10 gifts perfect for techies who love to travel
Hear Jose Mari Chan's songs playing over and over again everywhere you go? Yup, it's that time of the year again – Christmas! We bet one thing in your to-do list during this season is to find the perfect gift for your family and friends. If you have people on your list that are always jetting off to local and international destinations, finding a gift that they will actually love can be quite tricky.
As someone who's always on the go myself, I make sure to invest in travel essentials to make my adventures a bit more hassle-free. But I've found that a lot of travelers still do not know what these travel must-haves are until they are told about it. So why not be that awesome family member or friend that will gift them with items that can make their travels a whole lot more convenient?
Here are 10 gift ideas for every budget that you should put in your list for your explorer family and friends:
1) Microfiber towel
Ordinary towels eat up so much space in one's bag or luggage. To pack lighter, why not gift your traveler friends with a microfiber towel? They're compact, lightweight, and can be folded up to the size of a notebook! They're quick-drying, super absorbent, and gentle on the skin too. You can get them from Towelite (P570) or Aquazorb (P550).
2) Dry bag
Does your traveler friend love the beach and water adventures? Get them a dry bag to secure their gadgets and valuables and keep them from water damage. It’s a must-have for island hopping, exploring waterfalls, kayaking, and other water activities. Dry bags are available in different sizes, depending on what they want to put inside.
You can get them from sports shops ranging from P200 to P1000 depending on the brand and size. My choice is the heavy-duty Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag because I have a lot of gadgets that I carry around to document my travels.
3) Universal adapter
If they frequently travel outside the Philippines, they will love you for giving them a universal adapter. Countries have different electric plugs and outlets. Hotels or guesthouses abroad have limited supply of adapters and some don’t have any to lend their guests. You can buy a set with every type of adaptor needed at your local hardware store for less than P200.
4) Head lamp
Not all adventures offer the comforts provided by modern accommodations. Some can be rugged like camping in an island with no electricity or in the mountains. If your traveler friend likes these kind of trips, you’ll never go wrong with giving them a head lamp.
It’s a heavy-duty flashlight that you can strap on your head, convenient for when you’re hiking along mountain trails at night or preparing and cooking food at the beach. You can buy this also at your local hardware store for about P300 to P1000 depending on the brand and features.
5) Packing cubes
Another trick for packing light is to use packing cubes to better organize one’s luggage. They come in sets in small to large sizes so you can sort out and pack your things per cube. No need anymore to rummage through your entire backpack to find something. You can buy a set of 3 cubes at Paccube for P550.
6) Digital luggage scale
Help them avoid paying for excess baggage by giving them a handy digital luggage scale. With this, they can instantly find out if their luggage is too much for the baggage allowance they’ve purchased. Just hook up the digital hanging scale to the bag, pull it up, and read the measurement of the weight. You can buy these from travel specialty stores starting at P300.
7) Power bank
With all those selfies and Instagram stories updates, smartphone batteries of travelers get drained easily. They’ll be able to upload more during travels if you give them a power bank to keep their gadgets fully charged. Even if they already have one, no one will complain about having too many power banks. Kimstore sells the JAGUAR powerbank for as low as P550.
8) Waterproof bluetooth speakers
Lounging at the beach will be more relaxing if there are reggae tunes playing in the background, right? So why not make their travels more fun with waterproof bluetooth speakers that now come in sizes so small they can easily slip it in their hand-carry bag? You can get one at JBL starting at P1,599.
Nowadays, lugging around a huge camera when traveling isn’t always the best option – especially if you want to capture moments and activities where you can’t hold an expensive camera or afford to get it soaked in water.
A GoPro has now become a must-have for frequent travelers because it’s small and waterproof yet takes hi-res photos and videos in wide angle. Aside from using a pole, you can mount it on your head or body and even on a surfboard or a moving vehicle. The all-new GoPro HERO6 will cost you P28,990 and can be bought at camera shops and authorized dealers.
If you really want to make someone’s Christmas the best one ever, why not go all the way and buy them the best travel gift that anyone can get? A drone. These are unmanned aerial vehicles that they can pilot to capture the most stunning bird’s eye view photos of their destinations.
You can choose from brands like GoPro Karma or DJI among many others. Get ready to shell out around P40,000 to P100,000. You can buy these also from camera shops and authorized dealers.
Whichever gift you choose, remember that the price tag doesn’t matter. As long as you really take the time to think about what the person wants and needs, they will definitely appreciate what you’ll give them. If none of these makes the cut, the best bet is to just buy them a plane ticket to their dream destination. I’m sure they won’t complain. Happy shopping! – Rappler.com
Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she's not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here. Follow her adventures with her Hobo boyfriend, Beep, in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.