25+ Useful Gifts Every Traveler Needs

by | Nov 7, 2017 | Travel tips | 12 comments

(Last Updated On: January 17, 2024)

Lets face it, frequent fliers usually have everything they need in terms of travel accessories. For us, we don’t need a lot of extra things that we will probably just sit in a box in our house. But travel related accessories or travel gift cards, now that’s something that we could use! We are pretty light travelers, in fact, we usually travel with just carry-ons, or just one checked bag between the 2 of us so we really don’t like taking excess stuff. Throughout all our travels, we have found some of our favorite and most useful travel accessories. We have made it easy for you if you are looking for gifts for travel lovers. Or send it along to some friends if you see something you want! Here are 30 useful gifts for frequent fliers. These are what every traveler needs!

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Useful Gift Ideas for Travelers

Electronic Gifts
Gifts for Active Travelers
Keepsakes/Gifts for Home
Airplane Gifts
Gift Cards

Electronic Gifts

Anker Portable Charger

We travel with so many electronics when we travel, it’s not even funny. Like we have a full backpack that is ALL electronics. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a blogger right? We would be totally screwed if we didn’t carry one (or three) of these powerbanks everywhere we go. And yes, we use these all the time even when were at home. This is definitely a necessity if you use your phone a lot when traveling. It is quick and easy to charge, and small enough to throw in a purse and take with you on the road. Every traveler needs at least power bank with them on their trips. When we know we have a full day away from our hotel room, we make sure we bring our power banks! These are gret for anyone who uses their phone a lot, even if they don’t travel that often. This one is our favorite as it also charges our macbook pro. Any traveler will be thrilled to have a portable powerbank to charge their electronics. Quick to charge, and easy to take with as you explore the city, you can’t go wrong with a powerbank.
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Joby Tripod

This is the perfect tripod for traveling because it’s small and compact. The gorillapod is super flexible and raps around for easy tripod use. We don’t go anywhere without our gorillapod. We love how light and durable the gorillapod is.
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Portable External Hard Drive

Most travelers take a lot of pictures and videos these days. A portable external hard drive is ideal to take on your travels, so you can transfer all your images to one place, to free up more camera space.
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Worldwide Travel Adapter 

A travel adapter is ideal gift for frequent flies. This adapter works in more than 150 countries. It’s an all in one adapter, with dual USB ports, so you can use it basically anywhere.
Buy here

Read: Carry On Packing Essentials

Universal Cable Organizer 

For travelers, or anyone who has a lot of electronics, this cable organizer is perfect to keep track of all your cords, with multiple pockets. This one is lightweight but durable.
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Travel Power Strip 

Ultra compact power strip that is light and compact, easy to take traveling. 4 USB charging ports with smart and effective charging, so you don’t need to worry about charging your phone as well.
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IFLY carry-on luggage

useful gifts for travel lovers Ifly carry on luggage Fittwotravel.com

We recently got hooked on the iFLY X series carry-on bag. The iFLY luggage is the most affordable and lightweight luggage sets out there. Not only does it have a laptop/tablet sleeve, TSA approved lock, and 360 degree wheels, but it has a USB port to charge your electronics. There’s nothing worse than being in an airport, with a long layover with no USB ports available. Problem solved! All you need is a power bank and you’re set! The X-series also has a lifetime warranty, regardless of how many flights you take. Afforable and reliable. This luggage is a necessary gift for frequent fliers
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Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a great travel hack gift. These have been a lifesaver! The packing cubes have been amazing for saving space. If you are someone who has a hard time packing light and compact, these will definitely help you out, as it compresses everything into a smller space. These are essential for keeping your bag organized, as you can pack all the socks and underwear in a smaller cube, and your pants and shirts in the larger cube.
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Neatpack Toiletry Bag

This toiletry bag holds all your necessities for travel without taking too much space in your luggage.  This toiletry bag holds full size bottles and plenty of smaller pockets for toothbrushes and makeup.
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If you plan on being outside, or on the water at all, the dry bag will keep all your electronics and clothes dry. If we do any outdoor activities, like kayaking or boating, this bag is perfect, as we know all our accessories are dry!
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Fanny Pack 

