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The 49 Best Gifts for Travelers

Posted By Trav

[UPDATED: November 13, 2018]

Every year, for the past six years, we’ve scoured the globe to find the most unique, most useful, and best gifts for travelers on the planet (tough life, I know).

And in those past six years, our annual “best gifts for travelers” guide has become the #1 travel gift guide in the world!

So if you’re struggling with what to get the traveler in your life, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered again this year.

From less than $5 to over $1,000, and with gifts ranging from backpacks to books and from cashmere to coffee, there’s something here for everyone.

Here are the best gifts for travelers – so start shopping, and happy holidays!

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Backpacks & Gear

There’s no more important item to a traveler than a good piece of luggage and over the years, our opinions have been split.

While I don’t travel anywhere without a backpack, Heather prefers a rolling suitcase.

Which is perfect for you, because no matter which you prefer, we’ve got an option that you’ll love.

1. TORTUGA OUTBREAKER BACKPACK

tortuga-outbreaker

Years on List:  3

While I’ve loved my Tortuga Backpack for the past four years, two years ago they came out with the Outbreaker – and all I can say is…wow!

Not only does it look cooler than the previous version but it’s also:

  • waterproof
  • laid out with more pockets and easier storage systems
  • the first height adjustable travel backpack in the world, and
  • made of sailcloth (which they use on racing boats) and which won’t rip, scuff or fray

Plus, it still has a separate sleeve for your laptop (a huge perk) and now it comes in two sizes.

Special Offer – Get 10% of any order by using the promo code EPOP at checkout!

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack Price: $299 for 45L, $269 for 35L Don't forget to use promo code EPOP to get 10% off any order! Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

2. THE BIGGER CARRY ON BY AWAY TRAVELaway_medium_sand

Years on the list: 3

As most of you know, Heather is definitely a “rolling suitcase kind of girl” who does not enjoy schlepping around a backpack.

After rolling a beat up Samsung suitcase around the world for the past 5 years it was time for an upgrade – and the Away suitcase has been just that.

Just a few of its many features include:

  • a range of sizes with great colors
  • a lifetime warranty
  • a battery for charging electronics
  • a scratch-resistant surface

We’re obsessed! 

The "Bigger Carryon" by Away Travel Price: $245 The Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

3. Tortuga Setout Packing Cubes

Years on List: New This Year!

We were hesitant to try packing cubes at first. But after using them over the last year, there is no turning back.

Now, Instead of our bags exploding when we get to a new spot we can easily pull out the packing cubes to find what we want. 

Yah organization!

Tortuga Setout Packing Cubes Price: $35 Tortuga Setout Packing Cubes Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

4.  UNiqlo Packable Puffer Jacket for Men or Women

uniqlo-puffer

This product was recommended by our good friend and packing expert, Fred Perotta, founder of Tortuga Backpacks.

Years On List: 3

Typically, we prefer travel that involves shorts, swimsuits, and flip-flops.  But occasionally we’ll venture to colder climates, and when that happens, a down packable puffer jacket is a lifesaver.

Uniqlo is known for having good quality products at affordable prices and this jacket is no exception.  It’s super warm, stylish, and packs up really well, making it an essential piece of travel gear for men and women!

Uniqlo Packable Ultra Light Down Jacket Price: $69 Available for both men and women and in a host of colors! Uniqlo Packable Ultra Light Down Jacket Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Gadgets

Every traveler worth their salt knows that certain gadgets can make life much easier on the road.

Grab these gadgets and know that you’re prepared no matter where you’re headed.

5. Macbook Air 13″

Macbook Air

Years On List: 5

Really want to spoil your favorite traveler?

Give them, hands down, the best travel laptop.  It’s powerful, lightweight, and durable.

As someone who used to lug around a Macbook Pro, we’re glad we made the switch.

Bonus Tip: make sure to get them the 256gb size instead of the smaller 128gb – it’s well worth the $100 extra.

Macbook Air 13" (Newest Model) Price: $1,096.80 Macbook Air 13 Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

 6. Iphone xs max

 

Years on List: New This Year!

Remember back in the day when you had to carry around a DSLR camera AND a tablet?  #firstworldtravelproblems.

Now, all you need is Apple’s newest smartphone and you’ll be able to take amazing pictures and surf the internet on a screen you won’t need reading glasses for – all on something that fits in your pocket!

Pretty amazing.

iPhone XS MAX Price: $1,399.98 iPhone XS MAX Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

7. Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

This product was recommended by our good friend and travelista Natalie Sisson from The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

Years on List:  2

There are two types of people when it comes to Bose Noise Canceling headphones – those who swear by them and those who have never tried them.

And while they are expensive, a good set of noise-canceling headphones can quickly become a traveler’s best friend when trying to relax or get some sleep during a brutal long haul flight.

Bose QuietComfort 35ii Noise Canceling Headphones Price: $349.00 Bose QuietComfort 35ii Noise Canceling Headphones Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

8. MOPHIE JUICE PACK

 

Years on List: 3

This was, hands down, one of the best gifts we received in the past few years – and something we now recommend as essential to any traveler!

Travelers use their smartphones for everything – taking pictures, GPS, finding the best places to eat, posting on social media – which leads to the dreaded “dead battery syndrome” halfway through the day.

Enter the Mophie charger, which can fully recharge a phone two times!

And you can choose when to charge the battery by switching it on and off, saving the battery boost for when you need it most…like when you’re trying to find your hotel at midnight! 

Mophie Juice Pack Price: $49.99 Mophie Juice Pack Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

9. Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

Years On List: 4

We love reading physical books as much as the next person (and probably even more), but carrying around multiple books at a time isn’t feasible when you’re trying to travel light – and you’re trying to travel light, right?

So grab the absolute best e-reader on the market and have the entire world’s library at your fingertips.

Make sure to splurge for the Paperwhite version, as the built-in backlight will pay for itself many times over.

Kindle Paperwhite Price: $129.99 Kindle Paperwhite Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

10. Bestek Universal Travel adapter 

Years on List:  2 

For years, we recommended carrying a travel adapter AND a surge protector that would give you extra outlets.  Now, those two items have been combined into one awesome piece of travel equipment!

