45 Best Gifts for Friends Going Traveling in 2024

January 23, 2024   23 Comments »

Do you or someone you know have big travel plans coming up in 2024 matter if it’s a honeymoon, career break, digital nomad trip, weekend warrior, road trip, travel abroad, semester abroad, or even business travel – everyone needs travel gear! That’s why I put together this list of gifts for friends going traveling.

I’ve been traveling for 17 years as a travel blogger, for 11 of them I was nomadic and lived out of my suitcase, so I have developed a few gear ‘favorites’ over those years. I’ve put together a list of my favorite fun travel gifts and gear that are perfect gift ideas for someone going travelling. This isn’t just a standard list of Christmas gifts for travellers or the frequent traveler, there are some unique travel gift ideas I’ve included that have been lifesavers for my travels.

 These are all products that I’ve personally used during the last 17 years of traveling.  When you live out of a suitcase, you don’t have room for stuff in your life that isn’t great!

Table of Contents

How This Travel Gift List Works

First – I update this list every year with new things I’ve tried or remove things that are no longer available. It was last updated in November 2023.

I have split this list into categories of the types of gear you need for travel. Within each category, I have tried to include a variety of price points.

Please note, that I take travel gear really seriously. Unlike many publications, I believe that reviewing a piece of gear implies actually using that piece of gear for an extended amount of time.  I use the gear I’m writing about, not just once, but many times. This isn’t simply about getting you to shop on Amazon, it’s about getting you the best travel gear solutions for upcoming travels. 

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The list is to give you ideas for cool gifts for travel buddies, for someone with an upcoming trip, or for people who are frequent travelers and constantly on the road. These are some of my favorite most important things for travel. Some are perfect gifts for women who travel.

However, I didn’t include EVERYTHING in this guide. If you are looking for specialty travel gear for a specific trip, then check out my other gear guides. Or feel free to leave me a comment below and ask me any travel gear questions!

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The Best Gift Ideas for a Traveler – Give an Experience

Before I get into physical products, I want to give a shout-out to less stuff, and more experiences! Check out some of my favorite gifts for a traveler below.

1. Tinggly Experience Gift Box

Tinggly is an experience-based gift that allows you to gift a cool travel experience. There are thousands of experiences the recipient can choose from and it all comes in a great ‘gift box’ if you are one of those people who like to wrap a physical gift! I love this fun gift idea for travelers, honeymooners, staycations, and career breakers – it’s a truly unique gift. And the best part…this gift doesn’t require any space in anyone’s home!

Here’s how it works:

1. You pick this Merry Christmas Experience Collection.

2. We deliver the eVoucher via email or physical gift box in 2-5 business days.

3. They unlock their Experience Collection and book one experience. Booking is super simple! They have to visit the tinggly.com/redeem page, select the date for the experience, enter the number of attendees, and wait for the confirmation letter via email. All experience details will be there.

4. That’s it! When the day comes, the recipient gets to enjoy their experience!


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2. Get Your Guide Tours Around the World

Another fun experience-based gift any travel lover would enjoy is tours from Get Your Guide. This is a super way to supplement a trip with a city tour, cooking class, museum visit, etc. This is less adventure activity-focused than Tinggly and more city-focused. Just put in the destination your friends are traveling to and see what they offer!

Book Things To Do, Attractions, and Tours | GetYourGuide

Wherever your travels take you, Get Your Guide experiences show you the unique and unmissable things to do in your destination. This is perfect for adding experiences to your trip!


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3. National Parks Pass for 2024

This is the favorite of all my vacation gift ideas. It’s the best travel gift idea that keeps giving ALL YEAR! Did you know that you can skip the lines at the park entrance and get a National Park Annual Pass from REI? It’s so simple! Plus REI will donate 10% of pass proceeds to the National Forest Foundation, National Park Foundation, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities.

The pass covers entrance for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person (kids 15 & under get in free). I get an annual parks pass every year – it pays off as soon as you visit 3 parks as normal daily entry fees cost $30 a car.

