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This gift guide features the best gifts for travelers for those of you who have family and friends who are constantly chasing the next passport stamp. I know gift-giving can be hard, especially if you’re trying to strike the perfect balance between thoughtful and practical. But this curated list of the best travel gift ideas will help keep the jet setters in your life prepared, safe, and pampered, while also making their whole travel experience a breeze!

Perhaps they can use packing cubes to help usher them into “Team Carry-on”? Or some life-saving devices to make sure they return home to you safely. Maybe they can use a travel accessory that will help enhance their experience. Whatever their needs are, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gift for them below! Perhaps you may even find something for yourself, too.

Gift Ideas for Travelers to Keep Them Safe

Travel Door Lock

Hotels are supposed to be safe, right? Well, if an intruder truly wants to get in, they will find a way. I’ve seen various social media posts dictating people’s experiences with someone trying to enter their room, even with the hotel lock in use. What can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during travel? Use a travel door lock or a door stop alarm.

Related: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe During Holiday Travel

Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that led to the recent death of three friends who were staying at an Airbnb in Mexico. It’s essential to ensure your safety when traveling to other countries since not all countries have the regulations and laws like the United States that require hotels, Airbnb, etc., to install carbon monoxide detectors with alarms. This Kidde battery-operated detector is small enough to pack along with wall conversion adapters, for added safety.

Make Sure Your Spaces are Clean

We all know how dirty some places can be, especially airplane seats and trays. My family always wipes down the seats and armrests, and trays when we’re on a plane. Everything gets cleaned! The Travel Essentials by PlaneAire has everything you need to keep everything sanitized while on the go packed in a reusable zip-top bag, with one (1) Clean Surface & Air Mist, six (6) individually wrapped Clean Surface Wipes, and one (1) PlaneAire Hands hand sanitizer blend of your choice.

Airplane Seat Covers

Minimize exposure to contaminated surfaces with a disposable seat cover. This practical solution can be taken to give that peace of mind to all passengers. It can fit easily in your carry-on bag, purse, backpack, or briefcase.

Gift Ideas for Travelers that Make Travel Easy

Keep Your Suitcase Organized

I don’t know how I used to travel without using packing cubes. They are the best way to make sure you’ve packed everything on your list and keep things organized. This is especially important for families packing for themselves and their children. During our most recent trip, I packed my and my toddler’s belongings in one 19″ carry-on.

Make Coffee How You Like It

One thing I noticed when I travel, is that as a coffee lover, coffee in some places can be disappointing. If you find yourself shopping for someone who also loves coffee, you may want to pick up a travel french press coffee maker. This particular one has a tumbler built in, which fits most cupholders, so it’s great for traveling. It has a spillproof design so you don’t have to worry about accidents.

Electronics Cable Organizer

Whether traveling for work or for recreation, electronics are always toting along. This is even more true for families. Being able to keep all the cables for everyone’s devices organized helps keep everyone sane. This electronics cable organizer does that, allowing travelers like you and me to find the accessories quickly like when the iPad is on 1% and you’re trying to prevent a tantrum.


Travel Blanket with Pillow

Having your own travel blanket and pillow is top-tier, especially if you’re flying. I’m somewhat of a germophobe. I know that airline procedures sometimes mean that crews end up folding previously used blankets up and passing them out, which is pretty gross if you ask me. I do recall a time being handed a blanket that reeked of funk. Since then I brought my own things to keep myself and/or my kids warm. This travel blanket and pillow set is definitely a gift that would be appreciated by any traveler.

Must-Have Gift Ideas for Travelers with Kids 

Travel Car Safety Seat

While most countries laws on car safety seats are not as strict as the US, it’s still important for parents to do their own due diligence to keep their kids safe during travel. Also, car seats are strongly encouraged to use on an airplane. A car safety seat like the WAYB Pico is the perfect gift idea for travelers with toddler-aged kids or older, who can use a booster. It’s lightweight, FAA-approved, and can be easily toted around while you’re exploring.

Travel Stroller

Every traveling family with kids under 4, or kids who don’t like to walk, needs a travel stroller. Something that is small, with a collapsible frame that can be folded up tightly, and quickly. The Joolz AER is one of the top-rated travel strollers due to it folding easily. It goes down in a single, intuitive motion, with an integrated transport lock to keep it closed. It can also fit neatly into an airplane’s overhead compartment and has an integrated shoulder strap for easy carrying. 

Related: The Only Travel Tips You Will Need to Survive Traveling with Kids

Baby Wrap or Carrier

A baby wrap or carrier is probably one of the best, if not the best gift idea for travelers who have infants or toddlers. As a baby wearer myself, it helps keep your hands free to do as you wish. Maneuver easily through the airport, and keep your child(ren) close to you.

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Kim is a 30-something-year-old wife and do-it-all mom of two beautiful daughters; her rainbow babies. Kim uses Beauty and the Bump NYC, to share her perspective about the things that she loves most and finds beautiful: family, travel, cars, food, and more. As a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Cars, Kim shares her love for cars through providing helpful tips and car reviews from the perspective of a modern working mom.