The Best Travel Gifts for The Travel Obsessed

[UPDATED APRIL 2018] Looking for the perfect gift for the traveler in your life? Stuck for an awesome gift idea for your frequent flyer friend? Or just needing a gift to satisfy the wanderlust? (of yourself or others!) Well you are in the right place! With years of travel under my belt and an enduring love for material possessions  (I know I should travel light, but I do love stuff) I’ve put together my favorite travel gifts for the traveler of today. Best Travel Gifts Travel Essentials

I’ve picked out travel gifts for women, travel gifts for men, holiday gift ideas – and travel trinkets and accessories for anyone with a serious case of wanderlust. Perfect for any occasion – from Birthdays, Valentines Day or Christmas – or just a little pick-me-up gift for your own wander-lusting soul. I’ve got travel gift ideas for every situation. You could practically call this the ultimate gift guides for travelers!

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The Best Travel Gifts for The Travel Obsessed

This is my collection of some of the best travel related gifts on the market today. Separated into sections there are travel gifts for women; travel gifts for men; practical travel gifts and whimsical travel gifts to soothe a wanderlust-ing soul while bragging about past adventures! Perfect as presents for yourself or your travel loving friends! And these are perfect gifts for world travelers!

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Travel Gifts for Women

Longchamp Travel Bag

The Longchamp Le Pilage long handle tote is a travel staple. Stylish in any city, the are beautifully built bags that will take to a life of daily use around the world without any questions or concerns and will last for years to come. (Mine is going strong 6 years down the track!)

RELATED: Read our guide to find out  how to pack your carry on like a pro!


Travel Scarf with Hidden Pocket

The Travel Scarf with a Hidden Pocket is absolutely my favorite travel accessory ever! This infinity scarf can be worn as a scarf, as a wrap and as a head covering for religious sites or simply protection from the sun. Add in the fact you can hide your passport and other valuable inside it (great for people like me who don’t like pockets!) and you’ve got a serious piece of travel kit!


Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

For the women that simply can’t travel without a hairdryer, the Dyson Supersonic has reinvented the wheel. Weighing in at only 2 pounds (that’s less than 1kg!) and with lightening fast drying speeds, if there ever was a hairdryer perfect for travel – this is it!


Cosmetics Bag

This Cosmetic Bag is the perfect size for travel, and is sturdy enough to keep your make up and moisturizers protected whilst you’re out and about on adventures.


Beach Bag

Every lady loves a nice big beach bag. Big enough to carry all the essentials such as this cute beach towel, sun cream, water bottle and a good book. Plus it has an inside zip pocket to put your valuables in the keep them protected from the sand that’s inevitably going to find its way inside the bag!


Cashmere Wrap

Another great travel accessory is the cashmere wrap – perfect as an extra layer on the plane, as a modesty layer in religious sites, and a stylish accessory when you want to dress up an outfit! It also packs down to nothing and so doesn’t take up too much space in your bag – and makes for a great scarf even when you’re not traveling.


Wheelie Case

A nice solid hand luggage case. 4 wheels are the new 2 wheels – and are much better for your body. The 4 wheels allow the case the glide seamlessly and put less pressure on your wrists and joints.


Underwear Travel Organizer

Keep your smalls together in this cute Underwear Organizer. With pockets for bras and undies, you can keep everything together – you never know when you’re going to want to wear a matching set!


Fitbit Flex 2 Bangle & Pendant Necklace


A great way to combine fitness tech and jewellery, the Fitbit Flex Bangle and Pendant Necklace are a beautiful addition to anyone jewellery collection. Elegant and refined, you can keep tracking your goals whilst looking super stylish and with designs available in gold, silver and rose, you’ll be able to coordinate with any outfit!



Vital to every travel photographers kit, a drone is the latest and greatest must have tech accessory for 2018. We highly recommend the Mavic Pro (above) but if you’d like to check out other options, our Best Drones for Travel article has you covered.
And if you are in need of a camera upgrade – we’re reviewed the best DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge, Compact and Actions Cameras to help you find your new favourite accessory.


Travel Jewellery Case

If you travel with jewellery, you’ll want to keep it safe. This Travel Jewellery Case has a soft quilted outer case and boasts lots of pockets and sections to protect all your favorite pieces.


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Travel Gifts for men

Men. They’re funny creatures, but that can make it easy to find travel gifts for men or wanderlust gifts; they’re travel essentials gifts and gifts for the traveler man. They are the best travelling gifts.


