10 Must-Have Gifts for the Avid Traveler

Are you lost for what to get that avid traveler in your life this holiday season?

It may seem like a funny concept – a gift guide for the wanderlust soul – since many of us value experiences over products. Rest assured; however, these gift ideas are either practical or way too fun to pass up, even for the most ascetic of us travelers.

I put together this list as a combination of items I love and already use, and ones that I would love to have. Without further ado, 10 gift ideas to get the traveler (or world enthusiast) in your life .

1. Luckies of London Scratch Map Travel Edition

When I first saw this advertised somewhere randomly on the internet, I was beside myself. The Luckies of London Scratch Travel Map includes two of my favorite aspects in life – maps & checklists. Also, who doesn’t love scratchers?

This mini-sized travel map is small enough to carry around with you on a RTW trip. Watch the world come alive with the more countries you visit. Hang it up at each new location to review where you’ve been and where you still want to go.

2. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs

I don’t know if this is more of a Portland thing, but adult coloring books are all the rage right now. I can’t stop hearing about them and their psychological benefits as a stress reliever.

What a perfect item to bring with you on a long journey when you don’t feel like reading, or when you’re feeling stressed-out and overwhelmed. It also brings you back to your professional coloring days as a kid. The best.

3. Carry on Cocktail Kit

Maybe more of a novelty than a practical gift, but I found this Carry on Cocktail kit beyond adorable. It’s the perfect solution for when you need that little nightcap on a red eye flight.

Bringing out this kit on your pull-out tray is also a great ice breaker to get to know your seat neighbor, as this kit provides you with enough for two drinks!

4. Global World Map Scarf

 I always carry a scarf or travel wrap with me when I’m traveling, it’s not only a statement accessory to spice up those basic outfits, but a great way to stay cozy and warm on a flight or cold bus ride.

I thought this Global World Map Scarf was just too good to pass up, and I loved the blue, pink, and green colors with the outline of a world map as the highlight.

5. Moleskine Classic Notebook

I recently started trying out different types of notebooks to change my writing habits up, but these classic Moleskin notebooks have always been my favorite travel companion and ones that I’ve used on countless trips around the world.

They’re light to pack, the perfect size, and provide such a clean surface on which to write. I think I have about a stack of 10 used Moleskin notebooks lying around my house from my travels around Australia & New Zealand. I love these notebooks!

6. Unique Camera Strap

I can’t tell you how happy I’ve been with my unique camera strap since I bought it 5 years ago – when I bought my first DSLR. Not only is it so much better than that generic “Canon” strap, but it makes you not stand out so much as a tourist.

I’ve received so many compliments on my strap throughout my travels. This strap is one I found on Amazon, but I originally bought mine off Etsy and they have some great designs on there too. Peruse and take your time to find a camera strap that fits the personality of that traveler in your life.

7. Smartphone Printer

This Fujifilm Smartphone Printer is such a great idea for when you’re traveling. I love having pictures ready to hand out to new friends as a parting token, or to hang up on the wall for that month-long sublet in a foreign city.

You just have to buy the film, but after that, you can directly print your iPhone pictures and create polaroid-like memories for your abroad friends or for yourself.

8. Yoga Leggings

Similar to the travel scarf, this is a product for the creatures of comfort. Comfy long black leggings are the best for traveling. They can be dressed up easily or simply used for comfort on long haul flights and bus rides. I must wear my black leggings from American Apparel 5 out of 7 days a week when I’m traveling – just look at my pictures!

Lululemon is one of my favorite yoga apparel companies, so I’ll be looking at getting some new leggings from them now that my old ones literally have holes in them from too much use. This is a great gift for the traveler who likes to pack light, you can wear these leggings with pretty much everything in your suitcase.

9. Collapsible Tupperware

One of the more useful gifts for backpackers, I’m definitely investing in some collapsible tupperware before my next big trip. It’s not only an eco-friendly solution to all those take-out meals while you’re traveling, but a great way to keep food fresh that you make in a hostel or a hands-on cooking class.

10. Try the World

For the traveler who either loves slow travel or who is settled down for a bit, Try the World is a new subscription box that you get in the mail. Every two months you’ll get a new theme from around the world with delicacies from that country.

This month they’re doing a box with local treats from Spain, who knows what you could get in 2 months time? Warning: this is one gift that will very likely spark your wanderlust.

Try the World Food Box

Happy shopping & happy holidays! 

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20 thoughts on “10 Must-Have Gifts for the Avid Traveler”

  1. My sister-in-law lives overseas and travels every chance she gets. I’ve been stumped about what to get her, but after reading your list I have a good idea on some gifts. She would love the adult coloring book and the camera strap.

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