The Bestek Universal Travel Adapter:

  • Converts to that country’s voltage (no more frying your power strip with the hairdryer)
  • Gives you 7(!!) ports for charging – 3 outlets and 4 USB –
  • Comes with adapters for over 150 countries in the world.

Bing. Bang. Boom.

An absolute must-have for any traveler – and our #1 most purchased gift from last year’s gift guide!

Bestek Universal Travel Adapter Price: $36.99 Bestek Universal Travel Adapter Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

11. Roost Travel Stand

Years on List: New This Year!

If you work on your laptop on the go, this is a must have. Creating an ergonomic setup for your laptop can stop that permanent hunch you’ve got going at the coffee shop!

At only 5.8 ounces and 1 inch thick, you’ll save your back and still have plenty room in your bag for other essentials, like that extra pair of underwear or the wine you want to bring home from Tuscany!

The Roost Travel Stand Price: $74.95 The Roost Travel Stand Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

12. The Jetto App

Years on List: New This Year!

Trivia time:  What’s the best type of gift?

Answer:  One that saves you more money than you actually spend on it!

And our new app Jetto does just that, sending notifications directly to your phone when crazy cheap flights from your airports pop up (like roundtrip flights to Europe for under $350)!

With each deal saving you an average of $400+, the $39/year price tag for the premium version makes it a no-brainer and will add money back in to your pocket year after year.

Jetto App Price: Free to download, $39/year for Jetto Platinum Jetto App Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Sleep/Health

No one wants to be sick or overly tired when traveling.

Make sure you’re always in tip-top shape with some of these gifts.

13. Mack Ultrasoft Foam Earplugs

 

macks earplugs

Years on List: 6

Whether it’s to drown out a screaming baby on the plane or unwanted construction during an early morning in Bali, earplugs are one of the most important things any traveler can bring with them.

And none of the earplugs we’ve tried my in life compare to Mack’s.

Grab a 50-pack and give them away as the perfect stocking stuffer (and maybe even keep some for yourself)!

Mack's Ultrasoft Foam Earplugs Price: $10.79 Mack's Ultrasoft Foam Earplugs Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

14. DryFox Microfiber Travel Towel

Years on List: 2

A travel towel is one of the very few “must have” travel items, and last year, we recommended a brand new one – the Dryfox travelPOUCHtowel.

Readers went nuts for it – they loved that it was larger and more comfortable than other travel towels and had a built-in water resistant storage pocket.

Plus, it was cheaper than other travel towels and created by EPOP reader Samantha Peck.

Well, we’ve got good news – this year it comes in brand new designs that are reversible!

You literally could not ask for more in a travel towel, which is why this towel comes with our highest recommendation possible.

DryFox Microfiber Travel Towel Price: $34.99 DryFox Microfiber Travel Towel Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

15. Gotoob Travel Bottles

travel tubes

Years on List: 4

These travel bottles are long lasting and will not break in your luggage – which makes them well worth the few extra dollars as they don’t need to be replaced after one trip.

Those 99-cent bottles from Target?  They always end up deformed and broken.

Time to upgrade!

GoToob Travel Bottles Price: $13.69 GoToob Travel Bottles Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

16. Gotubb Travel Containers

 

This product was recommended by adventure travel expert Stefan Loble, founder of Bluffworks. 

Years on List:  2

The PERFECT compliment to the GoToobs listed above, GoTubbs can be used for storing vitamins, pills, knick-knacks, or even that pesky spare change you always seem to accumulate.

Plus, you can open the GoTubbs with one hand – how cool is that?

GoTubb 3 Pack Price: $7.99 GoTubb 3 Pack Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Stocking Stuffers

These smaller but essential pieces are perfect for stuffing the stocking of your favorite traveler.

17. One80 Peripheral LED Headlamp

 

Years on List:  2

When the power goes out in the third world country you’re traveling through, you don’t want to be the one stuck without a light (speaking from experience).

And having a headlamp makes a lot more sense than carrying around a heavier, and less useful, flashlight.

But even traditional headlamps only show you what’s right in front of you, leaving you with “tunnel vision”.

Imagine having a headlamp that illuminates an entire 180-degree field so you can have full range of vision?

That’s exactly what the (aptly named) One80 LED headlamp does – and because it comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts 7+ hours on low, you’ll never be in the dark again.

The perfect stocking stuffer!

Special Offer:  Use the promo code EPOP at checkout to get 10% off!

One80 LED Headlamp Price: $49 Don't forget to use the promo code EPOP to get 10% off, which lowers the price to $44.10! One80 LED Headlamp Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

18. headphone splitter

Headphone splitter

Years on List: 6

It’s simple and unsexy, but if you’re traveling with a companion then a headphone splitter might be the best bang for your buck on this entire list.

It allows you to watch all your favorite tv shows and movies together without having to play the whole “left ear for you, right ear for me” game that gets old after a few hours minutes.

Headphone Splitter Price: $3.76 Headphone Splitter Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

19. TILE slim

tile-slim-2

 

Years on List: 3

This is probably the best $30 you will ever spend – especially if you’re someone who loses their wallet in multiple countries (coughTravcough).

This small device that you can adhere to your keys, wallet, laptop, etc. so that you can find them when they’re lost – instead of spending your vacation at a Parisian police station.

Tile Slim Price: $28.95 Tile Slim Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

20. MOLESKINE NOTEBOOK

moleskin

Years on list: 4

The perfect size for carrying around in your pocket or purse and jotting down important travel notes, like where to find the best baguette in Paris or best gelato in Florence.

We never leave for any trip without at least two Moleskines at our disposal.

Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Pebble Grey, Soft Cover Price: $9.95 Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Pebble Grey, Soft Cover Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

21. Buff

Years on List: New This Year!

Popularized by Survivor (yes, it’s still on and yes, we still love it), buffs make the ultimate travel companion because of their versatility.

Able to be worn as everything from a headband to a tube top and used in hot climates to wick away sweat or cold climates to keep heat in, packing a Buff for any type of adventure is a necessity.

