Choosing gifts for travelers are not that difficult – common gifts would include cameras, GoPros, a globe or framed map, travel books, passport holders and luggage tags. What if this traveler is someone closer to you and you would like to give a unique gift that could be useful for them (without being very cheap and cheesy)? Having celebrated my birthday last week, I received a few great travel gifts and it inspired me to look up 20 useful gifts for fellow travel enthusiast.
Outdoorsy folks would appreciate this one. It’s a little pricey but it is a notch on top of the normal tents with various limited edition prints and also you’re able to customise some tents. Fieldcandy’s tents are high-performance A-frame storm tents construction that can withstand extreme conditions. Going from £155 for the mini-campers size up to £495 for the limited edition designer tents, this is one gift to remember by the receiver. Click here to buy.
For someone who loves to cook, this Food Survival Kit is a genius way to spice up your meals on-the-go. My personal biggest horror is having to resort to sub-par food, so this nifty kit would be a saviour at certain restaurants, kitchen or even at a camping trip. The best part is that you can refill with other seasoning and herbs for the next round as the jars are unlabeled. Who says you can’t whip up gourmet catch of the day while in the wild? Click here to buy.
I have to admit that I chose this bag because it looks good and I am a big sucker for compartmented bags. Although I don’t do picnics that often (the weather in a tropical country isn’t always permissible) but this bag would definitely give you some park cred. It has everything you need to dine and wine in style – 30 pieces of dining ware for four pax excluding food so you’re set to have the most luxe picnic in your entire life with this bag. Click here to buy.
Truth to be told, I’m a little bias with Polerstuff. There’s no way I can not include at least one item from Polerstuff in my wishlist. This Napsack, on of the most iconic product on their website is a great gift for the outdoor junkie. A sleeping bag and part warm coat in one, the Napsack is a useful tool for lazy people like me – you get to roll out of bed without leaving its comfort and warmth! Click here to buy.
Don’t tell me you’ve never traveled and wandered around a city with your phone in your hand looking for free WiFi connections. I have and sometimes it’s not a pretty sight when you bump into other people (even worse, hard stagnant objects). This t-shirt will turn you into a WiFi walking detector as it will light up according to signal strength. The only downside is that it runs on AAA batteries, but that’s something available in most countries. Just don’t be alarmed if you’ve got a groupie of geek chicks following you around town. Click here to buy.
This Award Winning Lifestraw have been used by millions of people since 2005. It’s not particularly useful when you’re in the city with access to clean water (unless you’re a germaphobe) but it’s a great gift for those who loves going into the wild. This straw removes 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites, and filters up to 1000L of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemical. This is the best emergency tool for you to survive in the outdoors and it’s a great inexpensive gift for children and families in underprivileged areas. Click here to buy.
There will always be the times when you’re in desperate need of power supply to charge your phone juice, and there’s none in sight. This is when the hand crank phone charger comes in handy. Just crank it up for a minute and you will have four minutes worth of charging time. Click here to buy.
This 15-piece survival kit is built for hostile environment and it includes Gerber miniature multi-tool for a range of applications. There is a survival blanket, fire starter, snare wire, fishing and sewing kits, and more for you to survive ala Grylls style. Who knows you might need the land to air rescue and SOS instructions and since it comes with Bear Grylls’ Priorities of Survival pocket guide, this would make a great gift for someone you know who is going into the most challenging trip of their lives. Click here to buy.
This kayak is so elegantly designed, it’s even displayed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. There’s plenty of room to stash gear for day trips and camping excursions, and it folds into a box in just minutes. It’s definitely pricey but if it lasts forever. Click here to buy.
Portable tents on your vehicle for never-ending roadtrips – need I say more? Click here to buy.
For the artisan product lovers, this cord wrap will keep your cables organised in a fashionable manner. Since it is made to order, maybe it’s possible to request for add in personalisations with your order. I just found this to be a great product for someone like my techie husband who brings plenty of chargers and cords on our trips and he loves artisan goods. Click here to buy.
What’s the point of hoarding ticket stubs from your trips when you don’t have anywhere to keep it? This Travel Stub Diary is able to hold snapshots, tickets, postcards with its acid-free pages so your memorabilia will be preserved through many years. Click here to buy.
This isn’t a very useful gift for your next trip but it would definitely last a whole lifetime. You’re able to customise each line with fond travel memories and hang it at home to remind you of great moments. It comes in different colors and looks great as a travel themed decor. Click here to buy.
Getting a towel isn’t usually what I’d usually be excited of for birthday gifts but if it’s a soft fibre travel towel, I’d take it! This travel towel by Lifeventure is extremely soft, lightweight and ultra compact for the backpacker buddy. It’s also made from antibacterial formula, absorbs 9x its on weight in water and it dries quicker than the normal beach towel. Click here to buy.
15. Scratch Map
I personally bought this and it is honestly one of the most exciting travel decor I could have in my house! Not only that it looks great, it’s also fun to use – you basically scratch off the parts you have travelled to. Of course, the mission is to have them all fully scratched, isn’t it? Click here to buy.
I received this for my birthday this year and I love it. I have my daily organiser from Moleskin but the Passions series are a little different. The travel journal box set includes one journal and luggage tags. It is segregated into a few sections – travel planner, wishlists, weekend, short trips and long trips areas to fill up with your adventures. This would be great for those passionate travel writers, bloggers and those who love to document their journeys. Click here to buy.
Traveler or not, this is a must have if you’re always on-the-go everyday. I love that it is fuss free for some activities like grabbing a quick coffee, jog at a park, to the beach and even to the club (I rarely bring handbags when I go dancing). You can practically fit things in the hidden compartment – cash, i.d, cards, lip balm, mints and keys. Created for people on the go, there are plenty of choices and colors for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy s4 users. Click here to buy.
A stove that doubles as a usb charger so you can enjoy the outdoors and be able to have enough energy to charge your phone juice so you won’t miss shots of your Smores party? This Biolite Stove uses wood and biomass fuel to create energy so there’s no need for gas canisters. Now you can cook your food at glamping trips or festivals while keeping the environmental impact to a minimal (and charge your phones or cameras too). Click here to buy.
When I travel I like to bring some of my favorite snacks and bars – it is handy when you’re on-the-go or driving across country or just to satisfy your craving or hunger pangs while camping. This Indulgence cube from Kind has 20 award winning healthy bars of different assortments, and a Kind card to pass the gift of giving. Click here to buy.
Good things comes in fun-size even when it’s for an emergency especially when you’re far from home. Pinch Provisions’ minimergency kits contain 16 emergency tools in a fashionable compact casing. It includes hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, mending kit, safety pin, Shemergency® tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and an adhesive bandage. Of course, there’s the HEmergency Kits for the boys too! Click here to buy.
So which one would be on top of your wishlist? Tell us in the comments section.