50 Gifts Under $50 for Travelers

By BootsnAll | Permalink | 20 comments | November 15th, 2010

It would seem that most people who enjoy the outdoors and traveling are gadget people. No matter what it is; a new waterproof bag or a high tech GPS watch, they love it all. As such, shopping for these types of people can be hard because they probably already have the latest and greatest of everything.

So, what do you get the traveler who has everything? Below is a list of plenty of gadgets, gear, and do-dads that any self respecting traveler is sure to love. Whether they want the best outdoor camping gear or a great Kindle 2 cover, there are plenty of great options. Best part…they all cost under $50! Still can’t find the perfect gift? Check out our Travel Gear Holiday Gift Guide.

1. REI Flash 18 Pack – $29.50

Need something a little more than the average day pack? This is a great buy and the price can’t be beat.

2. Outdoor Reserach Ultralight Ditty Bags (SET OF 3) – $25

These little bags come in super handy all the time. Anyone who enjoys to travel or backpack is sure to appreciate these.

3. REI Single Shot Waist Pack – $24.50

Don’t need a daypack, but still go some stuff to carry? This waistpack can hold just about all the basics you need for a short day hike.

4.The North Face Trouper Waistpack – $45

When you don’t need to carry a lot, try carrying this North Face waistpack. It can hold all the basics.

5. Osprey Airporter LZ Pack Duffel – $29

Use this sucker as a huge duffel or to store your backpack in during air travel so that it won’t get destroyed.

6. Kelty Grommet Day Pack – $31.95

Here is a great, run of the mill daypack. Perfect for kids, students, or the amateur daypacker.

7. Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Liner – 70 Liters – $40

Need to make sure your stuff stays super dry? This waterproof bag will make sure that happens.

8. Nathan Elite 1 Plus Waistpack – $46.83

9. Byer Parachute Traveller Hammock – $19.95

This super light and easy to set up travel hammock is perfect for car camping, backpacking, and more.

10. Moskito Traveller Hammock – $29.51

Keep this hammock in your car for all those unexpected camp outs. Great for summer camping and paddling.

11. Flip & Tumble Reusable Tote – $9.16

These reusable shopping totes are not only cute, there super utilitarian. They fold into a little pouch you can stick in your purse and can carry up to 25 pounds worth of groceries or whatever else.

12. Crazy Creek Chair – $43.18

These things are awesome and every backpacker or traveler should have one. They come in super handy around camp.

13. Sea to Summit Seam Sealed Stuff Sacks Medium – $11.90

Just got a little bit of stuff you need to keep dry? Then this is the bag for you. Perfect for cameras and ipods.

14. Therm-a-Rest Trekker Pillowcase – $10.95

Stuff your clothes into this bag to create a pillow that doesn’t fall apart in the middle of the night.

15. Therm-a-Rest Trail Seat – $19.95

Turn your Therm-a-Rest pad into a camp chair with this cool attachment. Eliminates the need for a chair and a sleeping pad.

16. Therm-a-Rest Fitted Sheet 20 X 66 – $22.95

Want to keep your Therm-a-Rest pad clean and help it last a little longer? Try one of these fitted sheets.

17. Therm-a-Rest Wrap-it Pillow – $22.95

Stop using your shirt as a makeshift pillow. This Therm-a-Rest pillow will help you sleep like a baby.

18. Big Agnes Big Easy Chair Kit – $29.95

Don’t have a Therm-a-Rest, but like the trail seat? Use this with your Big Agnes sleeping pad for the same affect.

19. CamelBak Better Bottle (1/2 liter) – $12

Water bottles have come a long way and this is one of the most impressive basic water bottles on the market.

20. Katadyn Exstream XR Purifier Water Bottle – $30

This water bottle does more than just hold your water, it will purify it as well. Simply fill, wait, and sip!

21. Suunto MCB Amphibian Compass – $21.25

Heres something every backpacker needs, a good compass. This is one of the better ones for the cost.

22. Petzl Zipka Plus LED Headlamp – $39.95

Headlamps are great for traveling and backpacking. This one is especially small and as such has a variety of uses.

23. New Balance Trail Drop Digital Compass – $28.25

Who needs a watch when you can have one these. This thing tells time, temp, and much more.

24. Gerber Infinity Ultra LED Flashlight – $17.53

Here is one tough flashlight. This guy is small, tough, and extremely durable.

25. MagLite 2-D Cell LED Flashlight – $25.30

You can’t go wrong with a MagLite. They are practically indestructible and last forever.

26. Princeton Tec Amp 5.0 LED Flashlight – $39.61

Here is another great pocket sized flashlight. Perfect to carry around in your daypack or car for emergencies.

27. Leatherman Crater c33Bx Combo Straight/Serrated Blade Knife – $34.99

A knife is a must have item in the backcountry. Your outdoor friend will be happy to have this one.

