Looking for a great Christmas present for a keen traveller? Avoid the gimmicky tat and accessories they’ll never use and buy something super useful instead. Here are five top ideas for any type of traveller.
Portable Bluetooth speakers
Fully waterproof and super compact, the JBL Go2 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers for a light-packing traveller. It has a rechargeable battery that can run for up to five hours and because it’s waterproof, you can use it around the pool or at the beach with no worries.
Though some people have strong feelings about e-readers, preferring to turn the pages of a real book, they can be a great space-saver for a person who ploughs through book after book whilst on the road. The Paperwhite is perfect for travelling, as it’s designed to be used in bright sunlight as much as in the dark. In addition, it has a great battery life that lasts for weeks, it’s waterproof, has 8GB of storage as standard, and is thin and light, weighing just under seven ounces.
A great choice for a traveller who wants to keep their consumption of single-use plastic to a minimum, the LifeStraw is one of the best filtration devices out there. You can fill up the bottle in streams and lakes when hiking and exploring, or from taps when you’re travelling in a place that doesn’t have safe drinking water. The filter cleans the water of 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and parasites.
For those who live out of a suitcase or backpack, a good set of packing cubes is an essential purchase. Organise clothes and accessories in the different-sized packs to make life on the road run as smoothly as possible. Eagle Creek’s Specter range is super light, with a set of three (small, medium and large) weighing in at just six ounces total.
A good daypack that you can chuck in your luggage is a key piece of kit for a traveller who might be combining work and leisure in one trip or doesn’t like to use a backpack as hand luggage. Matador’s Beast backpack is ideal: the durable 28L pack conveniently folds up into a little pouch that easily fits into your main suitcase.