Whether the journey involves flying, driving, hopping a train or piloting a boat, there’s nothing better than travel. And while it’s always better to be home for the holidays, some folks are just made to wander. Make sure they’re ready to jet-set ahead of their next journey with the best traveling gifts you can find. Simple necessities always include toothbrushes, neck pillows and comfortable slippers, but it’s time to go above and beyond with presents that make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. Find presents at different price levels, from stocking-stuffer-size all the way up to bank breaker.
Don’t just shade your eyes, enhance them. Maui Jim’s Blue Hawaii lens is designed with color enhancing and polarizing technologies. Instead of squinting, you’ll see landscapes and seascapes clearly all while avoiding harmful UV rays. That makes these leightweight unisex lenses the best traveling gift for anyone heading into adventure (especially if they’ll be spending time in the sun).
A backpack might seem more appropriate for high school students than for frequent flyers, but don’t discount this TUMI model. The Alpha Bravo is designed with commuters in mind thanks to its ballistic nylon casing, meaning that this wearable is ready for heavy use on the daily. Meanwhile, dozens of pockets both inside and out help keep everything organized, from laptops and chargers to phones, wallets and keys. Zipper expansion allows your loved one to fit everything they’ll need inside, making this the perfect carry on. Worried about potential loss or theft at the airport? Take a deep breath, the expert designers have thought of that too. The built-in permanent TUMI Tracer helps to reunite owners with lost items. The high-quality material and thoughtful design make this backpack one of the best traveling gifts you could give.
Those who travel for work know just how important it is to stay on time when journeying from city to city. Make sure you’re right where you need to be (in style) with Michele women’s watches. Their Deco series of squared watch faces is designed for fashion and percision first, and can go from airport convenience to office chic to evening formal with ease. Hoping for a more sporty circular face? Check out their Sporty Sail series instead.
New Luxe Watch Straps Switch It Up
Sometimes, the best traveling gifts are the most stylish. Designed to pair with any Michele 18mm watch face, the Luxe Neutrals silicone collection is made with customization in mind. Swap between flirty fun colors like coral and more formal white and grey hues, or accessorize based on what you’re wearing. Five different styles allow you to bring a full suite of wristwear along in your carry on. Save space and money with five watch styles in one.
Men’s G-Shock GA2100
Style isn’t exclusive to women’s wristwear. Men’s watches are the building block accessory to any wardrobe, and the G-ShockGA2100 paires well with adventure-level apparel and casual businesswear alike. The ability to shift between 31 time zones makes this model one of the best traveling gifts for busy globetrotters. Other utilitarian functions include 5 alarms, a calendar, countdown timer, stopwatch capabilities and bright LED light. And with a water resistance of up to 200 meters deep, this model is ready to go just about anywhere, from cliff diving to lounging poolside.
Prefer road tripping to flights and accessorizing? Bring the family’s bikes along with on every trip to get the most out of your journey. This bike rack can hold up to three bicycles and provides a full seven inches of space between each. That means you won’t have to worry about them bumping and bruising each other. But the best part? The HitchSwitch lever allows the rack to tilt down and the back door to open up, providing easy access to cargo whether you’re loading or unloading the car.
Whether you’re behind the wheel or stuck at the airport, there’s one thing every person needs (and probably doesn’t get enough of). Give hydration that lasts with an insulated Takeya water bottle. This tech can keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for twelve, meaning you can cross from one state into the next (and the next) with iced, frosty water. Thanks to its versatility, this little handheld might just be the ultimate in best traveling gifts even if it is stocking stuffer priced. Pro tip for flyers: bring your empty bottle through security, then refill from a water fountain once you’re in the airport.
Be Holiday Ready Ahead of Time
Whether you’re wrapping up these presents to give in person or shipping via express air travel to reach your loved one on their latest trip ’round the world, they’re sure to love our collection of the best travel gifts of 2021. We’re well stocked with other travel necessities too, like noise-cancelling headphones. Explore our collection of high-fashion luggage, wristwear, smart tech, and everything you’ll need to make the most of your next trip at Abt. If your traveler spends time commuting to and from work, check out our list of gifts for the commuter and our video on what they’d love, too.