National Parks Annual Pass
79.99

Skips the lines and get your Annual National Parks Pass from REI! The America the Beautiful Pass Covers entrance for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person (kids 15 & under get in free)

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4. Get a Local Tour Guide

For the independent travelers in your life, consider this cool travel experience gift – a local tour guide! Tours By Locals makes it easy to find reliable, experienced, and inspiring local tour guides in 190 different countries. It’s a way to craft your own unique tour and do what you want to do on your timeline. I used them on a recent trip to Merida Mexico and it was the highlight of our entire trip! You can simply get your traveling friend a Tours By Locals gift card and then let them choose the guide they want to hire! Check out all the destinations they cover here.


Suitcases, Backpacks, and Packing Essentials for Travel Gift Ideas

Let’s start at the beginning, a suitcase. This might seem like a big travel gift, but it is a thoughtful and essential travel gift for a really special friend! I lived out of a suitcase for 11 years as I traveled the world as a nomad. For me, it’s really important that a suitcase is durable, yet light. I’ve been testing a few out this year – some made the cut and some didn’t – but here are my favorites.

5. Checked Luggage

If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know I love my Eagle Creek gear – I’ve been carrying Eagle Creek suitcases for all of my 17 years of traveling. The Gear Warrior is the latest one I’ve been using. 

Why I like it: There are no bells and whistles or special compartments – it’s just basic – and that’s what keeps it light and versatile. You can fit a TON into it when you have to. The material is durable, water-repellent, and lightweight. It can also expand if you do a little shopping on your trip. I use Eagle Creek packing cubes (more on those below!) and organizers to keep everything organized in the bag and it works perfectly.  The Gear Warrior comes in a carry-on and checked size. They currently only have 4 wheels options, however, my older one is a 2-wheel version. Either would be super for a travel gift!

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GEAR WARRIOR 4-WHEEL 60L / 26"
339.00

This is my most used piece of luggage! Lightweight and simple. Use packing cubes with this and save so much space and weight! Plus all Eagle Creek luggage has a lifetime warranty.

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Another great Eagle Creek option is this super durable wheeled duffel. I love this for adventure travel where I’m carrying lots of outdoor gear (why do hiking boots take so much space?!!). It’s waterproof and holds everything you need on an outdoor adventure trip!

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Wheeled Duffel
$298.95

I've been traveling with Eagle Creek luggage for 17 years - they make great products! This is a great wheeled duffle that will fit plenty of gear inside! I like the minimal design inside to keep it uncomplicated. Just use packing cubes to organize and you are set for a long term trip!

90L/29 Inch

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6. Peak Design Sling Bag

A camera bag that looks and acts like a purse…yes there is such a thing! I’ve been using the Peak Design Sling bag as my ‘personal carry-on’ item.  It’s a great day-to-day bag for my photo and laptop gear. It looks and acts like a purse honestly – so this is a great dual-purpose bag for the ladies!

I can fit in my small mirrorless camera plus an extra lens and filters. Plus I bring my wallet and other essential purse items. It also has room for an iPad or other small notebook. So it’s perfect to take out exploring a town and have everything with you.  It might not work for a fancy night on the town, but it’s a great all-purpose travel bag for the photo enthusiast!

Peak Design Sling Camera Bag
$119.95

The perfect companion for minimalist, on-the-go carry of everyday or photo gear. My favorite thing about this sling is that it doesn't necessarily look like a camera bag - which is perfect for traveling. It looks more like a purse and can carry a camera, as well as other things you may need while touring around a city. The Sling’s padded cross-body strap features a quick-adjuster that you can loosen when accessing gear and tighten when actively hiking, biking, or walking.

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7. Fjallraven Hip Pack

Fanny Packs are cool again. I hate to admit it – but fanny packs are back ‘in’ AND…they are great for travel! I have actually stopped using a purse and have become one of ‘those’ people…A person who carries a fanny pack…now called a hip pack! This Fjallraven hip pack fits the necessities plus my phone and it has a hidden pocket too that I love – and it’s washable!

