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2018 Practical Traveler’s Gift Guide: Gift Ideas For Frequent Travelers That They’ll Actually Use

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The holidays are fast approaching!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the frequent traveler in your life that they will actually use on their travels next year, we’ve got you covered.

As travelers ourselves we know we can be pretty hard to shop for. I mean, how do you buy something for someone who values experiences over things and who’s constantly widdling down their belongings into a carry-on sized suitcase?

You take suggestions from this very gift guide, that’s how! This list is an accumulation of all the practical, functional, no-frills gifts that every traveler would love to receive. We know because we are travelers and we use most of the stuff on this list every trip.

And don’t worry about having to find a special store that sells specialized travel gear. Everything on this list can be bought online from Amazon.

Because while we love the holidays, we could totally skip the mad rush to the store that is the entire month of December. I mean, who wants to deal with insane crowds of frustrated holiday shoppers and wait in those never-ending check out lines. Yeah, no thanks.

All of these gifts can be bought with the click of a button on Amazon. So say goodbye to the insane Black Friday crowds and the never-ending checkout lines at stores and shop from the comfort of your own home this year.

If you’re down with a no stress, peaceful shopping experience, and are ready slay your travel gift giving this holiday season, then get cozy under a blanket, grab your laptop and let’s get shopping!

Here’s to all the adventurers out there looking for some practical gear for a better, easier, travel experience.

This one’s for you.

All in 1 Universal Plug Adapter

This All In 1 Universal Plug Adapter enables you to plug your tech into any outlet no matter where you are. This way you only need one plug adapter for every country in the world!

Just remember to bring it. Not speaking from experience or anything…

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TSA Approved Carry-on Leakproof Silicon Refillable Travel Bottles with Labels

Fill these TSA Approved Carry-On Bottles with your favorite products, throw them in your carry-on and off you go. Never worry about liquid size restrictions again. Better for your mind, your wallet, and the environment!

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Travel Cosmetic Containers

These travel cosmetic containers are great for storing make-up, lotions, and medicines while traveling.

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Anker Power Core 10000

Travel days are long, my friends. Long enough to kill the battery on your beloved phone, aka, gps, aka lifeline and your only way of finding that hotel you booked in a foreign country. Nothing is worse than your phone dying at literally THE MOST inopportune time. It’s happened to us. Not fun.

Luckily, with this magical device, you’ll never have to worry about that pesky little predicament. This Anker power bank is smaller than a deck of cards, weighs only 6 ounces, and can charge your phone 2-3x over!

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Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Travel with thousands of books, all on one device. You literally can not run out of reading material on your trip with a Kindle Paperwhite. What we love about reading on a Kindle as opposed to a tablet or other e-reader is that, as the name “paperwhite” suggests, the screen appears the same to your eyes as reading on paper.

Hello, hours of reading without straining my eyes! Great for those 15 hours plane rides to China. Plus, the 6″ size is smaller than carrying around an actual book and perfect for fitting in a daypack or purse.

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TP-Link Wireless Hotspot Travel Router

Wifi in your pocket, anywhere in the world! This TP-Link Wireless Hotspot is great for traveling to developing countries with spotty connections. At just 2 inches x 2 inches this little guy is literally small enough to carry around in your pocket. How cool is that?!

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Packing Cubes

Packing cubes can help you keep your suitcase organized AND pack more into it?! Yes, please. I’ll take the lot.

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MSR Waterbag

This water bag by MSR is by far the best, most durable waterbag we’ve found. It’s lightweight and rolls up small when not filled. MSR makes these bags in multiple different sizes and makes an attachable hose (amazon link) for easy drinking.

These things are great for filling up before long flights or putting in your backpack for a long day out sightseeing or hiking and are easily fillable at a water fountain or sink.

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HikPro Ultra Lightweight Packable Daypack

This HikPro 20 Liter water and tear resistant bag folds up into a sandwich sized pouch weighing only 6.9 oz! Perfect for taking with you on a day out sightseeing, on a day hike, or keeping folded up in your purse or larger backpack as an extra bag.

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Columbia Convertible Pants (Men’s)

These men’s convertible pants by Columbia are the ultimate travel pants. They’ve got plenty of pocket space and they zip off to become shorts if you get too hot!

We never travel without a pair of convertible pants. They’re lightweight, easy to wash, and great for any outdoor activities (which we do a lot of).

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Columbia Convertible Pants (Women’s)

These women’s convertible pants by Columbia are the ultimate travel pants. They’ve got plenty of pocket space and they zip off to become shorts if you get too hot!

We never travel without a pair of convertible pants. They’re lightweight, easy to wash, and great for any outdoor activities (which we do a lot of).

