Here at The Travel Tester, we LOVE searching the internet to find the best gifts for travellers. And we definitely enjoy testing these travel products ourselves as well!
So are you still looking for that perfect gift for your travelling friend or family member? Or perhaps you need some inspiration on travel gear to add to your own wish list? We believe that the following products are a great place to start…
What we'll cover in this article
- GIFT GUIDE FOR TRAVELLERS
- Luggage & Packing Solutions
- Herschel Backpack
- Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
- OUTXE IPX7 Waterproof Dry Bag / Backpack
- Sea to Summit Compression Sacks
- WineSkin Wine Bag
- PACK Hanging Backpack Organizer
- Fjallraven Day Backpack
- Standard Luggage 3-in-1 Carry-on Backpack
- Leather Dopp Kit
- Canvas Dopp Kitt
- Personalized Laptop Sleeve
- Personalized Make-Up Bag
- Wanderlust Tote Bag
- Jack Wolfskin Royal Oak Backpack
- Flowfold Denizen Backpack
- Travel Gear
- J-Pillow Travel Pillow
- Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Pillow
- Chef’s Daughter Travel Spice Kit
- YOGO Yoga Mat
- La Siesta Travel Hammock
- PETZL Tikkina Headlamp
- Shandali Travel Towel
- The Old Fashioned Travel Cocktail Kit
- Vintage Map Passport Cover
- Lion Luggage Tag
- Adventure Awaits Luggage Tag
- Galen Leather Notebook Cover
- GoToob Squeezable Bottles
- Light My Fire! Spork
- Travel Clothing & Shoes
- Travel Electronics
- Personal Care
- Travel Books, Magazines & Movies
- Adult Coloring Book
- Book: All over the Place
- Planet Earth Box Set
- Book: Humans of New York
- Book: The Backpacker Chef
- Book: The Creative Traveler’s Handbook
- Book: Japanese Inns and Hot Springs
- Book: Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto
- Book: Explorers’ Sketchbooks
- Book: At Home in Japan
- Book: Etiquette Guide to Japan
- Book: The Amsterdam City Guide
- Book: A Geek in Japan
- Book: Tokyo Geek’s Guide
- Travel Experiences
- Armchair Travel
GIFT GUIDE FOR TRAVELLERS
Luggage & Packing Solutions
The little America backpack is one of Herschel Supply’s most popular bags, pairing classic mountaineering style with modern functionality.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Original Cubes help you stay organized, while using every square inch of packing space. This set includes has 3 different sized Cubes for clothing compression, accessory organization, and quick TSA security checks.
OUTXE IPX7 Waterproof Dry Bag / Backpack
OUTXE stands for “Outdoor Xtreme Energy” and their latest product is the 100% Waterproof OUTXE Dry Bag Backpack. I’ve just received it in the mail to review and on first sight, with 10 Liters it’s definitely big enough to fit all your camera equipment, documents or anything else you’d like to keep dry on your next adventure. And this 10L is after the waterproof ziplock seal, so there is all of that space left, even once rolled down. The bag weights 399 grams, so nice and light!
What I also like right away is the incredible thick, 100% TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane, a mixture between hard plastic and soft silicone) material of the bag. This TPU is non-toxic and doesn’t have that ‘plastic smell’ that PVC has. Apparently, the lifespan of TPU is also longer, because it resists oxidation. And in cold weather, TPU is more flexible (PVC can crack). You can take this bag anywhere from -40°C (-40 °F) to 70°C (158°F) – If you dare!
The bag, which has detachable & adjustable straps (so you can also carry it as a backpack or attach it to something, like your boat) and a mesh pocket on the front with velcro-closing (for quick access), is 100% IPX7 Waterproof (water resistant up to 3 feet / 1 meter underwater) and Air Tight. You close the bag by sealing the inside like a freezer bag (you get two clips to do this) and then rolling it up.
I’m super happy with this bag and can’t wait to bring it on my next adventure!
Sea to Summit Compression Sacks
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Sack. 4 straps for even compression. Extra long straps so these sacks can really be filled to capacity.
WineSkin Wine Bag
The WineSkin bottle transport bag is the first and only way to safely and securely transport bottles no matter where you go. Never again worry about bottles leaking or breaking inside your luggage or during shipment.
PACK Hanging Backpack Organizer
Use this backpack organizer to organize any 30L+ backpack or to organize any standard size carry-on. Fit 4+ packing cubes worth of clothing into just one PACK organizer, yet the PACK weighs less than one packing cube!
Fjallraven Day Backpack
Large, classic Fjallraven Kånken Backpack with zipper that opens the entire main compartment. Very hard wearing vinyl fabric. Removable seat cover at the back.