Every man likes to have a set of tools, and whilst a carrying a full set around on your travels is a bit impractical, the Leatherman Sidekick is the next best alternative. You might not think you’ll use one – but I guarantee that it will come in handy way more time than you anticipate!


Toiletry Bag

Handy for carrying shower and shave stuff to communal bathrooms, the Iblue Thick Leather Handle Toiletry Bag is sturdy and stylish. Perfect for the modern day traveler man.


Personalized Monogram Flask

Got booze? Get your name stamped on it so you know it’s yours! This personalized monogram flask can be branded with a variety of designs. Click the link for the full range!


GoPro Hero 6

Capturing 4K Ultra HD video and liquid-smooth slow motion at up to 240 frames/second, the HERO6 Black Waterproof Camera delivers the highest performance in it’s compact, sturdy package. Perfect for adventure travelers, divers and hikers – it’s one of the best toys on the market, and one that the blokes can’t get enough of.


Wallet with RFID Protection

The Adorner RFID Blocking Wallet stops remote scanning of cards and keep your information safe as you travel round the globe. Super slim and made of leather, this is the perfect accessory for the frequent flyer in your life.



practical Travel Gifts for everyone

These are the perfect gifts for people who travel! From the traveler that you *think* has everything, and a few little bits and pieces of travel paraphernalia that every travel addict will love! It a run down of the best travelling gift ideas  and gift for the travelers.

Foldable Duffel Bag

Available in a variety of colours, the Trip Inspra Foldable Duffel Bag is the perfect ’emergency bag.’ Packing down to practically nothing, it gives you an extra 40L of space- whenever you need it. As an extra bag on the plane, as a day-pack, a grocery bag, or a storage bag if leaving stuff in a locker or a hostel whilst you take a trip for which you have limited space.


Passport Holder

Jazz up your passport and keep those corners clean and fresh with this passport holder. Bonus points – it’s got RFID blocking lining to stop anyone trying to steal your details off that electronic strip we all seem to have these days.


Tech Tacos / Cord Keeper

If you travel with lots of tech, these Cord Keepers will be an absolute lifesaver. Forget digging round in your bag for charging cables that have wrapped themselves around your dirty undies, keep each wire wrapped together in these rustic leather cord rolls.

RELATED: Take a look at our Ultimate Packing List to ensure you have everything you need for every trip!


UE Bluetooth Speaker

Take your outdoor adventures to another acoustical level with the powerful, pint-sized Ultimate Ears UE Roll Wireless Bluetooth speaker.


Portable Power Bank

The Anker Portable Powerbank will ensure you never run out of power whilst on the road. Ultra-High Capacity it weighs as little as a can of soup (12.5 oz) yet charges the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S9  five times or the iPad mini 4 twice.


Lifeproof Case for Iphone

The Lifeproof Case is the best investment you could make in terms of protecting your phone and lets you pack your tech on all your adventures, keeping you connected every soggy, snowy, muddy, dusty step of the way.


A Selfie Stick

I’m not the biggest fan of Selfie’s myself, but it seems like as a society we just can’t get away wanting our face in front of incredible places around the world. If you’re of the ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ contingent, this multi-functional selfie stick with remote is just what you’re looking for.


A Travel Inspired Water Bottle

There are plenty of travel water bottles out there on the market these days. From insulated ones, BPA-free, metal, the list is practically endless – but I am big fan of the collapsible water bottle. Space saving and practical, its the perfect travel companion.

Luggage Tag

Gone are the days where the person at the check in desk would give you a thickened piece of card to attach to your bags and write your name on. Luggage tags are a great way to label your bag without being too obtrusive. You can even get funky ‘holiday’ themed ones like the above. Perfect as a ‘stocking stuffer’ kind of gift for any traveler.


TRTL Travel Pillow

Everyone likes to be comfortable when trying to get a couple of hours of shut eye on the plane, but the TRTL Travel Pillow is an absolute game changer and the mother of all neck pillows. Scientifically proven to support your neck and aid sleep, this combo pack also comes with ear plugs and a silk eye mask to help you level up your sleepy time.


Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes are the best thing since sliced bread and they make packing so much easier! This set even comes with a laundry pouch to keep you organsied even after you’ve used things out of the cubes!


Travel Insurance


I highly recommend that every traveler has travel insurance. If you can afford to travel – you can afford insurance. Insure&Go and my go to provider for those in the UK & Australia and World Nomads offers great cover for everywhere else in the world.


