I thought this post will fit perfectly at this time of the year, as its Valentines Day soon! Which means you must be looking for the perfect travel gifts for that traveller in your life. It could be your wife/husband, partner or just girl/boyfriend. Whoever it’s for, finding the perfect travel gift is not always easy.
Forget buying the unknown this Valentines or for a special occasion. Buy something that your favourite significant other globe-trotter will actually love to use whilst on the road.
Here are my top recommendations for the perfect travel gifts which have a serious case of wanderlust in their life. These ideas are sure to put a smile on their face!
The Perfect Travel Gifts For Everyone
Scratch Map Personalised World Map
Yannick bought me this gift last year, and it’s honestly one of the perfect gift ideas out there for travel lovers. It’s the perfect way to show off where you’ve been travelling while livening up your wall with a colourful world map. It’s also a great feeling every time you scratch off a new country! This particular personalised scratch map also includes facts about certain countries and cities, which is a fun feature to have.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Packing Cubes
Have you ever found yourself in a situation when your clothes are stuffed and creased in your backpack? Your shoes have dirtied them, or you’ve had to take out all your clothes to find one top you want? I have on so many occasions, until…I started using Eagle Creek Packing Cubes. It’s honestly made my life when on the road so much easier and more organised. You can use them for pretty much anything: clothes, shoes, makeup, electronics you name it. This is the perfect gift for any unorganised traveller or one who loves all their packing to be perfect!
iMuto Portable Charger
Every traveller these days has a smartphone, camera, laptop and other portable devices. There is nothing worse than running out of battery when you’re on the road, taking videos or photos or when you need to show important documents. I’ve been there an it isn’t pretty. The iMuto Portable Charger has a whopping 20000mAh, which can charge an iPhone up to 8 times in one go and a Macbook Pro twice, that’s impressive. It’s also compact and lightweight, meaning you can pop it in your daypack without worrying if your devices will run out.
The Amazon Kindle doesn’t need much of an introduction. It’s the perfect gift idea for a bookworm, or even those who like to read occasionally. Travellers like myself love the Kindle due to its small size, being lightweight and long battery life. My personal favourite is the “paperwhite” version. Which allows you to easily read in the dark, plus there’s no glare from the sun when reading on a beach. You can fit thousands of books on it — a library in your hands. Excellent for flights, long bus rides, or long connection times.
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
This is a great little thing to have on your travels! At only 5cm high and wide this Wireless Bluetooth Speaker can fit in your bag or pocket. It can play for up to 12 hours and from a distance of 15 metres. This speaker makes it easy to watch movies with other people on your laptop when travelling, throw an awesome hostel party, or play your favourite songs on the beach.
The Perfect Travel Gifts For Women
Happy Jackson Travel Wallet
Is my personal favourite travel wallet currently on the market. It’s so funky and fun! Keep all your travel essentials safe in this cool and colourful travel wallet with three individual compartments labelled: ‘lovely money’, ‘tickets & stuff’ and ‘passport etc.’. The Happy Jackson Travel Wallet has a glossy, red design with striped inside and gimmicky slogans. I absolutely love the quote: ‘Travel Stuff – note to self, foreign money is not pretend money’!
Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Camera
Shoot fun and action packed pictures and enjoy instant printed results. With a high-quality Fujinon lens in combination with the Instax Mini Film, high quality images are just an instant away. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera has a compact body design and comes complete with 10 shots. Accurate images are printed instantly using the integrated film. Takes vibrant and fun pictures with your friends whilst travelling.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
This compilation of the 500 most unmissable sights and attractions in the world has been ranked by Lonely Planet’s global community of travel experts, from well known sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal to lesser-known hidden gems around the world! Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist will be the only bucket-list you will ever need!
Hipiwe Waterproof Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag
I absolutely adore the Hipiwe waterproof hanging toiletry bag, I personally wouldn’t travel without it. It makes travelling a little less chaotic. It is durable and easy to organise what you need for your travels. With side-zip storage pockets it offers quick-and-easy access to your necessities. You can fit all your makeup, skincare, toiletries all in one bag, and can be tightly stored and zipped up in an instant, I LOVE it.
Travel Jewellery Box
Storing jewellery items when you travel can be a pain, they easily get tangled and lost. This cute little Vlando Travel Jewellery Box is perfect for your next adventure on the road. Keep all your jewellery in one safe and secure place. It has room for earrings, rings, necklaces, and even bracelets. A super simple and compact design.
The Perfect Travel Gifts For Men
Skyroam Mobile Hotspot
Give the gift of connection around the world! Having access to a global Wi-Fi hotspot (whether you may need it or not) is essential when travelling. Being able to load maps, guides, location, contact information can be important– but sharing that Instagram post can be just as important as well… The Skyroam is so easy to use– all you need is the hotspot, and you’re able to purchase day passes whenever you need them!
Travel & Camping Hammock
A hammock is a great gift to give your partner. String it up in the woods or on the beach to relax and enjoy the view. This Golden Eagle Hammock is extremely strong, lightweight, and easy to pack, perfect for people who don’t want to waste space in their travel bag. Designed to hold up to 600 lbs, you’ll always have a place to sleep.
BAOSHA Oversized Canvas Weekender Bag
This stylish Baosha oversized canvas weekender bag is perfect for any stylish male traveller. It also comes with detachable wide adjustable canvas strap that can be used as a shoulder bag. Never have to worry about checking in bags anymore, just pop it in the overhead locker and you’re good to go! It also comes with a 100% Lifetime Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee.
