If you’ve got a travel enthusiast in the family, then gift giving should be easy. Here’s my suggestions for travel-related gifts that are sure to be a winner. We’ve got all our favourites listed below and they range from inexpensive to pricey but hopefully you’ll find something for your travel-loving family member or friend.
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Best gift ideas for travel lovers
I get such a crink in my neck if I fall asleep on a plane without a travel pillow. Most airlines provide a little pillow, but I use that to support my lower back and take my own neck pillow. The one I have clips onto my bag which means I can carry it hands free and it is handy when I get onboard the flight. I bought mine at Los Angeles airport many moons ago but there are plenty of options available. Amelia likes her memory foam one she bought at Big W.
Personalised luggage tag
When the bags zip around the airport carousel it is often a sea of similar looking bags. It makes it much easier to spot your own bag if you have a personalised tag. Last year Amelia bought me a Peanuts one from Etsy which I love. Now my bag is much easier to spot and it’s great to have something that reflects my personality. Etsy and Ebay have a huge range of inexpensive options to choose from. There’s something to suit every personality.
If you like to be organised, packing cubes are the way to go. When I travel, I have underwear, socks and PJs in one, tops in another and pants and skirts in the final one. When I get to my destination I know where everything is and can easily live out of my suitcase without feeling disorganised. My favourite ones (pictured above) are from Kathmandu but they are pricey. Kmart has cheaper ones but make sure the zipper looks like it can hold up to the task.
Travel cutlery set & collapsible bowl
We often save money by having breakfast in our room or buying food from a supermarket. Having a travel cutlery set, bowl and plate makes it much easier to have a picnic or a do-it-yourself breakfast in your room. I recently bought a set from Howards Storage which not only has a knife, fork and spoon but also chopsticks and a reusable straw and cleaner. It was on sale for half price so I paid $9 for it. Kmart has collapsible bowls in the camping section for around $12.
Noise cancelling headphones.
Noise cancelling headphones make air travel much more pleasant. It dulls the hum of the plane and the cries of that poor baby that is struggling to get to sleep in a different environment. Watch your entertainment in peace and quiet. If the budget will stretch a little we can recommend the Bose wireless headphones and the Sony wireless headphones (pictured below is Amelia’s Sony headphones). We bought the above pairs at JB Hi Fi. I think they are around $400-$500.
A great gadget for anyone that already has noise cancelling headphones Is the AirFly SE a wireless adaptor that lets you use your wireless headphones or earbuds in places that only have a headphone jack, like airplanes and treadmills. When you plug the AirFly into the headphone jack you can listen to inflight entertainment or to the TV at the gym. I bought Hubby’s at JB Hi Fi for $60.
Phone battery pack
Most of us have become dependent on our phones and even flight updates come through via SMS or email so it pays to have a back up charger. A cordless power bank is much more convenient. I love my Aldi one above which Hubby bought me for around $40. The only disadvantage is that when it is on charging my phone it covers the camera.
Amelia’s Snap Wireless one I bought after seeing an ad on Instagram (yep, the ads work) for around $70. It allows Amelia to still use the camera on her phone while the phone is charging. She doesn’t find the magnet as strong as mine so it is easier to knock off the phone and it doesn’t charge as fast as my Aldi one.
We’ve found AirTags a great way of having peace of mind when travelling. We pop one in Braeden’s wheelchair so we know where it is at all times and one in each suitcase. When Hubby’s suitcase didn’t show up after a flight from Singapore, he could see immediately where it was (you can catch up on that saga and how the Airtag helped in this blog.)
If you order via the Apple website you can personalise the AirTag by choosing an emoji to have engraved on it. One AirTag is $49 and a pack of 4 is $165.
If you don’t have an Apple device there are alternative tiles for Android phones.
Stainless steel drink bottle
I always travel with a stainless steel drink bottle. Not only will the environment thank you for not adding to the plastic in landfill but your drinks will stay cooler.
When I road tripped with my parents as a kid we always had a thermos in the car so we could stop where we wanted and they could have a cuppa. When Amelia and I were road tripping from Uluru to Alice Springs I bought the cute Thermos pictured above (my favourite colour is red). With budgets stretched these days this is a sound investment saving around $5 a cuppa at every stop.
Bigger ticket travel gifts
Wheeled backpack hand luggage. I bought a fabulous bag earlier this year that works as a wheeled hand luggage bag or as a backpack. The flexibility it offers is fantastic.
Read about the features I like in my hand luggage review.
We love the HP Sprocket. It’s a convenient way of printing photos polaroid-style from your phone.
The small photos are great for adding to a scrapbook with ticket stubs and other travel mementos. You can read about how we keep our travel memories and use the sprocket in this post.