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10 Gift Ideas for the Female Traveler

10 holiday gift ideas for female travelers

With Christmas FAST approaching, if you’re anything like me then you need to kick your holiday shopping into high gear. AM I RIGHT?!

Luckily, I have a pretty good idea of some of the things I could get for my female travel-loving friends. And since I’m such a nice person, I’m handing over 10 good ones right here on a silver platter for you.

Aren’t you happy I’m so nice?

Now, without further adieu, I give you some great gifts for the female traveler.


1. Lush Travel Friendly Products

Lush travel product reviews
Lush travel friendly products

You know the store… the one that smells like a bubble bath from a hundred feet away. And what girl can resist something that smells pretty? Combine that with some travel friendly packaging (like solid shampoos, solid perfumes, and body balm), and you have a perfect travel gift.

Check out our review post on Lush’s Liquid Alternatives, or buy some Lush items on Amazon.


2. Stuffable Daypacks and Bags

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack - Fits in the palm of your hand!
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack – Fits in the palm of your hand!

A good female traveler loves organization and flexibility. For the flexibility aspect, stuffable bags and daypacks take the cake. Expand your luggage, and they act as extra storage; shrink your luggage and they pack away with no fuss. Use the daypacks and bags for days at the beach, light hikes, or as carry-ons.

Check out our review of the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack, or purchase one on Amazon.


3. Kindle

Kindle at the Beach
Kindle at the Beach (photo courtesy of Amazon)

Because reading will always be a great way to pass time: in transit or in a hostel. The Kindle lets her pack in her favorite books into one compact machine taking up less space than an actual book!

Check out all the Kindle reviews we had as part of our Kindle Review Month, or purchase a Kindle on Amazon.


4. Magic (Infinity) Skirt or Dress

Infinity Skirt
Infinity Skirt – turns into a dress

Because these skirts and dresses are one-size-fits-most, you won’t have to sneak into your girlfriend’s closet to find out her size. Plus, they can convert into a hundred different outfits. As a girl traveler, this is no other than a huge and definitive win.

For more clothing that can be worn in multiple ways read about the Chrysalis Cardi and the Versalette.

Check out the review of the Infinity Skirt, or purchase one on Amazon.


5. iPhone Accessories

neon map
Neon World Map iPhone Case – source

Did you happen to catch our posts on all the fun travel-related iPhone accessories you can buy to spruce up your Apple product’s life? If not, then let me refresh your memory: Top iPhone Accessories and Travel iPhone Cases.

You can purchase iPhone accessories right on Amazon.


6. Journal

world travel journal
World Travel Journal – available here

Because nothing speaks louder than words. Or, the pen is mightier than the sword? Your travel girl will want to have a private place for her thoughts, and the journal is where it’s at.

Check out this post on the benefits of journaling during travels, or purchase a nice travel journal on Amazon.


7. Secure Purse or Daypack

bag love compilation
Brooke’s Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII as worn in the Forbidden City, crossing the border from K-stan to China, in Urumqi, and hiking in Cappadocia.

Give your travel-loving friend the gift of peace of mind. A secure purse (like the Travelon bag) or daypack (like the Pacsafe Slingsafe 300) will do wonders in keeping pickpockets at bay.

You can pick up a Travelon bag or a Pacsafe bag on Amazon.


8. Good Book

The Lost Girls cover
The Lost Girls book cover

If your friend is more of a traditional type, then perhaps a good paperback book is the gift for her. We have reviewed a number of inspiring female books right here on Her Packing List to choose from.

Have a read through the reviews of The Lost Girls and Eat Pray Love before going to pick them up on Amazon.


9. Scarf or Sarong

girl with sarong
Scarves and sarongs are two of the most versatile things a girl can pack. Not only can they be worn as accent pieces or to stay warm, they can also double as towels, blankets, and privacy screens in a pinch.

As an alternative, check out Turkish travel towels for your friend.

Read more about the uses of a scarf or sarong before picking one up on Amazon.


10. Grid-It Organizer

grid it
Grid-it organizer.

When Kristin Luna wrote up a One Little Thing post about the Grid-It, I was instantly sold. Check out that organization! The Grid-It allows you to keep all your electronics, cables and little bits in one place — then you just pop that in to your backpack!

Purchase a Grid-It on Amazon.

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Flora says

    Great list Brooke! Thanks to you, I’ve now bought some solid Lush shampoo for my upcoming move to South America in Feb and I’m looking forward to being rid of excess liquid bottles 🙂


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