Best gifts for the frequent traveler

Last Updated December 2019

We all know at least one person who always seems to be on the go. Whether they travel for business or for pleasure, these are foolproof gift ideas that the frequent traveler on your list is sure to appreciate.

The latest, greatest luggage

Away has some of the trendiest luggage on the market right now. Attractive, durable, spacious, and easy to roll, The Bigger Carry-On is TSA-approved and designed to fit carry on restrictions, so they’ll get the recipient where they need to go with minimal hassle.

Travel in peace

There’s perhaps no environment that tests the noise-canceling feature of headphones more than an airplane. These Bose earbuds can plug into in-flight entertainment and make the sounds of babies crying over the roar of the engine melt away.

Stay charged up

$86.99 at Amazon

It’s especially important when traveling to keep your devices juiced up, but you can’t count on finding an available outlet at a busy airport. Anker’s PowerCore is the brand’s top of the line, and it can charge an iPhone nine times over and a MacBook more than three.

An affordable and effective tablet

A tablet provides personal entertainment that doesn’t rely on in-flight entertainment (and the glitchy seatback units and their subpar choices). The cinephile on your list will love downloading their own content conveniently to their tablet before each of their adventures.

Keep them entertained, informed

An Audible subscription is a must for the person who often finds themselves on planes, trains, and buses. Give the gift that keeps on giving and let them listen to their favorite books, podcasts, and other audio entertainment with an Audible subscription.

For those who go on long flights

Compression socks improve blood flow to the feet and ankles, which is important when you’ll be sitting still for long periods of time while en route or waiting on your departure. These compression socks were made for skiing, but they’re great for preventing swollen and sore feet during long periods of travel.

An essential for international travelers

A great gift for any overseas traveler, this Herschel Passport Case is not only functional, with its credit card slots and ample passport space it’s also an added safety measure. The RFID blocking technology prevents electronic devices from remotely scanning your document.

Stay cozy

No matter the weather outside, a cozy scarf comes in handy on over-air-conditioned planes and in drafty airports. This ultrasoft cashmere wrap reigns supreme in comfort, and it would make a suitable gift for anyone — not just world travelers.

Because isn't it time for an upgrade?

$34 at Backcountry

Topo Designs is a top brand in fun-but-durable travel gear, and this dopp kit is the ideal container for toiletries and other essentials. Whether you’re buying for a rugged adventurer or a well-groomed businessperson, this bag will go anywhere with them and keep what they need handy.

Rest easier

$39.90 at Amazon

When you give this infinity pillow, you’re giving the best gift of all: rest (something all travelers need but never seem able to get enough of). These infinity pillows adapt to any situation – a window, middle, or aisle seat – and can be shaped to provide comfort as needed.

For self-care

$53 at Saks Fifth Avenue

This premium travel kit is essential for keeping you fresh during long days on the road or in the sky. This is an excellent present for the person with an impeccable self-care routine, as the kit will help them keep them feeling clean and polished. 

Best personal item to carry on

Not only is this tote a practical carry-on bag for personal effects, it’s a good go-anywhere tote that provides a slightly more refined look than the standard canvas bag. Both on the plane and off, this is a bag that the recipient will appreciate for its spaciousness and durability.

Don't rely on the hotel's blow dryer

The BaBylissPRO Nano offers the power of a full-sized hair dryer but in a compact, travel-ready size. This will help them cut out the bulk of a standard dryer, freeing up precious luggage space.

We love this backpack

It seems like almost everyone these days owns one of these mini Fjällräven backpacks or has it on their wishlist. It makes an ideal compact daypack, which is why we’ll be buying it for that trendy friend who always seems to be jetting off to Europe.

Stay hydrated

It’s always important to drink water, especially when traveling. Plane air is stale and dry, which can have a dehydrating effect that leaves your skin feeling dry and your energy levels low. Give the gift of hydration on the go with a Hydro Flask bottle that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours.

Drift off to sleep

$17.99 at Amazon

Another essential for getting some shut-eye while traveling: an eye mask. This contoured eye mask totally blocks out light without pressing uncomfortably into eyes.

Pack smarter

Even those who travel frequently aren’t always the best at minimalist packing. That’s where packing cubes come in handy: they maximize space within a suitcase while keeping items conveniently organized and wrinkle-free.  

Not your ordinary hand sanitizer

Travel hand sanitizer makes a worthwhile stocking stuffer, as it’s both useful and affordable. Plus, you’re ensuring that the recipient can stay healthy and well while they’re on the go. 

The gift of efficiency

$15/month at CLEAR

Convenience is priceless, especially when it comes to travel. That’s why CLEAR is a worthwhile gift for those who spend a lot of time at the airport. It uses biometrics like fingerprints and eyes to confirm your identity so you don’t have to wait in line for your ID to be checked by TSA. It’s in most major U.S. airports already, but check yours to see if CLEAR is available.