gift guide for adventure travelers & outdoor lovers

Adventure travelers tend to be extremely minimalistic in their travels.  We are adventure travelers ourselves and we usually only carry 1 backpack so we are not big on “stuff” in general.  However when adventuring abroad or exploring the outdoors, there are certain things that have been extremely useful or enjoyable to have and receiving these items have been really useful for us. We put together this gift guide to to help you give adventure travelers or outdoorsy people a gift they will LOVE and actually use. Read on to check out these rad gift ideas of things we always travel with that the adventure traveler on your list will love too.    

Low Price Gifts – Up to $25

World Travel Outlet Adapter

This is an item every world traveler needs.  It is truly a travel essential.  If you know someone who’s headed out on their first international trip, this gift is exactly what they’ll need.


Packable Travel Umbrella

Plot twist: It actually rains in other parts of the world.  Being from Southern California, we were not prepared with for weather on our 6 month camping trip to Europe.  I swear it rained more than half the days we there and we didn’t have an umbrella!  The Norwegian customs officer even warned us, “Buy an umbrella,” but we foolishly ignored that thinking that Europe would be just like a California summer.  Needless to say it rained a lot.

Meridian Line T-Shirt

I am a huge tank top fan, that was until I discovered Meridian Line’s T-shirts.  These are the most comfortable T-shirts I’ve ever worn.   The rad designs they have on them make them the perfect gift for adventurers or outdoorsy people.  

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HydroBlu Water Filtering Water Bottle

We love traveling with our HydroBlu’s.  These water bottles have built in water filters so whether your filling your water bottle from a river or traveling to a 3rd world country with less than clean water, you can rest easy knowing that these water bottles will filter out all the bacteria from your water.

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils have so many uses while traveling. They are therapeutic, smell amazing, and our favorite, can repel insects in the outdoors.  Essential oils are small and take up very little space making them perfect travel companions and a great gift for travelers.

All Good Sunscreen

Adventure travelers spend a lot of their days outside exploring nature.  Sunscreen is an essential item for travelers and if you’re looking to get someone a cheap and useful gift, go with All Good Sunscreen.  We love this brand of sunscreen because it’s thin and non-greasy, sustainably made, and reef safe.

4-in-1 Camping Utensil

Another super useful gift you could get an adventurer is a multi-use camping tool.  No need to pack a spoon, fork, knife, and bottle opener.  This tool comes with all of those items in one.  Perfect for adventurers who will spend their travels camping or backpacking.

Book: Vagabonding, An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term Travel

This is likely the most inspiring travel book of all time.  Even the most well traveled people will find amazement in these poetic truths of long term travel.  Travelers of all ages will love this book.  It’s a perfect travel gift for relaxing on the beach, in the forest, or on long plane, bus, or car rides.

Book: How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

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J.R. Ligget Traveler Shampoo Bar Pack

Another super helpful gift for the adventure traveler in your life is a travel shampoo pack.  This travel shampoo pack comes with a variety of different types of soap suitable for hair, body, shaving, and even washing your clothing. This is a great, helpful gift for someone with trips on the way. Travel Shampoo Pack by JR Ligget's, Gift guide for adventure travelers


Matador Toiletry Case + Soap Bar Case

Following up on the previous gift idea, put the icing on the cake with these awesome travel toiletry cases.  They are perfect for storing toothpaste, shampoo, or bar soap.  Matador built these specifically for adventure travel so they are light, durable, and functional. Toiletry Case by Matador, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Matador Packable Travel Towel

One often overlooked item of importance when traveling adventurously is a towel, and a light one at that.  If a traveler is going to be camping, backpacking, or hostel-traveling through a country, they will need a good, light, packable towel.  Matador delivers top of the line packability with vents to let your damp towel breathe, a silicone case to make it easy to find, and a carabiner to clip on to any bag. Packable Travel Towel by Matador, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Passport Wallet

Those who frequently travel internationally frequently will love this passport wallet.  This wallet makes for quick and easy access to your passport on travel days.

Travel Journal or One Line A Day

It can be bit of a drag to make the time to journal on your travels but any traveler will love looking back through a journal later on.  I like the One Line A Day travel journals because it’s simple way to journal, you don’t have to write entire pages but it’s not very durable.  A leather bound travel journal is a bit more durable for adventure travel plus there’s more age room to write locations, sketches, and more.

Petzl Headlamp

Whether you’re camping, backpacking, or just exploring a city, we love having a headlamp.  It’s the only light you’ll ever need on your travel.  The Petzl light is extremely bright and last up to 220 hours.  You ca even buy a rechargeable Petxl battery to go with and you’ll never have to buy a new headlamp ever again. Petzl Headlamp, Gift guide for adventure travelers

UST Mini Flashlight

A mini flashlight is not a travel necessity but it’s a really nice thing to have. With a handy carabiner, you can attach this flashlight to anything like a backpack, tent, or keychain. UST mini Flashlight, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Audible Membership by Amazon

With how long most travelers spend actually TRAVELING, and Audbile membership is a really nice way to entertain yourself on long train, bus, car, or plane rides.  While a classic book is good too, an Audbile membership gives travelers access to a huge library of books to choose from and takes up no space in your backpack. Audible memberships cost $15 per month so gift an amazing gift card for however many months your gift-ee is traveling. Audible by Amazon, Gift guide for adventure travelers


Mid Price Gifts – $25 to $50

ENO Hammock

Some would argue a hammock is totally unessential travel but any adventurer would tell you that traveling with hammock is the best.  A hammock is perfect for spontaneous relaxation. Pretty park with trees, hammock time.  Beautiful alpine lake, hammock time. Lush forest, hammock time. ENO hammocks pack down to the size of a grapefruit, are very light, and are one of the most comfortable hammocks on the market.  This is the perfect fun gift for an adventurous person you know. Best Hikes in the World- Alice Lake


We literally don’t go anywhere without it.  The ukulele is really quite easy to learn how to play and it can keep travelers of all ages entertained for all occasions from long airport waits to chilling around the campfire. Ukuleles are super travel friendly as they are small and light.

