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While the best thing you can gift the jet-setter in your life might just be a plane ticket, there’s plenty of travel gifts on the market that can help maximize their safety and comfort on a trip. Whether the person is a frequent flier or a camping enthusiast, finding the most useful gifts for a traveler can help them in many ways—from a power bank that keeps their phones and cameras fully-charged or a personalized suitcase that they’ll never lose. To help you shop for your travel-lovers, here at Reviewed, we’ve rounded up the best travel gifts of 2021 to inspire their wanderlust ways.
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1. For the car-camping enthusiast: A Coleman Two-Burner Stove
For car campers, a functional stove is an essential item. I received this highly rated Coleman two-burner stove as a gift this summer and I can’t stop raving about it. The stove is relatively lightweight and doesn’t take up much space in the trunk when folded up.
In my experience using it, I found the folding shields to be useful, as they can effectively stop wind from interfering with the fire. Paired with a propane fuel cylinder, the burner has one-hour runtime on high and can fit both a 10-inch and 12-inch pan on at a time.
Get the Coleman Triton Propane 2-Burner Stove at REI for $89.95
2. For the one with a messy bag: Shacke Packing Cubes
Packing is hard to begin with, but throw in the task of keeping your bag organized throughout your trip, and you’ve got an impossible task. Too often, my meticulously arranged bag becomes a hurricane of bunched-up clothes and missing socks after a few days. If this sounds like someone you know, you might want to gift them some truly amazing packing cubes.
While it might seem counterintuitive to pack your bag full of more bags, these nylon, zippered pouches from Shacke keep their contents organized and fresh, so you can rifle through your overnighter without fear of wrinkling your clothing or losing track of an outfit you really wanted to wear. They’re game-changing.
Get the Shacke Packing Cubes on Amazon for $21.99
3. For the world traveler: World Traveler 2022 Wall Calendar
Any serious traveler is probably already planning a few getaways in 2022. This wall calendar will help keep track of their trips in a very fun way, as each month is dedicated to an iconic city and various landmarks from countries around the world. It may even give them a few itinterary ideas for their next destination!
Get the 2022 World Traveler Wall Calendar at Rifle Paper Co. for $26
4. For the coffee snob who doesn’t compromise: AeroPress Coffee Press
If you know someone who takes coffee as seriously as travel, then this portable coffee maker can make a great gift. Invented by an aerodynamic engineer, the AeroPress has garnered a cult following and its fans claim this plastic device can make the best cup of coffee in the world. Whether the claim is true or not, it’s an undeniable fact that this coffee press can provide extra convenience for travelers who won’t settle for bad coffee while on the road.
Get the AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press at REI for $31.95
5. For the camper who sleeps in the wilderness: Coleman Skydome Tent
Not all travelers prefer to hop on a plane, so we’ve included gift ideas for lovers of road trips, car camping, and hiking too. If you know your giftee is in need of a new tent, our favorite is currently the Coleman 4-Person Skydome, which is loved for its sturdy design, easy set up, and spacious interior. It comes in 2-person, 4-person, 6-person, and 8-person sizes.
Get the Coleman Skydome Tent on Amazon for $99.99
6. For the family who road trips: YETI Cooler
Whether it’s used for car camping or tailgating, an indestructible, well-insulated cooler that can keep its contents chilled for an extended period of time can make life easier. YETI’s flagship model, the Tundra, is famous for its incredible ability to keep food and drinks cold for days.
Get the YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler at YETI for $299.99
7. For the ambitious hiker: Black Diamond Trekking Poles
If your giftee spends their weekends hiking the mountains, then they may appreciate a pair of new poles. A durable pair of trekking poles can help hikers keep their balance when hiking rough terrain, preventing them from getting injured. These collapsible ones can be easily packed into a backpack and are lightweight, ensuring hikers can go on long-distance trails without feeling the burden.
Get the Black Diamond Collapsible Trekking Poles at REI for $99.95
8. For the one who never checks a bag: Osprey Luggage
It’s time we all admit that checking bags is kind of the worst. Between the financial burden of exorbitant checked bag fees, the possibility of losing your bag in transit, and the frustrating amount time it takes to wait for your luggage to clunk down the carousel after a long flight, checking bags is at best annoying, and at worst a nightmare.
Luckily, this Osprey bag is a TSA-approved carry-on that will fit everything you need for a week-long trip. Its 360-degree wheels and sturdy handle make maneuvering this thing through crowded airports a breeze, and it has plenty of packing space in it zippered mesh and water-resistant compartments. It strikes the perfect balance of affordability, features, and build quality.
