09
Dec

The 46 Best Gifts for Travelers

Posted By Trav

Gift Guide Graphic

You need a gift for your favorite traveler, but you have no idea what to get them.

What could they want…or need?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

From less than $1 to over $1,000, we’ve picked out gifts that fit any budget.

And with gifts ranging from backpacks to the best earplugs and from Panama hats to cork globes, there’s something here for everyone.

Here are the best gifts for travelers – so start shopping, and happy holidays!

Want to skip to a certain section?  Just click a link below:

Backpacks & Gear

 

There’s no more important item to a traveler than a good piece of luggage, and for almost all situations, I prefer a backpack instead of wheeled luggage (although we also have a wheeled luggage recommendation further down).

When shopping for a backpack, it pays to spend some money and find yourself a good one, and the two listed below are the ones I’ve been using, and loving, for the last 3 years.

1. Tortuga Backpack

Tortuga Pack

 

Every traveler needs a good backpack, and this is by far my favorite.

I’ve taken my Tortuga with me on every single trip over the last 2 years – whether it be a long weekend or 4 months.

It’s the largest legal carry-on size backpack out there, which means you’ll save a ton of money on checked bag fees and still have plenty of room.  Plus, it has my favorite feature – a built in laptop sleeve.

Buy it from Tortuga Backpacks for $179 – regular price is $199, use PEANUTS at checkout to get 10% off.

2.  Tortuga Air

Tortuga Air

Going on a shorter trip and want something more streamlined than the regular Tortuga backpack?  The Tortuga Air is the perfect choice.

It opens up like a clamshell, making it super easy to grab something quickly.  And my favorite part:  the hidden but well padded laptop compartment makes removing it at an airport a cinch while still keeping it safe.

Buy it from Tortuga Backpacks for $157 – regular price is $174, use PEANUTS at checkout to get 10% off.

3. Oventure Packing Cubes

A1XH-A5PwfL._SL1500_

 

Want to stay organized and not have your luggage explode once you settle in at your accommodation?  Then pick up this set of 3 packing cubes from our friend Dave over at Oventure!

Buy them from Amazon for $14.99

Gadgets

Every traveler worth their salt knows that certain gadgets can make their life much easier on the road.

Grab these gadgets and know that you’re prepared no matter where you’re headed.

4. Macbook Air 13″

Macbook Air

Really want to spoil your favorite traveler?

Give them, hands down, the best travel laptop.  It’s powerful, lightweight, and durable.

As someone who used to lug around a Macbook Pro, I’m glad I made the switch.

Buy it from Amazon for $1,184

5.  Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB External Hard Drive

Seagate Storage

It’s important for everyone to back up their files, but especially travelers.

You don’t want to lose those incredible pictures of an Australian sunset when your laptop crashes, do you?

The Plus Slim is perfect because it’s the lightest external hard drive on the market (no one wants to carry extra weight if they don’t have to) and it has 2 TB of space, which means you’ll never run out of room.

Buy it from Amazon for $94

6. Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

I love reading physical books as much as the next person (and probably even more), but carrying around multiple books at a time isn’t feasible when you’re trying to travel light – and you’re trying to travel light, right?

So grab the absolute best e-reader on the market and have the entire world’s library at your fingertips.

Make sure to splurge for the Paperwhite version, as the built in backlight will pay for itself many times over.

Buy it from Amazon for $119.99

7. iPad Air

iPad Air

As an avid magazine reader, picture taker and app downloader I have to say I miss the presence of an iPad in my life.

We bought the original iPad back in 2010 and it has since been lost, found, cracked and un-updatable. We got a Kindle Fire, which we thought could replace the iPad.  It cannot.

For a traveler who doesn’t need a full laptop at their disposable, the iPad Air is perfect.  And even if you do need a laptop, an iPad Air is so lightweight that you might want to bring it along anyway!

Buy it on Amazon for $447

 

8. GoPro Video Camera

go pro 4

If it seems like everyone uses a GoPro nowadays, well, that’s because they do!

And with good reason.  It’s super small and lightweight, extremely durable, and most importantly of all, takes incredible video.

