The Perfect Gap Year Chistmas List

With Christmas coming up fast it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be adding to the Christmas list – yours or others. For all you January backpackers out there, this is a great chance to get organised for your travels, and for those who need to gift those backpackers, here’s your inspiration. Win, win situtation…

This list gives you some game-changing gifts that are perfect for the adventurous and environmentally friendly amongst you…happy shopping 🙂


1. A GoPro

Without a doubt one of the best ways to capture your travelling experience. Go Pro’s are small, light, durable and waterproof – perfect for the adrenaline seekers out there. Whether you/your loved one is doing a ski season, discovering South America, or swimming with sharks in Australia, capture some unforgettable footage with this gift… And it will come in handy way beyond just the gap year, but you know that…
We recommend:


2. A Sleeping mask

This small, but oh so helpful gift is much appreciated by all travellers. Sleeping masks allow you to get some much-needed kip wherever you are to cure that jetlag (or hangover)… Not expensive and a perfect stocking filler.
We recommend:
Gelato eye masks

best eye masks


3. A TanSafe valuables hiding

If your travels involve relaxing on a tropical beach soaking up the sun, and I’m sure they do, then TanSafe has your back. This may look like a regular suncream bottle, but inside is the perfect place to leave your phone, credit card, money and keys. The seal is watertight (I know…) meaning you also don’t have to worry about getting it wet. It will also reduce the chance of your stuff being nicked as who wants to steel suncream?
We recommend:


4. A Quick drying towel

This multi-purpose piece of kit is essential for any backpacker. Small, light and compactable, these quick-drying towels are great to take on the road. Not only are they used as towels, they can also be used as blankets, pillows and shawls to keep you warm. A winner in every way.
We recommend:
Dock and Bay Towels: They are cheap, and come with an outer case that is 100% biodegradable

Quick drying towel


5. A Lemur Bag

These bags are a perfect lightweight piece of kit for the traveller (and for everyday life too!). They don’t take up any space when not in use and roomy when needed. What makes them so special is the fact that 15% of all their profits go towards saving the incredible, but extremely endangered Lemur. Their bags, bucket bags and duffle bags are all made out of 100% durable canvas. This, therefore, means that not only are they great for the environment, they are also really good quality…!
Lemur bags:

Lemur Bag

Interested in seeing and helping these beautiful endangered Lemurs? Check out our Madagascar program.


6. A Pocket Charger

Pocket charger’s allow you to charge your phone without having to use a socket. They are life changing for long journey’s and in emergencies when a charged phone is essential. Pocket chargers are small so don’t take up much of your precious space. The price of these vary hugely so it’s worth doing some research before you buy.
We recommend:
Anker PowerCore

Anker PowerCore 20100


7. A Money Belt

This super sneaky invention is loved by backpackers everywhere. With the chance to hide money actually inside your belt, the likelihood you’ll lose it is very slim. And who doesn’t love multi-purpose items? They come in all different sizes and colours so you can personalise to fit your style.
We recommend:
Pacsafe Cashsafe Anti-Theft Travel Belt Wallet

A Money Belt


What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Whether you’re gifting or being gifted this Christmas, this list will hopefully give you some inspiration for the perfect present. No matter where your travels take you, these are some essentials.

Nell Macaire
Nell Macaire
Nell has joined us for a three month internship. Her gap year plans include charity work in Kenya and travelling in Australia. She has taken over as the new social media guru.
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