Fjällräven High Coast Hip Pack
$52.92

This hip pack/fanny pack is great for travel as they can hold your essentials that you need to get to quickly (passport, phone, wallet), but securely. I typically wear mine around my shoulder/chest as opposed to around my waist. I just feel like it's more secure that way. This cute hip pack by Fjallraven is the perfect size for me and I love that you can throw it in the laundry and clean it up after 4 weeks traveling around Europe!

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8. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are the key to packing happiness – and they will absolutely make your travel-loving friends happy! Packing cubes turn your bag into a piece of furniture. I use mine to organize my different types of clothes, just like I would a dresser; this packing cube has t-shirts, this one has pants, this one has socks. You get the idea – it’s packing bliss.

I have used Eagle Creek Packing Solutions for years, I love their original packing cubes which are pretty durable and can fit a lot of items snugly.

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Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
$43.00

These are the original packing cubes from Eagle Creek - and I must admit - they are my favorite. I find the fabric to be durable and the zippers are much more rugged than the lighter weight versions.

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This year I also started using Thule compression packing cubes and fell in love with them. The addition of a compression zipper means that you can compress the contents to be much smaller and take up less space in your suitcase. This is really great for puffy winter travel gear like sweaters! The cubes are really durable, and the zippers and fabric are very high quality which enables you to really compress a lot of items in one cube!

Thule Compression Cube Set
$44.95

This compression packing cube set is a must for being able to organize your suitcase for a trip. The zippers are sturdy and durable which is key for a compression cube. I have been amazed at how many things I could compress thanks to the strong zippers.

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9. Stasher Bags

I was introduced to Stasher Bags a couple of years ago.  They are marketed for food storage, but I use them for travel!  If you’re an organized packer or an aspiring zero-waste traveler, you’re going to want to travel with several empty stasher bags in your luggage… stasher bags can do it all!  I use a big one in my toiletry bag to put my liquids in just in case they explode.  I used to always use a plastic bag, but I love the Stasher bag as a multiple-use solution!



Toiletry Items for Travel Gift Ideas

Toiletry items are a large part of packing so make sure that you have the most efficient and earth-friendly ones! Here’s the gear I use in my toiletry case…including the case. These are great travel care package ideas!

10. Hanging Toiletry Bag

I’ve been using this style of hanging toiletry bag since the day I left in 2006.  I like the different compartments and the fact that you can stand the bottles upright.  You can fit more than you think in this beauty!


11. Silicone Travel Bottles

I started using these reusable bottles for my shampoos and conditioners and I love them!  They have big openings to make it easy to fill, and they have a locking mechanism so there will be no surprise spills!


12. Travel Washcloth

I know what you are thinking…a washcloth…huh? But trust me when I say that this is one of my favorite essential but cheap travel gifts. I personally am a washcloth person – and I don’t like to use the ones in hotels with liquid soap (that you frequently find in a hotel room). But this gem is really tiny and weightless and suds up so easily with just a little drop of liquid soap! The best part is that it’s completely odor-free and super fast drying, plus has the texture of a loofah sponge.  A little gentle exfoliation never hurt anyone on the road! This is a great stocking stuffer present for travelling friend!

Lunatec Self-Cleaning Travel Washcloth
$8.99

I LOVE this piece of travel gear! It's in my packing list every time I travel. It's a super alternative to hotel washclothes that soak up all the liquid soap. Plus, it's odor-free, quick drying (like literally a few seconds rubbed in a towel and it's dry) & provides light exfoliation. It's great for camping and backpacking too!

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13. Kula Antimicrobial Pee Cloth

Yes, you read that right. For the female who travels and often finds herself out in nature when nature calls, this pee cloth is amazing! I used to carry toilet paper for peeing while hiking – but then you have to pack it out and generally, I would just be lazy and ‘drip dry’. Until I learned about pee cloths! This can snap onto your backpack and you can use it to dry (it’s odor resistant and antimicrobial AND has a waterproof side where you hold it), and then snap it to your backpack to dry out quickly as you hike along!