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Trtl Travel Pillow

A revolutionary travel pillow by Trtl that allows you to actually sleep upright! Well, as much as that’s actually possible, let’s be real.

This thing actually has neck support, unlike the usual u-shaped pillows where your head is still crooked at a super awkward neck cramp-inducing angle.

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Portable Clothesline

One of the hardest things about traveling for more than a week or so at a time is needing to do laundry on the road. While you can always find a sink, shower or hose to hand wash some clothes finding somewhere clean to hang your wet clothes out to dry is a whole other matter.

How do we fix this? A portable clothesline of course! This baby is 14 ft. long, weighs just 0.5 lbs and rolls up super small. It’s also adjustable to whatever length you need. Holla for no more wet stinky clothing!

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Quickdry Microfiber Towel

Move over bulky beach towel, hello microfiber beauty! This quick dry microfiber towel comes with us on every trip. You never know when you’ll end up swimming at a waterfall, on the beach, or simply if your hostel doesn’t provide free towels.

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Marmot Women’s Rain Jacket

Because rain happens.

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Marmot Men’s Rain Jacket

A bit of rain won’t spoil our travels! This lightweight, breathable Marmot rain jacket will keep you dry out and about, and also works great as a wind protector.

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Packable Rain Poncho

For those times when you accidentally get caught in a stray shower, this packable rain poncho will be your savior. It stuffs into a small pouch you can keep in your bag or purse.

This poncho is also great for hiking and other outdoor activities because it’s nice and long, and is baggy enough to fit over a backpack and provide ample ventilation. This means both you and your stuff can stay dry, a win-win!

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Travel Dress with POCKETS!!

I’m not really sure if travel dresses are a thing, but they should be. I wear a travel dress like this every time I have a long flight. It’s stretchy comfy t-shirt material, long to keep you warm on the inevitably freezing cold plane ride, and black so it doesn’t show stains.

This dress makes you ready for any formal occasion, date, fancy restaurant, or party you might partake in on your travels, and it won’t wrinkle in your bag. It’s like being in your pajamas, except you still look hot. Score!

Plus, can we say POCKETS!!!!! A comfy dress with pockets for travel is everything! Just imagine actually having a spot to put your passport or boarding pass that’s easily accessible when it needs to be checked ten million times going through the airport security line.

Or as a temporary spot for change when the lady at the register hands you a pile of coins with your food and you don’t have enough hands for everything. Seriously, pockets are gold. My only complaint about my travel dress is that there are no pockets. Time for an upgrade.

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Zipper Pocket Infinity Scarf

For all the ladies who are constantly cold in airports and on planes. This zipper pocket infinity scarf is a great way to keep warm, be stylish, and keep your valuables close, easily accessible, and concealed at the same time.

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Travel Camera Compartment

This brilliant little travel camera bag comes in all different sizes with customizable padded velcro compartments inside to organize and protect all your camera gear while traveling. You’ll never have to worry about your camera or lenses getting damaged in transport again with this little buddy, putting your mind and your wallet at ease!

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Columbia Men’s Travel Shirt

The man’s solution to travel wear. Justin brings these travel shirts on every single trip we go on, and always wears one on our long travel days. They’re lightweight, super breathable, comfy, stylish, and have plenty of pocket space on the chest for storing passports and boarding passes where they won’t fall out. Win!

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Wrap Sweater

This comfy, stylish, and lightweight wrap sweater is perfect for pairing with your travel dress for those long freezing plane rides. Anyone else feel like you burn calories on plane rides just from shivering in your seat? Let’s remedy that.

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Foldable Sunhat

Because when you’re kayaking for a week in the Philippines without a sunhat, your entire scalp, lips, and nose will get painfully burnt if you don’t bring this foldable sunhat (yes, that actually happened). This is not the sexiest of sunhats, but it does the job.

The benefit of this particular hat is that it’s packable, super lightweight, breathable, and quick drying. Great for travel to any of the equatorial countries where the sun is not but 50ft. away from you and there’s no escape. We live there, take our word for it.

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Easy Access Camera Bag

This little holster camera bag is perfect for day trips or hikes where you don’t want to worry about your camera bumping into things while you’re out exploring, but also want to make sure you don’t miss any shots.

It sits right across your chest, just like the camera strap would. Unzip the top of the bag and whip out your camera in seconds. This bag is about as good as you can get when it comes to the combo of protection, quick access, and ease of use.

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Compression Socks

You’ll be amazed at how much better your legs feel after a long day of sitting in a cramped seat when you wear compression socks. We always wear these on our long travel days. A little bit more comfort goes a long way when you’re talking about a 12-15 flight or bus ride.

