Gift Guide for the Globetrotter

We all have friends (or are the friends) that are constantly hopping on a plane to a new destination. Whether you decide to treat yo’self or are looking to get a gift, we’ve put together a list of perfect gifts for globetrotters (ranging from $7 to $1000 depending on how much you want to spend).

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Last Updated: November 2, 2020

25 Best Travel Gift Ideas for the Globetrotter

This has been the best travel investment we’ve ever made! While our friend was stuck in a 2-hour customs line returning to the US, we were through in 10 minutes. I’m also always torn talking about this. I love sharing about it because it’s been so amazing for us, but I also know that more people getting it means more people in the Global Entry line. Maybe they’ll add more global entry lines?

We love that this map not only tracks your travels but is customizable to match your home and style. You can pick the colors and even put your name on the top. Since it’s printed on canvas, there’s no frame needed to hang on your wall. How does ours look?

There’s something really satisfying about scratch-offs. This extra-large scratch-off map helps you keep track of what countries you’ve been to. If you really want to personalize the gift, make them a DIY wooden frame too (tutorial here)!

When we used to travel with a single converter, we would always fight over who’s turn it was to charge. 😂  With the Bestek, you get a converter with all the plug types and power strip in one, and we can keep our phones, cameras, and computers all charged.

A packtowl is always a good idea for anyone on the go. They dry quickly and are perfect for travel or outdoor adventures.

I never used to travel with one thinking there will always be one handy for me, but I’ve learned over time that it’s always good to be prepared. I love this compact hair dryer because it doesn’t take up extra space but still works well. This is what it looks like next to my iPhone (not plus).

We’ve had these for years and they are perfect for any jetsetter. We’re able to bring our essential toiletries without having to worry about going over the TSA limit or it leaking.

This is such a great, practical gift that makes traveling easier (and creates less waste).

This one was a bit of a splurge for me, but I love how much I can put in this thing. I know it’s mainly made for makeup and toiletries, but I even put my bras, underwear, and jewelry in here!

The folks at Peak Design have done it again. They created an entire ecosystem for your phone. Peak Design Mobile has accessories for all aspects of your life. We’re especially stoked about the tripod!

For book lovers, a Kindle is a great way to carry hundreds of books wherever they roam. Yes, we get that they’re not the same feel as getting to turn the pages, but it’s really hard to beat how much more lightweight and compact it is. If you want to feel a book again, you can always check one out at the library at home.

This one is for the adventurers who love bucket lists. It comes with 300+ bucket list experiences for adventure in a 68-page journal with 8 mini scratch maps for each continent.

This journal gave us so many new ideas for our bucket list and we love having this and our scratch-off map. If I had to choose between the scratch-off maps and this, though the maps are much more fun since you these only give you tiny numbered circles to scratch off.

We always do our best to learn the basics of any place we’re visiting, but if you want to help your traveling friend step up their game, Rosetta Stone is the perfect way to learn. I’ve taught myself Italian and now I just need a language buddy!

There’s something special about physical photos now that everything is digital. The Instax is nice and small and easy to use.

This is a beautiful leather luggage tag that you can get customized for a more personal touch.

We’re all about packing light. We typically never check anything in, which means finding the right carry-on suitcase is very important. Here are three options that work well for different budgets: AmazonBasics 21 in Hardside Spinner (best affordable), Samsonite 20 in Spinner (mid-range), and the MVST Select (luxury).

I previously used the Samsonite. We had been looking for the perfect 17 in a carry-on for me, and last year a friend of mine gifted one to me that she found while traveling in Europe. They don’t make them like that anymore, and if I ever come across one in the US, you will know!

This is for your friends who love to shop when they travel or can’t seem to leave home without taking everything but the kitchen sink. Help them make sure they don’t get stuck with overage charges by gifting them this compact luggage scale.

We love our packing cubes. These are really practical gifts to help your globetrotter friend pack lighter and be more organized.

Keep your phone charged with this portable charger. Also since there are two ports, we can both charge without fighting over it.

This one is for the photographer who likes to go on adventures. The Lowepro Whistler is a great bag for those carrying around multiple lenses and a camera body. There are plenty of great camera bags, but this one gives you the support you need while you’re traveling or hiking.

A trip is a perfect opportunity for someone to get into photography. Coming from photography backgrounds, we like to try out and use a lot of different gear. Our favorite point and shoots are the Canon G7X and Sony Rx100 (for slow-mo video). Our current favorite DSLR setup is the Canon 5D Mark IV and 35mm lens.

We finally added a drone to our camera gear a couple years ago and love it. Just be sure you’re flying responsibly!

We have a couple go-to bottles depending on what we’re doing. These are the best to keep liquids hot or cold, while this one is best for traveling light.

You never know what your water situation is going to be like when you’re traveling the world, but one thing is always for sure, you need to stay hydrated. The GRAYL works like a french press and ensures you’ll have clean water anywhere you go.

We’ve been discovering a lot of new travel-friendly clothes lately! Clothes that function well, makes us look good, and serve more than one purpose. Check out the rest of our travel-friendly recommendations.

Which of these travel gift ideas would you most likely use? 

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Esther + Jacob

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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