Best Travel Gifts for the Globetrotter

Looking for the perfect gift for the traveler in your life? Our experts have rounded up the best travel gifts for every budget.

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

Rhone Commuter Pant — Men’s: $128

Rhone Commuter Pant
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The Rhone Commuter Pant hits all the important marks. The zippered pocket keeps valuables secure. And the Japanese warp-knit fabric has just enough stretch for complete comfort — even on a cramped red-eye.

The newly streamlined leg gives this fan-favorite pant a more versatile look. Anyone looking for a completely comfortable, lightweight, durable, and stylish pant will love this gift.

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Eagle Creek Exhale Neck Pillow: $28

Eagle Creek Travel Pillow

It’s hard to beat the comfort of a neck pillow during long flights. However, they usually take up unnecessary space and prove a packing nuisance. But not the Eagle Creek Exhale. This inflatable travel pillow packs down small, inflates in just two breaths, and has a handy neck clip to keep it comfortably in place.

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Thule Crossover II Travel Collection: From $20

Thule Crossover II Travel Collection
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Frequent flyers know the importance of a good luggage system. And the Thule Crossover 2 collection is sure to impress even the most seasoned travelers. From backpacks to full-size rolling suitcases, this integrated line keeps everything organized and secure.

Best of all, the Crossover 2 system is also modular, so you can fit smaller packs more easily inside or on top of the rolling luggage. No more trying to balance a pull-behind duffel, backpack, and a quick coffee as you run to catch your connecting flight.

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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 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, and 10L sizes.

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Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones: $349

Bose Quiet Comfort

Every frequent flyer needs a solid pair of noise-canceling headphones. They easily connect via Bluetooth, so you don’t have to hassle with extra cords. And they feature three-levels of noise cancellation for the perfect audio experience. With more than 3,000 raving reviews on Amazon, it’s clear these are a fan favorite.

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Scratch the World Travel Map: $26

scratch Map - Gifts for Travelers

This large map will have your traveler dreaming of the next adventure. At 33 x 23 inches, it’s big enough to make a statement-worthy display. Simply scratch off the gold coating of each place visited to reveal a detailed map beneath. It’s a great way to memorialize your travel while creating a conversation-inducing piece of artwork.

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LifeStraw Water Filter: $20

LifeStraw

This one is for travelers who find themselves roughing it, or who enjoy the 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’re 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 UBERKUHL 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. But 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 are super-comfortable. Best of all, it’s lightweight and has a 50 UPF rating.

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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 5 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.

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The North Face Ampezzo Running Shoes — Women’s & Men’s: $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’re 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 travel 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.

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Pacsafe RFIDsafe Passport Wallet: $30

RFIDsafe Passport Wallet

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 RFIDsafe Passport Wallet. It has a place for my passport, a pen, and several cards.

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Scrubba Wash Bag: $50

Scrubba Travel Wash Bag

Anyone who dreams of long-term travel and regularly quotes Rolf Potts’ “Vagabonding” will appreciate this wash bag. It helps travelers pack light and save money on washing. Simple add dirty clothes, soap, and warm water. Seal it up, slosh it around, and voila, you have clean clothes on the go.

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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 make lots of sense, if you’re 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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