The Best Gifts for Travelers

From comfy shoes to a camping French press, shop our top gifts for travel lovers.

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Gifting can be a challenging task. When in doubt, the recipient's hobby can offer a bit of direction. If your loved one is an avid traveler, consider getting something to make their trips more efficient, comfortable, or enjoyable. 

Is the giftee a globe-trotter, a frequent flier, a road tripper, a glamping enthusiast, or an outdoor recreationist? Maybe they're a light packer with a practical spirit, a fashionista who prioritizes leisure, a person who travels often for work, or even someone new to the world of traveling. In any case, there's a product out there for every type of wanderlust.

For instance, you can go with products for planning trips, documenting adventures, staying safe while away from home, or for using en route. From carry-ons and packing cubes, cameras and journals, portable chargers and passport keepers, packable pillows and hats, there are many routes you can take.

We rounded up winners from several Travel + Leisure product tests as well as searched high and low to find the rest of our favorite items. Ahead, the best gifts for travel lovers you can order online.

Whether it's a gift for a holiday or a special occasion, these ideas will make meaningful presents for your fellow world wanderers. And don't miss out on the rest of Travel + Leisure's 2022 Gift Guides, where we've curated this year's best gift ideas for anyone you're shopping for.

Pacsafe Venturesafe Anti-Theft Travel Backpack

Venturesafe EXP55 Anti-Theft Travel Pack

Pacsafe

We tested 14 anti-theft backpacks and ended up loving the Pacsafe Venturesafe. Boasting a 45-liter capacity, this travel bag is big enough to fit all the essentials (and then some), yet still compact enough to qualify as a carry-on. Its security features include lockable zippers, cut-resistant construction, and a steel cable that attaches to any fixture. What's more, the shoulder straps are comfortably padded, while hip and chest belts help evenly distribute weight.

Bestargot Titanium Camping French Press

Bestargot Titanium Camping French Press

Amazon

A portable coffee maker is an excellent gift for campers, glampers, and outdoor adventurists. After trying out 18, the Bestargot Titanium French Press was an all-around favorite. We love the thick, durable design, measuring marks, and collapsible handles. Even if your loved one is a French press novice, this thing makes brewing java a breeze. You can use it to heat other stuff, too, like soup, hot chocolate, or water for tea.

ALPS Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed

Air Bed

Amazon

Or how about a high-quality air mattress? After testing several top-rated models, the Vertex Air Bed was a clear winner. It comes with a rechargeable pump, which makes inflating and deflating quick and easy. As comfy as a cloud, this blow-up air mattress makes you feel like you're sleeping on, well…air. And at just over 6 pounds with an included carry bag, it's conveniently portable too.

Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker

Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker

Amazon

We tried 15 pairs on the quest to find the perfect slip-on sneakers for women. The Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker came out on top, thanks to its insanely comfortable, endlessly stylish, easily packable design. Available in over two dozen colors, these shoes flaunt cushioned memory foam insoles, built-in arch support, deep heel cups, and thick rubber outsoles for maximum flexibility and traction underfoot.

Sandalup Elastic Flat Sandals

Sandalup Elastic Flat Sandals

Amazon

We also loved these strappy, stretchy beauties from SandalUp. Beyond the flattering, endlessly versatile silhouette, our testers appreciated how the elastic uppers conform to the exact shape of your foot, and they slip on effortlessly without any buckles, snaps, or zippers. These exceptionally comfortable warm-weather shoes run true to size and come in 12 neutral hues ranging from black to taupe to olive. And the budget-friendly price is tough to beat.

July Carry On Pro

July Carry On

July

July makes really gorgeous, giftable luggage. The brand's Carry On Pro is priced pretty steep, but if you can swing it, it might be one of those things the recipient would love to have but may not buy themselves. This smooth-rolling suitcase has a crush-proof polycarbonate shell, an extra-long telescopic handle, a hidden laundry bag, a detachable laptop compartment, and an ejectable USB power bank. There's also an integrated TSA lock for those who want to check their baggage.

Leatherology Deluxe Luggage Tag

Leatherology Luggage Tag

Leatherology

Whether you're looking for something smaller, are on a budget, or want to give your special someone a more comprehensive luggage gift complete with a suitcase and accessories, you can't go wrong with a luggage tag. This one from Leatherology is made of soft and durable full-grain leather and comes in nine colors to accommodate various styles and tastes. We like that it has an adjustable buckled strap and a privacy sleeve with a paper card for your contact information.

Dagne Dover Large Hunter Toiletry Bag

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Dagne Dover Large Hunter Toiletry Bag

Nordstrom

Dagne Dover's minimalist, design-forward carriers have an undeniably sexy appeal — and the Hunter Toiletry Bag is no exception. It's made of smooth, soft, water-resistant neoprene and features thick, sturdy zippers throughout. Not only will you have plenty of room for all your lotions and potions, but thanks to the various compartments and pockets, you can keep them organized while on the go.

