‘Tis the season to start thinking about how you can help the travelers on your gift list. As frequent travelers ourselves, we’ve put together some of the best Amazon presents for $50 and under. These products prove that you don’t have to spend a fortune to give the gift of a better vacation. From in-flight footrests to portable solar-powered chargers to RFID-blocking wallets, read on for our our list of the best holiday gifts that won’t break the bank.
This portable solar charger is a must-pack item for powering up your cell phone and tablet during any activities that keep you away from a traditional power outlet. It can even detect the type of device being charged and adjust for optimum charging. Water-resistant panels, a rugged PET polymer cover, and a convenient folding design make it ideal for bringing along on beach days, hikes, camping trips, or while exploring around town.
Packing cubes are the gift that keeps on giving, especially for those frequent travelers in your life. This five-pack set is great for separating clothing, shoes, accessories, and more. It includes one small, two medium, and two large cubes with breathable mesh panels and a collapsible design.
This slim and sleek travel wallet is an Amazon best-seller and it’s easy to see why. It’s stylish, made of genuine leather, and has an ultra-thin design that slides easily in your pocket, bag, or purse. Plus, travelers love the extra security of the built-in RFID blocking technology, which keeps personal information safe from being lifted by hackers. There are seven slots for credit cards, a billfold for cash, and a peek-a-boo panel for photo IDs.
Never underestimate the power of a good toiletry bag. This portable toiletry bag features a top-load design for easy access, plus it’s made of water-resistant material and has a hook so you can hang it in the shower or by the sink. The main compartment is perfect for your larger items, while smaller toiletries and makeup can be stored in the zippered mesh pouch. Travelers can also use it as an in-flight bag, makeup organizer, or accessories storage.
This all-in-one wallet is great for any traveler who prefers to go bag-free and keep their essentials right around their neck. Dual-sided zip pockets hold everything from cash to headphones to credit cards, a peek-a-boo panel makes it easy to flash your photo ID, and there are two designated slots to slide in your passport and cell phone. The icing on the cake? This slim design is lined with RFID-blocking technology, which prevents scammers from scanning personal information off your credit and debit cards.
Selfie sticks get a bad rap, but let’s face it — not everyone is great at taking a selfie with their own arms. This travel-sized selfie stick is a little more than seven inches long and has convenient Bluetooth connectability with select iPhone and Android models. The stick extends nearly 32 inches and has a 270-degree adjustable head.
If the TSA wants to rummage through your suitcase for any potentially dangerous items, they are going to get in one way or another. One way to avoid getting a lock busted or suitcase cut open is a certified TSA-approved lock. Not only are these locks durable (they won’t rust or get stuck), a nifty indicator pops out to alert the luggage owner if their bags have been opened and inspected. Bonus: They’re small and make great stocking stuffers.
Streaming movies on long flights, driving around with GPS, and taking loads of pictures are easy ways to drain your battery. This pocket-sized battery pack has enough juice to high-speed charge an iPhone three times or Samsung Galaxy twice. Each charger comes with a handy travel pouch and micro USB cable. USB C (Google Pixel) and lightning cables are sold separately.
Think of this product as a backpack in a bag. The lightweight, water-resistant backpacks hold up to 20 liters when “unpacked” and zip up into a small pouch that can fit into the palm of your hand. They make for great anytime, anywhere daypacks, and are perfect for travel, since you can just toss them into your suitcase. They’re a great way to add extra baggage on your trip without going over the limit on your flights.
Looking for a gift for a frequent flier? This modern travel pillow is more like supportive scarf, plus it’s scientifically proven to keep your neck better aligned while you snooze. Additionally, its flattering design takes up less room and the fleece material feels soft against the skin — and is machine washable.
11. Jet Lag Remedy
One of downsides of traveling — whether it’s across the coast or around the world — is battling jet lag. Nothing can ruin a day of sightseeing quite like waking up five hours too early or hitting the wall midday. Give your loved ones the gift of a good night’s sleep on future trips with these all-natural jet lag remedy pills. There are no side effects and they’ve worked for 75 percent of users. (Now, if we could just find something as effective for hangovers.)
You and your loved ones no longer have to upgrade from economy to get an in-flight footrest. This lightweight, simple, and easy-to-pack footrest works like a sling that you hook into the sides of your food tray. The thick, padded strap creates a cradle for travelers to rest their feet or lower legs while flying — relieving swelling, helping circulation, and making for a much more comfortable journey. Bonus: You can also use this at the office or on a bus.
A good crossbody bag is a must-have for every type of traveler. This version is simple, yet stylish, and is made from a slash-resistant material. There’s a main compartment for larger items, plus two side pockets and a back, body-facing snap pocket to store items like your passport and travel documents. No need for a wallet with this bag either — inside the main pouch, you’ll find a zip pocket, a wall pocket for your cell phone, and a few slots for your credit cards, debit cards, and driver’s license. Plus, the bag is outfitted with RFID-blocking technology to help protect your personal information from getting into the wrong hands.
Another great stocking stuffer, this 5-in-1 adapter is perfect for frequent international travelers or those who plan on visiting multiple countries in one trip. The compact, stackable design contains five interlocking adapters that are color-coded by country (it fits into outlets in over 150 different countries). The main USA plug piece also has two USB charging ports, so you can juice up your devices.
Travel blankets are often overlooked, so it’s likely that the traveler on your gift list may be in need of a good, versatile travel blanket. We love this travel blanket because it can transform into so many other useful things, like a scarf, wrap, shawl, and neck pillow. Anytime you can save space and keep comfortable while traveling, we consider it a big win.
Again, any functional, stylish, and compact travel product has our attention, which is why we love having a packable jacket on trips where the weather is playing coy. This lightweight puffer jacket comes in eight colors and packs down into a little carry-on case. The exterior is made of water-resistant nylon and the jacket is filled with polyester. Once unpacked, you’ll have a ribbed puffer jacket complete with a stand-up collar and zip pockets. For folks who tend to get cold on flights, this jacket is an excellent warm-up option.
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