Useful travel gifts for the avid traveler in your life can be among the most difficult to find — mainly because travelers generally want fewer things. But if you can find something that will make their travel more useful, or that can remind them of their travels when they return home, then it may make your shopping a lot easier.
Here are some great gift ideas that you can find for your favorite traveler all year long:
If the favorite traveler in your life is traveling out of the country, there is a chance they may need an international adapter. These are necessary if they want any hope of charging anything or using electricity in any way (including their phone, camera battery, or even curling iron) while overseas.
However, there are different adapters for different countries, so do your research and make sure you have the right one. Here is a map to help you out.
Frommer’s guides are an essential, especially for a new traveler. But even for seasoned travelers, the helpful knowledge in these guides can be a great starting point for planning your dream vacation. No matter where they are going, these books are one of our favorite useful gifts for travelers.
Pick up a Frommer’s guide for each country you are planning to visit.
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Bringing your camera on vacation is an essential for every photographer. But lugging around a heavy camera can really make an impact on your back after a while. If bringing your camera is not a must-have on your vacation, consider bringing a lens for your phone.
Cell phone cameras have evolved so much in the last few years, and are giving professional cameras real competition. If you have a traveler in your life who loves taking photos, but isn’t a big fan of their giant camera, consider these cell phone camera lenses.
I have actually purchased this map for multiple traveler friends of mine. Travel is fun, but coming home after a trip can be slightly depressing because you just want to go back out there. This map lets you relive all your trips, by letting you scratch off each country you have been to. It also makes a great centerpiece in any room.
You can also purchase it in a U.S.-only version where you can scratch off the states.
A passport holder is always a great gift for an avid traveler. Not only will it not take up any additional space in your friend’s belongings, but it will actually help them organize their life.
Passport holders come in all different sizes and shapes, and you can find them on places like Amazon.com or Etsy.com, because people love making these as a project.
Anything you can get a traveler that can help them organize is always a good thing. This portable travel bag holds your toiletries and any other accessories you would want to bring while traveling.
Take it out of your suitcase and hang it up wherever you are, and it is also easy to clean.
Any kind of travel bottles are always helpful to a traveler. Instead of bringing entire bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and soap, being able to bring smaller portions can help cut down on clutter and free up some space in your bag.
It is always helpful to have color-coded bottles too, so you always know if you are grabbing shampoo, conditioner, or soap, especially when everything looks the same.
Safety is a real concern for a lot of travelers, especially those traveling to new destinations. A money belt is a great unique travel gift, and an easy way to keep your money and other important documents (like a passport) safe and close to your body.
There are a wide variety out there, but they all work pretty much the same — by keeping your most important documents out of the hands of strangers. This is an especially great gift for someone traveling internationally for the first time, as they don’t always know what to expect, and would like the feeling of being safe.
Not only am I a huge fan of my Osprey, but in the numerous Facebook travel groups I am in, it seems to be the favorite — especially among long-term travelers. The backpacks can hold pretty much your entire life, but they are also durable, and have a way of making everything seem lighter on your back.
If you are looking for a life-changing gift for the traveler in your life, take a look at Osprey backpacks.
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