There’s no better video camera on the market for travelers, and this is the one gift I’m dying to find under my tree this Christmas.

Buy it from Amazon for $389 for GoPro Hero 4 (newest model) OR

as cheap as $279 from Amazon for the older Hero 3 model

9. Monster Outlets to Go Global Adapter

Monster outlet adapter

 

Better not show up in a foreign country without an adapter…or else you’ll be without electronics for awhile!

The Monster Adapter is the smallest, most lightweight one on the market and works in over 150 countries.

Buy it from Amazon for $9.99

10.  Monster Outlets to Go Power Strip

Monster to Go Powerstrip

Provides four outlets and also folds up flat, which minimizes the space it takes up.

Combine this with the Monster World Adapter and you’ll always have 4 plugs available!

Buy it from Amazon for $9.49

11. Anker External Battery

anker rechargeable batter

The last thing you want when traveling is a phone with a dead battery.

Stay connected with an external rechargeable battery.

Anker makes quite a few options with varying prices and capacities. This one can charge the iPhone 6 ten times before it runs out!

Buy it from Amazon for $79.99

Sleep/Health

No one wants to be sick or overly tired when traveling.

Make sure you’re always in tip top shape with some of these gifts.

12. Mack Ultrasoft Foam Earplugs

 

macks earplugs

Whether it’s to drown out a screaming baby on the plane or unwanted construction during an early morning in Bali, earplugs are one of the most important things any traveler can bring with them.

And none of the earplugs I’ve tried my in life compare to Mack’s.

Grab a 50 pack and give them away as the perfect stocking stuffer (and maybe even keep some for yourself)!

Buy a 50 pack on Amazon for only $8.99

13.  PackTowl UltraLite Quick Drying Travel Towel

pack towel

When I get home, this is the one item that never gets unpacked, and therefore, I never forget it.

It’s soft, takes up almost no space and dries in a flash.  I’d recommend the XL size.  Absolutely essential.

On Amazon for $20 (for XL size)

14. GoToob Travel Bottles

travel tubes

These travel bottles are long lasting and will not break in your luggage. They are worth the few extra dollars as they don’t need to be replaced after one trip.

I usually but the 99 cent bottles from Target but they always end up deformed and broken.

Time to upgrade!

Buy them from Amazon for $20.99.

Stocking Stuffers

These smaller but essential pieces are perfect for stuffing the stocking of your favorite traveler.

15.  Platypus Plus Bottle

Platypus Water Bottle

One of my biggest travel pet peeves is paying for bottled water in country’s where it’s not necessary.  It’s expensive, bad for the environment, and just generally wasteful.

But traveling with a hard plastic or steel water bottle has never worked for me.  It’s bulky, doesn’t fit in my backpack, and always ends up being a nuisance.

Enter the Platypus Plus Bottle.  When empty, it takes up almost no room but can carry up to a liter of water at a time.  Perfect!

Buy it on Amazon for $16.95

16.  Shining Buddy LED Head Lamp

Head light

When the power goes out in the third world country you’re traveling through, you don’t want to be the one stuck without a light (speaking from experience).

And having a headlamp makes a lot more sense than carrying around a heavier, and less useful, flashlight.

While most other headlamps cost $20+, the Shining Buddy is just as good, just as light, and cheaper.

The perfect stocking stuffer!

Buy it from Amazon for $13

17.  Headphone splitter

Headphone splitter

It’s simple and unsexy, but if you’re traveling with a companion then a headphone splitter might be the best bang for your buck on this entire list.

It allows you to watch all your favorite tv shows and movies together without having to play the whole “left ear for you, right ear for me” game that gets old after after a few hours minutes.

Buy them on Amazon for $2.47

Books/DVD’s

What’s the best thing to do when you’re not traveling?

Watching and reading about other people’s experiences!

If you’re stuck without a trip in the near future, get lost in someone else’s adventures with these books and movies.

18. Life on Foot by Nate Damm

Book - Life on Foot

It took Nate Damm seven and a half months to walk across America.  It took me 2 days to rip through his incredible account of his journey.

I loved it, and I know you will too.

