Traveling to distant countries and locations can be very exciting — and rewarding. There’s nothing like going out into the world and experiencing new cultures, cuisines, and different ways of life. There’s a whole big planet out there that extends so much further than small neighborhoods and towns.
While the reward of traveling is pretty big, packing for those fun adventures around the world can be tedious and rough. When buying a gift for someone with an acute case of wanderlust, consider the items that can help make their travels easier and more pleasurable.
We’ve rounded up the best gifts for travelers who need smart, tech-savvy, and multi-functional gear that makes it easier to pursue their passions. From backpacks to subscription services to adapters and more, we’ve found gifts that can streamline their way of packing or just keep them entertained while waiting for a connecting flight, so their adventures can be lighter, smarter, better, and most of all: more fun.
Here are 20 of the best gifts for travel enthusiasts:
Apple iPad Mini 4
Traveling with a full-sized tablet can be cumbersome because it can take up so much precious space. However, the Apple iPad Mini 4 is compact enough to stow away and forget it’s in your bag until you need it to keep yourself sane on a long flight. The tablet weighs less than a pound, but includes most of the bells and whistles of a full-sized iPad.
A GPS watch
Having a trusty GPS watch on your wrist can come in handy when traveling, especially if you get lost in an unfamiliar location. And let’s be real, if you’re a constant traveler, then it’s going to happen. The Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR makes for a fantastic gift for travelers because of its outstanding battery life of up to 14 days, it’s compact, and has GPS tracking that can measure your pace and distance.
Universal USB travel power adapter
Experienced travelers will know that not every country has the same power outlets. Meaning your devices will be unable to charge unless you have an adapter to convert for different regions. The Eppicka Universal USB Travel Power Adapter is an all-in-one solution for international travelers that features options for more than 150 countries, so they’ll never have to worry about power conversions again.
A slim power bank
It’s not always easy to find an outlet for a quick charge when you’re in a busy airport. Every traveler needs a trusty power bank to make sure their devices stay charged, even if they are not near a power supply. Enter the Xiaomi Mi Slim Power Bank Pro, which features MicroUSB and USB ports with a USB Type-C adapter, so it’s sleek and compact enough to take just about anywhere.
A digital camera
While most people have a fantastic camera attached to their smartphones, having a dedicated point-and-shoot is still the best way to capture photos, especially if you’re traveling to attractive locations with breathtaking landscapes and landmarks. The Canon PowerShot SX730 is a great digital camera that will outshine any smartphone with its 20.3 megapixel shooter, 40x optical zoom, and CMOS sensor. The point-and-shoot also features Bluetooth connectivity with Wi-Fi built-in for easy photo sharing.
The Carry On Cocktail Kit
Long flights can be tedious and almost make you forget you’re on vacation. Relax. A cocktail or two can help you ease into things. The TSA-approved Carry On Cocktail Kit features everything but the booze so you can make a stiff drink on an airplane. Options include an Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, Hot Toddy, and more — and each would make a great gift for anyone who travels.
Portable coffee maker
The Cafflano Klassic’s all-in-one portable coffeemaker makes it easy to bring everything you need with you, but in a small and compact design. The coffeemaker looks like a 22-ounce coffee tumbler, but inside there’s a drip kettle with a spout for hot water, hand grinder to grind whole beans, a stainless steel filter, and a double-walled tumbler. Just pack coffee beans and you’re all set to enjoy a nice cup of joe while you travel.
These packing cubes from Shacke Pak can come in handy when traveling. The set comes with four packing cubes of various sizes that are double stitched and heavy duty to keep your clothes organized and packed tight, so you can bring more with you. It even comes with a free laundry bag, so you can separate stinky clothes from the fresh stuff.
A compact carry-on backpack
The Osprey Porter 46 is a great travel backpack that’s both surprisingly spacious and quite compact. It features a number of hidden stowaway panels and compartments that makes it ideal for packing for any journey and is also small enough to qualify as a carry-on bag for most airlines. A laptop compartment makes security a breeze, plus the zipper opens all the way so you can pack it like a suitcase.
