My 2021 Essential Travel Gear Gift Guide for Solo Travellers – All Under $100

by | Nov 6, 2021 | Live Work Play Travel, Luggage & Packing, Solo Travel | 12 comments

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! Yes, that’s right, and if you are looking to buy a gift for that special solo traveller in your life, then I have you covered. Many of the gifts on my list I use myself on all my solo (and couple and family) travels. No two travellers are the same so finding the perfect gift can sometimes prove tricky. But with my ultimate holiday gift guide for solo travellers you should find plenty of present inspiration. Items on my 2021 Travel Gear Gift Guide for Solo Travellers are all under $100, with many being under $25. Happy shopping! It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

 

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Zoppen Multi-purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet

 

A travel passport wallet was one of the first travel accessories I ever bought myself. Mine have been well used so I update now and then. They are the best for keeping all my documents, credit cards and other things all in the one convenient place.

 

 

Universal Travel Adaptor Plug

A travel plug adaptor lets you plug in and recharge all your electrical devices, no matter wherever you go. This adaptor has all the prongs for the different areas as well as USB ports. Very useful!

 

 

Travel Luggage Locks

 

Luggage locks come in very handy. They are great lock your luggage but also, as hostels have lockers you will need a lock. Even though you can rent one, it can become expensive, so I never leave home without a lock.

 

 

Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar

 

When I first heard about solid shampoo and conditioner bars I thought ‘ewww’, but you know what, I tried them and love them. They are not only eco-friendly but they take up less room in my luggage. And I don’t have to worry about liquid rules and regulations when I travel.

 

 

Packing Cubes – 5 Set – Travel Organisers with Laundry Bag

Packing cubes will revolutionise the way you pack. You will use different cubes to categorise your items which makes your items easier to find.  No more hunting through your bag to find something – definitely a great travel gear item for any solo traveller.

 

 

Waterproof Phone Pouch

 

I wish I had one of these but unfortunately, I learnt the hard way when my phone got wet at the beach one day. Now I use and love my waterproof phone holder. It is great to take to the beach or when I am doing waterspouts. It is also lightweight and so easy to carry. Any solo traveller will greatly appreciate one of these.

 

 

Moleskin Notebook

 

If you are a traveller who likes to document their travels or just like to write and doodle, then you will love having this lightweight moleskin notebook. Only 7.5″ or 19cm tall, it easily fits into your daypack.

 

 

Youphoria Microfibre Travel Towel

 

We can’t always stay in accommodation that provides free towels and leaves a chocolate on our pillow each night. That is why I travel with my travel towel. I like this because it is lightweight, soft, quick drying and best of all, doesn’t take up much room in my backpack.

 

 

Cutlery Set

 

 

This stainless steel cutlery set is great for travelling and camping. Team it with a collapsable bowl that turns into a plate and you are all set for those times you need some cutlery and a plate.

 

 

Collapsable Bowl/Plate

 

This silicone collapsable bowl is a great addition to the cutlery set above. The bowl collapses to a plate. So easy to carry. So easy to use if cooking your own meals when travelling.

 

 

Electronic Bag Organiser

 

I’m a bit of an organising freak. Yes. I like to be organised when I travel and this electronic organiser bag allows me to keep all my chords and tech stuff in the one place. Being organised helps me to travel better.

 

 

Eagle Creek Travel Ear Plug Set

 

These handy little earplugs are super soft and help to block out unwanted noise. Whether it is a snorer in a hostel, a chatterbox while you are trying to work or the hum of the plane, these will definitely help to drown out the noise.

 

 

Headlamp

Why is a headlamp on my essential travel gear gift guide list? Well, because they are a very useful item. You may be surprised at just how many times you will need a light while using your hands. Such as packing your backpack early in the morning to leave the hostel to catch a bus – you don’t want to wake everyone! Or walking at night, which can happen. Anyway, a headlamp can be a very useful item for a solo traveller.

 

 

Luggage Tags

 

 

 

Trtl Neck Pillow

 

I always wanted to carry a neck pillow with me, but always thought they looked ridiculous, until now. This trtl neck pillow is very discreet. It looks more like a scarf around your neck but it has support to hold your head up. Great for when travelling sitting up and you need to get some shut eye.

 

 

Wacaco Minipresso

This one is for the coffee lover. This portable espresso maker will see you get your cup of coffee whenever you need it.

 

 

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I hope this list of essential travel gear for the solo traveller has helped you to find the right gift for your travelling friend or family member. It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

 

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Useful Travel Resources for Your Next Adventure!

 

Accommodation: Where Will You Sleep Tonight? If you want a bed in a hostel dorm find a great deal with HostelWorld. I mostly stay in hotels now, Booking.com is my favourite site for booking hotels from budget to ‘I feel like splurging’. For something completely different I house and pet sitting through Trusted Housesitters – this has saved me thousands on accommodation, no joke!

Flights: I always head to Skyscanner first to find a cheap and flexible flight.

Car Rental: When I need to rent a car I turn to RentalCars.

Train Travel: I love riding the train rails and get the best value from Eurail and Interrail Passes. And Japan has a great one too – JapanRail Pass.

Bus Travel: Check out Busbud for bus tickets.

Pre-organised Tours: I’ve been on a few in my time with Contiki being my first and favourite. if you are 18-35 years of age you should check them out.

Jump-the-queue entrance tickets: I don’t enjoy standing in long queues which is why I book my entrance tickets and day trips in advance. My favourite website to book them in advance is GetYourGuide.

Travel Insurance. There are a number of reasons why travel insurance is important and I never travel without having bought a policy as you never know when something might happen. World Nomads is great for general travel insurance while SafetyWing is great digital nomads and long-term travellers.

Need something else? Check out my Resources page.

 

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12 Comments

  1. Nicolle Spohn

    Love the packing cubes! They look so practical! Thanks so much for sharing this, really nice tips 😉

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      The packing cubes are extremely practical. I love mine. They keep my luggage so organised.

      Reply
  2. Alex

    Great gift ideas! The Trtl Neck Pillow looks like something I need!

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      The Trtl Neck Pillow has been a great addition to my travel gear. It is so discreet and keeps my neck really warm.

      Reply
  3. Yasmine

    This is such a great gift guide! I really need a electronics organiser, haha

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      I love my electronic organiser bag – it keeps me, well, so organised. I know where all my electrical stuff is.

      Reply
  4. ildiko

    Love your list. Another great item that I just discovered for travelers is small, travel-sized refillable perfume atomizers. I just ordered some and they are fabulous!

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  5. Emma

    Such great ideas. I have a passport cover, but never thought of a passport wallet before. I do love my packing cubes though, and I never leave home without my travel cutlery and reusable straws – perfect for cheap eats on the go while traveling

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  6. Carrie

    I can ALWAYS use another bar of solid shampoo – it’s definitely a great gift for travelers! The neck pillow you recommend also looks great.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      I love the shampoo – it has saved so much space in my bag when I travel. And the neck pillow. It is so discreet and it keeps your neck really warm too!

      Reply
  7. Krysten Quiles

    Ooh these are some great ideas, I love packing cubes!

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  8. Cosette

    Great list of things. Love packing cubes, they are so handy. Don’t have to search everything in my baggage again, because I’, sure I still have it.

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