Buy it from Amazon for $4.99

19. The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron

Book - The Road Headed West

Before Leon McCarron was a world famous explorer, he was just a young, confused college graduate.  So he did what any self-respecting Northern Irishman would do – he set out to bike from New York to Hong Kong.

14,000 miles later, he wrote about it.

This is one of my top 10 travel books of all time because it combines deft storytelling with honest emotions, quintessential self-deprecating humor, and of course, some great travel mishaps.

Buy it from Amazon for $10 

20A. Long Way Round DVD set

Long Way Round

The epic story of Ewan McGregor (yes, that Ewan McGregor) and his pal Charley Boorman as they attempt to ride around the world on motorcycles.

I’ve seen each episode at least 3 times, and yet, I still finding myself pining to watch it again.

Be warned:  After watching, you’ll want to undertake your own similarly absurd adventure!

On Amazon for $12

20B. Long Way Down DVD Set

Long Way Down

If one epic quest isn’t enough for you (and it wasn’t for me), how about a second?

Ewan and Charley are back, this time riding from the very top of Scotland to the very bottom of Africa.

Again, on motorcycles.

And again, with some amazing stories to share while doing it.

On Amazon for $16

21. The Hidden Europe by Francis Tapon

Book - Hidden Europe

Ever dreamed of exploring Eastern Europe?  You need this book!

Have no clue why anyone would want to explore Eastern Europe?  You need this book!

Francis Tapon’s account of his journey to all 25 Eastern European countries is like the world’s most interesting history textbook combined with a hilarious travelogue.

I’ve read it multiple times, and I still find myself referring back to it every time I get a bit of wanderlust for the “hidden” Europe.

Buy it on Amazon for $6.99

22. The Majic Bus

Majic-bus

To this day, my absolute favorite travel book of all time.

What can get better than a professor cramming a group of students in to a sleeper bus for a 6 week traveling summer course, visiting 30 states and 10 national parks, all while reading some of the greatest writers of the modern generation?

Since the course is no longer offered, take the next best thing and read the book!

On Amazon for less than $1

Journals

Half the fun of travel is documenting your adventures and then looking back on them later.

Here are the two best items for taking notes while on the road and then reminiscing about the memories later.

23. Moleskin Notebook

Moleskin

 

The perfect size for carrying around in your pocket or purse and jotting down important travel notes, like where to find the best baguette in Paris or best gelato in Florence.

I never leave for any trip without at least two moleskins at my disposal.

Buy it on Amazon for $8.95 (3 pack)

24.  Ticket Stub Diary

Ticketr stub diary

I’ve been using the ticket stub diary for years, and have already filled up two whole books with mementos from all over the world.

They are one of my most prized possessions and the perfect way to keep track of all those crazy adventures – even after you’ve come home!

Buy it from Amazon for $13

For Men.

Here are six clothing items that have made my travel life infinitely better and saved me tons of room in my pack.

25.Bluffworks Chino

Bluffs Chino

For years, I’ve been waiting for a company to make the perfect travel pants, and FINALLY it’s happened!

Bluff Works chinos check every single box:

  • Lightweight
  • Wrinkle-free
  • Super comfortable due to the stretchiness of the fabric
  • Look awesome
  • Special travel pant perks like zipper pockets to keep from being pickpocketed or just having your wallet or phone slide out.
  • Made in the US by a company dedicated to quality and their customers.

Since getting these chinos three weeks ago (I have the harvest gold and the blue), I’ve rarely worn anything else – in fact, I’m wearing them right now while writing this!

They are, legitimately, that awesome.

Buy them from Bluffworks for $125 special offer:  use EPOP at checkout to get $10 off your first pair.

26. Vivobarefoot Gobi Boots

gobi boot

Want a classy pair of boots but don’t have the room in your bag for big, clunky ones?

No problem!

Vivobarefoot, which was started by a great grandson of the famous shoe maker Clarks, has the answer.

Their Gobi boots look very similar to the wildly popular Clark’s desert boots (big surprise) but are half the weight and also fit nicely in luggage due to the fact that they have a minimal sole.

Finally, a boot that where a traveler doesn’t have to sacrifice style in order to fit in to bag!

