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70 Best Travel Gifts (2023 Shopping Guide!)

Last Updated on August 21, 2023 by

Looking for gift ideas for someone that loves to travel? We’ve put together a comprehensive list of 70 of the best travel gifts for the traveler in your life. We’ve done all the research, all you have to do is choose what gift works best for your loved one. In addition to the 70 best travel gifts, we’re also sharing affordable travel gifts, travel gifts for men/women/children, and creative ways to give the gift of travel. Enjoy!

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Best Travel Gifts

1. Apple Airpods Pro

This year we purchased Apple Airpods Pro, and they are definitely game changers. My favorite feature is the Active Noise Cancellation. Basically, there is a microphone that detects external noise and then counters that with anti-noise. I love using this feature at the airport and on public transportation. I also appreciate that the Airpods are much less bulky than carrying around noise canceling headphones. Finally, I like these because they are wireless. No more undoing tangles or getting the wires caught while trying to move around. I’m starting this list off with these because they are amazing.


2. Universal Travel Adapter with USB

One of the more stressful parts about travel is figuring how to use your electronics in different countries. There is a lot of variation in both the plug type and the amount of voltage. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brought an adapter only to discover it didn’t quite work. The beauty of a universal travel adapter is that it is designed to work in multiple types of plugs. The one listed here works in over 150 different countries. Problem solved!


3. Weekender Bag

This weekender bag has a strap so that it will sit on top of your luggage. This makes it really easy to take with you at the airport. There’s also a separate shoe compartment, so the rest of your items can stay clean. You can definitely be creative with how to best use the bottom compartment. Instead of shoes, you can put socks and clothes or extra snacks. I often use it to pack things separately for my daughter so I have everything she needs in one place. 


4. Photo Map of the United States

Fill this map with your own photos as you explore the United States. It’s a beautiful momento from past travels, and it’s a great way to motivate you to see all 50 states! Use their online photo maker to get your photos to fit each state.


5. International Scratch Off Map

After you come home from visiting a new country, you can scratch it off on this large world map. 


6. National Parks Scratch Off Print

If you plan on visiting multiple national parks, then this print is a beautiful way to display which parks you have visited. Just scratch off each park you have been to. 


7. Nice Camera

Taking photos is one of the best ways to capture a vacation. Although cell phone cameras have improved so much, there’s still nothing like a high-quality DSLR. 


8. GoPro

Putting together a movie of your vacation is a fun way to capture the experience and share it with others. GoPros also take great photos, and they can be submerged under water for up to 33 feet. If you are planning on snorkeling, for example, a GoPro will be able to capture everything you see beneath the waves.


9. High Quality Luggage

This luggage set has spinner wheels and hard sides. Having nice luggage can make such a big difference when traveling. If you don’t have a set you love, consider this one!


10. Packing Cubes

I didn’t use packing cubes until I had a baby, and they make such a big difference when traveling. I definitely wish I had used them years before! Packing cubes will keep everything organized in your luggage. You can find all of your socks in one place, swimsuits, shirts, etc. These are especially helpful when you are sharing a bag with someone else. (For example, I’ll put all the baby’s onesies in one cube and my things in another.) Packing cubes will also keep your hotel room from looking like a disaster while you are trying to find your things. 


11. Comfortable Daypack

When traveling, you’ll want to have a backpack that is lightweight and that you can wear either around the city or for day hikes. With this daypack, you could store a raincoat, snacks, and souvenirs. 


12. Travel Inspo

National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime features 225 bucket list places to visit. Browse through the pages and start planning your next trip. 


13. Large Backpack

Planning on backpacking through Europe? Want to plan for a multi-day hike? Osprey’s line of backpacks are high-quality and can store a lot. I went backpacking with my brother through Europe, and having a large backpack like this one was perfect for quickly and easily traveling. 


14. Travel Hair Dryer

When going on a long trip with multiple hotels or Airbnbs, you just can’t be sure if you’ll have access to a good hair dryer. (Or you might not want to use one that other guests have used.) This travel hair dryer is light and compact. It’s the one I take with me when I travel.


15. A Good Travel Book

Reading about travel is the next best thing to traveling itself. One of my favorite new books on travel is World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever. It came out this year and covers some of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite spots to visit.


16. Travel Document Organizer

Keep all of your travel documents in one place. Especially if you are traveling as a family and have multiple passports.


17. Quick Dry Towel

I always travel with a quick dry towel in my day bag. I have used it to sit on the beach or if I need a clean place to sit on the ground. I’ve used it in torrential down pours, and I’ve used one when hostels didn’t include bath towels. This towel packs up super small and is easy to bring with you.


18. First Aid Kit

Make sure you do not leave home without a first aid kit. Whether you get a blister or a more serious injury, you’ll want to make sure you are safe and prepared. 


