15 Perfect Gifts for World Travelers

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The most difficult thing about buying gifts is knowing what the recipient might actually like as a gift. You want it to be meaningful and show that you care what their hobbies and interest are, but sometimes that’s just not so easy.

I can’t help you with what to get everyone on your list, but I can definitely help you find the perfect gift for the world traveler in your life.

I can pretty much guarantee that anyone who loves traveling will love these gifts for world travelers, whether they’ve been on the go for 20 years or are just setting out on their first backpacking trip around Europe.

Everyone needs a great travel backpack and a Kindle to streamline their packing and entertainment needs. And if those items don’t fit the bill, travelers love showing off their trips, so picture frames and that awesome scratch off map will definitely make them smile.

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Scratch Off Map of the WorldLearn More

I’ve always loved these scratch-off maps. For a traveler, there’s nothing more exciting than visiting a new country, but being able to scratch it off on the map and display your progress just adds to the fun! This map allows you to display the map prominently on a wall, or roll it up and store it in the protective case. It measures 24″x17″.

The travel map includes a scratch tool, microfiber cloth, adhesive stickers, 20 push pins and clothing bag.

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Travel Map World CoastersLearn More

These travel map coasters make a perfect addition to any travelers home. This set of 4 coasters are made from a durable compressed wood material and display the map along with a motivational travel phrase. They come in many different versions. You can pick the perfect one by visiting Amazon and browsing the other options. I love the ones with the motivational phrases.

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TUFFTAAG Travel ID Bag TagLearn More

A few weeks ago, we were grabbing our luggage at the carousel when a lady in front of us grabbed our bag and started walking off with it. We had to chase after her to point out that she’d grabbed the wrong bag. Our luggage tags had come off the bags in transit. This suitcase luggage tag will make it easy to identify your luggage from the sea of black bags – especially if you order the colorful ones! Plus, they’re made to withstand the harsh treatment of luggage handling.

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Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage ScaleLearn More

With all of the changing and diverse luggage regulations out there, it’s hard to keep up with the allowable weight limit. This digital scale is a great gadget for any traveler. Weigh your bag before leaving home, then carry the scale with you to make sure you didn’t overfill your luggage for the return trip. It has a compact, lightweight design so it won’t take up any precious space.

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Zip & Flip Bear Travel PillowLearn More

The worst part about taking a travel pillow with you is carrying around a travel pillow. With this pillow, you can flip it inside out and turn it into a cuddly bear. This is a win-win, really. Who doesn’t want a bear to cuddle with that doubles as a pillow for the plane? It comes in black and brown. There are also other animals like a dinosaur, a panda and a dog.

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Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash BagLearn More

The Scrubba wash bag is a savior for when you can’t pack much or want to keep your luggage light. Now you can wash your clothes on the go, without having to maneuver everything around in a hotel or hostel sink. The bag has dozens of little scrubbing nodules inside that scrub your clothes clean. It weighs only 5 ounces so it’s easy to take along with you whenever you need it.

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Standard Luggage Carry on BackpackLearn More

This backpack is perfect for a slightly longer trip when you still want to pack light and be able to carry everything in a backpack. It can be use it for trips of 7-12 days in length that don’t require a broad wardrobe. So much fits into it in an organized and compact fashion. The back is sturdy but not inflexible, so it’s comfortable to carry and it meets standard luggage restrictions for airlines.

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eBags Packing Cubes – 3pc Set

eBags Packing CubesI can no longer travel without these eBags. They’ve made our packing so much more organized. They really compress clothes so you can pack twice as much. I used to shove my clothes directly into the backpack, but everything quickly became unfolded and messy. Now, everything stays in a neat stack and there’s no chance of things falling out at inopportune times.

We both have our own color for when we share a backpack. Use them once and you’ll never go back to any other way of packing. I use the medium size the most because it fits nicely in the backpack. Two mediums or one large can be put into the main compartment together.

The large bag works best for suitcases. They also have shoe bags that will keep your shoes from making everything else dirty. See our full post on how to choose the best packing cubes.

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Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB

Fire HDX 8.9Long hours on a plane are so much more bearable when we have a tablet on which to watch whatever movies and TV we want. You could even listen to an audiobook or play games. The Fire comes in different sizes and capacity. We like the HD10 and 16 GB is enough storage space for a couple movies. You can also put games and music on the Fire, check your email, and read books. But if you plan to do all that, you might need the 32 GB version.