Plus, they’re available in leather, suede, or canvas and all types of colors.

Buy them from Amazon for $62 (you may have to search around the internet for your size and color)

27.  Vivobarefoot Tigray shoes

Vivo Tigray

As much as I like my Vivobarefoot Gobi boots, I like the Tigrays even more!  I was blown away by incredible these shoes look and also how well they’ve held up.

I’ve worn them all across the world, and the only issue I’ve ever had is a broken shoelace – which is quite an easy fix.

These are the perfect “dressy-enough-to-go-out-in-but-casual-enough-to-wear-with-shorts” shoes.

Buy them from Sierra Trading Post for $89 (which is a steal since they sell for $160 almost everywhere else)

28.  Merrell Trail Glove Barefoot Running Shoes

Merrell

For every trip I take, I pack 3-4 pairs of shoes.  A “dressy enough” pair (the above mentioned Tigray shoe, Gobi boot or both), a pair of sandals (the Rainbows listed below), and a pair of sneakers.

And in order to pack a pair of sneakers that don’t take up your entire bag, you need to pack a pair of barefoot ones.

While I’m not a huge runner, I have run (slowly) in these plenty of times.

But the main reason I love them so much is that they have just enough padding to hike in (whereas other barefoot shoes have too little), their semi-waterproof, and yet still pack very, very easily.

After trying out numerous pairs of barefoot sneakers, the Merrell Trail Gloves are still my all time favorites.

Buy them from Amazon for $87

29. Rainbow Men’s Leather Sandals

rainbow-sandals

Rainbows have been my go to sandals for the last 10 years for two reasons – they are the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn and they look great no matter what you’re doing.

Any time you can wear the same pair of sandals to the beach or to dinner, I’m in.

I always splurge the extra few dollars for the double layer version so they’ll last even longer.

Buy them from Amazon for $44

30. Adidas Climalite Boxer Briefs

Adidas-Climalite-boxers

Traveling to a hot location? Cotton underwear just isn’t going to cut it!

These will keep you dry all day, are much cheaper and more comfortable than the popular Ex Officio brand, and can be washed easily in the sink if need be.

On Amazon for $20 (2 pack)

For Women

All women’s gifts are recommendations from Heather Sherry, brainchild behind the fashion site Sartorial Stripes and the one who constantly stuns everyone by how good she looks while travels – and who keeps me from wearing sweatpants around the world.

Here’s Heather…

31. Cuyana Leather Tote

Cuyana Tote

I have been searching for the perfect travel tote, with specifications that include a classic shape, durable but quality leather and, of course, style.

Now, I’ve found two that meet those requirements.  The best part – not only is the leather beautiful but you can add a personal monogram to both brands!

I hope I have one of these under the Christmas tree this year!

Buy it from Cuyana for $150. (I also love the grey version!)

32. Travel Hats

For all of those days when your hair won’t cooperate or you just need to cover it up, here are three of my favorite hat options.

The Best Panama Hat – J.Crew

panama hat

I have searched far and wide (including various countries and continents) for the perfect panama hat, not wanting to splurge on this hat at J.Crew.

But after looking for and wide, this is the BEST panama hat out there.

So hopefully Santa will bring it for me this Christmas and when we head back to Thailand, I will have it in my travel arsenal.

Buy it from J.Crew for $58.

Buy it on Amazon for $58. 

A Cute Baseball Cap

baseball hat

Whether this hat supports your favorite sports team or is just a neutral version, it will come in handy on any trip you take.

Buy it from J.Crew for $29.99.

A Floppy Wool Hat

wool floppy hat

I like this affordable hat from H&M for a fun and fashionable way to cover up a bad hair day. This would be perfect for a European vacation in those cooler months.

Buy it from H&M for $19.95.

Buy it on Amazon for $19.99

33. Nike Internationlist Sneaker

Nike Sneaker

The Nike Internationalist is the perfect dual purpose sneaker – it looks fashionable while sightseeing and feels comfortable when exercising on the road.

I used to pack both my running shoes and casual shoes but I have since started packing just one and I have been hiking, running and walking around the world in these.

