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Take it from a relentless traveler: These are the best travel gifts for men

The best travel gifts for travelers and digital nomads

It’s never easy to shop for a traveler, especially the remote worker, digital nomad type that travels for months or even years on end. Every square inch in their backpack must be accounted for, so virtually anything you get them is destined to end up collecting dust in a closet or storage unit. To that end, we’ve got suggestions for the best travel gifts for your favorite globetrotter.

These travel gifts represent a wide range of prices and purposes, so you’re sure to find at least one recommendation that will work for your budget and your traveler’s tastes. Without further ado, here are the best travel gifts for men.

Carry-On Suitcase

July Carry-On Pro

July carry on pro.
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The July Carry-On Pro is an outstanding piece of luggage by every metric. Not only is it a sturdy, roomy carry-on with smooth, strong wheels, but it has a detachable protective laptop sleeve that makes it easy to get through TSA checkpoints fast. Set into the base of the handle is a removable power bank so that you can charge devices on the go. What’s more, it’s available in an rotating set of eye-catching seasonal color options.

Water Bottle

Hydro Flask 24-Ounce Standard Mouth Insulated Water Bottle

Blue water bottle.
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No man should ever be far from reliable hydration. This is doubly true for travelers. Long days spent in airports and in-flight can wreak havoc on the body. Help keep the traveler in your life well-hydrated with a handsome, insulated water bottle from Hydro Flask. The 24-ounce Standard Mouth version is small enough to stash in a backpack or messenger bag, but large enough to hold half a day’s worth of water. We love the variety of available colors, plus the latest additions — Pineapple, Alpine, and Carnation — inject a bold pop of color into any carry-on kit.

Map Poster

Earthabitats Scratch Off Map of The World

Map poster.
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It is a must for a man who travels around the globe to have a world map placed on their wall. This map of the world by Earthabitats is no ordinary map where he uses thumbtacks or pins to mark the countries he visited. Instead, he can scratch off countries he has explored which makes it seem like a fun no-gamble lottery for every traveler. There’s no better way to show his great adventures than this world map that he can always look at and scratch off once he’s home.

Photo Book of Your Adventures

Mixbook hardcover photo book

Mixbook Explore travel photo book on the beach lifestyle image.
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You’re going to see some pretty amazing sights. From gorgeous national parks and landmarks to zany roadside attractions – or if you’re out in the great wilderness maybe some serene locations and majestic wildlife. Whatever the case, one of the best ways to commemorate your trip is to create a photo book of all your beloved memories. Mixbook offers some incredible hardcover options, tailored just for your experiences. They are themed to match precisely the trip you’re on. The  is an excellent example, but there are many more. There are also travel-themed books on modern adventures, exploring around the world, cruises, and beyond.

You can start building your ideal personalized photo book today. Every aspect of the design is customizable, allowing you to add, edit, and move photos, include text, upload stickers and backgrounds, and even change the style of cover, choosing between various forms of matte and glossy finishes. And when you take advantage of the current deal that’s available, you’ll get 45% off your first order and free shipping on orders over $59, simply by applying code MIX45SHIP – which may already be applied for you. This is a limited time offer that ends soon, so don’t waste too much time if you’re interested.


Rainbow Men’s Sandals

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Any traveler is bound to be walking for hours on end, and with that in mind, they need a sturdy pair of sandals. Give the adventurer in your life these Rainbow Sandals that seem to last forever. Although these sandals may seem expensive at first glance, they are worth the investment. Not only do they look stylish but they are also durable which makes them ideal for any trail he embarks in his travels.

Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Speaker

Bluetooth speaker.
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Moments of solitude while appreciating the view of a foreign place for the first time is made better with good music. A traveler can achieve this memorable experience with a portable Bluetooth speaker. There are many Bluetooth speakers in the market but one that stands out is the JBL Charge 3. This JBL speaker has amazing sound quality, a long battery life, and great value for its price. Its portable size also makes it perfect to bring during travels, and they can use it even when they’re in the comfort of their own home.


Kindle Paperwhite

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Bringing actual books while traveling is rarely a good idea because they take up so much space and weight. If the traveler in your life is a voracious reader, the best gift you can give them is a high-quality e-reader. The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best-selling e-readers which makes it the ideal option. Your adventurous friend or loved one can keep a whole library inside their Kindle. Plus, it’s compact and easy to store which makes it a perfect travel companion.

Travel Camera

GoPro Hero11 Black

Gopro Hero11.
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Traveling isn’t complete without capturing memories with a high-quality camera. The GoPro is a popular choice among travelers for its small size yet powerful features. Although the GoPro is at a higher price point, it makes up for it in quality. With the GoPro Hero11, they can take 4K videos, amazing time-lapses, and wide-angle shots. It’s a must-have for every traveler as it can withstand any action that comes their way.


Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

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If your recipient fancies outdoor adventures, you can’t go wrong with giving them this travel hammock. The Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock is lightweight so they can easily bring it wherever they go. The hammock is also easy to set up for convenience. On top of that, they can make their own rest stop as they hike and chill by the hammock to catch a breather. Whether they want to set it up in the woods or a park, this hammock can keep up.

Portable Cocktail Kit

The Cocktail Box Co. Premium Cocktail Kit

Men's portable cocktail box.
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This cocktail kit by The Cocktail Box Co. is perfect for anyone who is always on-the-go and traveling. With its compact carrying case, they can bring it anywhere and whip up cocktails in the comfort of their own hotel room. They can use various popular cocktail ingredients to create a refreshing drink. Not only is this a fun and unique present to give, but it’s also affordable which makes it a great option.


