Perfect and Simple Gifts For Any Traveller – 101 Gifts They Need!

101 Perfect And Simple Gifts For Any Traveller

The hardest people to shop for are people that are minimalist, never around and the people that seem to have everything they need. Travelers and backpackers are all 3 of these things and this would make Christmas and birthday gifts an impossible task for these types of people! Luckily for you, I have a list here that will help you find the perfect gift, Even if you know nothing about travel.

These range of gifts are perfect for any budget! All the links will take you to Amazon, to save you time! These gifts are all ideas, you might see something on this list you like but want a different make, model or color so keep that in mind. I have some really simple Ideas that some just overlook, to things that no one would think of!

I have made this list using things that I have found helpful during my time traveling as well as wanted! One or two of the items (mainly the female stuff) I have made an educated guess on the perfect items. I have spent weeks making the complete guide for gifts for travelers to make it as simple as click, purchase, and wrap.

Plugs and Chargers

Plugs and chargers make perfect travel gift for a traveler as you can’t have too many! Unless they are hiking with no electric but I also have you covered for them, awkward travelers.

I have never seen a traveler without one of these items! These are a safe bet for anyone unsure what to get for there traveling friend!

International Plug

International plug 

This is the perfect gift If they’re an international traveler they are guaranteed to need at least one of these.

If not more!

The best thing about this gift is you don’t need to know (or care) where they are traveling too.

Solar Charger 

Solar Power Bank External Portable Battery Charger with Flashlight

On a hike on going to be away from electric for any time on a trip, these are perfect for these travelers.

This gift idea is for someone who is traveling outdoors for long periods

Android charging cable 

Android Charging Cable 10FT

Extra long so they can reach them tricky plugs in hostels.

Get them one, get them another in case they lose the 1st and get them a 3rd in case they break that one!

iPhone cable

iPhone Charging Cable

See above… But for iPhones

Make sure you get a long cable too!

Power bank

Power Bank

If you have an old phone like me this is so useful!

These are the perfect gift for the person always on there phone, It will die and you can be their hero!

Lightweight clothes (Men’s)

Light is key for packing so I will be showing you some of the best lightweight clothes.

The look good on but better in the hostel sink being washed by hand!

Lightweight top

Under Armour

Get fast drying top.

Great gift for when they have to wash their clothes in the shower( Yes, that does happen).

Waterproof Jacket

Marmot PreCip Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket

Lightweight and warm jackets are perfect for bad weather conditions when traveling and can be a perfect gift.

Even on holiday, it rains, keeps them dry happy and waiting to go to that beach for another day!


Ankle/Crew Socks for hiking and running

Perfect for all of their travel needs… Just don’t wear them with flip flops

Doesn’t matter who they are and what holiday you are celebrating socks is always the answer!

Male Underwear

Men’s No Ride up Boxer Briefs

Nothing worse than walking on a hot day and getting chafing. Help them.

Not ashamed to say it, But this is something I had to invest in when doing long hot walks.

Trousers (Pants)

Men’s Outdoor Waterproof Windproof Lightweight Trousers

Perfect for hiking and working outside.

Hiking or working holidays must haves!


Men’s Quick Dry Shorts Lightweight Shorts

Perfect for everything! A must-have for travel.

When I get on the plane, I’m right in a pair of these bad boys!


Cotton Men’s Pajama

You Don’t want to see them walking around naked, neither does there hostel!

Might be strange wearing pajamas and being a fully grown man but you have too if they’re in shared accommodation.

Flip Flops (Thongs)

Havaianas Men’s Top Flip Flop

Great for hostel showers as well as walking everywhere in.

Investing in a good pair for them is a good idea, no one like a broken shoe!


A Good Pair Of Trainers

There is a lot of walking with travel so a good pair of is needed!

The comfiest the better, Adidas seem to do a good job for me.

Swimming Shorts

Short Swim Trunks

They will want to wear these as much as possible!

These double up as a great second normal pair of shorts too, great for the savvy packers

Lightweight clothes (Women’s)

Some more lightweight, Fast drying clothes.

This time it’s for the ladies.


Under Armour T-shirt

Many get a few of these as gifts, Then it will be less chance them washing in the sink!

More tops less washes, more time to travel.


VAUDE Women’s Civetta Jacket

Stylish, Fast drying and pink! Perfect.

Waterproof jackets are key too.


Cushioned Ankle Socks

Small comfy ankle socks perfect for most trainers.

The perfect I don’t have a clue present for any loved one



Nothing screams sexy like fast drying underwear.

Other than them wetting themselves at the excitement of travel, these are great for washing quick and wearing again.


High Impact Workout Gym Activewear Bra

Give them the support they need on their travels.

I don’t know much about bras… So maybe these are not the best bras but they fit my travel criteria of light, easy to pack and fast wash!

