This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you book or purchase through these links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.Guess what it’s time for? Yep, you got it. The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us once again. It’s truly amazing how fast it comes around as an adult. As a kid, it was well…slow as Christmas! See what I did there? Don’t worry, I am sticking to my day job as a travel blogger. 😉 There are all kinds of neat gadgets for travelers so if you need ideas, here is my 2019 gift giving guide for the globetrotter in your life!
2019 Gift Giving Guide
As always, my 2019 gift giving guide is diverse and includes items for both men and women as well as general items that will appeal to all different kinds of travelers from techie to organized to adventurous! So many of these items I own and love. The rest have come so highly recommended to me by other travelers that I am including them on this list too!
For the perfect, lightweight yet quite sturdy carry-on, the Chester Minima will meet all of your needs. Built-in TSA locks and a laundry bag are just a couple of the bag’s many features. An easy-to-operate spinner, the Minima has several color options and even offers free two-day shipping.
Want to know one thing I can’t travel without? It’s these packing cubes. With different color options and multiple sizes within a set, they are perfect for keeping your clothes organized and not in a wrinkled pile at the bottom of your suitcase!
This is the best-checked bag suitcase I’ve ever owned. I absolutely love the Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright because it’s light, expandable, and best of all, has a lifetime warranty. This bag really does withstand the wear and tear that comes with travel but when I needed something fixed on it they sent it back almost a new bag complete with things replaced that I didn’t even ask for!
This Case Logic Laptop Backpack fits everything from my MacBook Pro to my DSLR camera, all accessories and chargers plus other personal items as well as souvenirs when traveling. I love that you can arrange the compartments to fit your needs or take them all out if that isn’t your thing!
The perfect adapter, converter, power strip and long cord all-in-one! This universal travel adapter is perfect with its 3 plugs and 4 USB ports. It also converts power and worked perfectly on my recent trip to Japan.
For the bookworms out there, the Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best gift options and one of my top favorites. Your entire library is all in one place making it easy to finish up one book and start another. Perfect for those long flights, winding down after a busy day of sightseeing, or relaxing by the water!
I couldn’t function without my MacBook Pro. It’s the best for photo editing and the 13″ is small enough to fit in just about any bag. It fits perfectly in my Case Logic Laptop Backpack (made for a 15″ laptop) with room to spare for things like papers and my Kindle Paperwhite.
8 | iPhone XS
I have loved my iPhone XS and have enjoyed the step up from my iPhone 7. I’m particularly in love with the portrait mode on the camera. However, if you like the size of the iPhone 11 Pro Max and it falls in your budget, I would definitely go for it because the camera on it is wicked good-it even does 4K video!
The Apple Watch is the perfect complement to the Apple iPhone and the Apple Series 4 is pretty affordable now that the Series 5 has come out. I was given the Series 4 for my birthday at the first of the year and finally got it up and running. I love how handy it is from monitoring my steps, to getting notifications and even listening to music!
I needed a small daypack to take on my Patagonia trip earlier this year. I found this ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack and it was exactly what I was looking for. Small, packable (zips into its own pouch), water resistant, outer pockets for drinks, umbrellas or tripods…it has everything! It quickly became my go-to bag that I must pack when I travel. I’ve used it on every trip since!
For travelers, we love to recount where we’ve been, look over where we’ve been and dream about where we want to go in the future. This Scratch Off Map of The World is a great way to do all of this and can be a fantastic story piece when someone visits. I like to use mine almost as a way to cross off or “scratch off” my destination bucket list. They also have a United States Scratch Off Map and a Scratch Off Map for Kids and Families!
12 | Magnetic World Globe
An alternative or better yet, a complement to the Scratch Off Map is this Magnetic World Globe. It has magnetic pins to designate all the countries you’ve visited or ones still on your list. I have this one in black because it matches the decor of my travel room but they also have it in blue.
Every traveler needs a good digital luggage scale to be sure they don’t have surprise fees at the airport!
My go-to camera, the Canon Powershot SX740 HS is responsible for 90 percent of the photos taken on my travels and posted on this site. The other 10 percent are taken by my Canon 80D or my iPhone. I absolutely love this little travel camera. It takes 4K video, shoots in manual and takes great night shots without a tripod (if you aren’t trying to capture light trails, that is).
The one camera accessory I can’t live without. I know what you’re thinking and you’re right. But batteries is something my camera can’t live without. I can’t live without this OP/TECH Compact Sling. It’s a crossbody strap for my camera so that I don’t have to carry it all the time but it’s immediately accessible. Keeps my hands free for my iPhone to shoot those Instagram Stories!
16 | GoPro Hero7 Black
The GoPro Hero7 Black is a must for the adventure traveler. I’ve taken mine paragliding, camel riding, snorkeling, snowmobiling and skiing just to name a few. If you want the latest version, then get the Hero8 Black.
On-the-go travelers need a power bank like the Anker PowerCore 10000 to recharge those phones. Google Maps, photography and videography can eat a phone battery fast. This one is small and very lightweight!
For travelers (or other travel bloggers) who take lots of photos, backing those photos up is mandatory. My Transcend Storejet External Hard Drive has a 2TB storage capacity and even meets US military drop-test standards!
If you (or the traveler in your life) are like me, you travel with many different cords and cables. Phone cord, computer cord, headphones, etc. Cords all tangled up drive me crazy! These Avantree Pack Reusable Cord Keepers eliminate all of that craziness and come in fun colors too!