Ray-Ban Rb2132 New Wayfarer Sunglasses

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Every traveling guy can go on an adventure in style with a pair of Ray-Ban’s. These classic sunglasses protect their eyes from harmful UV rays while giving them a clearer view, especially on a sunny afternoon. The durable frame also makes it suitable for wear and tear, these glasses are pricey but will surely last a lifetime.


Ekster Vachetta Parliament Wallet

Ekster Vachetta Parliament Wallet.
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A wallet seems like a mundane dad gift in the same vein as an automatic tie rack or a golf-themed paperweight. However, the wallets from Ekster are anything but ordinary. For the man who travels, has money, and doesn’t want to lose it, they make damn near perfect gifts. Like most premium wallets, the Vachetta Parliament features a streamlined design to minimize typical wallet “bulk,” yet it’s capable of holding up to 10 cards plus a bit of cash. Unlike most any other wallet, however, it features an embedded tracker chip to ensure it’s almost impossible to lose. On a single, three-hour charge, the battery lasts up to three months, and it’s locatable anywhere on the globe via a worldwide lost & found platform.

Backup Battery

LifeProof Power Pack 10

LifeProof Power Pack 10.
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Every red-blooded male with a pulse and a passport travels with way too many gadgets these days. Most, however, are hip to the fact that a backup battery is a must. Give the gift of (almost) never-ending power with the LifeProof Power Pack 10 Qi Wireless Charger. The 10,000mAh power bank is beefy enough to recharge even the largest smartphones and tablets several times over. What truly sets it apart, however, is the built-in wireless Qi charging surface. Like almost every LifeProof product, it’s also waterproof, drop-proof, dirt-proof, and snow-proof so it’s built to survive any adventure. The built-in flashlight is a nice touch to boot.


Leatherman Wave+ Multitool

Leatherman Wave+ Multitool.
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Travel long or far enough and something in your kit is guaranteed to need fixing. It could be a busted zipper, a wheel on your carry-on luggage, or protecting yourself against wolverines in the high Canadian Arctic. There’s just nothing better for solving any problem on the road than a proper multitool. The Leatherman Wave+ Multitool has everything you might need to get yourself unstuck from any situation. Pliers, knives, spring-action scissors, a bottle opener, a ruler, and several different files — the Wave+ combines them all into a single, compact tool. Just be sure to pack it in your checked bag.


Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus True Wireless Earphones

Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus True Wireless Earphones.
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Apple’s AirPods are cute, but the sophisticated traveler in your life deserves better. Master & Dynamic’s all-new MW07 Plus earphones take wireless audio to a whole new level with a design that’s thoroughly modern and luxurious. The earphones are available in Steel Blue, White Marble, and Tortoiseshell; all feature handcrafted acetate and a polished stainless steel charging case. They boast a bevy of high-tech upgrades, including IPX5 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with a 100-foot connection range, and 40 total hours of battery life with the charging case (enough to survive a roundtrip journey on the world’s longest flight from Sydney to London). Twin noise-reduction microphones and 10mm, custom Beryllium drivers guarantee great sound as well.

Carry-On Backpack

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L.
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Finding the perfect travel backpack is no small feat. After endless rounds of testing, the simply named Travel Backpack 45L from Peak Design continues to be our go-to for one-bag travel. Like every product in PD’s catalog, the Travel Backpack is handsome, durable, and versatile. It meets all international carry-on size requirements while expanding to a spacious 45 liters or compacting down to a day-bag-friendly 35 liters. Clever features include hide-away shoulder straps, magnetic catches, and 360-degree grab handles. It’s all wrapped in a recycled 400D nylon canvas shell that’s waterproof for go-anywhere travel.

Travel T-Shirt

Aviator Air Dry Merino Wool Travel-T

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When it comes to the best travel clothing and fabrics, smart travelers know merino wool is the only way to fly. The New Zealand-born material is soft, all-natural, quick-wicking, breathable, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and can be worn for days (even weeks) without washing. Of all the brands we’ve tested, Aviator’s Air Dry Merino Wool Travel-T is near-perfect in every way. Buy one in each of the three available colors, and you may never want or need to buy another travel T-shirt again.

Smartphone Lenses

Moment Smartphone Lenses

Moment Smartphone Lenses.
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Even ascetic monks Instagram their vacations these days (or so we’ve heard). The point is most travelers appreciate chronicling their travels in photos but loathe the bulk and price associated with a full-blown photography kit with a DSLR camera, a handful of lenses, and all the appropriate accessories and cables. The answer is Moment Smartphone Lenses. These ultra-compact, screw-on lenses are designed to make the average smartphone a much better camera. From wide-angle to macro to super fisheye to telephoto, there’s a lens to match every creative style.


Retina Creative City Light Maps

Displate City Light Maps.
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Sometimes the best travel gifts aren’t meant to travel. Displate’s City Light Maps depict the world’s greatest cities in stunning detail that literally glows. From afar, the one-of-a-kind artworks look like reference drawings from a digital biology textbook, while a close-up view reveals intricate neighborhood and street layouts unique to each city. They’re all printed on 3mm-thick durable metal that mounts to the wall with magnets (no tools required!).

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