Buy them from Amazon for $68 (price varies depending on size)

34.  Flat Ankle Boots

Ankle Bood

This pair of Sam Edelman booties are a tried and true ankle boot. The same style is available every year because of its versatility, style and comfort. I can wear these boots walking around all day and my feet never hurt! There are a lot of colors available, but I love the black because they can be casual or dressy.

Buy on Amazon for $130.

35. Elevated Leggings

Topshop Leggings

Leggings are a travel must-have. These Topshop leggings (above) are affordable and look great with a cozy oversize sweater for those long plane rides but look equally stylish when you land. (Similar pair on Amazon.)

I wear mine constantly paired with ankle boots or sneakers.

These versions from Ann Taylor (which I just purchased and love!) or J.Crew are a little more expensive but are thicker and dressier – meaning you can feel comfortable wearing them out to dinner.

Buy them from Topshop for $35

Buy them from Ann Taylor for $84

Buy them from J. Crew for $138

36. Travel Sweater

Zara Sweater Jacket

A cardigan jacket is a nice supplement to your winter coat. This Zara one (above) is perfectly neutral but structured enough to wear with leggings or jeans whether you’re waiting at the gate, sleeping on the plane, or hitting the streets once you arrive.

This sweater is also a great option with a hood.

Buy the unhooded one from Zara for $49

Buy the hooded sweater from Amazon for $62

Heather’s Picks.

Now that we’ve got the clothes out of the way, here are a few more of Heather’s personal favorites that will make your travel even easier and more stylish.

37. Frends Layla Headphones

rose gold headies 2 smaller

I have yet to join the crowd of travelers who wear large headphones around their neck while walking through the airports.

But if  when I decide to indulge in this trend, this is the pair I’m choosing.

Buy from Frends for $149.95.

 

38. Traveler’s Choice Hard Shell Luggage

Luggage

I am not a backpack person. I don’t pack quite as lightly as Trav does, and I really dislike the pain involved in schlepping around a heavy pack that hurts my neck (no matter how ergonomically designed they are) and causes my clothing to bunch up in weird places.

Therefore, I am dying to upgrade my well worn Samsonite to this highly rated hard shell case from Traveler’s Choice.

Buy it on Amazon for $240 (for a 3 piece set)

39. Baggu Bag

baggu elephant bag

The past few months we have been traveling through Southeast Asia, and I cannot count how many times I wish we had a reusable tote bag.

From all those trips to the market in Chiang Mai for rice cakes and fruit shakes to throwing our towels and swimsuits in, this would be the perfect bag.

And at $9.00, the perfect price.

Buy it on Amazon for $9.00. 

40.  Jet Set Candy Luggage Charm

Jet Set Candy Necklace

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry is my customized Layered + Long  Wanderlust necklace. I wear it daily layered with some of L+L’s other necklaces. On my wishlist this year are these luggage tag charms from Jet Set Candy. You can chose your home airport or pick your favorite destination – such a fun way to wear your travel memories!

Buy it on Jet Set Candy for $68. 

Buy L+L on Etsy for $37. 

41.  Scandinavian Himmeli 

Moravian Star

These beautiful Scandinavian inspired himmelis are a great way to add a bit of travel charm to your home space. There are quite a few design options to choose from, but the Moravian star is my favorite.

It’s perfect for the holiday season but I would leave it up all year… possibly placed on top of a stack of travel books.

Buy it on Etsy for $123.

42.  Leather Pouch

Amazon Clutch

I like to organize my miscellaneous items (chapstick, headphones, wallet etc) in a leather pouch, which can also double as a clutch to elevate an outfit.

I recently bought this bag from Banana Republic (shown above) and received multiple compliments on a night out in NYC. Other favorites include these from West Elm and this one from Cuyana

Buy it on Amazon for $72.

Buy it from West Elm for $24.

Buy it on Cuyana for $85.

Trav’s Picks

A special selection of what I consider some of the coolest and most unique travel gifts you can buy, including things for your home, office, or bedroom that’ll keep that travel fire burning even when you’re home.