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Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera (Black)

Canon Powershot SX700The Canon PowerShot is a good compact point-and-shoot camera for those of us who don’t want to learn the complicated dials and settings of a DSLR, or carry around bulky photo gear. It has great stability and resolution in low light, plus a 30x optical zoom and bluetooth pairing capabilities, with WI-FI.

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GoPro Camera HERO+ LCD HD Video Recording Camera

Having a dedicated adventure camera along on your travels helps capture the moments when a regular camera or heavy photography equipment just isn’t going to work, like when rappelling down a mountainside or white water kayaking. HERO9 Silver captures 5K Ultra HD video and 20MP for photos. It has 1080p live streaming, a webcam, and built-in stabilization. It’s a fun and easy way to capture high-quality video of your journey.

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Kindle Paperwhite

I am always amazed when I see people on airplanes still lugging around actual, physical books. Why would we do that anymore, when there is the Kindle? The paperwhite is the perfect solution to carrying around heavy books. You can use it everywhere, for up to a month without charging, and you can carry around as many books as you can fit on it, or download books on the go.

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Small & Light Portable Charger

We’ve all been faced with the dreaded empty phone battery a time or two, just when it’s critical, or the inability to find an open charging station at the airport. With this external battery pack, you don’t have to worry about a dead battery anymore. It holds three-and-a-half iPhone 8 charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S10 charges.

It’s easy to carry and can fit in a pocket. Multiple ports allow for charging of your devices simultaneously and quickly. And it’s fairly light and small (smaller than a deck of cards), so it’s easy to pack and carry.

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Hopefully with this list you won’t have to struggle to find the perfect gift for the world traveler on your holiday list! If you need any more ideas, check out this additional list of gifts for travelers. And if you have a perfect gift for travelers that didn’t make it on the list, share it with us in the comments.

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15 Perfect Gifts for World Travelers

15 Perfect Gifts for World Travelers

21 thoughts on “15 Perfect Gifts for World Travelers

  1. Lara Dunnign says:

    Great ideas. Thanks for the backpack tip. I’ve been looking around at which one I’d like to get for shorter trips. The portable laundry sounds really useful too. Is it a dry wash?

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Lara. It’s not a dry wash. You actually add water to it and it cleans the clothing almost like a washboard inside a bag.

  2. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru says:

    A nice well-rounded list of items that would please any traveler. We can be so hard to buy for!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      We can! For us it’s because we don’t like to collect a bunch of stuff around the house – just makes it harder to move!

  3. Stefan says:

    That digital luggage scale is PERFECT! Practical to pack and so damn useful when budget airlines are undecided whether to let you check in 15kg/10kg before they start asking you to sell your kidney ha ha ha

    Great list. I am tactfully drawing this to my travel partner’s attention ha ha ha 🙂

    • Laura Lynch says:

      It does seem like they change the rules all the time, and if you’re on a trip that includes multiple airlines, you can just about forget it. Might as well pack nothing or it’ll cost you more than it’s worth to check it.

  4. Winederlusting says:

    Some great ideas here! The GoPro is my GoTo for ANY travel experience — even just heading a mile away from the house to the beach. Also dig the external battery pack, something that I have yet to purchase but keep meaning to. The Scrubba washer is a genius concept too…I try to travel light, so will be considering this for future adventures, especially dirty ones.


  5. Toccara says:

    I have so many of these gifts myself! Been traveling for the past 5 months… and I cannot live without my Scrubba, my packing cubes, or my external battery pack! Obviously I agree with the items on this list!

  6. Carolann - One Modern Couple says:

    I’ve never heard of the Try The World Food Box – what a fantastic idea! – I wasn’t going to have a Christmas list but that may end up being the one item I do ask for!

  7. Maya says:

    This is a great list. I was looking for a scratch map. But you got me with Scrubba..had no idea such an amazing thing existed. I would need to buy one of those bags.

  8. Monica says:

    I bought packing cubes before my last holidays and… wow! I wish I’d bought them much earlier – they made my life so much easier when travelling 😉

  9. Hung Thai says:

    Great list. We have something very similar to that scratch-off world map. It’s a map you can color in when you’ve visited a place. So I guess they’re opposite lol!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Either way though, the map is a pretty great gift for travelers, right? I love the scratch off one.

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