Buying a gift for a traveler is tough. They’re always on the road and they don’t want anything that would weigh their backpack down. It’s a bit more difficult than just going to the mall and picking a gift certificate. It has to be useful and practical otherwise they’ll leave it at home. Here’s a few recommendations on gifts to get travelers.
Stephanie can’t take her eyes off of her Kindle. She’s glued to it. On a regular basis I catch her buying more books. They make it too easy on Amazon to purchase more books. You buy it on your computer and it automatically transfers to your Kindle. She hardly ever charges it either. The battery life lasts for weeks even with her addition to reading. She has the non-3G version but I think the 3G version is worth it. You get free 3G internet access throughout the US.
I can’t read for long on the computer screen because it hurts my eyes and I get tired quickly. But with the Kindle Paperwhite, it’s like reading an actual book.
Price: up to $199
It’s one of my favorite pieces of clothing I travel with. It’s always in my backpack. You could wear these pants for days or even weeks without smelling so badly. And they look pretty damn awesome. Stephanie use to make fun of me because I’d lose everything but with these pants, nothing leaves my pockets. The pockets have helped keep everything organized. Really though the best use for these pants is that they really are pick-pocket proof. The zipper then button makes it impossible to grab anything without me noticing. Sometimes I kind of wish someone would try to pick-pocket me with these pants on.
I hated quick-dry towels because the fabric always felt so weird on my skin. They were always rough and left a weird smell after drying. So for awhile I didn’t travel with any and it saved room in my backpack but I was still stuck without a towel which was often a pain. I hated putting on clothes while I was still wet. So I got sent a Ultra Fast-Dry Towel by Discovery Trekking Outfitters and this is by far the best quick-dry towel I’ve owned. It’s about the size of one of my t-shirts, it’s light, and really does dry super fast. Definitely recommend this to any backpacker.
REI is basically a backpackers heaven. I could spend awhile in their stores and always find something that I need. REI sent me a Centre Peak Jacket and damn does it look good one me. It’s comfortable and stylish. The jacket is stretchy and has a breathable soft shell. It’s kept me out of the rain several times already although a hoodie would have been good with this the mens jacket. I’ve tried on several other REI jackets and really you can’t go wrong. These guys create quality travel jackets.
My backpack is a Voltij by Guerrilla Packs which has held up really well and perhaps one of my favorite backpacks that I’ve ever owned. 55L is the perfect size for me. I could go higher but definitely not lower. The backpack on the left is the Lowepro Fastpack 250 for my electronics.
I’ve never been happier with my backpack. For the first time, I can actually separate my dirty clothes from my clean clothes. If all my clothes are clean, I can create one large comportment. With my previous backpack, I only had front loading and often was jealous of those that had top loading but I didn’t want to get rid of my front load either for organization purposes. Well this backpack has the best of both. I can choose to use the front or top load. The top flap has been super useful too in putting things I need access to quickly. I usually put my extra pair of sneakers underneath the top pack and tighten it up. It conforms perfectly with my back and it’s easy to carry around. It’s an amazing backpack and highly recommend it as a gift for travelers.
Away From Home?
What do you get a traveler that’s not home? Here’s a few more suggestions…
- DropBox: Backup and save all your files. I love that I can share files like pictures and documents with anyone. Easy to collaborate too. If my computer ever gets lost or stolen, I’m not too worried about it. It’s $99 for a year up to 100gigs.
- BackBlaze: Another amazing backup service for the computer. This one scans and backups every single file and external harddrive on your computer.
- Amazon Credit: You can get movies, music, eBooks, and so much more. It’s got everything a traveler would ever want.
- Flickr Pro or SmugMug: Both services are awesome photo services. It’s pretty much essential if the traveler is a photographer.
What other gifts are good for travelers?