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20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Gift shopping for the travelers in your life is not the easiest task! Plane tickets are expensive…and what else does a traveler want anyways? This post is here to explain!

I’ll be sharing gift ideas for travelers that range from sentimental to practical…and even a few that I’ve received myself over the years! My family has really had their work cut out for them over the years, as we not only are obsessed with travel, we didn’t have a home for over 5 years as we traveled the world! (Gift shopping for us was nearly impossible – sorry!) But they came up with some great gift ideas for us. I also polled several of the travel groups I’m part of to see what gifts my fellow travelers treasured most. Enjoy!

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20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

1.) Portable Luggage Scale

20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Hands down, this is the most useful gift I’ve acquired over the years. I honestly don’t know how I survived without it! This is useful even if you’re not a diehard traveler…just someone who needs to take a flight! This little scale is a lifesaver. I’ve linked to the exact one I have below, and I can promise that it 100% accurate as well. (I always love seeing what the weight of my bag is when I get to the luggage counter and then exclaiming how accurate my luggage scale is. Haha.)

Click here to shop this luggage scale.

2.) Scratch-Off Map

Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

I also love the scratch-off map I received a few years ago. It’s so fun to come back from an adventure and scratch off a country. It’s also a fun conversation piece to have.

Click here to shop the map pictured above, and click here for the one I personally have.

3.) CrazyCap Water Sterilizing Bottle

the crazy cap

Out of the hundreds of travelers I polled from my various travel groups, this was the highest-ranked travel gift out of them all. I do actually have one of these crazy water bottles now! After hearing everyone rave about them, I figured it was time to invest in one. (Especially since I can’t drink the water in Russia unfiltered anyways! This will save on bottled water!) Water from any source is safe to drink in as little as 60 seconds with this bottle.

This bottle by CrazyCap goes beyond simple water filtration and also sterilizes your water using UV light in its cap. (Hence, its name). You can also use the cap to sterilize your other water bottles, baby bottles, cutlery, kitchen counter… really anything! It incredible! (Even Rachael Ray is a fan of it.)

Click here to shop the CrazyCap Water Bottle.

4.) Travel Journal

The second-highest ranked travel gift out of the poll I did with my travel groups was a travel journal. Having something to jot down your travel memories in was really important to a lot of travelers. I personally carry a journal with me everywhere too.

Click here to shop some awesome travel journals!

5.) Noise Canceling Headphones

Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Noise-canceling headphones were number 3 in my poll of gift ideas for travelers…and this is one of my husband’s top picks! He says there’s nothing more important than being able to block out the world around him when he’s on a flight. He’s a big fan of having wireless headphones as well. (He uses them in the office as well, not just for traveling.)

Click here to shop these noise-canceling headphones.

6.) Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag

Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

This is one of the best travel gifts I’ve ever received. I use it to organize my makeup even when I’m not traveling. I like to be able to have my makeup and toiletries hanging on a towel rack or door by me when I’m getting ready. And then, if I find out I’m traveling somewhere, I just roll it up and away I go!

Click here to shop hanging toiletry travel bags.

7.) Dual Voltage Straightener/Curling Iron
TYME Iron ProA dual voltage straightener/curling iron is something my husband wishes he would’ve bought for me 9 years ago! He hated having to haul a converter along only for my straightener and curling (all of our electronics are dual voltage). Sorry, hun! We don’t need the converter anymore now!

The TYME iron is both a straightener and curling iron, and it is dual voltage. It saves space on luggage! There is a bit of a learning curve to using it (when it comes to curling your hair), but you get a free live consultation to teach you how to use it. I have short, fine hair and zero hair skills, but I was able to get the hang of it.

Click here to shop this dual-voltage straightener/curling iron. (Get $5 off when you use this link)

8.) Outlet Adapters

Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Even if all of your electronics are dual voltage…you’re still going to need outlet adapters if you’re going abroad! And instead of getting one for every country you go to, get this 4-in-1 adapter that works in over 150 countries!

Click here to shop this adapter.

9.) Long Distance Lamp
Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Ok, this is more specific to expats…or just people who live a long way from their families. We received one of these lamps as a gift last year and it’s so cool! You touch your lamp and then the other person’s lamp lights up to let you know you’re thinking of them. It’s really awesome! We were living in Argentina at the time, and the other lamp was in the northern United States…it works really well!

