The pandemic has changed a lot about how we travel but it looks like things are turning around and people are taking to the air again. This holiday gift list for the adventurous female traveler considers some of the ways travel has changed including the need to carry vaccination cards, a greater focus on hygiene, and the fact that people are engaged in more outdoor activities than in the past.
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Here I’ve compiled a list of 37 gifts for the adventure traveler in your life. I’ve sorted them based on price point. You can find everything from stocking stuffers and gifts under $10 to splurge items over $200. I’ve put together a broad range of practical to quirky products and everything in between.
Happy gifting (or buying a little something for yourself. You’ve earned!!)
Stocking stuffers and Gifts Under $10
We all gotta go even when it’s not convenient. That includes in airports, public restrooms, or worse yet in-flight. Well not everyone needs to know about it. A little spray of Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray conceals the deed.
I’ve given this to some of my traveling friends and they got a kick out of it but used it too.
That little COVID-19 vaccine card is like gold to travelers. These CDC Vaccination Card Protectors will preserve that valuable piece of paper and treat it like the treasure that it is.
Your eco-friendly traveler will love the Greenzla Bamboo Travel Toothbrush.
The set comes with 4 bamboo-handled brushes with soft bamboo charcoal bristles, an eco-friendly carrying case, and charcoal dental floss in a recyclable glass jar.
This zero-waste set will please the most eco-conscious traveler.
Keep valuables safe and secure with the Eagle Creek Silk Undercover Bra Stash.
Secure valuable with this discrete silk pouch that attaches to the bra strap or between the breasts. It’s soft and lightweight for comfort. Measuring 3×4 inches it is perfect for cash and credit cards.
What in the world could be better for an animal-loving adventurous female traveler than a book about a girl, a bike, and a dog in a foreign land?? This one hits all the buttons.
Saving Lucy is available in Audiobook, Kindle, and paperback format.
Gifts under $25 for the travel adventuress
Keep your COVID-19 vaccination card and passport together and protected with this RFID Vaccination Passport Holder.
Available with several travel-related quotes or custom images, this passport holder is the perfect gift for the intrepid traveler.
We never seem to have enough hands when traveling. The riemot Luggage Caddy frees up your hands so you can do a bit less fumbling between cellphones, passports, and coffee.
This 3-pocket caddy attaches to your luggage pull and comes in a variety of colors and prints adding a bit of style.
Keep your loved ones safe. Visibility is important whether walking or riding on the roads or out in the woods.
This lightweight, adjustable, and Reflective Hi-Viz Vest will insure that your favorite rider, runner or walker can be seen day or night. And its zippered pocket keep keys and cell phone secured.
Available in 1L and 500mL capacity, the Hydrapak Stow Collapsible Water Bottle is an eco-friendly way to carry water when on the go.
This lightweight squeeze bottle can be rolled up when not in use making it perfect for travel. It is both BPA and PVC-free as well as easy to clean.
Whether you are looking for a lightweight packable daypack for daily excursions or an extra bag to fill with goodies upon your return home, the Venture Pal Lightweight Backpack fits the bill.
Available in a wide range of colors and made from ultra-lightweight, water-resistant material this will be your go-to bag on the road. It has inside and outside compartments, and padded shoulder straps for comfort, and even comes with a lifetime warranty.
I’m not going to lie, I think I’m in love with the idea of rolling through the woods or down the street looking like a couple of runaway Ferris wheels.
There’s nothing particularly practical about this gift. The Activ Life Bicycle Spoke Light Set is just a fun gift for the cyclist that has everything including a sense of humor.
Keep all those cords and accessories for electronics secure and tidy with the DDgro Travel Tech Organizer. This waterproof tech case comes in a variety of sizes to suit the user’s specific needs. Stretch pockets and elastic bands secure cords, power banks, external hard drives, SD memory cards, cables, earphones, connector adapters, and more. And multiple compartments keep everything just where they are needed.
Help inspire the dreams of your favorite traveler with this book of bucket list adventures. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big and Small is sure to give even the most seasoned traveler wanderlust.