UV Toothbrush Sanitizer

If your traveling through hostels, camping in the outback – or are likely to be in other shared bathroom facility – you never know the germs you’re going to come across. Keep your toothbrush a germ-free zone by using a UV Sanitizer which kills 99.9% of Bacteria and Viruses. Not the most glamorous of gifts – this one is definately practical!


Related: If you like these suggestions, check out the Things I Love page for more travel essentials.


Travel Gifts to soothe the wanderlust

Scratch Off Map

A fun way to record your travels – you can scratch off the countries and their flags one by one with this Scratch Off Map


Give The Gift of Travel Experiences

Best Travel Gift - the gift of travel experiencesTinggly allow you to pay for experiences rather than material possessions, and with fun activities on over 100 countries, who ever you buy this gift for is sure the find the perfect adventure for them. From diving with sharks to cycling through the vineyards of Tuscany and everything in between – browse the Tinggly collection here.


Wanderlust Inspired Art

If you can’t be off exploring the world, looking at pretty artwork of the world can sometime be just as good!


Cork Globe

A more subtle way of bragging where you have been, this Cork Globe is small enough to be discrete but big enough for people to spot and ask questions – giving you the perfect platform to talk about your adventures! There is not better wanderlust inspiration that reliving past travels!


Dogeared Jewellery

Simple and elegant, Dogeared Jewellery offers messages of hope, karma and faith in oneself. My favorite piece is this one called Balance and reminds the wearer that: “a happy life is not built upon the goal of perfection, but Balance”


 Canvas Tote

A cute little canvas tote – perfect for grocery and retail shopping and a great alternative to plastic bags.


And that completes my selection of travel tips for the Best Travel Gifts for the Travel Obsessed! I hope you’ve found the perfect gift for whatever occasion you wanted to buy for! and wish you happy holidays!
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67 thoughts on “The Best Travel Gifts for The Travel Obsessed

  1. Kaylene says:

    Awesome gift ideas! The travel scarf with a hidden pocket is such a great idea, especially when trying to catch some sleep on a plane, train or bus ride. I also didn’t know they made such stylish Fitbit’s! I love them!!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Kaylene! The scarf is one of my favorite things and I love the new fit bit jewellery – I think it might get me back into wearing mine!

    • Vicki says:

      Oh no re the Lifeproof Case! I though i’d seen a few people attempt to destroy the Lifeproof case but obviously haven’t been around people as extreme as you!

  2. Obligatory Traveler says:

    I think I need one of those taco cord things and I’m glad to see someone who loves the underwear/bra organizer as much as I do. I know as a traveler you should probably be minimalist, but I love cool travel gear.

    • Vicki says:

      I totally agree! My ex-boss (or more likely his very thoughtful wife!) bought mine for me a couple of years ago and I absolutely love it!

    • Vicki says:

      We also tried the cheap GoPro copy – it totally wasn’t worth it! (But it least it didn’t cost us a fortune to find out!)

  3. Abigail says:

    I always travel with that wheelie luggage – makes life easier. And that scarf with pockets is a brilliant idea! Such a nice way to discreetly hide your personal items!

  4. Rhiannon says:

    Some great ideas here! Most of which I’ve seen on other lists but some completely new. The scarf with hidden pocket in particular – how innovative is that?! Makes a change from your typical “hidden” money belt.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Rhiannon – you can’t go wrong with some travel essential but the money belt is so 2013! TeeHee! Pocket Scarf for the win!

  5. Marlene Marques says:

    So many gifts I wouldn’t mind receiving. Think I’m gonna forward your post to some people I know 😉
    Loved especially the Underwear Travel Organsier. It would be a great present for me, as I always grab my underwear and trow it on a simple plastic bag 😀

  6. Kerri says:

    Now that’s a list. Love the scarf idea but love the cord keepers even more. I’ve seen these types of things before but these ones are really stylish. My m-in-law is a fit bit lover, but also loves her jewellery so shall be letting her know about this cool idea. Some really beautiful, and useful ideas in here.

  7. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    Brilliant ideas – and yes to all of them! I NEED that supersonic hairdryer though…so sick of hotel ones having the sound of an A380 and the force of a grandmother’s warm breath. Those portable power banks also look like a brilliant gift for any traveller. Must invest in one.

  8. Shem says:

    This is such a perfect list for the traveler in me! I literally cannot go anywhere without my Longchamp — it fits all my big and little things like my camera and other necessities! I love that you incorporated more than just the essentials and included cute things like jewelry and a globe! I want one of those so bad!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Shem – and I loved including little bits of jewellery – I think a cute necklace or bangle can really make a difference when you’re not travelling to keep you’re spirits high!

