20 Gifts for the Jet-Setter
Because travel is as much about the journey as the destination, the right accessories make a difference to the jet-setters on your gift list.
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Best gifts for travelers
Travel—it conjures up thoughts of adventure for some, glamour and luxury for others, and peak experiences for all. So whether the travel-lover on your gift list is traversing the globe on business or for pleasure, their excursions will be made better, easier, and more fun with these best gifts for travelers. And because when it comes to travel getting there is half the pleasure, consider adding on one of these 15 short books to read on a plane for good measure.
There are never enough ways to compartmentalize your packing and stay organized while traveling—especially on your return trip home, when everything from wet bathing suits to liquid souvenirs needs safe storage. Ditch the plastic sandwich baggies and upgrade to a colorful Aloha Collection travel pouch (or two), which is designed to keep wet stuff separate from dry. Bonus: This zipper bag can double as a toiletries and makeup bag, luggage organizer, and beach bag thanks to its splash-proof material.
Smart carry-on suitcase
There’s nothing worse than landing in a foreign city and realizing you have no way to call Uber because your phone died while you were delayed before takeoff and unable to find a plug. If your suitcase is the Millennial Power Bank Spinner from Traveler’s Choice, problems like this will be a thing of the past. If you remember to charge it up along with your phone the night before your flight—one of the 14 things smart travelers always do before a flight—you’ll always have a charge in reserve. The removable power bank will charge your devices on-the-go and a built-in TSA-regulation lock keeps your belongings secure.
Long flights can wreak havoc on your body, causing stiffness, joint pain, sore muscles, and inflammation. The busy jet-setter may not have the time (or budget) for a proper post-flight massage, so give them the next-best thing. The Original Worm massaging roller combines the benefits of therapy balls with a foam roller to provide trigger point release therapy from the neck down to the bottom of your feet, which makes it a great gift for travelers.
Few things are more coveted by travelers than a quality pair of noise-canceling headphones—one of the 16 things never to forget when traveling overseas. Nothing beats getting to your destination feeling refreshed because you were able to cancel out the noise of crying babies, chatty seatmates, and flight attendants pitching credit cards. The Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700 has 11 levels of noise canceling power so you can control your environment as needed, and four microphones that pick up and isolate your voice so you can still take calls, even in a noisy airport. Plus, it offers one-touch access to Google Assistant or Alexa, and 20 hours of battery life, which should get you most anywhere in the world on a single charge.
Do you know a traveler who packs six pairs of shoes for a three-day trip? Help lighten her load while keeping her shoe fetish alive with Cambiami customizable sandals. The patented design features snap-on straps that can easily be swapped for another color or design—there are more than 50 colorful, comfortable, and fashion-forward straps to choose from. The leather base sandal (they come in wedges, too) comes in tan, black, champagne, white, cork, and silver and features padding on the insoles for added comfort while sightseeing or running through airports.
Wouldn’t it be great if your backpack, which is ideal for moving swiftly and hands-free through airports, could magically transform into a tote for the rest of your trip? The Convertible Backpack Tote from Timbuk2 does exactly that, thanks to its stow-away-strap design. It can hold a 15-inch laptop in its padded sleeve, has internal organizational pockets made of neoprene that can stretch as needed, and is covered by a lifetime warranty.
One dilemma every traveler faces is where to store their valuables when they’re in their hotel room and at the beach. Hint: Sneaky thieves can break into certain hotel safes, so it’s best to have other options lined up. FlexSafe, a portable travel safe that locks onto lounge chairs, strollers, golf cards, closet rods, boat railings, and more will ensure you always have a safe place to store cell phones, wallets, passports, keys, and jewelry. It locks with a customizable three-digit combination lock and even has an RFID blocking layer, so criminals can’t scan your passport or credit card info.
For the first-class jet-setter, when only the finest luggage will do, look to Hook & Albert for innovative pieces, including this Black Garment Luggage Carry On. Part cabin luggage, part garment bag, and 100 percent luxury every step of the way, this bag’s compression system helps keep everything neat and tidy. The garment-bag side ensures that clothes arrive wrinkle-free (it holds up to two suits and accommodates long dresses). And the leather accents and premium hardware give it an opulent look and feel. Now, check-in or carry-on? Discover the 12 times it’s smarter to check your luggage.
Sure, jackets are a great way to add a layer of warmth—but that’s about all any conventional jacket with two front pockets is good for. If the traveler on your list is a techie, he or she will be thrilled with the Baubax bomber jacket 2.0, which boasts 25 features to ensure everything stays organized and readily available whether they’re roaming the streets of Rome or settling into their plane seat. It comes with built-in neck pillow, travel footrest, eye mask, travel blanket, detachable gloves, battery-charger pocket, AirPod straps, drink-holder pocket, travel bottle, microfiber cloth (for cleaning your glasses), bottle opener, zipper pen/stylus, and 12 utility pockets to stash your tablet, phone, sunglasses and passport. Yes, 12.