Get the Osprey Transporter Wheeled Carry-On at Osprey for $169.50
9. For the weekend warrior: Away Weekender
Weekend getaways are the special sauce that make stressful work weeks bearable. But it’s hard to find the perfect bag for short trips that meets all our requirements: heavy-duty yet lightweight, spacious yet not overly large, practical yet stylish.
The Away Weekender comes with a 15-inch laptop sleeve, shoe compartment, and several zippered pockets, and can be customized with your giftee’s initials. It’s the perfect size and design for any weekend warriors in your life.
Get the Weekender at Away Travel for $215
10. For the hiker who spends days in the woods: Soto Amicus Cookset Combo
For the serious hikers, the beauty of nature exists in the real wilderness that’s only accessible after spending one day or two on the trail. In this case, one must bring a lightweight, compact cookware set that can help them recharge on the go.
Get the Soto Amicus Cookset Combo at REI for $44.95
11. For the one who seeks relaxation in the woods: Kootek Camping Hammock
Made of parachute material, this two-person hammock can hold up to 500 pounds of weight. It comes with adjustable straps and heavy-duty hooks, which can help users set up the hammock between two trees. This hammock is perfect for both car camping and backpacking, as it folds into a sack and can be carried around.
Get the Kootek Camping Hammock on Amazon for $21.99
12. For the one who can’t pack light: Away Large Suitcase
Whether your recipient is going on an extra-long journey or just need to pack a ton of shoes, sometimes it’s impossible to jam everything into a carry-on. That’s why the best checked luggage money can buy makes such a great gift.
Our favorite checked suitcase, the Away Large, has a tough yet flexible polycarbonate shell that protects its contents from being crushed. It also comes in a wide variety of trendy colors and is resistant to scuffs and dirt. Inside, there are 100 liters of packing space, mesh pockets, and a clip-in compression panel to hold two weeks’ worth of clothing (and a ton of souvenirs), as well as a laundry bag and a combination lock.
Get the the Away Bigger Carry-on Suitcase at Away for $245
13. For the happy camper: REI Co-op Sleeping Bag
As someone who has slept in a tent without a sleeping bag or a pad, I’d like to spare those I can from this miserable experience. To maximize comfort, a sleeping bag is necessary and may work better with a sleeping pad underneath for those prone to back problems, or just want an extra level of comfort. This Sea to Summit sleeping bag offers extra comfort and can retain heat in low temperature environment.
Get the Sea to Summit Venture Sleeping Bag at Sea to Summit starting at $189
14. For the novice outdoorsy type: C Crane Emergency Radio
If you know someone who spends a great amount of time in the woods, then they probably will appreciate this gift. This pocket-size radio has two modes: The hand crank mode that gives users 30 minutes of play time for 90 seconds of cranking and the solar mode that offers six hours of play time for eight hour of charging. It can also run on an AC adapter or three AA batteries. A USB-to-radio adapter is included to let users charge their phones.
Get the C Crane CC Solar Emergency Radio on REI for $49.95
15. For the chronic over-packer: Dr. Meter Digital Luggage Scale
I have a friend who always gets stuck paying last-minute bag overage fees at the airport. “My scale said 48 pounds!” she always exclaims to an unimpressed agent who slaps her overweight bag with a “heavy” sticker and a $25 charge. Great as she is otherwise, don’t be like my friend: Invest in a good luggage scale.
The Dr. Meter Digital Luggage Scale is the best we’ve ever tested. To use it, simply turn it on, attach it to the handle of your luggage, and lift. Since it only weighs about 3 ounces, you’ll never even notice it in your bag until you need it. And, unlike your scale at home, it will accurately measure all weight within a few decimal places.
Get the Dr. Meter Digital Scale on Amazon for $11.99
16. For the one who goes for picnics: Coleman Cooler Bag
If traveling long distance is out of the picture, your friend may be down for a picnic at a nearby park. We tested the best lunch coolers and found this one from Coleman to be the best at keeping snacks and drinks chilled, and its exceptionally large interior space allows it to pack a number of items.
Get the Coleman Soft Cooler Bag on Amazon for $31.41
17. For the stylish traveler who stays cozy: Pendleton Wool Blanket
You may recognize these blankets from one of those van life vlogs on YouTube. These stylish, handcrafted blankets are warm and cozy, allowing campers and travelers to maintain their heat in freezing temperatures. They come in different colors and patterns, and there may be one that suits your giftee’s taste.