Worldwide Travel Adapter
This combination of a world wide travel adaptor and dual USB charging ports is all you’ll ever need to keep things charged, and it takes up very little space. The universal travel adapter plug will help keep you connected in over 150 countries all in one place, so you won’t have to worry about buying any adaptors on the road again!
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
A good set of tools is always useful when you travel, however it’s not realistic to pack a whole tool box. The Leatherman Wave is the next best thing. Perfect for any job, adventure, or everyday task. It includes 17 common tools, crammed into a simple compact package that can be opened and operated easily. Never be without a sharp knife, pliers, bottle opener, screwdriver, or scissors again!
The Perfect Travel Gifts For Photography Lovers
GoPro Hero 5 Black
Adventure and photography travellers love GoPro action cameras for good reasons. They’re small, waterproof, and easy to use. The new GoPro Hero 5 Black has a voice controller so you don’t have to mess around with buttons to shoot footage or take selfies. Just tell it what you want it to do from a distance! Waterproof up to 30 feet, the Hero 5 also includes digital stabilisation for smooth shots. It’s really a great little camera for biking, hiking, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, snowboarding, and much more.
SLR Camera Travel Tripod
Whether you want to take photos of yourself when traveling solo, or capture the magic of the northern lights, a tripod is a necessary tool. The Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod is small enough to take anywhere and strong enough to hold the largest of SLR cameras at any angle. It’s easily attached to different objects, so you can shoot photos from the side of a balcony or hanging off a tree. It will easily fit into your day back too.
Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
Without a doubt, photography lovers must invest in a platform like Lightroom. We use Lightroom for all our photo editing needs. It may be a little expensive but it is 100% worth it if you want beautiful, crisp and edited pictures. Lightroom includes a comprehensive set of advanced tools for tone, contrast, colour, noise reduction, and much more. If you want to take your photography skills to the next level, we suggest purchasing this!
Case Logic Backpack
I absolutely love Case Logic Backpack. It has straps on the side for your tripod, a compartment for your laptop, and it also suspends your camera so it has impact protection. This is what I use as my carry-on bag when I travel. I use the front pocket for my carry-on liquids and little extras and usually have 1-2 extra lens compartments for snacks and my other carry-on goodies. Perfect for all your photography and editing needs!
By far our favourite ‘selfie’ sticks when using our GoPro is the GoPole Evo. It’s fully waterproof, thus you can use it whilst snorkelling, diving or just swimming in the ocean/pool. It also floats so you won’t have to worry about it sinking! It extends to 24 inches, and shrinks to a small compact size so you can easily fit it into your daypack and backpack.
Well, that’s it for the perfect travel gifts for 2017 and Valentines Day. I hope you found some unique gift ideas for the special traveller in your life.
I actually use most of these things regularly on my travels around the world! If I don’t use some Yannick does. Happy Travels!
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Hi Emma and Yannick, thats a fantastic list of travel gifts. I like the jewelry box and the hipiwe toiletry bag, sadly I don’t have a boyfriend at present, so I’ll have to purchase them myself, lol. Noi
They’re all great gifts! I’ve personally bought some for myself too!
Packing cubes are a great gift! They’ve really helped me downsize and stay organized.
They are right! I got a set last Christmas and they’ve saved me so much stress when packing!
I love all of these gifts! I want all of them ahahaha! I love the packing cubes too. I’m dying for one of those fuji cameras I don’t think it’d work from Barbados though as I would have to order the film in.
They’re all awesome gifts! The Fuji camera is amazing, I love how you can take a picture and print it off immediately, pretty cool with friends!
Great list. I’m off to Nepal soon and may invest in the GoPole Evo selfie stick. I bought a cheapo one when I was last in Nepal and it broke half way through the trek. Never again. Thanks for sharing!
You should definitely invest in the Evo, I love it and its endured a lot of my travels and still looks as good as new!
Happy Travels in Nepal!
Great list. I was actually planning to get one of these for my husband. Thanks to your review, I now know which brand to go for
Which gift are you thinking of getting your husband, as there are many to choose from! 😛
I really like the idea of the scratch map, I just need a home so I have somewhere to put it. Am unsure I would use the packing cubes though, after 4 years of travelling, not sure I need them. The toiletries bag though I could use one of those 🙂
The scratch map is one of my favourite gifts I could give someone! It also looks really good hung up on the wall too!
Oh no you two have got me spending all my money hehe (but on myself), great ideas I think that I want nearly everything on your list! Great post 🙂
Hi LJ Legend!
Haha I guess that isn’t a bad thing! 😛
Such amazing ideas for Valentine’s Day… thanks for sharing! Ankur got me the GoPro and I am overjoyed. I guess I would love to have the jewellery kit too!
That’s an amazing gift for Valentines Day! Lucky and enjoy 🙂
These are all amazing gift suggestions for the traveler! I must admit, that hammock sounds awesome, and I would love to get one for traveling. AND packing cubes – omg yes! 100% these have been the best gift I have ever received because I use it all the time. That hanging toiletry bag looks super cool and would be really useful when traveling. I am stuck with a random number of small purses carrying different toiletries. Would be helpful to have it all in one spot that could easily be hung!
Thanks! It so hard to pick a favourite I wouldn’t say no to any of these gifts either!
Great ideas. So many items that would buy. Packing cubes, toiletries bag and tripod must look into getting
That’s a great list and definitely something every traveler would want to have…