The holiday season is right around the corner, and we figured it’s time to start coming up with some useful, thoughtful and hopefully interesting gift ideas for the traveller (or travellers) in your life. While most of these suggestions are quite affordable, we’ve been sure to provide a wide range of ideas for all budgets (from $8 to $800).
When we receive pitches for the holiday gift guide, we get a lot of mainstream ideas and suggestions that are a bit off the beaten path. So—with no further delay—here’s a bunch of product suggestions that are unique and cool enough to consider this year.
Say goodbye to holding your camera at arm’s length to take a photo of yourself. Joby’s Gorillapod is designed with self-timer photography in mind—so it’s great for solo RTW travellers. And it’ll fit easily into your backpack. The Gorillapod firmly secures your compact digital camera to just about anything. Unlike traditional tripods, the Gorillapod doesn’t require an elevated flat surface. It lets you mount your camera just about anywhere. All you need to do is use the universal 1/4-20 screw to attach your camera to the standard tripod mount, then wrap the three flexible segmented legs securely to a nearby tree branch, fence, park bench, or anything else that’s convenient. Purchase the Joby Gorillapod from Amazon here.
Packing cubes are a great way to stay organized. They allow you easy access to you backpack without having to pull everything out. We love how these cubes save us time and frustration while on the road. Our pack stays organized and packing/unpacking is much easier and quicker. For sheer price and functionality, it’s hard to beat these mesh compression packs. The cubes themselves are cleverly designed, with wire framing that helps them retain their shape. Purchase these packing cubes from Amazon here.
Keep your money and documents dry, safe and close at hand with this Dry Pak Alligator Wallet. This heavy gauge vinyl pouch is hermetically sealed with a bright yellow cam-lock clip that seals out water, sand and dust. An adjustable neck lanyard helps keep pouch close at hand. Enough room for ID, cash, credit cards, keys and even a small phone. Check out the Dry Pak Alligator Wallet on Amazon.
The build quality of the GF1 is solid—it feels like a sturdy truck in your hands—a piece of gear that won’t be any worse for wear on the road. To squeeze this level of image quality into a camera of this size was unheard of until just recently. The Micro Four Thirds standard delivers results that approximate the results achieved with entry-level DSLRs. Ultimately, the GF1 does not measure up as a substitute for DSLR, but serves as a great complement to one—especially for travellers wanting to carry a small light body. For more information, check out our full review of the DMC-GF1. As far as we’re concerned, this little unit has won itself a place in both our real-world —and our virtual—backpack. Feel like buying? Head on over to Amazon.
The Petzl Tikka Headlamp is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and offers plenty of burn time for outdoor adventures, and reading in overnight trains and buses. Weighing less than a golf ball, it’s perfect for use in tight quarters. The fully adjustable strap is comfortable and equipped with a cushion forehead pad, so you can leave this one on all night in the sleeper car from Bangkok to Changmai—no headaches! Three LED bulbs offer up to 150,000 hours of burn time. And, powered by three ‘AAA’ batteries, the Tikka illuminates the trail ahead or that that page-turner novel for up to 150 hours. It is both very durable and solidly water-resistant, so it won’t short out when it’s soaking wet. Check out our full review here—or head on over to Amazon here.
At just 5 ounces, the Grand Trunk Silk Sleep Sack will keep you warm on chilly nights (adding 10-12 degrees to your sleeping bag). Plus it’s ideal for use as a stand-alone sleeping sack when staying in hotels, hostels or anywhere you sleep. Silk is a natural and breathable material (that’ll keep out bed bugs) and provides a comfortable sleeping environment. The Grand Trunk Silk Sleep Sack also comes with a twist—an attached waterproof stuff sack that will prolong the lifespan of your liner and is great for storage. Check out the reviews on Amazon here.
Of the array of products we took a look at in our article, “Travelling Safely: Personal Safety Products“, there’s one that we can wholeheartedly endorse—Pacsafe’s TravelSafe. As such, it has won itself a place in both our real-world and virtual backpack. As the manufacturer claims in its marketing literature, the lightweight TravelSafe folds small and is easy to take with you whenever you need to lock and leave your valuables. It is a lightweight, malleable and portable ‘safe’ for your valuables which can be locked secured to a fixture. The TravelSafe cinches and locks closed using an integrated, high-tensile stainless steel cable with padlock and locking device. Check out our full review here—or head on over to Amazon and pick one up!
Travel smoke detector, personal alarm, and LED flashlight in one. FlareSafe is an essential piece of kit for today’s global traveller, keeping you protected and prepared wherever in the world you find yourself. FlareSafe weighs only 200 grams and uses the latest LED technology to ensure you are carrying the most reliable personal safety device available. Read about it at the manufacturer’s website or check it out at Amazon.
The eScale Luggage Scale from Heys USA is a a tiny digital luggage scale that helps you save on airline’s overweight fees. The Heys USA eScale Luggage Scale is molded to fit perfectly in your hand. It weighs luggage up to 110 pounds. Portable and compact for easy traveling, it provides digital accuracy with easy-to-read display while strong metal hook hold on to your pack.
The most popular full-size Leatherman tool is better than ever—larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters and all-locking blades make it an essential piece of equipment for any round-the-world adventure. The pliers have been redesigned to withstand more than double the previous squeezing load, and the new bronze bushing makes one-handed knife access a smooth operation—plus, the one-at-a-time blade selection function means that the tool you want is the tool you get. We love it. Check the reviews out at Amazon.
That’s it, folks!
We hope we’ve given you some ideas for interesting and original gifts for the travellers in your life. Feel free to let us know about other great gift ideas in the comments—we’ll post a follow-up with reader suggestions!
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