The 51 Best Gifts For Travelers & Expats – 2018 Edition
If you’re planning to hit the road in 2018, then you’re in the right place. The holidays are rolling around and the gift giving season is in full swing. What does that mean? It’s time to check out the best gifts for travelers and expats in 2018.
Whether you’re looking to buy something for the road warrior in your life or you’re looking for ideas to send to the family, I’ve got you covered.
After spending over six months traveling around this year, I found some amazing gifts that make life on the road so much better. I’m talking about:
Clothing that makes it possible to pack lighter while still looking.
Luggage that allows you to bring everything you’d ever want while still being carry-on size.
A surefire hangover remedy for when traveling gets the best of you.
Simple solutions that make staying in shape on the road a breeze.
Endless entertainment and electronics to improve time away from home.
…And so much more!
The 51 Best Gifts For Travelers & Expats – 2018 Edition
While this is a long post, I want to keep things organized for you. So, I’ll break the gifts down by category, including the following. Just click where you want to go:
If you’re headed on a big trip, getting the best luggage is imperative. After traveling around with a 45L Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack for over six months, I’m confident this is the best travel backpack available.
This backpack is HUGE, but still carry-on size. I can fit all my clothing, shoes, electronics, and more into this pack with ease.
The unique suitcase-opening system makes packing and unpacking almost too easy with the Tortuga Outbreaker.
Plus, the travel bag is waterproof and has safe storage for all electronic, including a laptop and Kindle. Read my full review here.
Traveling with dress clothes can be difficult. You pay for dry cleaning in one place, pack your clothes, and arrive with a wrinkled wardrobe.
You’re in a new city and want to explore the nightlife, but all your nice clothes look like trash. I’ve been there before. Luckily, I found a solution that ensures you don’t have to hit the club looking like a smelly backpacker.
Enter the ZEGUR Garment Bag. This unique piece of luggage can easily hold 1-2 suits and 3-4 shirts. Your clothing stays wrinkle-free and you arrive ready to party.
Plus, it’s carry-on size! Traveling light while looking great has never been easier.
If you’ve been traveling long enough, you’ve heard of packing cubes. The benefits of packing cubes? They allow you to make the most of your luggage space while staying organized.
But that’s not the best part. Personally, I use packing cubes as a way to separate my dirty laundry from my cleaning clothing. Thus, you’ll arrive with your previously clean clothes still clean and smelling good.
Eagle Creek makes the best packing cubes I’ve found. If you’re in the market, I couldn’t recommend them enough.
On a trip to stunning Parque Tayrona on the coast of Colombia, I remember thinking a dry bag would be useful. The boat ride to the park entrance had me dripping wet after being splashed in the face for an hour straight by the giant waves.
None of my things were dry (thankfully the guide stored out valuables). My towel, change of clothing, and more was all drenched.
If I had the Sea to Summit Dry Bag, my things would have been 100% dry.
I love this dry bag because it’s super lightweight and easily fits into your other luggage when not in use. The Sea to Summit Dry Bag is 100% waterproof and in my opinion, a steal at the price point.
P.S: This travel clothing is generally geared towards men. As a male, I don’t feel like giving clothing and style advice to women. I saw a few other male bloggers did and they recommended things like menstrual cups…so I’m just going to avoid all that. Sorry, ladies!
If you want to travel in style, then these Outlier Slim Dungarees Travel Pants cannot be beaten. Seriously, I’ve gotten dozens of compliments on these pants.
The Outlier Slim Dungarees look way better than jeans, only need to be washed once every couple weeks, and are as comfortable as can be.
There’s been weeks that I’ve worn these travel pants every single day, all day. They didn’t smell at all or look grimy. If you’re striving to look good while traveling exceptionally light, you could get by with one or two of these pants.
The only issue? These are a little pricey. But in my opinion, they’re worth it!
Now that you have a travel yoga mat, all you need is a place to do yoga. Instead of paying inflated yoga studio prices with limiting schedules, just sign up for Gaia, an unlimited online yoga subscription.
Gaia has over 8,000 member-only videos with every type of yoga class imaginable. Whether you want a tough yoga workout or some light stretching, you can find it here.
The best part? All you need is a mat and your computer.
This thing is really cool. Have you ever struggled to find a comfortable position to sleep on an airplane? Thought about putting your head on the person’s shoulder next to you because you could barely keep your eyes open?
If you answered yes, then the TRTL Travel Pillow is for you. The unique design allows the pillow to take up barely any space in your luggage, while still providing huge benefits and allowing you to sleep.
With over 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon, the TRTL Travel Pillow is incredibly popular among vagabonds.
The easiest way to keep your abs in-shape while traveling? Just pack The Ab Roller and you’re good to go.
The Ab Roller is a great workout for your core. Plus, it fits easily in your luggage due to the small size and collapsable design. If your knees hurt while rolling, just throw a pillow under them and get to work.
The absolute best natural sleep aid known to mankind. If you have trouble sleeping on the road, then bringing a bottle of tart cherry juice concentrate should be mandatory.
You’ll fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper when taking this incredible supplement. In fact, cherry juice may be my favorite natural supplement on the market. The stuff just works, and sleep isn’t the only benefit.
This one is a little weird on a list of best gifts for travelers, but I found a jet lag solution. No longer will jet lag and a lack of energy effects the first few days of an international trip. Why? Because of Modafinil.
