Travel can be near-magical. It can also be one of the most tedious things a human is ever subjected to. Here are 15 gifts that will help any frequent flyer maximize the magic and minimize the tedium. We picked gifts that make flying more convenient, more organized and more comfortable.
Whether you want to spend $25 (like the Lonely Planet book or a Cocktail Kit) or go all out with a top-end travel gift (see our Bose and GoRuck picks) you’ll find something good here. We’ve got high tech ideas (Kindles and power packs) and timeless classics (a leather passport wallet, a travel blazer) to cover every type of frequent flyer out there. One of these is sure to make the traveler in your life a little less stressed and a bit more prepared for journeying to places far and wild — and trudging through airport security.
Peak Design Travel Duffel
It’s weatherproof, has a durable bottom liner, and pockets are everywhere. The big 35-liter duffel is approved for international carry-on and the straps convert from hand to shoulder to backpack carry.
Bullbird BR2 Travel Pillow
It looks weird, but it’s pure genius. The structured frame and memory foam pillow perfectly balances the human head for sleeping or just zoning out as the flight flies by. Plus it packs away anywhere.
Aesop Departure Kit
Travel murders the skin; this carry-on kit from Aesop revives it. Waterless hand wash, lip cream, mouthwash, facial mist, and more keep things fresh and hydrated.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Noise-cancelling headphones make the difference between a flight from hell and travel bliss. Bose makes some of the best, and their new 700 series now offers eleven levels of noise cancellation.
Roark Revival Layover Pants
Roark Revival makes clothing and accessories meant for adventurous travel. Their Layover Pant features stretch for comfort, zip pockets to accommodate travel documents, and a cellphone stash pocket around back.
Bellroy Travel Wallet
Maybe they prefer a minimal wallet for their EDC. But international travel needs a passport. This slim option from Bellroy holds a passport, ten cards, and a mini pen, while still fitting in a back pocket.
Forget giving them a book for their trip. Give them all books. The latest Kindle is waterproof with an improved paperwhite display and an ergonomic design for comfortable reading just about anywhere.
Pacific Shaving Co. Single Use Shaving Cream Minis
A big can of Barbasol can’t go in a carry on. These single-use shave minis can. Just add water for a rich lather. Until then, the minis keep to themselves in a water soluble film.
The Carry On Cocktail Kit
With mixer for two drinks plus accessories and a recipe card, these kits come in versions to make Bloody Marys, G&Ts, an Old Fashioned and more. Just ask the flight attendant for booze and ice.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020
Every year, Lonely Planet puts out their recommendations for the best places in the world to see right now. A must-read for any globe trotter, this is where amazing travel begins.
Bellroy In-Flight Kit
Good travel is organized travel. This two-piece kit combines Bellroy’s Classic Pouch for keeping small things neatly stowed, and the Work Folio that organizes paper, a tablet, travel docs, and a phone.
Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
The uses for this blanket are many, from keeping off the chill in an over-cooled cabin to providing a waterproof place to sit at the end of a hike. And this Matador Pocket Blanket folds up small to go anywhere.
GoRuck GR3 Carry-On Rucksack
If your traveler is particularly hard on stuff, challenge them to damage anything from GoRuck. Their GR3 is a carry on backpack with a 45 liter capacity and tons of features — from compression straps to MOLLE attachments.
Tact & Stone Traveler Blazer
Stylish travel is made more possible with the right jacket. This unlined blazer from Tact & Stone is wrinkle-resistant and durable, keeping its polish despite the rigors of being on the road.
Anker PowerCore 20100
Make sure your traveler isn’t one of those sad souls huddled by the airport’s outlets. This compact unit from Anker will charge a phone seven times and supports high-speed charging with PowerIQ.
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