43. Mighty Wallet

mighty-wallet-peanut-butter-jelly

I’m partial to the PB&J design, but you can choose from 100’s…or create your own.

Talk about a conversation starter!

More people have asked my about my “paper wallet” (it’s Tyvek, the stuff that can’t be ripped) than any other piece of luggage or clothing I own, combined.

Since it’s Tyvek, it’s extremely durable, super thin, and even somewhat waterproof – mine’s gone through the wash at least five times – perfect qualities for a travel wallet.

Plus, you can pick from an array of cool designs on their website, or if you’re an artist, create your own.

I can’t foresee a day where the wallet I own is not a mighty wallet…they’re just too cool!

Buy it from the Mighty Wallet website for $10-15

44. Cork Globe

Cork Glove

Want to brag about all the places you’ve been to without really bragging?

Or enjoy dreaming of your next trip while at home?

This cork globe is the perfect piece to do just that.

Set it on your desk or end table, pin where you’ve been and where you’re going, and let the wanderlust begin.

Buy it from Uncommon Goods for $129 ($70 less than Amazon)

45. Luckies of London Scratch Map

luckies-scratch-mapWhat better way to reminisce about where you’ve been (or show off to others) than a scratch map?

Every time you go somewhere new, come home and scratch off that area, revealing the map behind it.  All the fun of buying lottery tickets, just less expensive and better for travelers!

I’ve got one of these hanging in my office, and it’s one of the coolest gift ideas I’ve ever seen.

And there are multiple types, ranging from the US to country specific maps.

On Amazon for $28

46.  Breweries of the USA Mega Map

Brewery Map

If you like beer…and you like maps…well, we’re kindred spirits.  And since that’s the case, you also probably reallyreallyreally want this map too – which I first saw at Sanitas brewery in Boulder and instantly fell in love with.

Every brewery, all 3,500 of them, is listed – yes, even that small, local one you’re sure isn’t on there.

It may be expensive but it’s big, unique, and it will make an incredible gift (especially for your favorite travel blogger…hint, hint!)

Buy it from Pop Chart Labs for $100

What’s on your travel wishlist?  Did you buy anything from the list above?  Did we miss anything?  Let us know in the comments below!

46 comments

  1. Linda says:

    So excited to see this year’s list! Purchased many things off of last year’s list.
    Do you remember when I posted about trying to find those Merrell shoes for myself? Was not successful and have been to so many stores around the country. My husband’s continue to sit in the back of the closet. He did, however, purchase a pair of boots similar to the Gobi’s.
    We loved the Long Way Round and Long Way Down series and have recommended them to others.
    Also bought the Monster Outlet strip but haven’t used it as much as I thought.
    Rainbow sandals are my 17-year-old’s favorite shoes.
    My daughter has the Madewell tote and I just found something similar through Office Depot (5X ppd) for only $19.99!
    TJMaxx also had the absorbent towel, packing cubes and travel bottles when I was shopping yesterday.
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Trav says:

      Linda- I’m interested to hear what boots your husband has and if he likes them. and you’re right, the Long Way Round and Down DVD series are just phenomenal. I’ve never had anyone say they don’t like them.

      You found something similar to the Madewell Tote for $19.99? That’s incredible. Heather is dying for the Madewell tote, I wish I could get 5x for buying it for her!

      1. Linda says:

        Travis, take a look at this link that Points and Pixie Dust posted.

        http://pointsandpixiedust.boardingarea.com/i-thought-this-was-imported-from-italy-but-it-was-from-office-depot/#sthash.gUNsltkx.dpbs

        If you go through the Buxton website, the bag is now $19.99 and there are numerous colors. Also use this code to get 20 percent off – 20off.

        If you order two, you get free shipping. Total cost of two bags: $31.98. You must order at least two to get the free shipping.

        Amazon also has for $24.99 with free shipping so you could get 5X by buying a Amazon gift card at OD or using your Chase Freedom. For me, I would rather get two for under $32 and stick with one point for a regular spend. I went with black and natural.

        His boots are G.H. Bass and were purchased at Sam’s Club. (Used a prepaid Visa purchased at OD so I got 5X). Think they were under $40.

