If you know someone who loves to travel, or who is planning a big trip, take a look at our top Christmas gifts, guaranteed to enhance their experience, while making them the envy of fellow travellers.
A scratch map is the perfect gift for someone with wanderlust. They can simply use a coin to scratch the foil covering countries they have visited; a novel way to track their pursuits around the globe.
Cost: You can get small scratch maps for under £10, or opt for the “deluxe” version, which costs around £25.
Travel guides may seem like a boring present, but they can be invaluable. There are a number of well-known brands that offer valuable information about activities, restaurants and accommodation to suit all budgets, as well as handy hints for getting around and a basic dictionary. If you are not sure if someone has a travel guide already, get them a book voucher so they can choose their own.
Cost: A good travel guide can cost anything from £7 to £30 but with money-saving tips and advice on getting around, they are worth every penny.
A diary may be the last thing on a traveller’s mind as they focus on vaccines, sun cream and logistics. However, keeping a diary is a wonderful way of preserving memories. Slip some glue dots in the diary, so that they can stick in boarding passes, postcards and tickets along the way, enabling them to preserve memories for years to come.
Cost: Name your budget! Diaries come in all shapes, sizes and costs. Try to get one that is durable and will not fall apart after getting damp, or being stuffed in the bottom of a backpack.
First Aid Kit
Of course, you don’t want to need a First Aid kit, but it helps to be prepared. Buy a durable kit containing the basics: hand sanitiser, pain killers, rehydration tablets, plasters, antihistamines and antiseptic. With luck, the recipient can carry the kit around like a talisman without ever actually needing it.
Cost: The cheapest way to get a good First Aid kit together is to make it yourself. Find a small, durable bag and fill it with the essentials.
No traveller should depart without having a set of portable speakers in tow. When you travel with sound, you can create a party, wherever you are.
Cost: Portable speakers come for all sizes and budgets. The more expensive ones may be more durable, but will also be more likely to go “missing”. Opt for a good mid-range speaker.
A portable battery pack allows you to charge on the go, so that you will never be short of charge to capture that perfect moment.
As many travellers know, sometimes it can be hard to budget, particularly if you are travelling for an extended period of time. Find out the traveller’s itinerary and get them an experience: a camel ride, a day’s ski pass, a diving experience, kayak hire; choose anything! That way, if money gets short, you know that they will be able to have an incredible day out, on you.
Cost: Again, the cost of the experience is up to you. You could spend anything, from £10 to £200+.
A scarf can be many things to men and women of all ages: a sarong, a sheet, a shawl, a blanket, or just a scarf. A large, light-weight scarf is the ideal travelling gift. The scarf is many travellers’ best friend, as they use it to keep them warm on cooler evenings, to cover their shoulders in temples, protect their skin from sunburn. There are a host of traditional and less traditional scarf designs for both genders, so shop around and find one that ticks all your boxes for style and function.
Cost: When it comes to scarves, try to spend as much as you can afford. Opt for natural fabrics, such as loosely woven cotton or linen. You can buy an cotton keffiyeh for around £10.
Even in the day and age of online checking in, keeping track of documentation can be a source of anxiety. A small document wallet is a practical and secure place to store information. It is recommended that anyone travelling keeps two copies of everything, including passport, travel itinerary, insurance and emergency contact details. One set can be kept, locked and secure, in a travel wallet for complete peace of mind.
Cost: You can get a good travel document holder for £10-£20.
Anyone that has sat on a plane trying to synchronise screens so you can watch a film with family or friends knows that watching in perfect synchrony is virtually impossible. Headphone splitters mean that you can watch a film or listen to music on a tablet or phone while you travel; after all, sharing is caring.
Cost: you can get a good multi-way splitter for around £10
Towels are, undoubtedly, travel essentials. The problem is, they are heavy and take up a lot of space. Travel towels are light, fold up small, and dry in minutes (literally), making them the perfect gift for a friend on the move.
Cost: £5 – £15, depending on size and quality
No Christmas stocking would be complete without the ubiquitous pair of socks. You can get socks with maps on, mosquito repellent socks, quick-drying socks and even flip-flop socks; the perfect gift for the traveller who has everything.