Top 2019 Traveler Gift Recommendations

Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2019 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out!

Sure, a little (emphasis on little) time with family is awesome! But the hardest part of the holidays by far is gift-giving! Most people suck at it, let’s be honest. You didn’t want 75% of your gifts last year, and a few haven’t made their way inside from the garage.

However, look no further! We will be your gift-shopper for you. You don’t need to spend hours in line on Black Friday. You don’t need to spend hours scrolling different online retailers. We personally own or have used every single one of these items, and hand-picked our favorites! All of these gift are tried-and-true, your loved one will absolutely adore their gift, and adore you for getting it for them.

Travel Related Gifts

Mini Cork Globe

The tagline on this item is: pinpoint your travels, adventures and memories. And that is exactly what it does!

We received this globe as a wedding gift and it was one of our absolute favorites. People must really know we love to travel. The cork globe is built so that you can add a pin to every state or country you have visited. Once you visit a place, you put a pin!

Any travel lover or traveling couple will fall in love with this gift. It makes for a beautiful piece of decor and a wonderful conversation starter on any coffee table or bookshelf! Plus, it is just so unique and cool!

Push Pin Travel Maps with Textured White Frame and Pins

How cool is this map?? Similar to the cork globe, this was a wedding gift, and is our absolute favorite thing hanging in our home. Like the globe, this map comes with pins for you to place at destinations you have visited!

We also love that the plate on the bottom can be personalized! For example – ours says “Places our love has traveled.” We love placing pins for every trip we have taken!

It is so cool to look back and remember all the beautiful places we have been and daydream our next destination. Guests seem to love this map too! They are always curious to hear about our trips once they see the places we have been.

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

We received this book as a gift. That is three things in a row that we received as gifts and fell in love with! All are proudly and prominently in our home!


Photography Equipment


We absolutely LOVE photography, and sharing pictures! These are the cameras we use on all of our adventures. The drone and GoPro help us get cool new perspectives (underwater, in the air, wide angle) and the Rebel we use on a day-to-day basis for most of our shots!


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We have loved using this book for travel inspiration. Whenever we are planning a new trip, we take a look in the book to see what it says about the destination.

In addition, the pictures in the book are stunning. It has been fun to have guests look through it and dream up awesome vacations for the future!

The New Camp Cookbook: Gourmet Grub for Campers, Road Trippers, and Adventurers

Whenever we go camping, we make it a priority to make sure we are still eating healthy and nutritious food. This cookbook has endless delicious recipes for breakfast, mid day meals, small snacks, dinners, camping delights and drinks. What more could you ask for!

Our favorite recipe we’ve tried so far is the spinach, sweet potato, and carrot quinoa chowder. It’s been super fun to try new recipes especially when we’re out in the woods camping. It’s like having our own private 5-star restaurant!

Mapiful Poster

We love these poster’s because you can customize it to any place imaginable. Maybe you want one for where you got married, where you went on your honeymoon, where you had your first kiss, etc. Plus they look great as decor in your house. You can customize it to say whatever you would like and charge the colors so it matches your other home decor.



Bose QuietComfort Headphones

Have you ever been on a plane with a crying baby? If so, we will say no more. These noise cancelling headphones are AMAZING!!!

We only have one pair and always fight over them because when you put them on you are in an entirely different world. No more crying baby, loud jet engine or train, or announcements waking you up while you are finally getting some rest. Or, if you are like Zach you might wear them just to ignore a nagging wife…

We have the wireless version but the wired version will work great and is about half the price!

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Travel Adapter, Worldwide

If you know someone who is planning on doing any international travel, they are going to need a travel adaptor like this one. And, if they are anything like us, they will put off buying one until the last minute. Heck, they might even forget to get one! Then they will no doubt be gouged by prices at the airport.

We like these ones because it is worldwide, meaning we don’t need an army of adapters for every destination! We also love that they have USB charging ports on the side. This little guy lets us plug in multiple things at once, talk about multitasking! 2 of these and we are good to go anywhere on earth.

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1 Outlet + 2 USB Plugs

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1 Outlet + 4 USB Plugs


JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Who doesn’t love music? It can set the mood for any occasion. That’s why we always hike and travel with this handy dandy speaker in tow.

We love this one because it is waterproof, which has come in handy when we are stuck in the rain or playing in the lake or ocean. We have completely submerged it underwater and it still works!

Also, we are really impressed with the sound quality and battery life (up to 12 hours) from this tiny speaker. At 6 inches long and 2 inches wide, it will easily fit in any bag, or even a fanny pack! Added bonus: it has an attachable strap, so it can easily be clipped to your backpack or hiking bag.

