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Gift Ideas for the Graduate Who Loves to Travel

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Graduation is coming up quick. Are you still looking for gift ideas for the graduate who loves to travel? You’re in luck because here is our list of favorite graduation gifts for travelers.

Some of you may have already attended a graduation. If so, bookmark, save or pin this post for later.

Don’t have a graduate? No worries, you can use this handy list when you need to buy gifts for the holidays, birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any occasion.

All the items listed in the travel gift guides for graduates are ones I own or have on my wish list.

Look through all our gift guides:

Need a graduation gift? Read our travel gift guide for the graduate who loves to travel.


Pinch a penny, save a buck. Always a good philosophy. But celebrations deserve a little something. Thankfully, these gifts won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet. You can buy any of these travel gifts for $30 or less.

1.  Anker PowerCore+ Portable Battery Charger

You can never have too many portable battery chargers. I keep one in my purse, glove compartment, and backpack.

Because you do not want a dead smartphone or tablet when traveling. Or for that matter, ever!

The Anker PowerCore+ Portable Battery Charger quickly charges your electronics and can easily fit in your pocket.

Buy the Anker PowerCore+ Portable Battery Charger on Amazon.

2.  Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Passport Size Travelers Journals Diary Notepad Notebook

Know someone who loves journals? The Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Passport Size Travelers Journals Diary Notepad Notebook makes a terrific gift.

You can sketch, write, jot down notes in the blank pages.

Buy the Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Passport Size Travelers Journals Diary Notepad Notebook on Amazon.

3.  Vintage Novelty Envelope Travel PU Leather Waterproof Passport Cover Holder

The Vintage Novelty Envelope Travel PU Leather Waterproof Passport Cover Holder is a cute gift that holds your passport, boarding passes, and other documents.

Buy the Vintage Novelty Envelope Travel PU Leather Waterproof Passport Cover Holder on Amazon.

4.  Kensington Lock

If your graduate travels with a laptop or uses a laptop anywhere outside of their home, the Kensington Lock is a great gift.

It comes with a 6-foot steel-composite cable and T-bar lock. So it can be easily secured when you step away from your laptop.

Buy the Kensington Lock on Amazon.

5.  Sockwell Women’s On The Spot Moderate (15-20mmHg) Graduated Compression Socks

Say goodbye to puffy swollen ankles with compression socks.

I swear by these and have several pairs. Not only are Sockwell Compression Socks perfect for flying, they’re also great to wear when hiking or walking.

They give you enough support to prevent deep vein thrombosis but are comfortable enough to wear anytime.

Buy Sockwell Women’s On The Spot Moderate (15-20mmHg) Graduated Compression Socks on Amazon (women’s) or Amazon (men’s).

6.  Healthy Human Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – Double Walled Vacuum Thermos Flask

There are lots of colors and not just pink. 🙂

Staying hydrated is important when traveling. That’s why I like the Healthy Human Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – Double Walled Vacuum Thermos Flask.

The dual insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drink hot or cold. The wide mouth makes it easy to fill. And the carabiner clips on your backpack or bag.

They come in many sizes, even 64-ounce growler sizes. Just sayin’…

Buy the Healthy Human Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – Double Walled Vacuum Thermos Flask on Amazon.

7.  Udderly Smooth Hand Cream, 2 Oz Travel Size, Pack of 4

Udder cream? Say what? Yep, udder cream. But you don’t have to use it on your udders…

I was given a pack of Udderly Smooth hand cream and let me tell you, wow!

So I immediately bought the Udderly Smooth Hand Cream, 2 Oz Travel Size, Pack of 4.

Udder cream is luxurious without being oily or sticky. And a little goes a long way…

Your hands (feet, arms, wherever you apply this cream) will thank you. No more cracked dry skin. And the travel size means it’s TSA compliant.

Buy Udderly Smooth Hand Cream, 2 Oz Travel Size, Pack of 4 on Amazon.

Looking for more budget travel gift ideas? Read 25 Travel Gifts for $25 and Top 5 Travel Gifts for $5.


Big events call for a bigger budget. But within reason. That’s why you and your graduate will love these moderately priced travel gifts. Everything on this travel gift guide is priced from $31 to $100.

1. Delsey Titanium Carry-On Spinner

The Delsey Titanium Carry-On Spinner is made from lightweight polycarbonate and resists impacts.