Speaking of techies, the more gadgets they travel with, the more cords and chargers they’ll need to not only pack but keep track of. Throwing a bunch of cords into a backpack or suitcase just creates a tangled mess. Help them keep everything organized with this eBags cord packing cube, which features five pockets, elastic straps, and a versatile center section for just about anything. The cube comes in three sizes, so there’s one suitable for storing any portable electronic device you need, from a camera and its accessories to international travel adapters.
We all know airplanes are basically flying Petri dishes of bacteria and viruses, so giving your immunity a boost before, during, and after air travel is a wise move. Help keep the jet-setter in your life stay healthy with Rooted Shots, plant-based dried wellness shots (which makes them TSA-friendly) packed with organic superfoods and a daily dose of vitamin C. Simply add it to a glass of water, stir to dissolve and ward off the germs floating in the air around you. Aside from supplements, learn what other tricks flight attendants use to avoid getting sick.
For the traveler prone to motion sickness who hates missing out—or taking a pill that’ll make them groggy through the whole adventure—there’s a new choice: Reliefband 1.5, a drug-free wristband that uses patented, clinically proven, FDA-cleared technology to treat motion sickness. The wristband works by stimulating the median nerve at the underside of the wrist with gentle pulses. It works for travel by plane, train, boat, or car, as well as for virtual reality gaming, amusement park rides, and even morning sickness.
Essential to any fashionista’s travel wardrobe is that one perfect layer she can throw over every outfit in her suitcase. The Heidi Kagan ruffle or fur wrap has the look of cashmere but is machine washable. Don’t know her size? No problem—it’s one-size-fits-all and comes in more than 25 colors. Designed so that it won’t fall off her shoulders as she sprints through the airport to catch her connection—it will be her favorite gift this year.
Solo travelers, digital nomads, and travel bloggers often enjoy making new friends on the road. But if you’re not naturally outgoing, it can be difficult to strike up a conversation with strangers. Enter Travel Banter, a card game that helps break the ice with 98 questions inspired by a community of travelers. The questions are divided into five categories—arts and culture, food and drink, life and lessons, culture and people—which makes it easy to chat with just about anyone you meet along your journey.
Smart packing system
For the traveler who lives out of their suitcase, never really settling into one hotel room, this trusty set of packing cubes is an essential organizational tool—and one of 30 brilliant buys travel pros never travel without. The eBags Hyper-Lite travel packing cubes come in a five-piece set and are designed to efficiently store all the belongings in your suitcase. Put shirts in one, undergarments in another, and so on—or pack an entire day’s worth of clothes into each cube. For quick unpacking when you choose to, just pop the mesh-topped cubes from suitcase to drawer, and never unfold what you don’t wear.
If you’re athletic or work in healthcare, you’re already familiar with compression socks for their support, but you’ve never seen them in such fashionable colors before. In-flight, they help reduce leg swelling and ward off blood clots by boosting circulation. Gone are the days of boring black, white, or nude options—men and women alike can choose from an array of bright colors and fun patterns by Dr. Motion, and still reap all the benefits.
It’s far too easy to skip workouts while traveling when hotel gyms are often small and ill-equipped and going for a jog in an unfamiliar neighborhood can be daunting. But the health-minded traveler can pack a lightweight gym right in their bag, so no excuses. The Tension Toner is a workout system consisting of 70 full-body exercises that engages pulling muscles using adjustable resistance. At only 16 inches and 1.5 pounds, it won’t give you an inadvertent workout just hefting it through the airport.
Portable clothes washer
Doing laundry isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, but for the traveler hoping to pack light on an extended trip, it’s a necessity. Luckily, carving out time in a laundromat won’t be part of your gift recipient’s itinerary. Laundreez is a compact, portable, and waterproof bag for washing clothes—just throw a few clothing items in, add detergent and water, swish them around, let them soak, and then rinse them out. It definitely beats washing up in a hotel sink, as hands stay miraculously dry.
Sleep mask and speakers
Air travel can be a great way to disconnect, relax, and recharge when you can drown out noise and light without strapping on layers of uncomfortable or awkward devices. These Sleep Mask Headphones combine high-quality speakers with 3D eye contours and an ergonomic nose cover that will help you doze off on a flight or in a noisy hotel room. If you have trouble sleeping on an plane, you’ll want to know these 14 snoozing secrets from seasoned travelers.
Let’s face it, foot comfort calls the shots when it comes to how much ground you can cover while sightseeing in a new city. Thankfully Sketchers GOwalk slip-on sneakers for men and women are especially cushy, thanks to impact-reducing soles, and they come in wide and extra-wide to suit all sizes. Share these 68 travel tips for a stress-free trip with your favorite jet-setter.