Wondering what to get your favorite travel enthusiast? Whether they’ve resumed flying overseas, taken to hiking and road-tripping or are finding creative ways to fuel their passion as they use this time to reflect and prepare, we’re here to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
From innovative tech to keep them entertained and connected to stylish clothing and accessories to keep them warm and collected (no last-minute ironing!), read on for a roundup of sure-to-please gifts for every adventure-seeker on your list.
Best equipment & gear travel gifts
For nights when the campfire light isn't strong enough or you want to take a nighttime hike, this LED lantern lasts up to 12 hours on batteries. With that amount of life, it can even be trusted to last during power outages. This lantern also has four different modes, including warm light, flashing light and daylight settings.
Snacking on-the-go just got a little bit easier with this snack container from Bentgo. It includes a silicone seal lid, ensuring that food and sauces won't spill, as well as two compartments on the inside so that food doesn't mix. "It’s a really thick glass so I'm not worried about it breaking when I send it with my daughter for her school lunches," said one reviewer.
Give them the gift of never having to misplace their phone or laptop charger again with this savvy organizer from Bagsmart, which has dedicated compartments for keeping all of their cords and plugs in check. Bonus points if you equip it with an international power adapter!
Help them stay sorted with this top-rated set of luggage cubes. It’s equipped with eight sealable solutions for all of their organizing needs (including cosmetic and shoe bags) and comes in over a dozen different colors for various packing personalities.
Speaking of cooking, the cast-iron skillet is a kitchen — and outdoor — staple. This 12-inch version from Lodge is big enough to feed a group. There’s also a dedicated Wanderlust Set that’s engraved with different camping scenes.
Although this was voted the best beach bag during Shop TODAY's Travel Gear Awards, associate commerce editor Emma Stessman utilizes it as a multipurpose bag, taking it to work and the park as well. "It holds a surprising amount of stuff," she says, noting that the material is "sturdy" and the design is "classic," meaning it'll never go out of style.
Ensure they stay hydrated on those trails with their very own Hydro Flask. This one is nontoxic, BPA-free and keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours (or hot for up to 12). And there’s no risk to buy; each bottle comes with a lifetime warranty.
Spacious, durable and fun — what more could you want in a toiletry pouch? Perfect for long weekends or weeks-long trips, this travel accessory bag took home the toiletry category during Shop TODAY's Travel Gear Awards. Earning high praise from senior social media editor Kate McCarthy, who is "now obsessed with this," she also loves it because it's easy to clean thanks to the nylon fabric.
Create a soft place to land with one of Kelty’s ultra-comfy sleeping bags. This one is as plush as it is toasty on colder nights. For extra credit, consider throwing in a cushy sleeping pad.
Fill their cup with this fancy portable espresso machine. It has racked up over 4,700 verified ratings on Amazon from reviewers who rely on it to get their caffeine fix on the fly.
For happy campers, consider this portable stovetop from Coleman, which can be used to cook up all of their favorites and features a chrome-plated grate and aluminized cooktop for easy clean-ups once the damage is done (there’s also a handle for easy carrying).
Whether they’re catching trains or flights, you can rest assured that they’re prepared with this top-rated, 100% recycled polyester backpack from Everlane. It boasts a 15-inch exterior laptop pocket and zip pockets for easy access, two water bottle holders for keeping hydrated and a pass-through strap that attaches to rolling luggage for bigger adventures.
Give them a lift with this beloved carrier from Babybjörn, which will allow them to keep their baby close while navigating every day away. The breathable and secure design comes with three fabric options — 3D mesh, 3D jersey and cotton — and a full palette of shades and patterns (including new light beige and playful leopard print).
When this stroller folds down, it is smaller than a standard grocery bag, making it carry-on eligible. Its features include a sun visor, perfect for warmer destinations, a storage basket underneath the seat, ideal for amusement park days and its durable seat can hold infants up to 50 lbs.
Reviewers love this stroller because it's "practical," "sturdy" and "lightweight."
For the traveling parent, consider this bestselling backpack from Dagne Dover, which has a near-perfect rating for offering convenience (including easy-access wipes and clip-on stroller attachments) without compromising style. While we wouldn’t be surprised to see this bag get use beyond their diaper bag days, the brand also offers a range of regular backpacks.
For long weekends or quick trips, this Allpa 35-liter travel backpack has enough compartments, pouches and pockets to fit everything you could possibly need. You can wear it as a traditional backpack, or carry it like a duffel bag. When you open up the main zipper compartment, it folds open like a suitcase, with two spots for shoes, clothes or accessories. Plus, there's also a place to store your laptop and adjustable and removable waist straps.
