17 Best Gift Ideas for Travelers

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Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas.

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

I’ve put together a list of gift ideas for travelers. Whether they’re full-time nomads or weekend wanderers, I’m sure that you can find some travel gift ideas here for the explorers in your life.

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17 Best Gift Ideas for Travelers

We’ve been traveling full-time for over three years now, and I’ve interviewed more than 100 traveling families so far on my Epic Education Radio Podcast. With these experiences in mind, I’ve created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers.

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

TRAVEL ELECTRONICS – BEST GIFT IDEAS FOR TRAVELERS

Gone are the days of the compass, notepad, and rolls of Kodachrome. Today’s tech-savvy travelers carry some serious gear with them. Here are a few of our favorite gadget gift ideas for travelers.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Noise Canceling Headphones is one of my top gift ideas for travelers. Whether it’s for a long flight or for long hours in front of a laptop, a pair of noise-canceling headphones makes a huge difference for travel lovers. This goes double for traveling parents who work remotely or otherwise need to focus on a specific document or project while the kids are around.

Check: Noise Cancellation Headphones on Amazon

Most people consider noise-canceling headphones great gifts for travelers because they transport you away from the din of airports and airplanes. However, what makes them great travel gifts for parents and digital nomad types is they help you avoid distractions when working.

Brandon Pearce mentioned his Bose QuietComfort earbuds, and Richard Gaushell mentioned his Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones.

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Check Price: Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling

I use a cheaper Sennheiser model at home and I like them a lot, but there is a significant difference in audio quality and long-term comfort between my $30 model and the higher-end products.

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

The Sennheisers are great for the price and so much better than earbuds. That said, factoring in the amount of time I use headphones daily, I’m considering the upgrade.

Check Price: Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone

Portable Speaker

Music is always a useful gift for travelers, and today it’s easier than ever to carry a portable speaker in our pack. We’ve had our Jambox for over two years now, and it’s still kicking. We also had a Jabra Solemate, which was also great and had a much richer lower-end bass.

Check:  Portable Speakers on Amazon

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Check Price: Jabra Solemate Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

However, when we decided to start traveling lighter, we left the Solemate in storage because the Jambox was smaller and had better upper-range sound. Get the Solemate if you want to dance. Get the Jambox is you want clearer human voices.

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Check Price: Jawbone Mini Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Portable speakers aren’t just for music. You can use them to listen to language lessons, podcasts, and audiobooks, as well. We’ve even attached ours to TVs in hotel rooms and AirBnB apartments to boost the sound of a movie we were watching.

GoPro

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

These amazing little cameras are massively popular for a reason. They’re small, rugged, easy to use and shoot great-looking video and images. Traveling parents like them because they’re about as child-proof as you can get.

So many of our Epic Education Radio guests use them, from the earliest episodes to Gretchen and Rodrigo in episode #23, and Jason Marshall in episode #42. Emma Hall and her husband, Jared filmed part of their documentary on one (episode #47), and countless other family travelers use GoPros to document their journeys for audiences large and small.

Check: GoPro on Amazon

PACKING ORGANIZER: BEST GIFT IDEAS FOR TRAVELERS

No list of gift ideas for travelers would be complete without some travel bag ideas. No matter how light you pack, you still need something to carry it all.

Packing Cubes

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

 

More than 100 episodes of Epic Education Radio, no travel accessory has been recommended more than packing cubes. They make packing and unpacking a breeze, especially when you’re moving quickly from place to place. Simply pull them out of your suitcase, place them in a drawer, and BOOM: you’re unpacked. Packing up is similarly simple.

Kathrin Spaccarelli recommended getting each family member a set in a different color. So did Bliss Broyard and Tom Fassbender. And Krystal Loverin. That way, when junior asks “Mom, where are my socks?” locating the right packing cube is much faster.

Read Our Guide: Best Packing Cube for Travel

Wire Case

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Speaking of USB cables, where are you carrying all those wires and plugs and other accessories? I used to just shove them into whatever pocket of my carryon was empty, but that led to some frustrating times searching for something.

Once I bought my wire case, I couldn’t believe how long it took me to get one. We use a BUBM model, but the Cocoon Grid-it systems I see a lot seem to work well, too.

Check: Travel Organizer for Electronics Accessories on Amazon

TRAVEL CLOTHING – BEST GIFT IDEAS FOR TRAVELERS

Specialized clothing can make for good gifts for frequent travelers, but it’s not always needed. Below I’ve listed up four items we use ourselves and consider the best clothing gift ideas for travelers of all ages.

Waist Belt With Plastic Buckle

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

I’ve been wearing Bison Belts on travel days for years. Why? Because getting through customs at airports can be a pain. One of Bison’s main designs has a plastic buckle, which means that I don’t have to remove my belt during the mad rush of airport security — one less step at the metal detector.

Read More: Our Top 30 Tips for Flying with Kids

Check: Waist Belt With Plastic Buckle on Amazon

ExOfficio Travel Underwear

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Sorry people, but I’m going to talk about my undies. Why? Because they’re incredible, that’s why. ExOfficio make super comfortable travel underwear that lasts forever and take up almost no space in your luggage. Best of all, they wash and dry in no time.

Specialized travel underwear like this is one of the best gift ideas for travelers simply because they might never buy these for themselves. They’re more expensive than normal underwear, and I only forked out the cash for them when a hotel laundry service lost my cheap boxers and offered to replace them.

Years later, I’m still wearing them.