Whether walking to the mailbox or trekking through the forest, Yaktrax Traction Cleats provide the grip needed on icy surfaces.
The Polyelastomer band wrapped in steel coils easily slips over most shoes or boots. They are easy to put on and take off and are available in various sizes.
Gifts Over $25 for the adventurous traveler
We all have that friend who immediately needs to take a pee break as soon as you put the car in drive.
The Tinker Belle Portable Urinal is the solution to this and many other potty emergencies. No more dirty toilets. No more squatting in the woods. No more driving around searching for a public restroom.
Keeping warm when engaging in outdoor adventures is critical to enjoying those activities. This Cuddl Duds Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top offers warmth and comfort. The longer torso length stays in place and keeps you covered during winter activity.
Even in this hi-tech world we live in many travelers still enjoy journaling with pen and paper.
The Moleskin Voyageur Notebook is designed with the sojourner in mind. There are pages dedicated to planning, daily itineraries, journaling, and even detachable packing list. It is everything your adventurous traveler will need before, during, and after her journey.
Pair this notebook with the Pemmeed Rollerball Pen and you have a lovely gift she will cherish well beyond her next trip.
I can’t think of much that is worse than cold wet feet when out hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, or cycling.
The three-way protection of the LEAKDRY Waterproof Socks provides wind resistance, waterproof protection, and moisture-wicking capabilities to keep feet both warm and dry.
Sawyer Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent for Clothing, Gear & Tents and Sawyer 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
Bug repellent might not be exciting but being eaten alive while hiking, biking, camping, and kayaking, SUCKS!! These two products together will keep the critters away.
Use the deet-free Sawyer 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent on your skin to receive up to 12 hours of protection against biting flies, stable flies, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and chiggers.
Spray clothes, shoes, tents, and whatever else with the Sawyer Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent to protect against 55 different insects including, fleas, ticks, and chiggers. This product only needs to be applied after every six washes which makes it convenient to use.
I personally use this combination of products and can attest to their effectiveness.
Gifts over $50 for female adventure-seekers
The perfect gift for the campfire girl in your life. Everything she needs to get that outdoor camping experience just about anywhere. Furthermore, how can you go wrong with S’mores??
A Tree Free Fire, Portable Tabletop Fire Pit is a campfire in a can. Made from all-natural, eco-friendly, hand-dipped soy wax and peat briquettes with no unwanted smoke, sparks, or odors. Burns up to 5 hours.
The Hershey’s S’mores kit creates that authentic campfire experience. The kit provides everything needed to make 18 delicious fireside treats.
A Set of 6 Stainless Steel Fondue Forks with Wood Handles completes the kit. They are perfect for toasting marshmallows over a tiny flame.
Many hikers, especially those who do serious trekking swear by hiking poles as they can relieve stress on the hips, back, knees and ankles.
The Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are lightweight and collapsable making them convenient for traveling. These poles retract to 24 inches and expand to 55 inches. The cork hand grips absorb sweat and prevent blisters. They come with their own carrying case and 4 sets of tips for different trekking conditions.
UV Light Sanitizer Wand, Portable UVC Light Disinfector Lamp
COVID-19 has turned us all into germaphobes. But the truth is perhaps we should have been a bit more concerned about some of this prior to the pandemic.
The UV Light Sanitizer Wand, removes germs, viruses, and bacteria from hard and soft surfaces. Use on airplane tray tables and seats, hotel remotes and bathroom fixtures, or anywhere else germs are a concern. It’s rechargeable, lightweight, and portable.
Victorinox RangerGrip 79 – Swiss Army Pocket Knife – 13 tool
Everyone should have a Swiss Army knife (IMHO). They are just plain handy.
I selected the Victorinox RangerGrip 79 – Swiss Army Knife – 13 tool based on the specific tools I thought would be most handy for the adventurous woman.
This 5-inch knife includes the following tools: A locking blade, can opener with a 3mm screwdriver, cap lifter with a 6mm screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, punch, sewing awl, wood saw, tweezers, toothpick, keyring, and maybe most importantly a corkscrew for opening those wine bottles at the end of the day.