Kula Cloth Reusable Antimicrobial Pee Cloth
$20.00

When nature calls (and it will), the Kula Cloth Reusable Antimicrobial Pee Cloth keeps your hands dry on one side while sopping moisture into the absorbent, antimicrobial side that won't show stains. Perfect for hiking when you have to pee in nature. This cloth is so much better than toilet paper and can easily be cleaned when you get home.

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14. Scrubba Wash Bag

This is my new favorite piece of travel gear for 2024! Scrubba wash bag allows a machine-quality wash anywhere in just minutes. With the Scrubba bag, I can say goodbye to hotel sink laundry! The bag has the washing instructions printed on it, all you need is water and some soap. It also doubles as a dry bag! Being able to do a few pieces of laundry while traveling means you can pack fewer clothes, travel lighter, and save money on laundry!

Scrubba Portable Wash Bag
$55.00

This hand 'washing machine' for hotel and travel means I never have to do sink laundry again! This large bag has solved so many travel problems for me. The bumps inside the bag provides a wash board effect and cleans your clothing better than you ever could by hand. Plus - the bag doubles as a dry bag! If you are a sink laundry traveler - you must try the Scrubba!

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15. Tide Travel Sink Packets

I often find myself doing a little ‘laundry’ on a longer trip. Instead of trying to use the hotel soap that is attached to the wall, just squeeze one of these single-use Tide packets into your Scrubba bag (see above)! Also great stocking stuffers!

Tide Sink Packs Laundry Detergent
$6.95 ($2.32 / load)

I always throw one of these in my toiletry bag when I travel. Many times when I travel I don't need to do an entire load of laundry - but just a few things in the sink and these are perfect for just that! Does 3 Loads (3 packs of 3)

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Gifts That Make Flying Easier

I spend a lot of time on planes, so comfort is my priority.  Even though I sit back in the economy the majority of the time, I have found some ways to be comfortable. Here are my best travel presents for friends going traveling who sit back in the cheap seats like me!

Tip – Note down below I’ve included my favorite travel pants and compression socks that I put in the clothing section…these are also a big part of my flying gear!


16. Stop the Plastic Waste and Bring a Water Bottle

Have you ever thought about how much plastic is used on a plane?  Every passenger gets multiple drinks in plastic cups.  Say no to this airplane waste and take your own bottle when you travel.  I always bring my water bottles on planes and simply ask them to fill them up or fill them up at the airport before I get on.  Hydration is important…and so are single-use bottles!  Here are a couple of brands that I use that I love!

Contigo AUTOSEAL Water Bottle, 24oz, Spirulina
$18.76

Great for travel - at 24oz, it's small enought to fit into most backpack bottle holders or cup holders. Plus, I love that you can lock it so I can put it in my bag without fear of it leaking!

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One of the things I like about Klean Kanteen insulated bottles is that they have a system where you really just need to purchase one insulated bottle and then use their interchangeable caps for your different needs; caps for sipping drinks, straws lids for cold drinks, or chug caps. One bottle is really all you need! In addition, they continue to innovate making their latest containers with certified 90% post-consumer recycled steel. By using recycled instead of virgin steel, Klean Kanteen will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from steel by 40%, achieve a 30% reduction in energy demand, and a 60-80% reduction in ecosystem impacts.

Klean Kanteen 16oz (w/ Café Cap)
$32.95

One of the things I like about Klean Kanteen is that they have a system where you really just need to purchase one insulated bottle and then use their interchangeable caps for your different needs; caps for sipping drinks, straws lids for cold drinks, or chug caps. One bottle is really all you need!

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17. Neck Pillow

I’ve tried many different neck pillows, but I keep coming back to this one!  This memory foam Neck Pillow provides enough support AND it folds up pretty small – the best of both worlds. Plus – you can get this one with an eye mask and ear plugs…you’ll feel like you are flying first class with this neck pillow bundle!

Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow
$24.99

I love the soft yet firm memory foam and the fact that you can use the clip to pull it tight so it doesn't move around as much. Plus - becuase it's memory foam it folds up small and always retains its shape! After sitting in a compact ball during COVID I got mine out and it snapped back into shape in no time!

