10 of the Best Travel Gift Ideas

Travel is the gift that keeps on giving, especially if you have friends and family who can’t get enough of it. For some of the best gifts for travelers, check out this guide filled with gift ideas recommended by some of our #MyAlamoAdventure partners. These bloggers are well-versed in all things travel and in tune with what makes a good gift for travel lovers, map lovers or anyone just looking for a travel-friendly gift to give this holiday season.

Tech-Related Gifts for Travelers

Hard-Shell Luggage with Charging Port

Equip a loved one with a small but durable hard-shell carry-on that packs a charge — literally. The REYLEO USB Charging Carry-On Suitcase features an exterior made of a polycarbonate and ABS plastic blend, a charging system to keep phones and devices powered up while en route, a built-in TSA-approved combination lock, silent spinner wheels and a side handle, plus a three-year warranty. This travel-friendly bag will roll adventure-seekers through any journey the new year has in store.

REYLEO USB Charging Luggage. Photo by Ben Eversmann.


Cellphone Mount for the Car

Keep travel buddies on track by getting them a simple, handy phone mount for the car. The AUKEY Car Phone Mount features adjustable clips to secure the mount onto a vehicle’s air vents and an adjustable cradle to hold your smartphone tight. Plus, the mount’s instant release button and 360-degree pivoting ball allow for optimal viewing when on the road. Easy to pack for any family or a solo vacation, this thoughtful gift will help anyone in need of a little direction to follow the GPS without taking his or her eyes off the road.

AUKEY Car Phone Mount Air Vent Cell Phone Holder.


Kid-Friendly Gifts for Travelers

Travel-Themed Gift Package Subscription

Help your favorite kiddos embark on a global adventure by signing them up for a subscription with Little Passports. Each month, a child will receive a package with fun and educational activities, souvenirs and toys designed to generate curiosity about the world. In other words, Little Passports is a gift for travelers that keeps on giving — even after young explorers receive all their packages. Choose from five subscriptions: Early Explorers (ages 3-5), Science Junior (5-8), Word Edition (ages 6-10), USA Edition (ages 7-12) and Science Expeditions (ages 9+), or stock up on the brand’s other adventure-inspired kits, packs, games and toys.

Little Passports. Photo by RubyDW, Flickr


Personalized Storybook

Gift a child the keys to his or her own journey with a My U.S.A. Road Trip Personalized Storybook, made by I See Me! The story places your child in a magical car to drive across the country and learn about monuments in each state. When ordering, personalize the book to include your child’s name, hair color, skin tone, gender and state of residence. You can also submit a photo of your little one’s face, and it will be incorporated in the illustrations — like on his or her own driver’s license at the beginning of the book.

My U.S.A. Road Trip Personalized Storybook. Book cover image courtesy of I See Me!


Travel Apparel Gifts for Travelers

Cargo Multipocket Yoga Pants

These stylish yet comfortable high-waisted, slim-fit pants can be dressed up or down. However, it’s the number of pockets — including some with zippers — that makes HSRKB Women’s Cargo Yoga Pants an especially appealing gift idea for travelers. With these slacks, your gift’s recipient can keep her most important belongings, like her passport and driver’s license, securely zipped up and on her person. Wear them on long flights or hikes or for a day on the town.

HSRKB Women’s Cargo Yoga Pants. Photo by Ben Eversmann.


Lightweight, Water-Resistant Fanny Pack

With a lightweight, water-resistant nylon fanny pack, your travel buddies can up their style game while keeping their belongings safe and secure, hands-free. The SportsNew Fanny Pack features four pockets that provide organization on the go to explorers, whether they’re hitting the trails of a national park or the pavement of a major metropolis. Choose from colors like yellow, black, pink and purple. Then, before you wrap the pack, toss in some of your friends’ favorite travel essentials like lip balm or sunscreen to complete this travel-friendly gift.

SportsNew Fanny Pack. Photo by Ben Eversmann.


Memory-Making Gifts for Travelers

Smartphone Tripod

For the Instagram-obsessed, a UBeesize Tripod I for smartphones might become a new best friend. This easy-to-pack (and carry) travel accessory weighs only about a third of a pound, and thanks to its Bluetooth remote and flexible legs that stand on uneven surfaces, taking vacation selfies is a breeze. Extending 14.8 inches tall, the Tripod I also features a ball head that can rotate 360 degrees and tilt 90 degrees. Compatible with most iPhones and Androids, this device includes a phone clip and rubber pads to keep phones safe while snapping travel memories on the road. For something similar but even smaller, opt for the UBeesize Tripod S (below), which stands on flexible octopus-style legs.

UBeesize Tripod S.


Scratch-Off Map

Give a gift that helps your friend show off where she’s been and guides her to start planning where she’ll go next with a Newverest’s Scratch Off the USA Map or Scratch Off the World Map. Each destination on these foil maps reveals a color once it’s scratched off, which means the more places a traveler goes, the bolder and brighter her map will be. A canvas for future vacation ideas, this map lover’s gift can serve as a travel bucket-list tracker or planner for anyone itching for new adventures in the new year.

Newverest Scratch Off the USA Map. Photo by Ben Eversmann.


Outdoorsy Gifts for Travelers

Any-Weather Cooler

Built for beach bums, campers and fishermen alike, the Roadie 20 is small enough to throw in the back seat but powerful enough to keep drinks cold for days. Sit this any-weather cooler in the sand or snow, or use it as a seat for yourself — it’s strong enough to double as a chair. The cooler comes in several colors including seafoam and desert tan, and it can be personalized with a university logo, making it a great gift idea for travelers and college football fans. Before placing the Yeti under the tree, fill your travel lover’s gift with his or her favorite beverages for an extra holiday surprise.

Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler.


Inflatable Camping Light with Phone Charger

Got camping friends? Give them the gift of portable energy via the PackLite 2-in-1 phone charger. This inflatable lantern can light up a family tent or provide backup power to devices via its USB output port. Plus it packs flat, making it easy to bring along when you fly in and drive out to camp. Rechargeable via solar power and USB, this light is the perfect companion for a national park vacation.

LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger. Photo courtesy of LuminAID

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About the Author

Lisa Zimmermann is a Washington, D.C.-based writer who starts her holiday shopping in April each year. She’s previously written for Boston magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Jersey Journal, New England Travel and Atlas Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @lisazimm or Instagram @lzloveslife.