20 Gifts for First Time Travelers - Unique Gifter

20 Gifts for First Time Travelers

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Going abroad for the first time is probably one of the most exciting events in a person’s life! Celebrate this special occasion with one of these thoughtful gifts for first time travelers. Whether they’re backpacking around Europe or relaxing on a Mexican beach, you’ll find them the perfect gift on this list.

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Gifts for First Time Travelers

Mindful Travel Journal

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Give the gift of a different perspective with this unique Mindful Travel Journal. First time travelers will appreciate being guided through their new experience, and being prompted about which parts to record.

Leather Passport Cover

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Passports need to be protected! This gorgeous Leather Passport Cover will do that in style.

You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us

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This book will ignite the explorer in any first time traveler. It’s a collection of incredible experiences that anyone can have, no matter how much money they’ve got or where they are in the world.

Ticket Stub Diary

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Experienced travelers will know that it can be a waste to collect memorable ticket stubs on your trip. Often you just shove them in a drawer when you get home. This brilliant Ticket Stub Diary totally solves that problem!


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If you know a first time traveler who loves to read, then a Kindle is a must! This slim, easy-to-use device will save them the hassle of lugging piles of books around.

Travel Sized Scratch Map

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This Travel-Sized Scratch Map is genius! First time travelers will love getting it out at the end of the day, and scratching off where they’ve visited. It’s a great, visual way to record their trip.

Travel and Street Photography

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There’s nothing worse than arriving back from a trip, getting all your photos up to show your friends and then… they’re just aren’t as good as you remembered! This awesome book will save the first time traveler that you know that disappointment.


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Quick-drying towels are an essential traveling item! Whether you know a traveler who’s visiting somewhere with crazy humidity or just needs a towel they can chuck it in their bag soon after their morning shower, they’ll be sure to thank you for this gift!

Luggage Tag

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Don’t you just hate it when you see a bag that looks just like your’s coming round the luggage carousel, but when you push forward to grab it someone else lifts it off? You start worrying that they’ve stolen your bag… only to be distracted by another bag that looks just like yours! Don’t put the first time traveler you know through that stress, get them this distinctive luggage tag instead!

Water Bottle

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One of the worst things about traveling is having to buy so many disposable water bottles. You end up feeling like you’re single-handedly causing ocean pollution! Get an environmentally conscious traveler this water bottle as a gift and they won’t have to worry about it.

Inflatable Neck Pillow

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Obviously, first time travelers need a neck pillow to get any sort of sleep on their long haul flight. This inflatable one a great solution because it also saves on vital packing space!

Pocket Blanket

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Whether they fancy a picnic on the banks of the Seine or get a little chilly on their rooftop terrace, any first time traveler will find plenty of uses for this cute pocket blanket.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

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If the traveler that you know is heading off on a trip where they’ll be staying in lots of different places, this Toiletry Bag is the perfect gift! Instead of constantly unpacking and packing, they can just hang their bag up on the bag of the door and be done with it.

World Adaptor Plug

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Have you ever got to your destination, gone to plug in your dying phone and realized that you’ve brought the wrong adaptor? I can’t even count the number of times I’ve done that! Give that first time world traveler this essential gift, so they don’t do the same thing.

Travel Neck Pouch

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Pickpocketing is a real problem in many countries and a money belt can be really awkward. This Travel Neck Pouch is the perfect solution, plus it’s RFID security blocking so it will scupper any potential data thieves!

Portable Solar Powered Charger Pack

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You get out your Go Pro for the final time that day to film the stunning sun setting over the ocean, but you turn it on you realize that the worst has happened… it’s run out of battery! You could sit there gutted that you can’t film the sunset or you could get out your solar powered charger pack and get back to business!

Sleep Mask

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Another essential gift for those long haul flights, cross-country train journeys or too light hostel rooms.

Leak Proof Travel Bottle Set

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First time travelers will appreciate this Leak Proof Travel Bottle Set. They’ll use on this trip and all future trips to come.

Airbnb Gift Voucher

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Give the first time traveler that you know a memorable travel experience with this Airbnb Gift Voucher!

Compression Socks

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Safety first, right? These Compression Socks are a little boring. However, they are a essential gift that will stop DVT and any other horrors that come from sitting down on that plane for too long.

Which of these gifts are you going to say “bon voyage” to that first time traveler with? If you do buy any of these gifts, we’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments or find us at @ugifter on twitter and @uniquegifter on instagram.

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