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21 best travel gifts – essentials for every adventurer

21 Best Travel Gifts – Essentials for Every Adventurer


Whether it’s for business or pleasure (or both), you definitely know someone who gets their travel on. Now is the time to show that special someone you care. Before you go searching for a product that may or may not work as advertised, here are some curated gifts that are guaranteed to please. They come from names you can trust like Sony, Apple, Nintendo, and Bellroy. Get something for the traveller in your life and something for yourself because odds are, you fly the friendly skies as well.

Belkin hybrid wall charger and power bank with travel adapter kit
Belkin Hybrid Wall Charger and Power Bank with Travel Adapter Kit | Image: Belkin

Belkin Hybrid Wall Charger and Power Bank with Travel Adapter Kit

In partnership with Belkin

Nobody wants to lug around an electrical entourage on their travel adventure. Batteries and cables playing Twister at the bottom of your bag? No, thanks. Luckily, the innovators at Belkin have got your back. Their hybrid travel buddy is part power bank, part PD wall charger. It’s like having a Swiss Army knife for charging. Compact and portable, it boasts USB-C® and USB-A ports to juice up your gadgets. Use it as a power bank on the go, then morph it into a wall charger when you’re kicking back at the hotel.
RRP AU$119.95

Victorinox VX Touring Utility Backpack
Victorinox VX Touring Utility Backpack | Image: Victorinox

Victorinox VX Touring Utility Backpack

In partnership with Victorinox

Have a globetrotter or thrill-seeker on the Christmas list this year? Bless them with a gift they’ll put to good use with Victorinox’s extremely robust and water-repellent backpack. With handy and practical features like adjustable and padded straps, laptop pockets, and an over-handle system for wheeled luggage, this gear is the setup they definitely need for their next big adventure into the great unknown. RRP AU$429.00 

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Jason Markk Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit
Jason Markk Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit | Image: Jason Markk

Jason Markk Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit

In Partnership with MR PORTER

It’s all good and well to uphold that hallowed masculine ritual that is taking the time to polish your shoes properly when at home, but what about keeping your kickers clean from debris when you’re away from the homestead?

Thanks to MR PORTER, this Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit from Jason Markk is the perfect gift for the meticulous male in your life, who spends time on the road but wants to have a perfect shine every time.

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Eastpak tranzshell multiwheel 54cm suitcase
Eastpak Tranzshell Multiwheel 54cm Suitcase | Image: Eastpak

Eastpak Tranzshell Multiwheel 54cm Suitcase

In Partnership with MR PORTER

A decent piece of carry-on luggage is one of the most important things for any traveller, and this suitcase from Eastpak, available at MR PORTER, is an easy winner. Made from foam and canvas, it boasts a TSA-approved lock, a dual-compartment inside, telescopic handle and 360-degree wheels, making it the perfect travelling companion for flights long and short.

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Blunt Umbrella Metro
Blunt Umbrella Metro | Image: Blunt Umbrella

Blunt Umbrella Metro

The world’s first radially-tensioned umbrella is also one of the world’s best umbrellas, period. Tested to endure Force 9 winds of up to 55 mph, the Blunt Metro delivers the utmost tier of harsh weather resistance. In addition to the unique radial tensioning system, it features telescopic ribs, force-distributing tips, and a compact, aerodynamic body. Take this thing anywhere in the world and expect it to redefine your umbrella standards.

Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air | Image: Apple

Apple iPad Air

Indisputably sleek and always ready for travel, the Apple iPad Air is a product that basically sells itself. Choose between three eye-catching colours, two storage capacities, and two connectivity packages, and make sure your device is fully charged before you take it on the plane. In return, you’ll get the kind of pristine resolution and user-friendliness that only Apple can provide. If the frequent traveller in your life doesn’t already have one, then you’ve just found the perfect gift.

Bellroy classic backpack plus
Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus | Image: Bellroy

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus

Bellroy’s Classic Backpack Plus is a true classic, indeed. Made from water-resistant recycled material, it hosts a special laptop compartment, front pocket, hidden stretch pocket, contoured back panel, removable sternum strap, and durable metal hardware. Like every other product from the brand, this one eschews superfluous details in favour of high-quality craftsmanship and a streamlined, eye-pleasing design. Couple that with the Bellroy City Pouch and you’ll have easy access to everything you need.