        Also bought him the GoPro4 Black. Think he will love this!

        1. Trav says:

          @Linda- Wow, you got him a GoPro4 Black? That’s awesome. I really, really want one. And that bag is really nice, Heather says she definitely approves. Thanks for all the suggestions!

          1. Linda says:

            Not really sure what he plans to do with the GoPro but hope it doesn’t sit in the back of the closet with the Merrill shoes!
            Keep up the great job you and Heather are doing! Love your blog and podcasts! You were one of the first that I started reading and one of the few that I continue to read!
            Merry Christmas!

          2. Trav says:

            @Linda- Merry Christmas to you too! And tell him to use that GoPro…don’t let that go to waste!

    2. Visiit says:

      Order the backpack. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rana Singh says:

    Christmas is so near and loved to have your list of gifts for my family and friends. Will help me out in my home visit. Thanx

    1. Trav says:

      @Rana- Awesome…so glad you liked some of those gifts!

  3. Kara Frampton says:

    Hi Travis,

    Great list and I will be picking up several of your and Heather’s picks. Question about the backpack as to whether you both have the full size tortuga or the smaller air. I worry about carrying weight on my back and was curious as to how comfortable you find it when fully packed. I tend to only be gone 7 to 10 days at a time due to work.

    1. Trav says:

      @Kara Frampton- I have the full size Tortuga. The Air isn’t out yet, so I haven’t been able to personally try it out, although I did get to see it when Fred, Tortuga’s founder, and I got together earlier this year.

      My Tortuga, when fully stocked to the brim and having a lot of electronics in it, weighs in at around 10 kilos. This is a little heavy, but not toooo bad for a backpack. Obviously, you could simply pack less and it would be much lighter. If you did that, I think it’d be perfect. The actual fit of the Tortuga regular is nice, so if you packed less and less electronics, then it would be perfect for you I think.

  4. Gail says:

    Hey Trav, I have a question for you. Why do you like the MacBook Air better than the iPad Air? I am considering getting the iPad Air because it is so portable and easy to store. Is there an advantage to having the MBA? Thanks for the list.

    1. Trav says:

      @Gail- The difference is in what you need it for and how you will use it. I NEED a Macbook Air because I need everything a computer can do – word documents, writing blog posts, excel, etc. All the functions of a laptop.

      If you only need something for browsing the internet and reading books and such, a tablet like the iPad Air makes perfect sense. But if you need something that can have all the functions of a laptop, you’ll be disappointed in having an iPad because there is a lot you can’t do on it.

  5. Tatiana says:

    Great posts! I got the carry on tortuga backpack. Do u think I can sneak through Spiritair without getting the fees if I don’t check in bags. I’ve gotten in through before with an oversized bag and they didn’t say anything. My mom got in with a duffle bag without paying fees. We just checked in online and printed our boarding pass without having to go to the agents and went through without a problem. I don’t if they’ll stop me with that backpack though. It’d be my first time trying .

    1. Trav says:

      @Tatiana- I’ve been able to use my Tortuga as a carryon on Air Asia and RyanAir, two normally strict airlines. I’ve never tried Spirit, but I’m guessing yes. The Tortuga definitely doesn’t look that big.

  6. Colin says:

    I know this is from 2014, but there is a new list for 2015! http://www.stampedtravel.com/7-christmas-gifts-every-traveler-needs-for-2016/

    1. Trav says:

      @Colin – Thanks for sharing. Good list, although I can’t do bulky water bottles. I got to go with the collapsible ones.

      1. Colin says:

        Of course. They may be bulky, but they work wonders!

  7. Anna says:

    Hi Trav!

    Thank you for your suggestions! You have some cool selection here. I love your own picks. Cork globe is great not only for remembering those dreamlike places you have seen but also for setting new goals and destinations :)

    As a frequent traveler myself I also gathered some gifts travelers would love. Besides they are affordable and have great reviews. Here they are: http://www.balticmuse.com/2014/12/17/35-brilliant-gifts-for-travelers-that-will-inspire-their-wanderlust/

    1. Trav says:

      @Anna- Thanks, now that I’m home, I can get myself a cork globe.