Gobi Gear Segmented Stuff Sacks

Often times travelers forget this rad piece of gear making it a great gift for the adventure traveler you know.  Unlike a regular stuff sack, Gobi Gear’s stuff sacks are segmented so that travelers can easily organize their clothing and spend less time rummaging. Segmented Stuff Sack by Gobi Gear, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Snapfish Photo Album Gift Card

Maybe you’re looking for a gift for someone whose already traveled a lot. Make your gift personal and design a photo album for them.  Sure, you’ve got be sneaky about getting the photos from them but the look on their face when you surprise them with a photo album of their journeys is priceless.  


High Price Gifts – $50 and up


Tinggly is probably the coolest gift a traveler could receive.  With Tinggly you can truly give the gift of experiences.  Adventure travelers will be starstruck by this gift.  All you have to do is pick a gift box such as Key to Europe, Best Balloon Rides, or Gifts for Couples and the gift receiver will get hundreds of different experiences to choose from. It’s the ultimate gift for adventurers. Tinggly, gift experiences, Gift guide for adventure travelers  

Native Sunglasses

Sunglasses are great useful and stylish gift someone with a spark of wanderlust.  From the wilderness to the city, sunglasses are of course always useful. Native Sunglasses, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Messanger

Ever worry about the adventurer in your life getting lost int he wilderness?   Get them this radical GPS messenger so they can stay in touch with someone even if they don’t have cell service on a hike or adventure.  With this device you can track and share your location online with friends and family, exchange texts or emails even when there’s no cell service, and in case of emergency, send an emergency SOS call. Garmin inReach Mini Satellite messenger, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Push Pin Travel Maps

These travel maps are one of the coolest things you could gift an traveler in your life.  These beautiful maps come in a variety of styles (framed, canvas wrapped, or paper maps) and colors (black and white, teal, colorful, earthy).  They also come as World Maps or Country maps, making it a perfect gift no matter how far your friend has traveled. Related: Push Pin Travel Maps: Best Gift for Travelers Push Pin Travel Maps, Gift guide for adventure travelers  

GoPro Hero 6 with SD card and Mounts

With a GoPro you can truly capture the epic moments on your travels.  From hiking, to mountain biking, to skydiving, to exploring cities, GoPro’s capture it all and it’s the ultimate adventure gift.

Point and Shoot Camera

Even those who have little interest in photography will want to document their adventures around the world.  The Canon SX420 is a low cost, quality point-and-shoot camera perfect for amateur photographers who just want to capture their journey. Click here to see the top point and shoot cameras for travelers.

Aftershokz Trekz Air Earbuds

These earbuds are top of line.  Aftershokz have incredible sound quality but also let in just enough noise to take in your surroundings.  These are great for solo travelers who just want to pop in some earbuds as a soundtrack to their travels. Related: 4 Reasons Trekz Air Wireless Headphones are Perfect for an Active Lifestyle Trekz Air by Aftershokz, Gift guide for adventure travelers

Sony MDR-7506 Noise Canceling Headphones

Earbuds are not the most ideal for long haul flights where you’ll pretty have music, movies, or audio playing at all times. On top of that it’s nice to have comfortable headphones that you can sleep in to block out the noise and maybe even listen to some soothing music to fall asleep.

Jetboil Flash + Coffee Press Attachment + GSI Manual Coffee Grinder

While many travelers eat most of their meals at restaurants, coffee is a morning must-have for many.  We like brewing our own coffee on the road.  It’s much cheaper, faster, and tastes way better.  The Jet Boil Flash is lightweight making it a great travel companion for even the most minimalist travelers. You will of course need a grinder for your coffee and we love that the GSI manual coffee grinder is super light.

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Many times on our trips the words, ‘I don’t know what we would’ve done without the Jet Boil’ have been spoken.  Whether we’re in the mountains or by the sea, in a motorhome or in a tent we don’t go a day without using our water boiler/coffee press.

Matador Beast 28 Packable Daypack

Adventure travel usually means complete minimalism of 1 (or maybe 2) bags.  We tend to travel with just 1 large backpacking backpack but those bags aren’t very suitable for the day-to-day life of travel.  When hiking the trail or exploring the city, a small daypack is awesome to have and that’s why we love the Beast 28.  This backpack packs down SUPER small and is very light to throw in your bag on travel days but is the perfect size for all your daily adventures. Beast 28 Packable Backpack by Matador, Gift guide for adventure travelers

BioLite Solar Panel

We love the BioLite Solar Panel! With this portable power dock, we can keep all of our devices charged while we’re on the road adventuring, on the trail, or off camping in the wilderness.

Matador Camera Base Layer

Every traveling photographer needs this product.  Think, waterproof jacket for your camera. Adventure travel is rough on your camera and this protective, waterproof cushion is the perfect gift for adventurers who are seeking the perfect shot. Camera Base Layer by Matador, Gift guide for adventure travelers

XeroShoes Sandals

2 pairs of shoes is all you need when you’re an adventure traveler. A warm, rugged, durable pair (AKA hiking boots or tennis shoes) and a pair of shoes to chill, stroll through cities, or relax in.  XeroShoes sandals are just that.  These sandals are comfortable for walking for long periods and they’re also great for just chilling around the campsite. Travel Sandals by XeroShoes, Gift guide for adventure travelersThanks for reading and if you have any questions, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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