Pants and trousers

Yoga Pants

Fast drying and super thin!

A lot of women travelers love to wear these daily not just in the gym.


Bermuda Shorts with Pockets

It might get hot, Might have to wear these all the time!

The pockets are key on this, a lot of women’s clothes having no pockets for valuables. These are perfect.


PJ Set 2PCS Lounge Set

One unwritten rule of hostels is to wear PJ’s.

Get them a cute and comfy pair, because the bed they might be it might not be either of them!

Flip Flops (Thongs)

Havaianas Women’s Slim Sandal

The most import thongs that women need!

Get a pair of these or a pair of sandals, get one, not both!


Adidas Trainers

They will walk one 1000 miles, then walk 1000 more. Make sure they are comfy doing it.

The better the trainers the more they see.


One Piece Monokini Swimsuit

Get them a new Swimsuit… It will be well used

A key thing for any travel or Holiday!

Wash stuff and travel packs

They might not be in the same country as you but it doesn’t mean they should smell!

Think of their roommates.

Hanging wash bag

Wash Bag Hanging Dopp Kit Travel for Bathroom Shower

Perfect to hang on the Hostel shower!

saves scrambling for your wash stuff every time you shower.

It’s all neatly organized, easy to find!

Travel wash kit (female)

Travel Kit for Woman on the Go

Granted this kit isn’t going to last 2 years or very long.

But it will give one less thing to worry about when they arrive.

They can replace with real size products when they have time!

Travel wash Kit (male)

Men’s Personal Hygiene Kit

Same reason as the women’s kit but this one is extremely basic

But this would probably last a lot longer

Flight size containers

Travel Containers with 5Pcs TSA Approved

Let them fill up their own travel kit!

Perfect size for the flight!

Flight stuff

The gifts for any traveler to fly in style and Comfort!

Some of these gifts might be a slight over packing, but this stuff will be in their hand luggage anyways.

Travel Pillow

Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow

Inflatable for size and soft velvet for their comfort.

Perfect to pack away after their flight

E reader/Ipad/ Tablet

Kindle Oasis E-reader

Give them something to do on the plane and all of there travels.

This isn’t just amazing for the plane but hostels too.

Plane footrest 

Airplane Footrest Made with Premium Memory Foam

Yes, a footrest for the plane! If you looking for the gift no one else has got… This is it!

I’m not going to lie to you I’m not 100% I know what this is but Amazon has it.

I buy one just to review

Compression socks

Compression Socks

These are a must-have for flights! They stop leg swelling up!

I thought this would be included in a flight pack but budget airlines don’t do flight packs!

Stuff for after travel (in between travel)

Because travel doesn’t have to stop at home.

Travel stops to hoarding begins.

Scratch off of the world map

Scratch Off World Map Wall Poster

Perfect to mark where you have been and visualize where to go next.

They will have this on a wall just to gloat


Floor Model Globe

Pretty awesome for anyone who is a massive fan of travel!

Perfect for their study!

Photo Album

Photo Album Scrapbook

Perfect gift for travelers to store their memories and to show off to everyone that comes round!

They will have this on the mantelpiece for easy access!

World Map Canvas   

Large Vintage World Map Canvas

Have the world with them in their house!

Nothing says I’ve traveled the world than having one of these in their house.


Movies to inspire travel! And some just for jokes.

Get them inspired to travel or to run away from it!



Ok if you have an extremely dark sense of humor this could be the perfect gift!



The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The story of an average man who goes on an adventure.

Shows some great places to get their wanderlust mind ticking again.



An adult comedy of a group of friends travels around Europe.

More for the party going friend that loves to travel.


Books are the best traveling gift you can get any traveler as they will use them to inspire more travel and get them through the hard parts

You can learn, get inspired, laugh, grow all within a paragraph.

Backpacks to Beer Taps

Backpacks To Beer Taps By Sean Brett: 

Unsure what books they have already read?

This book is perfect due to the fact it by a still a little unknown author, Which travels to Australia with his girlfriend in the hopes to change their life (The author is me, Sean Brett)

Just a warning it does have bad language within the book!


Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel 

The perfect book for anyone about to undertake their first journey!

Gives great advice from starting your travels to your end.

A lot of travelers have heard of this book or read it. (personally enjoyed it)

Destination books

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

Inspire more travel. Open their world to more places!

They’re not sure on there next journey get them a book to inspire and decide where to go next.

Mind and Motivation books

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A brilliant book for someone looking to gain focus.

The above is a perfect book to change someone’s thinking

but as you can tell me the cover Mark Manson loves to use the F-word a lot!

Travel guides 

Lonely Planet Australia (Travel Guide)

Guidebooks for the area that your traveler friend is going to can be extremely useful!

without one of these books, they can miss a great spot! (also use it to work out the busy places)

Drinking games (or other gamebooks)

The Little Book of Drinking Games

To make them the host of all hostel parties!