Beats by Dre Wireless Earphones

We love these headphones for working out because they are comfortable to wear, have great sound quality, and are wireless. Wireless headphones make working out 10x better, or 10x less terrible at least.

Before switching to Bluetooth headphones, the cord to our headphones would constantly be in the way, getting wrapped around weights, yanking the headphones out of our ears or sending our phones careening to the ground. If you know someone that loves listening to music, give them the gift of a good pair of Bluetooth headphones!

DJI Spark

We cannot tell you enough how much we love our drone. Pretty much the coolest thing on earth right now, and it is not very close.

We love the DJI Spark because it is extremely small, making it easier to travel with compared to the bigger drones, and still has amazing camera quality. It is also less than half the price of other drones with similar camera quality!

We feel we can capture a destination so much better with a drone and absolutely love taking video and pictures of the places we have been on this little guy. If you are shopping for someone who loves to travel, or just loves photography or videography, we guarantee they will love the Spark! See our full product review here.

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Drone Only

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Fly More Combo (with case, extra battery, propeller guards)


We made the below video using footage captured on our Spark!

Carrying Case for DJI Spark

If the person you are shopping for already has a DJI Spark (or you are gifting them one!) this carrying case is a great gift. This case carries everything they will need for flying their drone in one small bag making it easy to travel with and keeping everything organized.

It has a separate compartment for the drone, controller and battery, plus additional space for cords, memory cards and more. Drones are expensive so it’s important to have a good case to keep it in the best possible condition, and keep it safe on any travels!


Book Recommendations


We love to read, especially on a trip! We get our books on a Kindle so we can bring multiple books anywhere. Reading is a great way to relax and unwind while also getting caught up in a great story. We love everything from novels to self-help, business books to memoirs. Here are our favorites!

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Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi, Built-In Audible

If you know someone who loves to read, a Kindle is a great gift idea. Having a bunch of books around the house can be a pain. Additionally, if they like to read while they travel, packing a big book or multiple books takes up space.

This specific Kindle is small, and fits tons of books on it. Even better, it feels like your reading a book! It’s easy on your eyes and is made so you don’t feel like you are reading off a screen all day.

Added plus: the battery life on this thing is weeks long because the only time it uses the battery is when you flip the page! Just don’t ask us how that works, it just does.

Travel Gear

North Coyote Cooler Backpack

Is this a ‘cooler’ backpack because it is the coolest backpack we’ve ever had? Yes. Yes, it is. But is also has a built in cooler! What could be better for camping, hikes, and picnics? Not much, my friends.

We absolutely love using this backpack for hiking because, in addition to the mobile picnic functionality, it is incredibly comfortable! And the top pocket is large enough to fit anything else you need on your hike! We always bring along our drone, camera, tripod, and a few other throw-in items!

Memory Foam Neck Pillow

This is an absolute must for anyone who travels a lot, especially on planes and trains. We’ve used our fair share of neck pillows and this is by far the best one we’ve ever tried.

It is memory foam, so of course it is super comfy, but we really love how the pillow gets skinnier at the back of your neck. We’ve noticed other neck pillows continuously push your head forward because they are too thick in the back. Not this one!

Plus, the adjustable buckle in the front lets you adjust how tightly you want it around your neck, making it super supportive so you don’t wake up to a big kink in your neck.

Vera Bradley Hanging Organizer, Microfiber

Julie absolutely loves her hanging organizer for all of her hair products, bathroom stuff and makeup. This organizer has 4 different big zipper pockets so it’s easy to keep your things organized.

No more digging for your mascara when you are trying to rush out the door for a day of exploring. It folds up extremely nicely, so it is easy to pack and has a hook at one end so you can hang it up when you get to your destination!


What is Harvest Hosts?


Harvest Hosts is a network of free camping locations all over the USA! Wineries, breweries, farms, museums, and even golf courses. You can camp free at all of them! And even better, if you click this link you’ll get 15% off!


YETI Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Mug

We own a few YETI products and absolutely love them all. We have a Roadie Cooler that keeps our food cold for days, literally. We took it on a road trip around Lake Michigan and we had cold cheese for the whole trip!

However, we realize their coolers are expensive, and might be over the budget for gift-giving. This bottle or rambler would be a great gift for anyone! Each option will keep your coffee hot ALL. DAY. LONG! Or your water ice cold for your entire hike.

We also adore the fact that the closed top option keeps your drink in if it ever tips over or rolls around in your bag.

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Twist-to-Close Top

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Traditional Rambler


Gatorade 32 Oz Squeeze Bottle

If you ever run into us at the airport, we are guaranteed to each have one of these in hand. They are PERFECT for the airport. Empty them out to get through security, then fill them up at a fountain!