Get the Pandleton Twin Wool Blanket with Carrier on Amazon for $189
18. For the backpacker: Deuter Rise Lite Backpack
Serious hikers need serious hiking packs, and words can’t describe how much I love my Deuter backpack. I bought it years ago for a backpacking trip along the southern Mediterranean coast into the Middle East, and the bag survived wind, sand, rain, and more while carrying up to 70 pounds of stuff. And when my journey was over, only a light wash was needed to get the backpack looking good as new.
This lightweight backpack is entirely adjustable for different body types, while the back system keeps weight close to the body for effective load transfer. It’s the real deal.
Get the Deuter Aircontact Backpack at REI for $200
19. For the foodie with a sweet tooth: Bokksu Japanese Snacks Subscription Box
If the person happens to be a foodie and world traveler, then this box of Japanese snacks can make a tasty present. This box will deliver deliciousness to their door, until they’re able to hop on a plane to Japan themselves. It features treats like rice crackers, sake candies, matcha cookies, and more.
Get the Bokksu Snacks from Japan Subscription Box for $39.95
20. For the one who wants to smell amazing: Briogeo Hair Travel Kit
Known for its nourishing hair products that has over 10k loves at Sephora, Briogeo’s travel set bundles up four of their top-selling products that reduce any travel-related hair issues to minimum. This value pack includes a shampoo, conditioner, spray, and hair cream, which can cover all of hair care needs when traveling.
Get the Briogeo Farewell Frizz Travel Kit at Birchbox for $25
21. For the caffeine addict: Zojirushi Travel Mug
Whether hiking through snowy mountains or taking red-eye flights, having a hot coffee or tea on hand will keep you a lot more relaxed on your journey. This Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug is the perfect travel companion—it took first place in our roundup of the best travel mugs for its ability to keep liquids hot overnight.
Its slim and sleek design makes it easy to slide into the side pocket of your backpack or purse, and its airtight, lockable lid gives you an ease of mind that nothing will leak and destroy your precious personal items, too. Your giftee will thank you.
Get the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 16-ounce, on Amazon for $26.99
22. For the pet parents who leave no one behind: Sleepypod Pet Carrier
To leave our best friends home while traveling can sometimes be nerve-wracking. A pet travel bag allows pet owners to safely and conveniently bring their fur babies along for the ride. In our testing, this pet carrier from Sleepypod outperformed the other models in the roundup, as it’s designed to meet airline and TSA requirements while also providing comfort to pets.
Get the Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier on Amazon starting at $163.16
23. For the one always planning a picnic: Swivel Cheese Board
Sometimes taking a trip can be as simple as venturing to one’s nearest park for a picnic. For the friend who favors these local outings (and loves cheese!), this cheese board is a considerate and practical gift. It’s compact and can swivel into a round cheese board. When not in use, the board folds into a wedge. What’s cuter still is the tiny drawer that stores the flatware and cheese knives.
Get the Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives at Uncommon Goods starting at $45
24. For the frequent flier who needs a power nap: Parachute Merino Travel Kit
For people who can’t avoid long-haul flights, this travel kit that includes a blanket, an eye mask, and a carry bag can help them take a quick nap wherever they are. The merino wool material is soft and smooth—and lightweight enough to be carried around.
Get the Parachute Merino Travel Kit on Parachute for $169
25. For the techie: CapraLeather Electronics Organizer
Traveling is fun but packing causes headaches. As people carry a ton of electronics in their bags, there’s a need for a bag that can organize the gadgets and their cords in a way that’s easily accessible when needed. This handcrafted bag features full grain leather, seven slots of different sizes to hold smaller items, a dedicated Apple Pencil holder, and a concealed pocket for money.
Get the CapraLeather Electronics Organizer on Etsy for $124
26. For the first-time camper: a BioLite portable fire pit
One aspect of camping that many beginners may overlook is a fire pit for when the sun goes down. When it’s dark and cold in the woods, a heat source is necessary. We tried this portable fire pit that lets you control the intensity of the fire via bluetooth connection and is rechargeable via built-in USB cable and can be used to charge phones and other electronics.
Get the BioLite Portable Fire Pit at BioLite for $249.95
27. For the one who needs some shut-eye: Nidra Sleep Mask
If you’ve ever woken up with the sun thanks to a room with sheer curtains, or needed to catch some shut-eye in the middle of a long travel day, you know the importance of a good sleep mask.
After testing the best sleep masks on the market, we awarded this mask from Nidra one of our top spots. It feels like having personal blackout curtains for your eyes, and it won’t fall off in the middle of the night. The contoured design doesn’t put pressure on eyes, either, so you can actually blink while wearing it. Whether fitting in a nap or a full eight hours, you’ll wake up well-rested (and in complete darkness).