So many times I’ve to a hostel and someone will say “does anyone know any good drinking games” and everyone has blank faces!

Don’t let them sit there blank-faced!

Cookbooks (help books)

The Hungover Cookbook

Something to help you through the days, they might of had a little too much!

This book will make you laugh

Colouring books for the airplanes

Awful Air Travel Activity Book

A weird little actively book for a flight (warning you must have a sense of humor)

Of course, there are kids coloring books too

Drinking bottles

Every traveler needs a water bottle. Just which one?

Save the environment and their back wallet.

Foldable Water Bottle

Foldable Silicone Water Bottle

Perfect for space saving!

They can fold this into that normally too small to do anything with side pocket!

Insulated Water Bottle

Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle

Hot drinks stay hot and cold drinks stay cold!

Might take up more room but doubles up as a weapon when full

Water Filter Bottle 

LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle

A water bottle that cleans the water as you drink it.

You can drink out of the river and puddles using this, so hostel taps will be no problem.

Travel Mug 

Ceramic Travel Mug with Lid

Don’t be a mug!

For the coffee on the go. Everyone needs a coffee!

Hip Flask

Jack Daniels Black Leather Cover Stainless Steel Flask

Drinking containers don’t have to just be for water!

Perfect to sneak in alcohol to the over expensive pub.

Backpacks and Luggage

You wouldn’t be a backpacker without a backpack.

The right backpack is key!

Hydration pack

Hydration Pack, Water Backpack

For the person that going on long hikes, not really for the guys that’s going to the hotel.

Don’t need to worry about stop starting! One downside, I don’t think beer works well.

The Backpack

55lt Hiking Backpack with Rainfly

The perfect size for people traveling.

Any bigger it would be too heavy to carry.

Spend time looking for the perfect for them, This one above is a good start.

Carry on Bag

Slim Carry On Travel Backpack

Perfect carry on backpacker with great compartments for laptop, clothes and water bottle!

To maximize room on flights gets a bag that is the maximum size.

Bum Bags and Fanny Packs 

Waist Belt Travel Safe Money Passport Holder RFID Blocking

A bumbag, for their safety not style.

You can also look for such things as money belts.


How else are they going to show off to friends and family on Instagram!

A decent camera can be the difference between them wanting to take selfies or take photos of nature.

Fujifilm X100F 24.3

Fujifilm X100F 24.3 MP APS-C Digital Camera-Silver

Top of the range camera, with cool features built in,

pocket size for the traveler!

Perfect for someone who wants great photo without taking up all the space.

Canon Digital SLR

Canon Digital SLR Camera Body

Amazing looking camera and great quality photos.

Perfect for the wannabe Instagrammers


Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera

Perfect for anyone with little professional camera experience

Much cheaper than the two camera’s prior

Takes a brilliant close up shot.

I Actually own this camera, This is some of the Photo’s Taylor took with it  

Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera (Polaroid Style)

Perfect for making a retro style travel book.

These cameras are quite the hit with travelers


GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

For the new youtube star!

They can strap it to nearly everything and you can see what they can see!

Tomtom Bandit


Tomtom Bandit 4k

The Tomtom Bandit is for the budget YouTube star ( I have this camera and it’s really good)

If you want to see the quality check out FSG Travels YouTube Channel


Portable Mini Drone

I’m not a fan of this due to the fact they take you away from the moment but I know others are.

So I’ve added this to the list, Make sure you check the country they are even allowed them.


This stuff might seem small but it’s quite important.

These are the stuff that many backpackers and travels will forget to buy.


Cable Luggage Locks

Perfect for bags when on the move and perfect hostels.

If they are even thinking of staying in a hostel they need one of these!

Cable Organizer

Cable Organizer Bag

Brilliant when you have a lot of different electronics keeps them organized and together!

Nothing worse than losing your wires in the bottom of your rucksack.

First Aid Kit

First aid Survival Kit

Everyone should pack one of these, no matter where you are going!

If they haven’t already got the knowledge to use one of these may be the gift of lifesaving course is a good idea?


Trojan Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms

You can get this as a bit of joke present, But having a baby or bringing something home from your travels isn’t a joke.

(hidden joke here for the people counting, to see if I actually have 101 travel gifts idea)


Sunscreen Lotion

This is a must for travel If your not sure what they have or not suncream is always a safe bet.

More they have of this stuff the better!

Insect Repellent

Insect Repellent

An insect can be a right pest! You will need this in most countries.

Check before buying as some repellent may contain ingredients that may be illegal or banned in the country they are traveling too.


Digital Luggage Scale

The annoying thing you probably only use just before you fly!

So the smaller the better!


Travel Compact Umbrella Mini

Tiny easy packable umbrella for when it rains on your holiday!