Standard Luggage 3-in-1 Carry-on Backpack
The Standard Luggage is a 3-in-1 travel backpack, suitcase, and shoulder bag. Designed with concealable backpack straps, compartment dividers, and easy-to-carry handles. I use this back on almost every short-haul flight I take these days.
Leather Dopp Kit
Full Grain Italian Leather Dopp Kit. The ultimate self care bag. Full grain Italian leather and satin lining, YKK brass zipper and handle. Made in Philadelphia, PA.
Canvas Dopp Kitt
Terracotta Canvas and Leather Dopp Kit. For the overnight trip or weekend getaway that you have been putting off for far too many weekends already. Hand dyed #12 Duck canvas with honey blonde leather. Made in Philadelphia, PA.
Personalized Laptop Sleeve
Protect your laptop with this ‘Dream Big’ laptop sleeve. Available for 10 inch, 13-14 inch, and 15 inch laptops. Lightweight and water resistant neoprene.
Personalized Make-Up Bag
Carry your touch-up basics wherever you go with this small (7″x 4″) cosmetic bag. Personalise it with your own or a friend’s name! Exterior made from satin, interior made from black nylon. Made in Kansas City, Missouri.
Wanderlust Tote Bag
This bag is available in 5 sizes to fit all your lugging needs. Made of 100% cotton. Jumbo Tote is 14.5″x20″x7″. Extra long cotton web handles with stress point reinforced stitching. Available in 4 colors. Machine washable.
Jack Wolfskin Royal Oak Backpack
The Royal Oak is a classic top-loader pack with large main compartment with draw cord closure. It has a small zipped pocket on the front flap and a side pocket.
Flowfold Denizen Backpack
The Flowfold Denizen is part tote, part backpack, and all about turning errands into adventures. Easily transition from street to trail with an internal 15″ laptop sleeve, internal zip pouch, and a deep outer pocket for easy access.
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
The J-pillow stops your head from falling forward because of its chin support. The pillow can also be squeezed down to be more compact than most “U” shaped pillows. British Invention of the Year 2013.
Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Pillow
The patented Evolution Pillow is the first travel pillow constructed with high quality memory foam that supports your neck without the awkward positioning and discomfort. More comfortable than inflatable, micro bead, & down neck pillows.
Chef’s Daughter Travel Spice Kit
Chef’s Daughter World Traveler Gift Collection Travel Spice Kit – 12 Artisan Spice Blends.
YOGO Yoga Mat
The YOGO Ultralight travel yoga mat has a patented super-compact folding design. Folds and buckles with integrated straps to the size of a newspaper.
La Siesta Travel Hammock
Colibri Double Travel Hammock by La Siesta. Lightweight travel hammock made of soft, breathable parachute silk. Thanks to an integrated suspension system, it is quickly and easily hung up or taken down.
PETZL Tikkina Headlamp
Petzl Tikkina Headlamp. Maximum brightness of 80 lumens, with a range of 30 meters Several proximity lighting modes adapt to each situation Ambient mode.
Shandali Travel Towel
Shandali Microfiber Light Weight Yoga Travel Towel. Towel dries up to 10X faster than standard cloth towels. Loop makes it simple to hang, helping to speed up the drying process. Holds up to 4X its weight in water.
The Old Fashioned Travel Cocktail Kit
The Carry on Cocktail Kit by The Old Fashioned. The kit provides everything you need to craft two delicious old fashioned cocktails mid-flight-all you need to add is the hard stuff.
Vintage Map Passport Cover
Vintage Antique Map of the Hemispheres Passport Holder. Fits most passports including U.S. and Mexico. Sturdy and water resistant, handmade from sustainable eco-friendly materials and sealed with vinyl laminate in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lion Luggage Tag
Lion Will Eat You Easy ID Personalized Bag Tag. A custom Easy ID luggage tag is a great way to stand out from the crowd at the airport, bus or train. Include just the information you want on your tag.
Adventure Awaits Luggage Tag
Adventure Awaits World Map Luggage Tag. A custom Easy ID luggage tag is a great way to stand out from the crowd at the airport, bus or train. Include just the information you want on your tag.
Galen Leather Notebook Cover
Galen Leather make leather notebook covers, pen cases, laptop & iPad sleeves and many other beautifully crafted travel accessories. Their journal covers are compatible with Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917 and Field Notes brands, which make them perfect to take them on a trip and record your experiences! Every item is designed and made by hand in Istanbul, Turkey by brother and sister Yusuf & Zeynep.
