Stuck for ideas for gifts for friends going travelling? If you can’t quite afford that weekend in Prague for a special someone or the Christmas markets in Vienna, get these travel inspired gifts instead. I have put together my top 10 unique travel gifts for friends going travelling.
1. The most essential gift for friends going travelling
If there’s one thing every traveller needs it’s noise cancelling headphones. Hostels are noisy places to try and sleep, planes aren’t much better. Get a good set of noise cancelling head phones, either in ear or over ear and you can zone out to your favourite tunes.
2. Travel Scarf With Secret Pocket
So I don’t know about you but women’s clothes infuriate me with their lack of pockets. Travelling means you need a safe place to store all of your various documents and gadgets. Although I did recently buy a money belt (full disclosure, don’t judge) it’s not the most convenient thing to be rooting around in at the airport when you need your passport. This beautiful travel scarf with passport pocket is the answer!
3. Everyone needs this unique traveller gift
I have been going on about these for years, and will continue to until everyone I know owns one! The Lifestraw means you can drink water from anywhere around the world; Gross Asian airport toilet tap? Yes. River in Guatemala? Yes. London tap water? Yes! This handy new universal one gives you two attachments so you can fit it to your own bottles and save the environment while you’re at it.
4. Shea Butter
This organic and natural product is an all rounder for any traveller tight on liquid allowance. As hair nourishment, skin moisturiser, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing cream it ‘kills many birds in one stone’ without harming a fly. It is my number one essential take everywhere product.
5. Chillies Thermal Bottles
Now we all know plastic bottles are terrible for the planet but so are takeaway cups. A Chillies botlle might be the best gift for a friend going travelling as it’s so versatile, it can eliminate the need for single use plastic with one easy to carry product. The best thing is Chillies bottles come in loads of unique and personal designs and are compatible with the universal Lifestraw.
6. Sustainable Travel T Shirts
Sustainable fashion is the way forward. Any traveller knows the importance of looking after the planet and a few spare travel t shirts is a great gift for friends going travelling. Check out the Lost Wanders range on Teespring, made ethically and a fun addition to your wardrobe.
7. Hanging Toiletry Bag
One of the most useful gifts for friends going travelling is a hanging toiletry bag. They’re invaluable for when the hotel sink isn’t big enough. With a normal makeup bag you end up with your stuff falling out everywhere. Get a hanging toiletry bag, hang it on the towel rack, sorted.
8. Give the gift of education
You end up evaluating your life when your on the road and sometimes may change your goals completely. With all of that free time and fresh mindset a unique travel gift could be learning anything with Skillshare. Click below to find out more.
9. Sony RX100 Compact Camera
Everyone loves a good holiday picture but sometimes phones just don’t cut it. Up your loved one’s Insta game with this easy to use camera (It’s the one I use for all of my travel photos). The ability to shoot in raw means you can get professional looking closeups of wildlife and epic architecture from anywhere in the world.
10. Herschel Backpack
This is the perfect day pack for any trip away. It’s classy design and secure laptop sleeve means you don’t need to look like a dorky tourist when you have to carry around a hoard of travel gear. Did I mention women’s clothes don’t have pockets?
So that’s my top 10 gifts for friends going travelling. Unique gifts for that vagabond in your life, or if that nomad is you, treat yo’self!
How to travel better for less
Booking.com – I always book with this site if looking for cheap accommodation as the filters are so easy to use. Become a genius member after five bookings and get great discounts too!
Air BnB – Sometimes you can find great local places to stay on Air BnB. In some countries, like Cuba, it’s the only way to book!
Transferwise – A debit card you can use all over the world and get great exchange rates with no hidden fees. This bank has saved me £100’s in bank fees!
Monzo – A similar travel card to the above with additional features like joint accounts and bill splitting.
World Nomads – Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can have while travelling. Don’t leave home without it! World Nomads provide the very best cover.
Ethical Superstore – My go to site for cleaning products, eco clothing and even groceries. All ethically tagged and delivered free from plastic packaging. Plus eco friendly alternatives to your toiletries.
Omio – The place to go for all of your public transport needs in Europe. Save a bundle!
G Adventures – A sustainable, fun, responsible travel company. I’ve travelled with them many times and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of their amazing trips.
Contiki – The day job. Group travel for 18/35 year olds and memories to last a lifetime.
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