And with hundreds of different patterns and colors, you can always find one that matches your style.

BUFF Original Price: $20.00 BUFF Original Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

22. Vagabond Heart Travel Patches and Stickers

Years on List: New This Year!

We love collecting mementos of our travels, but far too often the choices look too “tourist-trap-gift-shopey”.

Thankfully Mike from Vagabond Heart (and EPOP fan) thought the same thing and decided to make patches and stickers that actually look cool.

Like, really cool (Vancouver, Mexico, and Havana are a few of our favorites)!

His vintage inspired travel stickers currently adorn our laptop, and they make a perfect gift for any traveler!

Vagabond Heart Travel Patches and Stickers Price: $4.95 per sticker, $7.95 per patch Vagabond Heart Travel Patches and Stickers Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Books/Magazines

What’s the best thing to do when you’re not traveling?

Read about other people’s experiences!

If you’re stuck without a trip in the near future, get lost in someone else’s adventures with some of our favorite travel books and magazines.

23. A KIM JUNG IL PRODUCTION BY PAUL FISCHER

 

Years on List:  3

One of the best books, of any genre, that I’ve read.  Ever.

Not particularly interested in North Korea?

No problem, neither was I before I started this book.

Now?  I’m fascinated – and there is no better starting point than this true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator’s rise to power.

Do yourself a favor and pick this book up…and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down.

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power Price: $9.99 on Kindle or paperback A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

24. The Hidden Europe by Francis Tapon

Book - Hidden Europe

Years on List: 5

Ever dreamed of exploring Eastern Europe?  You need this book!

Have no clue why anyone would want to explore Eastern Europe?  You need this book!

Francis Tapon’s account of his journey to all 25 Eastern European countries is like the world’s most interesting history textbook combined with a hilarious travelogue.

I’ve read it multiple times, and I still find myself referring back to it every time I get a bit of wanderlust for the “hidden” Europe.

The Hidden Europe by Francis Tapon Price: Varies Based on Type of Book You Want (Hardcover, Kindle, etc) The Hidden Europe by Francis Tapon Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

25. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubenstein

Years on List: New This Year!

I’m a sucker for true travel books that are “stranger than fiction”, so I start A LOT of them.  Unfortunately, I don’t finish 90% of them because they are too dry, too boring, or too poorly written.

Fortunately, The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the exact opposite – a “stranger than fiction” story that actually lives up the moniker.

If the story of a whiskey drinking, semi-pro hockey player turned robber baron who becomes a folk hero in crazy post Communist Hungary sounds interesting to you, I promise that this book will not disappoint!

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein Price: $12.88 Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

26. Ultimate Journeys for Two by Mike and Anne Howard

Years on List: New This Year!

Taking inspiration from their six-year journey across the seven continents, Mike & Anne of HoneyTrek.com (and friends of EPOP) have written National Geographic’s first book on couples travel.

In this gorgeous coffee-table-meets-guide, they’ve pinpointed their 75 favorite destinations, best tips, most inspiring stories, and handiest travel hacks.

It’s organized by type of experience–so no matter if you (or that couple on your holiday list) are into beaches, mountains, deserts, or road trips, you’ll find amazing new places to match your style.

Ultimate Journeys for Two Price: $17.56 Ultimate Journeys for Two Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

27. magazine Subscrptions

Years on List: 3

Magazine subscriptions are awesome because they’re the gift that keeps on giving…month after month after month.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Outside Magazine 

outside-mag

A great magazine for the explorer in you. 1 year for $24

Cereal – Travel + Style

cereal-mag

The minimal travel magazine – easily compared to Kinfolk.

Buy a 2 edition subscription for $27

For Men.

Here are six clothing items that have made my travel life infinitely better and saved me tons of room in my pack.

28. BLUFFWORKS CHINO

Bluffs Chino

Years on List:  4

Very few articles of clothing get me excited…but Bluffworks Chinos are the exception.  

They are not only the best travel pants, but the best pants out there, period.

Bluff Works chinos check every single box:

  • Wrinkle-free
  • Super comfortable due to the stretchiness of the fabric
  • Look awesome
  • Special travel pant perks like zipper pockets to keep from being pickpocketed or just having your wallet or phone slide out.

I have all five colors and I wear them – every. single. day.

In fact, I’m wearing them right now as I write this!

They are, legitimately, that awesome.

Bluffworks Chinos Price: $125 regular price Don't forget to use the promo code PEANUTS to get 10% off! Bluffworks Chinos Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

29. Bluffworks Travel Blazer

Years on List: 2

There are very few things in this world I love as much as my Bluffworks Chinos (listed above).  My Bluffworks Travel Blazer is one of them.

I was never a “blazer guy” – you couldn’t pack them because they’d wrinkle, they weren’t comfortable and they just looked too corporate.  Give me a hoodie instead.

That all changed when Bluffworks released their wrinkle-free, breathable, stretchy, and lightweight blazer built specifically for travelers.

I’ve taken this blazer around the world with me.

I’ve worn it on planes and on the back of motorbikes.  I’ve worn it to the theater and to a super posh wedding in the Cotswolds.

And I’ve shoved it in my backpack and left it there for days.

No matter what I do to this blazer, it not only holds up, but it looks as good as the day I first got it.

Bluffworks Travel Blazer Price: $295 regular price Don't forget to use the promo code PEANUTS to get 10% off when it's not on already on sale. Bluffworks Travel Blazer Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

30. VivoBarefoot Ultra 3’s

Years on List:  2

For every trip I take, I pack 3 pairs of shoes.  A “dressy enough” pair, a pair of sandals, and a pair of sneakers.

And in order to pack a pair of sneakers that don’t take up your entire bag, you need to pack a pair of barefoot ones.

While I’m not a huge runner, I have run (slowly) in these plenty of times.

But the main reason I love them so much is that they are flexible enough to wear for almost any outdoor activity, whether it be dry (hiking, walking around a city, etc.) or wet (swimming, rafting, kayaking or even just splashing around in the rain)!

