I love to receive gifts as much as I love to offer gifts. I love to see the joy on people’s faces when they receive a gift that they love. I usually choose to make a gift that is useful and practical, and I try to make one related to one’s passions. There are a lot of things that are helpful for travelers and they will make a great gift for someone who loves to travel.
Mizu makes water bottles that are perfect for travelers. They are made of stainless steel, and they are lightweight. We’ve been using them for the last 3 years and we love them. They are perfect for hiking, camping, or just for a walk in the city. They are also very durable and they come in different sizes and colors.
If you are looking for a thermic water bottle, might be worth checking Hydro Flask Water Bottle. We have one of those too and it is perfect when we travel in cold weather to keep us warm. We also take it with us when we go hiking in the mountains because we love to have hot tea when we reach the top and take a break for lunch.
The Kanken Backpack is the best small backpack that we ever had. It looks great, it’s lightweight and it is very well made. We’ve been using it for the last year and it still looks very well. We usually take it on a day trip or when we go on a small hike. It’s also perfect as a carry-on backpack when traveling by plane. They have a lot of colors, but we love it in acorn (amber) color.
We use the Joby Tripod a lot when taking night photos with the iPhone. We like Joby because it is very flexible and we can attach it to almost anything. It’s also very lightweight and it fits in any backpack. We are at the second Joby because the first one broke after using it in extreme cold in Iceland.
The LifeStraw Water Filter is perfect for hiking and camping. We take one with us each time we go to underdeveloped countries or when we go hiking. It is perfect for filtering the water when you are not sure of the water quality. The life straw is small and easy to carry in a backpack.
We bought ours for our intended trip to Africa. We haven’t used them yet, but I believe anyone who plans a trip to a country where water quality is a problem will be happy to receive one.
The quick-dry towel should be in every travel backpack. Once in a while, you will get to a place where you don’t have clean towels or you don’t have any towels at all. As the name says, the quick dry towel is very easy to dry - it usually dries within one hour. Also, it is very small and lightweight and perfect to carry in any luggage.
We take the quick-dry towels with us at the beach too. They are perfect for drying after a swim and are much better than the towels that you can rent at the beach or the pool.
Cocoon Travel Sheets are perfect for travelers who stay in hostels or in places where they don’t have clean sheets. We use them when we go camping or when we stay in accommodation that is not very clean (like it was in Egypt). They are extremely small and some of them are even insect repellent.
We used our traveler sheets twice during our travels when we were not happy with the provided sheets. The traveler sheets are a small investment that can make a big difference in your travels’s comfort.
Traveling around the world means that you will need to find a way to charge your devices. We use a basic universal power adapter that works in any country in the world. We like that it also has some USB ports that we can use to charge some of our devices without having to use the socket.
The Fjallraven money belt is a must-have for any traveler. It is perfect for keeping your money and your passport safe especially when going in crowded places. We haven’t used one yet, but it is on our list for the next city break or trip to a place that is known for pickpockets. Hope Santa will bring us one.
When we were in Egypt, we talked with a guy from England who had his money stolen straight from his pocket. He was in a crowded place and he didn’t notice that someone took his money until he returned to the hotel. Fortunately, the amount of money wasn’t that big, but it was still a bad experience.
The first aid kit is always on our travel checklist. We have a small one that we carry with us all the time and a larger one that we take with us when we go hiking. Luckily we never had to use it, but it’s always good to have one in case of an emergency.
The things that any first aid kit should have are bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, pain medication, and tweezers. We also have a small sewing kit (from a hotel) in our first aid kit that we use to fix our things when they break during a trip.
We have been using the American Tourister suitcases for 2 years while having more than 50 flights all over the world. They are very durable and they are lightweight. We have two medium suitcases and they are perfect for any trip. When we go in a short trip, we take only one of them with us.
My travel experience has changed after we started to use the Sea to Summit Toiletry Bag. It is perfect for organizing all the toiletries and it is very easy to hang it in the bathroom or anywhere there is a hanger. It is extremely lightweight, and also water resistant and it keeps any liquids that might spill inside the bag - happened twice.
We have been using a pair of sun glasses from Ray Ban for several years and last year we discovered the Maui Jim sun glasses. I believe they have the best lenses that you can find on the market. So far, they proved to be durable and the lenses have no scratches. Diana had a women pair of Maui Jim sun glasses and she was so impressed that she conviced me to switch to them too.
The Swiss pocket multi-tool is probably the most used travel item that we have. We use it for opening bottles, cutting things, or even fixing things. We have had it since our first trip and we never felt the need to buy a new one.
Bonus: Other small travel items that we love
- Neck Pillow - ideal for long flights and bad accommodation pillows
- Airplane Earplugs - special airplane earplugs that we use on each flight to protect our ears
- Light My Fire Fork and Spoon - perfect for a picnic or during a hike
- Headlamp - we take one with us on each hike and they proved to be useful when the electricity goes off too
- Refillable Liquid Bottles - we use them to carry shampoo, shower gel, and other liquids when we travel
Hope this list will help you find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know and we’d be happy to add it to the list.
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