Twelve practical travel gifts that won't break the bank!

 You know at least one person in your life that is full of wanderlust and they maybe the hardest people to buy for. They travel lite, hate material things, and are always on the go. Here are some gift ideas that won't break the bank and your traveler friend will love them and most likely need them. 

You know at least one person in your life that is full of wanderlust and they maybe the hardest people to buy for. They travel lite, hate material things, and are always on the go. Here are some gift ideas that won't break the bank and your traveler friend will love them and most likely need them. 

  1. External battery charger : for some reason my phone battery doesn’t last as long as when I am home. It could be because of all the picture taking or GPS usage. An external charger can save you from stranded without a phone.
  2. Day pack/backpack: This seems like a no brainer but having a backpack that will hold your computer, water bottle, and other electronics is necessary. Carrying a purse can be back breaking and honestly, annoying. 
  3. Water bottle: Essential. While traveling, finding accessible water can be difficult. If you already have a water bottle, fill it up where you are staying, and try to keep it filled throughout the day. Drinking from any fountain in Rome is amazing, they have the best water. Dehydration can happen quickly if you are not careful. 
  4. Camping towel: Sometimes you may find yourself under a waterfall, fully clothed, in the middle of a jungle. Or in a hostel where they don’t provide towels. A small camping town is great to have on hand, just in case. 
  5. Slippers: This is just a good idea all around. Your traveler may be going to a place where shoes are not allowed inside or they could be headed to Iceland in December. Either way a good pair of house slippers is nice to have to lounge around in. Make sure they are bendable. 
  6. Homemade health kit: THIS! Ok wanna make something for your traveler? This is the best. What you will need: plastic bag or a see through zip pouch, band-aids, antiseptic, pain reliever, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, tweezers, nail clippers, hand sanitizer, condoms, antihistamine, pepto-bismol tablets.
  7. Socks: I don’t mean a pack of 12 socks from discount store. I mean a good pair of wool socks that will protect feet from the elements, blisters, and water. These socks will cost at least $15 not $10 for 12 pair. 
  8. Hat: The type of hat depends on the type of hat your traveler likes. They will need something to protect their face and head from the sun. I, myself, love a ball cap and wear one from my local brewery where ever I go. 
  9. Scarf: A lightweight scarf is great for those chilly nights or hot days. In many holy places scarves are needed to cover up a travelers shoulders, especially when it’s a hot summer day and they are dressed in a tank top. 
  10. Packing cubes/plastic storage bags: Packing cubes are the when organizing personal items like make-up, healthcare products, pens, and under garments. Plastic storage bags where the air can be released to make the space smaller for your clothes is a storage life saver. 
  11. Notebook and pen: A small notebook for keepsakes, ideas, or trip planning is great. Having a pen on hand helps when flying into another country and filling out those custom forms. 
  12. Sunglasses: These don’t need to be expensive because your traveler will most likely leave them on a train, plane, or in a taxi. Having a pair is necessary, especially in Thailand and Cambodia.