31 of the Best Travel Gifts, According to Travel Experts

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As full time travelers, we’re constantly on the lookout for best items in travel to make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable. When a plane ticket is too expensive and avoiding unwanted “stuff” is nearly impossible, here’s a list of 31 travel gift ideas, curated by experts, that travel junkies will actually use:

Travel gifts for the: Backpacker

1. The Porter 46 Backpack by Osprey

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“I’ve called this backpack my home for up to 8 months at a time while backpacking through Vietnam, and what can I say, she’s a beaut, and immensely practical to boot.” — Sarah Lempa (@travelempa)

2. A SUB6™ Ultralight Hammock by ENO

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This hammock is the perfect travel gift idea for backpackers on the move. While it weights just 5.8 ounces, it can hold up to 300 pounds safely and folds into a tight 5″ x 6.5″ bundle.

3. The Pack-It Specter™ Cube by Eagle Creek

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“I swear by these. They may seem a little pricey, but I’ve used them on two year-long trips and they’re still good as new!” — Caroline Howley (@carolinehasgoneto)

Travel gifts for the: Solo Traveler

4. An Uber Giftcard

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Getting around abroad can be tough, but luckily, rides can now be found all over the globe. Rideshare travel gift cards will keep solo travelers safe and are extra convenient for those crazy nights out.

5. A Personal Security Door Stop Alarm by GE

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Shared accommodation is great for making friends, but not so great for privacy. This personal security door stop alarm by GE is cheap, discreet, and, most importantly, will provide some peace of mind when you’re in your room trying to catch some zzz’s.

6. This iPhone Tripod by UBeesize

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The best part of solo travel? Creating your own schedule. The worst part of solo travel? Awkward selfies. This tripod’s adjustable legs allow for easy on-the-go pics, and the system’s wireless remote was practically made for capturing cool shots at a distance.

Travel gifts for the: Eco Traveler

7. This Portable Wash Bag by Scrubba

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The world’s smallest, eco-friendly laundry machine. The Scrubba wash bag is the flexible internal washboard that provides a machine quality wash in just minutes, making it perfect for travel (and avoiding sketch laundromats along the way).

8. A Reusable Straw by FinalStraw

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Say goodbye to the single-use plastics that are polluting our lands, endangering marine ecosystems, and contaminating the food chain. Say hello to FinalStraw: a reusable, responsibly made, badass straw that you can take with you wherever you go.

9. This Bamboo Utensil Set by Earth Hero

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“As simple as it sounds, a sustainable travel-sized cutlery set has saved me so much hassle finding utensils when taking food back to the hotel, and is totally environmentally friendly, too.” — Jessica Esa (@booksandbao)

Travel gifts for the: Digital Nomad

10. A Personalized Faux Leather Journal by ForestNine

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“I absolutely cannot travel ANYWHERE without a pen and a notebook.” —Jennifer Starvos (@littlegirlbigcity)

11. An Ultra-Compact Portable Charger by Anker

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Don’t get caught without full charge ever again. The Anker Powercore 1000 is compact, high-speed, and holds up to 3.5 phone charges in one go.

12. This Portable Wifi Hotspot by Skyroam

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You can now connect anywhere, anytime, thanks to Skyroam: the travel junkie’s favorite hotspot. With Skyroam’s portable hotspot, you can now use wifi by the day or month, share on up to 10 devices, and connect locally in over 130 countries.

Travel gifts for the: Frequent Flyer

13. Pocket Farmacy Roll-On Essential Oil Set by Saje

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“My biggest pro tip? Pack 3oz or less essential oil. Perfect for relaxation and masking the smell of people farting on planes.” — Katie Harford (@kat.sierra.1)

14. This Vegan Sheet Mask Set by Pacifica

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“Give the gift of healthy skin with Pacifica’s skin of your dreams sheet mask set. Vegan, cruelty free, and extra hydrating for those long haul flights.” — Leah Fishman (@leah.fishman)

15. This Pair of Noise Cancelling Headphones by Sony

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The best noise cancelling headphones on the market, Sony’s soundproof over-the-ear headphones comes with voice assistance (Alexa), smart listening for volume control, a super long battery life, and comfortable design (perfect for airplane snoozin’ and avoiding the worst people on planes).

16. This Carry On Cocktail Kit by w&p

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“Your favorite gin & tonic now fits in a tiny tin box, and I can’t think of a better possible stocking stuffer for the avid traveler. Cheers to that—at 30,000 feet above, of course.” — Sarah Lempa (@travelempa)

Travel gifts for the: Family Traveler

17. Infant Car Seat & Latch Base by Doona

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Racing through the airport with a carseat, stroller and a million bags. We’ve all been there. Struggle no more thanks to Doona: a fully integrated travel system that transforms from car seat to stroller in seconds.

