It’s the end of the year and the wanderlust is kicking in. Time to take a break from paperwork and go places we have never been and eat food with names we cannot pronounce! Travelling is a great experience, no matter if it’s a short weekend trip, backpacking across the continent, getting an extended vacation on the other side of the world, or camping solo in the middle of Mother Nature.
In all the above cases, it pays to be well-prepared. If you are an avid traveler, or you know one, here are some great gift ideas for the holiday/traveling season. You’ll find travel pillows, power packs, photography accessories, and plenty of gadgets that can help you have a great time traveling safely.
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Connect this strip to your computer and charge up to four of your handheld devices in the same time. ($14)
Keep your passport, boarding pass and cash safe and secure with this stylish and compact travel sleeve. ($59)
A smart Bluetooth-enabled travel lock for your luggage, Airbolt talks to your smartphone via an app, and unlocks with a single button so long as you are within range. [Preorder at AUD79.95)
Wearable action camera will help you capture amazing shots and videos from a first person view while your travel adventures.
Hang-About is a hanging chair that can be attached to a tree while on a camping trip, giving you some space and alone time. Available in orange and blue. ($240)
The travel pillow is perfect for long-haul flights or overnight bus trips. It gives you a little privacy plus neck support for a good rest. ($27)
Looking for a global adventure? Track all the countries you have visited with this "scratch card"of cities and countries. ($28)
This portable travel glasses for wine will help you to create romantic atmosphere wherever you are: in the woods or at a beach. ($15)
This travel case is designed to keep your iPad and essential accessories. The case looks like an old leather book, the perfect disguise! ($100)
A high capacity power bank is a must-have for the always-connected traveler. Never be without battery juice.
This travel pillow is a comfortable way to sleep while you’re on a long-haul trip. It is easy to assemble, for a good non-bumpy nap. ($34.99)
Designed according to minimalist Sweden principles, Axess is a front pocket wallet. It’s made of fine Italian leather.
Country-hoppers should definitely get this travel organizer for underwear, keeping it separate from your other travel essentials. ($49)
Save much-needed space in your luggage compartment by vacuum-packing your larger items.
Off on a business trip? This steam iron for your office wear can heat up in a minute and doesn’t take much space in your bag, and is so worth it if you need to look fresh for that important meeting. ($30)
This trunk is not a usual suitcase, but also a portable desk. It can be turned into a workstation within a minute, so you can keep working while waiting for the next flight. ($249)
With this amazing adapter you can travel around the globe not worrying that the socket will not fit. This router adapts to fit in four of the most common plug configurations. ($45)
This travel pillow or sleep mask allows even the fussiest sleepers to get well-rested while traveling. ($25)
The Olympus Air is an open platform camera which pairs with your smartphone. It offers all of the benefits of an interchangeable lens camera.
This portable LED lamp is designed for those who love camping. It has three different settings. ($16)
Who travels without a selfie stick these days? ReTrack is an amazing selfie stick with a Bluetooth shutter. Press the button on the handle for a quick snap. ($18)
Sitpack is a portable seat that is easy to setup. It’s the perfect gadget for camping, music festivals, fishing and other outdoor adventures. ($49)
Great for campers who need to stay warm, the temperature of these heated insoles can be adjusted with a remote control.
A travel pillow made with high-quality soft fabric. Put your whole head in for completely uninterrupted sleep.
The best way to keep your valuable information on you at all times.
Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector protects your devices from electricity spikes. Also, it has a single power outlet and a USB charging port.
A sanitiser that kills 99.9% of the bacteria on your toothbrush. A must-have for health-conscious travelers.
If you can’t go anywhere without music, perhaps this portable speaker can make your hotel room feel like home.
Speakers who have to travel a lot may like this planner that is filled with inspirational quotes to keep you going. The planner is made for 6 month. ($24.95)
A USB cable that is so small you can attach it to your keyring. It has syncing and charging capabilities too. ($12)
This thermos bottle can keep your beverages cold or hot for a long time. It’s available in two colors: white and black. ($24)
Trix is a portable power strip that lets you charge multiple devices from smartphones to desktop computers. [Preorder at $30)
Here is an affordable, small, and portable luggage scale for travelers. Great way to avoid overweight luggage fees! ($25)
This medical kit is great for large traveling groups like school trips. It will cover all basic needs including allergic reactions, pain relief and water purification. (£50.00)
Oneadaptr is an ultra-portable power adapter designed to work around the world. It has 4 USB ports, and an alternative version has an additional port for the Macbook. ($44.99)
After a tiring day of travel, what better way to relax than to give your eyes a relaxing massage. ($129.95)
These headphones with wooden toppers produce clear sound and have integrated microphone and call control. ($109)