Useful Gift ideas for travel lovers
Useful Gift ideas for travel lovers

Best useful gift ideas for travelers that they actually like! (aka Travel Essentials)

Gift ideas for travelers and most of these are travel essentials to pack.

Here are some of the best gift useful ideas for travelers that are actually loved and used. If you love traveling like me, you would be tempted to gift all of these practical gifts to yourself 😀

And if you are a frequent traveler, there is a good chance that you already own some of these wonderful things that make our travels and lives easy.

gift ideas for travelers
Gift ideas for travelers

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1. Packing cubes

Packing cubes are the best way to keep your luggage organized. Nothing spills out even if you open it at luggage security check at the airports. They save a ton of space while keeping everything neat.

Try these Packing Cubes and get it all sorted.  

Use shoe bags if you like to separately.

You can also try Travel Compression Vacuum Bags to reduce the space your clothes occupy in the luggage. 

But be mindful of overpacking because the compression packing cubes hold quite a lot. After all, you don’t want to get stopped at the baggage weight check or pay extra for the luggage right?

2. Power bank

A power bank helps you charge your devices on the go even when you don’t have access to a power plug sometimes. Great for emergency battery time.

Try this durable Power Bank that works for almost all electronic devices you might own including an iPhone, iPad, Androids, Samsung tabs etc.

3. Universal Adapter/Outlet Extender

This is a very practical gift for travelers as an Universal Travel Charger Adapter would come in extremely handy to charge your devices in any country.

Outlet extenders come in handy when you find yourself with a limited number of power outlets in your hotel or cruise room and have multiple devices to charge.

And organize your electronics using this travel electronics case.

4. Dry Bag

A dry bag comes in super handy when we visit a beach or enjoy a place with a lot of water around. This dry bag helps keep our things dry and safe.

Sailing, kayaking, swimming, rafting, any such water activity can be done even when you don’t have someone to keep them dry for you out of the water.

So, all electronics, important documents and money can be saved from getting wet when you use a Waterproof Dry Bag.

5. Travel size containers for liquids

Ever faced a situation where you had to throw out your big size bottles for shampoo? Now you know it is important to keep the liquids in your luggage within the airline restrictions for travel.

Check out these useful travel size containers for safely carrying your items like shampoo, soap, sanitizer etc.

6. Handheld Luggage Scale

A very useful tool to keep your luggage within the airline limits is a luggage scale. Check how much your luggage weighs even before you step into the airport using this simple, portable luggage scale.  

7. Waterproof mobile pouches

Save your cell phones from water damage when you enjoy the oceans and pools on your vacations by making use of a waterproof mobile pouch and save heartache!

8. Spill-proof Water bottle

This Spill-proof Water Bottle is very useful on the road to stay hydrated. And you avoid plastics and use and throw items. This Steel Water Bottle is awesome for hot liquids too.

9. Travel Pillow

Feel tired? Rest anywhere using this simple pillow around the neck.

This memory foam Neck Pillow comes with an airplane travel kit, ear plugs and eye mask. What more can one ask for a great journey?

10. Passport holder

A travel wallet helps you keep all your important documents at one place and easy to keep with you on your person so that they are safe at all times. This Zoppen RFID Travel Wallet & Documents Organizer Zipper is very useful.

11. Toiletry bag with hook

Useful in small bathroom spaces, this toiletry bag with a hook is a huge plus to your luggage.

12. Travel Blanket and pillow

Avoid gross airline blankets and use your own compact blanket and pillow for travel

13. Scratch-off Maps

This is the most exciting gift for a traveler because they float on cloud nine when they scratch off their travel conquests from the map. Cover the world slowly and enjoyably. Get a coin and scratch off that part of the world to show off to your friends.

Landmass Goods makes these awesome travel travel maps. Do check them out. They have many versions of map products. I got this Scratch Off Map for myself 🙂

Travel tracker map scratch off map from Landmass goods
Travel Tracker Scratch-off Map

They have other cool maps like the Map of USA with National Parks and other interesting travel products.

14. World Atlas

A world atlas would make a traveler extremely happy not to mention its great use to look up any place without your electronic devices! Any doubts? 😉 This New Concise World Atlas is very interesting.

15. Backpack organizer

If you have been on a trip with just a backpack, you would know how important it is to have it organized. Trust me, you don’t want to keep searching for things from inside of the pack all the time.

An organizer insert comes in very handy to keep things just where you keep them and easy to find.

This Backpack Organizer Insert is extremely useful.

16. Travel Jewelry Case

A simple and useful case to keep jewelry organized for travel, this travel jewelry case comes in very handy.

Also, a makeup mirror made for travel is a cool thing to gift. 

17. Lightweight backpack

A backpack, the most essential traveler item, should cater to two main requirements. It should be the right fit to carry all the travel necessities and be light to carry. This Tortuga expandable lightweight backpack satisfies both criteria and is a wonderful gift to your traveler friends. It is an expandable, lightweight travel backpack that helps fit all the travel essentials and saves on excess-baggage fees in airports. Choose a backpack with the right size that provides convenience, comfort, and longevity.

Photo Credit: Dana Franklin/Tortuga

You can also try a fanny pack or waist pouch to keep it light when you are out and about especially at theme parks. 

Also read: Cool offline games to pass time when you are traveling

18. Travel Scrapbook

Every travelers would love this scrapbook to capture their memories beautifully. Check out these amazing leather scrapbooks.

Get a Leather Scrapbook Travel Journal that makes an absolute treasure.

19. Compass

A waterproof Sighting Compass that is shake-proof is a very essential tool when a traveler goes hiking into the woods or any place that does not have phone coverage. This army green compass comes with a carrying bag too.

20. Dry Lotion Bar

Travel is easy when you have spill-proof lotion, right? Thankfully we have great products like this Beesilk Hard Lotion bar to help us out with our dry skin. They come in cute hard cases and simply melt at your touch making it easy to apply and perfect to save for travel.

Hard Lotion bar

Check out MadeOn Skin Care Products for more useful products for travel.

Madeon skincare products


21. Mini Instant Camera

A mini instant camera is one of the coolest gifts t o your traveler friends or yourself to capture amazing memories on print instantly.

22. Handheld Fan

Cool off with a handheld rechargeable fan. Very useful for warm destinations like Cancun, Florida. Be cool at those theme parks!

23. Portable Door Lock

This portable door lock gives you peace of mind on your travels as you rest in unfamiliar rooms.

24. Airplane Mobile Holder

Get comfortable and entertain yourself with your mobile phone on the airplane. Use this airplane mobile holder for even more comfort.

So, what are you waiting for? These make a great packing list for yourself too.

If your traveler friend’s birthday is coming up, you know just what to gift for the occasion 🙂 

Also read: Ultimate cruise packing checklist: Helpful packing tips for your cruise

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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 210 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

14 Comments Posted

  1. The scratch off map is something I have been wanting for AGES! And the dry bag is always a great gift for anyone who sails, I use mine frequently!

  2. This may be the best list I’ve seen so far for travellers! I want a universal adapter so bad – so convenient to have as well! I’m also eyeing those packing cubes [as I’ve heard they make all the difference], and that power bank. I may have to casually send this post to the fam haha 🙂

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