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Gift Guide | Gifts for the Traveler
Finding suitable gifts for the traveler on your holiday gift list requires a bit of clever thinking. Ideally, the gift should help make their journeys easier and more enjoyable, offering travel-friendly features in a travel-friendly design. From compact and easily packable pieces to multifunctional gear that lets you do and explore more while keeping that all-important luggage weight down, discover our top picks for gifts for the traveler.
You’ll very likely be reaching for a fork and knife throughout your travels. So why not make it a sustainable option? This Forkanife Travel Set is a great alternative to single-use plastics. Made from stainless steel, it’s hard-wearing and will last for countless trips to come. Add in the fact that it’s the size of a credit card and it’s effortless to add this to your travel gear setup (not to mention your EDC too).
Trusty underwear is key on your travels. Enter ExOfficio’s Give-N-Go 2.0 Sport Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief. What’s so great about this brief? Well, it’s quick-drying, breathable, odor-resistant, has flatlocked seams for reduced chafing, and offers a comfortable active fit with four-way stretch, making it great for hikes, cycling, gym sessions, and urban strolls alike. So whatever your travels have in store, you’re good to go.
Travel can be tiring and it’s important to catch up on sleep when you can. Of course, you might not always have a comfy hotel room to crash in. Maybe you’re on an overnight bus, camping, road tripping or facing an eight-hour layover. But wherever you find yourself, at least you’ll have a cozy place to rest your head thanks to this insulated travel pillow. The PrimaLoft® insulation offers comfy support, while the packable, lightweight design makes it convenient to stash in a travel bag or even a jacket pocket.
When the grams count but you still want to stay organized, turn to Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Pods. Handmade with 100% waterproof Dyneema® Composite Fabric and a water-resistant zipper, the stackable pods come in two sizes and offer dependable weatherproof protection from the elements. Sized to fit perfectly in HMG packs but usable with a wide range of other bags, these tough and exceptionally lightweight packing cubes are a practical way to stay tidy without adding excess weight to your setup.
Clean water might not always be available during your travels. But with the LARQ Bottle PureVis™, you get the benefits of a self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system in one. The bottle uses UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants, keeping your water safe and tasting great wherever you go. Additionally, the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps liquids hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours.
The key to keeping your packing to a minimum? Multifunctional pieces that do more so you can carry less. Pieces just like the Evolution Short, which combines urban style and active functionality. The short is tough, lightweight, offers two-way stretch, and is stain and water-resistant. You can hike in these, sightsee in these, and even swim in these, making them savvy additions to your travel wardrobe.
Need pants that can move from work meetings to trail hikes on your travels? Patagonia’s Transit Traveler Pants find a useful balance of urban-friendly style and performance features. Quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, and with four-way stretch, these pants are comfy for all-day wear on active adventures or urban trips. Plus with five pockets on offer, you can keep small travel essentials secure and at the ready.
Jeans aren’t traditionally known for their travel-friendly nature. But DUER’s Performance Denim Jeans are different. Available in Slim, Relaxed, and Athletic Straight fits, the jeans feature stretch fabric and a hidden gusset for freedom of movement, reinforced seams for added durability, and temperature-regulating Coolmax® fibers to keep you comfy in all seasons.
The Diversion Pant packs everyday, work, and travel wear into one incredibly versatile pant you’ll likely reach for on every trip. Made with breathable, water and stain-resistant, and four-way stretch fabric, the Diversion Pant helps keep your travel laundry to a minimum while offering excellent comfort and freedom of movement. Suffice it to say, it’s an award winner for a reason.
Keeping track of all your travel essentials can be a hassle. But with Bellroy’s Travel Folio you get a classy blend of organization and sleek style that looks good in business and leisure settings alike. Made with environmentally certified leather, the zippered folio offers multiple pockets for passports, boarding passes, cash, cards, and a pen (and even comes with a micro pen too), so all your essentials are easily accessible at a moment’s notice.
Need to look smart for a business meeting? These pants bring suave style to your setup. Want to dress down for a casual night on the town or a stroll around a new city? They’ll do that just fine too. The warp-knit fabric provides omnidirectional stretch but bounces back, keeping you looking sharp whatever the activity. Breathable, moisture-wicking, and with an elastic waistband with a hidden drawcord, the Ministry of Supply Men’s Kinetic Tapered Pant offers suave style with travel-friendly functionality and comfort.
Cozy warmth doesn’t have to come at the cost of bulky packing. Patagonia’s Micro Puff® Jacket offers an excellent balance of warmth, packability, and light weight. Made with PlumaFill synthetic insulation that offers warmth even when wet, the jacket also features a water-resistant Pertex® Quantum nylon ripstop shell and is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn. The jacket comes in women’s and men’s options and includes two interior and two exterior pockets for travel and day-to-day essentials.
Fancy some lunar-inspired carry for out-of-this-world travel? Soar off on adventures with the Aer x Ministry of Supply Lunar Pack. Taking inspiration from the PLSS (Primary Life Support System) of a NASA spacesuit, this limited-edition pack is made with water-resistant 1200D CORDURA® nylon and works well as both an EDC pack and a travel bag for short trips. The clamshell main compartment offers easy packing and access to gear, while a range of pockets and dedicated external-access laptop storage organizes your gear.
Sleek and versatile, Bellroy’s Transit Backpack is a hard-working carry companion for travel, daily commutes, and everyday use. The pack comes in 20L, 28L, and 38L sizes, so you can pick the size that best suits your needs. A clamshell main compartment and choice of quick-access pockets keep your gear tidy and within easy reach when needed, while the understated style blends into both formal and informal environments for added flexibility.
Merino is renowned for its excellent performance properties including odor resistance, temperature regulation, wrinkle resistance, and quick drying. And this 3-pack of Unbound Merino T-shirts offers all these features in an understated, versatile silhouette. Made from 100% merino wool jersey, these t-shirts are savvy picks for your travel gear that will cut down on your packing and laundry too.
Need to pass the time in airports or want to relax on planes, trains, buses, and wherever else you find yourself during your travels? Listening to tunes and podcasts or watching videos with quality headphones makes a big difference. And if you can get noise-canceling functionality too, even better. Sony’s WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones offer top-notch noise cancelation, great sound quality, easy Touch Sensor controls, and an inbuilt mic for calls. They also come with a protective carry case for peace of mind on your trips.
Are you a fan of smart-casual style, easy packing, and straightforward organization in your luggage? Bellroy’s Weekender delivers all of this in a functional piece that moves from work trips to weekend getaways with ease. Available in 30L and 45L sizes, the Weekender is made with water-resistant, recycled fabric and has a wide opening that folds down for convenient packing and access. Thoughtfully positioned pockets keep smaller items close at hand and a choice of grab handles and shoulder strap carry gives grab-and-go portability.
An all-rounder for urban and outdoor use, the Western Rise AirLoft Hooded Jacket offers a wide range of features to keep you comfortable and protected on your travels. Made with four-way stretch Primeflex® exterior fabric and four-way stretch insulation, the jacket is stain and water-resistant, breathable, moisture-wicking, and temperature regulating. Four zippered pockets round off this functional piece that protects you from the elements and embraces both active and casual use.
The Doppler Mac offers an elegant blend of sleek urban-friendly aesthetics and practical performance, delivering protection from the elements in style. Available in men’s and women’s options, the 3-layer waterproof shell keeps the water at bay while remaining breathable and offering four-way stretch and a removable hood for adaptable style.