Yesterday I posted a gift guide for holiday shoppers looking to buy the right item for the outdoor enthusiast on their list. Today, I’m offering suggestions for adventure travelers too. While many of the products on these two lists will suit the needs of both types of people, there are also some specific demands that don’t necessarily cross over. The products on this list are definitely aimed more at travelers than outdoorsy folks, although they’d probably be happy to receive some of these gifts too.
Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Travel Pack 65L ($349)
The Guide Travel Pack from Eagle Creek is my go-to option when I’m heading out on an adventure. Not only is this bag extremely durable and rugged, but it looks amazing too. Inside, travelers will find 65 liters of carrying capacity, with access to the main compartment through the top or back panel of the bag. The Guide Travel Pack features several smaller organizational pockets for helping keep your important items close at hand and its front, vertical-zip pocket is great for stashing wet, dirty clothes. Best of all, its made from a practically-bulletproof material that is abrasion, cut, and tear resistant. The fabric is water resistant too, and can be hosed off to remove dirt and debris. Exactly what you’d expect from a product bearing the Nat Geo name.
BioLite Headlamp ($50)
A headlamp is one of the most useful items you can have with you when hitting the road, and BioLite’s new model will make the perfect travel companion. Capable of putting out as much as 330 lumens of light, the Headlamp is bright and powerful. But what truly sets it apart is how light and comfortable it is to wear. This headlight weighs in at just 2.43 ounces (68 grams), while still offering enough battery life to burn for 40 hours. The moisture-wicking smart fabric used in the headband snaps into place with ease without irritating the skin or causing any kind of discomfort too. This light is so good, you’ll find plenty of uses for it back home as well. (Update: This gift will have to come with an “IOU” as the Headlamp is only available for preorder. The final version will ship in February, but I promise its worth the wait.)
Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC Power Bank ($300)
Portable power is a must when heading out to explore the world, and Goal Zero has us well covered with its Sherpa 100AC Power Bank. Sporting a 25,600 mAh battery, two USB-C ports, two fast-charging USB-A ports, an AC power port, and a Qi wireless charging mat, the Sherpa 100AC has more than enough ports to keep all of our gadgets functioning while on the road or on a very long flight. The power bank can even be charged via solar, making it a great option even when visiting remote places far off the grid.
GoTenna Mesh ($179)
Staying in contact with traveling companions can be a real challenge, but thanks to GoTenna Mesh those issues are much easier to deal with. The package includes two GoTenna units, which create their own network that works independently of cell networks or wifi, allowing users to send text messages and their GPS location to others, all without having to buy a sim card or purchase a data plan. It’s quick, easy, and works great.
Forsake Range High Travel Shoes ($160)
Travel shoes need to be comfortable, versatile, and good looking, allowing you to spends days or weeks at a time on the road without having to carry more than one or two pairs. The Forsake Range High meets all of those requirements and then some, serving as a set of hiking boots, sneakers, and even casual dress shoes for most occasions. Waterproof, breathable, and built to last, these shoes will take you around the world and beyond.
Matador Freerain 24 Backpack ($65)
Matador makes excellent travel accessories that make life on the road much easier, but the new Freerain 24 backpack may be the company’s best piece of gear yet. The pack offers 24-liters of carrying capacity, is waterproof, features multiple organizational pockets, and is comfortable to wear. But its best feature is the ability to stuff down to the size of an apple, allowing you to carry it in your luggage, duffel, or larger backpack until it’s needed. Small and lightweight, it s a wonderful option for those who find they need extra carrying capacity, or a hiking pack, while traveling.
Sea to Summit DryLite Large Travel Towel ($25)
Soft, quick-drying, and highly packable, Sea to Summit’s DryLite travel towels are essential gear for frequent globetrotters. You’ll find dozens of uses for these super-absorbent cloths, which are handy to have no matter where you’re going. The size large is roughly the same size as a bath towel that you would use at home, although there are a variety of other sizes available too.
Hydroflask 24 oz. Water Bottle ($35)
Staying hydrated has never been easier thanks to Hydroflask water bottles. Simple, elegant, and incredibly well made, these double-vacuum insulated, stainless steel bottles are built to survive the rigors of the outdoors and travel. They’re so good in fact that they can keep cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids hot for as much as 12. No self respecting adventurer would ever leave home without one.
Mountain Standard Crew Sweatshirt ($89)
Originally designed and made for overlanders, the Mountain Standard Crew Sweatshirt is a fantastic travel shirt for all kinds of travelers. The shirt includes a zipped pocket on the chest, articled elbows for unimpeded movement, and a soft, durable fabric that feels great against the skin. Its classic cut and looks will be right at home no matter where you go and is perfect for everything from the airport to the restaurant to the trail.
Original Buff Headwear ($20)
The Original Buff is a staple amongst outdoor lovers and adventure travelers, and for good reason. This super-versatile piece of headwear can be used for many things and never fails to come in handy on a trip. Wear it as a hat, headband, scarf, balaclava, and a myriad of other things and you’ll stay warm, dry, and well protected from the sun. The trusty Buff is even eco-friendly these days, using fabrics that are made from recycled water bottles.
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