Travelers can be hard to shop for. They travel light, know what they need, and rarely like a random infomercial gift. These are the best gifts for travelers 2021 and stuff they will actually use.
My boyfriend and I travel the world full-time and haven’t had a home in over a year and a half. We carry everything we own in two suitcases. We know what is helpful and what is purely taking up room.
This year’s holiday season is different and these gifts reflect what a traveler in 2021 will actually need and use.
We’ll cover the best gifts for travelers 2021, gifts for travel lovers during COVID, travel gift ideas for him, travel gift ideas for her, and more!
This post is all about the best gifts for travelers 2021.
Best Gifts for Travelers 2021:
Reusable Face Masks
It feels like we should be past all the face mask and hand sanitizer stuff. However, the rest of the world is still doing its best to cope with COVID. Everywhere we have traveled in 2021 has required face masks and sometimes double face masks (Peru). If your traveler is looking to travel anytime soon, they are going to need masks.
These Weddingstar 3-Ply Reusable Face Masks are the best option because they fit like a charm with the bendable nose wire and tighteners over the ears. They also have room for XX Filters to protect even more. They come in a ton of colors and are reusable so they are contributing less trash!
This BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter has been our go-to since the beginning of our travels. It comes with an adapter for any plug type so it can be used all around the world. And it comes with plenty of inputs – 3 three-prongs and 4 USB. It also doubles as a surge protector so you don’t have to worry about power outages destroying a computer or phone!
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With the pandemic came a decrease in demand for flights. That means not as many people are flying and not as many flights are traveling to where your traveler may want to go. End result? Increased prices. Help them save a bit on their expensive flights with a carry-on suitcase. Most international flights include a carry-on but charge extra for checked bags. If your traveler can fit it all in this Samsonite Omni Carry-on Suitcase, they’ll save a ton.
Travel Sized Toiletries
Along with their carry-on suitcase, they’ll need to fit their toiletries in as well. This TSA Approved Travel Size Toiletry Kit is perfect for a carry-on bag. It complies with TSA rules regarding size and having a clear plastic bag. This way they can bring the products they love without searching for a travel-sized version.
Sun Blocking Hats
These UV blocking hats come in so many styles and colors. Protecting yourself from the sun is becoming a more accepted form of self-care. The Wallaroo Hat Company has hats that come with UPF ratings, making them the perfect travel companion. My personal favorites are the Riviera Sun Hat and the Savannah Sun Hat.
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Everyone should always be aware of their surroundings, especially in 2021. Unfortunately, a lot of people have been affected by the pandemic and a rise in petty crime has resulted in many large cities. Although it is still perfectly safe to travel to these places, it is best to be prepared and aware of the possibility of pickpockets. This Kapten & Son Habo Chest Bag is the perfect option to carry the essentials around. It keeps everything safe and close to your body.
RFID blocking wallet
Along the same lines as the shoulder bag, is an RFID blocking wallet. This Zoppen Travel Wallet is the perfect travel day accessory. With new technology comes new ways to hack into it. This wallet will prevent anyone with RFID reading technology from getting the information on your phone, passports, ID, and credit cards. Plus it is handy to hold everything you need and comes in cute styles!
If your traveler is a reader, they likely know the struggle of reading while traveling. Unfortunately, I couldn’t pack all the books I would read in a week, let alone full-time. The Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect solution. As a person that loves the look and feel of real books, this is a great alternative to still be able to read around the world. You can even get library books through the Libby App or use the Audible subscription service for endless books and audiobooks.
With weather patterns around the world becoming more and more unpredictable, having a lightweight rain jacket like the Columbia Rain Jacket for him or Columbia Rain Jacket for her is perfect. These jackets are perfect to through over a t-shirt on a hot day in Indonesia or over plenty of layers on a volcano trek in Peru.
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These travel towels are a great travel accessory for anyone. Whether they are staying at hostels and need a towel for showering or staying at luxury accommodations and need blankets for picnics or remote beaches, these towels are amazing. The Nomadix Towels come in so many styles and sizes. They are also lightweight and dry quickly so they work perfectly for traveling.
Reusable Filtered Water Bottle
Lots of water in nature isn’t fit for drinking and the GRAYL GeoPress Water Purifier Bottle can help with that. This is the perfect accessory for someone who hikes, camps, or backpacks often. It can filter pathogens, particulates, chemicals, and heavy metals from water to ensure they are only getting the good stuff!
Using other people’s gear while traveling has taken on a whole new light after 2020. That’s why we travel with our own snorkel gear. The Cressi Frameless Mask and Aqua Lung Foldable Travel Snorkel are perfect for traveling. They come in a handy box and fold up perfectly so they don’t take up much space. This way we know what we are putting in our mouths and just well it’s been cleaned. These are perfect for snorkel trips, dive tours, and even just heading out from the beach.
Sometimes with travel, you don’t always have control over where your bags are located. At times you will need to part ways with them for a tour or leave them at a hotel for a few days’ adventure. The Apple AirTags are a perfect way to keep tabs on all your bags. They can be set up easily with an iPhone and you can track them from all over the world. It’s been super helpful for long layovers to ensure our bags made it to the end destination.
These tiny noise-canceling headphones are incredible. The Apple AirPods Pro work like a charm on airplanes, buses, and just about anywhere you need quiet and can’t get it. We use ours daily and love the small size and the long battery life. They are so much easier to carry around than over-the-ear headphones.
Lastly, a camera. No traveler can ever take enough photos. Years down the line, we all wish we had more photos from that one epic trip we took. This Canon EOS M50 is the perfect mirrorless camera for a traveler. It’s lightweight, small enough to throw in a purse or small backpack, and has an awesome capability for both photos and videos. Plus it’s a Canon so it can take a beating with the weather, drops, and shakes.