Best Gifts for Travelers 2016

Best gifts for Travelers Do you have a traveler on your gift list? Not sure what to give? I’ve got you covered. Here are the best gifts for travelers.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes for traveling organizationHenry and I both use these and love them. I got them for my mom one year since she is even more of a world traveler than I am. They make packing and organization a breeze. And you can fit more in your suitcase or backpack when you compress your clothes into one of the cubes. We each have different colors, which makes it easy to quickly identify whose is whose. Double zipper pulls make opening/closing simple and fast and the mesh top panel means we can see the contents with out opening.

Buy packing cubes now on Amazon.

Ex Officio Undies

Best Gifts for travelers includes ex officio underwearWe don’t usually talk about underwear here, but we do wear it! The Ex Officio underwear is one of the best gifts for travelers because it’s easy to wash in a sink, roll dry in a towel, and wear again the next day. They are extremely quick drying and the antimicrobial treatment reduces odor in the fabric. These undies are made of durable fabric and the comfortable waistband won’t stretch out. They claim you only need two pair for any trip – one to wear, one to wash. Less to pack, less trips to the Laundromat. Henry has several pairs and loves them. I only wish I had gotten some for myself. Rookie mistake.

Buy men’s Ex Officio or women’s Ex Officio undies on Amazon.

SteriPEN Water Purifier

SteriPen uses UV to make water drinkable clean water gift for travelers The amount of plastic in the world puts me right over the edge of sanity. I refuse to buy water in a plastic bottle. Fortunately, I don’t have to and neither do you. The SteriPEN is magic. Well, it’s science, but you get the gist. You stick the pen in your reusable water bottle for less than a minute and the ultra violet destroys over 99.9% of harmful bacteria, viruses and protozoa, like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. It’s chemical free and doesn’t alter the taste of the water like iodine does. I used one of these in Peru in the most suspicious looking water (from a trough, I tell you!) and never got sick.

Buy SteriPen now on Amazon.

Geysa Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Geysa Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle best presents for travelers

Since you no longer need to buy horrible, disposable water bottles, you can invest in a metal, double walled reusable bottle. This one is leak proof and sweat proof and has a little handle for carrying or attaching to a backpack. The wide mouth opening makes it easy to fill or use with a SteriPen. Buy a reusable water bottle on Amazon.




Belkin 3-Outlet Travel Charger and Wall Plug Adapter

Belkin 3-Outlet Travel ChargerConvert plugs to Europe

If the travelers on your list are anything like us, they have a lot to plug in. Between laptops, iPads, Kindles, and phones, we need to juice up. Having a couple 3-outlet chargers is a big help. And this is a surge protector so you don’t have to worry about your electronics frying. I love that there are two USB ports as well. Combine it with a wall plug converter for travelers to the EU and you are ready to go!

Buy the Belkin Travel Charger and Wall Plug Adapter on Amazon.

Kindle PaperWhite E-reader

Amazon Kindle is one of the best gifts for travelers I know you love the feel of “real books,” but for travelers, the Kindle makes so much sense. Each of the four of us have one and we use them all the time. We can carry hundreds of books for a fraction of a pound’s weight. There is no glare, so you can read in the full sun and since they have an adjustable light, you can read in the dark, too. This is especially nice when you are all in the same space and don’t want to have a light on. Another bennie is that the whole family can be reading the same book at the same time. Do yourself a favor and splurge for the one without “special offers.” (Those are ads you see everytime you use the Kindle.)

Buy a Kindle on Amazon.

Amazon Gift Card

Amazon gift cards can be emailed to someoneIt’s not as personal as some of the other gifts, especially the undies!, but we have so appreciated the Amazon gift cards people have sent. We can’t carry much on our travels, but we read a ton on our Kindles. Gift cards let us all pick the books we like while keeping our packs light. You choose the amount. Buy an Amazon gift card.





What else would you add to a list of best gifts for travelers?

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28 thoughts on “Best Gifts for Travelers 2016

  1. Jen Morrow

    The water bottle would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone who loves the outdoors (It is on my wish list – hint, hint). Great suggestion for the power charger & adapter, my old one is so bulky (I bought it 20 years ago). It might be time for an updated model.

  2. Naomi

    It is hard to come up with gifts for people who only want to travel, but these are some good ideas! I don’t know what i’ll ask this year, I still have some time to think about it.

  3. Soraya

    What an awesome round up! I have seen so much about packing cubes and I really think someone should get this for me for Christmas haha! But wow that SteriPen looks like just what I need while traveling around Southeast Asia. I have been quite nervous trying something like this and end up having to opt for bottled water. But if you say you used it in Peru and never got sick, maybe I should look into it.

    1. Mel Post author

      I would definitely look into it. I was super nervous the first few times we used it because it just looks like you are shining a light into your water bottle. But, I know people who use them in all sorts of scary-water places and swear by them.

  4. Edith H Conyers

    I second all these items and Melynda is so clever about thinking up wonderful things. I have used the packing cubes for years and could not do without them. I have traveled many places with a filter water bottle and have never had an travel illness, Mongolia, Mexico, Peru and Indo China to name a few!! Thanks Melynda for such good blogs and ideas.

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