Affordable Gifts for Travelers
Practical and affordable gifts for the travel lover.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers

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I much prefer experiences over things. So why would I bother writing a list of affordable gifts for travelers?? Well, I have a big place in my heart (and my suitcase) for practical, affordable gifts! As an avid traveler, it’s always nice to receive something I can use while on the go. To help you buy for the travel lover in your life, or for travel lovers who might find something to add to their “wish list”, I’ve created this list of affordable gifts for travelers. This travel gift guide highlights practical and affordable travel gifts for anyone who enjoys exploring.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Daypack

This daypack goes on every trip with me. It folds into a small square that takes up nearly no space but can quickly expand to carry everything I need for a day trip. It is lightweight, water resistant and has comfortable, supportive straps. I own the 20L in orange, but there are different color options for 20L, 25L, and 33L, including a slightly more expensive but waterproof and more durable version. I love that this pack is so compact but also serves as backup luggage in case I buy something substantial and need additional space on the trip home. 

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The perfect lightweight pack for day trips.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Water Bottle

There are a lot of reusable water bottles on the market. I’ve tried several, including Swell. My favorite by far is my Yeti rambler. Sometimes a little extra money spent is well worth it. I’ve found this to be the case with my Yeti water bottle. All the parts are dishwasher safe, it keeps liquids hot or cold for hours, it doesn’t leak or sweat, it has held up exceptionally well with everyday use, the wide mouth makes it easy to clean, and the handle on top is convenient for carrying. I love and highly recommend the straw cap accessory. It prevents me from spilling water all over myself, and I don’t have to unscrew the cap every time I want a drink.  It is perfect for travel and home. I own the 26oz rambler in Seafoam, but there are sizes and colors to fit every need and personality.

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The Yeti is a solid choice for a reusable water bottle.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Guide Book

When planning any trip, I always purchase the Lonely Planet Book first. I do a ton of research online, but there is nothing like holding an actual book with pictures and maps of the places you dream of exploring. Lonely Planet does a great job of consolidating all the information you will need for a location in one convenient text. I like being able to open it and pick up where I left off while at appointments or lying in bed. Some places I travel to don’t have easily accessible WiFi (like Cuba) and having the Lonely Planet Book on me proves to be quite handy. There is a travel book for every location, and the advice is usually spot on because it is written by someone who has been there. Lonely Planet guides are an investment well spent and an excellent gift for friends or family hoping to travel to a new destination this year. Be sure to check the published date and always get the latest version for the most up-to-date information. 


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A guide book is a great way to inspire travel in the new year.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Eye Mask and Ear Plugs

I promise I am not high maintenance. However, I’ll admit it; I’m a light sleeper. I like it quiet, and I like it dark. That is why I never leave home without my eye mask and ear plugs. This set has served me well and is extremely affordable. I love that it comes with both the eye mask and earplugs plus a handy travel case. It is comfortable to sleep in thanks to the adjustable strap and the contouring shape. This set takes up almost no room, is extremely affordable and is a lifesaver more often than not.


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An eye mask and earplugs when you need a little peace and quiet on the go.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Headphones

One of the best ways to pass the time it takes to travel somewhere is to watch a movie or listen to music. I download Netflix movies to my iPad before a long day of travel and use my favorite headphones that connect directly and quickly to my iPad through Bluetooth. They are lightweight and come with a handy travel case to help keep the charger and accessories together. Lasting a long time, but charging fast when needed is convenient when on the go and they even offer some noise canceling abilities for loud settings. For the price, they are a bargain.

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An affordable option for listening to music and movies while traveling.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Sunglasses

I am a huge advocate of owning a pair of travel sunglasses. I do too many exciting things while visiting a new place to worry about keeping sunglasses safe or being able to keep track of a pair of expensive sunglasses. I’ve ordered these sunglasses in matte black with mirror green lens several times and they are trendy while still protecting your eyes from UV rays. Will they last you forever? No, but they are pretty durable, and it won’t sting so much when you leave them somewhere (like on a ferry headed for Belize but don’t realize it until it is pulling away). The sunglasses come in a few lens color options, including polarized, and come with a nice travel sleeve. The best part is they are affordable enough to replace several times and still come out ahead of the many brands that cost over $100.

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Never worry about losing your sunglasses again!

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Hidden Pocket Scarf

This scarf is one of my favorite travel accessories. I first stumbled upon the hidden pocket idea when I needed to take a butt load of cash across a super sketchy border. I wanted to be able to carry my money in an inconspicuous place while still being semi-fashionable and not overly obvious. This infinity scarf with a hidden pocket provides a space to store essential things like cash and travel documents that only the person wearing it will know about. It also provides some warmth in a colder climate and comes in a variety of patterns and colors.

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A scarf is a fashionable option for keeping cash and travel documents safe.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Packing Cubes

If there is one thing on this list I couldn’t travel without, it would hands-down be my packing cubes. I can’t believe how many years I traveled without them and what a difference they make. I have saved enough money on extra luggage charges to pay for these babies many times over. They help compact your clothing so you can fit more in your suitcase and stay organized. This set comes with the perfect number of packs and sizes for two adults whether we pack carry-on only or a large suitcase. I use the smallest one for toiletries and the others for clothes. It is incredible how much I can fit into them! I own the grey, but the brighter colors, like neon green, are fun. 

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The best travel accessory investment I’ve made to date.

Affordable Gifts for Travelers: Fanny Pack

My husbands least favorite of my travel accessories, but one of the most efficient ways to keep your valuables safe, near you, organized and accessible. I am a fan of cross-body purses for traveling, but this fanny pack offers a unique option for lugging necessities while traveling. I especially like to use it while hiking as it provides a great place to hold my phone and snacks! It also works well in the airport for when you need to take out your passport, boarding pass, and photo ID several times. It has three compartments, is exceptionally lightweight, water-resistant and comes in fun colors. 

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I’m on a mission to bring the fanny pack back!

I hope this affordable gifts for travelers gift guide provided you with some ideas and inspiration for practical and affordable gifts for the travel lover in your life!

What is your favorite item to travel with? What is on your wish list? Let me know in the comments below 🙂


I'm a full-time worker and part-time traveler who knows the best parts of life happen outside of 9-5. I've found a balance between wanderlust and responsibility and can help you experience unique, affordable and exciting things throughout the world!

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  1. Hey Sarah! Thanks so much for the great list! I’m in awe of the infinity scarf with the pouch. Although I’m embarrassed to say that I originally thought it was a silly idea, I see how it makes complete sense now, especially for money, ID and credit cards.
    I have not yet attempted packing cubes yet, but may need to give them a try. Thanks again for the great post!

    1. Hi Jackie – I’m glad you liked the list and even got some good ideas! The scarf actually seemed odd to me at first too, but it has been a great accessory for travel. There MAY be a lost photo of me with it around my head and eyes to catch some zzz’s while on an early morning flight 😉 And the packing cubes…. I am not sure how I ever lived without them! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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