Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers | Unique & Useful Gifts for Those That Love to Travel


Hey, how’s it going everyone? It’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re sharing our top holiday
gift ideas for that special traveler in your life, or even for yourself! (light chiming music) The holiday season often means buying gifts
for others. With that in mind, I thought we would review
some items that are beneficial to travelers. I tried to stay clear of the stereotypical
items that are often recommended. Instead, I wanted to focus on unique things
that I’m guessing most travelers don’t have but probably could use. But first, if you’re new here, welcome to
the channel. Trip Astute is a travel channel that is focused
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consider subscribing. So, let’s jump into our top 10 travel gift
ideas for this holiday season. 1. Destination maps and rings: If you haven’t
heard, passport stamps maybe going away in the near future. In the past, I’ve recommended scratch-off
maps that you can use to record where you’ve traveled. I still think these are great gift ideas. However, another item that I recently saw featured
in a travel magazine are travel rings by a Canadian company called the Traveller Collective. They make tiny rings that are stamped with
the counties that you’ve visited. These can then be made into a necklace or
clip. What I love about the company is that they
donate 20% of their profits back to social projects around the world. They say that it’s their way of giving back
for all the great memories and experiences that they’ve gained through traveling. I personally haven’t purchased them, but
I’m definitely thinking about ordering a set for myself. It seems like a great way to memorialize and
record where you’ve been and how much those experiences have changed your life. 2. Merino wool clothing: We did a video earlier
this year on why a lot of travelers are raving about wool clothing. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. I actually love my merino wool shirts. They’re not only comfortable, but they also
seem wearable for more days between washes, which is very useful when traveling. Plus, the fabric has some unique temperature
regulating qualities that make them versatile for traveling and outdoor activities. If you’re looking for merino wool clothing,
I definitely recommend Woolly Clothing Company. I actually got their long-sleeve hoodie after
testing out their t-shirt, and it’s now one of my favorite items to carry. I even wear it around my apartment since it’s
so comfortable. Also, it looks like Wolly Clothing is going
to launching a pants line soon, so I’m eager to try it out to see whether
it’s a good fit for travelers. 3. Humangear bottles, tubs, and utensils: Some items
that I’ve used a lot in the past few years are my Humangear soft bottles and utensils. I’ve mentioned it in a couple of videos,
but I always think that they are a great gift idea for travelers. Like packing cubes, there are many manufacturers
of these silicone and plastic bottles and tubs, but Humangear was the original. I always manage to find a use for their gear,
especially when it comes to packing my liquids and toiletries. We’ve even used them for picnics at the
beach, and they always work well without leaking. 4. Portable safe: We’ve done a lot of portable
safe reviews in the past. I really like these devices, and have found
them useful for a variety of situations like Airbnb stays and when traveling at smaller hotels. These are definitely useful products for travelers,
especially those that stay in hostels or are traveling through developing countries. Check out our portable safe playlist for more
information. 5. Packing gear: Ok, packing cubes might be the
most common item on this list. A few years ago, it seemed like packing cubes
were a new thing. But in the last few years, they’ve really
grown in popularity, and rightfully so. They’re a very useful item for traveling. That being said, I feel like you can never
have too many of them, especially when they are available in different sizes and shapes. And if packing cubes are just too common for
you, consider other packing devices and tools like compressible laundry bags or clothing
envelope folders. We’ve done reviews of several of these items,
so check out our packing gear playlist for more information. 6. Organizers: As a traveler, I’m always looking
for new ways to organize my gear. I have a few organizers, and each fits a different
need. I recently got a passport organizer from Zero
Grid that I really like. It’s extremely durable and high quality. I like that it has RFID protection, zips up,
and is made from ripstop nylon. Their products even have a lifetime warranty. If you look online, you’ll see that they’re
affordable and have a lot of great customer reviews. For electronics, I’m always looking for
ways to keep everything nice and tidy. When I travel, I usually pack two different
electronics organizers since I’m carrying a lot of cables and chargers. I’ve really liked using the Travelon Urban
Tech Accessory Organizer that I featured in our How to Pack Cables and Chargers video. I also got a Zero Grid Electronics Travel
