20 Affordable travel gadgets for all your friends with wanderlust
There’s only one thing your friends with wanderlust want this year: easier travels. While you can’t ensure a smooth ride every time, you can offer them one of these great gifts for a little less turbulence on their journey.
Those who travel have a particular zest for life. Whether they jet-set across the country or around the world, it seems they always stumble upon the best little-known spots. As well as the most famous landmarks you’ve always wanted to see.
While you may wish you were right there with them, these traveling friends of yours always have plenty of stories of mishaps on their adventures. And, when it comes to traveling, who doesn’t wish it was a little bit easier?
These affordable travel gadgets will make the best gifts for all your friends with wanderlust. From storage to compact size to accessibility, these gadgets and devices put in the work to make travels a breeze.
UNIQ HydeAir Fast Wireless Power Bank and Display Stand
It’s pretty awful when you’re on a flight, keeping yourself amused with your phone, and it dies. Some planes have places you can plug in to charge, but a lot still don’t. Don’t let this happen to your traveling friends. Get them the UNIQ HydeAir Fast Wireless Power Bank and Display Stand. This year, give them a gift that will keep them watching their movie anywhere, anytime. UNIQ has a 10,000 mAh battery, and with 18W of power delivery, it’ll charge their devices super fast. And it’ll charge up to three devices at once.
Bellroy Transit Backpack Lay-Flat Travel Bag
If you have a friend who’s always taking quick weekend trips when they find great airfare, they need the Bellroy Transit Backpack Lay-Flat Travel Bag. It’s the perfect back for a few days away. It even has a laptop compartment, so it’s super easy to go through security if you haven’t signed up for Precheck. This bag fits all carry-on size requirements, so your world traveler will be able to take it on any plane and keep those luggage fees in their wallet. The bag is even water-resistant, so if they get stuck in the rain, they won’t need to worry about their valuables get soaked.
Anker PowerPort PD 2 High-Speed Power Charger
Every traveler knows that you can’t ever have too many chargers, of all sorts of different types. And if you’re looking for travel gift ideas for your wanderlust friends and trying to stick within a certain budget, this Anker PowerPort PD 2 High-Speed Power Charger is a great stocking stuffer. This palm-sized charger has a USB-C port and a USB-A port, so they’ll be able to charge any of their devices. It will even fully charge an iPhone X in just two hours and can charge two devices simultaneously.
LARQ Self-Cleaning Bottle
When you’re traveling, you don’t always have access to water you know is safe to drink. The LARQ Self-Cleaning Bottle is one of the best travel gadgets you can get for your wanderlust loved ones this holiday season. This water bottle uses UV-C light to remove nearly 100% of bacteria from water. And it self-cleans every two hours, so you won’t have to worry about it getting dirty. This is a great gift for anyone who loves to go out camping and outdoor adventures or who likes to travel out of the country.
BESTEK Voltage Converter Travel Plug
For those who are gifting on a budget, your traveler will love getting the BESTEK Voltage Converter Travel Plug. It has 4 USB ports so that it can charge 4 devices at once. They’ll be able to get everything done they need to on a layover and juice up all of their devices for that super long flight ahead of them. And the international plug works with more smartphones, tablets, and computers. This will enable them to pack a bit lighter and leave all of their various different chargers at home. It’ll work pretty much anywhere, too, and the kit includes plugs for the US, the UK, and Australia.
Skyroam Solis X Global Wi-Fi Device
One of the perks about working remotely is that you can work as, well, remote as you want. If your loved one is a remote worker who loves to work in Bali, they’ll always have internet access with the Skyroam Solis X Global Wi-Fi Device. This is one of the best travel ideas there is. With Skyroam, your traveler will have 4G LTE internet access from anywhere in the world. It has a built-in power bank of 4,700 mAh, and it can connect up to ten devices. With compatibility in over 130 countries, the options are practically endless.
MiniPresso Handheld Espresso Maker
Does your traveler love coffee? One of the best travel gift ideas this holiday season is the MiniPresso Handheld Espresso Maker by Wacaco Company. This mini espresso maker doesn’t require any power or batteries. All they’ll have to do it just press the large button on the side to push the water through the grounds. It’s that simple. And since it’s so small, they’ll be able to throw it in any bag so they can take it wherever their wanderlust takes them.
SIMore Speed X-Four iPhone Multi-SIM Adapter Case
This travel gift is perfect for the person who travels internationally or has multiple phone numbers for work. Rather than needing to bring multiple phones, they’ll just need one with the SIMore Speed X-Four iPhone Multi-SIM Adaptor Case. They’ll have easy access to four different SIM cards, and since they are all linked together, it’s super easy to find which one is needed. It even has a connector that stays on the SIM tray of their iPhone. All they’ll have to do is select the SIM card they need, dial the shortcut key on their phone, and voila.
mophie powerstation plus Fabric Power Bank
Power banks are always one of the best travel gadgets you can purchase for someone. The mophie powerstation plus will give your traveler 6,040 mAh of battery power, and look sleep and sophisticated while doing it. This gift will give their smartphone 20 hours of life, so they won’t need to worry about finding a place to charge up while they’re out adventuring. It can also charge two things at once, so if they’re traveling with a buddy, their buddy is covered too. And with a charged phone, you’ll always be able to get ahold of them.
