13 Useful Travel Gifts for Valentine’s Day for Someone Who Loves to Travel

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Valentines Day Useful Travel Gifts for Someone Who Loves to Travel. Couple at Sunset
Valentines Day Useful Travel Gifts for Someone Who Loves to Travel. Couple at Sunset

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It’s that time of year when you’re supposed to shower your significant other with mushy, sloppy gifts: chocolates, flowers, jewellery a romantic dinner – I could go on and on!

But what if your Valentine is a traveller and has no need or desire for such things? What on earth can you buy that they’ll be pleased with and that will actually make it on their next trip? Well, to give you a helping hand we’ve scoured the internet and chosen our favourite Valentine’s Day useful travel gifts for someone who loves to travel. Some ideas would be great for everyone and some ideas more suited to just him or her.

Just one thing to be aware of…you’ll find no hearts and roses here! As I mentioned in Travel Bloggers’ Most Romantic Destinations, Andy and I don’t have a romantic bone in our bodies! Instead, here are our favourite, useful, (mostly) practical and unique travel gifts that anyone with a case of wanderlust would love to receive! At the right time of year, you could even check out Cyber Monday and Black Friday travel sales and get a bargain in advance.

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Valentine’s Day Useful Travel Gifts

Initially, I was going to separate this post into two sections, travel gifts for him and travel gifts for her. However, it soon became apparent that many of my and Andy’s favourite travel gifts were actually unisex so I’ve just bundled all our ideas together for you to browse.

1. Hammock


This double Wise Owl Outfitters Double Hammock comes in a huge range of colours, single and double sizes, and is ideal for slinging up anywhere, anytime. It’s fantastic to always have a comfortable spot for a snooze, to read, or even to catch up on some work. We both have hammocks and use them all the time and would recommend buying a double, even if just for one person as they’re much comfier and still don’t take up much bag space at all.

2. E-reader


For anyone who likes reading whilst travelling a Kindle e-reader is a must-have to save lugging around reams of books. Whilst not the newest model, the Kindle Paperwhite is a good solid option at an affordable price. I’m hoping to upgrade to this myself soon.

3. RFID Passport and Document Organiser


It can be hard to keep track of your passport and other documents on a busy travel day and many people just don’t like ugly money belts. This RFID Blocking Passport and Document Holder is a great alternative to keep everything together and organised. They also come in a wide selection of colours so would be suitable for both him and her.

4. Action Camera


Andy is the videographer of the two of us and suggested a recent version of the GoPro HERO8. It’s robust and waterproof up to 10 metres without any housing which makes it ideal for travellers who like to keep a record of their more adventurous activities. There are, of course, more affordable action cameras on the market; I suspect this suggestion was a heavy hint from Andy!

5. Capital Cities Coffee Table Book

Capital Cities Book

Get this beautiful Capital Cities Coffee Table Book by ‘Travel is Life Creators’ via Amazon.

An ode to capital cities, this book is a collaborative effort of 68 travel bloggers and photographers, including us. Our contribution was Panama City which we visited during our 5 month Central America trip in 2019.

Through storytelling and photography, this amazing book showcases 118 capital cities from every continent around the World, including Antarctica.

This is a gorgeous gift for the travel lover in your life.

6. How to Shit Around the World


Unfortunately, stomach problems are something that nearly all travellers have to deal with at some point. Whilst far from romantic, this frank but witty best-selling book How to Shit Around the World by Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth addresses how to avoid and fight back against the dreaded traveller’s tummy! We can personally vouch for this book as it was a leaving gift to us from some friends, it gives practical advice, whilst being funny and entertaining at the same time.

7. Multi-tool


A multi-tool nearly always comes in handy when travelling and this Leatherman Sidekick multi-tool is a great option. It’s compact and lightweight with 14 handy tools including a decent-sized pair of pliers (essential, according to Andy). Perfect to get any unexpected tasks or repairs done that might arise on the road.

8. Portable Power Bank


There’s nothing worse than having your gadgets dying when you’re travelling, especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere. This EasyAcc Portable Power Bank 26000 mAh  will keep everything powered up at all times. I have the model down from this, which is excellent. I just wish I’d bought this one as it’s even better. It has 4 USB ports, better light and charges an iPhone up to 6 times.

9. Boxer Jocks


Clearly one for the men, these long-lasting, hardwearing, but ultra-comfortable Under Armour Boxer Jocks, are suitable for everything from day-to-day wear to mountain climbing. They also come in different lengths, styles, colours, and materials. In Andy’s words – “they’re the Range Rover of pants”.

10. Travel Towel


This Wise Owl Outfitters Travel Towel was a new discovery of mine last year after I left my much-loved and well-travelled travel towel on a beach in Cambodia.  It’s great quality, large, soft, and quick-drying. It also comes in some great colours, with a free hand towel also included. I bought the green one, which I wouldn’t be without now, it goes everywhere with me!

