Best Gifts For The Travelling Gamer

Contrary to what our non-gamer friends may think, gamers do get out of the house. Whether it’s to get groceries to fuel our gaming, going out to buy more games, or going to a friend’s place to game, we do go out. But, in all seriousness, when travelling long distances by bus, train, or flight, we ensure that we take our games with us – be it on the phone or a handheld console.


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So, if any non-gamers are reading this, we’ve curated a list of things you can gift your gamer pals that they can use on their next trip. While others will be sleeping or watching a movie during the journey, we’ll be playing games and making the time go by quicker. So, here are a few things you can gift us to make out travel better.

Super Mario Bros Wonder Cover Art featuring Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Mario’s first 2D outing in a really long time. Super Mario Bros. Wonder has, as Nintendo always does, reimagined Mario’s latest adventure with unique mechanics and power-ups, including the highly anticipated Elephant Fruit which will turn characters into massive elephant versions of themselves. The release date and format of the game makes it perfect for long flights.

A game is obviously the best thing you can buy for a gamer, especially right before they have a lot of travelling to do. If you’re going to buy Super Mario Bros. Wonder for them, just make sure that they own a Nintendo Switch and actually want to play the game. There won’t be many people that own a Switch and don’t want to play Wonder though.

Corsair HS80 MAX Wireless

Corsair HS80 MAX Wireless

Crying babies will no longer bother you

Who doesn’t need a good pair of headsets during a long commute or flight? What Makes the Corsair HS80 Max wireless headset out pick is that besides performing well in all aspects and being wireless for convenience, it’s also very comfortable. The ear cups and the padding on the headband have been crafted specifically with long hours in mind.

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Wireless, for convenience while travelling.
  • Great price for what it’s worth.

You can’t go wrong with gifting anyone a good pair of headsets. However, the Corsair HS80 max is perfect for a travelling gamer because of its wireless connectivity and how comfortable it is to wear over long periods of time. It is useful even if the person you’re gifting them to isn’t gaming, as they can be used for the phone or tablet.

tears of the kingdom nintendo switch stand
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Tears Of The Kingdom Nintendo Switch Stand

Angling is everything

When you’re sitting in a cramped plane seat and looking down at your Switch or phone propped up on the tray table, you’re bound to get a neck ache. This stand for the Switch props it up to a decent level so that you can be as comfortable as possible during those long hauls.

Pros

  • Great for setting up your Switch or phone at a decent height.
  • Foldable for easy transport.
  • Great price.

This Tscope stand may not seem like much, but it makes the playing experience much better for Switch users who like to detach the Joy-Cons while playing. It can also be used for phones and certain tablets, depending upon the size. Don’t underestimate this little tool, it will save you a pain in the neck!

orzly nintendo switch carry case
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Orzly Nintendo Switch Carry Case

You need a case.

Of course, if they’re taking their Nintendo Switch along, they’re going to need a carrying case. Carrying the console around, removing it for security checks, and the general jostling that comes with travelling is bound to damage the console. This case by Orzly will ensure that the console and all its accessories are secure and in one place.

Pros

  • Compact and safe way to carry the Switch.
  • Comes in a number of colour options.
  • Saves your switch from an inevitable fall.

A carrying case is essential for a handheld console. If someone you know and plans to travel without one, buy them one – they will thank you when it inadvertently saves their Switch or Steam Deck. There are a variety of carrying cases, including those that will let you carry the Switch Dock with you as well.

the backbone one being used to play ps5 remotely

Backbone One

If you prefer phone games.

Not all gamers own a Nintendo Switch, as they may prefer to game on their home consoles or PC. However, if there’s a long flight coming up, they might download a mobile game to pass the time. While this entry is for the Backbone specifically, there are a number of conrollers that can be paired with your phone in a simillar manner.

Pros

  • Compatible with most modern phones, including iPhone 15.
  • Light and easy to carry.

The backbone is great for remote play, especially for PS Remote Play. However, any mobile phone controller makes for a great gift as it makes gaming for long hours on the flight way more comfortable. The shape of any phone will surely make your palms start hurting if you play for too long.

nintendo switch headrest mount
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Nintendo Switch Headrest Mount

For backseat gamers.

$20 $29 Save $9

Not every trip is by plane or train. If your gamer friend is going to be travelling in the backseat of a car, this device will allow them to mount their Switch at the back of the headrest of the front seat. Alternatively, it’s also a great way to keep the kids occupied on long road trips.

Pros

  • Great way to keep the Switch mounted for a long road journey.
  • Also works with tablets.

A road trip is only fun for about an hour, after that you need to find a way to entertain yourself. This device is only for if you’re in the back seat of the car, giving you a great mount for your Switch or tablet. It’s better than looking down at the Switch or tablet in your hand, which can cause motion sickness.


FAQ

What do gamers need for Christmas?

While the best thing you can buy for a gamer is a video game that they’ve been meaning to play, there are a number of accessories you can also buy for the device that they own.

How to play video games while travelling?

First off, you need to ensure that you have a handheld device and a protective case for it. Make sure it’s fully charged before your trip commences, and download any games you want to play beforehand. If you start getting motion sickness, switch off the device for a bit and look outside.

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