5 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for the Traveler in your Life

Have a traveler in your life? Looking for a great small gift around $20 or less? From practical to fun, here are five gifts any traveler will love.

1. Luggage scale

Luggage Scale

Know if your bag will be overweight before awkwardly unpacking it at the airport

We’ve all been there, standing in front of hundreds of passengers waiting in the bag drop line, awkwardly unpacking a suitcase because it is 1 pound overweight.

A luggage scale is a great way to avoid this experience. At about $10 it also makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who travels on the regular.Weigh your bag before a business trip to make sure you’re safe, or bring it with you on vacation to know when it’s time to start putting your souvenirs into your carry-on.

Etekcity handheld luggage scale (110lb/50kg) 

2. Compression sack

Save space and keep your dirty clothes separate from your cleans.

Save space and keep your dirty clothes separate from your cleans.

Another great gift idea are compression sacks. These nifty little bags will squish down to about a quarter of their size when their straps are pulled tight. They help save space in bags and help keep you organized.

They do, however, require a bit of pre-planning to use. For starters, anything that goes in will come out wrinkled. This makes them great for dirty clothes you aren’t planning on wearing again, or items that don’t mind being wrinkled. They can also make a bag heavier because you are packing more items into a smaller space. I like to bring them along to make space at the end of a trip for souvenirs.

There are quite a few “travel” compression sacks out there, but I’ve found the good old backpacking version performs the best. The Sea to Summit Compression Sacks are always a good choice.

3. Power bank

Keep charged up at 30,000 feet!

Keep charged up at 30,000 feet!

Getting a seat next to a plug at the airport used to take an act of congress. Traveling with a power strip used be a good way to make new friends. But now charging stations and plugs are everywhere at most airports, and bringing along a power strip just makes you look silly.

Plugs have not become universal at 30,000 feet though. With airlines starting to provide in-flight entertainment through wi-fi instead of seat back TVs it’s essential to stay charged.

Power banks are a great way to keep devices connected. The JETech 10,000 mAh Power Bank is a good place to start.

4. The wine diaper

Don't risk a broken bottle. The wine diaper provides peace of mind.

Don’t risk a broken bottle. The wine diaper provides peace of mind.

Few things pair better with wine than travel. Visit Europe, South America, Australia, or even California and you’re likely to bring home a bottle or two. Wine and luggage, on the other hand, don’t mix too well.

Enter The Wine Diaper. This nifty little bag can deliver some serious peace of mind when packing your suitcase full of booze. Wrapping your bottles in clothes only goes so far. On the off chance one breaks it can ruin an entire suitcase full of your favorite outfits.

The Wine Diaper seals up tight and provides a bit of padding for your new bottles. If one does meet an aggressive baggage handler the wine (or other liquid like olive oil) gets absorbed into the bag.

A small price to pay for a little assurance.

5. Gin & Tonic Kit

Enjoy a real in-flight cocktail

Enjoy a real in-flight cocktail

Continuing on the booze theme, this gift is a bit more gimmick than the others. If the traveler on your list in a gin lover though, they’ll love this one.

There is no such thing as a good Gin and Tonic on an airplane, and this kit promises to fix that problem. TSA compliant, the tonic syrup will transform a Tanqueray and whatever they’re trying to pass as tonic into something sippable.

The Gin and Tonic Carry-On Cocktail Kit


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