After trying out numerous pairs of barefoot sneakers, the Vivobarefoot Ultras are my all time favorite and have been with me to over 30 countries!

Vivobarefoot Men's Ultra 3 Barefoot Sneakers Price: $80.00 Vivobarefoot Men's Ultra 3 Barefoot Sneakers Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

31. Adidas Climalite Boxer Briefs

Adidas-Climalite-boxers

Years on List: 5

Traveling to a hot location? Cotton underwear just isn’t going to cut it!

These will keep you dry all day, are much cheaper and more comfortable than the popular Ex Officio brand, and can be washed easily in the sink if need be.

adidas Men's Sport Performance Climalite Boxer Brief Underwear (2 Pack) Price: $18.00 adidas Men's Sport Performance Climalite Boxer Brief Underwear (2 Pack) Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

32. The Ridge Wallet

Years on List: New This Year!

This wallet has a super minimal footprint, allowing it to sit in your pocket without making much of a show.

With RFID blocking, this is the perfect wallet for travel, allowing you to carry just what you need without drawing any attention.

Plus, you get to choose between a money clip or a money strap and three different colors.

The Ridge Minimalist Wallet Price: $72.00 The Ridge Minimalist Wallet Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

For Women

All women’s gifts are recommendations from Heather, the one who constantly stuns everyone by how good she looks while she travels – and who keeps me from wearing sweatpants around the world.

Here’s Heather…

 33. Fawn Design Backpack

 

Years on list: New this year

I love traveling with a nice leather bag and in the past have used my Cuyana tote for every trip. Now that we have a baby, I knew I needed to find a cool travel/diaper bag.

This is technically a diaper bag but it also makes the PERFECT travel bag because it has tons of pockets to organize all your items and even has a sleeve in the back for your laptop.

It ‘s also very comfortable to carry around since it is a backpack rather than a tote bag. I have used this bag (I have the gray version) every single day and on every trip over the last year and I love it!

Fawn Diaper Bag Price: 169.99 Fawn Diaper Bag Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

34. TRAVEL HAT

 

Years on List: 4

I bought a gray wool hat exactly like this three years ago at Madewell and I’ve taken it on most trips ever since. This year I bought the same version in linen and I love it!

However, those hats are not in stock at the moment so I found some others that are similar, such as the one above, from Nordstrom. It is perfect for covering up a bad hair day, which can happen more than you like when traveling.

It looks great paired with some aviators and a cargo jacket.

If you’re traveling somewhere colder, I also love these options from Amazon – this really affordable hat with a removable pompom and this cashmere set, which includes a scarf and gloves if you are really looking to spoil the traveler in your life! 

Linen Travel Hat Price: 29.50 Linen Travel Hat Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

 

35. STYLISH SNEAKER

superga-sneaker

Years on List: 3

I always travel with a sneaker and in past years, I’ve sworn by the Nike Internationlist sneaker.

While I still love the Nike Internationalist and wear them frequently, two years ago I finally bought these Superga sneakers and I love them! I brought them on all of our trips the past few years and they look great with basically any outfit and are incredibly comfortable.

They come in both leather and canvas and have a variety of colors. I went with the classic white leather because they are durable and easy to clean, but I am already eying up the black pair!

Superga 2750 Sneakers Price: Superga 2750 Sneakers Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

36. Elevated Leggings

 

Years On List:  6

Leggings are a travel must-have.

These faux leather leggings are affordable (40% off) and look great with a cozy oversize sweater for those long plane rides but look equally stylish when you land. 

I wear them constantly paired with ankle boots or sneakers.

Another great option is this version by Spanx, which is the number one selling faux leather legging and also comes in petite sizes. 

Faux Leather Leggings Price: $60 Faux Leather Leggings Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

37. cASHMERE WRAP

 

Years on List: 4

Two years ago, I bought a Halogen cashmere wrap from Nordstrom before we embarked on our two month trip to Europe.

From the first flight, where I was considerably warmer and cozier, I was hooked.

I was especially grateful I had it wandering around Norway on some very cloudy and chilly days.

My exact wrap is sold out, but there is a new version from Nordstrom this year that looks very similar and just as cozy! I also found a few more affordable options on Amazon.

100% Cashmere Wrap Shawl Extra Large Scarf Price: $130.00 100% Cashmere Wrap Shawl Extra Large Scarf Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Infant Travel

Towing a little guy around the world for the last year has introduced to a whole new type of travel – and made us realize that the products below are worth their weight in gold when traveling with an infant.

38. Doona Convertible Car Seat and Stroller

Years on List: New This Year!

This is, hands down, one of the most useful, most practical, and best products we’ve ever used. It’s a stroller that with the push of a button converts in to a car seat, as the legs tuck right up under the frame.

After lugging around both a car seat and a stroller while in Budapest and Mallorca (and feeling like a pack mule) we found the Doona, and it was an answer to our prayers.

We’ve used it on every single trip since and we could not recommend it enough to any parents traveling with an infant.

Doona Stroller Price: $499.00 Doona Stroller Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

39. Guava Family Lotus Everywhere crib

Years on List: New This Year!

When you’re traveling with children, every inch of space and ounce of weight is crucial, and the Guava Family is one of the lightest and most compact pack and plays on the market.

It’s also got a cool bonus feature – the one side zips open, allowing you to crawl in the pack and play if you need to snuggle your little one to sleep!

Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib Price: $209.00 Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

40. Angel Dear Blankies

Years on List: New This Year!

Lovingly referred to as “woobies” by our family, these soft baby blankets are an absolutely necessity when trying to get our little guy to go to sleep.  Plus, they’re super cute.

He loves them so much that we’re slowly working our way through all 30 different types of animals (although the blue elephant is still his favorite).

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41. Infantino pouch Spoons

Years on List: New This Year!

Never have we seen something so simple elicit so many positive comments from total strangers (and save so many pairs of clothes).

This little plastic spoon twists right on the end of any pouch, allowing you to keep the mess to a minimum – and impress everyone around you who has never seen one before!

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42. Boon Snack Ball

Years on List: New This Year!

