If you've done even a moderate amount of traveling, you know it's important to be prepared.

Whether your aim is to stay safe on the road or entertained in the air, the best travel gifts are incredibly helpful. Maybe you're shopping for yourself or someone close to you. In any case, make sure you do your homework before plopping down good money for a new gadget.

Luckily for you, we've sifted through the crowded sector to pick the items that do what they say they will. Each of the products below has a clear mission. All of them are reliably effective and easy to use. Though every item has a different purpose, they all share a similar goal. The best travel gifts aim to make your trips less stressful and more fun. Keep reading to find out how they accomplish just that.

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The Best Travel Gifts for Any Occasion

Whether you're traveling around the world or around the block, there are some great options. And even if you don't know what to get the picky folks on your shopping list, these products are sure crowd pleasers. You really don't need to know much about someone to find the best travel gifts for their tastes. 

A thoughtful present meant to keep a loved one safe or make a trip more comfortable will go over well. And chances are they won't be expecting such a clever gift. Don't want to stick someone with another tie or sweater they probably won't even wear? Get them something they're sure to appreciate. You might end up getting them exactly what they didn't know they needed.

1. GE Door Stop Alarm

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It might not look like anything special, but this is one of the best travel gifts aimed at keeping travelers safe. Take this plastic product with you wherever you go and keep it under your door. If someone attempts to force their way in, an ear piercing alarm will sound right away.

Not only will this likely scare away any would be intruders, it will alert others in the vicinity. It's designed to stay put when you need it. A no slip pad on the bottom means it will be effective no matter what. Plus, it works with almost any door. It will arrive completely assembled and ready to use. All you'll need to do is install the 9 volt battery. And when the battery starts to get weak, a handy indicator light will turn on to let you know.

2. Origami Unicorn Travel Undergarment Organizer

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Packing for a trip can be a challenge. And sometimes it's the smallest things that create the biggest hassle. That's what makes this undergarment organizer one of the best travel gifts on our list. It is constructed of durable nylon and easy to keep clean.

But the best part is the storage options inside. You'll find a total of three transparent pockets and six elastic pockets. It's good for keeping much more than your undergarments organized. It is, however, really well equipped for any skivvies you bring with you on your trip. Keep your dirty laundry separate in an included drawstring bag. And take the whole thing along with you easily with a convenient handle strap. After your first trip with this handy bag, you might wonder how you packed your undergarments before.

3. O'Douds Natural Solid Cologne

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Here's a product we'd recommend for any guy who likes to smell fresh when he travels. But we think it's especially helpful for those men who do a lot of flying. Air travel has become increasingly difficult as regulations limit the amount of liquid you can take on board. This solid cologne offers a unique solution to this problem.

You'll get all of the fragrance of the best brands of cologne. But it comes in a handy tin filled with an easy to use solid product inside. Tuck it away in your bag and don't stress about taking a bottle onto a plane. Heck, even if you're just taking a road trip, you might find this product makes more sense than a bottle. It takes up very little room and you won't have to worry about it leaking into your bag. And best of all, there are two distinct aromas to choose from. Each has its own distinct scent, including the traditional "Heritage" and the sweet, smoky "Tobacco Rum."

4. Bonazza Universal International Travel Adapter Kit 

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If you or someone on your gift list travels a lot, you know the value of a portable charger. But if you are a world traveler, it might be a bit more complicated. That's because ports and plugs can vary depending on which country you're in. And a product like this gives you a convenient way to deal with the possible changes. 

From two and three prong outlets to USB ports, this device will accommodate almost anything you bring. And with reliable power production, you can count on it to keep your items juiced up throughout your travels. You'll have carefree access to the local ports in at least 150 nations. And it's all designed to be safe and comply with all applicable requirements. Best of all, this powerful tool will not take up too much room in your luggage. It weighs less than a third of a pound and its compact size will fit snugly in almost any bag.

5. LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottles

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Crave even more adventure? Those travelers who want to beat their own paths understand that lifestyle can present some unique risks. One of them is waterborne illnesses that are rampant in some part of the world. But you can still travel to these areas with some peace of mind if you're armed with the right equipment.

That's why this LifeStraw product makes it on our list of the best travel gifts. Throw one in your backpack before you set out on your wilderness trek. Count on this clever product to remove a wide range of possibly damaging materials from your water. And it does all of that without adding any chemicals or other substances. All you're left with is crisp, and more importantly, clean, drinking water. A big 23 ounce reservoir keeps you hydrated wherever you roam.

6. Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow

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A small neck pillow might seem too obvious to include in our list of the best travel gifts. But this is no ordinary travel pillow. As anyone who's tried to sleep in an airplane seat knows, it's not the most comfortable experience. But this unique pillow can really make a big difference.

First of all, you can strap the pillow to the headrest of your airplane seat. From there, you can adjust it to perfectly match your height and comfortable seating position. The end result is that your head will remain stable and upright. So no more sore necks after a lengthy nap in the air. This device also protects your chin as you sleep upright. The entire system packs away conveniently so you can take it pretty much anywhere you go. And it's all made from high quality material sure to give you years of reliable service.

7. Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Starter Set

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Here's another item that might seem too simple to be one of the best travel gifts on the globe. But these storage bags are much more than simple containers. We know space is at a premium when you're packing your stuff for a lengthy trip. So if you want to maximize both comfort and room in your bags, consider these innovative products.

Eagle Creek makes some truly useful packing cubes. For starters, each one has a sturdy and convenient handle to grab as soon as you need it. And sturdy, two way zippers mean whatever you pack away will stay safe. But the coolest feature is how much these things will actually hold. Keep up to a dozen shirts or pairs of pants in the larger garment folder. Not only will you save tons of space, you'll unpack clothes without any wrinkles. And they're super light, so you're not adding any unnecessary weight to your bags. Plus, you can easily launder the cubes after any trip so they'll be fresh and clean the next time you need them.

8. Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

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Have you ever walked up to a boarding gate to realize your bag is too heavy? At that point, you really only have a couple of options. Choose to take out some things you might not need or pay a hefty sum to cover your extra weight. Well, you won't have to worry about that outcome anymore with these handy scales.

You might think the best travel gifts are the ones that you pack inside of your luggage. But if you want to fit as much as possible, you'll probably also want this gadget. These are quite accurate and can measure up to 110 pounds. Simply attach your bag and find out exactly how much weight you're carrying. With such great accuracy, you can keep packing until you get close to the limit. So you'll not only avoid extra fees, you'll be able to carry as much as possible. Get closer than ever to your favorite airline's limit every time without any of the headaches or hassles. It features a clear display and a long lasting battery to cut down on any confusion.


Visiting new places can be a lot of fun; packing and traveling often isn't.

But if you've got access to some of the best travel gifts on our list, you can make the most of the journey. We hope our guide has given you a better idea of some of the clever gadgets on the market.

If so, share this article with the travelers in your life. And leave us a comment below if you have any final thoughts or questions.

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