‘Tis the season to make a numbered shopping list! Thankfully, the no-budget traveler is easier to shop for than you’d imagine. If you’re still looking for ideas, take a look at last year’s list, then follow me after the jump for another 20 items for under $20 (18 under $10) your favorite travel fiend.
Before we begin, remember this basic rule:
- Your local dollar store, hardware store, Target or Walmart may have a selection of these items for less. I’m not necessarily endorsing any of these merchants and fully recommend using this list for inspiration — feel free to shop around for cheaper (or more expensive) versions.
Have a light at hand anywhere you go (even underwater!) with the flashcard ($6).
When the wind is right, fly a kite — catch a breeze right from your keys ($7)!
Keep your essentials dry while swimming, diving or illegally fording an international water border with a passport locker ($9).
If you’re crafty, you can easily make one of these survival kits for a friend by recycling an Altoids tin.
Travel Health and Beauty
Once your traveler’s received their prints, an acid-free photo album will protect them for eternity ($7-15).
Stuck overseas for the holidays or headed to a tropical beach instead of the traditional Christmas table? Send individual postcards to jealous friends and relatives using your own photographs at Snapfish or Postcard Perfect ($1-2/card).
Travel Picnic Supplies
Recycle unused film canisters into spice shakers on the road using these travel shaker lids ($1-2).
This one’s extensively author tested: for ice cream and yogurt lovers, the most durable silverware I’ve found that won’t get you into trouble with airport security? Baby spoons! Here’s a great toddler “travel” set with carrying case for under $4.
Got a must-have I’ve missed? Seen a round-up of good budget travel gifts you’d like to share? Pass them along in the comments.