The holiday season is approaching fast, and you may be in need of some gift ideas for the travelers in the family. We have got you covered with our Ultimate Travel Gift Guide. Liz and I have been traveling for years (all types of travel) and these products have helped us tremendously. No matter if you know someone who has been traveling for long period of time, or if they are just taking a short week-long vacation, these travel gifts will ensure they enjoy their vacation that much more. So here it is, our Ultimate Travel Gift Guide for all different types of travelers (including those four-legged furry travelers too).
When I’m on a long trip, I really enjoy having a soft and comfy blanket to snuggle into and help me sleep. But let’s admit, those airline blankets are definitely not the most soft or comfy (and is it me…but there is always static electricity that shocks me when I use those!). So that’s why this soft travel pillow that converts into a blanket is so great. It doesn’t take up much space and is SO much more comfortable to use!
One of the things Liz loves to do when we are en route on a trip (especially an overnight flight) is to make her own little “zen” space where she can zone out and relax…and sleep! It used to be a bit more of a production to get all settled in but now, this sleep mask with built-in Bluetooth headphones makes it a breeze!!! Just slip this soft and comfy mask on, turn on some tunes and doze off. Great for side-sleepers!
Regardless if you are traveling on planes, trains, and even automobiles, a neck pillow comes in handy all the time. This one comes with a nice carrying case that makes it easy to stow away when you are not using it, but also easy to bring with you in your carry on bag.
If you know someone who really likes to get comfortable and sleep with their neck pillow, then they might also love one that has a soft and comfy hood attached to it. It’s a great way to keep yourself warm and also help reduce distractions if you are trying to sleep by blocking things out around you and even blocking a draft of air that might disturb you from a neighbor! Plus, the soft material is really cuddly and just wraps you up in comfort.
Especially when you are on a long flight, there is really nothing better than being able to put your feet up – even just a little bit. It takes the pressure off your knees and helps keep the blood flowing so much better. This inflatable travel footrest is a great option because it is compact for storage and it’s adjustable for different heights.
The point of trip is to get some time to relax. And one of the things Liz really enjoys (especially if we are staying in a nice hotel or if I’m on a business trip) is being able to relax and unwind in our hotel room. And one of the ways she can set the mood for relaxation is by having some aromatherapy candles to add ambiance and fill the room with a relaxing smell. Plus, it’s nice to have a comforting and familiar smell when you are staying in different places. I have to admit, it does make the room feel more comfortable and inviting. She really likes these travel tins because they are so compact, and they are quite pretty to look at. Plus, they smell so good!
Organizers & Bag Aficionados (like myself)
I have a thing for bags, as well as little bag-type organizers like this! I can’t stand having cords and accessories to our electronics just lying around or randomly placed. that’s why this accessories pouch is awesome! It helps us stay so organized and keep everything together in one place. I promise, you’ll love it even more than you think!
Even though I’m the bag-obsessed one over here, one pet peeve of Liz’s is packing jewelry. She just cannot stand having all her jewelry strewn about — but especially her necklaces! She likes to wear long ones and they tend to get all twisted up in knots and damaged when we travel if they aren’t stored properly. This is a fantastic case that can easily organize all types of jewelry and keep them safe and protected.
One of the greatest inventions for travelers ever created are packing cubes. Yes packing cubes. We absolutely love our packing cubes. They help us separate our clothes and, more importantly, save space in our backpack or your suitcase. We weren’t believers until we had a set – now we think they are the greatest!
When you are traveling it can be a pain to keep your laundry separate from your clean clothes, especially if you on the move regularly. I always hated using plastic bags for this, so a collapsible laundry bag is a must. It really helps keep everything separate and it’s washable too. Plus, it folds up super small when you aren’t using it.
Speaking of laundry, it’s such a pain to wash when you are traveling! And it can be expensive at hotels. I don’t actually mind doing my own washing, but doing a lot of it in the sink in a hotel room takes time and more energy than I wish to spend on a chore while I’m on vacation! Which is why this is such a cool idea!!! This bag has a sort of “washboard” inside it and so you just pop in your clothes, some water and detergent – seal it up and just massage it! You can roll it on the ground, all around so easily and it washes your clothes in minutes with far less energy. It’s pretty awesome actually. Great not just for traveling and staying in hotels, but for camping and RVing too!
This is a great travel gift for women. Not only is it cool and fashionable, this scarf actually has a hidden zipper pocket to place your valuables in it. Instead of wearing a fanny pack, you can actually look fashionable while keeping your valuables safe while you travel.
Out of all the things we use during our travels, I think we use our Mountainsmith Scream 25 backpack the most. This multi-functional backpack packs down for easy travel and unfolds to use right away. We have used our Scream 25 for beach trips, hiking trips, and even just going to the grocery store. This is an outstanding bag that we are so happy to have for our travels.