19. Lifestraw Filtered Water Bottle

Getting sick on vacation sucks. If you’re planning on traveling internationally, a filtered water bottle can help keep your drinking water safe. The water bottle removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and waterborne protozoan parasites. 


20. Neck Pillow

A comfortable neck pillow can make even the longest flights bearable. The cheap ones often don’t work very well, so you’ll want to get a nicer one. 


21. Laptop Backpack

This backpack is perfect for traveling. This backpack is waterproof and has 20 pockets. It’s durable and can be used as a personal item for most flights.


22. Folds Flat Backpack

If you’re not sure if you’ll need a backpack (or just want one for when you land), you should consider the Tumi Voyageur Just In Case backpack. It folds up completely flat, so it’s easy to pack into luggage. If you find yourself in a situation where you bought a lot of things while on vacation, you’ll have an extra backpack to take more home with you. 


23. International Snacks Box

One of the best parts about traveling is trying new foods. With this snack box, you can try snacks from around the world. 


24. Any Rick Steves Book

Rick Steves has guidebooks for many countries in Europe, which are excellent to read as you prepare for a trip. He also recently came out with a book all about his favorite places and stories. Any travel lover will surely enjoy it!


25. Mesh Pouches

These mesh pouches take up hardly any room in your luggage, yet they make it so much more organized. We use the large ones for dirty laundry, and the smaller ones for cosmetics, souvenirs, and office supplies. 


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26. Portable Phone Charger

We use our phone while traveling for directions, phone calls, and for taking photos. Having your phone run out of battery can be a major bummer. This portable charger will make sure that you can charge your phone even while you’re on the go. 


27. Waterproof Phone Case

If you plan at being at the beach, kayaking, or boating, you’ll want to make sure that you have a waterproof phone case to protect your phone or anything else you want to stay dry. 


28. Shampoo Bar

You won’t have to worry about TSA liquids when you travel with a shampoo bar. They’re also more environmentally friendly because they don’t need a plastic bottle. 


29. Cocktail Kit

The cocktail kits by the Cocktail Box Co. include everything you need to make a craft cocktail except for the alcohol. They are TSA friendly. All you need to do is order the alcohol you want on your flight and you can use this kit to make your own cocktail on the go.


30. Homesick Candle

Order a scented candle from your favorite city or country. The Homesick line has tons of different cities, states, and countries to choose from. 


31. Moleskine Journal

I brought these small journals with me to India and to Europe. I used them to jot down notes, travel memories, and reflections. Today, I love looking back on those moments. There’s something so much better about having them in a book instead of on a digital file. 


32. Selfie Stick

Perfect for solo travel (you won’t have to ask someone to take your photo). It’s also great for groups, because you’ll be able to get the whole family in the photo. This selfie stick also comes with a tripod and a remote. 


33. Headphone Splitter

You and your loved one will be able to listen to music or audio from the same device. 


34. Luggage Tags

Easily spot your luggage with these colorful luggage tags. 


35. Sleep Mask

A good sleep mask is essential for sleeping on the go. This one is molded to better block out the light. 


36. Collapsable Mug

This mug collapses flat so it’s easy to pack in your purse or backpack. It’s an environmentally friendly way to drink tea, coffee, and other beverages. 


37. Portable Luggage Scale

If your luggage is too heavy, you’ll probably face an additional charge from your airline. But once you’re at the airport, it’s such a hassle to try to re-arrange luggage. This portable luggage scale will let you estimate your luggage’s weight ahead of time. 


38. Facial Mask

Fight jet lag with a purifying facial mask. This skincare set will help you protect your skin. 


39. Travel-Sized Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of the most important things to bring on vacation, and yet it’s easily left behind if it’s not the right size for flying. This travel-sized kit is perfect to throw in your luggage before your trip. 


40. Travel Toothbrush and Toothpaste 

This is definitely a travel essential. Grab an extra one just in case you forget one at the hotel.


41. Ponchos

Don’t be caught in the rain unprepared. These ponchos will come in handy for unforeseen downpours and for theme parks. 


Travel Gifts for Women

42. Travel Pants

Whether you or traveling or hiking, these pants are perfect because they repel moisture and don’t show many wrinkles. They are lightweight and very packable. They roll up easily into capris and they are UPF 50. 


43. Infinity Scarf with Hidden Pockets

It’s always nice to travel with a comfortable scarf to keep you warm, but the benefit of this one is that it contains a hidden pocket. You can store your passport and money within the zippered pocket and keep it away from thieves. 


44. Travel Wallet

This travel wallet is RFID blocking and will fit your passport and credit cards. It also comes with a wrist strap or a shoulder strap, so you can choose what’s best for your travel day.


45. Jewelry Organizer

This case will organize your necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. The best part is that it has a section that will keep your necklaces from getting tangled. 


46. Toiletry Bag

This bag will keep all of your makeup and toiletries secure and organized. 


