The 10 Best Gifts for Travel Lovers

Get them these items and all they'll need to bring is a sense of adventure


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On the hunt for the perfect gift for the travel enthusiast on your list? Whether the giftee you’ve got in mind is on a mission to explore all the corners of the world or you simply want to improve their daily commute, read on to discover the best travel gifts of 2018.

REI Co-op 650 Down Outerwear 

Versions: Women’s (Parka); Men’s (Hoodie)

REI Co-op Down 650 Outerwear

MSRP: $139 (Parka), $119 (Hoodie)

Insulation: 650-fill-power down         

Lightweight, packable insulation is a must-have for outdoor adventure, but especially during travel when space and weight are a concern. This REI Co-op outerwear features 650-fill-power down and a weather-resistant shell for protection against the elements. Whether the travel enthusiast in your life plans to roam through the American Southwest or escape to a European mountain town this winter, this jacket will keep them cozy and warm on their adventures.

KUHL Maraudr Karryall Duffel – 28L

KUHL Maraudr

MSRP: $179

Fits: Laptops and tablets up to 15 inches         

Meets: Carry-on size restrictions

Inspired by vintage motorcycle packs, this rugged duffel is perfect for weekend trips and those who take a lot of pride in packing light. With a durable waxed-canvas exterior and tough-as-nails construction, it’s designed to accompany adventurers for miles and miles. Plus, it meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines, making it an ideal companion for your giftee’s next domestic or international flight.

Patagonia Black Hole Cube – Medium

Patagonia Black Hole Cube

MSRP: $39

Gear capacity: 6 liters

This cube takes the agony out of packing for trips. Each efficient organizer can be used to hold a complete outfit or to separate tops from bottoms—the possibilities are endless. However the cubes are filled, they stack neatly into luggage so your bag doesn’t become, you know … a black hole. Staying organized means travelers will spend less time searching for items and more time exploring. Oh, and being able to quickly pick up and spontaneously catch a train to Paris isn’t too bad either.

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug – 12 fl. oz. 

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug

MSRP: $29.95     

Whether they’re traveling to the airport or exploring a new city, there’s comfort in being able to maintain their most satisfying daily routines—like a piping-hot cup of coffee in the morning. This vacuum-insulated mug keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, while a slosh-resistant lid makes it easy to grab and go.

REI Co-op Wallace Lake Scarf 

A woman wearing a Wallace Lake Scarf

MSRP: $39.95

Traveling requires constant adjusting to local climates and frigid airplane temperatures. This compact scarf features a closed-loop design that makes it easy to throw it on and go. Plus, it’s perfect for scrunching up into a makeshift pillow for long train rides and window-seat naps.

Pelican Go G40 Case

Pelican G G40 Case

MSRP: $39.95

Dimensions: 7 x 2.8 x 1.3 inches

Whether the travel-lover in your life is planning on paddling the Zambezi River or trekking through Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest, the Pelican Go G40 Case is their ticket to keeping important accessories (like a phone, credit cards and cables) in mint condition. This crushproof case resists water when submersed down to 1.5 meters (nearly 5 feet) for a whopping 30 minutes.

Patagonia Atom Sling

Patagonia Atom Sling

MSRP: $59

Gear capacity: 8 liters

Pockets: 2 + main compartment

For those who travel regularly, it’s important to get airport attire (slip-on shoes, wearing rather than packing bulky items, etc.) down to a science. This includes their personal bag. This easy-to-access sling bag is just big enough for all the essentials: a book or tablet, chargers, snacks and a small water bottle. Even better? It’s an excellent companion for traipsing through slot canyons or sightseeing a new city once they reach their destination.

Nomadix Cabin Love Towel

Nomadix Cabin Love Towel

MSRP: $39.95

Uses: Yoga, home, beach, travel and more         

Maintaining a fitness routine can be extremely difficult while traveling. This towel works as a yoga and exercise mat so your jetsetter can fit in a quick yoga sequence or bodyweight exercise routine in their hotel room. And, it’s still a towel, so it eliminates the need to pack a separate bath or beach towel.

A Trip with REI Adventures

A woman rejoicing at the sight of a mountain

Activities include:  Climbing, hiking, paddling, sightseeing, wildlife safaris and more

What to give the person who already owns all of the travel gadgets and gear? Gift them an REI Adventure! Whether your giftee has dreams of cycling the winding roads of Zion National Park or exploring their backyard with a close-to-home weekend getaway, it’ll be an experience they won’t forget. And best of all, our guides handle all the planning. All your loved one needs is a packed bag and a sense of adventure.

REI Gift Card

What do you get a travel-obsessed friend or family member who seems to have it all? No one is ever mad about receiving a gift card to their favorite store. You can purchase a gift card online and have a physical card sent directly to your recipient, or you can email them a digital gift card directly.

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