Holiday Gift Guide for the Traveler

Whew, now that black Friday and cyber Monday have passed, the rest of us can start our holiday shopping experience without getting trampled, elbowed in the face, or pepper-sprayed. If you have a loved one that loves travel, we’ve assembled the following list of travel related gear and gadgets to help give you some ideas on what to get for your favorite vagabond.

The Eye-Fi Memory Card allows you to transfer the photos from your camera to your computer, tablet, or smartphone wirelessly and automatically. It can even be configured to automatically upload the photos to your favorite photo sharing or social networking website. How cool is that? Various sizes are available.

This small and cheap package of Laundry Soap Sheets has saved (and cleaned) many of travelers’ hides. Sometimes you’re on the road and just can’t get ahold of soap when you need it. But at the same time, you don’t want to carry anything too heavy. This little package is just right.

As its name suggests, the Belkin Mini Surge Protector/Dual USB Charger can take both normal plugs and USB plugs to charge all of your devices. When you’re on the road, this small and compact surge protector comes in handy for a variety of reasons. It’s lightweight, protects your stuff, and gives you multiple options in a compact size. The plug even swivels to fit into a variety of spaces!

This money belt is so useful and important that we dedicated an entire page to it in our How To Plan A Trip Around the World guide. Money belts are an unfortunate necessity, so get the best. This one is good because it loops onto your belt, preventing would-be thieves from cutting it free. And then it sticks down into your pants near your family jewels, ensuring your maximum awareness of any attempts to relieve you of your financial jewels.

If you or your favorite traveler is into photography, check out the latest camera backpack: the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW. It keeps your camera safe and protected while also sporting a sizable section to put all of your other important stuff, like clothes and water. Two sizes are available, and you can even get it in a groovy orange color.

This incredibly low-tech device is extremely important for travelers who venture beyond the borders of clothes drying machines. There’s no iPhone app for keeping your clothes clean and dry. Sometimes you have to go analog, and this is the gadget you need. The nifty elastic bands at each end make everything faster and easier. Here’s an added bonus: it can also be used to string up your mosquito net if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of actually owning said mosquito net.

You’ve probably heard of the Flip HD Video Camera, as it was the first portable, cheap, and easy to use camera of its kind. But did you know that the company that makes them is halting production? This means that the prices are dropping amidst the need to sell them off and a plethora of other similar devices on the market. Various models and colors are available, and several for under $100. A full HD video camera on the cheap that’s the size of an iPod! Who wouldn’t want that?


Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won't let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events.

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