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Top Ten Best Travel Essentials & Gifts

Updated on December 9, 2016

Top 10 Travel Essentials Make Great Gifts for Travel Lovers

Have a traveler on your gift list? Or even doing some traveling of your own and shopping for yourself? You will find the best of the latest in travel related items on this page, including our personal reviews, videos, extra pictures, and free shipping.

Recent years have seen the implementation of rigorous safety inspections and restrictions on what can be carried onto a plane.

Travel has also gotten more expensive and airlines now even charge for checked and overweight baggage. Hence, it is more important than ever to travel smart.

There are a lot of new products on the market to address the new requirements of traveling from maximizing space and weight allowances to complying with safety regulations. We've picked the top 10 best practical travel gifts based on customer and independent reviews, popularity, and frequency of their appearance on wish lists.

1. The Victorinox Luggage Werks Traveler 4.0 Ultra-Light Carry-On Bag

Gets a 5-star Rating for Good Reason

No matter who you are, what toys, tools or technology you have, where you are, or where you are going, Victorinox makes packing and traveling easy and stress-free.

Your stuff is heavy enough... why lug around a heavy bag too? Werks traveler 40 is made with 100% ballistic nylon for strength and lightweight construction. It features a spacious interior and uses advanced egronomics with a patented curved monopole handle system reduces weight-in-hand, giving the benefit of an upright that weighs less and feels lighter.

The Victorinox werks traveler 40 is backed by their "carry with confidence" warranty which guarantees that the products be free of manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship for the life of the bag and covers functional damage caused by common carriers.

2. Versatile Chic-on-the-go Donatella Travel Coat

Mycra Pac Donatella Travel Raincoat in Long and Tea Length.
Mycra Pac Donatella Travel Raincoat in Long and Tea Length.

(You won't believe how little space these take up!)

A chic, classic and wrinkle-resistant packable coat in a comfortable microfibert blend. Generously cut style is fitted through the shoulders and flares out from their toward the hem. Attached hood that masquerades as a luxurious collar when not in use. Coat folds into a matching pouch.

Available in 4 lengths and sizes from 2-4 through 14-16, misses and petites.

Other colors are also available, depending on style. All from via link on right.

3. The Transforming Travel Jacket/Pillow from ExOfficio

It's Warm. It's Water Resistant. It's Amazing!

Stay warm and dry in adverse weather with this lightweight storm jacket from ExOfficio. The jacket features a 100 percent polyester shell with a durable water resistant finish, along with a Primaloft One lining--resulting in a high warmth-to-weight (100g insulation) ratio to keep you warm without weighing you down. It also converts quickly and easily into a soft travel pillow thanks to a built-in stuff sack.

Features include an Interior 9-pocket travel system with pockets for your glasses, boarding pass, cell phone, passport and other essentials. Two front hand security zip pockets. Other features include a full front zipper and a soft-brushed microfleece-lined collar. Comes in several colors and sizes Small through XX-Large.

Also available for women.

ExOfficio Women's Storm Logic Jacket
ExOfficio Women's Storm Logic Jacket

Cozy, soft, brushed microfleece-lined collar, interior 9 travel pocket system with convertible pillow pocket that turns jacket into a travel neck or lumbar pillow. Two front hand zip pockets. 100% Polyester with 100g insulation in body, 60g insulation in underarm panel.


4. Travel Buddies For Kids - Adorable, Durable & Practical

Travel buddies set includes high quality 17" wheelie suitcase with matching 13" lightweight but strong hard-shell backpack. Wheelie luggage offers a dual height retractable handle that can be adjusted to adult or child size height and also offers a hand carry handle.

Back pack has a hand carry handle and child back straps Wheelie weighs less than 4 pounds and back pack weighs 2.2 pounds. Choose a buddy from Ladybug, Panda, Alien, Dalmatian, Penguin, Dinosaur, and Duckie.


Or choose Ladybug, Panda, Alien, Dalmation, Penguin or Duckie.


5. Easy, Efficient Packing, Unpacking & Repacking

You'll wonder how you ever traveled without these!

The design of these handy organizers make them great time, clothes (and space) savers. Four piece set fits like a glove into most airline carry-on suitcases.They will neatly compress your clothes so you can fit more into your suitcase and still arrive with wrinkle free clothing.

You can sort piles of shirts, socks, undies or whatever and simply move the cubes to a drawer to unpack. Makes re-packing a breeze too.

