hiking Traveler
- Icebreaker Shirts – These are surprisingly comfortable as I thought they’d be itchy since they’re 100% wool. My husband and I wore them while hiking the Inca Trail and they kept us warm without being bulky.
For the Camping Traveler
- This Camping Stove – My husband made us salmon and asparagus on ours one time while we were camping. It was soooo delicious.
For the Backpacker
- Packing Bags – (Because the popular suitcase packing cubes do not work as well in backpacks, though I highly recommend them for suitcases!). These are a must to stay organized while backpacking. Get different colors so they’re easy to spot when digging through the bag.
- Collapsible Water Bottle – Easy to stick in a backpack.
For the Female Traveler
- My Favorite Travel Purse I especially love the foldout drink holder on the side of the purse.
For the Male Traveler
- Travel Boxers – My husband has a pair of these and says they are very comfortable plus have pockets for hiding credit cards in while traveling.
For the Photo-Loving Traveler
- Cool Cameras– This person probably already has a camera they love, so get them to think outside the box with how they photograph their next destination by getting them one of these:
For the “I Can Never Sleep on Planes” Flier
- Gift Them This – sure, it may be a funny shape but it just might get them those zzzz’s.
For the Kid Traveler
- Little Passport Kits – How cute are these? Fun way to get kids excited for traveling.
- Digital Camera for Kids – My daughter loves clicking my camera and seeing the pictures come up. But she’s too young to get to actually hold it and use it so this is a great solution that I’m sure other kids will love, too.
- Kid Travel Journal – Make sure they remember family trips while encouraging a love for writing.
For the Travel Dreamer
And For Any USA Traveler Who Hasn’t Done This Yet…
- TSA Precheck! For $85 it will make their flying life so much easier, though they will have to do a bit of the legwork on this gift, i.e. filling out some online paperwork and then getting themselves to the designated office for fingerprints and paperwork signing. I did it — was there for less than 20 minutes with an appointment.
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This post was originally published on November 6, 2016, and updated on November 11, 2017.