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18. Best Travel Earplugs

Planes can be really noisy,  so be prepared with earplugs. However don’t bother with those soft squishy ones, use silicon earplugs. I was actually introduced to these when I hiked the Camino de Santiago trail. The silicon earplugs block so much more noise, I didn’t even hear people getting up and packing around me in the morning! You can use them for a few days and then replace them with another pair.

19. Airplane Leg Sling

Even though you may be flying in economy – there are ways you can be more comfortable in your seat. Leg slings provide a way for you to get your feet elevated more on long-haul flights and decrease the pressure on your lower back

Airplane Footrest
$11.99

Consider this your portable foot hammock that changes your economy class seat to a premium seat! Elevate your feet on flights or train rides with this Memory Foam sling. Increases comfort and reduces swelling

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20. Luggage locks

I normally check bags when I travel, so I always use a TSA-approved lock on each bag I check. Will this ensure your stuff doesn’t get stolen…no – nothing will ensure that. However, it will deter people from doing quick grabs. In addition – I often use these simple locks to lock my bags in my hotel rooms when I’m out touring around. It just gives me a little more piece of mind when I travel. It’s an easy cheap gift for travelers, and you can never have too many!

SwissGear TSA-Approved Combination Luggage Lock
$9.49

Luggage locks are an essential item for me. Granted - if someone really wants to steal your bag or stuff - I'm sure they can. However, a lock will certainly deter someone form grabbing something quickly. TSA approved.

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21. Melatonin Tablets

If you are like me and have trouble falling asleep on planes, then pack some Melatonin with you. It will help you fall asleep faster and also can aid in getting over jetlag!

Melatonin Tablets
$13.19 ($0.13 / Count)

Jetlag sucks - but one thing I do to help me get through it quicker is take Melatonin tablets. These help you Fall Asleep Faster, Stay Asleep Longer, Strawberry Flavor, 10mg, 100Count

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22. Priority Pass Lounge Membership

Now this is a sweet gift for your friends going traveling! Get lounge access at most airports around the world so you can wait out those inevitable long layovers in style and comfort! I love my Priority Pass membership – it has ‘saved me’ many times in my travels. They have a simple app to use to locate the lounges and provide some info about them. It sort of feels like you’re flying first class!

Priority Pass Lounge Network
$99 - $469

With a Priority Pass Membership, enjoy a VIP experience – whoever you fly with, in whatever class of travel and without the need to book in advance. Choose from three plans and on your next flight enjoy access to quiet, comfortable spaces with complimentary refreshments, something to read, Wi-Fi to tap in to, and even showers, bed and spa facilities to refresh in*.


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Technology Travel Gifts

Technology is a part of our life and it is certainly a part of our travels. I know depend on my phone when I travel – it is my guide, my map, my safety. Here are a few of my best travel gift ideas around keeping that technology up and running and keeping your sanity!

23. Universal Plug Adapter

One of the best gifts for international travelers is one of these Universal Plug Adapters. However, the good news is that you’ll only need one, no matter where you go!


24. Battery Charger

With the number of electronics we now depend on while we are traveling, you must have a backup for your essential items when they are low on battery.  I decided to invest in a good portable battery charger – one that might be a bit bigger – but charges more. Plus – a portable charger is essential if you are traveling off-grid for a number of days and need multiple charges. This is what I used when I rafted the Grand Canyon.

Power Bank Battery Charger
$54.99

When I am on more remote trips, this is perfect as it provides multiple charges for when you are in the backcountry! Provides more than 5 and a half charges for iPhone XS, more than 4 full charges for Samsung Galaxy S10, and over 2 and a half charges for iPad mini 5.

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25. Jabra Noise Cancelling Ear Pods

I’m one of those people who can’t use Apple Airpods because the pods always drop out of my ears…and therefore I hate them. I had to find something with a better design for my ears and these Jabra Ear Pods are the answer for me. Plus – they are also a great price for good noise-cancelling technology! Easy to use with any Bluetooth product, long battery life – these are a great gift for friends going traveling!