  9. Kassie says:

    This is such a great list! I love the items to sooth the wanderlust! I’m a huge fan of the longchamp for travel. I used mine all over Europe and felt like I didn’t stick out as a tourist!

  10. clare says:

    Some great ideas. I have quite a few already myself. Travel Cubes I have never tried, I just have cotton bags to separate certain things. I do love the scratch map, just need to find a home that I can put it in!!

  11. Christina says:

    What a cool list of gifts. I like the idea of the scarf with the hidden passport pocket. That would be really handy when travelling in cooler climates. The jewellery case is pretty neat and the glam fitbits are awesome.

  12. Emily says:

    Lots of great ideas here. The fitbit-style jewellery is pretty! I wouldn’t mind one of those. I think packing cubes are pretty essential as well as the bluetooth speaker. But the top bit of kit has to be the hairdryer!

  13. [email protected] says:

    I keep seeing that travel scarf with hidden pocket on almost all the travel gift guides. Do you have one? Just wondering if it’s actually comfortable wearing that stuff (passport, etc) around your neck. 🙂

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Lydia – I try not to have more than my passport and Iphone in there and thats fine to wear. Any more weight and it can feel a little unnatural! (But totally OK to have more in if your sleeping on a train/bus)

  14. Diana - MVMT Blog says:

    I just got the GoPro Hero 5 and am obsessed! I love it especially for taking underwater shots, and it’s nice to not have to always worry about getting my camera wet or damaged. The travel scarf looks awesome! I’ll have to look into it.

  15. Drew says:

    I love the cork travel globe and the scratch off map. What a fun items.! I would love to get those as a gift! I also just got a cord taco for Christmas, which I find to be way more useful that I thought it would be. Since we travel with so many cord, keeping them organized is so helpful!

    • Vicki says:

      I never realized how handy the cord taco’s were until we got ours! Now we love them! So handy when traveling with a load of tech!

  16. Aileen Adalid says:

    These are such great gift ideas! Those are things that I would love to have myself — so you’re spot on on these things. 😀 I especially love the jewelry bag because my stuff tend to get tangled so bad that it staves off my time while traveling.

  17. Anda says:

    The scarf with hidden pockets is ingenious, Vicki! I love that. I have a ton of scarfs, but buying an extra one wouldn’t hurt. Some of these items on your list I already have and I find them very useful. I’ve never used the packing cubes and I wonder if they would same me space in the suitcase or not.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Anda! I am a scarf lover also, so I loved adding the pocket scarf to my collection! And as for packing cubes – I wasn’t sure they would save me space – but they do stop me packing way to much stuff by making me compartmentalize everything!

  18. Rosemary says:

    Wow, the Dyson hair dryer is so cool and light. I recently bought one for traveling, and if I had known about this one, I certainly would have preferred it. Love the hidden scarf idea. Definitively worth looking into. Nice list!!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Rosemary! The only thing with the Dyson is it practically costs the price of a holiday to buy it! It is incredible tho!

  19. Brianna says:

    Great suggestions! I’d love to receive all of these as gifts! I have a scarf with a hidden travel pocket, but I haven’t been able to use it yet. I also love love love my packing cubes! I would buy them in every size if I could!

  20. Mar Pages says:

    Love this list. But I must say, was looking more at the mens than womens, haha! That GoPro caught my eye. And you can never go wrong with a powerbank, it’s ALWAYS useful when travelling.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Mar – the Go Pro is a real draw for everyone – but the power bank is in the ‘gifts for everyone’ section – I might have to try and differentiate that heading a bit more!

  21. Megan Jerrard says:

    I love this – my favorite is the travel scarf with hidden pocket! It’s so freeing to travel without a handbag, and so nice to be able to explore without having to rummage through your bag for your things when you’re in the middle of an unknown city. Every girl needs one in their life!!

  22. Angelica says:

    These are amazing! I absolutely need some of these organizational aids. I travel with my family all the time. Keeping stuff organized is a real challenge when you’re hitting five countries over the course of a few weeks, haha. I’m always losing something or trying to make do with a mess of plastic bags and ratty old cosmetics bags that don’t fit comfortably in my suitcase.

    Thanks so much for posting this–my aunt has a birthday coming up and now I know what to get her!

  23. Earl Parduhn says:

    Hey I’m Happy to see another travel blog/site that is readable! My wife and I read mostly Michigan travel blogs but sometimes like to venture out into the unknown. I loved reading your post and from one writer to another, thank you!

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