Get the Nidra Sleep Mask on Amazon for $13.95
28. For the resourceful adventurer: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Whether your giftee likes taking one-day hiking trips with friends or going on months-long expeditions, this LifeStraw personal water filter can help them access safe and clean water anywhere. Having access to clean drinking water is key to a successful outdoor expedition, and this small but amazing gadget uses hollow fiber membrane technology to make water safe to drink.
Get the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter on Amazon for $14.83
29. For the one who’s serious about skincare: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Traveling is exhausting, and exhaustion can result in skin dryness and sometimes breakouts. When I lose sleep on my journey, I like to use this cotton face mask from SK-II to save my skin. It reduces redness and dark circles, and its world-famous formula gives my face an instant boost that’s comparable to an actual spa session.
Unlike face cream that can take up a lot of valuable space in a suitcase, the mask can easily fit into any small pockets or packing cubes in luggage bags.
Get the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (10 Pack) on Sephora for $139
30. For the one who’s always thirsty: Brita filtering Water Bottle
It’s so important to bring your own water bottle while traveling. First off, who has the kind of dispensable income to shell out $5 for a tiny bottle of water? Secondly, fresh water isn’t always readily available and hydration is crucial: Becoming dehydrated on hectic travel days will only make you feel like a cranky garbage can.
This Brita water bottle is the best water bottle we’ve tested, meeting every parameter of what we look for in a water bottle. At 20-ounces it’s not overly bulky, but still carries enough that you won’t need to source multiple refills throughout the day. Its wide-mouth easily accommodates ice cubes, a slim build allows it to fit in car coffee holders or the pockets of bags, and a securely locking lid (topped with a handy loop for comfy carrying) guards against accidents or spills. We love that it opens with a one-handed push of a button, and is affixed with a straw.
Get the Brita BB11 Premium Filtering Water Bottle on Amazon starting at $24.94
31. For the one with ankle swelling: Dr. Scholl Compression Socks
I always pack a pair of compression socks or leggings in my carry-on because my legs swell up like balloons after a couple of hours of flying. Compression socks can help increase blood circulation and reduce the risk of clotting on a flight.
I swear by the pair of Dr. Scholl’s compression socks I bought in Tokyo. They’re so durable that they always come out looking and feeling like new after I throw them in the washing machine.
Get the Dr. Scholl’s Travel Knee High Socks on Amazon for $9.99
32. For the friend who always wants to sleep: AirComfy Neck Pillow
I find sleeping on an airplane near-impossible. The conditions have to be perfect: a window seat, a dark, warm cabin, and preferably an empty middle seat. Even so, I’ll lurch awake as soon as my head lulls to the side (or, cringe, if I slump onto my seat mate). But our favorite neck pillow can convert anyone into a bonafide plane sleeper. It’s got an incredibly supportive memory foam interior that’s taller than other options on the market, and also features an adjustable clasp so you can choose how tight you want it around your neck.
Get the Cabeau Evolution Neck Pillow on Amazon for $29.99
33. For the one who walks everywhere: Allbirds wool sneakers
When it comes to comfort and design, Allbirds sneakers stand above the rest of the footwear market. Their trendy design and soft material makes them perfect for gifting—and their durability guarantees they won’t break down on long hikes or city strolls. They’re also machine-washable, which makes for painless cleaning.
Get a pair of Allbirds Wool Sneakers at Allbirds starting at $98
34. For the traveler who craves silence: Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones
Is there anything worse than a wailing baby on a plane? Yes: loud chewers. And chatty neighbors. And snoring seat mates. Honestly, traveling is stressful enough as it is without all these extra noises.
These top-rated noise-canceling headphones can give your giftee a respite of peace and quiet whether they’re on a family road trip or stuck in a crowded airport on a long layover. Yes, these headphones are pricey, but don’t let the sticker price dissuade you from moving forward: The true-silence noise cancellation capability and unmatched comfort of these Sony headphones make them worth the investment.
Get the Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones on Amazon for $349
35. For the avid reader: Kindle Paperwhite
Whether you’re camping or flying, traveling is a great time to unplug and catch up on your reading. But thanks to our favorite e-reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, you don’t have to lug around a bunch of hard copies. The Paperwhite can give you thousands of books at your fingertips, all with an adjustable backlight and an excellent battery life that lasts about three weeks on a single charge.
The best part? This new and improved version is lightweight and waterproof, so feel free to read in the tub, on the boat, in the pool, etc. The opportunities are endless.
