Buying a gift for someone who’s always traveling can be hard. First, they don’t really want more possessions to weigh them down when they’re heading to the airport. Second, when they’re already posting pictures of themselves all over the world, you have to wonder what else they could possibly want.
Fortunately, there are a plethora of amazing travel products out there that your friend will love. We at Babbel chose our favorite non-essential items to bring on our travels, from the most useful to the most fashionable.
1. Portable Charger ($30)
I cannot overstate how awful it is when your phone dies in a country you’ve never been to before. Yes, you can probably make a statement about how we’ve become reliant on our phones to an unhealthy extent. But having a portable charger is pretty much necessary nowadays, and one of the best and cheapest on the market is the Anker PowerCore 10000.
2. Soundproof Headphones ($30-$150)
Look, I like babies as much as the next person. But when I see one getting on my plane, I know that the flight is going to be a bad one. If you want to block out the noise, those tiny earbuds that you’re given on the plane probably won’t cut it, so bringing soundproof headphones is your best option to ensure a more peaceful voyage. Samsung Level On PRO Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great option that doesn’t break the bank, but still do a good job of blocking out the sound. You can also get the Bluephonic Wireless Headphones for someone who would prefer earbuds to ear-covering headphones.
3. TSA-Approved Toiletry Bag ($38-$72)
Having a stylish toiletry bag doesn’t mean much when you have to dump everything out to go through security. Having a see-through plastic pouch makes everything much easier, and fortunately there are options out there that combine fashion and utility. We recommend Truffle’s products, which include the Clarity Jetset Case and the Clarity Clutch Mini. To really pull the gift together, you can fill it with the recipient’s favorite toiletries.
4. Camera Drone ($50)
If you’re buying for someone who loves making memorable Instagrams, a camera drone will be a great gift. We recommend the Syma X5SC Explorers 2 for beginners because it’s affordable, and you probably don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a drone for someone who hasn’t ever used one before. There are lots of options out there for people who want to step up their game, though.
5. E-Reader ($80)
I would love more than anything to carry all my books with me when traveling, but they are sadly too heavy. I will admit I was a bit of a skeptic about e-books at first because I didn’t want them to be the death of reading, but have since come around to the Kindle E-Reader because it is so much easier to travel with than my copies of Moby-Dick and Ulysses. Plus, you can still frequent your local library with your e-reader because a number of places now do electronic checkouts.
6. Carry-On ($225)
A bad carry-on can be the bane of an entire trip, whereas a good one is too often unappreciated. There’s really nothing worse than when a wheel breaks off your bag when you’re running to your gate because you missed the train you wanted to take to get to the airport. The Carry-On by Away is sturdy, spacious and secure. It even has a charger! This is the one item definitely worth spending the money for, and it helps that this one looks beautiful, too.
7. Babbel ($6.95–$12.95 a Month)
Perhaps the most valuable thing someone can have when traveling around the world is the ability to speak various languages. While a bilingual dictionary is the traditional option, nowadays you’ll want to go with a more high-tech option. The Babbel app is a great option, because it has lessons to prepare specifically for situations they’ll encounter, like ordering food and asking for directions. Whether your friend wants to just learn the basics or begin a language journey, Babbel is a great option.