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The Best Gifts to Buy for a Traveler

Need to buy a gift for a traveler? Remotes share their best ideas for lightweight, practical presents you can give for any occasion.

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Choosing the perfect gift for someone you love is hard, and that task becomes even more difficult if that person is traveling the world. You want to give them something that won’t take up too much space in their luggage - or weigh them down. Most of all, whether it’s for a birthday, a wedding, or a holiday, you want to give them something that they’ll actually use.

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Who better to ask for gift advice than a group of travel-obsessed professionals? Here’s what you should buy for a traveler, straight from Remotes:

Luggage

The more collapsible the better. Every traveler needs a functional piece of luggage, whether it’s a duffel bag or a hardy carry-on case, to store their belongings. Remotes recommend options that can fit into tight spaces for rides on smaller aircraft or, alternatively, luggage that has charging options for electronic devices. One Remote even recommended a handheld luggage scale for the traveler who may have a tendency to overpack.

Packing Cubes

Save your explorer the hassle that inevitably comes with the packing process by gifting them with packing cubes. Ideal for those who travel often, and for periods of time that require a certain level of planning, these lightweight organizational cubes make packing the last thing a traveler has to worry about. Remotes recommend them for toiletries, swimwear, shoes and delicates.

Portable Cellphone Charger

This tech item is a must for any traveler, and many Remotes recommended them for gifts. The two variations that were most popular were phone cases that had built-in chargers, or small chargers that could be carried in a backpack or handbag. You never know when you’ll need a boost of power!

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

As on-the-go employees, freelancers and entrepreneurs, Remotes have seasoned insight into what it takes to be a productive worker while halfway across the world. The #1 piece of equipment that they recommend for a successful workday? A wireless keyboard and mouse. Even when most work is done from a laptop, Remotes rely on wireless accessories to stay efficient while working on the road.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The keyword here is “waterproof”. Travelers find themselves in all sorts of situations: working near the surf, exploring nearby waterfalls - you know the drill - and they don’t want to have to worry about ruining their belongings. Remotes recommended a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for those who love to bring their music with them wherever they go.

Chromecast or Amazon Fire

Streaming is a must, no matter what destination a traveler is heading to next. Chromecast, Amazon Fire, or other streaming sticks were recommended by Remotes for any wanderer on your list. Let’s face it: no matter where you are in the world, you still want to keep up with all of your favorite shows.

Beverage Containers

This was a gift that was recommended by so many Remotes, but each with a different twist. For the coffee-lover, an aeropress or collapsible camping mug will do the trick. If the traveler in your life is more keen on staying hydrated, Remotes recommend a Hydro Flask or a Water-to-Go water-filtering bottle.

Travel Yoga Mat

Recommended by a slew of active Remotes, travel yoga mats are lightweight and easy to fold into small shapes, which makes them perfect for those who are on-the-go. They’re typically washable, so if your traveler likes to partake in beach yoga, mountain yoga, or anywhere-in-the-world yoga, add this gift to your list.

Travel Jacket

Finally, and possibly the most practical gift of all, comes the travel jacket. Remotes recommend choosing a weather-proof jacket that has a lot of pockets for functionality, or a lightweight cardigan that can provide a bit of warmth when nights get chilly.

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