18. These Sleek Baby Slings by Wildbird

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Rock motherhood and see the world. Wildbird slings are quick, comfortable, and designed by moms for easy travel around the world.

19. A Family Passport Holder by Zero Grid

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Store up to six passports and 10 cards with Zero Grid’s handy Family Passport Holder. Durable, easy to carry, and designed for family travel, this is a must-buy for families on the go.

Travel gifts for the: Techie Traveler

20. This Bluetooth Tracker by Tile Mate

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We all know that sinking feeling when you loose your belongings far from home. Tile Mate easily loops onto keychains or attaches to anything you don’t want to lose so you can find it fast — no matter where you are in the world.

21. The WONDERBOOM 2 by Ultimate Ears

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The WONDERBOOM 2 is known for rocking 360-degree sound wherever you go. With Outdoor Boost, you can crank louder, more powerful audio that’s specially tuned for listening outdoors. This little guy is waterproof, floats, has 13 hours of battery life, pairs with other devices, and is just 16 ounces: the perfect travel buddy.

22. The Paperwhite E-reader by Kindle

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Nothing beats a good ole hardcover book, but we can’t ignore the fact that the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader was made for travel. Thin, lightweight, 8GB of storage and waterproof: perfect for extra long fights, chill days at the beach, and quiet travel nights.

Travel gifts for the: Budget Traveler

23. This Budget Travel Book by Matthew Kepnes

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New York Times Best Seller and solo travel expert, Matthew Kepnes, teaches you how to travel the world on just $50 a day. The book is filled with expert tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel. And if you liked How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, check out Matt’s newest memoir, Ten Years a Nomad.

24. A set of Howard Leight Earplugs by Honeywell

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“I’m the worst sleeper, so those are pretty essential for my well-being while hostel hopping around the globe.” — Lauren Allain (@sporadicalnomadical)

25. An Airbnb Giftcard

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After a long day of language barriers and missed flights, sometimes that hostel life just doesn’t cut it. Treat your budget-conscious traveler to an Airbnb travel gift card: perfect for getting them through those tough times.

Travel gifts for the: Style Jet Setter

26. The Best Travel Jeans in the World by Aviator

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“I bring a pair of stretchy, cozy, pockety Aviator jeans with me on every single trip! Every pair features SEVEN. GIANT POCKETS. If you’re forever frustrated about the lack of pockets in women’s pants (saaame), consider these the best gift you’ll ever receive!” — Lia Garcia (@practicalwanderlust)

27. These Multi-purpose Travel Scarf from Speakeasy Travel Supply

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“As soon as I discovered these scarves, I kissed my money belt goodbye! The hidden pocket is the perfect size for my ID, credit card and some cash and is surprisingly comfortable, even when fully loaded! I never leave home without it.” — Jody Vandergriff (@chiefseeker)

28. Montana Felt Hat from Madewell x Biltmore

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“Listen, bringing a hat along for your travels will simultaneously be the best and most tedious thing you’ve ever done. I mentioned my hate-love relationship with my favorite Madewell hat in this list of my top travel packing tips. But for sun protection, effortless Carmen San Diego vibes, and a zillion “I like your hat” niceties across the world—carrying it across oceans is definitely a worthwhile task.” — Sarah Lempa (@travelempa)

29. The Mille Bracelet from Threads Worldwide

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“I’m fanatical about my jewelry, even when I travel. So I look for pieces that travel well and match everything. I’m currently loving the Mille Bracelet from Threads Worldwide because it travels well, never tangles, and the mixed metals work with lots of looks. And bonus: they are produced from women in developing countries which makes me feel more connected as a global citizen.” — Jody Vandergriff (@chiefseeker)

Travel gifts for the: Desk Dreamer

30. A Coffee Club Subscription by Atlas

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Travel the world through your taste buds with Atlas Coffee Club: the coffee subscription box that delivers fresh, ethical and single origin coffee right to your door. In every box, expect: a curation of the world’s best coffee, a post card, tasting notes and expert brewing tips.

31. A DNA Test by Ancestry

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This desire to connect with our roots is nothing new, but thanks to the availability of DNA testing, it’s easier than ever before to trace where you came from. Because of DNA tests like Ancestry, thousands of travelers are making heritage trips and adding new spots to their bucket lists (it even made our list of top travel trends for 2020!)

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