As any jet setter understands, a stress-free travel experience is directly related to the amount of preparation done beforehand. Now, we all know procrastination is more desirable because -honestly – who wants to spend their waking hours packing and purchasing items that they may not even get to use. However, anyone who’s been in a bind abroad can attest that it’s when we need these items most that they’re often nowhere to be found. Don’t make the novice travelers mistake of allowing this to happen.
Instead, help those in your life who spend a sizable chunk of their waking hours or work week in and around airport terminals, jetting across one of the seven continents, constantly adjusting to a new time zone. This list of 15 travel gifts under $50 is for them. Because a useful gift in the world of exploration doesn’t have to take up the entire holiday budget.
Word Notebooks The Adventure Log
Pictures are one thing, words are another. So if you’re more of an analog person when it comes to trip documentation, these handy Adventure Logs are a great way to keep tabs on the journey. They feature 48 pages with specific callout spots for location, date, and exploits. Not a bad way to remember the good times.
Cocoon Grid It Organizer
When it comes to small carry items, storing them in a travel bag can quickly turn into a nightmare of disorganization. Now, there’s no need to worry thanks to the Grid-It Organizer. It’s the ideal object retention system for any assortment of gadgets of EDC gear, keeping you organized and in charge of your travel day.
It would be unwise to travel without some form of writing utensil on hand. This TEC Accessories pen is small enough to fit in your pocket and can easily attach to your keychain. It also features a neodymium magnet in the cap to ensure it remains on your keychain at all times.
Lighting Nomad Key
Upload, download and share files with ease compliments of the Lightning Nomad Key. The miniature connector fits just about any piece of tech with a USB port and its durable and flexible nature make it a useful tool that’ll come in handy for years to come.
HoodiePillow Travel Hoodie
Nothing like taking a snooze on a long flight. But since those seats in coach tend to be a tad uncomfortable, we suggest picking up this HoodiePillow to secure yourself some shut-eye. They’re made from 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester, feature an inflatable inner pillow, and include two drawstrings to adjust the head size and level of comfort.
Carry On Cocktail Kit
Fly high in style without worrying about that meager bourbon and coke. Instead, use one of those airplane bottles to craft at delicious Old Fashioned the right way with help from this kit. It comes fully equipped with a recipe card, spoon/muddler, aromatic bitters, and cane sugar.
Ursa Major Essential Face Wash
Keep that mug clean and on point when traveling. The Ursa Major face wipes remove oil and grime from a day’s worth of airport living. It exfoliates, and soothes any irritated skin as well. Stay hydrated and fresh. Your body will thank you.
Sigg Traveller Water Bottle
Because bottled water can get quite expensive in the airports these days, opting for a water bottle as a travel buddy comes highly recommended. This Sigg Traveller holds up to a liter of your preferred liquid of choice, is BPA & Phthalate freel, and fits comfortably in just about any sized travel backpack.
Tin Mill Key Safe
Keeping a secret stash of cash on your person is always a good idea when heading out in an unknown city or just while traveling in general. This little guy stores your cash in a tiny 304 stainless steel compartment finished in black oxide, attaches to any keychain with ease, and is corrosion resistant and watertight.
Matador Pocket Blanket
If an impromptu trip to the beach or park is planned, there’s no better option than the Matador travel blanket. With the ability to easily fit in your pocket with folded, it expands to fit up to four adults comfortably and is water repellant and punter resistant to boot.
Braun M90 Mobile Shaver
Keep the beard in check with this handy Braun mobile shaver. It features a washable electric razor, precision trimmer, a twist cap that protects the foil when not in use and is battery operated with AA batteries.
Shoulderpod S1 Smartphone Rig
The quality of smartphone cameras these days are out of this world. And because no-one likes shake video or blurry footage, the Shoulderpod is a great gift for any traveler. It’s the first professional smartphone rig made for the photographer, journalist, and filmmaker.
MIS Mesh Toiletry Bag
Obviously, hygiene shouldn’t take a break either when on the road or up on the air. That being said, this toiletry bag from MIS is that perfect vessel in which to pack all the grooming essentials. It’s made right here in the USA from 1000D Dupont Cordura nylon and finished with water-resistant urethane coating.
One Adapter Twist World Charging Station
Built for the MacBook, this nifty little device assists in connecting you to power sources in over 150 countries thanks to its all-in-one UK/US/AU/EU plugs embedded within the design. It also host four additional USB chargers as well.
Matador Transit30 Pocket Duffel
If you’re looking for a duffel bag that takes up practically zero space, the Matador Transit Pocket Duffel is for you. This one is incredibly lightweight and collapses down to the size of a beer can when not in use. However, when expanded, it boasts a 30-liter capacity, and is waterproof and puncture resistant.