So I used to be a traveler, but then life happened! My husband and I love to travel, but with 5 kids, the only traveling we’ve been doing is to the supermarket and back!
We have taken a few road trips, and we went on a cruise like 4 years ago! Man, it’s been a while and I can’t wait to be able to take another trip!
Before “life” happened though, I traveled a whole lot. I’ve been on many cruises and I used to fly a lot both internationally and domestically. I definitely found some must-haves for our travels that I feel make traveling as a large family a lot easier. That being said, I didn’t feel like I could put a whole gift guide together for the traveler. So I decided to ask for help from my two favorite world travelers! My cousin Jorge and my sister-in-law Susie.
Jorge loves to travel and has done it so much, there was no better person to ask for help identifying his must-haves every time he travels! He's an expert light traveler! Susie loves to travel as well and she has the added benefit of working for an airline, so you know she definitely knows how to travel smart!
With their help I created this gift guide with the perfect gifts for the traveler in your life!
Listed below are all the items that were carefully selected for those looking to get the perfect gift for that special person in their life.
quality & style at an affordable price
This messenger bag is not only stylish and high quality, but it’s perfect for traveling. Your traveler can carry all their essentials in it like passport holder, money, laptop, tablet and cell phone. My cousin recently got a bag like this and he loves it!
durability meets lightweight for the perfect carry-on
A 4 wheel expandable spinner carry-on suitcase is a must when traveling by air. Samsonite is a trustworthy brand that makes quality items for travel. This case is extremely light, rolls beautifully next to the traveler as they make their way through the airport, is scratch-free and has an expandable zipper for when more space is needed.
versatile shoes for traveling
Jorge highly recommends traveling with slip-on shoes like these beautiful Cole Haan loafers. They make time at security checkpoints much quicker by allowing your traveler to slip their shoes on and off when required to do so. These loafers he owns are also perfect for saving space in any suitcase. They are comfortable enough for long sightseeing walks and stylish enough for a night on the town!
travel in casual comfort
For the ladies, these Keds are the perfect traveling shoes! They are extremely comfortable, they slip-on, and well, we love Keds! I grew up on these and I love them as much as I did back then.
stay organized when traveling
These packing cubes are awesome! We own seven sets of them, all in different colors, one for each person in my family! They make packing and unpacking so much easier! For the little kids, I arrange their outfits for each day and pack them together. When we get to our destination, everyone simply takes their cubes out of their suitcases and pops them into the hotel drawers. No messy suitcase to go through every morning. We took a long road trip last year and these cubes made packing and unpacking a breeze. I highly recommend these!
keeps important items close and secure
Who wants to be rummaging through a bag looking for passports and money? No one! A passport/card holder is a must-have for any traveler. With its RFID blocking technology, this leather case not only helps to keep everything organized it also keeps your RFID enabled cards safe while traveling.
comfortable, restful sleep on long flights
Every traveler needs to get some good rest! A travel pillow with a clip can help make that happen. This one gets great reviews and will ensure that your traveler gets some good shut-eye. The clip is a must according to Jorge since he knows from personal experience how easy it is to lose these while making your way through the airport. The clip allows the pillow to attach to a carry-on so it won't get lost.
a lightweight, space-saving rain jacket
No one wants to carry a big, clunky rain jacket around, but no one wants to get wet either! These pouch rain jackets solve that problem! Easy to fold up into its pouch and carry in a suitcase, and easy to take out when needed. Very lightweight and that color is perfection!
an entire collection of books tucked in a pocket
It’s always nice to have something to read while traveling. The Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy for anyone to carry their reading collection with them while away from home. The Kindle Paperwhite has a built-in adjustable light, as well as a glare-free screen that works beautifully even in sunlight! Perfect for those poolside days!
small, soft, rugged and easy to fill
Susie loves these soft travel bottles for her toiletries. These are the perfect size for going through security, they are carry-on approved and they are reusable. They also have a large opening which makes them easy to refill and clean.
protects feet from all those germs
I don’t know about you, but I like to take flip flops with me when I travel, especially for using in hotel showers and pools. Susie recommends these flip flops specially designed for the shower! They are antimicrobial, have stylish drain holes, and are slip resistant. Easy to tuck into a suitcase, I would definitely love a pair of these for my next trip!
keeps feet clean and germ free
And again, here’s the men’s version of those cool Showaflops. They’re stylish and comfortable and will make a handy companion for any traveler.
perfect for filling up after getting through security
Susie recommends this collapsible water bottle when traveling. It’s very compact when not in use, and can be easily unrolled after passing through security to make sure your traveler stays hydrated on their trip! It even attaches to their bag for quick access. It comes in so many great colors!
ultra-portable and ultra-convenient
This Squeeze Pod Travel Size Toiletry Kit comes with 18 assorted single-use pods for women that contain shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial cleanser, shaving cream, moisturizing lotion and more! This is awesome for not having to carry lots of different bottles for all the necessary toiletries. The products are made from natural ingredients and contain no sulfates. One pack of these and any girl would be set for a short trip!
for dry skin and aromatherapy
When traveling, especially by plane, a good travel set of toiletries that includes bathroom essentials and hand lotion is a must. Susie recommends buying a travel sized pack that smells great and is of high quality. Well, L'Occitane en Provence fits the bill! These bath essentials, lotions, and hand cremes are amazing! They come in small containers perfectly sized for your handbag. These are a perfect gift for anyone if you ask me, not just the traveler.
turn any sneaker into slip-ons
If traveling with sneakers, then these no-tie elastic shoelaces are a must. They can turn any sneaker into a slip-on shoe! Perfect for the active travelers who have lots of physical activity planned for their days!
a fun way for travelers to track their adventures
Ok, so this is the ultimate cool gift for a traveler. A scratch off world map to mark all the places they’ve been! The US states are also outlined so they can keep track of the states they’ve visited as well as all the countries in the world. This one is definitely going on my wishlist!
ultra absorbent and fast drying
These microfiber towels are the best! They are large yet lightweight and are perfect for the beach, pool or gym. They pack easily into a waterproof bag and will take up almost no space in any travel bag or suitecase. These are a must for your traveler while they're away from home, and I’m certain they can get a lot of use from them while at home as well. I can totally use some of these for our pool! They come in various colors and they get amazing reviews.
the convenient, money-saving way to keep clothing clean
We all know how expensive it can be to clean clothes in hotels and when traveling with a limited amount of clothing, accidents are bound to happen! This portable laundry system wash bag can help travelers clean their clothes while on the go! It weighs only 5 ounces and holds 1 gallon of water when filled with clothes. It definitely beats washing clothes in the hotel sink! A nice perk to buying one of these, is that a portion of the proceeds of the sale will go to providing clean drinking water in areas of the world that need it.
keeps a traveler's devices fully charged
Any traveler would agree that a good cell phone charger is a must when traveling. This one by Anker gets amazing reviews. It provides up to two full charges for an iPhone and one full charge for a Galaxy or other smartphone. It is super compact so it’s perfect for just tossing in a handbag.