Items that can be used for multiple purposes are awesome, especially when traveling, and this little ball is no exception.

Not only can you store your kid’s favorite snacks inside (mmmm bunny crackers!), but they can also use it as a play toy.  Winning!

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Heather’s Picks.

Now that we’ve got the clothes out of the way, here are a few more of Heather’s personal favorites that will make your travel even easier and more stylish.

43. Cuyana Leather Travel Set

Years on List: 2

I bought a travel case set last year from Sseko Designs and have used them nonstop to organize my items and switch them between bags, a welcome convenience now that we have a baby.

Unfortunately, those bags are no longer available but this set from Cuyana is and it’s beautiful and sleek.  I still use my leather Cuyana tote 4 years later!

These well-made leather pouches from Cuyana come in a lot of different colors and will definitely help you keep your bag tidy while you travel.

Cuyana Leather Travel Set Price: $110 Cuyana Leather Travel Set Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

44. CASHMERE  SOCKS & Eye Mask 

Years on List: 3

Staying warm on the plane is essential for a comfortable flight. No matter what time of year I am flying, I always pack a cozy pair of socks.

If you are looking to spoil the traveler in your life, then these luxurious cashmere socks with a matching eye mask make the perfect gift!

Cashmere Socks and Eye Mask Price: $61.60 Cashmere Socks and Eye Mask Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

45. atlas coffee Club

 

 

Anyone who listens to our podcast knows my obsession love for coffee. Wherever we travel, I always track down the best cafes in that area – to the point where even Trav will research as well, knowing it’s inevitable we’ll find our way there.

When I found out there was a coffee club that sends you customized coffee from around the world every month, I was beyond excited and immediately knew I would be giving this gift to every coffee loving traveler I know!

Atlas Coffee Club Price: Starting at $9/month Atlas Coffee Club Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

\\Trav’s Picks

A special selection of what I consider some of the coolest and most unique travel gifts you can buy.

46. Inflatable Solar Lantern

This product was recommended by our good friend and travel gear guru Stefan Loble, founder of Bluffworks,

Years on List: 2

A lantern that collapses down to 1 inch, can float, lasts for up to 24 hours, and works on solar power?  Why wouldn’t you want something like this in your life?

While most people would think of using this for camping, I can think of hundreds of times in my travels that don’t involve camping where this would come in handy.

There’s a reason that this is so highly rated – and why I take it on every trip I go on.

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 - Inflatable Solar Light Price: $19.95 MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 - Inflatable Solar Light Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

47. Flying Fisherman Fowey Sunglasses

Years on List: 2

No, I don’t fly fish.  In fact, I don’t fish at all (too boring for me).

But for as weird as the name and branding are, the sunglasses are equally as awesome and perfect for travel.

Their rugged, polarized, don’t scratch easily, won’t slip all over your face, and look great.

Plus, they’re cheap, so you don’t have to worry if you leave them in a beach cabana in Thailand or they come flying off while jetskiing on Lake Winnipesaukee (whoops)!

Flying Fisherman Fowey Polarized Sunglasses Price: $21.49 Flying Fisherman Fowey Polarized Sunglasses Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

48. CutMaps Wooden Cell Phone Case of Your Favorite City

Years on List: 2

I’ve had a CutMaps cellphone case of Portland, Oregon for the last two years and I’ve gotten more compliments on it than anything else (yes, even more than the man bun I once rocked)!

The premise is simple and in the name – they laser cut the map of your favorite city on to a wooden cell phone case that allows you to rep your hometown or your favorite city wherever you go.

Plus, the case is super durable and helps protect your precious smartphone.  I’ve dropped mine countless times and never had an issue!

Cut Maps Wooden Cell Phone Case Price: Starting at $29.99 Cut Maps Wooden Cell Phone Case Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

49. Holy Cow Push Pin Travel Maps

Years on List: New This Year!

I love traveling.  I love maps.  And, let’s be honest, it’s pretty cool to “show off” all the places you’ve been when your friends come over.

So it only makes sense that these push pin maps are at the very top of my wish list this year.  I especially like gray and white map (hint, hint)!

Holy Cow Push Pin Maps Price: Starting at $144 Holy Cow Push Pin Maps Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

What’s on your travel wishlist?  Did you buy anything from the list above?  Did we miss anything?  Let us know in the comments below!

92 comments

  1. Linda says:

    So excited to see this year’s list! Purchased many things off of last year’s list.
    Do you remember when I posted about trying to find those Merrell shoes for myself? Was not successful and have been to so many stores around the country. My husband’s continue to sit in the back of the closet. He did, however, purchase a pair of boots similar to the Gobi’s.
    We loved the Long Way Round and Long Way Down series and have recommended them to others.
    Also bought the Monster Outlet strip but haven’t used it as much as I thought.
    Rainbow sandals are my 17-year-old’s favorite shoes.
    My daughter has the Madewell tote and I just found something similar through Office Depot (5X ppd) for only $19.99!
    TJMaxx also had the absorbent towel, packing cubes and travel bottles when I was shopping yesterday.
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Trav says:

      Linda- I’m interested to hear what boots your husband has and if he likes them. and you’re right, the Long Way Round and Down DVD series are just phenomenal. I’ve never had anyone say they don’t like them.

      You found something similar to the Madewell Tote for $19.99? That’s incredible. Heather is dying for the Madewell tote, I wish I could get 5x for buying it for her!

      1. Linda says:

        Travis, take a look at this link that Points and Pixie Dust posted.

        http://pointsandpixiedust.boardingarea.com/i-thought-this-was-imported-from-italy-but-it-was-from-office-depot/#sthash.gUNsltkx.dpbs

        If you go through the Buxton website, the bag is now $19.99 and there are numerous colors. Also use this code to get 20 percent off – 20off.

        If you order two, you get free shipping. Total cost of two bags: $31.98. You must order at least two to get the free shipping.

        Amazon also has for $24.99 with free shipping so you could get 5X by buying a Amazon gift card at OD or using your Chase Freedom. For me, I would rather get two for under $32 and stick with one point for a regular spend. I went with black and natural.