Sony WH 1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Sony WH 1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones | Image: Sony

Sony WH 1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

A solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones can make or break your travel experience and that’s why we’re suggesting the Sony WH 1000XM3. Smart as a whip and comfortable to boot, it represents a masterpiece of immersion and isolation. Equipped with a best-in-class HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1, it also features Adaptive Sound Control, Quick Attention, built-in Voice Assistant, and seamless touch control. Oh, and let’s not forget about the 30-hour battery life, rapid charge time, 360 Reality Audio sound, or adjoining app. For absolute wireless freedom at high altitudes, accept nothing less.

Moleskine Classic Notebook
Moleskine Classic Notebook | Image: Moleskine

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Long flights or train rides provide the perfect opportunity to jot down thoughts or ideas the old-fashioned way. For that, you’ll need a trusty notebook. Enter this one from Moleskine, which packs 400 blank pages of thread-bound, acid-free paper between its smooth covers. Also featured are rounded corners, elastic closure, and an expandable inner pocket that contains the brand’s own history. Slide it under your friend or loved one’s Christmas tree (or cram it into their stocking) and see where it takes them.

Status Anxiety In Transit Leather Passport Wallet
Status Anxiety In Transit Leather Passport Wallet | Image: Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety In Transit Leather Passport Wallet

From “damn fine leather” goods brand Status Anxiety comes the ultimate passport wallet. Crafted from shrunken pebble leather, it has room for your passport, boarding pass sleeve, 8 cards or less, and cash. With its supple texture and handsome aesthetic, you’ll be looking for excuses to whip this thing out. May it join you or your favourite traveller on an endless string of global adventures.

Nintendo Switch Lite
Nintendo Switch Lite | Image: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch Lite

You’re never too old to game on the go and that’s exactly where the Nintendo Switch Lite comes in. Optimised for personal use and handheld play, it’s a smaller and lighter alternative to the standard Switch. Featuring a sleek unibody design and built-in +Control pad, it’s compatible with all your favourite games, including Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. May you never go bored again.

Montblanc Sartorial Medium Backpack
Montblanc Sartorial Medium Backpack | Image: Montblanc

Montblanc Sartorial Medium Backpack

When is a backpack bag more than just a backpack? When it comes from luxury brand Montblanc, naturally. Aimed squarely at distinguished travellers and high-earning professionals, this Saffiano-printed leather backpack has 3 large compartments for all your travelling needs. It’s the perfect accompaniment to avid city-goers.

Magpul DAKA Waterproof Windowed Pouch
Magpul DAKA Waterproof Windowed Pouch | Image: Magpul

Magpul DAKA Waterproof Windowed Pouch

Striking an ideal balance between form and function, the DAKA from Magpul consists of three waterproof and windowed pouches. Thanks to reinforced polymer fabric, YKK water-repellent zippers, and impenetrable seals, each one will keep your possessions completely safe and effortlessly organised. Also featured is a 550 paracord zipper pull with heat shrink tubing for improved grip and paint pen dot matrix debossing for easy identification.

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IndusSKY Ski Bag and Boot Bag Combo
IndusSKY Ski Bag and Boot Bag Combo | Image: IndusSKY

IndusSKY Ski Bag and Boot Bag Combo

Keep your ski equipment protected at all times with IndusSKY’s Ski Bag and Boot Bag. Made from tear-resistent Oxford fabric, this protective gear is lined with ultra foam-padding and equipped with internal straps and lots of room inside to keep your skis, poles and boots safe from damage. Portable and easy to carry, this is perfect for snow lovers on the go.

man skiing
IKON Ski Pass | Image: SkiBig3

IKON Ski Pass

If you want to give the gift of pure adventure this holiday season, look no further than the IKON Ski Pass. A veritable gateway to 41 global destinations, it delivers prime access to some of the world’s best slopes and resorts. The company also provides curated explorations and experiences, allowing you or your favourite traveller to plan the perfect getaway. One might even call this the gift that keeps on giving.