20 | Tile
The Apple AirPods are on my personal Christmas list this year. The only reason I haven’t gotten them before now is because it’s one more thing to charge. However, there’s no denying their convenience and the fact that you don’t need an adapter to charge and listen simultaneously! If you prefer, here is the version with the wireless charging case.
For those who prefer noise-canceling headphones, this COWIN E7 set is wildly popular on Amazon. I personally don’t love headphones themselves, I’m more of an earbud/airpod type of girl, but these are absolutely the ones I would purchase if I was. They have a great price point and fantastic reviews.
For anyone who frequents hostels, this PacSafe Portable Safe is perfect to secure your valuables. Sometimes safes aren’t always provided even in regular hotels rooms and this portable safe is perfect for securing valuables to large, fixed objects.
For adventure travelers, particularly water lovers, the Earth Pak Dry Bags might come in handy to keep your things dry. There are different size and color options and it comes with a bonus dry pouch for your phone.
This little gadget has saved me a time or two and given me peace of mind in other situations. If you don’t need the big space dry bags and just want to protect your phone while out on the water or engaging in water activities, my JOTO Cellphone Dry Bag is amazing! It also comes in many color choices.
Every traveler needs TSA Approved Cable Luggage Locks. I like these because the cable is longer making it easier to lock different sizes and cover wider distances on suitcases and backpacks.
A collapsible, reusable water bottle is almost a necessity these days. Not only is it sustainable, but perfect for filling up at airports or from destinations with fountains where the water is drinkable. This one is leak-proof, easy to pack and can even attach to your favorite travel bag.
My favorite silicone travel bottles are these by GoToob. I love that I can label them and they are very easy to open and fill. They are also leak-proof and TSA approved (3 oz and under).
29 | Travel Journal
Documenting your travels and feelings in a travel journal is always a great idea. It can be freeing and fun to look back on later in life. This one is compact, lined and refillable. For little travelers, check out this ultimate travel journal for kids with fun activities.
How cute are these Airportag Throw Pillow Covers? Perfect for travel decor, they offer almost any airport you wish to display. Just search Airportag with your favorite airport code like CDG for Paris, LHR for London, FCO for Rome, DXB for Dubai, HND for Tokyo.
31 | Airbnb Gift Card
Consider an Airbnb gift card with e-delivery. This makes a great gift with Airbnbs being so popular and affordable. It can easily be applied to an Airbnb account to help out your traveler on their next adventure. There are also hotel gift cards if that is your preferred choice.
32 | Airline Gift Cards
Another great gift card idea is an airline gift card like this one from Southwest. Flights are usually the most expensive part of any trip!
33 | Amazon Gift Card
An Amazon Gift Card with e-delivery makes the ultimate travel gift. With this card your traveler can have their pick of all the items on this list and so much more!
Organized tours and activities are popular when traveling so this Get Your Guide gift card is a great gift option. It’s the company I use on my trips and not only do they have a vast selection of tours but they have a fantastic cancellation/recscheduling policy too!
35 | Gluten-Free Restaurant Cards & Travel Guides
Do you or anyone you know suffer from Celiac disease? If so, you know how difficult it can be to eat safely while traveling. Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads has been a world traveler for many years and was diagnosed with Celiac disease in the early 2000s.
She was thrilled to find similar gluten-free guides out there to use when traveling but she STILL got sick. For this reason, she made it her mission to create completely safe gluten-free restaurant cards and travel guides for many areas of the world.
These guides have been double-checked by two translators who speak the local language and are familiar with the food. They are clearly labeled with cross-contamination, prep care, and oil contamination. In addition, they are available as direct downloads and sized for your smartphone for easy use.
Jodi’s guides sell for $8.99 each and have even been featured in The New York Times!
I absolutely love my Travelon Cross-Body purse. It’s RFID blocking, has a slash-proof strap and it locks onto itself. Another thing I love is that I can hang (lighter) bags with handles on the hook so I can keep my hands free!
I have needed a good rain jacket/windbreaker on just about every trip I’ve been on. This Charles River Rain Jacket has been with me on every trip since 2016. If you read my blog, this is the hot pink jacket you are always seeing! Perfect for cooler nights, rainy days or as an outer layer if you don’t need or want a bulky coat.
A staple for me for every cold-weather trip is a mid-length packable down coat. This one is very similar to mine and I love that it packs down into a small pouch. I throw it in my suitcase and with very little weight and space taken up, I have the warmest coat!
I don’t travel with a hairdryer anymore. I am fortunate to have naturally wavy hair that air dries overnight. But I usually have to control the frizz of the waves and I use a mini flat iron for this. I have been able to use it in every country I’ve been in (40 as of this post) and have never needed a converter for it!
I can’t leave my house for the day let alone to travel without these oil blotting sheets. If you have oily skin, these will be your best friend in the summer and wherever it’s humid!
This silicone world map keyboard cover is on my 13″ Macbook Pro right now. Travelers love seeing maps and globes and so it’s perfect for our computers!
1 | Solid Cologne
For men who travel and love to wear cologne, this solid cologne eliminates the need to bring a breakable bottle that takes up weight and space.
Hopefully, you have the perfect gift idea for the traveler in your life or you have found something that has caught your own eye. For even more ideas, check out all of my favorite travel items!
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