Shopping for a friend with the travel bug is a challenge because there is only so much space in her backpack and you want to get her something fun, but useful. And that’s just what she wants too! Just like socks always seem to be a gift, they’re always a gift for a reason – they’re practical, useful, and now the person doesn’t have to buy her own! Your traveling friend wants the same! She wants something that she can use, something that reminds her of home, inspires her adventure, and helps her travel longer and further. Below are some awesome gift ideas for female travelers in your life.
These gifts are perfect for the traveler who is just starting out or who is taking a break, but wants to keep the wanderlust alive!
World Map. There are so many of these on the market. From scratch off to ones where you put photos of where you’ve been. Pick one that suits her style.
Solo Travel Handbook. Is she heading off on her first solo trip? That’s amazing! You can send her my complete guide to solo female travel for free. And you can give her this handbook to help calm her nerves!
Coordinate Necklace. My best friend gave me a necklace that had the coordinates of my favorite place engraved on it. It was a simple necklace, but a grand gesture. If she doesn’t have a favorite place just yet, put her home coordinates on it so she never feels too far from home. You can find these on Etsy!
World Map Phone Case. I met a friend on a retreat in Mexico hand paints phone cases. Each phone case is unique and beautiful. She just celebrated two years of business and came out with a beautiful wanderlust line in a variety of colors. Inspire wanderlust in your friend and help a female-owned small business. Double win!
Keep it Practical
Every traveler needs these!
Travel Towel. Lightweight and quick drying travel towels are essential for beach getaways and hostels. Surprisingly, not many hostels provide towels.
Universal Adapter. Adapters are clunky and awkward to pack. Help her save a bit of space with a universal adapter.
Multiport Charger. Also, help her decrease the number of chargers she needs to take. A charger with a plug and USB ports is so handy when she’s trying to keep her electronics charged at once.
Packing Cubes. These will keep her backpack nice and organized so she can find exactly what she needs when she needs it.
<https://amzn.to/2PeucoS” rel=”nofollow”>Portable WiFi. Want to skype with your friend? Does she intend to work remotely? WiFi is not the greatest in many places. I wish I had a portable WiFi hotspot to use for Skyping with family and friends… and for working! Help her stay connected with one!
Help the Planet
Traveling may have inspired your friend to be a bit more eco-friendly and decrease her use of single-use plastic items. These are great for reducing the environmental impact of travel, in a small way.
Hydroflask. Keep her hydrated and decrease her need to purchase plastic water bottles.
SteriPEN. If she is traveling somewhere without potable water, a SteriPEN will help her sterilize the water so she can keep using the Hydroflask and not plastic water bottles. Yay helping the environment!
Wooden Cutlery. There have been so many times when I’ve packed food for the day only to realize I don’t have any cutlery to eat it with. These would be a game changer!
Help Her Catch Some Zzzz’s
A good night of sleep is a rarity when she’s on night buses or 10-bed dorm rooms. Help her catch some Zzzz’s with these!
Cocktail kit. These are fun and practical. They come in many flavors to suit the thirst of your friend.
Eye Mask. For those nights in the hostel when someone decides to leave the light on. Or when she just needs a midday nap. Eye masks are clutch.
Keep it Fit & Healthy
Traveling challenges even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast. Help her stay on track with these gifts!
Beachbody On Demand All Access Pass. The company that gave us P90X has expanded their exercise catalog to include some of the best online fitness programs. Everything from cardio to strength training, to yoga is there. Your friend can stream any workout over WiFi or download 7 workouts ahead of time for when she will inevitably not have any WiFi.
Exercise Band. Weights are just silly to try to pack, but an exercise band is lightweight and incredibly effective to help her maintain strength.
World Nomads. The just in case gift. If you know where she is traveling and the activities she plans then you can purchase her travel insurance to keep her and her trip safe. It’s an annoying, but necessary expense for travelers, she’ll be grateful you took care of it for her.
Save the Memories
When she returns home, she will want to remember the memories she’s made for a long time. Help her keep track with these gifts!
Travel Journal. This is a travel journal with a twist! It has some fun, some serious, prompts that will bring a bit of mindfullness to her travels.
Memory Cards. I go through memory cards like crazy, I always end up deleting photos from them, and hate that! Stuff her stocking with a bunch of memory cards so she can keep all her memories safe, and organized!
The Coolest Gift
Gift her an adventure. Find out where she’ll be going and research the popular activities there. Figure out one that aligns with your friends travel style and gift it to her! She will be so excited for the thoughtful gift and the experience will be even more meaningful! There are a number of resources out there to book tours such as Get Your Guide, Viator, and even Airbnb has gotten in on the game! Simply type in the city she’ll be visiting and book something that she will love!
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