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2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelers

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I don’t encourage people to buy more things, especially things they don’t need. But if you’re looking for the best gifts for adventure lovers or for things to give to your friends or family this year, you’re better off buying things that are meant to get them out there experiencing the world with things that they’ll enjoy for years to come and create memories that they will cherish even longer. That’s why I put together this gift guide of products I use and love from my adventures all over the world, so you know it’s quality gear.

I myself have spent a LOT of money on outdoor gear or travel stuff, but I always make sure to buy the best thing I can afford and, most importantly, I make sure to use it. None of it is going to do you much good sitting in the closet or garage…

To help you out (and me, if you decide to shop through my affiliate links), I’ve put together a few ideas for the best gifts for travelers that are well suited for any outdoor lover or adventure travel, things that I myself would enjoy receiving (if I didn’t own them already).

Items in the gift guide range from super cheap to moderately expensive, so there’s something for pretty much all budgets.

Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers

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Travel Laptop

Can’t stress the importance of having a small, lightweight, and portable laptop (with a super long battery life). I’ve had the ASUS Transformer for a few years (which my girlfriend now uses as her main laptop) and it’s one of the most affordable and portable options out there at less than $300 or $400 depending on configuration.

travel laptop - gifts for adventure lovers2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelers$300 – Purchase Now on Amazon

But I just bought myself the ASUS ZenBook to serve as my main travel and work laptop for just $700 and I’m SO excited to get my hands on it! My previous laptop was more than five years old so I’ve been way past due for an upgrade.

This new laptop had a great combination of tech specs, portable and battery life, and the features I look for (like an SSD hard drive, backlit keyboard, and matte screen).

gifts for adventure lovers$700 – Purchas2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelerse now on Amazon

ENO DoubleNest Hammock

I absolutely love my ENO Hammock. It is great for backpacking, road tripping, or even just general travel. So long as you’ve got a few nearby trees, you can strap this thing up and have an amazing place to relax for the evening. Can’t recommend this enough.

$70 – Purchase Now from REI

ENO DoubleNest Hammock - Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Lovers and Outdoor Lovers

SteriPen Ultra

You don’t want to get sick from your water source, whether traveling in developing countries or just camping or backpacking. This little UV light will disinfect your water in no time flat and comes in handy from remote streams to a restaurant in Mexico. It’s also one of my hotel essentials when traveling in the developing world.

$100 – Purchase Now from REI

Osprey Packable Backpack

I love these backpacks that stuff down into their own pouch — they come in handy in so many different ways. I will take it along when we head out for a day in town and we unexpectedly visit the market or grocery store so I can reduce my plastic bag usage, or perfect for daytrips or even while flying if you unexpectedly need to repack some things.

$26 – Purchase Now on Amazon

2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and TravelersBioLite SolarPanel 5+

This thin and light solar panel will keep your USB electronics charged and ready to go while you are on the trail or off camping. I love the slim and light design. Check out the review I put together here.

$80 Purchase Now from REI

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Go Outside T-Shirt

Brought to you by yours truly, this fun t-shirt is meant to inspire more adventures. “Go Outside: Life is too short to watch it pass by from a desk…”

$21 – Purchase Now

Go Outside T-Shirt - Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Travelers and Outdoor Lovers

There’s plenty more cool apparel, stickers, and odds and ends from yours truly in the D2D Store — check it out!

Rovking Sport Workout Headphones

I absolutely love these headphones. They are cheap and awesome, and will never slip out of your ear. I bought them primarily for running (here’s my favorite running gear), but the slim profile also means you can sleep with these things, and put on some white noise if you are in a loud environment.

$17 – Purchase Now from Amazon

Rovking Headphones - Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Travelers and Outdoor Lovers

Bose QuietComfort Headphones

Alright, this is a whole new class of headphones… I’ve had the chance to use these for working and they are so incredible. They block out so much background noise which makes them ideal for plane travel or anyone who needs to work remotely, whether in a coffee shop or a noisy apartment.

I don’t own them myself, yet… But after using them a few times they are most definitely on my wish list.

$300 – Purchase Now from Amazon

Buff Headband

This little piece of tubular fabric has so many different uses. I use it as a sweatband, a hat, a neckwarmer, and even an eye mask for sleeping. Very useful!

$19 – Purchase Now from Amazon

For Her – Travel Makeup Bag

Andrea has one of these drawstring travel toiletry / makeup bags and absolutely loves it. No need to dig around or organize anything, you can simply open it up on the counter or any table to see everything, then you just cinch it back up and toss it into your back. Super easy, fast, and portable.

$30 – Purchase Now from Amazon

2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and TravelersFor Him – Hanging Toiletry Bag

Meanwhile, I’ve got one of these simple hanging toiletry bags that I prefer. It’s got plenty of space for what I need, I can hang it up in the bathroom, or in the canopy of the truck, and it keeps my stuff organized, which is about all I ask.

$13 – Purchase Now on Amazon

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GoPro Hero6

GoPro makes the best cameras for adventure travel, action sports, and straight up portability. I’ve used my GoPro for snorkeling, mounted to the top of truck, or just hiking down the trail. These things are tough too.

$499 – Purchase Now from Amazon

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Inova Microlight

Such a simple little thing to have a mini flashlight on your keychain, but I use this so much! Not just for camping or truck camping, but for day to day life. It’s surprising how handy it is. The batteries last forever, and the slim profile is almost unnoticeable in your pocket.