Our favorite water bottles we’ve ever used. They squirt out with some real power, making them great for a quick shot of water while you are working out. We have to admit these bottles are just plain fun to drink out of.

Added bonus: they are super fun to have water fights with! Surprise your sweetie with a water fight while they’re brushing their teeth! Promise they won’t be mad…

Gonex Packing Cubes – Compression Pouches

These packing cubes compression bags are key to traveling light. They help you stay organized on the road as you can use a different cube for shirts, pants, socks, underwear, etc.

But, the greatest feature of all is that they compress. When you zip them up they take all the air out of every tiny crevice, saving you a ton of space in your bag!

SD Card Carrying Case

If you know someone that loves taking photos or video when they are traveling, they need this memory card carrying case. We cannot tell you the amount of times we’ve had to tear up our hotel room and suitcases looking for a tiny memory card that we somehow misplaced.

SD cards are tiny and very easy to misplace if you don’t have a place to keep them. What makes this a problem is that SD cards are CRITICAL! They hold all your pictures, and your camera or drone won’t work without them. We recently started using this case and have been feeling super organized with everything labeled. No more searching for that missing memory card!

Electronics Organizer

We like to feel organized when we travel and this electronic organizer bag has helped us out tremendously in that department. We carry a lot of electronics with us and of course every single one has a different charging cable that needs to come along too.

This bag helps keep everything organized in one spot, while keeping the cords untangled. No more digging through your bag to find that one charger that is somehow hiding every time you need to use it.


Lululemon Sports Bra

We love everything Lululemon and whoever you are gift shopping for will too. Note: this product is for females. If you are shopping for a male, please scroll along.

Everything Lululemon makes is super comfortable, stylish as heck, and very high quality. They make workout clothes that are so cute, we wear them even when we aren’t working out.

Julie specifically loves their sports bras because it’s one of the items she can actually afford! If you’ve shopped at Lululemon before, their prices on some items can be up there… Plus, they are perfect for a hot yoga session or a run on a humid day where you don’t want to be wearing a bunch of layers!

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Julie’s #1 Most Used

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Julie’s #1 Favorite


6 Pc Headband (or Bandana or Scarf or Hair Tie or Face Mask)

Zach recently purchased these headbands because he is way past due for a haircut and needed something to keep his hair out of his eyes… Maybe just get a haircut like a normal human being? I digress.

After giving Zach a hard time, Julie ate her words because it turns out she loves these too! The thing we love is that they can be worn so many different ways. The options are nearly limitless. You can wear them like a typical headband, or if it’s cold you can pull it down over your face. Julie uses them as pony tail holders every other day! They are great for keeping her thick and heavy hair in a tight ponytail when she’s out and about.

Chooka Women’s Waterproof Rain Boot

Is there anything worse than wet shoes? Like, anything? On a rainy day, the last thing you want is to soak your shoes and socks. Julie loves these rain boots because not only do they keep her feet dry, but they are also super cute (can’t say that about every rain boot I’ve ever seen).

Plus she loves that they are neutral color, so they will look good with anything! That’s a huge bonus when you are traveling or on a camping trip. You know what they say…your shoes make your outfit!

Brooks Running Shoes

We’ve tried many brands of running shoes and Brooks are our favorite. Brooks knocks it out of the park when it comes to comfort and quality. We ran half marathons and full marathons in these babies and they keep our feet, ankles, shins and legs happy.

However, Brooks can sometimes go a little overboard on the colors and style. They tend to make shoes that look like an Andy Warhol painting, which might float your boat, but we prefer the more neutral colored styles like this one. Any runner needs a good pair of running shoes and these are our favorite by far!

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Lululemon Wunder Under Yoga Pants

Lulu strikes again. We told you we love Lululemon, so much that it made the list twice. Julie owns at least 4 pairs of these leggings.

They are oh so comfortable and of course very high quality. You’ll never have to worry about your underwear showing through your leggings (we’ve all seen the leopard panties showing through leggings before…usually the panties we didn’t need to see). Julie wears these to workout and also to go out! And who doesn’t love going out looking good and still being comfy?

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Solid Colors

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Fun Colors


Camping Gear

Kijaro Portable Camping and Sports Chair

These chairs are great for camping and come in a bunch of colors so you can pick one that fits your personality. They are super lightweight, making them easy to carry around, yet very sturdy so you aren’t worried about ending up on your bum in embarrassment.

Also, we love that it has two cup holders because who doesn’t love options (coffee in one, wine in the other?). And it even has a pocket hanging off the side for any valuables or snacks. Once your finished, it folds up into an easy to carry package with a shoulder strap!

