Searching for the best gifts for frequent flyers? Look no further!
I’m sure that you have that special someone in your life that loves to travel. While you might find this list of useful travel gifts to be an awesome resource, I’ve come up with gifts specifically for people who fly great distances around the world. Love it or hate it, we usually have to board airplanes and spend lots of time on planes to get where we need to be. There are so many wonderful travel gifts for women, travel gifts for men, and gifts for business travelers that make flying a whole heck of a lot easier and more comfortable.
I take numerous long haul and red eye flights around the world several times a year, and I can personally vouch that these items are a lifesaver. Whether it’s inexpensive gifts for travelers that you can pop into a stocking or a slightly more expensive electronic gift that makes your loved one jump for joy, I’ve got you covered. Here are 25 perfect travel gifts for frequent flyers that will help ease the stress of flying for a comfortable and relaxing trip.
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Casper Nap Pillow
Have you ever wanted to have a pillow that you could bring anywhere and everywhere with you? Naps on the go? Yes, please! Casper makes it possible to doze off into a deep slumber no matter where you are. Of course, this includes having a comfortable place to rest your head on an airplane. With Casper’s Nap Pillow, rest your head and snooze wherever you choose.
It’s just like the regular supportive Casper pillow that they’re famous for, but in a miniature size. Even though the Nap Pillow is smaller, it’s equally as cozy and made to transport around with you. A full sized pillow is too big to bring with you on an airplane. The Nap Pillow is the perfect size and it even comes with a drawstring bag to transport it around. The next time you have a delay at the airport, an overnight flight, or even a spare 30 minutes of time…rest your head. You deserve it!
I recently had the opportunity to my brand new SleepPhones a test drive (or rather, a test flight?). Flying from Toronto to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Auckland, and Auckland to Queenstown isn’t ideal. However, a girl needs to get to New Zealand because…well…it’s New Zealand! I’m sure you understand. Enter SleepPhones.
I adore my noise cancelling headphones to block out every sound or noise on a flight. But, it’s hard to sleep with a massive pair of headphones attached to my head. It’s really hard to get comfortable, and they even hurt my ears after a while. SleepPhones are the first headphones designed for comfort. The headphones are inside a cozy fleece headband, making them the perfect headphones for sleeping and resting.
SleepPhones work perfectly with Bluetooth, so I played music and soothing sounds from my phone throughout the flight. From my personal experiences, I am never able to sleep on a flight. While wearing SleepPhones, I was actually able to sleep for the first time ever on a flight. I am totally amazed and completely sold on these. I arrived in New Zealand after sleeping for a glorious eight hours on my flight, barely feeling the effects of jet lag. It was absolutely incredible. This tops my list of gifts for frequent flyers because I finally feel like I can sleep on an airplane now.
Do you use packing cubes? Packing cubes are an absolute must, especially for backpackers and those traveling with just a carry on bag. Packing cubes are a total game changer for keeping your belongings organized and easy to access. By having everything compartmentalized, you can easily grab what you need from your bag. They don’t add much weight to your belongings either.
They are wonderfully inexpensive gifts for travelers, and you might be able to convert a non-packing cube world traveler into one who tries them and falls in love. Generally, packing cubes range from $15-25 and I’ve picked out several for you to check out: this one, this one, or how about this one?
This is my favourite carry-on backpack, weekend pack, or everyday backpack. Made for travelers, by travelers, the CabinZero backpack optimally fits all of your belongings as you roam about. Stylish and versatile, we’re in love with our CabinZero bags. I’ve traveled with mine by plane, train, and car. It’s been all over the place and still looks as good as new.
There are a massive variety of styles and designs – one for every taste. Who wouldn’t want to find one of these wrapped under the tree this season?
I’ve got to be perfectly honest with you: this Timbuk2 messenger bag travels pretty much everywhere with me. It’s lightweight, versatile, and fits a lot of my belongings. I use it as my additional carry on personal item without any issues. It’s a purse, it carries my camera, and it basically travels the world with me. I love that their canvas backpacks and messenger bags don’t contain any animal products. They’re durable, long lasting, and stylish.
