Is there a couple in your life who you know loves traveling the world together? It can sometimes be hard to figure out what to get those couples who mainly live life with whatever they can fit in a suitcase or backpack! Nonetheless, there are still numerous great gift ideas that are a mix of compact and useful for any jet setting couple. We spoke to experts and did hours of research to find the perfect gifts for couples that travel. You should be able to find the perfect gift after pursuing our suggestions.
Travel Gifts for Couples
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the traveling couple in your life, you should start by putting yourself in their shoes. The best gifts serve a utility. While travelers love being on the move, the move can be quite exhausting. Finding ways to add comfort to a couples travels would be a huge plus. That being said, gifts can and should be fun as well. The follow list of gift ideas are a mix of fun gifts and useful travel gifts.
Luggage Scales ($)
At first this may seem like an odd travel gift, but when you are constantly moving from city to city, accumulating souvenirs and trinkets – the weight of your luggage can become a concern. Most airlines only allow you up to 50 lbs for a checked bag – and will charge a hefty fee if it’s over. Having a scale will make the stress and hassle of keeping bags under weight to a minimum for the traveling couple in your life. That is why we believe a luggage scale is a great gift for really anyone who travels.
Matching Luggage Tags ($)
More luggage themed travel gifts for couples! Matching luggage tags are great travel gift ideas because they can be both useful but also fun. Matching tags will make finding bags in hectic airports, hostels and bus stations much easier. They are fun because you can customize them or choose different colors to match the couple’s aesthetic.
Alternative: Air Tag Luggage Tags ($$$)
Air tags from Apple are another great gift idea for traveling couples. A lost bag can ruin a trip, especially if it happens towards the beginning. Losing a bag doesn’t need to just happen in an airport either. Attaching airtags to a luggage (the pack comes with 4) can save lots of time and stress trying to locate a bag that may be misplaced.
Luggage Set ($$$)
A luggage set is a great gift for couples about to embark on their first travels together. Matching luggages can help the couples easily identify their baggage in a crowded airport, as well as in a hostel or hotel. Perfect for your son or daughter traveling with their partner around the world.
Travel Bottles ($)
Portable travel bottles are a great travel gift for any traveler but especially for couples who may be moving with lots of toiletries between the two. TSA compliant travel bottles will make it so couples don’t have to keep restocking on soap and shampoo in every country they may visit. The bottles can pass through security and be re-used at every destination. While this may be less of a “fun gift”, it certainly is a useful one.
Headphone Jack Splitter ($)
Watching movies on planes is one of the most effective ways to pass the time. Airlines however *still* only give out single headphone jacks, meaning it is still tough to watch a movie with your partner on your flight. An inexpensive headphone jack splitter is a perfect travel gift as it will make flights pass by in a breeze with couples able to watch movies together.
Portable Lock Box ($)
Traveling as a couple means having more valuables than traveling solo. Depending on a couple’s budget, they may be staying in hotels (with their own security) or in hostels, which have much less security. A portable lock box is a perfect travel gift, allowing a couple to store their passports and important documents in a safe place while they are out and about exploring.
His and Her Passport Holders ($)
Another great gift for couples are his and hers passport holders. As any avid traveler can attest, your passport can take quite the beating as you shuffle place to place. A passport holder can ensure a passport stays pristine through no matter the travel conditions. While simple, we consider this amongst the best travel gift ideas because of how inexpensive but how useful a passport holder is.
If a couple is traveling light, with only 1 or 2 suitcases, real estate within the suitcase becomes super important. Packing cubes are a great travel gift because they can help take some of the drama out of packing. The cubes are designed to give each person their own spot in the luggage without spill over. Any traveling couple will appreciate making packing up after each destination much easier.
Travel Gifts for Couple Who are Going Camping
Some couples consider going on an epic hike or camping trip as a romantic getaway. Whether its a romantic trip or not, there are a handful of great gift ideas that can help make their next trip as smooth as possible.
Water Purification Tablets ($)
Another one of our travel gifts for couples that is less fun but highly useful, especially if they are visiting a country with untreated water systems. These portable tablets can be dropped into a jug of tap water and make it potable. Having these tablets handy can save a couple from a nasty bout of travelers diarrhea and potentially ruining their trip.
Pop Up Tent ($$$)
For couples who plan to camp or rough it during their trip -a two person pop up tent is another great gift idea. Combining a need to pack lightly, a pop up tent can be set up in seconds and is big enough for a couple to sleep in with some extra room to move around.
Additional Gift Idea: Double Sleeping Pad ($$)
If a couple is going on a camping trip and are still shopping for their gear, a double sleeping pad can make all the difference between many uncomfortable or comfortable nights of sleep.
Portable Wifi ($$$)
This is one of those travel gifts for couples that gets the most benefit out of repeated use. Paying for portable wifi (especially if you are hopping between countries) can be very expensive. Buying the device yourself and subscribing to a monthly plan can help save a lot of extra cost. Plans are usually pretty inexpensive and well worth the ability to be connected to wifi wherever you may be traveling.
Alternative: Google Fi ($)
GoogleFi is another inexpensive alternative to having network connectivity while abroad. GoogleFi sim cards go into compatible phones and allow users to purchase inexpensive international data plans.
Hiking Bag ($)
Travel First Aid Kit ($)
A simple, inexpensive but highly useful travel gift. On any trip, but especially hiking or camping, accidents happen. Having a portable first aid kit at the ready can make all the difference.
Non-Travel Gift Ideas for Couples Who Love to Travel
We’ve also included some gift ideas that aren’t used while traveling but will be special gifts for couples who like traveling together. Getting the jet setting couple in your life tokens of their travels, things to inspire their travels or a little combination of both are sure to make a memorable gift choice.
Scratch Off Map ($)
These highly popular scratch off world maps are a great way for couples to visualize where they have been together. Every country comes filled in and allows you to use a coin to scratch off the countries you have visited. There may not be a better way to trigger travel memories than to wake up every morning and be reminded of all the wondrous places around the world someone has been.
Baseball Road Trip Guide ($)
For the couple that loves baseball. A guidebook that puts all the pieces together to help plan an epic baseball tour of America. It’s every baseball fan’s dream to visit every ballpark in the country. This guide may just help solve many of the tricky details when it comes to planning such an ambitious trip.
One of our most sentimental gift ideas – a photo book. This may require some snooping on the couples instagrams or facebook’s if you are trying to surprise them. The end result however will be a beautiful composition of great quality photos showing some of the greatest moments from a couple’s travels. You can create the book from beginning to end with Amazon!
What’s the Best Gift for a Traveling Couple?
There is no such thing as the “best” gift. When searching for travel gift ideas it’s important to keep the couple you are buying a gift for in mind. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself what may they find most useful, sentimental or enjoyable. Remember, a gift is meant to make the person or people receiving the gift happy. Some tips on how to determine which gift ideas are the best for the couple in your life.
- Be direct – ask them about their travels and what issues they may face or anticipate having on their travels
- Ask Around – Ask a couple’s friends or other family may help get some more insight into what they would find useful on their upcoming travels
- Smaller is better – remember when traveling, compact is better. Your gift should ideally be small enough to bring on their travels and help make their travels easier