When it comes to keeping your stash cold, Yeti is about as cool as it gets, hailed by campers, beach-goers and well beyond for the brand’s durable, insulated designs and chilling effects. Start their collection with this easy-to-carry Hopper, which is roomy enough for up to 12 cans and puncture-proof for proper snack protection.
Shopping for the frequent flyer? Consider upgrading their status with carry-on luggage from Paraval, which has been picking up speed for its sustainable sourcing and streamlined designs. Each piece comes equipped with TSA-approved locks and a five-year warranty for added security.
Best clothing & accessories for travel for women
Just because you're traveling doesn't mean you need to sacrifice either comfort or style. Have both with these wide leg fleece pants from Quince, that were named the Best Budget Travel Pant during Shop TODAY's Travel Gear Awards. "The material is soft, gentle to the touch and very breathable," says SEO writer Jannely Espinal. "It's a great piece to wear for traveling as it features pockets and a wide silhouette that allows flexibility to move around."
Don't fiddle with plastic baggies or worry about your necklaces tangling together in your cosmetics bag with a travel jewelry case. This leather option from Quince includes spots for bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces, with clasps and hooks to keep them separated and tangle-free. "I love it, very pretty gadget but it is a must have for any trip," one reviewer said.
Taking home the ranks for Best Splurge Sandal during Shop TODAY's Travel Gear Awards, these Birkenstocks are notably more affordable than their classic cork pairs. Made with EVA plastic, this version of the well-loved sandal still molds to your feet, are easy to clean and still slide on and off with ease.
This long sleeve tee offers SPF 50 protection and is made from recyclable materials, comes in nine various colors and is stretchy, meaning it won't cling uncomfortably on your skin. In addition, the moisture-absorbing fabric dries quickly, making it easier to wear when kayaking, fishing or any other water activities. One reviewer described it as "a light, good coverage layer for summer evenings, very comfortable under a sweater in the fall and winter."
Make sure they always have something to wear with a versatile cashmere crew neck. Quince has managed to make the once luxury a necessity by offering flattering, well-made designs at an unbeatable price point (available in a range of colors and fits for men and women). Unsure about sizing? Opt for a cashmere wrap or scarf instead.
Keep their hands free and essentials near with this padded belt bag from Calpak, which is sporty enough for working up a sweat yet stylish enough for brunch. There’s a range of shades, along with a coordinating duffel and backpack for life’s bigger adventures.
Unexpectedly stylish, these loafers from Dr. Scholl's also make for great walking shoes. Rated as the Best Budget Walking Shoes during Shop TODAY's Travel Gear Awards, these shoes earned 5/5 all across the board in terms of satisfaction, quality and value.
Appeal to their inner compass with this travel-themed (and layerable!) coin necklace from Gorjana, which comes in silver and gold and will serve as the perfect companion piece to all of their wardrobe staples. The brand also offers plated necklaces that can be customized with their most frequented coordinates.
Rothy’s has made a name for itself by offering stylish, comfortable shoes with a small physical and environmental footprint. This flat (which has racked up over 24,000 reviews) comes in 22 shades and can fit in a tote or backpack for a quick shoe change (just toss them in the wash when they get dirty).
Put some extra pep in their step with the latest addition to Brooks’ Glycerin line, one of our go-tos for agility and comfort (even for longer runs). We especially love the "Nightlife" design for added visibility during evening treks.
Insulate their next run with this fitted (and packable!) coat from Lululemon. Not only is it equipped with special ThermoChannel construction for added warmth but the two-way stretch, windproof, water-repellent fabric offers more agility and protection on breezy, rainy days.
Of course, no cold-weather wardrobe is complete without a good pair of boots, and the Ugg Adirondack—available in black and chestnut—is a top pick for its stylish design and ability to keep toes toasty at temperatures as low as -32˚C.
Best clothing & accessories for travel for men
No one wants to sit on a plane for hours in a pair of jeans. These soft joggers have a "lived-in" feel, according to the brand, so they'll feel just as cozy as the pairs he already loves.
Shop TODAY commerce art director Andrew Ward enjoys wearing these as his daily commuter shoe, noting that they "are very economical and look sleek for the price point." Available in sizes 5 to 11, these shoes are also available in either a medium or wide width and three color options: navy, black/white, or all black.
Let him take the streets in a fresh pair of kicks — the Nike Blazers are practically everywhere right now. The vintage-inspired look can go with practically anything in his wardrobe.