28. Petzl Tikka Plus LED Headlamp – $37.42

This is a great headlamp for the traveler or backpacker with five lighting modes for night time adventures.

29. Lightload Towel – $8.99

Ultralight, versatile and compact towels perfect for travel or the outdoors

30. Black Diamond Spot LED Headlamp – $35.95

Another great headlamp for the serious backpacker. This headlamp has a lot of great features with six brightness levels and two strobes.

31. Buck Redpoint Knife – $21.24

A great knife that’s not full of gadgets. This great single blade knife is perfect for day trips.

32. Swiss Army Huntsman Knife – $23.67

If you want a knife that has everything and the kitchen sink, here you go!

33. Black Diamond Apollo Lantern – $42.88

Get some light to brighten up your camp site. This lamp offers plenty of bright ambient light in every direction.

34. Coleman Retro Rechargeable Full-Size Lantern – $38.73

Be kind to the environment and use this electronic lantern that’s rechargeable.

35. Coleman Retro Full-Size Lantern – $29.88

Don’t feel like being as kind, or maybe you’re just old school. This lantern keeps it real by running off D-size batteries.

36. Eton FR150 Microlink American Red Cross Radio – $30

Traveler or not, this emergency radio is a great gift for anyone. It requires no batteries and will work with just a few cranks of the arm.

37. Motorola FV300R 2-Way Radios – 2 Pack – $19.35

Need a way to stay in touch around camp? These affordable radios can help you do just that.

38. KlearKase for Kindle Keyboard: Splash Proof, Transparent Protective Case – $49.99

Great protective case to keep your Kindle safe.

39. Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter – $17.68

Now you can make a fire anywhere you go. No need to mess with matches or lighters, if you get this puppy you are good to go.

40. Coleman 14-Cup Coffee Enamelware Percolator (Blue) – $32.24

Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to go without a cup of hot coffee in the morning. This percolator is heavy duty and stands up to frequent use.

41. Sierra Designs Coffee Sling – $1.95

Need a place to set your coffee (or beer) in your tent?

42. Bodum 16-Ounce Travel Coffee Press and Tea Maker – $14.99

All you need is ground coffee and hot water for a fresh cup of french pressed coffee on the road.

43. Coghlan’s Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer – $4.95

Keep the bears at bay with this bear bell. When out of bear country just slip on the silencer for some peace and quiet.

44. Adventure Medical SAM Splint – $14.53

This is an essential piece of gear for a complete first aid kit. For just a few bucks and a little space you can be prepared for sprains and breaks.

45. MSR PackTowl UltraLite Towel (X- Large) – $24.97

Every traveler needs an ultralight pack towel and this extra large size will actually cover you up and dry your entire body.

46. Space All-Weather Blanket – $16.51

For circumstances where a crappy little emergency blanket won’t cut it, there is this all weather blanket developed my NASA.

47. 2 Packs of New NATO Water and Windproof Matches – $8.25

These matches will light even in the strongest winds and rain, and stay lit in those conditions for about 12 seconds.

48. Adventure Medical UltraLight .7 First Aid Kit – $13.99

If you need just a little first aid kit for your day pack, this is the one you want. It’s got all the basics covered.

49. Adventure Medical Adventurer Light and Fast First-Aid Kit – $23.47

For the serious backpacker, a more extensive first aid kit is required. This first aid kit is intended for  groups of one to three for trips up to three days in duration.

50. REI Gift Card

If all else fails you can go the gift card route. REI is a great place for the frequent traveler!

[Photo courtesy of danagraves]


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  • Lori Amatucci Says:

    Would really like to know where the products are manufactured – we are now only purchasing MADE IN USA products.

  • Grant Says:

    Great list; thanks. I’ll add Item #51: the new 12V Spotlight LED light that recharges in your car’s cigarette lighter socket or in a home adaptor. Just as bright as the headlamps but half the price – and you save from buying batteries all the time.

  • Romantic apartments Sofia Says:

    Nice gifts, I am thinking to buy few for myself and it can also be a good Christmas gift for your relatives and friends too.

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  • Analise Says:

    What an affordable and useful list you got there, very informative. You also gave me an idea on what to give to my boyfriend on his upcoming birthday. Anyway, I have one unit of Maglite 2.D Cell Led Flashlight at home and it is totally durable. I’ve dropped mine many times and good thing it is still running.

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    well as i visit a lot of rv parks, so i will go with Hammocks as they are quite an interesting activity while camping.

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    Lori – The Therm-a-Rest Trail Seat is made in Seattle, USA for sure.

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    Travelers are easy to buy Christmas gifts for! I especially like the on-the-go coffee gift ideas.

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    As a traveler the Leatherman mini tool is a must. Couldn’t agree with you more.

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    Thanks for this list.
    Only gifts under $50 we can afford right now.

  • Tracy Spaeth Says:

    Thanks for your post it was very interesting.

  • Matt Says:

    Wow, that’s quite a list! I like the coffee sling — I’ve never even seen those before.