While travel is redefined in 2021, travellers who pack light are not. We may be focused on domestic travel this year, but people who travel light have different needs, and finding useful travel gifts for them can be a challenge. The secret to success is that any great gifts for travellers must be unique, lightweight, and practical. While this may sound like an impossible challenge, it’s not.
Whether international or domestic, we travel light and we use and recommend the items on this page. We have discovered some cool travel accessories, useful travel items, and offer the list below when shopping for gifts for people going travelling.
Last year we completed nine weeks exploring five countries in South America (including a cruise) with only carry-on luggage. It can be done.
We are selective and often test out many products before we find ones that make the cut. What you will find here are the best of the best. From unique travel gifts to purely functional items, it has taken us years to find what we believe to be the best gifts for travellers.
Whether you travel light or bring the kitchen sink, the products here are our best recommendations updated for 2021.
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Our Recommended Useful Travel Gifts for 2021
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Useful travel gifts to make packing easier
Lightweight Packing Cubes
I thought packing cubes were a silly extra before I tried them. Today, I wouldn’t travel without them. They are super lightweight and keep me organized. They are appreciated and useful travel gifts for friends or for yourself.
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Emergency and First Aid Kit
To be honest, we make our own kit and store it in one of the small or extra small packing cubes above. However, many people prefer a premade one, and this small first aid kit from Amazon looks complete for minor injuries.
We wouldn’t travel without a portable emergency and first aid kit. It doesn’t need much, but ours always has at least basic first-aid supplies (bandages, gauze and tape, antiseptic ointment, anti-itch cream, and tweezers) and over-the-counter medication for a headache, sore throat, fever, and diarrhoea.
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Useful travel accessories for every trip
Sleeping bag liner
Although we stay in hotels, our sleeping bag liner gets used when the sheets are not soft or we don’t feel good about them. Our silk liner is smooth and soft against our skin. Plus, it folds up to a tiny size adding only 140 grams (5 oz) to our total weight.
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Portable espresso machine
We love our coffee. This Minipresso espresso maker travels with us. It’s the perfect gift for any coffee loving traveller. It’s easy to use, self-contained, makes delicious espresso, and clean up is quick. The espresso cup and scoop are built-in. At only 295 grams (10.4 oz), it is one of the more fun travel gifts we recommend. Note: you will need coffee beans and access to boiling water.
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Did I miss anything? What are your favourite useful travel gifts?
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