It’s coming up to summer in the northern hemisphere and this is the time of year that most people start to think about heading out on the road again to far flung, magical places away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, leaving behind their lives in favour of the unknown. It can be difficult to know what to get the avid traveller as a gift, either for their birthday or for a farewell soiree put on by their nearest and dearest to say “happy trails”, so we have put together a small list of some of the best things to get someone who has a habit of hitting the road.
Useful and sometimes fun, passport holders keep your passport and other associated important bits together in one place where they can be safe and protected. This could include your other ID cards, any loose visas and even money. Some passport holders can double as wallets, featuring spots to hold your debit and credit cards which makes it easy if you need to keep everything on you at all times. There are a whole host of cute, colourful options available both online and in high street shops, usually available year round. Why not get your best friend an adorable one that suits her personality well, such as a kitten face one, or one that says ‘crazy cat lady’ if she likes cats for example?
Functional Bits and Bobs
Things like wind up clocks and flashlights, travel pillow, power adapters, earplugs, eye masks and even toiletries or medicine for medicine kits can be a great gift – presented similarly to a nice hamper basket like you’d give someone at Christmas just swapping the wine and crackers for paracetamol and Band-Aids. Never underestimate the usefulness of these types of things for a traveller, especially if they like to do a couple of adventurous things like renting scooters to go off exploring by themselves and the like. There are ways you can add a feminine twist to these as well – travel pillows can come in all colours and patterns, and bandages as well. Maybe throw in some feminine hygiene products as once you’re overseas you realise just how quickly you will miss your usual brand! You can even swap this for a Moon or Diva cup as well – a reusable feminine hygiene product that acts as a type of tampon that you empty every 8 hours – an absolute lifesaver on the road.
Vouchers for Shops
Undoubtedly your travelling friend or family member will need a couple of things before they head off – new shoes, waterproof coat, and even a tent or other equipment such as backpacks and such. A voucher for an outdoors type of shop or even just their favourite outfitter of things like shoes and clothes in general can be useful for them to get a new swimsuit or a new sweater before they head off on their adventure.
Scratch off World Map
If your friend intends on returning eventually, a scratch off world map can be a great way for them to relive their journey. A scratch off world map is a great way for your friend to visibly show where they have been in map form, by scratching off each country. If they are planning to own their own home eventually this can be a great keepsake of all their adventures which they can frame.
So there you have a couple of great suggestions for great gifts for the traveller in your life. These are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of possible gifts – in truth there are numerous things you could entertain purchasing, it just depends on your friends’ tastes and needs, so keep your eyes open, there’s tons out there!