Last updated on: Dec 13, 2021
It’s that time of year again, and because of the pandemic, there’s likely more wanderlust than ever! Surely, you or someone you love is in need of new travel gear to get you ready for all the revenge trips you’ll take in the future. Here’s our travel gift guide with some of the best gifts for travelers this season.
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Breezing through airport security is a very underrated perk in the travel experience. So, a one-year CLEAR membership is certainly one of the best gifts for travelers this season and would be put to good use by the frequent traveler in your life. Certified by the Department of Homeland Security, the company has dedicated lines in more than 50 U.S. airports and several event venues, so not only is CLEAR useful for travel, it can be useful to expedite entry into large public events. CLEAR uses biometric data instead of physical documents and has plans to incorporate vaccination information in the future.
Price: $100 at CLEAR.me
I love this kit from Uncommon Goods, which specializes in unique and quirky gifts. Pandemic travel has been all about the outdoors, and this survival kit comes equipped with all the incidental items one would need for a long hike or camping excursion, including an LED flashlight, matches, and a water bag. I make sure to bring it on my glamping trips.
Price: $135 at Uncommon Goods
Black Travel Box provides travel-friendly hair and skincare products for Black women travelers on the go. The company’s signature products include wash, shampoo, and conditioner bars and lip, body, and hair balms that cater to the unique preferences of Black women. Products are sold separately as well as in bundles and sets.
Price: Deluxe Starter Gift Set for $75 at Black Travel Box
Listed as one of Oprah’s favorite things, luxury luggage maker Tote&Carry offers stylish eco-leather fashion pieces and travel sets in a variety of vibrant colors from purple to neon pink. Sets typically consist of a duffle bag and a backpack, and the company also offers wallets, purses, hats, and “vests.”
Price: $249.99 (sale $209.99) at Tote&Carry
The non-slip gripper slippers from Bombas have an ultrasoft interior due to their sherpa lining. Plus, their fold-flat design makes them easy to pack. Choose from two colors: Midnight Navy or Maroon. We love that Bombas values social impact and donates one pair of socks for every pair purchased to homeless shelters because socks are the most requested clothing item in shelters.
Price: $48 at Bombas.com
One of the best gifts for travelers is certainly Cadence’s 6-capsule bundles, which is a great option for transporting liquids, serums, and small items during your travels. These hexagonal mini-storage containers are magnetic, BPA-free, TSA-compliant, and made from recycled and reused scrap plastic. Each capsule comes with one pre-selected label, such as face moisturizer or toner, but you can also create your own label for $3.
Price: $84 (sale $70) at Cadence
Mygani LLC is a lifestyle brand that creates accessories for women and girls of color. The brand offers a number of products that make great stocking stuffers and thoughtful gifts for the woman traveler in your life. The brand’s mugs are both inspirational and beautiful and are a great way to welcome the day with a morning cup of coffee. The company also sells travel totes, blankets, apparel, greeting cards, and journals.
Price: Mugs from $25 at Mygani.com; other items available on their website.
With evocative flavors such as Strawberry Szechuan and Guava Tamarind, the chocolates from gourmet chocolatier Cacao & Cardamom are anything but ordinary. The company handcrafts high-quality products using French coverture dark chocolate and 100 percent fruit purees. Choose one of their chocolate gift boxes or build your own.
Shacke Pak Packing Cubes are my favorite, so it’s a perennial gift idea that keeps on giving. I never travel anywhere without them because they keep my suitcase so organized. Typically, I pack items by type, so socks and pajamas go in one cube, and outfits go in other cubes. Try it on your next trip to find out what works for you!
You can never go wrong with gift cards. Plus, they’re easy to use and practically effortless to buy since you can buy them in most big-box retailers and grocery stores. The only decision is which one to choose. Most travel brands offer them, including Marriott, Airbnb, Delta, and TUMI, and others are relevant to travel as well as daily life, including Restaurant.com. and non-branded American Express, Visa, and Mastercard gift cards. With gift cards, you can literally give the gift of travel!
Have you given any of our recommended best gifts for travelers? Tell us in the comments.