The ultimate travel guide
The World: A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet features over 900 pages of info for nearly the entire globe with more than 200 maps and 1,000 color photos of highlights designed to make you a better traveler. It’s a great resource for experienced or novice globetrotters alike. While this is one whopper of a book to haul around the world, there’s also an e-book version for digital packing.
A stellar pair of earbuds
The Bose QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones makes it easier to block all of that background noise. The QC20 are noise cancelling, as they greatly reduce the surrounding noise and let your music stand out. With a long battery life of over 16 hours, these earbuds makes for a perfect gift for travelers because they’re so small and lightweight. Just stick them in your ears and enjoy the sound of silence.
A collapsible water bottle
All experienced travelers know that staying compact is key to having a fun journey. This collapsible water bottle from Nomader has all the functions of a traditional water bottle, but takes up less space. The leakproof Nomander is very durable with its soft BPA-free silicone body that makes it easy to twist and fold, so it can be stored in any small space or even a pocket.
A travel cord organizer
Charging cables and headphone cords can quickly turn into an unmanageable rat’s nest when they’re in one location together but a handy cord roll can keep things organized and easy to find. This one from Brouk and Co. was made for clean cable management in a stylish way. It’s made from synthetic leather and can securely hold eight cables and two plugs with ease, plus it conveniently rolls to save space while traveling.
A money belt
Experienced travelers know that using a money belt greatly reduces their chances of getting robbed. The travel money belt from Peak Gear keeps all of your valuables like money, IDs, credit cards, and passports safe and secure around your waist and under your shirt. It also comes with built-in RFID block, so pickpockets can’t steal your identity electronically. And since it’s made with water-resistant nylon, the money belt will stay comfy and cool against your skin.
Cairn: The Original Box
Cairn is a subscription service that sends you boxes of travel and outdoors accessories once a month. These items can range from trail mix to new travel backpacks and camping gear. The products sent are made to inspire you to travel and get out into the world. Cairn offers various packages between at $29.99 and 249.99 a month in pricing.
Airbnn gift cards
Booking a room on Airbnb is a great way to see the world, but not get stuck in the same old hotel rooms again and again. So giving the traveler in your life gift cards for Airbnb can go a long way for their journeys and adventures. Amazon offers electronic and physical Airbnb gift cards from $25 to $200 variations.
A super cozy neck pillow
This travel pillow kit from Everlasting Comfort features a “U” shaped travel pillow that’s made from 100% pure memory foam for pure comfort and relaxation. The kit also includes earplugs that are also made from memory foam and a sleeping mask, which all come inside of a protective travel bag and strap. Once you travel with this kit, you’ll never leave home without it.
‘The World Atlas of Street Food’
This super yummy book gives travelers a look at the numerous fresh, cheap, and varied street foods found in urban spaces in hundreds of countries. This photo book takes a deep dive into street food, from the Saharan roadsides and Patagonian villages, to downtown Hong Kong and even New York City fare. You don’t have to be a foodie or traveler to enjoy this book.
A trusty Moleskine notebook
The Voyageur Traveller’s Notebook from Moleskine is the perfect companion to take with you on all of your journeys, so you can jot down your thoughts and feelings while traveling to a certain location or country. So when years later you look back on your life, you’ll be filled with romantic nostalgia when re-reading your old travel notebooks. Sure beats an iPhone app, right?
A really kickass jacket
Along with keeping you dry from the rain, the Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket serves a number of functions, like being warm and stylish. This travel jacket is made from 100% polyester with Eddie Bauer’s two-layer WeatherEdge technology, which is completely waterproof from seam to seam. The jacket also features a handy self-packing feature that packs into its right-hand pocket. It even conveniently converts the jacket into a compact travel pillow.