You can find a wide assortment of travel bags by clicking here. There are travel backpacks, travel bags with camera inserts, and more. It’s always a good idea to have a camera bag that doesn’t look like one so you make yourself less of a target for theft. For photographers and travelers alike, travel bags and accessories by Timbuk2 are perfect gifts for frequent flyers.
TUO Origami Unicorn
Here’s a unique and useful garment organizer for that special traveler in your life. The TUO Origami Unicorn keeps socks, underwear, bras, and other delicate garments organized and separate from the rest of your clothing. With several pockets and pouches, it easily stores and organizes seven days worth of undergarments. If you’re looking for travel gifts for women (or travel gifts for men, too!), the Origami Unicorn is something that they likely don’t already own, but will be a useful addition to their collection of travel organization tools. Much like a unicorn, it’s pretty darn magical.
Collapsible Water Bottle
It’s always a good idea to bring a water bottle with you. You can fill water up at the airport from a fountain to bring with you on your flight. There’s no sense in paying for overpriced airport beverages when you don’t have to. Plus, you can continue to use the water bottle wherever you go. A collapsible water bottle is an excellent idea for travelers because it saves so much space. If you’re seeking inexpensive gifts for travelers or stocking stuffers, consider buying an collapsible water bottle.
Lifestraw is perfect for hikers, campers, and those who enjoy being outdoors in the wilderness. What’s Lifestraw? It’s an easy way to filter drinking water from any source on the go! Filter and store your water with Lifestraw. It’s an item that you must bring with you if you’re considering any extended periods of time in the great outdoors. They’re also an ethical company who plant a tree with every order and strive to bring fresh drinking water to communities all over the world.
Portable Charging Bank
A portable charging bank is a must for any traveller, blogger, or anyone who is on the go all day long. I find that my phone’s battery tends to wear our…perhaps from overuse? Having back-up power is always a great idea so you’ll never be disconnected from the world. My favorite portable charging bank is the Anker PowerCore 10000 (with over 3 full charges for your phone) or the Anker Powercore 13000 (with over 5 full charges for your phone). Guaranteed, that favorite frequent flyer in your life will be able to use their phone from their home to their final destination, even if they don’t have a power source on the airplane.
Compression socks don’t have to be ugly or unsightly. I only recently started to wear compression socks on flights after noticing that my ankles and legs got quite swollen when flying overseas. I usually throw them into my carry on bag, and they even have the added bonus of keeping my feet extra warm on the plane.
They’re fantastic for increasing circulation, ensuring that you won’t get a blood clot on a flight. Compression socks are also awesome for runners and athletes. And they don’t have to be plain or boring – compression socks come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns!
Essential Oil Roll-On
Let’s get real for a second: you don’t want to be the stinky person on a plane. After hours (or even days) of flying, you might not be feeling like the freshest person in the universe. Also, you might be sitting next to someone who doesn’t smell the greatest and you’re seeking relief. Pacifica makes essential oil roll-ons that work like a charm. They make you smell great and can also ward off bad smells just by raising them to your nose. In addition, Pacifica is a cruelty-free, vegan company that only uses natural scents. The Island Vanilla scent is my fave. These make the perfect stocking stuffer or travel gifts for women.
Pacifica Deodorant Wipes
If you’re looking for a compact way to bring deodorant on the airplane that’s also cruelty-free and vegan, check out Pacifica Deodorant Wipes. You can easily pack these in your purse and freshen up whenever you like. They’re absolutely essential on longer flights or you can even use them daily in place of other deodorants.
I forgot my lip balm on a flight once, and I seriously regretted it. There’s nothing worse than dry, chapped, cracked lips. I was desperate for relief and immediately purchased a lip balm when landing at my destination. Save yourself the trouble and be sure to pack a lip balm or two. Again, they make an ideal stocking stuffer for your loved ones because you can never have too many of these.
Evian Water Spray
I always pack a bottle of Evian Water Spray so my face feels moisturized and refreshed. After sleeping on the plane, I’ll spray a little bit of this on my face. My skin feels moisturized and I feel way more awake and ready to face the day. It’s gifts for frequent flyers like these that people often don’t think about, but it’s something that will change how you fly.
