Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers & Adventurers

Updated for 2019Christmas Gift Ideas For Travelers & Adventurers

Happy upcoming Chrismahannakwanzika everyone (and Festivus, or whatever you may or may not celebrate)! The holiday season is almost upon us…

Not keen on throwing elbows with all the crazies on Black Friday? Me neither- I’ll be sleeping.

But coming up with gift ideas for travelers and adventures in your life can be a bit of a pain.

Here are some cool gift ideas for travelers.

The Inreach Explorer +

If you read this blog, then you probably already know I am a huge fan of this item. Of all the gadgets I carry with me this is one of the most important ones. The Inreach Explorer + allows me to send out text messages, GPS track my treks and has an SOS beacon in case an emergency arises. It’s small and easily clips to your backpack.

Waterproof Camera

A waterproof camera, like a GoPro, is a handy item for most adventure travelers who want to document their travels through photography or video.

Lightweight Backpacking Tent

Shopping for that person that goes on multi-day treks who needs a tent that isn’t back-breakingly heavy? Check out the MSR Hubba series of tents, this is one of the best investments I’ve made in my gear kit.

Water Filtration System

You’re gonna need clean drinking water if you plan to venture out into the wilderness. The Platypus Gravityworks is a handy water filtration system in the wilderness or even if you’re staying in a hostel room and just don’t want to create more waste by constantly buying bottles of water.

Scrubba Washbag

Want clean clothes when you’re on the go? This simple to use washbag will surely make your life easier on the road. Just fill the bag with water, add soap, load the laundry, clip it shut, release the air and massage the clothes using the built in washboard, and finally rinse and hang to dry!

Portable Hammock

Looking to relax in the afternoon sun? Grab one of these portable hammocks! They pack up small and can be rolled up and set up just about anywhere.

Portable Multitool

A friend bought one of these for me years ago and it has saved me so many times on the road. With a hammer, ax, pliers, screwdriver, knife, bottle opener, and hand saw, it really is an all-in-one gadget!

Travel Towel

These lightweight, packable microfiber towels are great for those always on the move!

GorillaPod Flexible Tripod

Shopping for an adventure traveler that also loves taking photos? The Gorillapod is a great gift for them- they come in several sizes to accommodate different sizes of cameras. This tripod is super lightweight and can be used just about anywhere imaginable. They also make them for GoPro!

External Battery Pack

You need a way to keep those travel gadgets charged on the go. Grab an external battery pack for one of your friends always on the road.


These come in handy more often than not. From camping, power outages, taking photos at night… anytime you need light and want to go hands-free a headlamp will surely be useful.

Camp Cook Set

The perfect gift for travelers that like to camp and eat well on the road.

Hiking Backpack

Got a friend or a loved one just getting into backpacking? Check out these great backpacks that will serve you well on the trail or just zipping hostel to hotel or city to city!


An item that is quintessential in any traveler’s kit is a trusty daypack. Whether you’re exploring in the mountains or monuments in the city this is a must-have!

Water Reservoir

Don’t wanna carry a water bottle while visiting the sites or hiking? A water reservoir that easily fits in a daypack is a great gift for your adventurer!

Lake Alovaddin, Fann Mountains, Tajikistan

Need Travel Insurance?

Start shopping plans over at battleface, my go-to travel insurance choice, or over at World Nomads.

7 thoughts on “Awesome Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers”

  1. I’d never seen one of those hatchet multi-tools until I read this article around Christmas time. I went out and got myself one and I’m back to say that I never knew how I camped and did these longer backpacking trips without one! Great suggestion and thanks again for your tips.


    1. Hey Matt,
      Glad to hear you’re happy you got one off my recommendation! Funny enough a friend bought it for me as an Xmas gift a few years back and I constantly use it. Several of my friends that I regularly trek with at home wanted to know where I got it as it’s so handy. That gave me a clue to add it on my gift guide!

  2. Shit! I never thought of using it as a stuff sack! Been just drying it out and folding back up. D’oh! Likely Italy and maybe Amsterdam or Prague early next year. After that, not sure yet! Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. I will again second the suggestion for the Scrubba! I bought mine like 2 years ago based on your recommendation and I take it on every trip over 3 days. I love it! Super simple and easy to use! Thanks again!

    1. Hey Carl!
      On this last 4 month trip I just returned home from I used it countless times, and it doubles as a great stuff sack. Any exciting upcoming travels? Hope you are well and happy Thanksgiving!

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