When everything needs to fit in a suitcase, finding the best gifts for travelers may seem impossible. And with so many travel-gadgets out there, how do you know which one they’ll need in 2018?
Luckily, six travel and lifestyle bloggers joined forces to bring you this list of 12 unique blogger-approved gifts for the travel addict in your life.
12 Blogger-Approved Gifts For Travelers:
Joy Belamarich from Three Chairs
For my adventure-seeking, travel-obsessed boyfriend, I’d love to gift him a lens he could attach to his iPhone. This way, he can leave his bulky camera at home, free up space in his suitcase, and still be able to capture his surroundings.
I’ll also add — and this is slightly less glamorous — but a pair of simple plastic flip-flops always come in handy when you’re traveling!
Sophie Newman from Ethical Fashion Australia
Cork Sunglass Case — When thinking about travel and holidays I’m thinking salt, surf and palm trees, but one thing I always regret bringing home with me is the sand in my sunglasses. Once it’s on there, it’s so hard to get off without completely ruining your lenses! I recently came across Cork Leather as a sustainable leather alternative when researching an article for Ethical Fashion Australia, and I fell instantly in love with their stylish functionality. I’ll be putting these beautiful sunglasses cases in my travel gift-giving repertoire as they’re great for all my friends and family (and one for me as well).
Hats Simonis from Hats Off World
Lara Sosanwo from Her Backpack Bliss
Shampoo Bar — I’m not a big fan of those holiday soap gift sets. They don’t really come across as a thoughtful or personal gift. Unless however when you get an all-in-one bar of soap. This is the perfect gift for the eco-minded, budget-minded and lightweight backpacker. Your beloved backpacker can use this all natural and 100% soap for almost everything while on the road. It’s hair soap, body soap, you can use it to wash your clothes or do the dishes, but also as shaving cream and as toothpaste, too! Haven’t tried that last option for myself though…
Stainless steel water bottle — Another item on my wishlist is this very cool stainless steel water bottle, with a bamboo top lid. Most backpackers hate having to buy plastic water bottles. A stainless steel bottle which you refill when clean water is available is a good way to lower your ecological impact. Also not having to buy multiple bottles of water a day has a positive effect on your travel budget. What makes this particular water bottle so amazing is that for every bottle sold Tree Tribe plants 10 trees!
Kristen Manganini from Rise & Brine
Rechargable Headlamp — You never know when you’ll find yourself in a dark hostel or amid a power outage, so make sure the traveler in your life is ready for the dark with this compact rechargeable headlamp. They never need to search for batteries while abroad, and they’ll always have a light when they find themselves in the dark.
Wireless Worldwide Hotspot — When traveling, the internet can be your lifeline: researching restaurants, buying tickets, connecting with others back home, or maybe getting some work done. But relying on internet cafes and public wifi abroad can be a gamble. Luckily, some really smart people invented this wireless worldwide hotspot, which works anywhere in the world when you subscribe to a borderless data plan or pop in a local SIM card. This would make a great gift for the tech or business traveler.
Slim iPhone Case Battery Pack — Depending what kind of traveling you’re doing, you may not know the next time you’ll find a good safe place to charge your cell phone. This iPhone case can hold an extra full charge, and protects your phone in a sleek case. Plus, the price tag is on par with any other protective case, making it the perfect gift for anyone on the go.
Colorblock Blanket Scarf by Madewell — Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest. This blanket scarf is stylish and multi-functional; therefore it’s the perfect travel scarf. The classic pattern means it will match with every outfit in the suitcase. The lightweight material is key as it packs light and dries really quickly. This scarf works in any season – totally chic with a springy dress, but it’s also warm and ready for layering. But what makes a blanket scarf really invaluable is it doubles as a throw for the beach, the park, or a cold airplane. Any practical traveler will thank you.
Rume Baggie All — A Rume bag is the perfect complement to any travel gift. When you’re on the road and carrying your life in a backpack, organization is priority number 1. Rume has tons of products for travelers and generally “together” people – but the Baggie All is the best, in my opinion. It has three zipper pockets for variable storage and comes in cute patterns to fit every personality. I always keep my passport in the big pocket and other essential on-the-go stuff, like headphones, lip balm and BandAids in the smaller pockets. An essential travel item!
What are you getting for the traveler in your life? What’s on your wish list? Let us know in the comments below!
Big thanks to Kristen Manganini at Rise and Brine for making this post happen. Happy travels and happy holidays!