Get the Kindle Paperwhite on Amazon for $94.99
36. For the one who’s always online: Mophie Powerstation PD
Travelers use their phones for everything as they navigate a new locale. A smartphone can act as your compass on a hike, a resource to find the best dinner spots, a better camera than your DSLR, a navigational system for new terrain, a flashlight in the middle of the night, and so much more—it should come as no surprise when our phones to start to die by 10:30 a.m. That’s why a great external phone charger can be invaluable for travelers.
The Mophie Powerstation PD is our top pick because of its compact size, though it holds enough power to charge two phones simultaneously. No more skimping on your phone usage while waiting for a flight in fear of a declining battery.
Get the Mophie Powerstation PD on Amazon for $19.99
37. For business traveler: Evecase Laptop Sleeve
Laptops are essential travel companions, but their fragile nature makes them prone to damage. The frequent travelers in your life will thank you for gifting them a well-made, long-lasting laptop sleeve that protects from water-spillage, accidental drops, and scratches from sharp objects. In our roundup of the best laptop sleeves, our best value pick, the Evecase Diamond Foam Neoprene Sleeve, proved to be an affordable alternative that offers great protection to your laptops.
Get the Evecase Diamond Foam Neoprene Sleeve on Amazon for $14.99
38. For the one who’s all about good vibes: JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker
While we can play music using our smartphones, the quality simply can’t compete with a speaker that creates the volume and depth needed for the perfect ambience. As the functionality of portable Bluetooth speakers improves, it’s even easier to bring good music and good vibes no matter where we are. With its long battery life, hard plastic chassis, and awesome sound quality, the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker makes a great gift for travelers who like to enjoy music everywhere they go.
Get the JBL Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Amazon for $129.95
39. For the passionate photographer: JOBY Portable Tripod
Taking photos is a great way to document every memorable moment on a journey. However, that moment can sometimes be difficult to catch. Carrying a tripod like a professional can help you capture the best photos wherever you are, making your expensive cameras worth the money. Plus, having a tripod makes taking selfies much easier, especially for someone who’s a little bit shy to ask strangers to take photos for them.
Get the JOBY Portable Tripod on Amazon for $48.56
40. For the globetrotter: Bonazza International Adapter
No, this is not a glamorous gift. But it’s one of the best gifts for world travelers who always find themselves in a country with unfamiliar sockets. This universal adapter doesn’t take up much space in a backpack or suitcase, its slim design won’t block other outlets, and it offers two plug outlets and four USB ports for charging multiple devices at the same time.
Like most adapters, it doesn’t convert voltage, so electronics that require different voltage (such as hairdryers) shouldn’t be used in conjunction.
Get the Bonazza International Adapter Kit on Amazon for $27.99
41. For the friend who’s obsessed with Polaroids: Fujifilm Instant Camera
While digital cameras aren’t for everyone, instant film cameras are fun and simple to use. We tested the best instant cameras and we love this model from Fujifilm because it’s durable and portable—and better than the competition. The retro-looking camera comes in a black leather finish and a brown leather finish, and it allows for double exposure in low-light conditions, which means better photos no matter where you are.
Get the Fujifilm Instanx Mini 90 Neo Classic on Amazon for $139.95
42. For the journal keeper: “I Was Here” Travel Journal
As great as a classic Moleskin notebook is, this travel-centric journal is ideal for any creative traveler. It’s colorful illustrations and instructions encourage readers to explore the easily overlooked details of their new surroundings. Some examples include, “Have a local draw you a map to their favorite place in their neighborhood,” and, “For one day, shoot all photos from hip height.”
The journal also has plenty of space to record discoveries, addresses, itineraries, reviews, and tips from locals. There’s even a pocket for collecting memorabilia. It’s great for anyone who’s ready to step out of their comfort zone.
Get the I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded on Amazon for $16.84
43. For the water sports adventurer: an Oru Foldable Kayak
If your giftee spends a great amount of time doing water sports, then this foldable kayak can make a great present. Touted as the original “origami kayak,” its innovative foldable design allows users to carry it around and offers a better storage solution for people in small apartments. Our editor tried it and loves it for its portability and convenience.
Get the Inlet folding kayak at Oru Kayak for $899
44. For the one who enjoys quality coffee: a World Tour of Coffee Subscription
Atlas Coffee Club, which is one of our top-rated coffee subscription services, can deliver the best quality beans from around the world without asking you to leave your house. Each batch is roasted to order, which guarantees the freshness and aroma for their subscribers.
Get the World Tour of Coffee 6-month subscription at Atlas Coffee Club for $50
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