47. Packable Rain Jacket

This rain jacket packs up super small so you can pack it in your purse or day bag. You’ll always be prepared for the weather when you have this convenient rain jacket with you. 


48. Comfortable Walking Shoes

My go-to shoe for walking and running is from Brooks. These are super comfortable for spending all day walking around a city or a theme park. 


49. Comfortable Sandals

Whenever I travel, I pack my Tevas. They are so comfortable and perfect for warmer climates. 


50. Base Layer

If traveling during the colder months, pack a couple of long-sleeved base layers. This one helps retain body heat, wicks away moisture, and is very comfortable. 



51. Washable Ballet Flats

These shoes are amazing because they are machine washable. After a trip or even while you’re on the road, you’ll be easily able to clean your shoes and look sharp. I think this might be my favorite find!


Travel Gifts for Men

52. Travel Shirt with Hidden Pockets

This travel shirt has seven hidden pockets and is lightweight. The shirt is designed so that pockets won’t bulge when you put your things in them.


53. Packable Rain Jacket

This rain jacket will pack down small so you can easily throw it in a daypack. You’ll have it ready just when you need it. 


54. RFID Blocking Wallet

Keep your credit card information safe with this RFID blocking wallet. This wallet is slim and it has an integrated money clip.


55. Toiletry Bag

This bag will keep all your toiletries organized. It also has a zippered inside pocket.


56. Travel Pants

These pants are ideal for hiking, traveling, and outdoor recreation. Many of their pants are lightweight, water-repellant, and have sun protection. We love the KÜHL brand, and you can read our full review of some of their products here

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57. Base Layer

When traveling to cooler climates, you’ll want to layer up. This base layer will retain heat and wick away moisture. 


58. Shoes Made for the Outdoors

These shoes are a lightweight sneaker that is designed to get wet. They can be used in humid climates with frequent rainfall, while kayaking, or while boating. 


59. Travel Kit

This 15 piece kit comes assembled with all the toiletries you need.


Travel Essentials for Babies and Children

60. Inflatable Toddler Bed

This inflatable bed has a safety wall to help keep your child secure. The inner mattress is also removable for easy cleaning. 


61. Portable Crib

We were gifted this Phil&Teds Travel Crib and it has been one of our favorite baby travel items. It’s super lightweight (weighs less than 8 pounds), and we were able to fit it in our checked luggage.


62. Doona Carseat/Stroller

The Doona Carseat/Stroller combo is perfect for young babies. It’s the only carseat that has retractable wheels so it can also double as a stroller. Instead of bringing two bulky items, we only needed to bring this one. It’s also very convenient for when baby falls asleep in the car (or on the plane). Instead of waking them up to take them out, you transition to stroller mode and just keep traveling. We think it was worth every penny!


63. Snoozeshade

The Snoozeshade will help with sleep because it keeps the crib nice and dark. It easily fits over a pack’n’play. We have stayed in a number of hotel rooms that didn’t have good window coverings, and we were so grateful we brought the Snoozeshade. (We were gifted the Snoozeshade and we have used it on multiple trips!)


64. Stroller Shade

Naps on the go are a breeze when you place this shade over the stroller. The fabric is breathable, but it will keep the stroller dark and distraction-free. (We were gifted this stroller shade by Snoozeshade and we found it super helpful for visiting the national parks!)


65. White Noise Machine

Everyone will sleep better with a white noise machine. We like this one because it is small and compact for travel. We’ve used this one for about two years, and it’s still going strong!


66. Car Seat Lap Tray

This tray fits over your child’s car seat and gives them a work station on the go. I wish we would have had this for our three week road trip!


How to Give the Gift of Travel

So you have the wonderful idea of gifting someone a trip, but now the question is, how do you present it to them? We share a few creative ways to give your loved one the surprise of a lifetime.



67. Create an Explosion Box

When your loved one opens this box, a bunch of photos will fall open. You get to choose the photos, so you could include photos of the location you plan on taking them to visit.  


68. Ornament

If it’s during Christmas time, you can choose an ornament specific to that location and attach a note to it saying that their gift is a trip to that place. They’ll also have the ornament to keep forever to remember the sweet gesture year after year. 


69. Gift Box

Put together a gift box or bag and fill it with things characteristic of that region, or fill it with things they’ll need to have when they get there. For example, you could fill a beach bag up with beach essentials for a trip to Hawaii. 


70. Don’t Tell Them Where

Give them a piece of luggage and tell them what they will need to pack for the trip. Just don’t tell them where you will be going! The anticipation will be as fun as the trip itself.  


We hope that you were able to find one or two things from this list of travel gifts that will work for you!

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After studying abroad in Spain, I became passionate about international travel. Since then, I’ve traveled to 6 continents and 36 states within the United States. When I’m not travel blogging, you can find me hiking, reading books in Spanish, or playing cribbage. I hope my blog inspires you to see the world!

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