Away The Insider Packing Cubes

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The Insider Packing Cubes

Away

Since its 2015 launch, Away has quickly become a top choice for high-quality luggage — and for good reason. The brand's Insider Packing Cubes allow you to not only fit but also organize all your travel clothes and outerwear. They're made of water-resistant nylon with mesh top panels for visibility. By compressing your belongings, these cubes make it easy to pack your suitcase without having to sit on it and locate everything when you need it.

Melsbrinna Premium Leather Passport Holder

Melsbrinna Passport Holder

Amazon

If you're shopping for an international traveler, consider a passport holder. Available in 30 colors, patterns, and styles, this slim and sleek number is made of soft vegan leather. The waterproof, easy-to-clean material is integrated with an RFID (radio frequency identification) blocking system, meaning it prevents microchip readers from collecting your personal information. This passport keeper has several slots for credit cards, plane tickets, cash, and a driver's license, plus a hidden magnetic snap closure. It's also one of the most affordable gifts for wanderlusts we found.

Monos Metro Folio Kit

Monos Folio Kit

Nordstrom

The Metro Folio Kit is just the thing for business travelers. A cross between a physical portfolio, passport protector, wallet, and tablet case, this on-the-go carrier is one of those products you never knew you needed. Made of water-resistant vegan leather, it boasts a wide, flat silhouette and rigid construction. Inside are various pockets, slots, and loops for cards, pens, boarding passes, keys, an e-reader — you name it.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle

Amazon

Amazon makes a few great e-readers, but after testing four top-rated models, we're all about the Kindle Paperwhite. At less than a half-inch thick with a 6.8-inch screen, the slim, compact design is ideal for travel. The crisp, anti-glare display is readable in the dark or bright sunlight, while the waterproof design holds up for a full hour underwater. All features considered, the reasonable price tag makes it the best value out of all the available Kindles.

Cowin COWIN SE7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

COWIN SE7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones

Walmart

You can't go wrong with high-quality headphones. This pair from Cowin calls on ACN (active noise cancellation) technology to block out surrounding noises and produce pure, uninterrupted sound. The design also uses AptX Hi-Fi to deliver noticeably smooth, crisp audio via Bluetooth. These headphones have a rechargeable battery that lasts for 30 hours. They also fold up compactly and come with their own carrying case for easy transport.

Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds

Beats Flex

Apple

If you're buying headphones for a light packer, Beats Flex might be a better choice. These wireless earphones connect to audio via Bluetooth and last up to 12 hours on a full charge. Unlike individual earbuds, they're hard to misplace. The tiny speakers come on a slim cord that drapes around the neck, and they attach to each other with magnets when they're not in your ears.

Nimble Champ Portable Charger

Nimble Champ Portable Charger

Best Buy

Every traveler can use a portable charger. We're big fans of the Nimble Champ. Roughly the size of a deck of cards and weighing less than half a pound, the compact, lightweight design is perfect for trips. Not only that, but this pint-sized power bank flaunts universal compatibility and super-fast charging for mobile devices. It can even charge two devices at once.

ZGGCD International Power Adapter

International Adapter

Amazon

International power adapters are clutch for overseas excursions. This one has four USB ports and four retractable plugs compatible with outlets in 150 countries worldwide. It charges quickly and can power up multiple devices simultaneously. Moreover, travelers can use their favorite beauty tools, electronics, and gadgets while spending time on another continent.

Sony Cyber-Shot Digital Camera

Sony Digital Camera

Amazon

The Sony Cyber-Shot captures high-def photos and video clips with better focus and sharper results than you can get with a smartphone. Notable features include 8X optical zoom, 360-degree panorama mode, intelligent auto-focus, and image stabilization for reduced blur. This digital camera is no bigger than a deck of cards and weighs less than a quarter-pound, making it ideal for travel.

Native Union Stow Organizer

Native Union Stow Organizer

Amazon

When gifting a digital camera, portable charger, or power adapter, you may want to include a tech organizer. Our favorite is the Native Union Stow Organizer, a compact yet spacious case with a minimalist-modern appeal. It unzips to reveal various pockets, loops, and slots and has an additional exterior pocket for a phone, tablet, or e-reader. What's more, the canvas exterior has a water-repellent coating to protect packed gadgets from the elements.

Bellroy Sling Mini Bag

Bellroy Mini

Bellroy

Opinions are mixed on whether fanny packs are cool, but pretty much anyone can pull off a sling bag. Available in seven stylish hues, the mini version of the Bellroy Sling is made of a sturdy, water-resistant fabric sourced from recycled plastic bottles. The main compartment has a lined sunglasses pouch, plus a built-in key clip, and there are three exterior pockets. With padded paneling, adjustable nylon straps, and a convenient magnetic clasp, it can be worn comfortably on the back or across the chest.