Ensure they have a five-star experience (regardless of where they’re staying) with a comfy robe from Parachute. This one features the brand’s ever-popular, easily packable cloud weave and is made of premium 100% long-staple Turkish cotton for unwinding after a shower or long day.
Snag this fuzzy fleece to keep him warm long after the trip ends. It's perfect for the guy who loves an outdoor trek.
With a rugged style and comfortable footbed, this classic boot remains a welcomed gift for men of all ages. It checks all of the boxes: It's waterproof, has a grippy lug sole and features a removable insole, meaning they can add inserts for custom cushioning.
Best grooming & hygiene travel gifts
Save them time and money at the salon with this multitasking tool from Revlon, which goes on triple duty as a blow dryer, brush and styler in one and won’t take up too much room in their carry-on.
Consider replenishing their Dopp kit with elevated essentials from Aesop. This travel-friendly "Departure" set will have them feeling refreshed during and after long flights.
Because you truly never know when you'll need it, this grooming kit includes nail clippers, scissors, a razor, corkscrew, lint brush and all of the necessities like a toothbrush, comb and tweezers, it's safe to say that this kit has it all. Available in five different colors including red and burgundy, travelers will never be seen without this pack.
Best tech & entertainment travel gifts
Create comedic conversation around the campfire with this quirky question game, sure to get a laugh out of even the most stubborn of travelers.
Stick this game in a stocking or include as part of a surprise while on a long road trip to keep impatient travelers at bay. Play over the armrest, on the camper dining table, airplane tray table, or while waiting out a rainy day in a hotel. "Our family loves this game. Having it in a smaller travel size for the camper / backpack is awesome," one reviewer said.
Earning the award for Best Tech for Checked Bags, this Shop TODAY Travel Gear Awards winner was well-loved by those who didn't want to start their vacation off on a sour note. Ward slipped this into his backpack during a travel day and noted that the "location accuracy is great."
Try to sink the ring onto its hook in this competitive, screen-free game that will entertain everyone (and even comes with a 21+ addition).
Set them up for a good night’s rest with this rechargeable sound machine. It offers three settings — bright white noise, deep white noise and gentle surf — and includes a clip for easy hanging (especially great for new parents!).
Connect wireless headphones "seamlessly" to in-flight entertainment with this Bluetooth transmitter, which took home the award for In-Flight Must-Have, during Shop Today's Travel Gear Awards. According to partnerships senior editor Francesca Cocchi Zabloudil, this product is great for "people who have trouble with the Bluetooth pairing process across products from different brands."
Help them stay the course with this innovative band from Fitbit. Highlights include tracking their daily activities, monitoring their sleep and heart rate and offering words of encouragement for when you can’t be there.
Connect them to their favorite people and places with these innovative buds from Sony, which work with Google Assistant and Siri and deliver up to 20 hours of smooth talking and listening (cue the travel podcasts!).
Earning the title for the Best Charger for On-The-Go during Shop TODAY's Travel Gear Awards, this portable accessory charges your phone while it's standing upright, meaning you can stream movies at the airport while your phone is charging, minus the long cables and need for an outlet.
Surprise them with an entire library at their fingertips, thanks to the Kindle Paperwhite. The latest edition offers a slimmer frame with a 6.8-inch glare-free display and up to 10 weeks of battery life for uninterrupted reading.
For those who like to be dialed in, there’s these superhero-esque smart glasses from Ray-Ban, which will enable them to take calls, listen to media, snap photos and videos and share through Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp with the tap of a button.
Best unique travel gifts
Track where you've been and where you still have yet to go with this national park or hiking trail passport set. With spots to track the date, name of the trail, weather conditions and a favorite part of the trip, it prompts children and adults alike to slow down and reflect on their trip.
Pay tribute to their home away from home, while beginning or contributing to their pottery collection, with a timeless Le Creuset Destination Mug. The current assortment covers eight major U.S. cities, including New York, California, Chicago and Philadelphia.
If they’re known to frequent a certain winter or summer getaway, help them show off their family pride with a custom flag. Designs are geared toward a range of settings — from campgrounds to lake houses — so you’ll be sure to find one that suits their personal retreat.
Give them something to remember with a keepsake book from Shutterfly. The brand offers a range of travel-themed layouts for curating the perfect collection of photos from their adventures (or you can give them a gift card and let them do the choosing).
Whether they need accommodations at their destination or are in need of a fun activity to do once they get there, an Airbnb gift card can be a great help. Plus, once they add the funds to their Airbnb account, they'll never expire.