60C USB-C Universal Laptop Adapter
Wanderlust workers can often have trouble finding someplace to plug in while they’re traveling. This year, give them a gift they’ll be able to use to help them out in a tight spot. The 60C USB-C Universal Laptop Adaptor by Innergie will fit into any spot. It’s the size of a shot glass, which is way smaller than a lot of laptop power banks are. It’s lightweight and easy to pack, and it will bring a MacBook up to full charge in just an hour and a half.
Black Eye Pro Kit G4 Adventure Lens Set
Do you have a traveler in your life who loves to take photos? The Black Eye Pro Kit G4 Adventure Lens Set will have them seeing stars. In the best way possible. The kit includes three lenses for portrait, cinema, and fisheye perspectives. And since it is meant for all camera phones, you won’t need to worry about what model phone they have now or may have when they next travel. No toting around a huge camera to get the best photos. They’ll just need to clip the case onto their bag or throw it inside, and they’re all set to capture the best images on their next adventure.
Peak Design Travel Tech Pouch
We love affordable travel gadgets that make our lives easier, and we think your traveling loved ones will love this Peak Design Travel Tech Pouch. This tech pouch makes it easy to organize and access everything from everyday items to cables to power banks. The unique origami-style pockets will allow them to pack more in a smaller area, which is always great for traveling and saving room in a suitcase. There’s even an external zip pocket that provides a cable pass-through for even more convenience.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Ahhhh, Polaroids. For many of us, the name brings up a lot of memories and puts a smile on our faces. Now, you can put the same smile on your traveler’s face this holiday season by gifting them with the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. This 10-megapixel camera will take great pictures that they’ll be able to share instantly with friends while they’re traveling. The ZINK printer produces 2×3” smudge-free pictures, and they’ll be able to store 32GB of pictures to do what they want with later.
EasyLock Temporary Travel Door Lock
Safety is always a priority when traveling. Especially in new and unfamiliar places. If you worry about your loved one when they’re traveling to far-off corners of the world, give them a gift this year that will benefit you both. The EasyLock Temporary Travel Door Lock will prevent anyone from opening their door and getting into their room. The EasyLock device is simple to install and takes only seconds to activate. At its low cost, you’ll want to put this on your list of affordable travel gadgets to get pretty much everyone.
Pelican Go G40 Personal Utility Case
If your traveler is more of the on-the-go type who spends a lot of their time doing physical activities, they need the Pelican Go G40 Personal Utility Case. This travel gift is perfect for the person who loves to hike, bike, kayak, camp, or go white-water rafting. It has a crush and dust-proof design. It has an IP67 rating and can be submerged up to 1.5 meters. This tough case will protect all of your loved one’s valuables no matter what beating they give it.
Silent Beacon Wearable Safety Device
More and more people are taking a gap year between high school and college and traveling the world before they take the next step in their lives. And when you’re young, it’s the perfect chance to do it. If you’re a parent who knows their child will be doing the same soon, give them a gift this holiday season that will be more for you than them. The Silent beacon Wearable Safety Device will instantly connect with 911 or loved ones. Select who you want it to contact if something happens, and store up to seven additional contacts to send alerts to. It also can send text messages, emails and push notifications along with a real-time GPS location.
Adero Intelligent Organization System
Do you know someone who is constantly losing something important? Make sure they never leave something important behind in a hotel room again with the Adero Intelligent Organization System. This Bluetooth-enabled gadget will make it easier for them to keep track of their belongings. They’ll be able to add a Smart Tag to a bag and pair it with another tag on a device. Before leaving, all they need to do is press the Smart Tag and it will alert them if the device isn’t in their bag. Magic!
ili Instant Offline Translation Device
There are a lot of people who would love to travel more but are afraid to because of language barriers. This holiday season, you can gift them with the confidence to travel more widely with the ili Instant Offline Translation Device. It’s a one-way translation device that doesn’t require an internet connection. In can translate your words into three other languages in just seconds. They’ll be able to communicate in Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), and Japanese.
Timekettle WT2 Plus Real-Time Earphone Translator
One of the best travel gadgets to have is a translator. The Timekettle WT2 Plus Real-Time Earphone Translator will let your loved one speak to anyone. The amazing thing about this translator is that it’s not limited to certain preset languages. It can handle them all. Your traveler won’t need to worry about language barriers ever again with this holiday gift. They’ll be able to experience their travel in a whole new way.
Dango P02 Pioneer Large Travel Wallet
Traveling overseas means traveling with a lot of documents. Passports, visas, etc. If your loved one travels overseas a lot, the Dango P02 Pioneer Large Travel Wallet is one of the best travel gift ideas for them. It’s big enough to hold their passport, yet small enough to still fit in a pocket and not take up too much room in a bag. It also comes with a premium nylon strap, just in case they need more room than what they can fit in their pocket. The wallet also comes with a multitool that has multiple screwdriver heads, a chisel, and a bottle opener.
If this list of affordable travel gadgets doesn’t give you wanderlust, we’re not sure what will. And if your friends are looking to jet around the world, there’s no better gift. Do you have any travel gadgets you swear by? Let us know in the comments!