A fanny pack is one of the best things to bring along on your travels. Its small and compact, but can still fit your phone, keys, headphones, or whatever else you want to carry when traveling.
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Digital luggage scale

Perfect for chronic over packers, or those that are on the road all the time, the small scale will let you know when you’ve overpacked for your flight.
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Portable Wash Bag

Travelers can now bring along the smallest and lightest washing machine. Compact, lightweight and pocket-size, the scrubba wash bag makes it easy to wash clothes on the go. This wash bag is such a useful gift for travelers who will be on the road frequently, and don’t want to pack too many clothes.
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Gifts for Active Travelers


Lifestraw Filtered water bottle

This is convenient for trips or even for hiking in your own backyard. For anytime you don’t have access to clean water, the filter water bottle will clean the water for you. Reusable BPA-free water bottle filters water as you use it. Perfect for travel, hiking, and camping. The filter removes bacteria, odor, and chlorine.
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Read: Best Gifts for Outdoor Adventures

Collapsible Stainless Steel Straw

Eliminate the use of plastic straws by getting a good stainless steel straw to take with you while you travel. A 9-inch stainless steel straw that bends into 4 parts and fits into a small compact container. A small cleaning brush is included.
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Workout bands

We bring out exercise bands with us on 95% of all our trips. These are small enough to fit in our bags, and we can do workouts on the road, whether its in our own hotel room or on the beach.
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Having a pedometer or a Fitbit is the best way to make sure you’re still getting good exercise while traveling. We always try to walk as much as possible when traveling, but this is one way we stay in shape while traveling. The Fitbit is small and compact, no one even knows you’re wearing it. Its convenient to use, and easy to track your steps.
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Microfiber towel

We always bring a microfiber towel with us when we travel, as its great for hot weather. The microfiber material dries fast, and is lightweight so it doesn’t take up a lot of room your luggage. This is perfect for a day of adventuring, because its light and compact. It dries quick and theres no odor, so you can pack it with your other clothes without fearing that the smell will spread.
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Bluetooth headphones

There are so many options of Bluetooth headphones out there, and honestly a lot of them hurt my ears. I must have weird shaped ears because after an hour, I just cant wear most headphones. Not only are they suer affordable, but they are great quality and have held up through tons of hours on planes and in the gym.
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Keepsakes/Gifts for Home


Landmass Goods Scratch-Off Travel map

Be inspired for your next trip with a scratch-off travel map. This travel map has been fun for our home. It’s a great reminder of all the places we have been tovether, and also a great motivator for places we want to visit next. There are a lot of companies that have scratch off travel maps, but the Landmass Goods is supportive of those wanting to study abroad. At least 10% of profits from Landmass Goods fund not-for-profit organizations that support our mission of making America more globally minded, helping to fund study-abroad grants.

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Travel notebook

I know a lot of travelers use their phones these days to make notes of their travels, but im still a big fan of writing things down. Its nice to have a travel notebook where I can write all the travel information, directions, tips or places to go in one spot.
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Travel Fund Bank

An awesome way to save the extra change you have laying around for that next trip. We love the clear box so you can see all the change that is accumulating. This is one of the best ways to save money for the next trip.
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Airplane Gifts


Neatpack RFID Travel Wallet

Small, water-resistant wallet with 3 slots for passports. RFID-blocking keeps your information from being stolen. Perfect for credit cards, passports, travel itinerary and even your phone.
Buy travel wallet here 

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Hidden Pocket Scarf

Stylish and secure, this scarf has a hidden pocket for your phone, passport, keys, and other essential goodies. The pocket is big enough to hold a passport book. The scarf can be used as a blanket on the flight too. The material is soft and super reliable.
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Scottevest Tropiformer Jacket

If you have lots of accessories or travel gear, the Tropiformer Jacket is for you. With 22 pockets, a removable hood, and breathable, water resistant fabric, this jacket can be used for everything! Its lightweight, and folds up into a compact carrying case. You may not be able to tell in the picture, but there are about 15 different cords and electronics in the pockets in the picture below!
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Passport Holder

We actually never used to have a holder for our passports until we found one at Coach, and have used it ever since. It’s a little more expensive and not as pretty as some of the ones we’ve found lately, so we’ve added a nice looking one for you. It’s nice to have all our cards and passports in one spot, and not risk getting them bent or dirty.
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Gift Cards

Now, lets be honest, most travelers would probably be super happy with gift cards. I mean, there’s no better gift than an awesome experience.

