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Useful Travel Gifts: The Best Gifts for Travel Lovers

Useful Travel Gifts

As a frequent traveler, I’ve curated this list of the top useful travel gifts for those world travelers in your life. I regularly use these unique travel gifts, so I can personally vouch for them. These are the perfect gifts for someone who travels, and most of them can also be used at home. Furthermore, even when you aren’t able to travel, several of these gifts for world travelers will bring the world to you when you’re at home.

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Scratch Notebook or Scratch Map

Justin gifted me a scratch map for Christmas one year and I love it. It’s a bit of an addiction to scratch off new countries after visiting.

There are scratch maps for your wall and even scratch notebooks now. You can track your travels and carry this notebook around with you. You’ll find the biggest and best variety of scratch maps here for all kinds of interests.

Hiking Pinback Buttons

This set of four hiking pinback buttons are perfect travel gifts for the hiking lover. Decorate your backpack, sweater, hat, and more with these cute badges. Plus, if you’re a hiker who lives in Ontario, Canada, you won’t want to miss all the shirts, sweaters, stickers and pins in the Ontario Hiking Shop.

Lonely Planet: Epic Hikes of the World

Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World is a book devoted to travelers who love to go hiking. It features 50 bucket list worthy hikes from 30 countries around the world. You’ll read stories about these amazing journeys and gaze at epic photos from the treks.

Waypoint Candles

Scents bring back so many memories. Even for those times where we can’t travel, we can evoke those travel memories with beautiful candles. Waypoint Candles will bring the aromas of Havana, Paris, and Denver right to your home.


Anker Portable Charger

The Anker PowerCore Slim is a traveler’s best friend. Has your phone ever died while you’re out and about? It can make for a total disaster when you’re on the road. You’ll lose access to your maps, communication in case of an emergency, tickets and and other data that’s stored digitally.

Stay connected with a source of backup power. It’s lightweight and compact, too!

Passport Cover and Luggage Tag Set

This is a super cute passport cover and luggage tag set that comes in a variety of colors and designs. They’re vegan faux leather and super durable for your upcoming adventures.

If you’re looking for birthday gifts for travelers, Christmas presents for travelers, or awesome travel gifts for any occasion, you can’t go wrong with a passport and luggage tag set.

Hand Knit Scarves and Hats

Did you know that I love to knit? I actually have my own online shop featuring all of my handmade knit hats, scarves, fingerless gloves, and more!

Everything is 100% vegan and handmade by yours truly. Stay warm and cozy this winter with these useful gifts for travelers.

Trtl Travel Pillow

This is the only travel pillow I swear by, whether it’s for flights or long road trips. The Trtl travel pillow keeps you comfortable on those long journeys, and I’m actually able to sleep while wearing it.

I can never fall asleep on an airplane, but it’s not a problem when I’m wearing the Trtl travel pillow. It’s one of the most unique travel gifts due to its design, and one of the most practical and useful travel gifts for its purpose.

Waypoint Travel Scarf

A travel scarf is one of the most versatile accessories you can own, and these travel scarves by Waypoint are the best ones around. They’re perfect to wear at home and abroad, and they’re ideal gifts for women who travel.

Made out of lightweight bamboo and cotton, they’re super stylish and functional. There is a secret storage pocket where you can stash your important belongings, like your passport, keys, and cash.


Grayl Purifying Water Bottle

This Grayl purifying water bottle is one of my favorite discoveries this year. It will filter ANY water from any source in eight seconds! It’s portable and you can bring it on any trips outdoors or abroad.

Filter murky river water or undrinkable tap water. This is one amazing product, and it tops my list of useful gifts for travelers. Plus, take a look at my top hiking gifts guide and scroll to the bottom: you can enter our giveaway to win a Grayl water bottle! (Limited time only).

Columbia Rain Jackets

Whether I’m headed out for a day hike or traveling the world, I never leave home without my rain jacket. It’s best to be safe! One of the best useful travel gifts is a waterproof rain jacket.

My top picks are the Columbia Acadia II rain jacket for women and the Columbia Mens Watertight rain jacket. A waterproof rain jacket is one of those perfect travel gifts that everyone always needs.

Shinesty Adult Onesie

Whether you’re staying at home or visiting a cozy cabin in the woods for the holiday, it’s important to stay warm and comfy. Shinesty has the most amazing adult onesies for him and her.

