What to Buy That One Friend Who’s Always Traveling
These items will be on every traveler's wishlist.
Published Nov 1, 2018 9:31 PM
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Finding the perfect present for friends and family can be tough—particularly if it’s for someone who has seen and done it all (or at the very least, plans to). Stumped about what to get the jetsetter on your list? While a plane or train ticket might not be a realistic option, there are still plenty of ways to wow wanderlusters. Might we suggest gifts that commemorate past trips, inspire new adventures, and make exploring the world more fun, functional, and fashionable?
Of course, every frequent flyer should have a great fleet of luggage—and we’ve found some awesome options—but our picks also include more whimsical items. From embossed bag tags and noise-canceling headphones to next-generation carry-ons and high-altitude cocktail kits, these covetable gifts are guaranteed to fill any globetrotter with glee.
Wildsam Field Guides: Los Angeles Book, $20
For the hole-in-the-wall adventure-seekers, give the gift of a thoughtfully curated travel guide for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Sling Sack, Paravel, $195
A style-forward carry-on that can function as a weekender (as well as an everything-else-bag) is a versatile staple every jet setter deserves.
Travel Candle Set, Snowe, $50
There’s no better way to feel at home than by surrounding yourself with cozy, nostalgic scents. This variety set will do the trick.
Tann Toothbrush, HAY, $6
Equal parts chic and functional, this Scandinavian take on an essential proves that even the basics can be stylish.
Utility Pocket Mirror, Good Thing, $19.50
With its silicone grip and unbreakable composition, this color blocked pocket mirror makes touch-ups on the go as simple and streamlined as the piece itself.
Tech Kit, MoMA, $28
A handy kit with 10 tech problem-solving essentials that will never have you chasing down a power outlet ever again.
The Bigger Carry-On, Away, $225
Upscale and purposefully-designed luggage does exist—and it comes in the form of Away’s limited edition Solstice collection. This version of the brand’s signature carry-on flaunts an unbreakable shell and built-in USB charger, so your bestie won’t have to fight fellow airport-goers for plugs anymore.
Flight 101 5-In-1 Universal Travel Adapter + USB, $35
Oh the places you (and your devices) will go. Whether you need to power up your iPhone in Peru or charge your computer in Cambodia, this color-coded, A/C READY adapter system has you covered.
Luggage Tag Boxed Gift Set, Shopbop, $42
Because let’s be real: the likelihood of you traveling with just one piece of luggage is slim to none.
Sephora Favorites The Ultimate Travel Bag, $40
Inside this zippered case is a curated selection of 11 fabulous formulas for face, body, and hair—such as cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, sunscreen, deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. Your friend’s days of stockpiling hotel toiletries are over.
Madewell The Transport Weekender, $298
This vegetable-tanned leather bag is sized to fit all your weekend essentials. It has an 18-inch removable duffel strap, sturdy top handles, an ID tag, and three interior pockets—including one with a zipper to keep valuables secure.
Sony 1000X mkII Premium Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones, $349
Travel-grade headphones are the solution for those seeking some peace and quiet—whether it’s from a chatty seatmate on an overnight train or a snoring passenger in the cabin next door. This top-rated pair delivers superior noise canceling and crystal clear audio. And how glam is the metallic gold hue?
Lo & Sons The Hanover Travel Backpack, $128
Schlep all your stuff in eco-friendly style: This lightweight, travel backpack features memory foam-padded, adjustable shoulder straps for extra comfort, along with a sleeve for attaching it to suitcase handles. It also comes with a laptop compartment, water bottle container, and additional pockets in order to keep everything organized.
W&P Design The Frequent Flyer Carry On Cocktail Kit, $100
Craft cocktails at 30,000 feet in the air? Each tin has everything you need to mix up two tasty tipples while in flight.
The Laundress Travel Pack, $50
Keeping clothes fresh and clean while on the go has never been easier: This black and white striped case is filled with mini bottles of the brand’s best-selling, eco-friendly formulas—stain remover, crease smoother, static solver, and fabric freshener—as well as a reusable laundry bag.
Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll Up, $49
The ultimate accessory for tech-savvy travelers, this leather organizer has three separate pockets to cache cords, cables, chargers, and USBs. You can even get it monogrammed and gift-wrapped for free.