Globetrotters make the best memories that will last a lifetime. They’ll be sharing their stories with their friends and family, eager to explain the tiniest of details that made the trip what it was.
But no matter where they go, they must always pack a few essentials items. These may not make the final photos on social media but without them, they would not be able to have such a great experience.
If you’re looking to get a present, getting one of these key pieces of equipment will complement their gear extremely well. But what do they really need?
Here is my favorite gift guide for a globetrotter.
Reusable Water Bottle
Let’s start with something extremely important: hydration. Without enough water, your globetrotter will not be able to function at their best, inhibiting their experience dramatically. A reusable water bottle ensures that they will never go without.
Another reason to have a reusable water bottle is that it prevents people from throwing away regular plastic bottles. This helps to protect the environment as less waste is thrown into a bin or littered while travelling.
One of the best on the market right now is the Kool8 water bottle. It has a great design and fits easily inside a travel bag or backpack. If they go somewhere warm, the bottle’s insulation keeps the water inside cool and refreshing. If they are in a colder environment and need a warm cup of tea or coffee, the bottle will keep the contents warm for a lengthy period of time.
Custom Star Map
This is more of a sentimental idea. If you want a gift for a globetrotter that inspires them to achieve greatness, then a custom star map is the perfect idea. These are a visual representation of what the stars looked like from a certain location and a time of your choosing.
To make it extra special, you could choose a date like their birthday or their anniversary. On the other hand, you could choose the date that they first set off on their adventure, so they can look back and see how far they have come. At the end of the day, this is a gift from the heart and every time they see it in their bag, they will know you’re thinking of them and they should enjoy every moment.
You can get a custom star map from Twinkle In Time. There is also room to write a personalized message alongside the star map.
This idea was inspired by Gift Wits but they don’t have to be solely used for hiking. Hiking socks make an essential gift for a globetrotter for a variety of reasons. Firstly, since they will be spending a lot of their time on their feet, without the right socks, they can develop all sorts of foot sores, blisters or athlete’s foot due to the lack of protection. Also, your feet are really important for the body’s ability to regulate heat. Since hiking socks are thicker than regular socks, they will help to keep you warm.
This pair of hiking socks by Merino is a great example. They are great value for money and have excellent temperature control capabilities. Come sun or snow, their feet will be cosy and fresh.
These socks were actually made by Rasmus Kragh, a famous mountaineer, who constantly tests socks to maintain high-quality standards.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
As mentioned, one of the best things about being a globetrotter is sharing memories and experiences once you’re back. And what better way to share these experiences than with a photo they can hold in their hands, rather than just on a screen?
The Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera makes for an excellent gift (we found it from this awesome list of gift ideas for her by CoolThingsChicago). While polaroids back in the day were nowhere near as crisp today, this camera prints clear, high-res photos that feel just the originals. It uses Zero Ink Printing technology, meaning that your globetrotter can take and print out the picture in less than a minute. This also means that they can print out their favorites for themselves and keep them for framing at home.
Sure, Instagram may have a retro filter but it’s nothing compared to this camera.
This next gift for a globetrotter is perfect for when they travel to places where there is no internet connection to let them know when to expect wet weather. A travel towel is a must-have for a rainy day, for a shower, if they take a spontaneous trip to the beach or ever jumping into a lake or river. They need to dry off somehow and the sun isn’t always around to help out.
Travel towels are also compact so they will fit into their bags easily without taking up much room. The best ones dry out quickly and are ready to go back into their bag without getting everything else wet at the same time.
This travel towel by Youphoria OUTDOORS is a great example. Its microfibers ensure it dries fast and is super absorbent. The globetrotter in your life will be very grateful for this.
The final gift idea for a globetrotter is a hip pack. There will be times where they are out and about but they don’t need to take their whole life with them. If they don’t have one, they may not be able to take large luggage to some areas, risk being stolen from or just get tired from having to carry it around all day.
A hip pack ensures that they can just carry around exactly what they need at all times. They can store their phones, earphones, cash, keys, passport, etc all in a safe, discreet solution. It can even be tucked underneath their shirt so no one even notices they have it on.
This one by Entchin looks fantastic, has multiple compartments to keep everything organized and safe, and is great value for money – you can’t go wrong!