Justin and I now own matching onesies just in time for the holidays, and we’re really excited to open our gifts on Christmas morning sporting them.

Since many of us are hibernating these days, why not hibernate in total comfort? Makes a great gift for your loved ones…or yourself. I won’t tell!

Cabinzero Backpacks

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. I’ve traveled with mine by plane, train, and car. It’s been all over the place and still looks as good as new.

We own the Cabinzero 44L Military Green Backpack and the Cabinzero 44L Original Grey Backpack. You can also learn more in our full review of Cabinzero backpacks.

Cheeky Bikini Bathing Suits

The Cheeky Bikini has bikinis and swimsuits that are designed to flatter the curves of a woman. This is the small business of my best friend’s sister, and I’ve proudly sported these bathing suits at home and on many trips.

I love how her shop is body positive and features swimsuits for all bodies (because all bodies are bikini bodies!). It’s one of the best gifts for women who travel that you can bring around the world (and wear in your own backyard pool, too!).

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

What would the holidays be without an ugly Christmas sweater? To be completely honest, I don’t feel like these Montucky Cold Snacks Christmas Sweaters are ugly at all – they’re actually pretty awesome. You’ve gotta have at least one vibrant holiday sweater in your wardrobe, right!

The two of us actually own matching sweaters sporting this amazing design, and we’re thinking of even taking our annual Christmas photo wearing them this year. What do you think?

Browse the entire Shinesty’s Ugly Christmas Sweater collection to find your new faves to wear for the holidays!

MyHeritage DNA Kit

Curious about your ancestry? Want to give the gift of ancestry and tracing a family tree to your loved ones? The MyHeritage DNA Kit will help you discover your family story and learn more about your own heritage.

It’s one of the most useful travel gifts for anyone who wants to know more about themselves and their place in the world. It might even inspire future travels if you decide to visit these lands.


Lightweight Hiking Shoes

I’m officially in love with my Columbia Facet 15 hiking shoes! They’re super lightweight and won’t weigh much in your suitcase. They’re also water resistant and you can clean them really easily. Here is the same Columbia Facet 15 hiking shoes for men.

If you’re in the market for a pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, take a look at my hiking shoe guide over on Ontario Hiking (the sister blog to this one!).

Tinggly Gift Experiences

One of the best gifts for someone who travels is a unique travel experience. That’s where Tinggly Gift Boxes comes into play. The recipient can redeem one of these gift boxes towards one of hundreds of experiences worldwide.

We’ve used Tinggly gift boxes on an Amsterdam canal cocktail cruise in the Netherlands and a romantic gondola ride in Venice. The possibilities are endless. Even if you aren’t traveling far, I’m sure you could redeem a Tinggly gift experience somewhere close to home.

Cooking Classes for Worldwide Cuisine

Okay, so this is one that you can enjoy at home this year (which is a bit perfect if you ask me!). Veecoco offers vegan cooking classes that feature cuisine from all over the world. Renowned and experiences chefs will guide you through each culinary style. You’ll be preparing world class dishes at home in no time.

This is one of the most unique travel gifts and maybe one that gives back. They might cook you dinner sometime!

Kindle Paperwhite

I used to be one of those people who vowed only to read physical paper books. After investing in a Kindle Paperwhite, I realize just how wrong I was. It’s an amazing device that stores thousands of books that you can bring everywhere with you. It’s also really eco-friendly by saving so much paper.

GoPro Hero9 Black

The GoPro Hero9 Black is the latest and greatest GoPro action camera. We travel with ours all the time, but I also use it for local adventures, too. It’s waterproof, shoots 5K video, and you can even live stream from this device. It’s the most popular action camera for a reason. This is one of the top gifts for travel lovers.

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Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Great article in terms of travelling. Backpacks are really good thing for travelers.. must have thing at the time of traveling.

Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

Lots of good stuff! Going to have to check out the Kosan backpacks...seems to answer a lot of our recent wants, too. And scratch maps are always a win in our book! Thanks for the good ideas, and Merry Christmas, y'all!

Obligatory Traveler

Sunday 26th of November 2017

Great picks! I just got an embroidered passport cover this year and it is for sure one of my favorite things. That backpack you recommend is something I'll have to look into.

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