Jabra Elite 7 Pro in Ear Bluetooth Earbuds
$199.99

I love noise cancelling on an airplane...it's essential for my sanity! These economical earbuds are super for travel and sports. If you are like me and the Apple Airpods don't stay in your ears - then these Jabra ones are the answer. They don't fall out and they have great noise cancellation, plus long battery life. Perfect for a long travel day!

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26. Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

If I could marry these headphones and have their babies I would. I love, love, love them for long flights. When I started using noise-canceling headphones my first reaction was “Oh Baby…where have you been my whole traveling life?” I don’t know about you but I adore shutting everyone out and just being in my own world for a bit and that’s exactly what these do – better than any other on the market.  They remove all of the low-level hums and buzzing from our completely plugged-in world, making you realize just how loud the world is.

27. Tech Pouch for Travel

This tech pouch comes with me on every trip. It’s perfect for keeping all of your various cords, batteries, external drives, and more. In fact, you won’t believe how much you can fit into it! It has little pockets, and compartments to keep everything organized. Every traveler needs one of these!

Peak Design Tech Pouch
$59.95

I love this pouch - you can fit so much into it - it really is deceptive! Whether storing cables, everyday gear, or travel essentials, Tech Pouch offers unrivaled organization and ease of access. Origami-style pockets create enormous spatial efficiency, letting you pack more into a smaller space while keeping your items neatly organized and easy to find. This goes on every trip with me!

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28. Small Power Strip for Travel

More electronics means more needs for plugs when you travel.  Even nice hotels are sometimes deficient in plugs or on easy-to-reach plugs.  When traveling internationally I use my world adapter to plug into the wall, then plug this power strip into that. It’s a perfect gift for charging multiple things at once and the long chord is a must!

Travel Power Strip Charging Station
$15.99

This power strip is ultra minisized and light. I love the 5 foot cord since you can never predict where wall outlets will be in a hotel! The chord wraps around the power strip itself when you’re not using it.

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Travel Clothing

There are a number of brands I love for travel clothes.  I’ve tested out many, but the ones I always love are Title NineKuhl, Prana, and Royal Robbins are at the top of my list.  They are a company that focuses on comfortable clothes that are quick-drying, nonwrinkle, and rooted in sustainability. However, I also have a few specific clothing items that I feel are essential for travelers.


29. Compression Socks for Travel

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This is a travel gift idea that can save someone’s life.  As you are probably aware, I had a very big scare recently with blood clots that formed during a long-haul flight.  I could have easily died, and many people do.  Ever since I made it through that experience, I have been a huge advocate of wearing compression socks on any flight over 3 hours.  Along with things like getting up and moving around, they will reduce your chance of contracting blood clots. Every traveler needs a pair of these!

Plus – use Discount code is OTT15 – good for 15% off your order.

My top pick
VIM & VIGR Compression Socks & Sleeves

Compression socks are great for faster muscle recovery and to fight blood clots on long flights or long road trips.

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30. The Perfect Travel Pants

I fly a lot.  And when you fly as much as I do you want to be comfortable, but I don’t necessarily want to look like I’m wearing my pajamas!  I’ve been testing out various pairs of ‘flying pants’ this year and have come up with my favorite.  Try out the comfortable and lightweight KUHL Resistor Air Joggr. I love the KUHL brand for their high quality outdoor gear. And if you don’t like the jogger style, they have a number of other travel style pants.

KUHL Resistor Air Joggr
$129.99

What makes these a great travel pant? They are lightweight and yet slightly stretchy, water reisitant, and breathable. They are casual and comfortable, yet they don't look like your pajamas! And the best part - they have side pockets for your phone - which is probably my most important trait in a travel pant. We use our phone for everything in the airport and our tickets, so it needs to be easily accessible.

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31. Traveler Scarf

Planes, trains, and buses tend to be cold, so I always love to have a colorful scarf with me that I can use to warm up a bit…and even use as a blanket if I have to. Plus – a scarf can dress up a typically boring travel wardrobe quickly. This is my favorite scarf because it can be used in many different ways!

