Traveling has never been more accessible than now and there will be even more people traveling next year and since it's that time of the year again as you scramble your ways to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, why not get them something travel-related to help them with their trips or inspire them to begin the journey as a traveler?
Within this guide, you will find 10 great gift ideas curated by me, a backpacker, for backpackers. Here are the best gifts you can buy that your travel friends and families will absolutely love to have:
1. Osprey Anti-Gravity Backpack (US$100 - $290)
Osprey backpacks are one of the best high-end backpacks you can get out there. It has cutting-edge technologies like the anti-gravity technology that distribute the weight evenly to make the bag feels lighter on your shoulders, which has helped me tremendously when I was hiking in the Himalayas carrying 13 kg for 12 days. I could not have ask for a better backpack to have.
Best of all, all Osprey backpacks come with lifetime guarantees so they will repair any damage to your backpack free of charge. If they ran out of spare parts for your particular model, they will exchange it for a newer version. If this isn't the best gift you can get for backpackers, I don't know what is!
2. DJI Osmo Pocket (US$349)
One of the things that separate us backpackers from the rest is that we value light travel. It is almost an obsession for me to have the lightest pack possible for a 3 months long trip and so having heavy camera gear are not ideal.
Let me introduce to you, the DJI Osmo Pocket, a pocket-sized video recording camera that is equipped with a mechanical stabilizer, allowing you to take smooth videos of your adventure without taking up any space in your backpack. The perfect gift for backpackers who are into filmmaking.
3. Inspiration Travel Books (US$25 - $35)
Buying huge books may not seem practical for backpackers but you will be surprised how many of us enjoy looking through travel books with stunning photos of the world for inspiration for our next trip.
Books like the NatGeo's Destinations of a Lifetime, and Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World are great gifts for us travelers as the books are filled with inspiring places and photos to the rim. I have a bookshelf full of these books at home and I always enjoy looking through it, ticking one adventure off one by one. 😁
4. Leatherman Multi-Tools (US$ 23)
I love my Leatherman multi-tools and I can't go hiking without it. It's a great tool for when you want to cook, cut or simply fix something fast. It is very light and doesn't take much space, making it the perfect gift for backpackers who loves hiking and going camping.
5. Portable Hammock (US$19.99 - $29.99)
This is a gift that most backpackers will low-key want to have. It may seems like a luxury to be carrying a hammock as you are trying to travel light but with this, it's light and portable, perfect for when you wish your hotel/hostel's balcony have a hammock.
6. Kindle Oasis (US$249.99)
Backpackers have a lot of downtimes, may it be waiting for a bus or just chilling out in a city and those are the perfect time to catch up on some reading. Some backpackers may already have an e-book but with the new Kindle Oasis, they will not hesitate to throw out their old ones for this one.
The Kindle Oasis comes with a high-resolution screen, waterproof body, portable size and best of all, it's perfect for one-hand reading with navigational buttons designed for one hand use. Everything a backpacker wants in an e-book.
7. LifeStraw Go (US$27.44 - $49.95)
As a backpacker, we tend to be in a situation we might not have access to clean water may it be while hiking in a forest or traveling in cities that are not known for their clean tap water.
The LifeStraw Go is a water bottle that comes with a 2-stage filter straw that is perfect for hiking or just to have in your backpack while walking around a city. It's a 2-in-1 gift acting as both a filter and a water bottle and which means that it doesn't change the number of items a backpacker has to carry, making it one of the best gift you can get for light travelers.
8. Outdoor Cups (US$13.99)
Outdoor cups are perfect for backpackers who love camping and cooking their own food or brewing their own coffee in the morning. This outdoor cup by DZO is light, can handle open flame, save space with its folding handle and comes with a vented lid allowing you to pour water out easily. It's one of the best outdoor cups out there that fit for use as a regular cup or a food bowl while camping.
9. Tile Pro (US$34.99)
This is the best gift you can give to a forgetful traveler who is always forgetting something somewhere may it be in a hostel or on a bus. The Tile Pro is a tracker you can attach to your belongings may it be your laptop, your wallet or your phones. When you forget your stuff, you can track its last place seen or exact location within 90m and alarm you if you are nearby. This forgetful traveler friends of yours will never forget anything again!
10. Vintage World Maps (US$45.99)
I know, I know, it is such a cliche to give a traveler a world map as a gift and I'm sure every traveler out there has one already at some point but what we may not have is an vintage version of the world map that will anyone's our curiosities just like the ancestors did back in the days of exploration. It is also interesting for us to see what certain places were named before modern borders divided the world.
Bonus. Maps: their untold stories (US$19.25)
It is obvious that we, backpackers are fascinated with maps, so another great gifts that goes well with the world map above is a book that collect stories of a place, a city, a nation or even the world at a given point in time.
This "Maps: their untold stories" book consists of old maps from all the way back to the 16th century until modern day and each comes with a compelling story explaining in detail who made the map and why. This will be an awesome gift for all kinds of travelers out there.
Further Reading for Resources
Looking for more articles to help you with your travel may it be camera gears or clothing? Here is a collection of articles you might like:
- Are you looking for the best travel camera for your next trip? Why not the Sony a6500? Here's why Sony a6500 is the best travel camera.
- Picking a camera body is one thing. Picking the lenses is a whole different game. Here is the ultimate guide to best travel lenses for the Sony a6500.
- You can't travel without a backpack and if you are looking for one, check out my guide on the best Herschel Supply backpacks for traveler.
- If you are into making travel videos, here is my ultimate advanced filmmaking gear guide.
- Technical hiking gear doesn't have to be ugly. Here is a guide to hiking gear that actually looks good on you.
- If you are a light-weight traveler and is looking for a powerful gear to go with your setup, check out the extremely light-weight photography gear guide.
- Or if you are into gadgets, here is a quick guide on 5 tech gadgets you should buy this year.
- For more resources like this, visit my Resources page.
The Solo Traveler’s Resources is a series of posts by Bucketlistly where we will explore the ways of life of nomads including how we work, travel, and what we carry in our backpack.
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