      Love your list too, especially Ticket to Ride, my favorite board game in the world. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Anna says:

        You are welcome Trav! I haven’t tried Ticket to Ride yet, but after reading the reviews and now hearing such good words from you I am even more interested.
        How was your trip? What did you like the best in South East Asia? I have lived 8 months in the Philippines. Have you been there? Beaches and islands are stunning there!

        Have a great day,

        Anna

        1. Trav says:

          @Anna- Unfortunately, I’ve never made it to the Philippines. I hear great things (except about the food, which everyone says is terrible). Ticket to Ride is awesome, you should definitely pick it up when you get a chance!

  8. Sullivan says:

    A Kindle Paperwhite is a must! I know I could just read books on my phone, but it’s just not anywhere close to the same. Plus it’s uncanny how the Paperwhite Kindles really do look like real paper, especially in the sunlight. Technology, man.

    1. Trav says:

      @Sullivan- Technology…it’s a beautiful thing!

  9. Mark says:

    Awesome list! Particularly the headphone splitters- such a duh moment, and a way to improve those long bus rides for only a few bucks.

    1. Trav says:

      @Mark- Yep, definitely the best bang for your buck!

  10. Traveler says:

    thank you for list:)

  11. Lisa says:

    For those who want to keep track of the places they’ve traveled, check this item out!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/229660632/globetrotters-register-top-piece?ref=shop_home_active_2

    1. Trav says:

      @Lisa- That’s really cool. Are you the person who runs that Etsy shop?

  12. Kassie says:

    Hello there! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobike friendly? My sit looks weiird when viewing
    from my iphone. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Many thanks!

    1. Trav says:

      @Kassie- Sorry, my web designer did all that. I’d recommend getting a theme that is branded as mobile friendly though.

  13. Tina says:

    That’s a pretty through shopping list … it’ll be useful to start shopping for next Christmas, since prices are really low right now in January!

  14. Bret says:

    Great piece! We’re trying to decide whether we want to upgrade our GoPro (still using the Hero2) or switch to the new Sony Action Cam. Have you tried the Sony yet? It’s more expensive, but the HD resolution is incredible.

    1. Trav says:

      @Bret- No, I haven’t tried out the Sony Action Cam yet, but sounds and looks awesome. I don’t think you could go wrong with either, but if you try out the Sony, come back and comment and let us know how it is!

  15. Wow, what a list! This is the best travellers gifts compilation I have ever come across. I love adventure sports like mountain biking, trekking, scuba diving and so on. I would love to get a few of these things for myself for my next trip. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Trav says:

      @Manthan – Our pleasure. What are some of the things you wanna get on this list?

  16. Angie says:

    Just started listening in preparation for our summer trip to Paris, Spain and Portugal/Azores Islands. We plan on staying at Airbnbs with washers/dryers so I’m planning to pack light. Do you think it would be possible to use the Tortuga for 3.5-4 week trip? Thinking of using the same format of packing as Heather’s blog entry. Let me know. Thanks!

    1. Trav says:

      @Angie – Yes, it’s definitely possible, especially going to warmer climates and places with washers and dryers. I’ve personally used it on a 2 month trip, and Heather has used a similar carry on sized backpack for those trips as well. So yes, you could easily pull off using the Tortuga for that extended amount of time.

      Remember, the key is to only pack for a week, no matter how long you are going!

  17. Farhan says:

    what a amazing post! Thanks for sharing – definitely can’t live without most of them during travel. But GoPro is only selected bunch of individuals. It got a fish eye lens – so some of the pics (WARNING WARNING!!!) may look funny.

    1. Trav says:

      @Farhan- Yeah, the GoPro is great for certain things, agreed. But we prefer DSLR camera or iPhone for “regular pics”. Glad you like it!

  18. Carlo says:

    Definitely a good read, A must for a backpacker. thanks for sharing..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Join Our Community of Over 8,000 Travelers

Enter your email address below and get my free 20 Travel Hacking Strategies guide, completely FREE! You'll also be kept in the loop every time a great travel pops up so you'll never miss a deal again (like the $300 tickets to South Africa I just scored)!

Cancel