The 2016 Traveler’s Gift Guide
If you’ve got a continent-crossing brother, a backpacker uncle, or a globe trotting grandfather, you have the difficult task of buying for a man who’s been everywhere and done everything.
The key to buying gifts for a traveling man is choosing something that simplifies his vagabond lifestyle–something that makes travel and packing more efficient and also delivers a little dose of luxury in a world where that is often sorely lacking (think airports, trains, buses).We’ve put together our top ten gift items for the traveling man–so read on for a little itinerant inspiration. And, if the gift you give is well-enough received, you might just get invited along on that next big trip.
Every traveler deserves a good pair of shades. They not only protect your eyes from the sun, they also conceal any dark circles or bags under those eyes after a longhaul trans-Pacific flight. If you’re looking for sunnies for the traveler in your life, look no further than Warby Parker.
Aside from making you look like JFK during his summers in Hyannis Port, this 100 percent cotton Mister shirt by Kule is one of The Manual’s Editor-in-Chief’s absolute favorite travel shirts. It’s light weight, yet warm (for those cold flights) and is extremely wrinkle resistant, allowing you to ball it up, toss it in your bag, and go.
These chinos by Bluffworks are possibly the best travel pant in existence. They’re lightweight and comfortable–so comfortable in fact that they feel like sweatpants, which is exactly what you’re looking for when wanting to remain stylish, but also comfortable on a long flight or train ride. Like the Mister above, you can toss these in your bag and go without a worry about wrinkles or creasing. They also have a hidden pocket for your phone and a zip pocket for your passport.
There’s nothing worse when traveling than realizing your phone is about to die and there are no free outlets in sight. With Raden A22 Carry On, that fear of being completely disconnected is a thing of the past. With an integrated 7,800mAh batter that allows you to charge your phone up to four times and two USB ports for extra charging capabilities, this carry on is its own rolling power plant. The A22 also sports TSA-approved dimensions, a polycarbonate shell, an integrated scale, and Bluetooth tracking technology. You’ll ever be without power or lose your luggage again with Raden.
Not everyone wants to splurge on international data charges when traveling. And not everyone wants the inconvenience of using a paper map for navigating a foreign city. Paper maps are bulky, weak, and almost impossible to refold properly. Crumpled City Maps are the answer to the traditional map user’s woes–they’re light, indestructible, waterproof, and can be crumpled or squashed without wrinkling or damage to the map itself. In a pinch, you could also use it to cover your head during an unexpected rainstorm.
For the techie traveler, packing a jungle of cords, chargers, memory cards, and flash drives is an annoyance on level with standstill traffic and re-routed flights. Make his life a little easier with this compact, double-layer travel tech accessories case. There’s a place for everything, including the gift below.
Why lug around four different types of power adapters if you only need one? Flight 001’s compact 4-in-1 Universal Travel Adapter is a set of color-coded plugs that allows you to easily power up in over 150 countries.
This novel invention suspends bottles (or anything fragile) in an air cushion with a two-way valve. The bag stands up to the changing pressures of the cargo hold and has a dry seal that holds any liquid in should a leak occur. So that wine loving Francophile can bring back his Chateau Lafite Rothschild without worry.
This drone, built specifically for taking selfies and follow footage, is the island hoppers dream. Just toss it into the air and, thanks to face and body tracking technology, this little guy will follow you around for about 7 minutes taking 4K video and 13megapixel stills, easily getting you those to die for overhead beach shots of your latest trip to Bora Bora. For more information on this extremely portable drone, check out this full review at our brother site, Digital Trends.
This one’s for the sartorially minded jet setter. While a little pricey, Frank Clegg’s travel bag more than makes up for it with good looks. Perfectly sized as a handy overnight bag or supplement to your larger carry-on, this small travel bag sports brass hardware, genuine leather, a double weight bottom, and an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. With a bag like this in hand, you might start hearing “Congratulations, you’ve been upgraded,” a little more often.