Click here to shop the long-distance lamp.

10.) Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf

Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

If you’re a lady who doesn’t want to carry a bag while you’re traveling, these hidden pocket scarves are where it’s at! I personally don’t own one (yet) but multiple travelers have recommended them to me now. It’s a great way to keep your valuables (like your passport) safe as well.

Click here to shop this hidden pocket infinity scarf.

11.) Microfiber Towel
Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers
These microfiber towels are gift ideas for travelers….and nontravelers alike! Anyone who likes to go camping, swimming or to the gym… you name it! My fellow travelers say these are wonderful for traveling, though, because not only are they fast-drying, they are very easy to pack in your bag.

Click here to shop these microfiber towels.

12.) Passport Cover & Luggage Tag

Getting a personalized, or even just cute, passport cover and luggage tag is a fantastic idea! I have a black suitcase that looks like literally every other suitcase…so, having a luggage tag would be great! And having a personalized passport cover is fun, and it’s also a great way to keep your passport in decent shape. I didn’t have a passport cover for my first passport, and after 10 years, it barely held together!

Click here to shop passport covers, and click here to shop luggage tags.

13.) Packing Cubes

20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers
My husband is obsessed with his packing cubes…as are many other travelers. He is all about organization and maximizing his packing space. I have yet to jump on the packing cube train…but I’m also a disorganized mess! Maybe one day…(my husband is likely buying me these for Christmas). *Update, he did get me packing cubes. Haha. These are the ones I have, and I do love them!

Click here to shop packing cubes..

14.) Kindle

gift ideas for travelers
Speaking of Christmas gifts from my husband…I had vehemently protested getting a Kindle because I just LOVE the way having a REAL book feels. However, when you’re living out of a suitcase…real books just aren’t practical. My husband bought me a Kindle before we started our life abroad, and now I can’t imagine life without it!

Click here to shop Kindles. I also love to use this Kindle light with it.

15.) Map Accessories

I love map-themed anything. This does seem to be a common theme among many travels (although not all, so confirm first with your traveler). I personally have those earrings pictured above, and I wear them all the time! Map accessories can be great gift ideas for travelers (especially if you get them personalized, like this coordinates necklace).

Click here to shop accessories, and click here to shop the map earrings.

16.) Cork Globe

gift ideas for travelers

Keeping with the theme from above, a cork globe could also be a fun idea for a travel lover’s home! (Provided they have a home…this wouldn’t have been a good gift for our nomadic selves

Click here to shop the cork globe.

17.) Battery Pack

20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Battery packs are a must for travelers…or anyone, really. If your traveler doesn’t already have one, this is a must-get gift! How many times has your cellphone died just before you went to take a photo…or when you really needed it for directions back to your hotel? Problem solved with a battery pack! (Just remember to charge it before you leave…unlike me…)

Click here to shop this battery pack.

18.) Eye Mask
20 Amazing Gift Ideas for Travelers

Getting shuteye in a plane, train or car can be a bit tricky. But put on a sleep mask and your noise-canceling headphones and you’re good to go! This might have to be my husband’s gift from me this year…he has a sleep mask, but it really doesn’t work well. I’m going to invest in a higher quality one (like the one linked below) for him. (Shhhh, but don’t tell him!)

Click here to shop this eye mask.

19.) Luggage

And if all else fails, getting some high-quality luggage for your favorite traveler is always a safe bet! My husband swears by Standard Luggage because he doesn’t have to check it on small regional flights then. (I’m personally a fan of hard case luggage myself, though.)

Click here to shop the Standard Luggage pictured above, and click here to shop the hard case luggage (that I use and love) by Chester. **USE code HCWT10 for 10% off your CHESTER purchase.

20.) Try the World Box

Try the World gift box

Try the World is such a cool gift idea! You can give a box with a curated selection of gourmet foods—including ingredients, drinks, and snacks from around the world, so your traveler can create an authentic culinary experience at home.

Or you can give a box with a delicious selection of snacks from around the world—that is delivered right to your traveler’s doorstep. How fun is that?

Click here to learn more about Try the World.

