Looking for a present for the nomad in your life? When you spend most of your life living out of a backpack, every belonging must have a purpose. There are generally two questions to think about when shopping for a traveller: 1) Will they use it at least once a week? and 2) Is it compact enough? If you can answer yes to both, then it’s likely that you’re on to a winner. To make things a little easier, we’ve picked out a selection of gifts that we can almost guarantee will actually make it into their backpack on their next trip. For the people who can’t sit still, check out our 10 useful gifts for travellers.



Eagle Creek Clean/Dirty Cube – $32.95

Every well-seasoned traveller is guaranteed to have a countless number of packing cubes – but do they have a two-sided packing cube? This Eagle Creek cube is made with the practicalities of long-term travel in mind, with an internal floating divider to separate clean clothes from dirty. Revolutionise their packing with this practical cube that keeps everything in its designated area, ready to transfer to a tote on laundry day.


Archies Thongs – $39.95

Lightweight, slimline, and easy to stuff into a suitcase, thongs are a travelling staple that go with everything. But this isn’t just your regular pair of thongs. With built-in arch support equivalent to an off-the-shelf orthotic, as well as a dreamy memory foam footbed, these thongs  will add a whole new layer of comfort to their travel footwear wardrobe.


Rumpl Everywhere Towel – $69.95

Level up their boring travel towel with the Rumpl Everywhere. Available in a selection of bright colours and designs, this soft microsuede towel dries in a flash and rolls up super small so it won’t take up unnecessary space in their pack. From the beach to the bathroom, this is a gift that they’re guaranteed to use wherever they’re headed.


Osprey Hanging Toiletry Kit – $79.95

Keeping your belongings organised is potentially one of the most challenging aspects of long-term travel, and anything that can help alleviate that problem is sure to be a winning gift. Packing toiletries has never been easier with this Osprey washbag that features six internal pockets for serious organisation, and a loop to hang it from bathroom hooks and access whatever they need easily.


Cabeau Neck Pillow – $89.95

Some call it an unnecessary luxury, some call it a travelling essential. But if they want a good night’s sleep on any form of transport, a neck pillow is invaluable. This Cabeau pillow is made with memory foam for unrivalled comfort, and compacts to half its size in a case that can be attached to the outside of their hand luggage.


Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote – $149.95

A daypack is a travelling essential, and this Patagonia one covers all bases. It’s packable, so they can choose whether they want to travel with it for some extra volume, or keep it in their suitcase and use it for day trips. It’s ultralight (just 370g!), so it won’t eat into their luggage allowance. And it’s versatile – it can be worn as a tote or a backpack so they can wear it from the mountain to the market. Read our full review of the Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote here.



Pacsafe RFIDsafe V100 Travel Wallet – $64.95

Keeping personal belongings safe and secure at all times is a travelling non-negotiable. This travel wallet from Pacsafe is designed to keep cash and cards secure on the move. RFID-safe blocking technology protects cards from data theft, and the strap can be secured either to their wrist or belt for security.


PlayAbels Playing Cards – $24.95

A tried and tested way to make friends on any trip – pull out a deck of cards! Designed in Hobart, this deck features neat illustrations of the Tassie Abel mountains, so they can take a little bit of home with them wherever they go. What’s more, 100% of Playabels profits go directly to Tasmanian bush charities. Gifting has never felt so good.


Biolite Charge 40P Powerbank – $99.95

For a failsafe gift they’re guaranteed to use on every trip, get your explorer a powerbank. This compact and airline-approved charger from Biolite provides 2.5 phone charges so they won’t have to worry about losing battery on a long-haul flight or an off-grid trip.


Sea to Summit Dry Bag – $17.95-$39.95

If they’re travelling to beachy tropical destinations, a dry bag will always come in handy. Boat tripping, kayaking, or canyoning, dry bags are great for storing the important items when their belongings are likely to get wet. These Sea to Summit bags are available in a range of volumes – we’d recommend 13 or 20 litres to ensure there’s enough space.


Make their next trip one to remember with our range of useful gifts for travellers. If you’re still looking for inspiration, browse our full collection of travelling gifts here.

About The Author

Darcy Smith

Darcy is an outdoor lover from the east coast of Scotland who is trying out life in Australia. Having travelled through much of Europe and Asia, her favourite place in the world remains the Scottish Highlands. Darcy loves hiking, camping, bulldogs, brunch and sunsets.

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