GoToob Squeezable Bottles
GoToob is the original, squeezable tube for travel. Typical travel bottles are hard plastic canisters that are not easy to use. The patented GoToob is made from soft yet rugged silicone, so it’s easy to squeeze, and it dispenses the product right away.
Light My Fire! Spork
The amazing Spork from Light My Fire! Save space with this spoon, fork and knife combo. The spork is perfect for your upcoming travels.
Travel Clothing & Shoes
Scrubba Wash Bag
Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag. A modern take on the old fashioned washboard: hundreds of internal Scrubba nodules efficiently clean clothes in minutes.
A-Swift Compression Socks
Compression Socks for Women & Men by A-Swift. Better Blood Circulation as strongest compression happens at the ankle, and gradually decreases moving up the leg.
Awesome Cool Aztec tribal Andes wood Bandana (19.5″x19.5″). Personalise this bandana with your name or favourite words. Made of 100% spun polyester. Printed on one side only.
GoodWoodNYC Beaded Bracelets
3 Pack Beaded Bracelets by GoodWoodNYC Bracelet. Teal, Black & Red. Finely sanded 8mm basswood beads.
Custom Coordinates Gold Filled Bar Necklace
A stunner in gold-filled, this bar necklace is shown in the elegant Everdeen font (you can chance this), and will be personalized with the coordinates of your special place. At least 10% 14K gold. The core is copper.
Future World Traveller Baby Romper
Future World Traveler baby romper. From tummy time to play dates, these soft, comfortable one-piece ensembles make the perfect play outfit. And bonus: they’re easy to take on and off.
Vitamin Sea Tank Top
I Need Vitamin Sea Navy and White Nautical Tank Top. Made from an exceptionally soft poly-viscose blend, in a flattering draped silhouette, round neck and racerback design.
OT Sunwear Wooden Sunglasses
Crafted from native California Redwood, OT Sunwear’s Redwood Sunglasses with Mirror Lenses feature a classic panto-shaped frame and a vintage keyhole bridge, paired with polarized 100% UVA and UVB mirrored lenses. Personalize the right temple by selecting one of ten laser engraved designs.
Brasher Women’s Country Walker Walking Boots
The Country Walker Walking Boots from Brasher feature classic design, comfort and performance. Carefully crafted using premium waterproof leather, the Country Walker Boots shield from water and moisture whilst allowing for constant airflow.
Seagate External Hard Drive
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup.
Bose Bluetooth Speaker
Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Speaker. The integrated lithium-ion battery keeps your music playing unplugged for up to 8 hours. Allow three hours for a full charge.
Panda Wireless Adapter
The Panda 300Mbps Wireless 802.11n USB Adapter with High Gain Antenna (PAU06) upgrades the WiFi interface on your computer to the latest 802.11n standard. Your computer can communicate wirelessly with any 802.11g/n wireless
router at home, coffee shops, etc.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. Volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance at any volume Wireless convenience, with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts 20-hour battery life per charge.
Polaroid Mobile Printer
Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer. This standalone mobile printer is designed to print vibrant, colorful photos from a variety of sources. It features its own rechargeable 500mAh lithium polymer battery. After just 1.5 hours of charging time, it is ready to print 25 sheets before needing another charge.
Fujifilm Instant Film Camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera. Shoot fun and action packed pictures and enjoy instant printed results. With a high-quality Fujinon lens in combination with the Instax Mini Film, high quality images are just an instant away.
Pakpod Travel Tripod
Pakpod Packable Tripod for Mirrorless, DSLR, GoPro, Smartphone & VR 360 Cameras. Perfect for time-lapse, video, and underwater photography. Patented stabilizing stakes for securing in turf, sand and snow.
JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom
Get crisper shots with this durable, lightweight tripod. The rubberized foot grips and wrappable legs will secure professional cameras up to 6.6lbs (3kg). as they hold their stance to any viable surface.
Manfrotto Compact Tripod
Ultra lightweight, portable and effortless to use; the Compact Light is the indispensable tripod for any circumstance. It’s time to get the best from your Compact System Cameras.
Rode Microphone for Smartphones
With the smartLav+ you can simply mount the microphone to your clothing, connect it to a smartphone or tablet headset jack and record via the RØDE Rec app for iOS, or any other audio app of your choice.
LUSH Solid Shampoo
Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar by Lush. Godiva cleans and conditions with a host of nut oils and butters, and then leaves a heady, lingering scent of jasmine.
SteriPen Water Purification
Traveler Handheld Water Purification System by SteriPen. In seconds, UV light effectively destroys waterborne microbes that could make you sick while you travel.