Lululemon Curved Wristlet

Lululemon Wristlet

Lululemon

Your favorite travel enthusiast might be glad to have a nice wristlet for their next trip. We like this sleek double pouch from Lululemon. The removable strap fits effortlessly over the wrist or clips to a keychain for folks who want to go hands-free. Inside the zippers are card slots and functional pockets, and the center functions as an accessible phone holder. Measuring 8.5 inches long, 4.5 inches wide, and barely more than an inch thick, the size is just right for travel.

Zero Grid Travel Neck Wallet

Travel Wallet

Zero Grid

Another thoughtful gift idea is a neck wallet, like this dependable option from Zero Grid. It's made of heavy-duty nylon and features RFID-blocking technology to prevent chip readers from stealing personal information from your cards and IDs. At 7.5 x 5.7 inches, it's conveniently compact but also big enough to hold several cards, plus keys, a passport, and a smartphone.

Aceoce Professional Nail Grooming Kit

Aceoce Manicure Kit

Amazon

Every traveler knows how irritating it can be to be away from home with a jagged nail and nothing to file it down. With this in mind, the Aceoce Nail Grooming Kit is an excellent gift, especially for those who prefer not to bring their primary set on trips. It comes with seven stainless steel tools, including two clippers, a file, tweezers, scissors, a cuticle pusher, and a nail cleaner. And the included vegan leather case makes it all the more portable.

Noon Cruz Polarized Sunglasses

Nooz Cruz Sunglasses

Nooz

Nooz Cruz Sunglasses are an excellent gift for avid travelers. The polarized lenses filter light to reduce eye strain and glare while enhancing the sightseeing experience. As for the frames, you're looking at TR90, a highly durable yet flexible Swiss-made thermoplastic. These unisex sunglasses are also screwless and fold up neatly into the included rigid case.

Nefeeko Collapsible Water Bottle

Nefeeko Collapsible Water Bottle

Amazon

Collapsible water bottles are great for travel, like this 18-ounce vessel from Nefeeko. Made of aluminum, stainless steel, and food-grade silicone, it keeps drinks ice-cold for hours and promises pure-tasting, odorless sips. The heat-resistant design can also be used for hot beverages. And unlike some foldable bottles, it won't tip over when it's full of liquid in the expanded position.

Madewell Packable Braided Straw Hat

Madewell Packable Braided Straw Hat

Amazon

If your loved one is headed on a warm-weather excursion, they'll appreciate the packable design of Madewell's Braided Straw Hat. It's made primarily of paper straw, which is more durable than it sounds, holding its shape while still being flexible and easy to roll up. This sun hat is available in two sizes and four neutral hues, including off-black, natural, warm nutmeg, and cream.

Napfun Neck Pillow for Traveling

Napfun Neck pillow

Amazon

Any frequent flier will appreciate a good neck pillow, but to make this gift foolproof, opt for the best of the best. This contoured cushion from NapFun supports the head and neck in various positions while promising to keep muscle strain at bay. The core is adaptive memory foam, while the cloth and mesh exterior ensures softness and breathability. This airplane pillow also comes with its own carrying case.

Kikkerland Travel Laundry Bag

Maps Laundry Bag

Kikkerland

A laundry bag might not be the most glamorous gift for travel lovers, but that doesn't mean it won't get used. We like this affordable polyester satchel from Kikkerland. Measuring 20 x 16 inches, it can hold a few days' worth of dirty clothes and nearly 7 pounds of weight. Not only that, but it folds up super compactly into a built-in pouch, making it easy to pack in any luggage.

Leatherology Cognac Medium Snap Journal

Spiral Snap Journal with Pen Loop

Leatherology

Your special someone might appreciate a travel journal. We're loving this leather-bound beauty from Leatherology. It's just 8 x 6 inches, with 128 ruled sheets inside. There's also a built-in pen loop and a snap closure with nickel hardware. The price is undoubtedly steep for a journal, but the pages are refillable, so with proper care, it could last a lifetime. It comes in a nice wrappable box too.

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

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The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

Amazon

Have you considered a travel book? Kath Stathers's The Bucket List promises to inspire experienced wanderlusts and aspiring travelers alike with must-do adventurers and phenomenal photography. From hitchhiking tips and monument mapping to wildlife encounters and overseas volunteer opportunities, there are 1,000 ideas to explore, including options for every budget and timeframe.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

T+L contributors are experts in all things shopping, travel, and on-the-go living. For this story, Theresa Holland compiled top picks our testers tried first-hand, then researched standout gifts for every type of traveler and destination. Theresa is a commerce writer specializing in apparel, footwear, luggage, and consumer tech. She personally owns products from Dr. Scholl's, July, Leatherology, Monos, and Away and uses a Kindle Paperwhite for most of her reading.

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