The silent double spinner wheels mean you can run through the airport without making a lot of noise. It includes a TSA lock, and a 10-year warranty.

Buy the Delsey Titanium Carry-on Spinner from Amazon.

2.  Viator City Tour or Activity

Paris Tours
If your graduate already has a trip planned, you can buy a city tour, trip or activity for them as a gift through Viator. Viator has tours and activities in 166 countries.

No upcoming travel plans? Consider buying a Viator gift certificate. Gift certificates can be used for all of Viator’s tours, activities, or transportation and are valid for two years. Except for California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Washington where there are no expiration dates on gift certificates.

You can buy a gift certificate in the following amounts:

  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $200
  • $500

3.  Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check

Speed through security and customs with Global Entry. With Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check all the stress and frustration of traveling is gone. Replaced by ease and speed.

Photo courtesy: US Customs

The gift of Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check is a must for your travel-loving graduate.

Being able to avoid the long lines at security and get through customs fast when coming back from traveling internationally is a must for any traveler.

With Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check, all the stress and frustration of traveling is gone. Replaced by ease and speed.

You’ll be their favorite person ever if you give someone Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check.

Save Money: Your Global Entry fee is refunded if you have one of these credit cards:

4.  Pacsafe Travelsafe

When you need to lock up some items when traveling, the Pacsafe Travelsafe 5L Anti-Theft Portable Safe is a great option.

You can easily store a laptop, tablet, camera, passport or other items in the Pacsafe Travelsafe.

I put my valuables in this and then lock this in the room safe at hotels. If there isn’t a room safe, you can lock it to the bed leg, sink pipe or some other solid fixture.

Buy the Pacsafe Travelsafe 5L from  Amazon.

5.  Grammarly Subscription

Grammarly Writing Support

Okay, okay, it’s not glamorous or exciting, but does every gift have to be “OMG! This is the BEST GIFT EVER!”

Nope, they sure don’t. So go for a little something practical like a subscription to Grammarly.

Grammarly is a writing app that well, checks your grammar. You can get a free version or pony up for the Premium version (subscription):

  • Grammar check
  • Spell check
  • Vocabulary suggestions
  • Plagiarism detector

Yeah, I know you’re thinking, “And this fits into travel, how?”

If your travel loving graduate is entering the workforce, you want them to get a job that pays enough so they can travel. And what better way to equip them to make big bucks than by improving their grammar.

And if they can’t find a job, they can always become a blogger…

6.  Good Morning Snore Solution

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Leave the CPAP machine at home and try the Good Morning Snore Solution. This one size fits all medical mouthpiece will make traveling more enjoyable.

Your graduate will get a good night’s sleep and you’ll save on checked bag fees. Because the Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece weighs only a few ounces.


Because sometimes you want to splurge or maybe you’ve got big pockets. Either way, here are some of my favorite splurge-worthy travel gifts that are bound to be a hit with any graduate. You can buy any of these gift ideas for the graduate who loves travel from $101 and up.

1.  Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Backpack

The Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L is my favorite backpack!

Not only is it safe but it’s comfortable and the straps don’t dig into your shoulder. There’s a padded compartment for a 15″ MacBook, an RFID pocket, and it’s slash proof.

If you don’t like the Navy/Grey, the Pacsafe Venturesome 25L backpack also comes in black.

Buy the Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L backpack from Amazon.

2.  Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

Mirrorless cameras have been around for a few years. Some professional photographers have swapped out their big, bulky DSLRs for these lightweight mirrorless cameras.

One of the most popular mirrorless cameras is the Sony Alpha a6000.

It has built-in Wi-Fi so you can upload your photos to iCloud, Dropbox or another cloud service immediately. And you can instantly transfer your photos to your smartphone or tablet and post straight from your camera to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The Sony Alpha a6000 is a good camera for someone who’s looking for a point and shoot, an entry level camera, or prefers something easy to use. It also comes in white.

I love my Sony Alpha a6000! Read the only camera you need: Sony a6000 review.

Buy the Sony Alpha a6000 on Amazon.

3.  Sony a7R II

The Sony a7R II  is a great camera if you want a full-frame mirrorless camera.

If the Sony a7RII is out of your budget, the Sony a7R is a more economical full-framed camera. It’s less expensive because it was the first model and came out a few years ago.

