Best Travel Gifts for the Globetrotter

Looking for the perfect gift for the traveler in your life? You’re in luck. Our experts have rounded up the must-have travel gear for every budget.

If you have a world traveler on your list this year, take a look at our top gifts for travelers. These favorites are sure to make travel days efficient, easy, and fun.

Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cubes : $29-49

Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cubes

I always thought if I packed my clothes neatly I wouldn’t need packing organizers, but I was wrong. At the very least, packing cubes are a great for organizing workout clothes, or as a laundry bag until you get to your next destination. The Patagonia Black Hole cubes are just like the brand’s duffels of the same name: made from a nearly indestructible 300-Denier ripstop polyester with a DWR and laminate finish. The cubes all have exterior handles and daisy chains and come in 3L, 6L, or 10 L sizes.

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RFID Safe LX150 Passport Wallet: $29

Pacsafe Passport Wallet - Best Travel Gifts

Pacsafe makes some amazing products that not only keep your things secure but are also durable, functional, and sleek. While I love many of the brand’s bags, I never go overseas without the RFID Blocking Zippered Passport Wallet. It has a place for my passport, a pen (that I’m otherwise always looking for), and several cards. Unlike other passport wallets that are on the clunky side, this one is slim, light, and has the added bonus of keeping people from stealing your identity.

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The North Face Ampezzo Running Shoes: $130

The North Face Ampezzo Running shoes

I’ve walked (and run) through a lot of airports in my life, and these shoes are always reliable on long travel days. Available for men and women, the Ampezzo shoes have a shock-absorbing midsole and OrthoLite footbed for comfort throughout the day. Specs aside, these are a great supportive and comfortable option, whether you are running on a trail, or down the tarmac.

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Hydrapak 1L Stash Bottle: $20

Hydrapak Stash Water Bottle - Best Travel Gifts

This 1L bottle twists down to a quarter of its size when empty, has an easy-to-carry handle, and can stand up to both hot and frozen water. The hard bottom surface makes it the perfect traveling bottle because it’s both durable and can be filled at any airport fill station. And at 3.7 ounces in weight, it doesn’t add much bulk or weight to your bag. An extra bonus is that if you have young kids, it can also work as a great distraction on the plane! Because who doesn’t like squeezing and rolling a big, squishy water bottle around?

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Fabriano EcoQua Pocket-Sized Travel Notebooks: $10-14

Fabriano EcoQua pocket notebooks

These thin, Italian-made notebooks have traveled with me almost everywhere for the past five years. The slim notebooks have an impressive 64 mini pages, with perforated pages in the back if you need to leave a quick note. The pocket-sized books are staple-bound, but still very durable with acid-free paper that holds ink well.

Right now, the travel-sized ones only come in four packs with multiple colors, which I love. I use the variety to color-code my journals by trip or date. A couple of these tucked in a backpack, pocket, or carry-on are so worth it to have. They aren’t the easiest to find in-store, but Walmart and Amazon both carry them.

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LifeStraw Water Filter: $20

LifeStraw

This one is for travelers who find themselves roughing it, or who enjoy spontaneous adventure. The LifeStraw water filter is lightweight, easy to pack, and gives you clean, safe drinking water wherever you may be. Traveling to countries where you may not have access to clean water? Going on a long hike? Grab this and you are ready to go. Get back the joy of drinking from a stream, without having to worry about those pesky bacteria.

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KUHL ÜberKÜHL Cap: $26

KUHL hat

The UberKUHL hat made it up and down the Everest trail with me, so I trust it implicitly. You can sweat in this hat all day, and somehow it doesn’t show all that dirt and grime, so it will still look great. Although, the hat is easily washable if you find yourself wearing it as often as I do. I love the one-handed hat adjustment, and the fabric and brim is super comfortable. Best of all, it’s lightweight and has a 50 UPF rating.

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Matador Pocket Blanket: $30

Matador Pocket Blanket

This packable pocket blanket is perfect for anywhere — whether you’re traveling to a beach, mountain or hiking destination. The blanket unfolds to 63 by 44 inches and weighs just 3.8 ounces. The Boulder-based brand even built mini stakes into the blanket’s corners and has weighted corners for windier days. We like it’s surprising durability, and that you can pack it along no matter how light you are traveling.

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Carve Designs Farrow Jogger: $76

Carve Designs Farrow Jogger

One of the most comfortable travel pants we’ve tried, the Farrow joggers are made of a blend of polyester and spandex, giving the pants a soft feel with the stretchy powers of leggings, wrapped into a relaxed fit. The pants feature banded cuffed ankles and banded waist hem with a simple drawstring. A perfect gift for the traveler who considers comfort, quality, and style equally.

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Snow Peak Ultralight Umbrella: $45

Snow Peak Ultralight Umbrella

Getting caught in the rain is no fun. And while rain jackets makes lots of sense, if you are constantly traveling between climates, or even thru-hiking, a lightweight umbrella is great to have. This ultralight umbrella from Snow Peak weighs only 4.7 ounces and packs into a sleeve. The umbrella has a high arc, making it suitable for people of all heights. It can also easily attach to a backpack strap, stroller, or wheelchair.

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Mary Murphy
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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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