12 Great Gifts for Travelers

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Gear Review, Packing | No Comments

It’s that time of year again to scramble and figure out what gifts to get for everyone on your list. What do you buy for someone who is always on the go and severely limited by what can fit in their tiny backpack?

I can personally vouch for everything on this list. I carry these with me everywhere and they make a huge difference in my ability to travel widely. From gadgets that enable me to write about and photograph around the world, to clothing that protects me from the elements, you’ll surprise and delight your traveler loved ones with any of these items.

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Under $50

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

$9.45 for Print Edition

Travel Cheaper, Smarter, Longer

This is the book that started it all for me. After discovering Matt’s website, I realized not only was it possible to travel long term, it was also affordable. Great resource for the traveler in your life.

Buy on Amazon

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How Not to Travel the World

$15 for Print Edition

Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker

Lauren has been traveling the world for four years straight and she has had to overcome all manner of crazy scenarios that seem to only happen to her. Hilarious read that will make you realize, if she can make longterm travel work, so can you.

Buy on Amazon

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Monster Outlets-To-Go Power Strip


For all your charging needs

Many of the rooms I stay in only have a single plug and this handy gadget fixes all that. Also super helpful when working out of cafes and it folds up nice and compact. Not the sexiest gift, but super functional.

Buy on Amazon

$50 to $100

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Icebreaker Tech Tee

$60 and up

The ultimate travel shirt

Made of thin, light, and strong merino wool, these shirts keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. All my shirts come from these guys and they last way longer than cotton tees.
Buy on Amazon

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Seagate Backup Plus 2TB


Protect those new precious memories

If you’ve been photographing wonderful places, you need to take care of those new images. Bring a backup drive (or two) with you! I keep one in my carryon and one in my big bag.

Buy on Amazon


Lifeproof iPhone Case


Waterproof protection for your phone

I’m so glad I picked up one of these before shipping off to New Zealand. Straight away I knew my phone was protected anytime I traveled around the ocean or in the rain.

Buy on Amazon


Kindle Paperwhite

$99 and up

Way better than heavy paperbacks

On long plane flights, trains, and buses, I always make sure I have my Kindle loaded up with new books to read. The Paperwhite is super lightweight, has a great backlight, and is easier on the eyes than a tablet.

Buy on Amazon

Over $100

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Pickpocket Proof Pants


Peace of mind in the sketchiest of places

Anytime I’m traveling through crowded places, I’m sure to have these pants or shorts on. I have complete peace-of-mind with my wallet, phone, and passport stored in these. Comes in multiple styles and colors.
Buy from Clothing Arts

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Rohan travel jeans


Lighter, tougher, more secure than regular jeans

Jeans take up a ton of space in your bag and many long term travelers don’t even bother bringing them. But that’s where British clothing company Rohan comes in, with their lightweight, stylish travel jeans.
Buy from Rohan


Scarpa Rapid LT Hiking Shoe


Hybrid trail shoe

Durable shoes that have seen me through more than 1000 miles over the last 9 months. Great for walking, hiking, or running.

Buy on Amazon


GoPro Hero4 Black

$499 and up

Capture and share your life

This year’s new GoPro is the best yet with high-res sharp video and vibrant colors. I’ve used mine to capture scuba diving, cliff jumping, bungy jumping, and so much more.

Buy on Amazon

What’s in your bag that you can’t live without? Share below if you have any favorites!

Logan Brown is a travel photographer and journalist. He left his hometown of Washington, DC, in January 2015 to see and experience the many places he has only dreamt about. When he is not writing for the Nomad Photographer he can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, and Instagram.


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