Looking for funny travel gifts? Here’s the good news: after 26 years of being a total smartass, I think I’ve finally mastered the art of giving stellar gag gifts.
While for many, the holidays are a chance to spoil loved ones with lavish presents, for me and many of my friends, how much we care about each other is actually quantified by the amount of insults and abuse exchanged between us. In other words, the more I make fun of you, the more I love you.
… And there’s no greater love-hate relationship than that between two friends who travel together.
Something about the trying nature of travelling really puts a strain on relationships… and for better or for worse, you really get to know a person.
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Now, we all have travel friends who embody certain characteristics, e.g. always hangry, perpetually snoring, and everything in-between… so I ask: why not forgo the lame cliched gifts and get them something hilarious (but actually practical) that pays homage to your unique friendship?
So, if like me, you express affection towards friends by being an absolute ass, then you’re in the right place. I guarantee one of these travel buddy archetypes will remind you of a friend you’ve travelled with, so read on for some stellar, ridiculous (and yes, actually really practical) gifts to send their way.
Funny Travel Gifts for the Paranoid Germaphobe
When travelling, most people tend to embrace the newness of their surroundings and you know, ‘live a little’. On the opposite end of this spectrum are the overly cautious types who live in constant fear, essentially drinking hand sanitizer to avoid illness. Here are some gift ideas for those very special friends:
An emergency kit for public toilets
Gone are the days of waiting to get back to the hotel before taking care of business! This public toilet survival kit comes complete with a toilet seat cover, antiseptic wipes and even a pair of gloves for good measure, so your germ-averse friend can do their thing in peace.
A portable box that sanitizes your phone
This amazing all-in-one piece of tech from is a UV Sanitizer that (apparently) kills 99.9% of the bacteria on your phone, PLUS it works as a charger AND it has an aromatherapy function if you wanna diffuse some sweet essential oils while workin’ that sanitation magic. Is this overkill? Maybe a little, but I bet you had someone in mind while reading this whole spiel.
Funny Travel Gifts for the Human Snorlax
Some travel buddies are capable of sleeping anywhere, and will likely be found passed out on any bus, train, car ride, etc. with their mouths wide open. It’s a baffling phenomenon for those who travel with them, but we’ve long embraced it as a quirk. These human snorlaxes tend to also be the squad’s favourite snorer. Here are some ideas for this friend:
A ridiculously over-the-top travel pillow
One look at this “travel pillow” and you’ll see why it is genuinely the most hilarious gift you can give to your favourite sleeping beauty. Just the thought of seeing someone have this in real life is too much for me to handle… but you must admit, it looks pretty darn comfy.
Fun sleeping masks
Another great gift idea for the human snorlax (especially those of the diva-esque variety) is a unique sleeping mask. For your sassy friends, this “fuck off” sleep mask will probably do the trick… or you can opt for something a little more kawaii like this panda or adorable lamb mask. Last but not least, this glamorous princess sleeping mask will do the double duty of informing your friend that they need to tone down their princess-y attitude.
A snore-control chin strap
This smart-sleep chin strap is by far one of the most ridiculous things you could ever wear. I know this because I received one as a “joke gift” last year (which led to my earthshattering epiphany that I snore like a dying possum). Genuinely though, this not-so-subtle way of telling your pal that they have a snoring issue is the perfect little gift for the holidays.
Funny Travel Gifts for the Hangry Hangry Hippo
Ah, probably the most terrifying travel buddy of all. One second, it’s all fun and laughs in an exotic location and then, as soon as hunger strikes, they claws come out and they’re legit ready eat your first-born child. Hangry friends are fun to humiliate, because they tend to be aware of their issue, so here are some ideas for that hangry friend on your gift list:
Hanger Emergency Kit
This incredible CraveBox Care Package comes with 40+ types of cookies, candy and chips to mitigate the damage of even the most vicious hangry meltdowns. Alternatively, a box of granola bars in your purse could be a short-term solution.
Hanger coffee mug
More to just warn others in the hippo’s vicinity, this hanger mug serves two purposes: it defines the condition for the confused souls who don’t know about it and also, it holds the sweet nectar of life: cofffeeee… which might keep the hunger pangs at bay for a little while.
Hanger clothing goods
Or hey, why not let them wear their hanger loud & proud through some Hanger-related clothing items? Again, a helpful warning to others that the beast is near.
Funny Travel Gifts for the Captain of #TeamHangover
There’s always that one friend who takes pub crawls too seriously and drinks tequila like it’s apple juice… you’ll find Captain Hangover either withered in the hostel bunk regretting their entire existence, or wearing comically large sunglasses while sightseeing and trying not to cry. Here are some perfect gift ideas for this special travel buddy:
The ultimate hangover prevention tool
For this friend, nothing could be more fitting than these magic hangover pills which work by preventing those terrible horrors from happening in the first place. Way better than scouring the streets of a foreign country for a hangover cure, right?
