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Best Travel Gifts for a Globetrotter

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When shopping for a world traveler, you first need to know what type of traveler they are.

Are they trekking through the jungles of South America with the lightest pack they can find or are they jaunting through Europe and still have a use for a miniature hair straightener?

This list of gift ideas gives a combination of both useful and fun presents.

1. Backpacker Essentials

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If your friend is about to set out on a backpacking trip and has yet to do any real shopping, help them out financially and get them what they need: [easyazon_link identifier=”B01EA76A0C” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]a quick dry towel[/easyazon_link], a [easyazon_link identifier=”B000ZOUB5A” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]padlock[/easyazon_link], an [easyazon_link identifier=”B000YN01X4″ locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]adapter[/easyazon_link], a [easyazon_link keywords=”flexible water bottle” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]flexible water bottle[/easyazon_link], a [easyazon_link keywords=”collapsible umbrella” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]collapsible umbrella[/easyazon_link], etc.

2. Girly Travel Gear

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If your friend isn’t a backpacker, there are tons of useful, cute present ideas. [easyazon_link keywords=”Makeup bags” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]Makeup bags[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link keywords=”roll-on perfume” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]roll-on perfume[/easyazon_link], this adorable [easyazon_link keywords=”hair straightener” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]miniature hair straightener[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link keywords=”jewellery cases” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]jewellery cases[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link keywords=”glam water bottles” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]glam water bottles[/easyazon_link].

3. External Battery

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Every traveler needs the ability to charge on the go. You can get a [easyazon_link keywords=”external battery” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]regular external battery[/easyazon_link] that requires your friend to have a charger cord with them or you can give them a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01KLKWEX4″ locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]fashionable battery[/easyazon_link] to keep in their purse that plugs directly into their phone.

4. Selfie Stick

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No shame. This gift is great for the solo traveler or for the traveler who wants photos with her friends on every block. The good news: [easyazon_link keywords=”selfie sticks” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]selfie sticks are really cheap[/easyazon_link] so they’re a great gift even if you’re afraid your friend won’t actually use it.

5. Traveling Hammock

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If your friend tends to do a lot of outdoor exploring, get them a hammock they can use on the go. These lightweight hammocks are great for hikers. Eagle Nest Outfitters sells a popular one but you can find [easyazon_link keywords=”Traveling Hammock” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]various brands on Amazon[/easyazon_link].

6. Lifeproof Phone Case

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If you know what type of phone your friend has, [easyazon_link keywords=”Lifeproof Phone Case” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]give them this phone case[/easyazon_link]. The fact that it’s waterproof makes it great for any traveler – the type of friend who will be stuck out in the rain camping or the friend who wants to take underwater photos at their resort’s pool.

7. Coffee Table Books

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Is your friend still in the middle of planning their global escapades? Give them [easyazon_link identifier=”1760342777″ locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]this coffee table book[/easyazon_link] that is one part stylish and two parts inspirational.

If they’ve narrowed down their area of exploration, consider giving them one of the [easyazon_link identifier=”3836554895″ locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]36 Hours book series[/easyazon_link]. These beautiful books suggest how to take on a city in just a weekend – in 36 hours. The [easyazon_link identifier=”3836554895″ locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]US & Canada edition[/easyazon_link] is great for any friend who takes the occasional weekend trip to explore the country.

8. Packing Cubes

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[easyazon_link keywords=”Packing cubes” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]Packing cubes[/easyazon_link] are great for any traveler. They are a lightweight, easy way to keep your friend’s bag organized so that it doesn’t look like a bomb went off when they go looking for a clean pair of underwear.

9. Foldable, Compact Duffle Bag

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Any traveler can find good use for a [easyazon_link keywords=”foldable duffle bag” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]foldable duffle bag[/easyazon_link]. If your friend is a backpacker these compact, lightweight bags are handy when they want to leave their backpack behind at the hostel but need to take some supplies to the beach. On the other hand, if your friend is the opposite of a backpacker and tends to do quite a lot of shopping on a trip, these bags are great for when their suitcase overflows.

10. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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If you’re willing to pull out the big bucks, get your friend noise-cancelling headphones. These headphones are life-changing for anyone who is constantly on the move. They remove that sound of the airplane humming in the background and let your seatmate on a crowded bus know that you’re not down for small talk. Bose makes the most popular brand but you can [easyazon_link keywords=”Noise-Cancelling Headphones” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]find others on Amazon[/easyazon_link].

11. Passport Cover

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Feel like giving a bit of a glamorous gift? Passport covers are very chic and you can find them at a variety of stores.

12. Laundry Bag

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This [easyazon_link keywords=”cute laundry bag” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]cute laundry bag[/easyazon_link] is useful for any traveler who needs to separate their dirty socks from their only sweater.

13. Houdini Jacket

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This [easyazon_link keywords=”Houdini Jacket” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]water repellent windbreaker from Patagonia[/easyazon_link] is amazing. It’s called a Houdini for a reason – it balls into nothing and is incredibly lightweight. This is a great gift for anyone who will be spending some time outside.

14. Map

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If your friend has been zig-zagging all around the globe, give them a map for their home when they return. They can then mark all the places that they’ve traveled. You can either go get a regular map and thumbtacks or buy this [easyazon_link identifier=”B00O8PNW6M” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]scratch-off map[/easyazon_link].

15. Gift cards

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When in doubt, give useful gift cards: Uber, [easyazon_link keywords=”Amazon gift cards” locale=”US” tag=”tbelles-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link], REI, etc.

About the author

Addie Gottwald is a perpetual student. After graduating Davidson College in May 2014, she decided that her education wasn't, and will never, be over. She walks the world both literally through travel and hiking and figuratively through her love of reading, writing and research. Her classroom is ever-changing but her desire to learn is never-ending. Follow Addie's blog at Open Ended Life.

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