Modafinil is a smart drug used to increase wakefulness. Many take Modafinil to keep them focused and productive for 12-15 hours straight.
But, you can use Modafinil to beat jet lag, too. Just take a Modafinil at 7 AM when in your new city. No matter how tired you are, you’ll stay awake for 14-16 hours after consuming the smart drug.
You’ll reset your natural clock and get back to a normal sleep schedule. The next day the jet lag will be gone!
P.S: I’m no doctor. The above is not advice, simply for entertainment purposes. Modafinil is a pharmaceutical drug. Make sure you speak with a medical professional before consuming.
Now, selfies sticks aren’t anything new or cool. A regular, typical one would never make the list of best gifts for travelers.
But if you’re creating a lot of YouTube content or want to make it look like you have friends when you really don’t, this selfie stick / tri-pod combo from Lifestyle Designs is ideal.
The design is unique, efficient, and it works. Within 15 seconds, you can turn your selfie stick into a three-foot tall tri-pod for your iPhone or GoPro. The trip-pod is sturdy and offers great stabilization.
If you’re planning to create YouTube content while traveling, I couldn’t recommend this contraption enough.
Keeping your expensive smartphone safe is key when traveling. Well, anytime really. However, it can be especially hard when headed to the beach or hiking to a waterfall.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution. The JOTO Cellphone Dry Bag ensures your smartphone stays 100% dry when you’re out exploring.
Whether on a boat trip to the islands or hiking in the rain, this case will ensure your phone stays dry and functional at all times. For active vagabonds, this is not only one of the best gifts for travelers – but a great stocking stuffer, too.
Life on the road spikes the endorphins like nothing else. Sometimes relaxing with a good book is all you want and need. The issue? Physical books take up too much space when traveling light and long-term.
As such, the Kindle Paperwhite is a must. The device allows your to carry thousands of books with you while traveling light. You’ll have a full library at your fingertips whenever you need to unwind.
If you’re going to get a Kindle for reading, make sure you get the “Paperwhite” model, as it’s easiest to read and best for your eyes.
Honestly, I’m baffled the Roku Streaming Stick isn’t more popular with travelers. See, most hotel rooms and Airbnb rentals have flatscreen TVs these days. However, smart TVs are still rare in some countries.
With a Roku Streaming Stick, you can turn any flatscreen into a smart TV. And it works really well!
While I’m no fan of watching too much TV while traveling, a little Netflix never hurt anybody. Personally, I often use the Roku to turn on a YouTube playlist and pre-game a bit before heading out for a night on the town.
When living in hotels and renting apartments around the world, you’ll occasionally get stuck with bad WiFi. Maybe the host only has one router for the whole apartment building or the hotel skimped on their Internet plan this month.
Whatever the reason, you need to get better WiFi to your room or apartment ASAP. Enter the Netgear AC 1200 WiFi Extender.
This is one of the best WiFI extenders on the market with over 22,000 reviews on Amazon. Suffice to say, this thing works.
Just plus in the Netgear AC1200 in your room and turn it on. An instant increase in Internet speed and WiFi signal will be noticed. Instead of suffering with lagging WiFi, you’ll get back to using the web how you need to.
There’s 1,000s of options when looking for a portable external charger online. This one from Jackery seems to have the most positive reviews, with nearly 10,000 on Amazon.
What makes the Jackery Giant Portable External Charger so great? For starters, it’s incredibly powerful. With over 12,000 mAh power, the batter can charge an iPhone from 0% to 100% over five times on one battery life cycle.
That means everyone in the car can fully charge there phone with the Jackery Giant. Plus, the dual USB plugins allow you to charge multiple devices at once.
The king of travel computers couldn’t be left of this list of best gifts for travelers and expats! The Macbook Air 13″ is the premier travel laptop.
The unique, thin design means the laptop barely takes up any space in your backpack. It’s durable, lightweight, and great looking.
Plus, the newer models come fully loaded with great speed and memory. Some have even done 4K video editing on a Macbook Air – which I once thought was impossible, but is easy with the proper configuration these days.
The Soundworks Oontz Portable Bluetooh Speaker w/ More Bass is the best-selling portable Bluetooth speaker on Amazon that’s cheap. With over 22,000 positive reviews, the travel speaker does the job well.
What makes this Soundworks speaker so good? First, the sound is crystal clear, has solid bass, and is more than loud enough. Plus, it’s waterproof – making it ideal for taking to the beach.
But that’s not the best part…
The best thing about this Bluethooth speaker? It only cost $25 with free shipping! Talk about one of the best gifts for travelers on a budget.
Your only issue when traveling with the Soundworks Oontz Portable Bluetooh Speaker w/ More Bass? You’re neighbors might coming knocking on your door asking you to turn it down 🙂
If you want to get the imagination rolling or plan your next adventure, check out this guide. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 is filled to the brim with exciting, unique, and impressive travel ideas for the upcoming year.
The book makes an amazing gift for travel lovers and is ideal for those dreaming of the day they hit the road.
Not exactly something to bring on the road, but still one of the best gifts for travelers! This World Scratch Map Deluxe is absolutely gigantic. It allows travelers to hang the map on their wall and scratch off every country they’ve visited.
While I’ll try not to spoil the book, if you’re looking for a crazy tale of drugs, addiction, and adventure – Mad Outta Me Head has everything you’re looking for and more! I’d reckon most nomads will really dig this book, especially if you have a debaucherous side.
Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel – one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.