Unique Holiday Gifts for Travelers | Hostelling International USA

9 Holiday Gifts for Every Traveler on Your List

07 December 2018

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Not sure what to get the travelers in your life this holiday season? Your best bet is anything that will help them travel better, longer, or more easily. The good news is, there’s no shortage of accessories and gadgets out there to fit the bill. Here are 9 of our favorite holiday gifts for all the travelers on your list this year.

Camera Tripod

gorilla tripod for travel photography

We love that the Gorilla Tripod can wrap around just about anything, making it easy to take beautiful photos no matter where you are. Plus, it grips tightly to your phone or camera, so you never have to worry about dropping your device while trying to capture the perfect selfie.

Universal Travel Adapter

universal travel adapter holiday gifts for travelers

Every traveler’s been there: you arrive in a new country only to find out the holes in the wall socket don’t look anything like the prongs on your phone, computer, or camera charger. A travel adapter that’s specific to the country or region you’re traveling in is great, but what’s even better is a universal one that will work anywhere in the world.

Portable Cell Phone Battery

While we’re on the subject of electronics, here’s your friendly reminder that the travelers in your life probably use theirs a lot on the road. From checking maps, to snapping photos, to Skyping with friends and family back home, travelers use their cell phones constantly, and batteries drain quickly. Give them a little more juice with a portable cell phone battery and you’ll be helping them explore longer.

Travel Scarf

waypoint goods travel scarf

Waypoint Goods’ genius travel scarves were created by an avid traveler who was sick of having to rely on bulky money belts and backpacks to keep her cash and passport secure on the road. Each super-soft scarf has a hidden zipper pocket for valuables, and will keep your favorite traveler warm in chilly airplanes, museums, and cafes. Plus, these scarves are printed with custom designs that will add excitement to any traveler’s wardrobe, no matter how long they’ve been traveling with the same three outfits in their backpack.

Airplane Neck Pillow

turtl travel neck pillow

There’s nothing better than stepping off a long flight or train ride feeling well rested and refreshed, but we all know it’s tough to get comfortable enough to make that happen. That’s where the Turtl neck pillow comes in. It supports your head no matter where you’re trying to fall asleep, so you can step off the plane ready to make the most of your next adventure.

The Alchemist

traveler reading a book

This slim little novel by Paulo Coelho is a traveler’s classic. It follows a young man on a trip far from home, as he meets new characters who help him along his journey and begins to realize who he truly is. It’s a story any traveler will identify with, and it’s a guaranteed conversation starter in a room full of new hostel dorm mates.

Instax Camera

In our digital age, catching spontaneous, un-posed-for moments isn’t always as easy as you might think. That’s why we love Instax cameras for traveling. These cameras make it simple and fun to catch those fleeting moments with new friends, and the miniature prints they pop out make for perfect souvenirs.

Tortuga Backpack

The biggest splurge on this list, a Tortuga backpack isn’t cheap, but it’s worth every penny for anyone who travels frequently. This durable bag is built to maximize packing space while still fitting in an airplane’s overhead bin. Plus, its front-loading style makes it easy to reach in and find exactly what you need quickly and easily.

Hostelling International Membership

HI NYC hostel lobby

This one’s a no-brainer for frequent travelers. An HI membership saves travelers money on every night they spend at Hostelling International hostels across the globe. Plus, it’s all digital, so shipping to the travelers on your gift list is as easy as sending an email.

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