Best Christmas gifts for travelers
It’s that time of the year! It’s Christmas time!! We listen to all the Christmas songs, eat candies (oh my sweet Ferrero Rocher) and make the Christmas trees. We feel the Christmas spirit in the air, and come closer and spend time with our beloved ones. But it’s also when set free our consumer side and give presents to our friends and family.
So, if are you lacking on ideas of what should you get to your friends and family members who love to travel? What gifts do your loved ones with itchy feet would really appreciate?
1. Scratchable world map
This is a fantastic gift for international travelers who like to show off how much they travel. It’s also great fun to scratch off the countries as you visit them. We would love to have one of these hanging in our room or living room.
Our favorite: Luckies of London Scratch Map
We just bought ourselves one these. It’s thin, it’s light, it’s fast! It also looks sturdy enough to take a few hits, and although being the most expensive gift on the list, this is one of the cheapest ultrabooks around. We think this is a fantastic computer to have when you travel a lot and need to write/work, like… i don’t know…. travel bloggers 🙂
Our new baby and recommended travel pc: ASUS ZenBook UX305FA
3. Small compact camera
Let’s face it, if you aren’t a professional photographer you don’t need a DSLR. Yes they can take better photos, but they are way too big, bulky and heavy. And with all the lens it would be a nightmare to carry around. Sony, Canon, Panasonic have small compact cameras that allow us to go fully manual and have many options to allow you to set free our artistic side. And they are so much cheaper…
CoupleRTW favorite camera: Sony DSC-HX60V/B
4. External Battery Power Bank
This is a small battery that you charge as any other and then use it to charge other devices, such as phones, tablets, cameras or anything chargeable through USB. It can be so useful as a last resort battery when travelers are away for long periods.
Our favorite: Sentey Power Bank
5. Desk Globe
A small globe to put in the desk or end table back home. It will inspire you and your friends to travel and wonder about the new adventures around the world.
Our favourite: Explorer World Desk Globe
6. Pocket notebook
I know it’s old fashioned but a small notebook is always useful to take notes for future posts, to make small accounting of the trip or just write some random thoughts or draw when you are bored.
7. Dry bag
A Dry bag is very useful for an adventure traveler to keep documents safe when doing water activities. Even if you don’t expect to do it, or be around water to much time, it’s still a good way to ensure that accidents don’t happen and ruin the trip.
Check this Waterproof Dry Bags by Odyssey
8. Universal Power converter
Do you know how many different power plugs and voltages exist? This can be a huge problem when travelling, and even worse if traveling to several countries. Imagine getting to your hotel only to realize that you can’t charge any of your devices. So, a Universal power converter can be the savior and that makes it a great inexpensive gift.
There are so many options!
Books are ancient history and outdated!! Just kidding books will always have their place, but when traveling we need to be light, and carrying around 3 or 4 books isn’t possible. But a Kindle solves this easily. It’s thin, light, has huge longevity and can store a huge amount of books. In other words, perfect for long travels.
10. A Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool
Multi-tools are fantastic, I love them and all the things you can do with them. Leatherman’s and Gerber multi-tools are vary well built, durable and resistant. It’s a must have to any traveler, especially long term and adventurer traveler. For 35 USD or less and weighting only up to 300 g you get around 15 tools, which include knife, scissors, several screwdrivers, can and bottle opener, pliers, wire cutter, etc…
11. Ultra light towel
Any traveler needs to save weight and package space. Usually towels are big, heavy and difficult to pack, but these ones are light, small and easy to pack and dry very quickly. This is a must have and therefore a great gift.
Again, so many options, but these from Packtowl look great.
12. Packing cubes
OK, I’ve never tried this, but it’s very high on my wish list! Barely every person who talks about it, just loved it and says “If you want to keep your backpack / luggage organized this is the way to go”; “You can put your belongings in the cubes and then easily access them when you need it”, “Just, try and you will probably get hoked on them”. My backpack usually becomes a mess after 2 or 3 days of use, so I hope this solves my problem 🙂
Feel free to offer me any of these 🙂