The extra pressure from these socks helps increase blood flow and prevent blood clots which can sometimes occur after long flights. Extra comfort + better health is always a good thing.

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Travel Umbrella

For those times when a rain jacket just doesn’t cut it (or it’s too dang hot), you gotta bring out the big guns. This travel umbrella weighs only 13.6 oz and is just 11.5 in. long when closed.

Because when it’s pouring cats and dogs outside and you only have one day to explore a new place, you better believe you’ll be pulling out this umbrella and trudging through those puddles like nobody’s business.

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Buff

The all in one multi-purpose head-ware you never knew you needed, but totally do. Goodbye all other scarves and headbands, the buff is in town. This tiny piece of cloth can be worn 12 different ways, from scarf to hat, to headband, to scarf/hat combo.

This buff weighs literally nothing (a whopping 1.3 oz to be exact) and takes up virtually no room in your bag. Basically, there’s no reason not to have this brilliant little tube of cloth in your life.

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Ultralight 40L Backpack

This ultralight 40L backpack is the perfect size to bring as a carry-on. We bring this on two-three week trips and can fit everything we need in this one bag.

In addition to fitting a ton of stuff, it’s lightweight (12.7 oz to be exact) water and tear resistant and can pack down into a small pouch so you can easily pack it inside of another piece of luggage if you don’t want to use this as your sole backpack.

This is also a great bag for trekking and camping, whether on the road or at home!

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The Ultimate Travel Backpack

The Kelty Redwing 44 L Backpack is the best travel backpack on the market if you’re looking to rock that carry-on only lifestyle. At only 2 lbs, this bag is lightweight, robust, incredibly durable, and super comfortable to wear.

It features a built-in laptop sleeve, comfortable padded straps, a padded back, both top and front load design so you can grab your stuff in whatever way is easiest, and pockets galore, including dedicated side pockets for fitting water bottles. It’s also got straps for hiking poles so you can transition seamlessly from the sidewalk to the trail.

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Grayl Filtered Water Bottle

Imagine being able to drink from any water source anywhere in the world. Just turn on the tap, fill up your bottle, and drink with zero risk of getting sick. That is what the Grayl water bottle enables you to do.

This Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle is without a doubt the best filtered water bottle on the market. Why? Because it filters out all of the bad stuff, including particulates, bacteria, and viruses, leaving you with nothing but safe, clean drinking water. Invest in the Grayl filtered water bottle and you’ll never have to buy a bottle of water again.

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Yi 4K Action Camera

This Yi 4K Action Camera packs quite the punch coming from such a small camera. This thing can take incredible 1080p 120 frames per second video enabling you to capture incredible slow-motion footage of your adventures on the road.

You can even adjust how wide the field of view is in camera for those times when you don’t want a super wide distorted view. The touchscreen on the back is super handy for adjusting your settings and switching easily between video and photo modes.

Put the waterproof case on it, and this camera can literally go anywhere. This Yi Action Camera is every bit as good as a Go Pro, but for at least half the price.

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Panasonic Lumix G9 Mirrorless Camera

The Panasonic Lumix G9 is the best travel camera currently on the market and the one we will be adding to our entourage in 2019. What makes it so awesome? It’s a beast when it comes to taking both photos and video.

This camera has lightning fast autofocus, lens and camera image stabilization, can shoot 4K video, has a flip around LCD screen so you can easily take video and photos of yourself, and can charge via USB, meaning there’s no need to pack a specific charger for this camera.

The camera body itself measures 5.4 x 3.8 x 3.6 inches and weighs in at just 1.45 lbs. This is the ideal camera for the advanced amateur or professional photographer looking to capture professional quality photos and video from their travels.

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Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f1.7 Lens

The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f1.7 lens is the cheapest and most versatile lens for your mirrorless camera. For those of you familiar with the “thrifty fifty” 50mm lens for DSLR’s this 25mm lens is that equivalent for a mirrorless camera.

This lens has a large f1.7 aperture giving you incredible background blur and beautiful bokeh in your images. This lens produces professional quality, super sharp images, without the professional price tag.

The Panasonic 25mm is a prime lens, which means it doesn’t zoom. But you won’t even miss your zoom lens as the 25mm focal length of this lens is the sweet spot of mirrorless lenses that makes every type of shot from landscapes to portraits look good.

At just 2 inches in length and 125g in weight, this compact, lightweight lens is perfect for keeping a low profile on your camera. Skip the bulky, heavy lenses on your next trip and opt for this small, lightweight, professional quality 25mm prime lens instead.

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That’s it my friends. You’re now armed with all the gift-giving mojo to surprise that traveler in your life with the perfect present they’ll actually use AND love!

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