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.




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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