The Holiday Season means people are out buying the perfect gifts for friends, family and loved ones. Everyone has their own wishlist for the holiday season and I’ve scoured Amazon to find the best gift options for the wanderess in your life. Whether the female traveler in your life is all about hiking in the outdoors, taking city breaks, the ultimate souvenir curator or the queen of backpacking, this guide has something for her.
For the Backpacking Queen
Not every girl is all about luxury, some of us love traveling longer and farther, even if it means doing it on the cheap and carrying everything we have on our backs. Essentials for a Backpacking Queen are the perfect backpack, packing cubes and some of the best walking shoes.
I don’t have the Farpoint Osprey Pack, but my husband does and I’ve been having insane pack-envy. This awesome pack zips completely open making it easy to access all of your stuff. Plus, those front pockets on the pack – that’s actually a zip-off day pack! This will definitely be my next pack purchase.
Packing cubes are a lifesaver. Well, at least a space saver. I thought they seemed a little silly at first, but the Eagle Creek Packing Cubes I use when backpacking keep me organized and it also keeps me in check because I try to only take what will fit in my cubes.
I swear by my Tevas, and I’ve even converted Matt to a Teva-lover. We have the tan lines to prove it! I wore my Hurricane Tevas for 101 days straight the last time I went backpacking and I’m currently on day 82 in my new pair and I don’t regret my decision to rely on these as my everyday shoes. Plus, they’re great for water activities, city strolls and hiking trails!
For the Road Warrior
Road trips are one of my absolute favorite ways to travel. Everyone has their road trip necessities, and for me they’re just little things that make you feel comfortable or help me plan the trip from the co-pilot seat.
Whether you’re using your mobile device or iPad for entertainment, trip planning or updating your social media, have a mode of charging is super important. While many cars are equipped with USB ports now, you can’t rely on your BFF’s car or rental having one. This makes road tripping easy. This would make a great stocking-stuffer.
This is currently on my travel wishlist. When we’re back home we have a Toyota 4Runner, so we camp in the back of it, but THIS is perfect for car camping. We’re renting a car in New Zealand and I’m so wishing that this was in my backpack.
My husband got me a Mexican Falsa Blanket for our anniversary last year and I’m obsessed with it! It’s perfect on road trips for more than one reason. 1) keeping you cozy if your travel companion likes it cooler than you. 2) the aforementioned car-camping. 3) epic, bohemian Instagram shots!
For the Nature-Loving Woman
I love being outdoors. Hiking, especially in mountains, is where I feel most in my element. So, anything that makes doing this easier or more fun is perfect for that wild + free spirit in your life.
Photo from my Appalachian Trail engagement session by Christian Gideon
Eno Hammocks make amazing gifts. I got one for Matt for his birthday last year. Relaxing in a hammock is fantastic, right? So why not have one that you can literally take with you anywhere? They make “SingleNest” and “DoubleNest” so they can fit just you or you plus one. Don’t miss the best way to relax and soak up nature with extreme comfort.
Having the perfect daypack or weekend pack is very important. I don’t always like to take my big packs if I don’t have to. Luckily, I have this pack that’s padded for my comfort and holds everything you could possibly need for a couple of days including two exterior water bottle pockets.
Speaking of water bottles. I don’t go anywhere without my Nalgene bottles. Aside from holding a good amount of water, they’re good for the environment too!
If I’m taking a trail that I know I’ll need hiking shoes or boots, Merrell is my go-to brand. I love the lightweight water hiking shoes to take with me backpacking because they’re just so light. Then for more intense hikes, like the Inca Trail, I loved the Moab boots!
For the Personal Travel-Museum Curator
I love bringing home perfect things from my travels in addition to recording them in fun, creative ways. Here are some interesting ways for the collector in your life to perfect her collection.
I got a scratch map for Christmas about 5 years ago when they first came out, but now there are so many different styles and colors that the sky is the limit. It’s like a work in progress to see how much of this gorgeous world you’ve seen.
I love this simple way to store tickets, programs and even bar coasters. It’s simple and you can totally make it all your own.
Gifts That Any Wanderess Could Appreciate
These handy little tools allow you to quickly and easily transfer your photos from your iPhone to your computer or any other USB port (like a printing station). It’s so amazing and make’s life super easy for travelers, bloggers, social media lovers and photographers alike.
Everyone needs a place to keep stories or momentos from trips. Or the perfect journal to keep their travel notes and bookings or plans for your upcoming adventure.
These amazing gifts would be sure to make any wanderess out there happy this holiday season.
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