50 Gifts Under $50 for TravelersBy 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.
Need something a little more than the average day pack? This is a great buy and the price can’t be beat.
These little bags come in super handy all the time. Anyone who enjoys to travel or backpack is sure to appreciate these.
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.
When you don’t need to carry a lot, try carrying this North Face waistpack. It can hold all the basics.
Use this sucker as a huge duffel or to store your backpack in during air travel so that it won’t get destroyed.
Here is a great, run of the mill daypack. Perfect for kids, students, or the amateur daypacker.
Need to make sure your stuff stays super dry? This waterproof bag will make sure that happens.
This super light and easy to set up travel hammock is perfect for car camping, backpacking, and more.
Keep this hammock in your car for all those unexpected camp outs. Great for summer camping and paddling.
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.
These things are awesome and every backpacker or traveler should have one. They come in super handy around camp.
Just got a little bit of stuff you need to keep dry? Then this is the bag for you. Perfect for cameras and ipods.
Stuff your clothes into this bag to create a pillow that doesn’t fall apart in the middle of the night.
Turn your Therm-a-Rest pad into a camp chair with this cool attachment. Eliminates the need for a chair and a sleeping pad.
Want to keep your Therm-a-Rest pad clean and help it last a little longer? Try one of these fitted sheets.
Stop using your shirt as a makeshift pillow. This Therm-a-Rest pillow will help you sleep like a baby.
Don’t have a Therm-a-Rest, but like the trail seat? Use this with your Big Agnes sleeping pad for the same affect.
Water bottles have come a long way and this is one of the most impressive basic water bottles on the market.
This water bottle does more than just hold your water, it will purify it as well. Simply fill, wait, and sip!
Heres something every backpacker needs, a good compass. This is one of the better ones for the cost.
Headlamps are great for traveling and backpacking. This one is especially small and as such has a variety of uses.
Who needs a watch when you can have one these. This thing tells time, temp, and much more.
Here is one tough flashlight. This guy is small, tough, and extremely durable.
You can’t go wrong with a MagLite. They are practically indestructible and last forever.
Here is another great pocket sized flashlight. Perfect to carry around in your daypack or car for emergencies.
A knife is a must have item in the backcountry. Your outdoor friend will be happy to have this one.
This is a great headlamp for the traveler or backpacker with five lighting modes for night time adventures.
Ultralight, versatile and compact towels perfect for travel or the outdoors
Another great headlamp for the serious backpacker. This headlamp has a lot of great features with six brightness levels and two strobes.
A great knife that’s not full of gadgets. This great single blade knife is perfect for day trips.
If you want a knife that has everything and the kitchen sink, here you go!
Get some light to brighten up your camp site. This lamp offers plenty of bright ambient light in every direction.
Be kind to the environment and use this electronic lantern that’s rechargeable.
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.
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.
Need a way to stay in touch around camp? These affordable radios can help you do just that.
Great protective case to keep your Kindle safe.
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.
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.
Need a place to set your coffee (or beer) in your tent?
All you need is ground coffee and hot water for a fresh cup of french pressed coffee on the road.
Keep the bears at bay with this bear bell. When out of bear country just slip on the silencer for some peace and quiet.
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.
Every traveler needs an ultralight pack towel and this extra large size will actually cover you up and dry your entire body.
For circumstances where a crappy little emergency blanket won’t cut it, there is this all weather blanket developed my NASA.
These matches will light even in the strongest winds and rain, and stay lit in those conditions for about 12 seconds.
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.
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]