Lightweight Snap Scarf
$8.49

I love products that have dual uses - and this awesome scarf is a traveler's dream! It's not just a scarf - it's a little shrug, a blanket, a poncho - there are multiple ways to wear it. The fabric is super soft and I always carry it onto the plane for when I inevitably get cold.

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32. Wool Socks

My feet sweat a lot – but I’ve found a solution! Smartwool socks are GREAT for travel. They dry really fast, don’t hold odor, and stay warm in the cold and cool in the heat. Because they don’t get smelly, I only have to take a couple of pairs in my suitcase. I run in them, hike in them, and wear them to bed when my feet are cold and have no one to snuggle with. They are the only socks I travel with!

Smartwool Everyday Crew Sock
$21.00

Merino wool is the perfect travel fabric. It doesn't hold odor, it's fast drying, and it is good for both hot and cold environments! Smartwool has many different styles from crew socks to hiking socks and more. You can also find different cushion levels. You'll only need a couple of pairs in your suitcase because they are so multi functional!

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03/01/2024 03:02 pm GMT

33. Branwyn Wool Underwear

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Merino wool has made it into underwear. Once again merino is a great fabric for underwear thanks to its natural ability to resist odor. Plus – they dry super fast for washing in the middle of your trip. Really – I take half the underwear that I used to on trips with this miracle fabric! Branwyn has focused on making undies and bras made from this miracle fabric! If you are still skeptical about wool underwear – Branwyn has a ‘First Pair Guarantee’ that allows you to try 1 pair of each unique style/size/color on your first order, and return risk-free within 14 days of receiving your order.


34. Wallaroo Hats

If you have followed me on social media then you know that I love hats; I normally pack at least 2 for each trip! They are perfect for sun protection, when I’m too lazy to shower, and bad hair days that happen frequently when I travel! Wallaroo is a Colorado company that specializes in sun-protective hats that are also stylish. Each hat has SPF in them to help protect against skin cancer.

PLUS – many of them are foldable and you can easily travel with them! They will still retain their shape. Check out their many styles and how to pack them!

Plus, use the OTTSWORLD20 promo code and get 20% off your Wallaroo purchase! 

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I love all of their styles and normally always have at least 2 of their different hats with me on every trip I take! All of their styles offer superb sun protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the material of every Wallaroo hat with a UPF rating and a 3+ inch brim as an effective UV protectant. Plus - they have so many fashionable styles!

Use my Discount code, OTTSWORLD20, for an extra 20% regular priced items!

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35. Klipsta Hat Clip

Since I always travel with a few hats, sometimes I just want to carry them on to make sure they don’t get damaged. And now carrying on hats just got easier with the Klipsta hat clip! This heavy-duty magnet will keep your hat in tip-top shape as you travel through airports, cities, and train stations.

Klipsta Hat Clip
$24.95

Quickly and easily attach your Wallaroo hat (or any hat or baseball cap) to your bag for travel using the innovative Klipsta Hat Clip. Featuring a simple design that pairs well with any accessory, the smart clip keeps your hat securely fastened using the unique lock feature. Attach, lock, clip, and you’re good to go!

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36. Tubes/Buffs

Buffs/Tubes are great for so many uses – a hat, scarf, eye mask, tube top, washcloth, helmet liner, and even handkerchief. My favorite brand I’ve recently used is Turtle Fur. They have some of the softest fabric around – and you want it to be soft if it’s around your neck or head! I’ve used mine for every single one of those situations… and never leave ‘home’ without it!


Travel Gifts That Inspire

Looking for some travel inspiration?  Need to know where to go, how to hike the Appalachian Trail, or how to travel on a budget? I’ve had a number of friends finish some books this year that are about travel – here are my favs for travel gift ideas when you are looking for inspiration!

37. Artistic Gifts for Travelers

I also recommend that you check out my Unique Gifts for Travelers Gift List here. I curated this list of Inspiring travel gifts from Etsy and it has some really fun ideas on it! These are all one-of-a-kind artistic gifts. Like these customized state maps for walls and hats made by my niece!