Tinggly Experience

Gifiting an experience is far better than a materalistic gift. Tinggly has hundreds of difference experiences that you can gift to others. You can pick different categories like “For him”, “For her”, “Merry Christmas”, “Bucketlist”, and so on. Each category are various tours or experiences for the gift recipient to choose from. The gift can be sent in a cool gift box or as an e-voucher, which is easy to send if they are already on the road. We would love to be gifted a Tinggly experience as part of our honeymoon!

Click here to learn more about sending a fun bucketlist gift  

Tinggly Bucketlist Experience Gift for Travelers


For those who travel often, what’s better than an Airbnb gift card? Perfect for those on the road a lot, looking for accommodation. Get them a gift card for a future Airbnb stay.


Another great option for travelers, a gift card for hotels. With a hotels.com gift card, they can book any hotel they need at any time.

Buy a gift card here 


If you still haven’t found a great gift for your traveling friend, get a gift card for any airline. Most airlines have gift cards these days, so your friend can book their own flight.

There you have it!  These useful gifts for travelers make the perfect gifts. If they don’t already have it, they need it! Also don’t forget, every traveler needs an experience more than any gift, so give a gift, plan a trip, or activity with them and we know they’ll love it!

What do you think of these gifts for travelers? Is there anything you would add?

If you liked this gift guide, make sure to check out our gift guide for hikers and campers or our gift guide for campervan owners. SaveSaveSaveSave



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Tip and Tarah of Fit Two Travel

Tip and Tarah of Fit Two Travel

Tip and Tarah are the founders of Fit Two Travel. Since getting married in 2013, they have traveled to 26 countries and 22 states together. They are true Oregonian natives, and love to explore the outdoors, enjoy the food and drink, and spend time with their 2 dogs. They help others plan their international and local trips.


  1. carlie dayle

    I love that Neatpack RFID passport holder! Adding that to my wishlist in hopes that Santa sends one my way!!

  2. Isadora Koller

    This is definitely a good list, there are many of these products that I already use myself, but something that I definitely need and have promised myself to get one but still didn’t is a gorillapod, I never used it, but saw others doing and it seems to be so useful!

  3. Anshula

    The hidden pocket scarf looks so cute! Out of curiousity, does it get heavy or clunky when you add stuff to the pocket.

  4. Richa

    Love this gift list. Now I got some ideas on what to ask for this Christmas 😉 Some of these things can also be a check list.. like Adapter packed – check! lol

  5. Matilda

    Great suggestions. Most of these are on my wish list but I might add that carry on bag to my list too.

  6. Anita

    So many awesome gifts! Not easy to choose one. It seems I would go for a hidden pocket scarf! I hope Sana will read this! Still, the other gifts are awesome too!

  7. Agness of eTramping

    As Christmas is approaching, this post will come in handy. Exceptional list of ideas of some very practical gifts. Thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Pat

    I don’t have the ones you mentioned, but I adore my workout bands for travel and for at home. It’s amazing how good of a workout you can get with such a simple piece of equipment.

  9. Stephen

    A jacket with 22 pockets? Sounds useful, but must be a nightmare trying to find which pocket you put the item in though 🙂

  10. Bruno

    Great ideas! For me the best gift was anti theft backpack. Must have for travelers. Cheers

  11. Md Redoy Hossain

    I really love this article! a great gift list for travelers. Most of the time I travel to many places in my country. Thanks for publishing quality article. I really appreciate.

  12. Bogna Burska

    Really useful review for travelers) thank You) I travel a lot in Europe. I love Rome. Your list helps me a lot. Do you know about the peculiarities of African countries? What should I take with me? I’m going on a trip to Africa this year. Thanks)


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