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$9 – Purchase Now from Amazon

Inova Microlight - Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Travelers and Outdoor Lovers

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Perhaps one of my most treasured items. It’s an incredible feeling to have a virtually any book available at your fingertips, no matter where you are in the world. You can store literally hundreds of books on the device, and can purchase new books over 3G cell networks. Love this thing. Plus the soft backlight makes it easy to read at night.

$120 – Purchase Now from Amazon

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Travelers and Outdoor Lovers

Icebreaker T-Shirts

Nobody likes to be stinky, but it can be tough to do laundry as often as we should while either traveling or hiking. The Icebreaker Merino wool t-shirts are super odor resistant and can be worn for many days longer than their synthetic counterparts. Check out my more detailed overview of the pros and cons.

$45 but prices vary – Purchase Now from Amazon

Aeropress Coffee Maker + Hario Grinder

If you know somebody who loves great coffee, this will be the best gift you can give. Incredible coffee from anywhere in the world, high mountain tops, hotel rooms, wherever. Combine it with a hand held grinder and some freshly ground beans to go with it. Read my more detailed overview about why this is the best travel coffee maker.

$30 Aeropress – Purchase Now from Amazon
$30 Hario Grinder – Purchase Now from Amazon

Aeropress Coffee Maker - Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Travelers and Outdoor Lovers

DJI Mavic Pro

This one is on my wishlist… An ultra portable drone that is built for travel or stuffing in a backpack and is definitely one of the best gifts for adventure lovers. Get those killer aerial shots and a whole new world of photography.

$999 – Purchase Now on Amazon

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Big Travel, Small Budget

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my book, Big Travel, Small Budget: How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World. It’s available in paperback or Kindle and will certainly inspire and inform any future adventurer or globetrotter. It has more than 130+ reviews on Amazon now.

$10 in Paperback – Purchase Now from Amazon
$5 in Kindle – Purchase Now from Amazon

The Kindle edition will be ON SALE from 11/20 – 11/24.

2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelers

ENKNIGHT Money Belt for Travelers

I have the ENKNIGHT Money Belt which I grabbed on Amazon. It’s a pretty comfortable, nice fitting money belt with three big pockets where you can stash, money, passports, or even use it for running since it will fit a cell phone and has a hole to pass the earphone cable.

While I don’t love money belts, you can’t really deny their importance, especially if you are traveling in more developing countries, or even in Europe where pick-pocketing is so common.

$13 – Purchase Now from Amazon

SPOT GPS Messenger

Stay worry free while your loved-one is deep in the woods or in some remote part of the world. This device sends check-in messages from anywhere to a set of email addresses, to let them know you are safe and sound, and share your exact location so they can follow along.

$150 – Purchase Now from REI

Hofner Shorty Travel Guitar

Know someone who loves to play or has always wanted to teach themselves to play guitar? I picked up the Hofner Travel Guitar which is ultra portable, plays great, and is affordable. Read more about my travel guitar setup here.

$160 – Purchase Now from Amazon

A great travel guitar setup that won't break the bank...

Yeti Cooler

This is one on my wish list, but perfect for car camping or road trippers like me. It’s burly design allows it to retain cold much longer than a traditional cooler, allowing you to keep ice on hand for a week or more. That means less runs to the store, and less sloshing around all that melted ice.

$300 – Purchase Now from REI

DOSS Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

I love this portable speaker for days where we are hanging out in the hotel room, an awesome Airbnb, or sometimes even camping (if there is no one else around). Turn on some music from Spotify, turn up the volume on a movie on the laptop, or just listen to a podcast. It’s a cheap and awesome speaker.

$34 – Purchase Now on Amazon2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelers

2018 Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelers

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A Few More Gift Ideas for Travelers

For the hiker in your life, check out my favorite gear for trekking and hiking.

For the climber in your life, consider picking up one of the best climbing movies of all time or one of these must read mountaineering books, any of which will inspire them to get out there more.

For the road tripper, check out these awesome products that made my life easier while living out of my truck for the better part of a year. From an awesome food thermos, to multi-functional chargers, to a super comfortable portable bed–it’s nice to have a few creature comforts on the road. Or pick them up one of these must read road trip books.

For the vehicle dwelling road tripper, check out the truck camping essentials for a full run-down on the gear I use and love… This gear has taken me all the USA (a few times) and all the way through Central American and South America.

For the book lover in your life, or for that person just itching for a big change in the New Year, check out my list of life-changing travel books which set me down my current path of perpetual travel in the pursuit of adventure and location independence.

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Ryan

Author, Writer, and Head Honcho at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out living in his pickup truck to road trip across the American West. Since then he backpacked through Colombia, drove across all of Central America, and also wrote a best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget. He just finished driving his old truck across all of South America -- support the adventures by visiting the D2D Shop. Follow the adventures on social media or read more about me.

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  1. I’m just getting started, they have a package with a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Camping road trip here I come!!

  2. Your gift guides are great! Except some of the presents, I wouldn’t quite be able to afford… like a drone or those headphones… would be nice to receive them, on the other hand ?

  3. Really useful stuff, thanks for the list! Got the Rowking earbuds recently from my brother and loving it. Now I wish I could get the ENO DoubleNest Hammock from someone else 😀 . I am a music lover and listening to music laying on the hammock would be just heavenly!!

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  4. I’m just getting started, they have a package with a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Camping road trip here I come!!!!!!

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      Yeaaaah, I feel so much better with my morning coffee. Nice to have an actual GOOD cup too, and not just some terrible instant coffee. It’s alright to compromise on some things in life, but coffee shouldn’t be one of them… Hah!

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