If the traveller in your life is anything like me, they’d rather spend their money on actual travels and experiences than on gear, even though it could make their life so much easier.
That’s why I’ve gathered a list of things that I either have and love, or that I wish I had, to help you treat that
cheap pragmatic & reasonable nomad. So, just in time for Christmas, here’s a few of the best gifts for travellers.
This is an indispensable item in my travel bag. I keep both our passports in this convenient zippable wallet along with any tickets we may have, our insurance cards and a some emergency cash. Staying so organized makes things go way faster anytime we go to the airport or even just the train station.
They’re ideal for that backpacker you know and admire, the one who’s always on the move and won’t stay in one place long enough for a regular towel to dry. These microfiber versions are also super light and take up minimal space in an already jam-packed bag.
I just recently discovered these and they’re on my Christmas wish list! They let you pack similar items together to help you organized that oversized backpack or suitcase. Instead of having to unpack everything just to find a pair of socks, you can now conveniently find them in the correct cube.
I. Need. This. Take notes
Eletronic device charger
Travellers don’t always have access to a power supply when they most need it. A portable charger allows you to refuel your devices on the go. It’s a lifesaver when you’ve been using your phone maps to navigate all day or listening to music on a loud overnight bus.
Water bottle with built-in filtration system and a purpose
This portable filtration bottle is really handy for remote locations where drinking water is unsafe. Our Western digestive system just isn’t cut out for Asian or African water and drinking it could have unpleasant consequences. *insert emotipoop
Life Straw bottles are the perfect sustainable solution : they prevent you from buying wasteful disposable water bottles, which in itself is already a big plus, AND with each purchase, the company provides safe drinking water to a school kid in a developing country for a year!
To find out more : http://lifestraw.com/
This one has a much higher price tag, but for those of you that feel particularly generous, this may just be the ultimate gift. GoPros are renowned in the travelling community : the small case offers an array of useful functions, from underwater photography to extreme sport POV videos. I own one and I simply love it.
The Hero 5 recently came out, but the Hero 4 is the one I carry everywhere with me and I thinks its safe to say that it did not become obsolete overnight.
If your travel-obsessed buddy is already the happy owner of a GoPro, you might consider getting them an accessory bundle. The floating stick is particularly useful for fans of diving and other watersports as it will prevent that expensive camera from disappearing into the depths of the ocean.
I’d say this is more of a fun stocking gift for couples or for those who like globe-trotting with friends. You no longer need to sacrifice one of your earphones to share your favourite music with a travel companion. Martin and I use it all the time on our trips to listen to our albums of the moment.
On our first journey to Europe, we took notes of our adventures in a cheap notebook where I drew little doodles of the weather and wrote down what we ate on a given day. I actually didn’t know back then that there are journals specifically designed for travel logging.
This one seems especially interesting, as it lets you remember your travels while also helping to organize them with to-do lists as well as keep them zen thanks to meditation exercises.
Do you own any of these articles? Would you recommend other gadgets that may be helpful on the road?
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