Black Diamond Equipment Street Creek Backpack
Black Diamond Equipment Street Creek Backpack | Image: Black Diamond

Black Diamond Equipment Street Creek Backpack

Taking the premium backpack experience to some truly functional extremes, Black Diamond’s Equipment Street Creek 24 is designed for the ultimate in durability. The Jetforce airbag aside, the backpack is a genuine masterpiece. Hosting a sleek aesthetic, special compartments, and 15-inch laptop sleeve, it will accommodate all your gear and apparel. Convenience and safety rarely looks as good as it does here.

Smith 4D MAG Snow Goggles
Smith 4D MAG Snow Goggles | Image: Smith

Smith 4D MAG Snow Goggles

While on the subject of skiing and snowboarding, who’s game for an eyewear upgrade? Enter the Smith 4D MAG Snow Goggles, which ooze optimisation at every spare turn. Look beyond the super-cool exterior to find a full swath of high-performance specs, including two locking mechanisms, Air Evac ventilation, and one of the brand’s largest spherical lenses. Expect the perfect fit and a truly impressive (and generally fog-free) field of view as you navigate the slopes. No snowbound get-up or getaway is complete without them.

Twelve South AirFly Wireless Bluetooth Audio Transmitter
Twelve South AirFly Wireless Bluetooth Audio Transmitter | Image: Twelve South

Twelve South AirFly Wireless Bluetooth Audio Transmitter

A genuinely savvy resource, the Twelve South Airfly converts a headphone jack into a wireless headphone connection. Like a middle man between two normally incompatible platforms, it allows wireless headphones to work with wired jacks. Use it to pair your Air Pods with in-flight entertainment systems or listen to gym televisions during your workout, among other things. It’s built-in battery lasts up to 8 hours and recharges via USB.

The North Face Gold Kazoo Eco Sleeping Bag
The North Face Gold Kazoo Eco Sleeping Bag | Image: The North Face

The North Face Gold Kazoo Eco Sleeping Bag

The Gold Kazoo Sleeping Bag is what every camper needs as part of their adventure. In addition to it’s water-repellent technology and solid insulation, it is also light-weight, compressible and easy to carry around. One of it’s more innovative features include the hand pockets located at the top of the bag, so you can snuggle up like you would in a quilt. The comfort of home with the adventure of the outdoors – what more do you need?

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eBook Reader
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eBook Reader | Image: Amazon

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eBook Reader

Turn someone onto the power of e-reading this holiday season by grabbing them the latest Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon’s thinnest and lightest Paperwhite to date, it features a flush-front design, built-in adjustable light, twice the storage of its predecessors, and 300 ppi glare-free display. Long-lasting and waterproof, it grants instant access to over 5 million titles and remains legible in bright sunlight and deep darkness alike. – AU$199

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Carry On Cocktail Kit - Old Fashioned
Carry On Cocktail Kit – Old Fashioned | Image: W&P

Carry On Cocktail Kit – Old Fashioned

Carry on cocktail kits are all the rage these days and this one from W&P Design are some of the best. Pop open the easy-access tin to find a recipe card, spoon/muddler, aromatic bitters, cane sugar, and linen coaster. Bring in some quality whisky and one has everything he needs to make a classic and delicious Old Fashioned. Stocking stuffers don’t get much better than this! 

BR2 Travel Pillow
BR2 Travel Pillow | Image: Bullbird

BR2 Travel Pillow

Ask any frequent flier and they’ll tell you all about the importance of a travel pillow. Jumping to the front of the line is the BR2, a supremely ergonomic pillow that comes backed by chiropractors, medical engineers, and pro athletes alike. Featuring tri-blend memory padding, moisture-wicking properties, a sturdy suspension frame, an integrated strap system, and a contoured design, it provides proper and comfortable support for your neck and head. Prepare to drift through the clouds as you drift through the clouds, if you know what we’re saying.