11 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Travel Enthusiast
With the holiday season upon us and many people left scratching their heads for gift inspiration, we thought we’d help out our readers by sharing some great gift ideas for the travel enthusiast.
In no particular order, below are our recommendations for inexpensive travel related gift ideas.
1. Backpack Travel Cover
The perfect protection for your backpack when you’re in transit. The backpack travel cover is lightweight and easy to store. Simply drop your backpack into the protective duffle bag cover and lock it up. We recommend the Osprey Airporter LZ Duffle.
What we liked most about the cover is that there’s only one entry point, preventing thieves from rummaging through the many pockets and compartments of our backpacks. Not only are your buckles, straps and pockets protected from damage and theft, the extra space allows you to store loose items like shoes, jackets and dirty laundry.
2. Dial Lock and Cable
Every tourist should carry a dial lock and cable while traveling because every city and country has thieves looking for an opportunity, so be prepared and protect yourself (your travel insurance can only do so much!). When waiting at airports, train stations or bus terminals, we always lock our backpacks and carry-on bags together.
We use the Eagle Creek TSA 3 Dial Lock and Cable
3. All-Purpose Travel Blanket
Perfect for dirty hostel beds and freezing cold bus trips that never end, the all-purpose travel blanket might be the most frequently used item in your travel bag.
Even in hot climates, this versatile travel companion will be your best friend. We took many overnight buses in Asia and South America that blasted air conditioning to the point of ridiculousness, so we were thankful to have something to keep us warm. It also comes in handy when you’re sleeping in budget accommodations that provide suspicious linen.
4. Kindle Tablet
The slick Kindle Fire tablet has quickly become the popular kid in the school yard, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want thousands of books, blogs and magazines at their fingertips?
For the travel enthusiast, the Kindle offers endless reading material without taking up precious space in your luggage or backpack. Load up your favourite novel for those long flights and add your destination’s travel guide so that you get the most out of your adventure.
5. Universal Travel Plug Adapter
Picture this. You’re wandering the backstreets of Jaipur, India and your camera runs out of battery juice. You’ve got your battery charger handy, but it’s not compatible with India’s power outlets. What do you do?!
You can avoid this common problem by carrying a portable travel plug adapter that works virtually anywhere in the world. We use the Kensington 33117 International All-in-One Travel Plug Adapter and never travel without it.
6. Underwater Digital Camera
If you’re traveling to tropical climates and plan to do some snorkeling and scuba diving, we recommend getting yourself an underwater camera. Even if you don’t actually use the camera for underwater activities, it comes in handy when you’re on a boat or lounging on a sandy beach and don’t want to risk damaging your expensive DSLR.
7. Portable External Hard Drive
It’s amazing how quickly memory cards fill up when you’re traveling. Throw in some HD video and you’re likely to run out of memory in the first couple hours!
We like to take lots of photos and video when we travel so we always bring a portable external hard drive with us. We also like to back-up our music, movies and copies of our travel documents and annual travel insurance details.
8. Extra Memory Cards
We like to take lots of pictures and video when we travel, so we can only assume that we are not alone. It doesn’t take much to fill up a 32 GB memory card these days so it’s important to have multiple memory cards. It’s also a good idea to download your photos and video to an external hard drive so you don’t lose everything if you get robbed or damage your electronics.
You can never have too many memory cards – and they make for great stocking stuffers!
9. Gorilla Tripod
If you’re shopping for a travel enthusiast that loves photography then a Gorillapod Flexible Tripod is the perfect gift, especially for solo travelers that need to use the self timer features. It’s lightweight, durable, compatible with most digital cameras and is easy to use. The adjustable legs bend so you can easily capture that postcard picture or master the art of long exposure photography.
10. Dry Sack Variety Pack
Dry sacks are the perfect travel companion, no matter where your journey takes you. Whether you’re in search of white water rapids, alpine hikes or fresh powder snowboarding, dry sacks protect your important items and electronics from water damage. They’re also useful for storing food when camping and they make for a great dirty laundry bag.
11. Travel Guide Books
We like being able to get information and maps while riding on an overnight bus or sitting on a sandy beach. When we travel to a region like Southeast Asia we like to have the regional guide book that includes multiple countries.
Do you have more gift ideas for the travel enthusiast?
Share your picks in the comments section below, links to specific gifts are welcome!