Set of 2  Microfiber Towels

When camping or hiking, a good towel is so key, and not exactly something everyone thinks about before they need it. It is important to wipe off sweat or dry off after jumping in the water.

However, you don’t want a towel that stays wet and heavy for a long time until it is smelly and stinks up your whole tent or bag. Anyone who has been there knows it can ruin a trip.

These towels are game changers. They will dry you off and then dry themselves super quickly so they are ready for your next stink-free adventure.

Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit (120 Piece)

We can’t stress enough how important it is to have a first aid kit whenever you are camping or hiking. Yeah it isn’t a ‘sexy’ item to bring along (is there even a ‘sexy’ item you can bring camping?) but in a moment of need, this can be the most important thing on earth to have with you.

It is always better to be safe than sorry! Do us, and everyone, a favor and get your hiking and camping fans an easy-to-use and easy-to-pack first aid kit so they are safe on their future trips.

Double Camping Hammock

Hammocks are the Especially great for anyone who simply loves to nap in nature, or relax and get lost in a good book.

The reason we specifically love this one is because it’s a 2 person hammock we both can fit on and nap together. What’s better than a nap? A nap with someone you love. It comes in a bunch of colors and options. And they have 1 person hammocks too if that’s what you prefer!

Our double hammock holds 1000 pounds. We don’t suggest doing that, because if you are on a hammock with 1000 pounds of stuff, you probably have bigger problems than your hammock breaking… but still, pretty cool to be able to say as your loved one opens it up.

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Double Hammock

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Single Hammock


Coleman Classic Propane Stove

We love cooking on our propane stove! We absolutely love being out in nature, totally secluded all by ourselves and still being able to cook delicious and nutritious meals without having to move.

This thing requires no electricity, so you never have to worry about a power hookup. You do have to make sure you have some small propane tanks, but that is super easy to bring along!


Body Love

Julie has been reading this book and she loves how it breaks down the science behind what we are eating. If you are looking to eat healthier without being restricted to a no fun diet, this is a great educational read. It has already changed our eating habits and we are feeling more energized every day.

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Body Love by Kelly LeVeque

AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink

We use Spark energy to give our workouts an extra boost. It gives us the energy we need to kick butt in the gym every time we go.

We prefer Spark over other preworkout supplements because it doesn’t make us feel jittery. Spark contains no sugar, lots of vitamins and minerals and neuroactive amino acids that help increase your mental focus and alertness!

TRX Training GO Suspension Trainer Kit – Ideal For Workouts Indoors & Out

TRX is a great workout tool for a few different reasons. The workout options are endless with this one simple tool. You can work legs, arms, core, back or chest!

The second reason this tool rocks is that it is small and easy to bring along anywhere. We’ve set it up in our hotel room, and outside under a tree! All you need is something sturdy to hook it up to. Anyone who enjoys working out or is looking to make some lifestyle changes would enjoy this TRX Suspension Kit.

Gold Standard Whey Protein

A good protein shake is a lovely treat after a good workout. Anyone that works out heavily probably partakes in a protein shake every now and then.

What makes this a great gift is that it is something you KNOW someone will use. Anyone that drinks protein shakes will go through a bucket in a month or so, and they will go ahead and buy another one. If they get one as a gift, they will be overjoyed that they don’t have to lug this big bucket home from the store next month!

Gift Cards

Airbnb Gift Card

Anyone who loves to travel would love an Airbnb gift card. We use all sorts of sites when finding accommodations for our trips, but Airbnb is our favorite. We love the ability to have an entire home away from home.

Airbnb usually has better deals than hotels, and often have fantastic location options. A huge perk about Airbnb is the ability to filter your search. For example there are times we need a place that is pet friendly when we are traveling with Kobe. There are other times when we need a washer to do laundry, rather then going to a laundromat and wasting precious vacation time. Airbnb allows you to personalize your search to make your trip all it can be!

This is an especially good gift for someone who is afraid to spend money on fun things. The Airbnb gift card forces them to take a trip! Gift Card in a Mini Amazon Shipping Box (Birthday Icons Card Design)

Still not sure what to get someone? An Amazon gift card is a sure win! Amazon has become the easiest way to shop for literally anything under the sun. If you still aren’t sure what to get someone, get them an Amazon gift card and they can pick out their own gift.

There You Have It! Our 2019 Traveler Gift Recommendations!

That is every one of our gift recommendations for the 2019 holiday season! We would absolutely love any of these gifts, and we’ve tried and loved each and every one, so we know your gift recipient will love them too!

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