Christmas Presents for Travelers
Most travelers value experiences over possessions so they can be pretty awkward people to have on your Christmas gift list! We’ve compiled the best christmas gift ideas for frequent travelers to make the task a little easier this holiday!
Gift ideas for someone going travelling
I often look at those ‘gift for travelers’ lists and wonder what on earth somebody backpacking around Europe is going to do with a massive hand-painted globe!?
So, we’ve filled this Christmas gift list for travelers full of suggestions that a traveler will be happy to receive. Some are ingenious others practical and a few just are because we love them!
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Practical Gifts for Travelers
Comfort doesn’t always get top priority when you have to fit all of your possessions into a backpack or suitcase! These inflatable clouds of loveliness pack up small and weigh just over 2.5 lbs so are ideal for travelers. Use them at the beach, up a mountain, lakeside …anywhere really.
To inflate you just unfold, whoosh it through the air, roll up the end and secure. They’re tough, waterproof and cone with a lifetime warrantee.
These compression pillows are great for taking a nap in comfort on-the-go. They’re also perfect to pack for backpacking, trekking, and festivals. They roll up small but expand to become a 4-inch thick, soft and squishy pillow!
This camping hammock is lightweight and robust. Perfect for relaxing in the woods or at the beach. It will easily hold an adult or two!
Camping Sleeping Pad
This handy mattress rolls up to about the size of a water bottle! It is covered in interlocking diamonds that help to make it super comfortable.
This nifty gadget is an IV water purifier. It’s essential for anyone travelling to a country where the tap water isn’t safe to drink or for hikers who won’t have access to a tap!
It destroys more than 99.9% of harmful micro-organisms, including Giardia, bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
RFID Blocking Passport Wallet
This travel wallet has an RFID blocking shield and is made from eco-friendly PU leather.
It has room to store a passport, mobile, cards, ID, key, money, coins, pen and boarding pass. Perfect for organising all your essentials in one place!
I love its vintage look and there are loads of beautiful colour choices. It’s no wonder it’s reviewed so highly on amazon.
Travelling with electronics can be a total nightmare! Your phone is flashing 5% battery but you’ve got no idea where you packed the charger! So annoying!
This organiser includes three layers that will help you to organise your portable device chaos!
The first layer has 17 elastic loops to store cables, earphones etc. It also has 5 small mesh pouches to hold various sd cards and USB sized items. It has a larger pocket that will fit a 10 inch tablet.
The second layer holds a mobile phone and has separate pockets for chargers.
The front and back layers have yet more space for keys, a smaller tablet and cables! Finally, everything neatly in one place…
So often it’s the simplest ideas that are the best ones!
Once you’ve used packing cubes, you’ll never want to pack without them again!
Simply put, the alternative to packing cubes is emptying the entire contents of your bag on the floor to find a pair of socks!
Pacsafe Portable Safe
One of the first times I travelled as a young adult, I’d bought a new MP3 player and earphones at the airport. Naively, I left them in the locked hotel room and went out. They were stolen. Thankfully, I had everything else of value in my backpack but it taught me a valuable lesson!
This Pacsafe allows you to lock your valuables away and padlock them to something secure (like the base of a sink).
It also, means that you don’t have to carry your valuables with you all the time. That’s good news as you’ll be less of a target for theft.
The bag has a 360-degree eXomesh locking system and a stainless steel wire mesh that protects your valuables.
They’re an amazing gift for someone you care about!
This travel inspired fashion accessory not only looks amazing but it’s really practical too. It has a large secret pocket that can hold a mobile, passport, keys, cash. This means that you can have your hands free to take hold a drink/ child/ camera/ map!
Quick Dry Towel
These super soft towels should definitely be part of any travelers kit. They are really absorbent and dry really quickly (as their names suggests!)
Charge devices in over 150 countries! Will charge portable devices like mobile phones, e-readers, cameras, travel speakers.
Anyone who’s planning on going off the beaten track to will love this solar charger. You can either lay it on the ground (not sand or concrete as it gets too hot) or hang from your backpack. It will charge your device if the suns shining!5
A dry bag and waterproof phone case should be on any adventure seekers list.
These are so handy to store valuables safely if you’re rafting, surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing or even spending the day poolside!