        His boots are G.H. Bass and were purchased at Sam’s Club. (Used a prepaid Visa purchased at OD so I got 5X). Think they were under $40.

        Also bought him the GoPro4 Black. Think he will love this!

        1. Trav says:

          @Linda- Wow, you got him a GoPro4 Black? That’s awesome. I really, really want one. And that bag is really nice, Heather says she definitely approves. Thanks for all the suggestions!

          1. Linda says:

            Not really sure what he plans to do with the GoPro but hope it doesn’t sit in the back of the closet with the Merrill shoes!
            Keep up the great job you and Heather are doing! Love your blog and podcasts! You were one of the first that I started reading and one of the few that I continue to read!
            Merry Christmas!

          2. Trav says:

            @Linda- Merry Christmas to you too! And tell him to use that GoPro…don’t let that go to waste!

    2. Visiit says:

      Order the backpack. Thanks for sharing.

    3. Josh says:

      I’m surprised that neither you (Travis) or Linda have considered anything having to do with coffee! Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t always travel to places that have good coffee shops.

      Hands down my favorite travel-related coffee gift is a travel espresso maker. Ha! I added it to my own list here: http://www.travelchinacheaper.com/21-gifts-for-travelers

      Thanks for sharing Travis. Been doing a lot of travel reading lately and this Extra Pack of Peanuts website has come up numerous times.

      1. Trav says:

        @Josh – I’m sure Heather will love you for this recommendation. Since I don’t drink coffee, it never even crossed my mind. I’m really glad you’ve found our site numerous times. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!

  2. Rana Singh says:

    Christmas is so near and loved to have your list of gifts for my family and friends. Will help me out in my home visit. Thanx

    1. Trav says:

      @Rana- Awesome…so glad you liked some of those gifts!

  3. Kara Frampton says:

    Hi Travis,

    Great list and I will be picking up several of your and Heather’s picks. Question about the backpack as to whether you both have the full size tortuga or the smaller air. I worry about carrying weight on my back and was curious as to how comfortable you find it when fully packed. I tend to only be gone 7 to 10 days at a time due to work.

    1. Trav says:

      @Kara Frampton- I have the full size Tortuga. The Air isn’t out yet, so I haven’t been able to personally try it out, although I did get to see it when Fred, Tortuga’s founder, and I got together earlier this year.

      My Tortuga, when fully stocked to the brim and having a lot of electronics in it, weighs in at around 10 kilos. This is a little heavy, but not toooo bad for a backpack. Obviously, you could simply pack less and it would be much lighter. If you did that, I think it’d be perfect. The actual fit of the Tortuga regular is nice, so if you packed less and less electronics, then it would be perfect for you I think.

  4. Gail says:

    Hey Trav, I have a question for you. Why do you like the MacBook Air better than the iPad Air? I am considering getting the iPad Air because it is so portable and easy to store. Is there an advantage to having the MBA? Thanks for the list.

    1. Trav says:

      @Gail- The difference is in what you need it for and how you will use it. I NEED a Macbook Air because I need everything a computer can do – word documents, writing blog posts, excel, etc. All the functions of a laptop.

      If you only need something for browsing the internet and reading books and such, a tablet like the iPad Air makes perfect sense. But if you need something that can have all the functions of a laptop, you’ll be disappointed in having an iPad because there is a lot you can’t do on it.

  5. Tatiana says:

    Great posts! I got the carry on tortuga backpack. Do u think I can sneak through Spiritair without getting the fees if I don’t check in bags. I’ve gotten in through before with an oversized bag and they didn’t say anything. My mom got in with a duffle bag without paying fees. We just checked in online and printed our boarding pass without having to go to the agents and went through without a problem. I don’t if they’ll stop me with that backpack though. It’d be my first time trying .

    1. Trav says:

      @Tatiana- I’ve been able to use my Tortuga as a carryon on Air Asia and RyanAir, two normally strict airlines. I’ve never tried Spirit, but I’m guessing yes. The Tortuga definitely doesn’t look that big.

  6. Colin says:

    I know this is from 2014, but there is a new list for 2015! http://www.stampedtravel.com/7-christmas-gifts-every-traveler-needs-for-2016/

    1. Trav says:

      @Colin – Thanks for sharing. Good list, although I can’t do bulky water bottles. I got to go with the collapsible ones.

      1. Colin says:

        Of course. They may be bulky, but they work wonders!

  7. Anna says:

    Hi Trav!

    Thank you for your suggestions! You have some cool selection here. I love your own picks. Cork globe is great not only for remembering those dreamlike places you have seen but also for setting new goals and destinations :)

    As a frequent traveler myself I also gathered some gifts travelers would love. Besides they are affordable and have great reviews. Here they are: http://www.balticmuse.com/2014/12/17/35-brilliant-gifts-for-travelers-that-will-inspire-their-wanderlust/

    1. Trav says:

      @Anna- Thanks, now that I’m home, I can get myself a cork globe.

      Love your list too, especially Ticket to Ride, my favorite board game in the world. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Anna says:

        You are welcome Trav! I haven’t tried Ticket to Ride yet, but after reading the reviews and now hearing such good words from you I am even more interested.
        How was your trip? What did you like the best in South East Asia? I have lived 8 months in the Philippines. Have you been there? Beaches and islands are stunning there!

        Have a great day,

        Anna

        1. Trav says:

          @Anna- Unfortunately, I’ve never made it to the Philippines. I hear great things (except about the food, which everyone says is terrible). Ticket to Ride is awesome, you should definitely pick it up when you get a chance!

  8. Sullivan says:

    A Kindle Paperwhite is a must! I know I could just read books on my phone, but it’s just not anywhere close to the same. Plus it’s uncanny how the Paperwhite Kindles really do look like real paper, especially in the sunlight. Technology, man.

    1. Trav says:

      @Sullivan- Technology…it’s a beautiful thing!

  9. Mark says:

    Awesome list! Particularly the headphone splitters- such a duh moment, and a way to improve those long bus rides for only a few bucks.

    1. Trav says:

      @Mark- Yep, definitely the best bang for your buck!