Check: ExOfficio on Amazon

Convertible Trousers

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!
If you want to travel light, then carrying a pair of zip-off trousers is a great way to cut down on clothing bulk in your pack (jeans take up a lot of room).

There’s just one problem with zip-off pants: they’re tacky. Enter Kühl’s Stealth Patented Zip-off system. These things are comfortable, rugged, and have all the pockets that I like. They’re stretchy and dry fast, too.

However, I love these pants most of all because they don’t look like your usual zip-off pants (especially the dark gray ones). Sure, I won’t be wearing these with a bow tie and cummerbund, but they look stylish enough to pull off without screaming “tourist!”

Check: Convertible Trousers on Amazon

Keen Sandals (or Shoes)

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

I’ve talked with hundreds of traveling families over the past three years, and so far Keen reigns supreme in shoe recommendations. Jason Marshall‘s family wears them. So do the Davis, Hemingway, Watanabe, Suero and Blue families.

My personal favorite footwear is Teva’s rugged, higher-end flip-flop, but when it comes to versatility, Keen sandals work in more travel-related situations than any other.

Check: Keen Sandals and Shoes on Amazon
Read More: Our Full Guide on Best Travel Shoes and Sandals

North Face Thermoball Jacket

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Our family isn’t crazy about cold-weather travel, because it is, well, cold. An additional challenge with cold weather travel is that luggage expands because of the additional clothing you bring to stay warm.

Our solution? North Face Thermoball jackets. It’s an ideal gift idea for travelers because it’s warm and takes up so little space. It’s not their warmest or highest-end jacket, but it’s the feature-to-price ratio is exactly right for us.

This jacket warms us up quickly — even when wet — and it collapses into a tiny ball when you stuff it into its own pocket. We consider it a near-perfect outer shell when wearing layers underneath.

Check: North Face Thermoball Jacket on Amazon
Read: Our Full Guide on Best Travel Jackets

ACCESSORIES: BEST GIFT IDEAS FOR TRAVELERS

Here’s the best of the rest. Not all gift ideas for travelers fit into the above categories, so I’ve listed other travel related presents below. What have I missed?

Kensington International Plug Converter

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!This is one of the most practical travel gifts you can give, but I can guarantee you that it is one of the best gifts for international travelers. They always come in handy, and you often need more than one — especially if you’re traveling with others.

You have a laptop. Your spouse has a camera. Your kids have Kindles, and there are probably even more devices that need to be charged regularly. They’re not going to charge themselves, you know.

Having a few plug converters means that you can plug in more than one device at a time, and that’s important sometimes. These aren’t the sexiest gift you can provide, but you can be guaranteed that they’ll use them.

Read: Our Full Guide on International Plug Converter

Multi USB charger

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

If your family is like mine, then you’re carrying a lot of devices. When batteries run low, you’re going to need electric outlets for all of those devices.

What happens when your room has only one outlet? With a multi-USB charger, you can charge all of your devices using only one plug.

Just don’t forget all those USB cables.

Check: Multi USB charger on Amazon

Olloclip

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Admit it: you take most of your pictures with your iPhone, right? I still carry around several cameras, but my smartphone can capture family travel memories in ways never thought possible before. Why not expand that potential further?

Olloclips are little lenses that you snap onto the camera of your iPhone and come in a variety of perspectives. There are telephoto, super macro, and selfie varieties, but I still think the original 4-in-1 model, with its fisheye and close-up components, gives you an amazing array of photographic and cinematic options.

Check: Olloclip on Amazon

HooToo Travel Routers

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!
If you and your family use computers for work and play, the HooToo Travel routers can be one of the most practical travel gifts.

HooToo devices are multi-functional. Some models can charge your devices multiple times, all while serving as a memory backup for pictures and your kiddo’s favorite shows. Now the kids can have hours of video entertainment stored when your flight is delayed and you don’t have to load it onto the iPad.

Digital nomad family, the Luxpats, utilizes another benefit: the HooToo establishes a secure wifi network amongst devices for work on the road.

Check: HooToo Travel Routers on Amazon

SD Cards

Need to find a gift for your traveling family or friend? Coming up with the best gift ideas for travelers can be a challenge. However, there’s always room in their pack if you have the best travel gift ideas. I've interviewed more than 100 traveling families to know what they carry when they travel. With that knowledge and my extensive travelling experience, I've created a list of the best gift ideas for travelers. From a noise cancelling headphone to a handy water purifier. Check out our list!

Everyone has a few, but someone on your list could benefit from having a few extra SD cards to store the images and video they take on their travels. Some people even like to mail the cards home as they go as an ersatz backup strategy.

Today’s high-megapixel and HD video demands suck up lots of data, so don’t buy a 4-gig or 8-gig card. Go for the high-storage ones, like 16- or 32 gigabytes or more.

Check: SD Cards on Amazon

Steripen

Steripen Ultra

Travel for a while in the developing world and you quickly realize what a luxury clean, drinkable tap water can be. The Steripen can help you avoid what may be lurking in the glass your server just handed you.

Just stick the business end of the Steripen into your glass and, using UV light, it kills off the stuff that makes water undrinkable. The Suero family, Tolentino family, and Spaccarelli family have all recommended them. Pro-tip: buy the Steripen with a USB plug for added versatility.

Check: Steripen on Amazon

WHAT ARE YOUR GIFT IDEAS FOR TRAVELERS?

What do you consider the perfect gift for travelers? What’s on your Christmas list? Let us know in the comments, or contact me directly!

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