2019 Holiday Gift Guide: 14 Awesome New Travel Gadgets

The holidays are just around the corner! And no doubt you’ve got at least one friend who has been bitten by the travel bug and is already planning their 2020 vacation getaway. These clever travel gadgets are the perfect gifts for avid travelers as they are lightweight, compact, and can hold up to wear and tear.

Check out our favorite new travel gadgets for the 2019 holiday season to help make your shopping a breeze. No doubt your gift will be a huge hit!


14 Awesome New Travel Gadgets that will Make the Perfect Gift

1. Scrubba Wash Bag

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your friend who loves going on long camping trips? Or what about your friend who is on an extended travel sabbatical? Inevitability they are going to have to do laundry and so they’ll love a gift of the world’s smallest and lightest washing machine!

The Scrubba Wash Bag packs down super small so it’s easy to pack but will save your friend a lot of time and money on doing laundry during their travels. Plus it doubles as a dry bag – win win!

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Scrubba Wash Bag

2. Travel French Press

This is hands-down the coolest travel gadget gift for anyone who loves coffee just as much as they love seeing the world! It’s an all-in-one portable french press coffee maker and insulated travel mug. It’s so easy to make a single cup of coffee using this clever device while on-the-go. Plus it has a reusable filter and is super easy to clean! No doubt you’ll buy one as a gift and then realize that you really want it for yourself too.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Travel French Press

3. Flexible Phone Tripod

If I had a dollar for everytime I asked a stranger to take a photo of me while traveling and it turned out to be nothing like I wanted, I’d be rich! Being able to throw a lightweight, flexible tripod like this one by UBeesize makes it easier to get exactly the photo I want. It’s easy to use, super durable, and even has a wireless remote control so you can take shots from a distance of up to 30 feet!

It’s an especially awesome travel gadget for your solo traveling friends!

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Flexible Phone Tripod

4. Waterproof Action Camera

GoPros have been popular with adventure-seekers for years now but they are only ever available at an outrageously high price point. Luckily for us, competitors have started to create much less expensive versions that are just as easy to use and take similar quality photos. This waterproof action camera by AKASO is quite similar to the GoPro but at a fraction of the price.

It’s a perfect travel gadget gift for any friend who enjoys outdoor adventuring (just as long as they don’t already own a GoPro).

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Waterproof Action Camera

5. Cell Phone Camera Lens and Filter Kit

A cell phone camera lens and filter kit is the perfect travel gadget gift for anyone who wants to take beautiful photos but doesn’t want to lug around a big camera. This kit contains 11 different lens options that can easily be swapped out using the universal detachable clamp. And they all fit neatly in a compact, durable travel case!

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

6. GlocalMe G3 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

Got a friend who’s planning to be off-the-grid for a while? Then the GlocalMe Mobile Hotspot is an awesome travel gadget gift! It will allow them to access the internet in 100+ countries and regions around the world. Packages come with 1GB initial global data and additional plans or daypasses can be purchased beyond that. And with two SIM card slots, it can also be used as a traditional unlocked WiFi hotspot.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Mobile Hotspot

Don’t forget to add a hard case to keep their new gadget safe and secure in their luggage!

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Mobile Hotspot Hard Case

7. Travel Power Strip with Adapter

For whatever reason, outlets can be few and far between in hotel rooms abroad. The plug type differs by country so avid travelers should always keep a universal adapter in their bag. This multi-functional power strip with plug adapters by TESSAN combines the conveniences of both into one easy-to-pack product! It’s a great travel gadget gift for anyone who travels with a lot of electronics.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Power Strip with Adapter

8. Lightweight, Compact Portable Power Bank

Travelers rely heavily on their phones throughout the day for taking photos, navigating through new cities, and staying in touch with friends from back home. So keeping a charge on their phone can be challenging. Anker makes the most reliable power banks on the market and the 1300 version is super compact and lightweight. It’s an easy gadget for any traveler to throw in their pocket before heading out for the day.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Anker External Battery

9. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

The Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle is awesome for anyone who is tight on space and prefers not to buy bottled water while traveling. It’s durable and leakproof, while being easy to roll up so it won’t take up a lot of room in their bag. It’s BPA-free,  dishwasher safe, and can handle either hot or cold beverages.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Collapsible Water Bottle

10. Wireless, Foldable Headphones

Looking for the perfect travel gadget gift for someone who has some long plane, train, or bus rides in their future? A set of comfortable, over-the-ear headphones that are wireless and also foldable is an awesome gift for someone on-the-go.

This set by TaoTronics offers an active noise cancellation switch to tune out outside noise and a battery life of up to 25 hours. They are also super comfortable to wear for a long journey as they have an ergonomic headband and soft ear pads. 

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Wireless Foldable Headphones

If you’re looking for a travel gadget gift for a couple, a headphone splitter like this one by FolioGadgets makes watching movies together on a laptop a breeze! We love being able to watch movies on long bus rides without disturbing our neighbors.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Headphone Splitter

11. Lightweight, Quick-Dry Beach Towel

A lightweight, quick-dry beach towel like this one by Elite Trend always comes in handy for any avid traveler. It’s an amazing travel gadget gift for anyone who is planning a tropical beachy vacation or a cross-country camping adventure. These come in cute patterns, dry super fast, and pack up super small, making them totally ideal for travelers.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Quick Dry Towel

12. Portable Safe

As someone who has had items stolen out of my hotel room in the past, I always see the value in locking up my valuables. And while some hotels provide a safe, many do not. This portable safe by Pacsafe can be locked to a secure fixture to keep valuables safe but can also fold flat so that it’s easy to pack. It’s large enough to fit a 10-inch tablet and is embedded with stainless steel mesh making it nearly impossible to get into without the combination.

It’s a wonderful travel gadget gift for anyone hauling around expensive electronics.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Portable Safe

If you are buying a gift for a traveler who is concerned about safety during their trip, there are several anti-theft bags that will help to keep their valuables safe and sound. This crossbody bag that is also by Pacsafe is both stylish and secure, with a slash-resistant shoulder strap and mesh paneling. And this Pacsafe travel backpack has locking zippers to ward off pickpockets.


13. Easy-to-Pack Travel Pillow

Travel pillows are usually either super bulky and difficult to fit in your suitcase, or inflatable and not actually very comfortable. But this neck pillow by Trtl weighs only a half of a pound and folds up small so it’s easy to transport. It’s machine washable and designed to look like a scarf so you can feel comfortable wearing it anywhere. Avid travelers will love this gift for their long, uncomfortable plane rides!

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Travel Pillow

14. Compression Packing Cubes

What traveler hasn’t had to sit on their suitcase in order to get it zipped? Most people want the smallest suitcase they can manage, but also tend to overpack. The solution to this packing problem? Compression packing cubes by LeanTravel! It’s a great travel gadget gift to keep your friend organized AND the compression feature will allow them to pack even more.

Travel Gadgets: Awesome New Gadgets for Travelers: Packing Cubes

Want even more travel gift ideas for this holiday season? Check out 18 more gift ideas for world travelers.


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