**Travel Jeans + Travel Shirt

High-quality travel clothing is always an appreciated gift by travelers! Aviator makes clothes specifically for long travel journeys. Their travel jeans are breathable, don’t lose their shape and have hidden pockets for money and your passport! (Full review here.) Their travel shirts can be worn for weeks before needing to be washed and are SO comfortable and soft. (Full review here.)

Click here to shop Aviator travel clothing – for both men and women. 

**Travel Dress

These dresses by Karina Dresses are wrinkle-resistant and are very versatile and comfortable. Perfect for traveling as they are easy to pack and don’t take up much precious luggage space! (Full review here). Karina Dresses is also very size-inclusive and their dresses range in size from XS-4X (and are made in the US). If anyone is still looking for gift ideas for me – I’ll take another Karina dress, please!

Click here to shop Karina Dresses. 

**Comfy shoes for a plane ride

Minnetonka Moccasins make for a great gift! They’re super comfortable to wear for those long car rides or plane rides… and are easy to slip on and off for security. I have the Classic Driver style and LOVE to wear them for long international journies. Full review here.  (They have a ton of different style options too if you don’t like the ones I’m wearing.)

Click here to shop Minnetonka Moccasins. 


Another safe gift idea for a traveler is a timeless watch! I especially love this Timex Variety Watch because I can style it a ton of different ways, it’s comfortable to wear for long trips and I can switch out the band and ring color if I want. So, it’s super versatile. (Full review here.)

Click here to shop Timex watches.

I’m curious, what is the best travel-related gift you’ve ever received? And are any of these gift ideas for travelers on your Christmas list? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. These products are an eye opener, I anticipate traveling abroad and this article just let me know what’s important. Thank you.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      So glad you enjoyed this article! 🙂

  2. These are awesome! Personally I love the microfiber towels and the hanging toiletries bag. I had not heard of the long distance lamps, but that is a great idea! Thanks for the tips!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much! I love my long-distance lamp. 🙂

  3. Courtney Byers says:

    Your list is on point! I really want to get a travel map like this. That would be an amazing gift to give Jake for Christmas. I also love the scale idea. I am a notorious over packer, so this would be a gift for Jake too, so he doesn’t have to worry about is her bag too heavy. Hahah We might do a Euro Trip in the spring, so I will have to look into this hair dryer. I know when I went to Europe last time I had trouble with converters.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      I blew our converter up on our last European adventure, haha. So, that was when my husband decided no more converters. It’s so nice not to worry about them! 🙂

  4. so so many great ideas for all who loves travels- Kindle, microfiber towel, scratch map will be perfect for me 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you!

  5. iamperlita says:

    Those lamps are such a cute idea and I really like the cork globes! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! ♥

    PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      The lamp is so fun! And I love the looks of those cork globes too. Thank you! Hope you have a great week too!

  6. My parents got a luggage scale that we always bring with us on our overseas trips–it’s so useful! I have the hanging toiletry bag + packing cubes too! Great picks! :] I need to get a scratch off map one of these days!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you! And isn’t that luggage scale the best thing ever? I can’t believe I used to use a regular scale to weigh my bag! Haha.

  7. marionhappywanderess says:

    Love the lamps! Never heard of it before, it’s so cool! Well, I wouldn’t gift one to my parents though, mine would be lighting up all the time hahaha
    The towel, the scarf and the reusable bottle are definitely on my list this year.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Hahaha! That’s awesome! ANd those are on my list this year as well! The filtering water bottle really has me intrigued.

  8. These are such good gift ideas, thank you for sharing! I don’t travel a lot but my sister does – shame I’ve already finished my Christmas shopping, haha! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great week so far! It’s been hot and dusty here, so very summery! Thankfully the crazy winds have died down 🙂

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you! I hope you’re having a great week so far too!

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  10. I keep seeing those eye masks and I want to get us some.
    And the headphones? We used to have some while I was working (they got sold with the practice) and I was surprised at how much they really work!! I might need to splurge on some more!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      I like that you can still move your eyes with that eye mask. I can’t sleep with the ones that smush your eyes! And I really like those headphones he has! I wish I had a pair sometimes too! (But it also makes me nervous just how well they cancel noise…I sometimes like hearing what’s going on around me, haha.)

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