crossing5oceans.com | Published November 18th, 2021 | Updated November 18th, 2021
Deciding on a gift for a traveller can be a daunting task. After all, you need to find items that are reliable, compact, useful, and easy to tote around. Fret not! With a decade of serious solo travel behind me, I've created a list of items that any jet setter would be happy to receive. From budget to extravagant, check out these incredible gift ideas for that favourite traveller in your life.
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BUDGET TO MIDRANGE
Budget to Midrange Items
1. PACKING CUBES
Any avid traveller will probably tell you they would have difficulty functioning without these handy sidekicks. Packing cubes allow you to organize your items any way you choose. For example, you may pack all sleepwear in one and all dresses in another. Maybe you'd rather organize by outfits, but the genius is that you don't need to dig throughout your luggage, upending everything to find what you need.
2. COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOTTLE
I didn't know I needed a collapsible water bottle until I used one. When you travel, you need to be efficient with your space, and this handy bottle rolls up when not in use, taking up less room in your luggage.
3. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PLUG ADAPTER
With multiple plug configurations from different countries worldwide, travellers need to make sure that when they reach their destination, they can charge their devices. The adapter available here has 3 USB port and 1 USB-C port, plus surge protection and works in virtually every country worldwide.
4. LIFESTRAW FILTERED WATER BOTTLE
If you have campers or any outdoor adventurers in your life, this is a brilliant gift! The "straw" makes contaminated water safe to drink. It can be used to drink directly from streams or lakes without worrying about bacteria and parasites.
5. POWER BANK
With our phones and other devices becoming such a huge part of our lives, we're making them work overtime. When travelling with these devices, we rely on them to keep in touch with home, find directions, take photos, videos, and more, which can substantially zap their battery life. By taking a power bank on the go, your favourite traveller can charge their electronics with ease.
6. TRAVEL JEWELRY BOX
Keeping your favourite pieces untangled and organized while away from home can be challenging, but a soft-side jewelry box is a great solution. The one available here has a detachable divider that can be configured to fit the pieces you're packing.
7. RFID BLOCKING PASSPORT HOLDER
While not a necessity for travelling, a leather passport holder is an excellent way to keep a traveller's passport and other important documents organized. It's a bonus if it has RFID protection like the one pictured here.
8. TRAVEL JOURNAL
The options for journals are limitless. You don't need to find a journal that caters explicitly to travel but bonus points if you do. A journal allows travellers to jot notes about their experiences, make notes about their photography locations and settings, record notes they may receive regarding trip information and more.
9. SECURITY DOOR STOP ALARM
While we don't want to think the unthinkable while we are away on a dream trip, it's better to be safe than sorry, especially for travel to countries that may have higher rates of crime. This alarm is placed under the door, and if anyone tries to push it open, a loud alarm will sound. It's powered by one 9-volt battery.
10. CREATE YOUR OWN GIFT BASKET
What about putting together a gift basket and filling it with items you know your traveller uses? Ideas include their favourite toiletries in travel sizes, sunscreen, dry shampoo, silk eye mask, silk pillowcase, a collapsible water bottle and any other small item that may benefit them on their journey.
11. COMPRESSION SOCKS
Compression socks are an excellent option for air travel when people are at higher risk for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) from poor circulation—wearing the socks while in the air will help to improve blood flow while at the same time reducing pain and swelling.
1. NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
There are many brands on the market, but top-of-the-line ratings belong to Bose, Sony, and Bowers & Wilkins, to name a few. Make sure you know the difference between noise cancelling and noise isolating. Without getting too technical, noise-cancelling will cut out all outside noise around you which is an excellent treat on a plane. Noise-isolating headphones still let in random outside noise. A note for solo travellers: Noise-cancelling headphones may not be a wise choice if they intend on wearing them outside while walking or hiking alone.
2. PUSH PIN TRAVEL MAP
What better way for a jet setter to visualize their travels? Pinnable maps can be customized with pins representing the countries or cities travelled to. Many of them can also have a family crest or name added to it. The size of the map and the add-ons, including framing, can take a map from under $100 to quite a few hundred dollars.
3. MOVA GLOBES
This is a conversation piece and a calming wonderment to watch. Mova globes rotate on their own when it's exposed to natural or artificial light. There are no wires, batteries, or need to charge. You can choose from planets, globes, artwork or sports themes.
4. CAMERA TRIPOD
Not all tripods are created equal hence the huge difference in expense. If you have a traveller in your life that is looking for a good quality tripod, it needs to not only have excellent stability and a good ball head for easy setup, but it also needs to be lightweight (made of aluminum) to make toting it around less cumbersome.
5. PRIORITY PASS MEMBERSHIP
Getting spoiled during a long travel day is a treat, and a Priority Pass Membership can do just that. The Pass allows members to enjoy over 1300 VIP airport lounges worldwide. Depending on the lounge, there are refreshments and snacks, as well as many other amenities such as theatres, spas, showers and sleeping areas (which will often incur up-charges).
6. WIFI HOT SPOT
With ever-increasing advances in technology, it was only a matter of time before a wifi network became portable and could be used on the go. While this has been around for a few years, the technology and reliability seem to be improving. The recommended Hot Spot to purchase is the GlocalMe DuoTurbo 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot.
The options for luggage are endless, and the cost can fluctuate dramatically depending on the brand and the type you're looking to purchase for the traveller in your life. Today's suitcases range from very basic to those with GPS tracking and wireless charging ports for your devices.
GoPro's are an excellent way for travellers to record their experiences from their point of view. Whether you are underwater, skydiving, riding a bike, hiking, or anything else you can think of, the GoPro will record all the action with a small but impressive wide-angle lens.
To get a bird's eye view of a traveller's experience, there is no better way to capture it than flying it over a landscape. While drones have several sizes and capabilities today, one of the best-selling is the DJI Mavic Pro. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly drone, but one with excellent quality, try the DJI Mini.