A carry-on kit for boozers
Otherwise, this set of carry-on cocktail kits is pretty perfect. It comes in wickedly hipster packaging (which adds a touch of class to your airplane drinkfests), and will allow your boozy friend to embrace their quirk in style.
Funny Travel Gifts for the Squad’s Kim K
We all have that friend who appears to be obsessed with their own face. Generally, you’ll spot them next to a very important monument, snapping photos while brainstorming creative hashtags like #me and #traveler. They won’t realize until later that 90% of the photo is their face, so the Eiffel Tower might as well not even be in the pic. Still, at least they look good.
A light-up phone case
For ardent selfie-lovers, flash is often the worst enemy. This phone case combats that by literally lighting up so that you have the most flattering spotlight in times of low-light conditions. Yes, while super vain, it apparently does work.
A plug-in fan for your phone
If your friend is such a big fan of selfies, why not get them a fan for their selfies? No joke, this plug-in fan fits right onto your phone to get a wonderful wind-swept effect in every selfie you take. A little unnecessary yes, but fabulous in every way.
A phone charger bracelet
Lastly, I’m sure we’re all familiar with the ultimate first world problem: not having a charger when your selfie machine (aka phone) is out of juice. That worry disappears with this (surprisingly ok looking) bracelet, which secretly houses a phone charger.
For the Pure Palette Prince(ss)
We always have friends who are picky eaters, but these habits become all the more
annoying evident when travelling. A friend of mine once told me about his travel buddy who had a sandwich-only diet, which meant a tremendous lack of foodie adventures anywhere they went. While not all instances are that extreme, here are some gift ideas for those with less adventurous taste buds.
Mini sauce keychain bottles
Commonly, those with picky tastes will rely on a signature sauce to make new dishes tolerable. So whether that’s the friend who soaks their meal in ketchup or drowns everything in hot sauce, this keychain set of mini-sriracha bottles will do quite nicely as a little gift. They’re small enough to lug around (and get by carry-on restrictions) plus they’re also super cute and refillable with any sauce you like.
International snacks sample box
If being a little aggressive about their pickiness is more your style, check out this gift set from Munchpak, which comes with a variety of international snacks that will allow your picky friend to expand their culinary horizons. If they don’t want it, at least you tried (aka more for you, you animal).
Funny Travel Gifts for the Toilet Ninja
With some friends, all boundaries have been crossed and you will liberally discuss all gross details of your life in-depth with them… but some others are a little more shy and quite frankly, a little weird about it. The Toilet Ninja is that friend that quietly slips away to do their business and usually does so in a completely silent fashion… and you don’t realize until they return that they had, in fact, actually left. Here are some gift ideas for your stealthiest travel friend:
This anti-odour toilet spray
In case you didn’t believe magic existed, let me introduce you to Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray, a mix of essential oils and natural compounds that apparently trap yucky odours in the toilet bowl before you do your business. This gift would be perfect for the toilet ninja who fears ‘going’ in public restrooms in fear of being found out… and you can’t put a price on that ease of mind.
A pack of emergency underwear
AKA the best gag gift of all time, these Emergency Undies are the perfect jab at your friend who always sneaks off to the washroom. Containing one pair of disposable one-size-fits-most underpants, it also comes packaged in an adorable tin.
A portable “urinal” for the ladies
“It’s not fair that guys can pee standing up…” says every woman who has ever camped/hiked or otherwise peed outside. But hey it’s 2016, so now it’s time for ladies to get in on that stand-up action. I think of all practical gifts, this ladies’ portable urinal takes the prize for “oddly genius”.
Funny Travel Gifts for the King/Queen of Passive Aggression
In any group trip, there’s always one especially salty master of passive aggression. Sure, you love the heck out of them, but there’s just something about the travel environment that brings out their scarily hostile side… so here are some gifts to use as a peace offering.
This straightforward book
I have a hard time believing they won’t get the point when you hand them a book literally called How Not to be A Dick. It’s a fun gift that will (hopefully) make them chuckle, plus according to reviews, it’s actually packed with practical information.
A passive aggressive notepad
Clearly, your PA friend has trouble being straight forward with their hostility, so hopefully this passive aggressive notepad will help them express the innermost thoughts. Aggressive stationery for the win.
Hope you enjoyed this roundup of funny travel gifts!
Whew! SO – did any of these travel bud archetypes remind you of someone in your life?
Let me know in the comments which ridiculous product was your favourite, and if I missed any of YOUR favourite funny travel gifts 😉
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