  10. Traveler says:

    thank you for list:)

  11. Lisa says:

    For those who want to keep track of the places they’ve traveled, check this item out!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/229660632/globetrotters-register-top-piece?ref=shop_home_active_2

    1. Trav says:

      @Lisa- That’s really cool. Are you the person who runs that Etsy shop?

  12. Kassie says:

    Hello there! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobike friendly? My sit looks weiird when viewing
    from my iphone. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Many thanks!

    1. Trav says:

      @Kassie- Sorry, my web designer did all that. I’d recommend getting a theme that is branded as mobile friendly though.

  13. Tina says:

    That’s a pretty through shopping list … it’ll be useful to start shopping for next Christmas, since prices are really low right now in January!

  14. Bret says:

    Great piece! We’re trying to decide whether we want to upgrade our GoPro (still using the Hero2) or switch to the new Sony Action Cam. Have you tried the Sony yet? It’s more expensive, but the HD resolution is incredible.

    1. Trav says:

      @Bret- No, I haven’t tried out the Sony Action Cam yet, but sounds and looks awesome. I don’t think you could go wrong with either, but if you try out the Sony, come back and comment and let us know how it is!

  15. Wow, what a list! This is the best travellers gifts compilation I have ever come across. I love adventure sports like mountain biking, trekking, scuba diving and so on. I would love to get a few of these things for myself for my next trip. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Trav says:

      @Manthan – Our pleasure. What are some of the things you wanna get on this list?

  16. Angie says:

    Just started listening in preparation for our summer trip to Paris, Spain and Portugal/Azores Islands. We plan on staying at Airbnbs with washers/dryers so I’m planning to pack light. Do you think it would be possible to use the Tortuga for 3.5-4 week trip? Thinking of using the same format of packing as Heather’s blog entry. Let me know. Thanks!

    1. Trav says:

      @Angie – Yes, it’s definitely possible, especially going to warmer climates and places with washers and dryers. I’ve personally used it on a 2 month trip, and Heather has used a similar carry on sized backpack for those trips as well. So yes, you could easily pull off using the Tortuga for that extended amount of time.

      Remember, the key is to only pack for a week, no matter how long you are going!

  17. Farhan says:

    what a amazing post! Thanks for sharing – definitely can’t live without most of them during travel. But GoPro is only selected bunch of individuals. It got a fish eye lens – so some of the pics (WARNING WARNING!!!) may look funny.

    1. Trav says:

      @Farhan- Yeah, the GoPro is great for certain things, agreed. But we prefer DSLR camera or iPhone for “regular pics”. Glad you like it!

  18. Carlo says:

    Definitely a good read, A must for a backpacker. thanks for sharing..

  19. Chad Westfahl says:

    Great post! Any recommendations for a men’s travel toiletries case? I have an LL Bean one but its too big when traveling with only a backpack carry on. Thanks!!

    1. Trav says:

      @Chad Westfahl- Couldn’t really tell you since I always make Heather carry my toiletries!

  20. Gorgeous! What a delight to see!! Thanks for posting!

  21. Allison says:

    Just embarked on a year long trip and loving your podcasts and website- thanks! Took so many tips that are really panning out.
    Question about the Monster adapter though, it hasn’t worked in my first three countries: Spain, Portugal, Morocco. They require the two prongs, which the Monster adapter has, but all the wall plugs we’ve seen are rounded and recessed into the outlet?? So the rectangular flat adapter we have doesn’t work.

    Am I missing something/I feel like you guys have DEF been to these countries. And we’ve been in several different airbnbs, even a fancy hotel (bc we could afford it in Morocco) and checked at cafes and hallways etc…. all recessed and our prongs don’t reach so we had to purchase a local one.

    What gives, any one else have this issue, and is my Monster going to work in other places or should I ditch it now.

    THANKS !!

    1. Myk Brown says:

      Did you unscrew the prongs to make them longer? They should fit, but I found it a little tricky to make work all the time. I ended up buying a European USB charger for $5 and it worked awesome.

  22. Stacey says:

    Yes…just so much yes…that is all.

    1. Trav says:

      @Stacey – Yeah, lots of goodness in here. Anything in particular catch your eye? Or things with a plural s? let us know which ones.

  23. Trav, I love so many of your suggestions, especially the Globe Ornament, the book on N. Korea, and the stylish sneaker and leggings recommended by Heather, thanks a million! In your email P.S. you teased with this and I didn’t figure out what it is: “probably the least sexy, but most important, piece of travel equipment you can bring with you” – ok, what is it?! :) Thanks so much, jude

    1. Trav says:

      @Jude McCormick – Glad you love it, and thanks for specifically mentioning which ones you are excited about. Heather will be thrilled to hear about hte leggings and sneakers and ornaments. Those were all her choices, so 3 for Heather, 1 for me. Looks like she is winning!

      The least sexy but most important piece was a headphone splitter. If you’ve ever tried to watch a movie with a significant other or travel partner and had to split headphones, you know how much it stinks. For under $4, you can save A LOT of hassle!

  24. Marcos Rocha says:

    Thank you for putting together this list, it is always fun to read. I’ve purchased several of the stuff you mentioned already and it is truly awesome. Like the Tortuga backpack, it doesn’t look as bulky as your traditional backpack so I haven’t had to check it in at airports.

    Thank you for the work you do. Your ebooks, blog posts, and podcast, have opened up my mind to long term travel. I really didn’t think it was possible before coming across your website. I have traveled Latin America and right now I am in Europe. Thank you!!!

    Also, I would like to add that Maps.me is a free app that I love because it pinpoints my exact spot in the map even though my phone is not activated nor connected to wifi. You might have recommended this already, idk… I just wanted to give this app a shout out.

    1. Trav says:

      @Marcos Rocha – Man, this makes my day. Really, really glad we could open up your eyes to a whole new world of long term travel. And so glad that you took the steps to make it happen – we just provide the tools, you do the real work, so pat yourself on the back for that!

      Where are you in Europe?

