The Best Travel Gifts for 2019 Posted November 5, 2019
The holidays are the perfect time to give (or receive!) that special travel-related gift that can take your adventures to the next level. For our third annual travel gift guide, we offer a few ideas for the adventurous spirits in your life. And for previous years’ guides, click here for 2018, here for 2017, and here for 2016.
BAGGU reusable bags
A reusable bag might just be the perfect travel gift. These BAGGU satchels are lightweight, easily packed, machine washable, come in a variety of fun prints and colors, and are sturdy enough to hold 50 pounds! Reduce your reliance on plastic bags when shopping or dining abroad, and make a fashion statement at the same time.
Manduka Travel Yoga Mat
If you or a travel lover you know enjoys practicing yoga, then this Manduka eKO Superlite yoga mat is the ideal gift. At just 1.5 mm thick, this mat’s incredibly slim design allows it to be folded and packed into any overstuffed suitcase. Travel can often be hectic, so even a short yoga session in a new hotel room can help calm the mind and energize the jet-lagged body.
BOSE QuietComfort 35 noise-cancelling headphones
Sometimes, you just need to retreat from the outside world. These wireless noise-cancelling headphones continue to receive rave reviews, and come with a cord for when the Bluetooth battery runs out of charge. Whether it’s music, audiobooks, podcasts, or blissful silence, these headphones allow you to escape the buzz of the airport during layover, that loud-talking traveler seated across the aisle in flight, or whatever else you might seek reprieve from during your travels.
Anker Powercore portable charger
This powerful and compact charger offers the gift of power to any device with a USB-compatible charging cord. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, you name it, and the Powercore can charge it. Plus, it stores enough juice for up to three full phone charges before needing to be plugged in.
Apart from the trip itself, luggage is often a traveler’s most significant investment. Great luggage can make the toils of packing and unpacking into a joy, and can elevate the tedious airport navigation into something approaching fun. This Away luggage does all that; plus, it looks great and its heavy-duty exterior resists dings, dents, and scratches.
Airportag throw pillow
These airport-themed throw pillows are fun, comfortable, and will be a hit with any travel lover. If you’ve got an aviation enthusiast on your list, or someone who’s constantly planning their next adventure, these pillows make a great gift.
Ethique sustainable soaps and shampoos
Forget lugging bottles of shampoo and body wash in your checked bags, or squeezing travel-sized versions into your carry-ons. New Zealand-based company Ethique has created a huge line of affordable cleansing products that come in bar form, making them incredibly easy to bring on your travels. Their soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and body washes are all made from sustainable ingredients, so you’ll be helping the environment by foregoing the complimentary hotel toiletries in favor of these high-quality options.
BIZOND Mini Clothing Steamer
No matter how carefully you pack, you’ll likely end up with some wrinkles. That’s where this handy, portable steamer comes into play. It heats up in just 25 seconds, works at any angle, and works to smooth out wrinkles and restore clothing to that fresh-from-the-hanger look.
Aesop rinse-free hand wash
Hand sanitizer has become an essential part of many travelers’ toiletry bags, but the active ingredient (alcohol) tends to dry out your hands. Enter this rinse-free hand wash from Nordstrom, which includes a built-in moisturizer to keep your hands clean, germ-free, and silky smooth.
If the travel lover in your life doesn’t already take advantage of the perks afforded by Global Entry, it’s time to rectify that fact. This program costs only $100, and although it takes a few steps on the recipient’s behalf to apply and enroll in the program, it’s well worth it. To learn how to apply for Global Entry, read our blog post here.
We hope that these gift ideas help you find the perfect present for your traveling friends and family members!