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From gap years to a weekend trip, backpacking is always unique. This list includes gifts for any new backpacker in your life – whether they’re going to Europe or their backyard. They are sure to (eat, pray, and) love these gifts.
First Time Backpacker Gifts
A Sturdy Backpack
A simple but solid backpack in the mid price range is perfect for a first time backpacker. This one is made for comfort and practicality, as it is big enough to hold a good amount of things, but not too bulky.
Microfiber Travel Towel
This tiny towel absorbs 3 times its weight, and is a must have for a backpacking trip. There are two sizes, so you might as well get both!
The Travel Book
Information on 230 countries with 850 pictures! A perfect gift for the undecided traveller (or someone who’s going all over the world!), this book has maps and suggestions for every destination.
This is a TSA approved lock for luggage to keep your backpack safe. It’s very helpful in a crowded hostel room!
Collapsable Water Bottle
A good water bottle is a necessity, and this one is a space saver as well.
This portable USB charger is about the size of a lipstick. It can also fully charge your iPhone or Android when you’re on the road!
RFID Blocking Passport Holder
A great passport cover to protect not only a passport, but credit cards as well.
This mindful travel journal is a great way for your loved one to document their trip in a unique way. It also gives a percentage of the profits to charity, so it’s win-win!
With a quick setup and small size when not in use, this is the perfect hammock for a new backpacker. Plus, if you make a friend, there’s room for two!
This specific handheld GPS is a great base model for the first time backpacker. It has the necessary functions of a GPS and won’t break the bank.
Not the most glamorous gift, but a definite necessity for the traveller going to urban areas. This functional belt allows the wearer to safely store their money and valuables.
Budget Adventure Camera
A great alternative to the gopro, this little camera packs a lot of punch. It’s HD, waterproof, and has built in Wifi and HDMI.
Water Purifier Bottle
This water bottle purifies and filters water to make it safe for drinking. A first time backpacker will enjoy the ease of this product.
Packing cubes save space and time, both of which are essential to the new backpacker. Simplify packing with a set of packing cubes!
A portable espresso machine to caffeinate your soul. This is the perfect gift for the backpacker who can’t imagine life without a morning coffee.
Swiss Army Knife
For the backpacker who has a checked bag – don’t make the mistake of taking this through security. This has lots of useful tools for new backpackers to use.
This book is sure to inspire any new backpacker to get out there and explore.
Scrubba Portable Laundry
This product gives you the ability to wash your clothes in a bag with the same results as the machine. A newbie backpacker will treasure this little luxury!
This is a must have for hostel living or a loud camping area. This sleeping mask comes with ear plugs and will help a new traveller sleep well.
Compressible Travel Pillow
This memory foam pillow comes with a “stuff sack” to stuff it into when it’s time to pack up and move. A great night’s sleep is a priceless gift!