I really, really wanted to buy the Sony a7R II or the Sony a7R, but the Big One is starting college this fall, so I bought a Sony Alpha a6000. Plus, I rarely took my Nikon D50 or Nikon D7000 out of automatic. And I wanted a smaller camera.

Buy the Sony a7R II on Amazon.

Buy the Sony A7R on Amazon.

4.  Delsey Chatelet Carry-On Spinner Trolley

How can you not love the Delsey Chatelet Carry-On Spinner Trolley? It’s a gorgeous piece of luggage!

The Chatelet has four silent spinner wheels and the front two can be easily locked to stop the bag from rolling away.

There’s a built-in TSA lock and identification plate. Plus it comes with a 10 year warranty.

The Delsey Chatelet also comes in champagne (white)

Buy the Delsey Chatelet Carry-On Spinner Trolley from Amazon.

5.  Tumi Vapor Lite Continental Carry On

Because the Delsey Chatelet might be a little too feminine for the guys, they might feel more comfortable with the Tumi Vapor Lite Continental Carry On.

The Tumi Valor Lite is like the guy’s equivalent of the Delsey Chatelet.

It’s a handsome bag that comes with four dual spinner wheels, a TSA lock, and a 5 year warranty.

Buy the Tumi Valor Lite Continental Carry On from eBags or Amazon.

6.  Tumi Alpha 2 International Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On

If you don’t want flashy and are looking for a soft sided carry on, you should get the Tumi Alpha 2 International Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On.

The Alpha 2 has a handy front U-zip pocket, great for storing boarding passes, passport, and other need to grab quick items.

It comes with an add-a-bag strap, ID tag, and a 5 year warranty.

Buy the Tumi Alpha 2 International Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On from eBags or Amazon.


Looking for the perfect gift for your travel loving graduate? You’ll love our gift guide.

You’ll find something for every budget from the Anker PowerCore+ Portable Battery Charger, a Viator City Tour, Activity or gift certificate, Pacsafe Venturesafe backpack (eBags) or Amazon, to a Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera.

Want more gift ideas for smaller budgetsRead 25 Travel Gifts for $25 and Top 5 Travel Gifts for $5.

And as a reminder, everything on the travel gift guides for graduates are items I own or have on my wish list.

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Sonal of Drifter Planet

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

I would LOVE to receive most of these gifts. I never thought of carrying an "udder cream" haha! :) Oh and your post reminds me that I need to buy a lock..

Debra Schroeder

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Hi Sonal of Drifter Planet,

You will absolutely LOVE using udder cream. It's totally amazing.

Glad my post helped out. :)

Sanket D.

Wednesday 1st of June 2016

I'm turning 25 in 10 days. I'm not graduating or anything, but I'm certainly going to slyly start sharing this on my social media and hope my people are smart enough to get the subtle hints! HA. Great list. I'd have loved to see some books/guides too.

Debra Schroeder

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Hi Sanket D,

LOL! I know what you mean about leaving hints. I leave browser pages open on my husband's computer. But love the idea of hinting via social media. :)

Great suggestion on adding guidebooks. I'll be sure to add some when I do the holiday gift guide.

Hope your hints pay off and you get a few of these gifts.

Kevin Wagar

Wednesday 1st of June 2016

Cool list! I have the Delsey Helium Spinner and it's a great luggage. I use them for my kids carry-ons.

Debra Schroeder

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Hi Kevin Wagar,

That's great to know about the Delsey Helium Spinner. I'm a big fan of carry-on. I haven't checked bags since the 1990's.


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

I love the vintage items especially the journal. But above all, I'll go for Sony Camera. Simply adorable and that's what I need now. Haha

Debra Schroeder

Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Hi Jessica,

The journal and other vintage items are pretty adorable. Yeah, I went with the Sony camera, too. But got it for myself instead of my graduate. :)


Monday 30th of May 2016

I love the idea of getting a new camera that's smaller and still easy to use for travel! You also can't get enough power banks. There's always something getting low on batteries. Great list!

Debra Schroeder

Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Hi Tami,

Totally agree. I'm hoping to play with my new Sony Alpha a6000 tonight. It's amazing how tiny and light it is compared to either of my Nikons.

I'm taking it on my next trip and leaving the Nikons at home. Hopefully I won't regret it.

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