      I’ve used maps.me before a little bit, and liked it, but never recommended it here yet, so thanks for the shout out. I’ll be sure to try to use it more extensively now!

  25. Ben says:

    I agree with the kindle, but I think it’s more valuable to find an old kindle keyboard generation 3. That was the latest version that Amazon gave free worldwide data for. They cut it to 50 mb per month, but it is fantastic to get to a new country and have enough of a data connection to pull up a map or check an email. There’s even a (slightly illicit) way to use the kindle data on a laptop!

    1. Trav says:

      @Ben – Wow, now that is a real hack. Had no idea you could even do that. But one of the things I prefer about the Kindle is that I can’t access the internet. I prefer using it just to read!

  26. I love that cork globe and a community member kindly bought it for me as a gift after I posted how cool it was on Facebook. It sits at my new apartment in Wellington and I need to figure out how to stick 70 pins into it now to mark the countries I’ve visited.

    Love these ideas though, I’m going to go shopping it seems (and you’re going to benefit because you deserve the affiliate payouts!)

    1. Trav says:

      @Natalie Sisson – That’s awesome…I hope someone from my community buys me one (hint hint).

      Go shopping girl…you deserve it!

  27. Faye says:

    Those are awesome Christmas gifts. How I wish to have at least an Ipad pro or a MacBook. Thanks for these ideas. I like them all.

  28. marge says:

    When I went to Amazon to order the Monster Outlets to Go Adapter, I noticed a comment saying you will also need a transformer. Did you find that to be true?

    Love this list and the podcast!!

  29. marge says:

    Oh, didn’t say it in previous comment, but as far as electronics, I will only be taking my MacBook Air, iPhone, and Kindle. Not sure if that will make a difference in your reply.

  30. marge says:

    When I went to Amazon to order the Monster Outlets to Go Adapter, I noticed a comment saying you will also need a transformer. Did you find that to be true? ( I will only be taking my MacBook Air, iPhone, and Kindle. Not sure if that will make a difference in your reply.)

  31. i think camera laptop and phone will be sufficiant

  32. Michelle says:

    Just listened to the 2017 podcast version – great list. My boyfriend is doing some extended travelling next year and I’ll be joining for some of it, I can’t wait to surprise him this Christmas with many of the items listed!

    A must have for me when travelling is a plastic roll-up vacuum-seal bag. (I know, nothing too fancy or exciting!) Essentially it’s a big sturdy plastic bag that you can roll out the air from one end and it vacuum seals the contents. It’s great to bring and store dirty laundry along the way so that the rest of your clothes don’t stink sitting next to dirty ones in your travel bag. Once you do your laundry, it can fold up to practically nothing and store in a side pocket until you need to use it again! And it saves on space being vacuum seal, win-win! I bought a few in different sizes that I can take with me depending on length of trip and how often I think I can do laundry abroad.

    1. Trav says:

      @Michelle – This is a great suggestion! I actually have a few that I packed in when we were moving a ton of stuff to Japan so I’d have more room in my big suitcases (this was before I was a carryon only type guy) but I’ve never thought to use them since, and I don’t know why. Can’t wait to pull these out and take them on the next trip with me. Thanks!

  33. Jes says:

    I second that GoTubb small containers… it’s completely changed my ability to carry on when I fly. I use them for my face lotion and hair creams where I only need a little product. They stack beautifully in my quart sized bag leaving room for other bulkier things like my hairspray and dry shampoo :) I also use the GoToob small containers as well, they allow more products into the quart sized bag. Glad they made the list this year, been meaning to write in and tell you all!

    1. Trav says:

      @Jes – Yeah, they are a very, very good addition to the list. Heather has loved her GoToob’s for a while, so excited to give the GoTubbs a try. Sometimes, the littlest things make the biggest impacts!

  34. ellie says:

    Such a good list! I’d love travel related gifts for xmas!

    1. Trav says:

      @ellie – Glad you liked it. Any specific things you’re going to buy?

  35. Peter Scott says:

    Question: Does the Pixter lens work well with the Mophie juice pack on?
    Recommendation: I just discovered that icebreaker merino wool socks are guaranteed for life. They are about $20/pair but if they get a hole in them you just take them back to the store for a new pair. Also, they don’t stink!

    1. Trav says:

      @Peter Scott – The Pixter Lens does go on with the Mophie Juice Pack but it’s not ideal. The Juice Pack is a bit too bulky for it to fit well. Also, great call on those Merino socks. That’s a pretty sweet guarantee.

  36. Upendra says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome list! I travel frequently to Europe and definitely need most of these things.
    By the way, what is your opinion about “Lonely Planet” travel magazine? Is is similar to CN Traveller?

    Also, big fan of your podcast. I have listened to almost every episode of yours since the last 2 years.

    1. Trav says:

      @Upendra – Glad you liked it and so happy you’ve listened to all our episodes over the last few years. I haven’t read Lonely Planet magazine yet – might be one for me to add to my list and check out.

  37. Very interesting gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Mindy says:

    Hi Travis and Heather,

    One item that my husband and I always pack is Lush’s Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar. It’s great because the shampoo is very moisturizing and it’s a solid so no need to worry about it being a liquid and going through airport security. We carry it in Lush’s square tin as we found the round tin was just a little too snug for the shampoo. Hope you guys can try it out. We love your podcast!!

    1. Trav says:

      @Mindy – Great advice, I’ll pass it along to Heather. She’ll be super excited she doesn’t need to worry about liquids being confiscated. A bit of a pet peeve of hers!

  39. Vikram says:

    The most useful thing for me in this list is travel cord roll.. And I also like vivobarefoot ultra 3s shoes. Its Sexy.. I like your list as all things are very useful during travelling. Thank you both of you.

  40. What a great list for travelers. This looks very interesting and informative post..Thank you so much for sharing this post. Definitely adding this post.

  41. Kesfe gel says:

    Very interesting and beatiful gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Kiye Sic says:

    great tips! thanks for sharing and keep it up!

  43. Thanks for Sharing Information!

  44. Our daughter is quite the traveller, this helps us get ideas for her birthday! thank you for the wonderful post

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