This is by far the most expensive gift suggestion on this list of best christmas gifts for travelers…but I had to include a GPS watch!
The Garmin Fenix 5 haz do many features that hikers, cyclists, paddle boarders and runners will appreciate. It has a compass, thermometer, altimeter and a barometer.
Compared to many GPS watches this one has an impressive battery-life. Reviewers say it will last weeks without further charging.
Environmentally Conscious Gifts for Travellers
In recent years we’ve all been made much more aware of the devastating impact we’re having on our planet. Thanks to videos like this one by Sir David Attenborough many people are now taking action and making lifestyle changes.
Environmental consciousness is a brilliant start but there’s so much more that we can all do. These gift suggestions will help travellers to reduce their carbon footprint as they enjoy all the wonders that our world has to offer.
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
These water bottles are amazing. We use our every single day. They are insulated so keep drinks hot or cold. They really do work…our drinks have stayed cool in the boiling car when it’s been 35°C outside!
They come in loads of different colours and are really easy to clean. They’re also half the price of other similar brands!
Did you know that 80 billion plastic bottles are disposed of around the world every year just from shampoo & conditioner alone!
These soap bars use only biodegradable ingredients and wrappers so they leave no trace on the planet!
We love them! Made with 100% naturally derived ingredients they smell amazing! There are loads of different bars available for every hair and skin type.
You simply rub it on your wet hair add more water and lather it up. Depending how often you use them they can last for up to a year!
Ocean Safe Sunscreen
Most sunscreens contain chemicals that are harmful to marine life and it doesn’t just enter the water when you go for a swim! Each year around 14,000 tons of sunscreen end up in our oceans!
Badger sunscreens don’t contain any of the chemicals shown to harm coral and are tested biodegradable.
Disposable razors are totally un-recyclable. They go straight to landfill and are replaced often so that’s a lot of avoidable waste.
Choosing the environmentally friendly option will also save you money. You can buy the razor for around $20/ £10 and the blades cost next to nothing.
Used correctly and they’ll also give a closer cut! I bought one for my husband a while ago and he loves it!
Reusable Face Wipes
These reusable face wipes are great for so many reasons. They’re much better for environment than disposable wipes. They have no have harsh chemicals on them so you can choose your own products. They also dry really quickly.
These are so easy to use and so much less gross that you’re imagining right now!
On average, a woman who uses tampons will go through 9,120 in her lifetime!
Apparently over 90% of women who try a menstrual cup never go back to disposable sanitary products.
They’re not expensive and if you like it then you’ve saved yourself a small fortune and the earth a lot of waste!
These guys even offer a free money-back guarantee if you don’t like it. They also donate a free one to a woman in need for every cup purchased!
I’ll say no more but if you’re tempted then please try one!
Creative Gifts for Travelers
These leather passport-sized journals are perfect for travelers. Gift them this beautifully made notebook so that they can record their adventures.
It comes with nearly 200 pages. It has both lined and blank pages so can be used for sketching and writing.
This is a gift that will definitely be treasured for a lifetime.
How cute is this sketch pad!? It’s small enough for artistic travelers to pop into their day packs along with some pencils or the watercolour set below.
Travel Water Colour Set
I would love this foldable watercolour set (hint hint!) 42 beautifully vivid colours just waiting to capture some beautiful scenes. I love that these are small enough to hold in your hand while painting!
If you’re looking for a gift for a traveler who loves music then what about an MP3 player. They’ll spend hours on buses, planes and trains so listening to their favourite tunes will make it more enjoyable.
When my boyfriend (who later became my husband) spent a year in Spain and France I bought him an MP3 that I filled with ‘our’ favourite songs (before realising that we has totally different music tastes!)
A place to record all of those amazing hikes in the great outdoors!
This journal comes with 150 pages, including a section to record each hike location, date of hike, start time & end time, hiking companions, weather conditions, most memorable moments and even room to paste photos from your hike.
Perfect for travellers who love a good hike!
Keepsake Gifts for Travelers
A pretty little necklace for any travel lovers.
Ok, I know a travelers isn’t going to pack this one but I just had to include this cute scrapbook on our gift list! (It’s from the movie Up! which has sentimental value to us).
It would make a lovely book to document a family or couples adventures.
Is there anything else you’d add to this list of Christmas Gift Ideas for Frequent Travelers?