April 30th, 2015

Graduation Gift Guide 2015: Best Travel Presents

Looking for a gift for a grad who loves to travel? Check out these seven perfect picks.

It's that time of year—graduation time. If you know a student who is graduating high school or college, don't slip a gift card or a check into a card (boring!). Instead, buy that person a present that he or she will truly love—travel gear!

To make things easy for you, we surveyed the hottest new presents around and plucked out the top seven that are worth considering. No matter your budget, you're sure to find the perfect present in this batch, below. 

A Better Backpack

If your graduate thought dorms were bad, wait until he or she tries living out of a backpack. Make the transition as seamless as possible with a new travel backpack, such as the Global Companion Travel Pack? The organizational pack boasts multiple safety features, plenty of storage space for souvenirs, and lockable, self-repairing zippers.

A Lightweight Library

There's more to read on the road than just guidebooks. A Kindle Paperwhite e-reader will take up a fraction of the space of a single paperback, and ensure that your favorite graduate will have an entire library at his or her fingertips.

An Unusual Deck of Cards

It’s hard to transition from the rigid world of academia to the rules-free world of travel. Ease the globe-trotter into it with the Anywhere Travel Guide, a whimsical deck of cards that contains prompts such as, “Ask the next person you meet where his/her favorite street is. Go there.” Another: “Write down what you like about this city on a small piece of paper. Leave it where someone else will find it later.” Now that’s what we call fun homework!

Solid Shampoo

There are few things more annoying than arriving at your destination, only to find that your liquid shampoo has leaked out of your toiletry kit and coated every item of clothing in your bag! That's where solid shampoo comes in as an excellent alternative. Not only is the bar form leak-free, it’s also lightweight and eco-friendly (less single-use plastic in landfills!)

Portable Phone Charger

Getting lost is an important part of any journey, but with a portable smartphone charger, your grad can always find his or her way home again. Less than ten ounces, this pocket-sized power pack won't feel heavy in any bag.  

A Travel Toast

If your graduate is now of legal drinking age, give him or her a wander-themed flask and a bottle of liquor for an upcoming trip. Is the grad heading to Central America? Let him or her get a taste for Nicaragua’s famed Flor de Caña ahead of time. Southeast Asia? Grab a bottle of Hong Thong whiskey from Thailand.

A Sleep Set

Sleeping in hostels—on uncomfortable beds, surrounded by strangers who can come and go and turn the lights on and off at any hour of the night—is not easy. Help your grad get better zzz's while traveling by giving sleep essentials like earplugs, an eyeshade, and an extra blanket for low-temperature locations. 

What was the best gift that you received for graduation? Let us know in the comments below!

Alexandra Baackes is a traveling writer, designer, and underwater videographer. She is currently in her fourth year of living as a full-time nomad -- follow along at alexinwanderland.com!

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