The latest trend for flying? Applying a face mask to your face towards the end of your flight! You might look a little bit crazy, but your skin will feel totally amazing once you deplane. Grab a few of these face masks – tomato charcoal and coffee coconut, and your skin will thank you for it. Fabulous as travel gifts for women, travel gifts for men, gifts for business travelers, or even buy one for yourself for a rainy day.
Whether it’s in your checked luggage or your carry on bag, bringing toiletries cases on your trips is absolutely essential. A frequent flyer can always use a new toiletries bag, especially if it’s super cute or stylish. Vegan company Matt & Nat make incredibly stylish vegan leather toiletries cases. Or perhaps this floral cosmetics case is more your style? I personally adore this striped one that fits even larger shampoo bottles.
Dress up your passport! The Etsy shop, oddsnblobs, has a ton of passport covers with inspiring travel phrases, personalized passport covers, and passport covers with various designs and patterns. These designs are sewed from cotton fabric, and they’re a unique handmade gift you won’t find anywhere else.
Fellow travel bloggers Caitlin (of Travel Yourself) and Kate (of Adventurous Kate) have partnered up to create travel clothing for the frequent flyer. Adventurous Merch has tons of awesome t-shirts that will instantly show off your love for traveling the world. Here’s a shirt flaunting your travel essentials, one that proudly states that you travel only with a carry on, or one that makes you ponder, “What kind of a traveler are you?“.
Don’t leave home without a microfiber travel towel! They’re great for short and long term travel, backpacking, hiking, sports, or loads of other uses. Choose a quick dry one like the Fox Outfitters Microfiber Towel that you can transport with you wherever you go. These are practical and handy gifts for frequent flyers, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
If you’re packing a checked bag, a luggage tag is an absolute necessity. Often, we settle for plain or even ugly luggage tags. Why not insert a little bit of personality or pizzazz into your life? Decorate your suitcase with this luggage tag that looks like a cat (you can’t go wrong with cat themed gifts!). If you’re buying gifts for that traveling couple in your life, there are even his and hers luggage tags.
Lonely Planet Guidebook
Is your family member or friend not sure where to head next? Lonely Planet books provide travel inspiration and guidance on a variety of countries and subjects. Before I travel somewhere, I’m always soaking up the details from a Lonely Planet book. It’s also great to read on the flight itself so you know exactly what you want to do when you land.
You know how I referenced SleepPhones as the best way to get a restful night’s sleep on the plane? Well, it wouldn’t be possible without a sleep mask to block out any unnecessary lights or sights. Be sure to choose a cotton sleep mask or something that’s comfortable to stay on your face for many hours at a time. It’s inexpensive gifts for travelers like these that are worth their weight in gold.
Looking to kill time on the plane but sick of the in-flight movies? A Kindle is such a fantastic investment. Even though I love the feel of paper books, it’s a pain to lug them around with you, especially if you plan on reading multiple books. That adds a lot of weight to your suitcase! A Kindle can store hundreds of books all in the palm of your hand.
Do you have time to kill at an airport? Perhaps you have a lengthy layover, your flight is delayed, or you’ve arrived really early? Lounge Buddy helps you find, book, and access lounges all over the world. By spending your time at an airport lounge, you can escape the chaos and relax in peace. An airport lounge pass would make a fantastic gift for your loved ones. You’ll give them a luxurious experience that they might not think to spend on themselves. At an airport lounge, they’ll have access to food, drinks, Wi-Fi, couches, and all sorts of treats. Or perhaps you should just go ahead and treat yo’self! Lounge Buddy has locations in over 200 airports, so you’ll be able to find one the next time you fly!
Nuun Hydration Tablets
Staying hydrated on flights is a difficult task. I find that I don’t drink that much because I don’t want to get up to go to the bathroom multiple times. At the same time, flying can severely dehydrate your body, especially if you drink caffeinated beverages. Nuun Hydration Tablets are the best solution to enjoy before, during, and after your flight. They contain electrolytes which will help you stay hydrated and feel much better.
These gifts for frequent flyers are perfect for the traveler in your life. Whether you’d like to provide your loved ones with more relaxing experiences on the plane, at the airport, or once they land, I am sure that they’ll love any or all of these gifts. I hope you enjoyed this gift guide for frequent travelers. Is there anything else you’d recommend that I missed?
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