Leaving town for awhile sure does spoil a girl. Between the dinners and drinks bought my incredibly generous friends, multiple parties and one epic send-off package of travel gifts, I felt all the love leaving Chicago. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the globe-trotter in your life, look no further. Here’s to the best useful travel gifts for a traveler, perfect for the holidays coming up – and many that are small enough to be great stocking stuffers. Below you’ll also find a few extra recommendations of other gifts I received and a few things I bought myself but would work great as gifts too!
The Epic Send-off Travel Gifts Package
The best part of this gift? The girls packed the following essential items into a small daypack – loved the creative presentation of my backpacker gift!
Any backpacker is going to need something light that he or she can stuff with a few things used for daytime sightseeing or a short hike. There are lots of options out there, but Eagle Creek and REI both make a high quality product that doesn’t take up too much space!
I am so excited about being able to use this organizer for all of my carry-on necessities. I love that it has multiple zippers to keep everything in it’s place. I hate having to dig around in my backpack for whatever I need while I’m on a flight. With this, I’ll have everything I need and can keep the whole pack in my seatback pocket!
I had contemplated buying one for myself before my trip. I can definitely fall asleep in any moving vehicle – just ask anyone who’s gone on a road trip with me – but the quality of my sleep is going to increase drastically with an actual pillow that I can pull out while in transit. I’ts one of those items that’s a very, very, very nice-to-have. I love that this guy folds right up!
CLEARLY a must for Southeast Asia! We all know that traveling and stomachs typically do not get along, so having an extra roll in a region that’s known for lacking in TP and abundant in street food, will be bowel-saving. I plan to use and refill this container throughout my trip so that I always have some on me.
5. Emergency Kit
What a GENIUS idea! My girls put together the most awesome backpacker emergency kit with just enough to take care of me in a mini-crisis. Get creative and add what you think your traveler needs! I love that mine has a hair tie, bobby pins and a mini nail file – essentials for a female traveler.
The All-In-One Travel Gift
This was a gift from my mom that I am really excited about. This vest is lined with a million pockets on the inside so you’re not flashing what you have to everyone and their mother. The lightweight material will be great to bring out on long hikes to even out the weight that I’m carrying. I’ve never been much a vest-girl, but I think this will be a really useful addition to my camping and hiking wardrobe. My mom – an expert hiker – swears by it. They make a men’s vest and a few jacket styles as well.
Additional Travel Gifts
There are a few things I purchased myself that belong on your gift-list for the travelers in your life. Here you go!
I went back and forth myself on whether to buy myself this little – but not so cheap – silk liner. I imagine I will find myself in many instances where I just want the comfort of knowing that the sheet that’s touching my body is clean and bug-free. For any travelers who are grime -resistant, this makes a great addition to the pack. And, it’s incredibly small and light.
This was a MUST gift for myself. I’m going to be in hostels, on beaches, and doing some camping – this towel will be a critical piece of my packing. I went for the larger size so I can wrap myself in it. It dries fast and takes up very little space.
This is a potential gift from my mother (*wink*). You know, each person has his or her own fears for what will happen while they travel. I’m more of a – bring some anti-biotics and hope all goes well – type of traveler and I will rarely say no to street food, but I think this would decrease the amount of times I’m dipping into the cipro and needing that emergency toilet paper roll!
These are products that I purchased for my trip after reviewing the many options. While it may seem funny to buy someone sunscreen and bugspray, I think they could be a great addition to your gift for your traveler. Especially if he or she is going to a place with lots of sun and lots of bugs (Southeast Asia for sure), your traveler is going to need as much SPF and DEET as he or she can get!
This is one of the travel gifts to myself. I’m confident it’s going to save me when my phone dies and I’m nowhere near an outlet. Whether I’m on a train, camping or just using my phone too much as I take lots of pictures, I know this cute and handy back up charge will ensure I have the power I need to keep my phone up and running. It’s small, relatively lightweight and comes in so many fun colors!
As you know, I’m about to take off on my first big backpacking trip! By clicking through the links to purchase these items, I will earn a small commission that will help me while I’m on the road! You sure bet I’ll be paying it forward :).
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