Get it in a bright color to brighten up their day.

Travel Badges

Travel Badges (USA)

Travelers love to collect these for every country that they have been too

Why not get them their home badge and start of or help out their collection

(Plus if its their home country and already got the badge, they can sew it on another bag, they will just look patriotic)

Nail clippers

Nail Clippers set

Long toenails and flip flops just don’t work!

Neither does watching someone biting them off


You don’t want them to be the guy in the hostel with music playing loud!

Also great for long journeys will boring passengers.

Bose Wireless Headphones

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones

High quality and top of the range in-ear, wireless headphones.

These might be a bit overkill for just to listen to Netflix in hostels

Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

Top of the Range on-ear headphones.

Noise-canceling for that annoying person that is talking loud next to you.

In-ear headphones



Other ends of the price scale, much more suited for hostels

Sound quality is not as good

Cheaper On-Ear HeadPhones

Sony XB550AP Extra Bass On-Ear Headphone

Cheaper on ear comfortable headphones.

But still sony quality.

Small Keyring Speaker 

Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Ok, sometimes it ok to make a little noise, Do it with a little speaker!

Perfect for a day out at the beach!

Camping and Hiking

Camping can be luxury and for Survival.

Here is a list of both.


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Makes water safe to drink

This is perfect for camping and hiking when you’re further than just your back garden.


LED Tactical Flashlight

A must-have for camping!

Big or small, Handheld or hanging it’s just a must!


Lightweight Nylon Portable Hammock

Why Sleep in a tent when you can sleep in a hammock!

This is a pretty unique gift, But please don’t buy this for a person looking to camp in Antarctica


Tent Pop Up

A tent, Can’t camp without a tent! (unless you have a hammock)

Tents are great but getting these as gifts can be tricky due to not knowing which one to get

Swiss Army Knife


Swiss army knife! Because why not.

Never had one, never used one, don’t really know what they do… But I want it.

Pots and Pans

Camping Cookware Mess Kit

Pots and pans for all their Camping needs.

Maybe not the most interesting gift but useful!

Gas Cookers 

Portable Gas Stove

Unless they are going to make a fire, they will need one of these to cook!

This one above is great for more luxury camping due to its size, but for extreme camping you want small!

Trekking Poles

Premium Trekking Poles

For the hiker in them! Look the part and help push that little harder.

I’m not gonna lie I have no idea what Trekking poles do!

Camping wipes

Combat Wipes Active- Extra Thick, Ultralight, Biodegradable

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

When you’re too posh for leaves!

Survival/ Camping food

Survival Food

Be the reason they are still alive… The gift that makes you a hero!

This might look a little rough but it would taste a lot better than ramen noodles

Sporks and Cutlery

Camping Utensils Cutlery Set – 4 in 1 (Fork/Spoon/Knife/Bottle Opener)

Sporks are amazing gifts!

I actually gave one of these as a gift to a friend that traveled Australia

Blow Up Bed

Sleeping Pad with Pillow Armrest. Inflatable Ultralight Compact

For glamping, Not camping!

Sleep in comfort, better than some hostels

Stupid and funny gifts

Sometimes the gifts just need to be that stupid, its funny!

If your the funny uncle these are your gift ideas!

Easy Mac

Kraft Easy Mac

Treat them with the luxury basic food item

(The Upgrade to instant noodles)

I love Ramen Noodles

Men’s Shorts Ramen Noodles Sweatpants Drawstring

Let them be the funniest guy at the hostel!

And you give the worse gift for Christmas.

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Make them the life of the party with this game…

Just warn them not to play in it on a formal occasion. It’s extremely dark humor.

Luggage tags 

Luggage Tags

Perfect for Luggage and food for hostel fridges.

Brillant for airports too!

F-It Travel Mug

F It Travel Tumbler

Why give them a normal travel mug!

When they can have this!

How to Swear In Different Languages 

Jason Sacher: How to Swear Around the World

When you are around the world they need to be able to communicate with everyone!

It the 1st thing you teach each other when traveling!

Rude Hand Gestures

Rude Hand Gestures of the World: A Guide to Offending without Words

Perfect when they don’t want to spend time learning another language

You could argue this is educational too.

Still unsure what to get?

Get the ultimate, don’t know what to get you present, the gift voucher.

Amazon Gift Card

Amazon.com eGift Cards

You can send them that plus a link to this article and they can choose their own gift!

Plus there is so much more!

Airbnb Voucher

Airbnb Gift Card

Perfect for getting them a night or two stays somewhere without choosing where

If you still don’t know… I can’t help you!

I am all out of ideas, But if you can think of something that isn’t on this list let me know in the comments( This will help others out too)

My last gift you could give, Is the gift of my blog! It has some fantastic resources on for different countries and overall travel

Travel Hacks And Travelling Tips By The Funny Backpacker

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