After over twelve years of traveling around the world we've learned a few things about travel gear – what works well and what really doesn't and gets left behind. To help you choose the best travel gifts (you know, the ones that will actually get used), we've put together some of our favorite and most practical travel gear in this Ultimate Traveler Gift Guide.
If you're looking to buy travel gifts for an outdoor, adventurous, green or curious traveler in your life (or perhaps you are gearing up yourself), look no further. Our goal with these travel gift recommendations is to equip you to travel well, as well as with organization and flexibility.
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Update: This post was originally published on November 30, 2016 and updated on November 10, 2019.
Travel Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
These gift ideas are for the outdoor adventurer who enjoys immersing him or herself into nature with long hikes or treks, but wants to be comfortable and have versatile gear. We've been using the items recommended below for years and have taken them on some pretty serious hikes and multi-day treks.
Travel Gifts for Eco and Green Travelers
Here are a few practical gift and gear ideas for eco-conscious and sustainable travelers who want to reduce their environmental footprint when they travel. Many of these gifts speak to trying to eliminate single-use plastic as much as possible.
Practical Travel Gifts and Luggage
Here's the gear that we've been using for years and years. In fact, some of these items have been with us for over ten years and we're still using them on every trip. They are that useful.
Travel Gifts of Tours and Experiences
Although we've shared lots of recommended gear and stuff to give to travelers above, often the best gift you can give someone is that of an experience. Studies show that experiences provide more satisfaction and happiness than stuff. Here are a few of the tours and travel service providers we recommend and use ourselves.