It’s that time of year again when most of us are starting to think about the things we want to give our loved ones, including those friends or family members that are fond of traveling or jetting it from one place to another.
We have to admit that it’s kind of difficult to find that perfect gift, especially if you’re not familiar with what items solo travelers usually bring. But don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of the perfect gifts for solo travelers.
1) Mobile Food Survival Kit
The first to make it on our list is the Mobile Foodie Survival Kit. This cute but nifty set of containers holds your favorite assorted herbs and spices. This is perfect for solo travelers that cook on their outdoor adventures. The containers are not labeled, so you can reuse them for different spices. Each container can hold up to 1.5 teaspoons of herbs and spices.
2) Scratch-off Map
Another great gift idea is the Scratch-off Map. This is perfect for those solo travelers who go to different parts of the globe. This will allow them to mark off the places they have been to. The beauty is in the unraveling of the different countries as they get scratched off the map.
3) Travel Journal
Here’s another gift solo travelers could make great use of: the Scratch Travel Journal. It is the perfect complement to the aforementioned Scratch-off Map, and it offers your intrepid adventurer a travel planner, checklist, and diary rolled into one.
4) MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
Does your travel junkie also enjoy coffee? Then this next item is perfect for them. The MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker is a mini espresso machine which comes with its own scoop and cup. It’s efficient, easy to use, and what’s more, you can use any variety of coffee bean and get the same quality result for your cup of coffee. Perfect for a cup of coffee anywhere that your traveling friend chooses to carry this baby.
5) Packing Cube
Next on our list is the Packing Cube. Packing cubes allow for easy packing and unpacking of clothes, and they can also be used to separate dirty laundry from clean clothes. Plus, it makes it easy for your globetrotting friend to quickly find what they’re looking for inside their suitcase.
If your traveling friend is heading off to cooler climates, then this parka from Uniqlo would be the perfect gift for them this season. It is light, comfortable, and insulated with premium down for superb warmth, especially for long cold nights. It’s not bulky, which makes it easy to pack and store.
7) Emergency Blanket
While we’re on the subject of keeping warm, one other item that you may want to consider giving your travel-savvy friend is an emergency blanket. This amazing item can easily be stored and pulled out for those times when there are sudden drops in temperature. It is lightweight and compact, and you will hardly notice that it’s in the bag.
Another item that’s ideal for the solo traveler is the dry sack. This item is useful for storing electronics or other items that you want to keep dry or protect from moisture, since this storage bag is waterproof. It’s perfect for those friends who are into water sports or go on travel adventures that expose them to the elements. It also comes in different colors, so you can pick out the one that your solo traveler likes.
9) Multipurpose Shoes
Any traveler knows how much packing space bulky pairs of shoes can take up. This multipurpose shoe is lightweight, with a soft cushioning material that makes it perfect for taking long walks outdoors. It also has breathable material, so that even if it is worn for long periods of time, it will not smell. Multipurpose shoes are available for both men and women.
10) Travel Hammock
Looking for a comfortable way to sleep while enjoying the cool outdoor breeze and the night sky? A travel hammock will do the trick. It is easy to carry because of its lightweight material and can be used for camping, hiking, or simply lounging around the campfire. It is so sturdy that it can carry the weight of two people or up to 400lbs.
11) Travel Pillow
A unique item that makes it on this list is this travel pillow from. This pillow is not your ordinary kind of travel pillow, because when you first see it, it actually looks like a scarf because of its unique ergonomic design. It’s specifically designed to support the neck for those long hours of land or air travel. It’s also easy to store and it easily attaches to your luggage.
12) Filtered Water Bottle
Another must-have for the solo adventurer is the filtered water bottle. It allows your traveler to take a refreshing drink without worrying about the cleanliness of the water that they are drinking outdoors or in an unfamiliar place. This bottle comes equipped with a filtered straw which cleanses out the bacteria and doesn’t leave any aftertaste. Perfect for people who love to camp or hike.
13) Travel Iron
A cute but handy item that you can add to the growing list of choices to give your solo traveler is the iron. This is not your regular kind of iron. It is small and lightweight so it will occupy minimal space in their bag. What’s more, it comes with its own travel bag and measuring cup. This iron can steam clothes and can remove all kinds of wrinkles from all kinds of fabric.
14) Bag Scale
Finally, to ensure that your solo traveler’s baggage does not exceed weight limits, a scale would be the ideal gift for them. It is portable, small enough to easily fit in a pocket. It has an LCD display that shows the weight of the luggage.
So now that we’ve given you the lowdown on some gift ideas for your wandering friends/loved ones this coming holiday, you can be sure that they won’t be lacking anything, whether they’re roughing it in the great outdoors or globetrotting throughout different parts of the world.
Also published on Medium.