Gifts over $100 for the thrill seeker
A drone provides a birds-eye perspective to your travel images and videos.
The Holy Stone HS100 is a nice entry-level drone. This model touts stability in wind, GPS Assisted Flight, a 2K Optimized 120° FOV FPV 5GHz Wi-Fi Camera with a 90° adjustable angle for high-quality video and aerial photos, follow mode, and more.
I own a slightly more expensive model, the Holy Stone HS 720E and I’d consider myself a novice. It has taken a beating and bore the brunt of it with no problems. And it offers nice video quality.
Staying hydrated on the trail is critical to performance and health.
The CamelBak Women’s LUXE Mountain Bike Hydration Pack is not just limited to MTB riders. Hikers, runners, and triathletes will love it too. This hydration pack is lightweight, has both a sternum and waist strap to keep it secure, and back panels direct airflow to keep her cool and comfortable. And there is a zipped back section to keep essentials secure.
The TAGVO Hydration Bladder Tube Brush Kit is the perfect complement to the Camelbak. Hydration pack users often struggle to keep their bladder clean and sanitary. This kit is the solution to that problem. It includes small and large brushes, a snaking brush to clean the tube, a drying hanger, and cleaning tablets.
Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy the winter landscape without the expense or expertise required to ski or snowboard.
The Ambio 4-in-1 Lightweight Snowshoe Set will have you out exploring snow-covered trails in no time. These lightweight, easy-on and -off snow shoes slip on over your boots and come in a variety of colors and sizes. The kit includes strong aluminum-framed snowshoes, trekking poles, snow goggles, and a carrying bag.
See and be seen on the road and trail with the NiteRide Lumina Combo Bike Light Set. This set of bright front and rear LED rechargeable lights offer multiple modes including different brightness levels and steady or flashing modes. Long battery life will get you through extended rides.
Cyclists can finally keep their gear organized. The Thule Roundtrip Bike Duffel Bag is a lightweight carry-all with individualized compartments to hold shoes, helmet, kits, and more. No co-mingling of clean and dirty gear.
The 55-liter capacity duffel has enough space for 3-5 days of riding apparel, a padded sleeve for sunglasses, and outside pockets to keep small tools, gu packs, and other necessities handy.
Gifts over $200 for the very good adventure lover
Whether out on the trails hiking or biking or exploring the city center track your activity with the Garmin Vivoactive 4S. This is a great all-around fitness tracker with GPS and crash detection.
Your loved one will be able to record all their activity using this smartwatch. Plus it allows them to send you a tracking beacon keeping them safe and giving you both peace of mind.
If you had something else in mind for a smartwatch, take a look at my review of The 14 Best Smartwatches for Mountain Biking
Traveling with a standard hard paddleboard can be logistically difficult and costly. The Roc Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board provides all the fun of regular SUP with the portability she will love.
Constructed of high-quality military-grade material yet durable and lightweight this board will take her from lakes to the ocean or rivers.
When fully inflated this board measures 10 feet by 33 inches and weighs only 17.5 pounds. Yet will hold up to 350 pounds.
Hotels can be noisy. And forget sleeping on airplanes. The Bose Sleep Buds II may be the answer.
While these may look like headphones, instead of playing music or podcasts, they deliver relaxing noise-masking sounds to help her fall asleep and stay that way.
Sleepbuds play original content from the free Bose Sleep app which offers a library of 50 curated soothing sounds.
Bose proprietary ear tips made of soft silicone provide a comfortable fit. Plus, with 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, the Sleepbuds deliver restful sleep through the night or the flight.
GoPro HERO9 Black
If there isn’t a picture or video it didn’t happen, right? The GoPro Hero 9 will take your favorite adventurer from the highest mountain to beneath the sea all while capturing every epic moment.
The Hero 9 allows the user to take crisp clear 5K Video, 20MP Photos, and 1080p Live Streaming. Shoot super steady slow-motion and time-lapse video. The camera is waterproof to 33 feet making it perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.
This kit includes a carrying case, a 64 GB SD memory card, 2 lithium-ion batteries, a charging cable, and more.