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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for the Traveler

by , December 10, 2018

On the lookout for holiday gifts for friends and family who love to travel (or simply travel a lot for work)? Picking a gift they can use on their trips is a thoughtful way to go. So we’ve rounded up a variety of excellent travel-related gifts to suit a range of budgets. All practical and easy to add to business and leisure trips alike. Get inspired with our traveler holiday gift guide below…


WANDRD Travel Journal (US$35)

WANDRD Travel Journal

The WANDRD Travel Journal is designed for the traveler who wishes they could keep all their planning, important information, great memories and more in one place. The journal provides dedicated sections for noting itineraries, checklists, packing lists, and daily thoughts. Plus there are further handy tools such as maps, useful universal symbols and conversion tables. The journal provides space for 12 different trips and is a great travel buddy for adventures near and far.

Tortuga Setout Packable Daypack (US$39)

Tortuga Setout Packable Daypack

Your luggage is too bulky to tag along while exploring a travel destination. But the Tortuga Setout Packable Daypack provides a lightweight solution that stores compactly in your luggage until needed. Great for storing essentials during a day of sightseeing, the pack includes a breathable back panel and padded shoulder straps for comfort on the go. There’s also front and side quick-access pockets. All in a design that packs into its own pocket for convenient storage.

Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit (US$41)

Ursa Major Traveler's Skin Care Kit

It’s easy to forget skin care when you’re traveling, but feeling fresh and clean will help you make the most of your travels. This Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit provides a variety of useful items including face wash, face balm, face tonic and face wipes, all made with healthy, natural ingredients to help keep you looking your best.

BOND Travel Gear Escapade Pouch (US$44)

BOND Travel Gear Escapade Pouch

Don’t want to waste time hunting for small travel items? With BOND Travel Gear’s Escapade Pouch you can easily store essentials all in one place. Readily accessible when you need them and secure when you don’t. The tough nylon exterior, durable construction and lifetime guarantee all provide welcome peace of mind that this pouch will endure escapades for the long haul. And with its clamshell opening, choice of pockets and webbing, as well as the bright lining, items will remain easily visible and accessible throughout the journey. Plus you can use the code CARRYOLOGY at checkout for a 10% discount until the end of the year.

Matador Transit30 2.0 (US$49.99)

Matador Transit30 2.0

Weather and carry weight are key considerations before you set off on your travels. But Matador’s Transit30 2.0 duffel deftly handles both elements in a considered and versatile design. The weatherproof 30L bag is made with sealed seams, 30D Cordura ripstop nylon with a siliconized coating, and water-resistant zippers. It weighs just 5 oz (142 grams) and packs up into a compact form with an included rolltop storage bag.

JOBY GorillaPod 3K Kit (US$54)

JOBY GorillaPod 3K Kit

Photos and videos are a great way to capture travel memories. But getting that ideal angle isn’t always easy. The JOBY GorillaPod 3K Kit takes care of that with its flexible and wrappable legs that allow you to secure camera gear to almost any surface. The kit can be wrapped round railings, branches, balanced on rough and smooth surfaces, held by hand, and more. It includes the GorillaPod 3K tripod and BallHead 3K and suits DSLR and mirrorless cameras with a maximum weight of 3 kg (6.6 lbs.).

Peak Design Tech Pouch (US$59.95)

Peak Design Tech Pouch

The Peak Design Tech Pouch is perfect for travelers who need to carry lots of smaller items but don’t want to waste time rummaging for them. The Tech Pouch features a wide opening and origami-style pockets that let you easily see and access items throughout the pouch. In addition to keeping gear tidy on the go, the pouch also features cable pass-through for conveniently charging tech devices.

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee (US$68)

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee

Traveling can be sweaty work with laundry facilities few and far between. But Proof’s 72-Hour Merino Tee combines a variety of travel-friendly features to combat this. It’s odor-resistant and moisture-wicking, helping you stay fresher for longer on your travels (and helping you pack less too). And when it does come time to washing, it’s machine-washable for easy care. The tee features a special blend of merino wool and nylon, offering the great benefits of merino with added durability for life on the go.

Magpul DAKA Weatherproof Pouches 3-Pack (US$70)

Magpul DAKA Pouches

Seeking organization that stands up to any challenging outdoor adventure but slides sleekly into urban settings too? This 3-pack of Magpul DAKA Pouches does the job exceedingly well. Built with reinforced polymer fabric, welded construction, and water-resistant YKK AquaGuard zippers, these pouches will provide admirable protection from the elements. And with three sizes you’ve got options for storing a range of items securely.

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker (US$79.95)

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Some sweet tunes on your travels can help you slog up that mountain or kick back and chill after a busy day. And the Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker is a savvy addition to a packing list. It features a rugged, waterproof build and includes a tear-resistant strap to secure it to a bike or bag. The battery lasts up to six hours and charges via USB.

RYU EveryWear Trouser (US$125)

RYU EveryWear Trouser

The more versatile a piece of clothing is, the less you need to pack. RYU’s EveryWear Trouser strides from the gym to work environments to a meal out. Designed to wick moisture, resist abrasion and dry quickly, the EveryWear Trouser also provides four-way stretch for freedom of movement. And for a ladies’ alternative, check out the EveryWear Slim Pant.

Bellroy Travel Folio (US$139)

Bellroy Travel Folio

For the suave traveler who loves having important travel essentials neat and easily accessible, the Bellroy Travel Folio is a gift that’s sure to please. The Travel Folio fits two passports, four to eight cards, flat bills, and boarding passes. It comes with a micro pen and also fits a full-size pen. Crafted with premium, environmentally certified leather, it’s a classy addition to any packing list.

OLIVERS Passage Pant (US$158)

OLIVERS Passage Pant

The OLIVERS Passage Pant is a stylish travel wardrobe essential that combines durability, comfort and versatility. The four-way stretch and gusseted crotch allow for freedom of movement, letting you embrace a bike ride or day hike as easily as a stroll in the city. Durable and stylish for work or play, the Passage Pant is a quality gift pick.

Patagonia Nano Puff® Jacket (US$199)

Patagonia Women's Nano Puff® Jacket

Stylish for urban settings and suitable for outdoor roaming, the Patagonia Nano Puff offers an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. The jacket is windproof, water-resistant, and features 60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco. It also comes in both men’s and women’s options. And for travel convenience, it packs down compactly for easy storage in luggage or a day bag.


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