11. Water Filter Bottle

Water-to-Go Bottles

Environmentally friendly and sustainable travel is high on everyone’s agenda these days, or at least it should be. One way travellers can encourage and support this is by limiting or eliminating their use of single-use plastics. You can help this initiative and also encourage responsible travel by purchasing

You can help this initiative and also encourage responsible travel by purchasing the gift of a great Water-to-Go Bottle. 

These bottles provide access to healthy, safe water anywhere in the World whilst offering a reusable, environmentally friendly alternative to single-use plastic water bottles. They have a unique 3-in-1 water filtration system that removes 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants found in water. 

We’ve partnered up with Water-to-Go and can offer all our audience a discount of 15% off any Water-to-Go product via the EU website or US website.

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12. Garmin inReach Mini 2

Black and red Garmin inReach Mini 2

Andy insisted I get one of these Garmin inReach Mini 2 compact satellite communicators after I had a little ‘incident’ when hiking the Menaon Trail in Greece. What should have been a six-hour hike turned into nine hours after I confused two very similar trail markers. Surrounded by dense forest with no phone signal, I had no way of contacting or being contacted by anyone, or of using Google Maps to get back on track.

By the time I found my way out of the mountainous forest to my destination, it was getting seriously close to dusk. To say Andy was worried was an understatement.

Andy insisted it was about time I got some kind of satellite device if I was to insist on continuing with my crazy hiking adventures. So after lots of research, I decided on the Garmin inReach Mini 2.

I absolutely love it and take it with me whenever I go hiking. It even came with me on my 8-week, 1,200 km Camino de Santiago walk. I probably didn’t need it for that as it’s not really off the beaten track but it was still brilliant keeping track of where I’d been and how far I’d walked. It even enabled my friends and family to follow along via a shared map.

In our opinion, the Garmin inReach Mini 2, is a must-have for any avid hiker, especially if solo or more off-the-beaten-track hiking is their thing.

13. Hotel Stay or a Flight Ticket

Of course, if money is no object you could always push the boat out and treat your favourite person to a nice hotel stay, a flight ticket, or even better both! Nothing like a surprise trip away to get in the good books!

There are of course many other travel gifts you could buy your travel-loving significant other this Valentine’s Day but these are mine and Andy’s top picks. 

I hope you find something amongst them to put a smile on the face of a loved one this Valentine’s Day. And, if you’re looking for even more unique travel gifts, here’s our more extensive list of useful travel gifts

What’s the best travel gift you’ve ever received, either for Valentine’s Day or another occasion?

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Tanya Korteling

Tanya is the founder and head content creator for Can Travel Will Travel. She combines freelance SEO, CRO, Data and Marketing consultancy with exploring the world. Passionate about adventure, nature, wildlife and food, she incorporates these in her travels as much as possible. She also loves immersing herself in new cultures. She's visited hundreds of destinations in 50+ countries and lived in 4 countries. Tanya worked as a Data Planning Manager and Digital Marketing Strategist before leaving the UK in 2016 with her husband Andy, to travel, live and work abroad indefinitely. Together they share their experiences and useful information to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Lizzy Wang

    Nice post! Good read. that’s quite a lot of information. Thanks for the post and sharing your experience
    particularly useful information for me. I appreciate that you pointed out that.

    1. Lottie Reeves

      Yes and a fun jokey pressi too 🙂

  2. Sue

    Love this post, made me smile SO pratical

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Haha – you know us Mum 😀 xx

  3. Joanna Davis

    I am always all about flights and hotels as gifts, no matter what occasion. The hammock though sounds like a brilliant idea! To be honest I almost came with one back from Mexico, lol.

    1. TanyaKorteling

      I agree, you really can’t go wrong with a flight or hotel and there’s some great deals to be had too 🙂

  4. stella

    Ha! I wish I have a valentine who would shower me gift/gifts this Valentines’s. I am more inclined to receive a hotel stay/flight ticket. You know, being a travel junkie like me. Lol! I love that you and your SO are giving practical gifts to each other instead of those fancy chocolates and flowers! I would totally be the same with my partner!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Haha, to be fair with us it’s either
      going shopping together (awful) and buying our own stuff or going for a meal or activity somewhere! Can’t stand flowers…although wine I wouldn’t say no to 😀

      These are gifts we’d recommend if we did buy gifts and based on items we think would make great gifts! Many we already have ourselves 🙂

  5. Erica

    So practical – love it! Haha. Hotel stays and/or flight tickets are definitely the winner of this list though!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Thank you…yes I have to agree, for me the flights or hotel would win every time 🙂

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