They Are Called "Pro Packing Cubes" For a Reason

  • Each Ultra lightweight ripstop nylon organizer closes securely with a strong and durable YKK Zipper. Double stitch mesh gives you visibility of clothes without compromising strength. And they collapse to nearly nothing when not in use. Plus, security and customs can check your bag quickly and discreetly, without going through a pile of loose laundry. Practical, durable and light weight. Ideal for the frequent traveler or fast-paced itinerary.
  • Set includes one Small for socks & underwear (11 x 6.75 x 3 inches), one Medium size for shirts, shorts, blouses & documents (13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches) and one Large for trousers, sweaters, towels & light jackets (17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches).
  • Also comes with a FREE BONUS: a Slim Accessories Organizer Cube for cables, adaptors & toiletries (9 x 3.75 x 3 inches).


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6. The Essential Travel Hang Up

Make traveling a little less chaotic with this travel companion. Store all of your toiletry needs in one location without having to rifle through dark side pockets or cavernous single pocket totes. Available in a variety of solid colors and prints.

Travelon Hanging Toiletry Kit, Leopard, One Size
Travelon Hanging Toiletry Kit, Leopard, One Size

Available in more than a dozen patterns and solid colors.


7. Avoid the Hassles of Checking Luggage Without Leaving Basic Necessities Behind

Know someone who travels often but doesn't like the hassle of checking bags? This is the answer. The 3-1-1 Totally Compliant Carry-on Kit comes complete with ten easy to fill, leak proof flexible squeeze tubes (six-2.5 oz & four-1.5 oz) including both content and size labels plus one of our 1 3/4 oz Envirosprayers so you can take just the right amount of hairspray or moisturizer.

You can fit all ten flexible squeeze tubes, the Envirosprayer and your travel size toothpaste in one of the four heavy-duty Transportation Security Administration carry-on compliant one quart Zip Lock bags included in the Kit.

The 3-1-1 Totally Compliant Carry-on Kit can transfer almost any flowable product from large economy bottles and tubes to smaller, more convenient travel size flexible squeeze tubes. The Kit fits all common size bottle necks from 15mm (toothpaste) to 38mm (1 gallon plastic containers). Flexible squeeze tubes are odor proof food grade material.

Almost any liquid, lotion or cream can be transported conveniently and the tubes are reusable again and again. The squeeze tubes and Envirosprayer have no-leak closures. The 3-1-1 Totally Compliant Carry-on Kit is so easy to use! If you can hold a bottle and twist on a cap, you can use The Kit to transfer almost any personal care or food product from large containers and tubes to smaller ones in seconds.

8. The Quintessential Travel Companion

Handmade in Florence, Italy, this journal's edges are enhanced by a stone-marbling technique, producing a uniquely varied pattern on each journal. The Roma Lussa contains 400 Pages (200 Sheets) of unlined paper.

Hand bound in Italy, this European Journal makes the perfect gift to friends, family, and associates. Take it anywhere you want to capture thoughts, or just keep it at your bedside.

Slight variations in the color and texture are part of the natural quality and aesthetic of the leather. Preserve your thoughts with European class with the Roma Lussa. Available in Chocolate, Red and Saddle.

9. Anything-but-basic Nappa Leather Passport Case - Royce RFID Blocking Passport and Ticket Holder

This is a handsome, rich, soft 100% leather passport case is an elegant and tasteful gift. It holds passport, airline tickets and boarding pass for easy retrieval and protects your information from hackers with Radio Frequency Identification technology. The Top Grain Nappa Leather case also features special pockets for documents and currency. Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 4 1/8" x 1/2".

10. Picture Perfection: The Paramount Prerequisite for Any Journey

A step up from a point-and-shoot and less intimidating and easier to use than an SLR, this lightweight good looking camera is small enough to fit in a fanny pack and to not draw attention to itself when you are shooting.

Loads of features including image stabilization,16 megapixel resolution, ISO sensitivity to 25,600, a 3.0" Flip Self Portrait Touch LCD Screen that reacts quickly with the slightest touch, included attachable flash, accessory port, and lots more.

Professional image quality is optimized with a16MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePicTM VI Image Processor. The 16MP Sensor maximizes the performance of all 17 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital Lenses.

The TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and shorter recovery time between shots. Includes 12 Creative Art Filters and 7 Art Filter Effects, Full 1080i HD Video with Art Filter Movie and Effects, 4x Digital Touch Zoom in Movie, a Touch Live Guide System that allows you to preview effects as you adjust them, and in-camera editing with background music.

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      6 years ago

      I would love to have the journal for my next trip. I'll have to drop some hints.

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      6 years ago

      great list of gifts for travellers

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      oooMARSooo LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the gifts while I learned about gifts for travelers! :) This theme is gorgeous too!

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      7 years ago

      What wonderful gift ideas - I'd certainly not mind a few of these items! Thanks for sharing!

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've actually seen the Kenneth Cole coat - it is a great travel accessory.

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      7 years ago

      I like the Rick Steves packing cube best. Good ideas here.


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