Whether you’re shopping for a Wild-inspired backpacker or a globe-trotter who considers a two-star hotel “slumming it,” these gifts will work for just about any kind of traveler. And best of all, they might inspire you to book a last-minute flight and head off on your very own adventure.
1. Flight 001 Mondo Travel Alarm
When you’re switching between time zones and still need to be sure you don’t miss that early morning wakeup call, this cute, lightweight alarm can help. It’s small — not even a full three inches across —so you can justify packing it, and just like your alarm at home, comes equipped with a snooze button.
2. Cath Kidston Mini Ticket Holder
One major travel challenge is keeping all those pieces of paper together: boarding passes, train tickets, printed-out hotel confirmations and the like. This organizer is small, flat and easily stashes all your paperwork. Plus the London bus design gives it a sense of whimsy.
3. Trakdot Luggage Tracker
We’ve all had that sense of panic as you wait at an endless whirl of a baggage carousel, wondering if your luggage got lost. Bag tracking device Trakdot aims to alleviate that sense of dread. It has two components — a device that you pack in your suitcase and an app you download on your phone. Simply connect to data or wifi and the device will turn on, telling you where your bag is.
4. Adventure Medical Kits Travel Medic First-Aid Kit
Whether you’re heading off to hike the Inca Trail or to simply go camping for the weekend, a first aid kit is essential. This one includes all the basics — bandages, safety pins, ibuprofen, antacids, etc. — without weighing you down or taking up too much space. If there’s an aquatic element to your trip, upgrade to a waterproof model.
5. Muji Cotton-Jersey Slippers
Staying in that remote ski lodge provides some gorgeous views of snowy mountains, but it might also mean chilly nights in drafty rooms. These bendable, packable slippers from Muji will help you get up in the middle of the night to walk to the bathroom without getting frostbite, and they come with their very own pouch to make packing easy.
6. Tocca The Naughty List Rollerball Trio
Travel isn’t always the most pleasant-smelling experience: a long flight or train ride could strand you with dozens of other people who also haven’t had access to a shower that day. But perfume is a risky item to pack since it could spill or break in your bag. Enter the rollerball, which gives you the fragrance you like while still small enough to pack in a carry-on. Choose your favorite from this set and give the others to friends.
7. Strand Duffle Bag
Daytrips and weekend getaways are fun and spontaneous, so the last thing you want is to be hauling a huge suitcase. Herschel Supply makes stylish, sturdy bags with travel-ready details like an external pocket (ideal for tickets, iPads and other things you want in close grabbing range), breathable lining and sturdy leather straps you won’t get tired of holding.
8. Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat
Travel doesn’t just have to mean long hours of sitting or daily meals at unhealthy strip mall restaurants. To stay healthy — and centered — on the road, this lightweight, foldable exercise mat is just the thing. The mat is made of an eco-friendly rubber and weighs about two pounds, which makes it perfect for doing yoga or stretches in even most cramped hotel room.
9. Liberty of London “Merci” Cards
The owner of your AirBNB rental. The tour guide who showed you the best pizzeria in Naples. The concierge who got you tickets to a sold-out concert. If you’re planning to tip or simply say thank you, these sweet, simple notecards will help you do it in style.
This beautiful map serves several purposes: It makes your living room look elegant, lets you brag about the cool countries you’ve visited and gives you major inspiration for the next vacation. it’s also fun for kids who are learning about geography or preparing for their first trip outside of the country – never too early to instill a love for the world.