[Updated 2018!] When I first wrote this, it was before our own April 2016 wedding, and I thought this post might seem like one giant ploy for people to give us gifts! But it is really not, promise!
I was hunting around for things to add to our own wedding registry on Amazon, and finding it a bit challenging, I realized that there currently is no go-to resource for wedding gifts for traveling couples.
Traditionally, newly married couples are given china, bedding, kitchen wares, and other items that seem to announce “congratulations, you are adults (with good china!).”
But for travelers like Nathan and I, those kinds of gifts aren’t really practical. We are not yet intending to settle in one place and so those well-intentioned items will end up in storage, growing dusty with disuse. And even couples who are more settled tend to have a lot of these things already.
Wouldn’t it be better to give them something they truly need, or that they would just LOVE?
So what can you get for the couple on the go? What gifts are appropriate for those who will say “I do” and then jet off and see the world?
We’e compiled a big list of items that we think would make awesome gifts for couples who travel...whether it’s their wedding or otherwise.
Take a look for some ideas. And if you’re engaged, why not click some of the items and add to your wedding wishlist?
Psssst: We’ve also got gift ideas for travel loving ladies!
♥ Wedding Gifts for Traveling Couples & Adventurous Duos ♥
The cutest, coziest sleeping bag for two – the TETON Sports Fahrenheit Mammoth 0F Queen Size Sleeping Bag
I for one would definitely like to snuggle up inside this sleeping bag for two. It is great in cold weather and ideal for the adventurous travel couple who plans to head off for a camping honeymoon, or just loves camping in general!
Our friends at Lost With Purpose have more great ideas for gifts for backpackers.
The ultimate in wedding gifts for travel couples – Lillian Rose Mr. and Mrs. Passport Covers
Of course the travel-loving engaged couple already has passports! But now they’ll have something chic to outfit them with. Adorable His and Hers passport cases. I really like these passport covers as they are simple yet sophisticated.
Plus, flashing them at check-in just might help your travel couple get that much-deserved first-class upgrade. Click here to see the latest prices.
Perhaps a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses would be the perfect accessory to accompany these luxurious passport covers for the married couple? Help them arrive to the airport in celebrity style.
Start married life with a dreamy DSLR – Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera
With the rise of affordable, yet exceptional photography equipment, you can help your lovebirds up their travel photography game. With a camera like this, they can capture incredible images on their travels at a decent price.
The Nikon D3200 is the perfect first DSLR for budding photographers who want the versatility and function of a great camera without spending a fortune.
This is actually the camera that we use for the blog, and we really love it. Click here to see the latest prices.
A map of memories – Scratch World Map – Scratch Off Places You Travel!
These scratch off maps are awesome. Your travel couple friends will be stoked to keep track of their wanders far and wide. Plus, something like this is lightweight and easy to transport, so they won’t be burdened with a heavy or unwieldy object.
This item is pure fun and would definitely be a hit for any traveler. Click here to see the latest prices.
An adventurous experience they’ll actually use
Does your travel couple want to go diving with sharks, find their zen at the oldest yoga retreat in India, or ride in a gondola in Venice? You can help make their dream happen for them with a gift collection from Tinggly.
Every collection (there are currently 22 of them) holds hundreds of experiences all around the world.
Your recipients can receive a physical gift box (shipped anywhere in the world in 2-3 working days) or an e-voucher with a personalized note. The recipient can then choose from the hundreds of options in the collection. The toughest part will be picking which adventure to go on!
Do you know a couple (or individual) obsessed with kayaking? Here’s a list of gift ideas for them!
For the lovebirds to get cozy – Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock
Here’s another sweet gift anyone would love. This hammock can hold the weight of two people.
This would be an awesome thing to throw in your travel backpack and bring along with you, and again, it’s another lightweight, transportable item. A win! Click here to see the latest prices.
Need more ideas for outdoorsy couples? Here are some more great gift ideas for the outdoor lover!
Get them through long flights – Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi
If your travel couple spends a lot of time crisscrossing the globe, a Kindle might be the perfect gift. Avid readers will love this portable supply of literature. The only problem for the new bride and groom might be having to share.
Side note—we actually did receive a Kindle as a wedding gift, and guess who kept it all for themself? The male drifter in this duo!! Grrr.
For the Insta-lovers – Selfie Stick Quicksnap Pro 3-in-1 Self Portrait
Laugh all you want, but when there’s no one around to take your picture, you’ll be grateful for this goofy piece of equipment.
Send the newlyweds off on their honeymoon with their own personal photographer–the selfie stick.
I am proud to say that we have one and we will use it in public! Click here to see the latest prices.
Everyone Loves a Classy Bag – Lavievert Genuine Leather Toiletry Bag
Get that for the groom, and this for the bride: Travel Makeup Bag – Extra Large Canvas Travel Makeup Bag With Quote
In love! This is one of the perfect gifts for travel lovers! Click here to see the latest prices.
Tunes for Two – ADTRIP 3.5mm Male to 2 Female Audio Y Splitter Cable Headphone Splitter Gold Plated Plugs (Blue)
This is a simple little thing, but can be a really useful item.
Sitting side by side on the plane, train, or bus, your newlywed travel couple can enjoy listening to the same beautiful music using this headphone splitter. Click here to see the latest prices.
For Any Adventurers – ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Person Tent
Even the couple who stays close to home will love this cozy tent. If the bride and groom have that adventurous spirit, help them have incredible experiences in the woods and wilderness in this pretty little tent. Click here to see the latest prices.
We really adore our Cotopaxi tent, too, if you’re looking for another option.
Keep the Memories Locked Tight – Leather Writing Journal Notebook
You can’t go wrong with a classic, timeless travel journal. The couple can keep a record of their journeys together or separately.
It’s also a great option for them to explore their innermost thoughts and feelings as they take their first steps into the great mystery that is marriage. Click here to see the latest prices.
Tea for Two – GForce GF-P1549-1042 Dual Voltage Electric Kettle Travel Set 0.5 Liter Fast Boil Water Kettle
Even on the go, some people can’t live without their tea. This wedding gift will ensure your favorite couple never goes thirsty on the road.
It’s portable, heats fast, and even comes with a set of two cute little cups. Perfect! Click here to see the latest prices.
Does your couple really love to cook, or more importantly, to EAT?! This list of gifts for foodies is really fantastic!
For the hipster travel couple in your life – 16″ Genuine Leather Retro Rucksack Backpack
I’ve been seeing these awesome leather backpacks/rucksacks everywhere, especially on Instagram, and I am straight up jealous.
A pair of similar bags would be a really chic gift for the trendsetting couple in your life, and there are tons of options in all price ranges on Amazon. Click here to see the latest prices.
A date night subscription box for couples
Subscription boxes are all the rage these days. Who wouldn’t love something cool (and romantic) arriving to their door every month? You can gift your favorite couple a few months of dates delivered right to their home.
Plus, these are light and small, so the traveling couple can take them on the go.
One option we recommend is Crated With Love, which is an affordable option that has a different monthly theme with each box. With our link, you can get $5 off your first box.
You can read our review of one of their date night boxes here.
The 24/7 couple – Kulana Lua Single Speed Tandem 26” wheel, Yellow, 17″/Medium frame size
Click here to see the latest prices. For the couple that literally does EVERYTHING together, you have got to get a bicycle built for two.
Ok, this one is kind of a joke, but at the same time, it is also kind of awesome. Talk about teamwork!!