Gift Ideas For The Traveller In Your Life
Let's face it, buying gifts for that jetsetter in your life can be difficult. Every cubic inch and pound you pack is crucial when travelling. So what do you get somebody who 'spends their money on experience and not things'? Just in time for the holidays, I have compiled a list of items that I personally use when I travel or would love to receive as a present. Note: I am not affiliated with any of these brands, I just think they make great products.
Be the Life of the Party
Because the easiest way to make friends while travelling is to contribute to the party, whether it's food, music, booze, or other mind-altering substances.
This bad boy is light, water/shockproof, packs easy, has great battery life, awesome sound quality and comes in a variety of colours. The Roll 2 made my road trip down the coast of Portugal much more enjoyable since the rental didn't have an aux jack or bluetooth. I love this thing.
Books = space & weight
I love books. There's something about the feel, smell and look of a book. But for travelling, I prefer my e-reader since I can have a whole library in a light, compact device. You will never run out of reading material with this thing. Perfect for those long commutes or lazy days.
Keep Your Thoughts
Because if you have a horrible memory like me, you'll want to remember your adventures. Taking photos is a great way to put yourself back into that setting, writing notes will remind you of what you were thinking at that particular time. Supplementing my photos with notes was a game changer. Release your inner Hemmingway.
Be a Better Packer
I used to use packing cubes until I found out about these. No vacuum needed. Just put your clothes in and squeeze that air out. These things save so much space the only thing you'll have to worry about is overpacking.
Cooler than a Camera Strap
Probably the best investment I've made in terms of photography gear. I hate camera straps and this little device makes it so you can keep your camera close without needing any straps. The way it works is it clamps on backpack straps, belts, almost anything really. A cool feature about this is that you attach a plate to the bottom of your camera which also fits most tripods. Gotta love attention to detail. When I travel, I always have it on my backpack, even rode a motorcycle up Vietnam with my camera attached to the clip and I never had any issues with it. I recommend the PRO version as it is all metal.
I hate lugging around my tripod. Unless I know I will be taking a lot of landscapes or long exposures, I would rather not carry it with me. However, this little tripod makes it a bit more manageable. It also doubles up as a great DSLR selfie stick and can help stabilize your handheld videos. I prefer the Focus since I use a full-frame DSLR, but for some reason I can't find it on Amazon so the link is for the SLR Zoom, which I also have, but mainly use it to hold my speedlite.
For When You Get Sick of People
No brainer here. Crying babies on airplanes suck. I used to travel with my over-ear audiophile headphones (Beyerdynamic DT-880), but they were way too big and I didn't wanna risk breaking them so now I use noise-isolating earbuds. Right now I am using a pair of Sennheiser CX3.00. I would also recommend Shure and Brainwavz for a cheaper option that doesn't compromise sound quality.
I travel with a bunch of electronics and this bad boy ensures I never run out of juice. It may seem overkill, but I've used almost every port on this thing which is pretty insane considering it has 4 USB ports and 3 outlets. My only knock on this adapter is the internal fan is pretty loud. It is also a voltage converter which will prevent you from frying your devices, shout out to the shaver I burnt out in India.
Be a Giver and a Taker
I carry one of these around whenever I travel because in today's digital age, a printed photo makes for a good souvenir, especially for people who might not get a chance to see their portrait when you post it on social media. I have the Polaroid ZIP which connects to my phone via bluetooth which connects to my camera via Wi-Fi. Polaroid cameras a little bit less complicated.
I'm on my third Vapur water bottle after losing 2. This is by far the best water bottle I've owned. It holds 1L or water, the water flow is smooth, doesn't topple over while standing on a surface and it comes with a plastic carabiner to hook onto things. The best part is, when it's empty, you can roll it up and put it in your pocket, perfect for when you're about to go through security at the airport. It's also BPA free and dishwasher safe.
Look at me, I travel alot
These cool maps work like those scratch cards my grandparents used to play. Scratch off the countries you've been to and show your friends and family how cultured you are.
Up Your Camera Phone Game
Shaky travel video footage is hard to watch so you might as well stabilize it with this device. It stabilizes your phone (which you will probably have anyway) so you get more useful footage for that travel video you've always wanted to make.
A Good Jacket
Another one of my travel essentials. No matter how hot or cold the climate, I'm bringing my Arc'teryx jacket with me. Windproof, waterproof, pit-zips, deep hand pockets (can fit my full 1L Vapur in it) with an inner zip pocket and super light and packable.
Up your Production
I don't have one but would definitely love you if you got me one of these for Christmas. Super compact with 4k capabilities. You will definitely take your travel photos/videos to the next level with one of these.
I could honestly go on forever with this list but I think it covers most budgets. Best part is, all the links lead to Amazon so you don't even have to leave your house! If you have any other recommendations, let me know in the comments. Happy Holidays!