LifeStraw Water Filter
The LifeStraw is designed for the backcountry and will filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. Chemicals, salt water, heavy metals and viruses will not be removed. The LifeStraw can filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons).
Clearly Filtered Water Bottle
Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Filter by Clearly Filtered. Filter Removes up to 90% of Fluoride and 97.5% of Lead. Filter eliminates 99.99% of contaminants and pollutants like Heavy Metals, Chlorine, Taste & Odor. Filter works instantly while you drink.
Travel Books, Magazines & Movies
Adult Coloring Book
This travel coloring book features 47 beautifully detailed cityscapes and scenes from across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Each illustration was created from a real-life photograph taken during the around-the-world, non-stop travel adventures of the book’s husband-and-wife creators, Geoff and Katie Matthews.
Book: All over the Place
All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter. Hilarious, irreverent and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicles the five-year period that kicked off when Geraldine got laid off from a job she loved and took off to travel the world.
Planet Earth Box Set
Planet Earth 5-Dvd Collector’s Edition Boxed Set. The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet.
Book: Humans of New York
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city.
Book: The Backpacker Chef
The Backpacker Chef- Hostel, Pocket-Friendly Recipes for Backpackers! by Jacqui Treagus. An ideal collection of simple recipes for when budget, storage space, cooking equipment and/or skills, are in short supply. Perfect for cooking in hostel kitchens, caravan or RV, vacation rental or at home!
Book: The Creative Traveler’s Handbook
The Creative Traveler’s Handbook: The Art of World Travel: Life-Seeing Instead of Sight-Seeing. by Elena Paschinger. Chock full of inspirational stories, travel tips and advice, it offers everything you need for planning and managing your next creative escape, addressing beginners and experienced travelers alike.
Book: Japanese Inns and Hot Springs
Richly illustrated and exhaustively researched, Japanese Inns & Hot Springs is the definitive guide to Japanese spas and hot springs known as Ryokans.
Book: Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto
This Japan travel guide presents a journey into the true heart of the Kyoto experience—one which brings you deep into the world of Kyoto’s ancient Zen Buddhist culture.
Book: Explorers’ Sketchbooks
The sketchbook has been the one constant in explorers’ kits for centuries of adventure. This remarkable book showcases 70 such sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments
Book: At Home in Japan
What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through a fantastic transformation, as she makes a move from California to Japan.
Book: Etiquette Guide to Japan
Minding your manners is an acquired skill, but what serves you well elsewhere could trip you up in Japan. Save yourself possible embarrassment with Etiquette Guide to Japan. An inside look at Japanese social graces, it answers all the questions of the thoughtful traveler.
Book: The Amsterdam City Guide
In The Amsterdam City Guide Anne de Buck shares her favorite addresses from her blog ‘Your Little Black Book’. The book includes hotspots tourists will not find without the help of this guide.
Book: A Geek in Japan
For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source.
Book: Tokyo Geek’s Guide
This is the most comprehensive Japan travel guide ever produced which features Tokyo’s geeky underworld. It provides a comprehensive run-down on each major Tokyo district where geeks congregate, shop, play and hang out.
Give a Tinggly gift box to someone special. The recipient picks any one experience from hundreds of activities worldwide.
Monthly Spice Box
Sign up and receive 3 freshly ground, recipe-ready flavor kits, direct to your door each month.
Always wanted to know where in the world your family comes from? Take the AncestryDNA Kit to find out!
City Map Frame
5″x7″ Stainless Steel Cut San Francisco City Map. Other cities available (Los Angelese, Boston, Seattle, Baltimore, Sacramento and New York City). These maps come framed and ready to display!
Compass Rose – North South East West Arrows Throw Pillow (16″ x 16″). Made from high-quality Simplex knit fabric, these 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle-free. Machine washable, made in the USA.
Work Save Travel Repeat Throw Pillow (16″ x 16″). Made from high-quality Simplex knit fabric, these 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle-free. Machine washable, made in the USA.
Travel Quote Mug
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” quote by American author and philosopher Susan Sontag. Ceramic Mug, microwave and dishwasher safe. Printed on demand in San Jose, California.
Vintage Travel Poster – New York
Choose your ideal size and paper type and decorate your walls with this unique vintage travel poster.
Vintage Travel Poster – Japan
Choose your ideal size and paper type and decorate your walls with this unique vintage travel poster.
Vintage Travel Poster – South Africa
Choose your ideal size and paper type and decorate your walls with this unique vintage travel poster.
Vintage Travel Poster – Italy
Vintage Travel Poster – Ireland
Vintage Travel Poster – India
Vintage Travel Poster – Cuba
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