Dry bags make for a great gift to give those traveling to the beach, or who plan on going to explore waterfalls and caves. Dry bags are made to keep all your important items dry while also being easy to carry. We’re surprised by just how often we use ours – even if it’s just a stormy day and we want to go out and about. We never have to worry about our valuables getting soaked.
This makes for the perfect organizational travel handbag because it can be used for so many things. Primarily used for cosmetics or jewelry, it can also be used for organizing electronics and all of the wires that come with devices. We are big fans of having our electronic wires & accessories organized like this! This is a great gift to give for the frequent traveler in the family.
I love my Sea to Summit Travel Wallet. This is a durable wallet that also helps prevent possible credit card scanning. The wallet comes in 3 sizes. The medium and large size is great for women to use, or to hold a passport. This wallet is weather proof as well, which makes it one of the best travel wallets on the market today.
Tech & Gadget-Lovers
When you are traveling, one item that is so vital is your smartphone. So you need to make sure that your smart phone is protected. Not only does it protect your phone, but another great feature of the LifeProof case is that it is waterproof and can be used in the water! This way you can remember your trip even more by taking pictures of your water activities while you are on vacation, or not worry about the rain.
Having extra outlets while traveling is so helpful. I cannot tell you how much we use our travel power strip. Depending on where you are traveling, there may be only a few outlets to use. This is especially true when you are traveling in another country and need a travel adapter – because many of us only carry one adapter. So this is where this travel power strip really comes in handy. You can use your Travel Adapter to plug into the wall, then use your travel power strip to charge all of your items at the same time! This is one item we will never travel without.
A power bank makes for a great travel gift because sometimes you can go long periods of time without being able to charge your devices. This way, while people are out sightseeing they will have a backup in case their phone dies, or many other electronics. This is a great travel item that people don’t realize they need until they miss out on documenting their vacation. Don’t let that happen! Oh, and we love this one particularly because it’s one of the thinnest and lightest out there – which is great for carrying around.
GoPro is one of the most functional cameras on the market, and they are really great for all kinds of travel. Whether it is recording your family vacation at the beach, the kids playing in the pool, or if travelers want to get some action shots jumping out of an airplane. This is a great gift for all types of travelers. We have had many GoPros over the years, as we regularly upgrade to the newer versions because they are just such great cameras to have!
This is a cool new device to help someone get through the long hours of travel by boosting your memory on their phone or iPad. Love this item. It makes it easy to increase the storage capacity on your phone and save items, such as photos, or have access to other larger files without taking up space on your phone.
Sometimes when traveling, you may run into some noises that just drive you crazy. Something like a screaming kid sitting behind you on a flight (not too many things in this world are worse than that). But if you are able to have some noise cancelling headphones, then you have nothing to worry about. This makes for a great gift for all types of travelers to help relax and enjoy your travels more. The foldable versions are much easier to pack and take with you too!
For Pets Who Travel Too!
If you love traveling with your pet (like we do) or know someone who does, they’ll love this organizer! Keep everything together with this complete travel set for dogs. From food and water dishes, brushes, waste-bags, toys and so much more. It’s so easy not just for when you are on the go, but just even getting packed and knowing you have everything you need.
If you like to keep things simple but are looking for a great travel dog bowl for food and water, here’s a great collapsible one that we love. It saves so much space and we like the clip feature to hook it to other bags, etc.
Don’t underestimate the power of a great dog car seat cover! It was one of the first things we bought after we got our dog because we love road trips – and it paid off on the first trip when our 5-month old Labrador rescue got car sick and puked in the back seat! It made it so much easier just to pull out the cover, rinse it off with some water and put it back in to finish the trip. Plus, being able to keep everything clean from dog hair, mud, sand, etc. is a breeze now!
Great for if you are walking or going on a hike, or just doing some traveling and want to have an easy way to have water on hand for your pup. These really are super handy! No need to set up a bowl (even a collapsible one) then clean up after. Just squeeze some water into the tray attached to this bottle, let them have a drink then move on. So easy!
If you are traveling with a dog (or even a cat) and need an easy way to keep them secure and comfortable, then you might consider a soft-sided collapsible pen like this one. Easy to pack and easy to set up, this can help keep your furry-friend safe when you are on a trip.
As travelers, we know firsthand just how valuable these types of travel accessories and gadgets can be. They really can make our travels easier and more enjoyable. So if you are a traveler or are shopping for a traveler in your life, there’s no doubt they will love any of these thoughtful travel gifts! So we hope this travel gift guide has helped give you some ideas for great gifts for the travelers in your life.
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