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During the pandemic, my niece took up embroidery and started free-styling her own designs to put on hats, sweatshirts, pet collars, and walls. She typically focuses her designs on flowers, because she’s a plant lover. I love everything she does (because I’m a proud aunt), but when she started making state maps with state flowers, and iconic sites – I got really excited! I asked her to do a Colorado design for me.

You can tell her what you want/like, and she’ll put together a design for you – or you can look through the designs that are available in her shop.

38. Push Pin Globe

Every traveler loves a map – this is one of my favorite gift ideas for travel lovers! This cool push pin globe is a great way for people to track their travels, as well as get inspiration on where to go next.

Cork Globe with 100 Colored Push Pins
$59.97

The perfect was to track your travels around the globe. Durable Steel Base - 7.3 Inches. Great for Educational Purposes & Mapping Travels. Comes with 100 colored pins.

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03/01/2024 05:02 pm GMT

39. Trip Chaser Card Game

If you are simply an armchair traveler – you can still travel through this cool new card game. Just like actual travel, expect both stumbling blocks and enriching experiences along the way as you play the game. You’ll rely on the luck of drawing a good event card, or proactively buying travel insurance to save you from the unexpected! It’s like real travel but without the suitcase, spending, or stress.

Trip Chaser Card Game
$27.99

Prove who’s the most travel-savvy by buying, bartering, and gambling your way to various destinations. The more challenging a destination is to get to from North America, the more points it’s worth! Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins humble bragging rights for life. This game was created by a couple of my friends who are world travelers!

Ages 10 and Up • 2-6 Players


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03/02/2024 02:47 am GMT

40. For the Person Planning an Upcoming Trip

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Ultimate Journeys for Two I know that I really specialize in solo travel, however this year I had a couple of good friends publish this awesome travel idea book for couples. If you are trying to figure out where to go, check out Ultimate Journeys for Two for ideas!


41. For the Person Who Loves to Hike

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Make sure you pick up a copy of the External Hiking Book from my friend Dustin.  He finished the Appalachian Trail…but not without a few bumps along the way!


42. For the Person Who Loves Glamping

My friends Mike and Anne Howard have been glamping all over the US and have put together a book about this new craze sweeping the travel world.  Learn about all of the incredible places you can stay in style in Comfortably Wild


43. For the Budget Traveler

Looking for affordable experience gifts for a friend? Long-time friend Matt Kepnes wrote this book about how to travel cheaply, but still have a rich experience all over the world! Read Travel the World on $50 a Day.

44. For the Person Planning a Road Trip

Yet another one of my friends recently wrote this book on road trips. It’s actually more of a journal and activity book – and it’s packed with great ideas of what to do on the road. She herself is a road-tripping expert and now she’s put all of that expertise into a book full of things to keep you occupied on a road trip. If your friends have a road trip on the horizon, be sure to get them this before they leave!

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book
$11.60

Do you have a road trip on the horizon? Then you must check out this book by friend Val! It contains everything you need to have and record an epic road trip! Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

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03/01/2024 05:32 pm GMT

45. For the Person who is a Curious Traveler

Forget old-fashioned travel books with cookie-cutter advice on where to go and what to do. With this hip, ingenious, and creative companion, you’ll have a unique and surprising experience anywhere you go. Simply follow the prompts and you’ll find new adventures on any trip. This book will teach you how to explore – the perfect gift for a traveler!

Get Lost!: A Travel Guide for Anywhere
$13.52

Forget old-fashioned travel books with cookie-cutter advice on where to go and what to do. With this hip, ingenious and creative companion, you'll have a unique and surprising experience anywhere you go.

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03/01/2024 06:17 pm GMT

Shop My Complete Travel Gear Guides on my Amazon Store

This list really is only the new stuff I discovered and used this year in my travels, however, to see a complete list of all of my favorite travel gift ideas go shop at my Ottsworld Amazon store for all of my travel gear must-haves!


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