Christmas may be over but birthdays are forever! Maybe you’re scratching your head thinking ‘what the hell do I get my friend/sister/brother that loves to travel and doesn’t want to carry around loads of useless gifts’? I have the best suggestions for you! The answer is something that they can use during their travels that will make a difference or their life easier somehow. Here are some gift ideas for your travelling friends or family members.
This is possibly the coolest invention I have ever seen. This gift is called a scratch pad and is perfect for your travelling friend or family member. Basically, once you have visited a country or region you get to scratch the map and underneath is a colourful backdrop so you can see where in the world you have been. It’s such a beautiful gift and if they love to travel they are guaranteed to love this.
If they are looking for a decent camera that is hardy and small to carry, then GoPro is the one you should be looking to buy them. The GoPro is an action cam that can record video and photos. The reason why I love my GoPro so much is because it’s hardy, waterproof and small. The quality is outstanding for a device that is so small. It really is an all-rounder camera and video recorder which is also very reasonably priced so I highly recommend this gift if you want to go all out and spoil your travelling friend.
This gift has ‘practical’ written all over it! Everyone knows phone batteries suck these days, so when you’re travelling you should have a power bank so you can keep in touch with your family and friends. I have been to many hostels that have either had one plug or none at all! Remember the world is sometimes not a technically advanced as you may think. It’s also handy to take with you on day trips. If I am using data or Wi-Fi throughout the day my phone always dies so I always make sure I keep a power bank as a backup. Having a solar powered one is not only friendly on the environment, but also if you can’t u electricity to power it up you don’t have to worry so this is the perfect gift idea for travellers.
Everything requires a USB port these days! Camera chargers, phones, tablets, power banks… it all needs a USB port so this is a great gift idea if you’re travelling friend or family member carries a lot of electrical equipment with me. It’s a very handy piece of equipment and doesn’t require too much room in the luggage!
Travel bottles are fantastic to make sure you don’t take an entire bathroom sink with you. I find them great because I don’t have to think about carrying a million different sized bottles such as shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser. It also limits me so I don’t take a whole heap of stuff I never need. Being 100ml they are fine to take in your hand luggage and it’s just the right amount to keep you going for the trip. Plus, how cool do they look?!
If you are really stuck on what to get them, then why not a gift card for AirBnB. AirBnB is a website where you can rent people’s apartments, houses or just one of their rooms. It’s used by millions of people every year and is a fantastic alternative to a hotel because it’s usually a lot cheaper and you get the comforts of a house so you can cook your own food etc.
Travel cubes are a traveller’s best friend. It helps you keep organised in that suitcase of yours. It’s a practical gift, especially if you’re a backpacker because this can separate your clothes so it’s easy to get stuff in and out of your backpack without going through and chucking your entire backpack’s contents all over the floor.
Shoe bags are a fantastic idea to stop your luggage getting dirty by your worn sneakers or muddy boots. I really wished I had one of these when I travelled through India because all my stuff got so dirty and dusty because I didn’t have a separate little bag for my shoes. This is a great little gift that’s affordable and practical at the same time.
We all need a toiletry bag when travelling, but a hanging one makes it 10x more practical especially if you’re a backpacker. If you’re travelling friend is going to be staying in hostels this is perfect because you can just hang it up when having a shower and not get it dirty and wet.
This is a super fun gift, a hammock! It’s light, practical and perfect if you’re hiking or going to the beach. You can also sleep in it, it’s a great tent alternative if you’re travelling to a warm place. I think this is such a fun gift to give, you may even keep it for yourself!
After seeing Anna’s (from the travel blog Anna Everywhere) Instagram page I am now convinced that travelling with a giant inflatable swan should be compulsory. It may not be entirely practical, but it doesn’t take that much room as it’s inflatable, plus it’s fun and your travelling friend or family member will have the coolest photos!
Don’t all these gifts look amazing? I think I am going to have to buy some of these for myself. These gifts are perfect for Christmas, birthdays or even a good luck present when they hit the road. Tell me which one is your favourite. If you have any other useful gift suggestions I would love to hear them too!
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