Organizer which has been great. The Zero Grid organizer has a ton of elastic
straps which means that I can fit a lot of different items, in all sorts of different configurations. In fact, I’ll usually carry one of these
organizers in my suitcase while keeping the other in my backpack. I like to keep the chargers and cables that
I might need on the plane close by, while my drone or camera chargers can usually stay
packed in my larger bag. 7. Chargers: As we accumulate more electronics
in our life, we usually need more chargers. I love multi-port chargers that allow you
to charge more than one device at a time. Those of you familiar with our videos know
that I love battery chargers and power banks from Anker. I always carry my tiny Powercore Mini+, and
it’s come in handy more times than I can remember. Also, I recently received an interesting charger
from Hip Product Factory that allows you to charge your phone at the plug. This might seem like a weird thing, but I
can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a hotel where there seems to be a lack of plugs. This allows me to charge my phone at the plug rather than leaving it on the floor, where it could get stepped on when I’m walking to the
bathroom at night. This is another company that I am interested
in exploring because they seem to make a lot of products that address common travel issues. 8. Travel camera: This is by far the most expensive
item on the list. Earlier this year, I did a review of the DJI
Osmo Mobile 2 smartphone stabilizer, and I actually did not recommend it for travelers,
mostly because it seemed to be bulky and cumbersome to use. Definitely check out the video for more details
on why I decided to return it. However, DJI has recently released a new gimbal
that is pocket-sized and extremely powerful. It hasn’t officially been released yet, it comes out on December 15th,
but a lot of tech reviewers had a chance to review it, and it seems like most of them found it
to be amazing. While I don’t have one either, it’s definitely
on my list of gear that I am planning to get soon. I have a larger full-size gimbal, but this
would allow me to travel with less weight. While your smartphone is a very powerful and
capable camera, a separate and stabilized gimbal and camera gives you a lot of
creative options. Plus, DJI is planning to release accessories
like an underwater case, which makes this an awesome camera for those of you into adventure
trips and sports. 9. Global Entry or TSA PreCheck: This actually
a great way to give the gift of travel without spending any money. For those of you in points and miles, you
may want to consider giving Global Entry or TSA PreCheck to a friend or family member. If you’re a point and miles collector, you often have multiple cards that reimburse you for Global Entry
and TSA PreCheck. For example, I renewed my Global Entry last
year with my Chase Sapphire Reserve. However, if I had another card that offered
the reimbursement, like an American Express Platinum or Capital One Venture card, I could
offer to pay for the program with my card allowing a close friend or family member to
get either Global Entry or TSA PreCheck There isn’t really a seamless way to gift
Global Entry or TSA PreCheck to someone else. You would need to have them use your card
when paying. However, I think it’s a great way to use
a benefit that you already have and may not use while also improving the travel experience
for someone else. Keep in mind that your card’s benefit can
only be used once every five years since that’s how long Global Entry membership lasts. Also, while I think that Globel Entry is a
much better value than TSA PreCheck, the application process for Global Entry is a lot more exhaustive
and comprehensive. If you have someone who might have some issues
with their background or history, then you might want to opt for TSA PreCheck
over Global Entry. 10. Airline gift cards: Several credit cards offer
a travel or airline credit. Most popular is the American Express Platinum
and Gold cards which give you credit toward airline incidentals. However, while gift cards are usually not
considered an incidental purchase, certain airline gift cards are known to work in triggering
this credit. In fact, I needed to use the $100 airline
credit for my American Express Gold card for this year, and I recently purchased a gift
card from Southwest. Keep in mind that you’re limited to
airlines that you’ve designated with this benefit. I’ll include a link to a Points Guy article
that reviews which airline gift cards qualify for the credit. We’ve shared several links in the video
description. Trip Astute does get a percentage if you use
our link. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but
it helps us to continue building content for the channel. Lastly, If your holiday plans include traveling
away from home, make sure to check out our holiday travel video from last year. We also have free packing and travel checklists
that you can download from our website for free. I’ll include a link in the video description. We’re hoping that it comes in handy. If you enjoyed this video or found it useful,
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