12 Great Gifts for Travelers
From self-care products to fun gear to pack in your carry-on, these are our favorite travel gifts to give and get this year.
As you can probably guess, between the F1S team and our advisors, we spend countless hours in the air, at hotel rooms and jetting from one destination to another. And if there’s anything we’ve learned in all that time, it’s the little indulgences—and the practical must-haves—that can make travel not just easier, but more fun and enjoyable, too. Each year, we tap our collective knowledge to bring you some inspiring gift ideas for the travelers in your life (including you!). Here are our top 12 picks for 2021:
For Health & Wellness
Made with bee propolis extract—which is full of good-for-you compounds like vitamins and antioxidants—this throat spray from Beekeeper’s Naturals can help keep your immune system in top shape so you can fully focus on enjoying your trip. Plus, it’s certified paleo and keto, free of gluten and any artificial ingredients. $13.99
Have a busy travel day ahead or just a bit worn out? That’s where these travel-ready inhalers—one is called Stress Relief, the other Fortify—from Saje Natural Wellness come in. Filled with essential oils like lavender, clary sage, tea tree, and eucalyptus, they can help quickly calm, restore, and ease stress. $18
We love a good hotel tub—and Ouai’s Chill Pills will definitely take your soaking experience up a notch. With jasmine rose scent, this vegan bath bomb includes safflower oil along with hemp and jojoba seed oils that can help soften dry skin—a nice post-flight fix. $30
For Tech Support
A reusable water bottle is great for traveling, except when you don’t have a chance to clean it. That’s why we love the Larq Bottle PureVis—it’s actually self-sanitizing, destroying 99.99 percent of bio-contaminants (think: bacteria, mold, etc.). That happens thanks to a UV-C LED light, that kicks on every couple of hours or whenever you activate it. Also: It’s super sleek and comes in 7 colors, including Himalayan Pink and Monaco Blue. $95 for the 17oz. bottle
Worried about losing your luggage? Or, well, pretty much anything else? Attach one of these Apple AirTags, which work with the Find My iPhone app, and you’ll know exactly where they are, wherever you are in the world. $29
When it comes to gear that will keep pint-size travelers happily engaged while getting from one destination to another, we’re all ears. Case in point: Yoto Mini, a small (it’s just under 3-inches x 3-inches) kid-friendly chargeable audio player that plays everything from books to podcasts to math and language games. You can download picks ahead of time so it can be used without WiFi, and you can leave the white noise machine at home, since it can play those sounds, too. Oh, and it works with headphones too, don’t worry. $59.99, story cards start at $2.99.
For Your Carry-On
Whether you want to do some introspection on a solo trip or jot down funny convos from your family vacation, this Traveller’s Journal from Moleskin—part of their Passion Journals line—lets you do just that. A hardcover, it includes 400 pages, themed stickers, and a pocket to stash papers and other keepsakes. $29.95
Having a go-to activity while waiting for food at a restaurant or at the gate before boarding is smart, which is what makes this reusable 5-inch Mini Buddha Board such a great idea. Set up like an easel, all kids need to paint is water. Once their picture dries, it disappears—so they can make something else and you don’t have to bring extra crayons and paper. $17.95
Your mom was right: Never leave home without versatile outerwear. (Ok, maybe she didn’t use the words ‘versatile outerwear’, but you get the point…) One of our favorites: REI’s Norvan LT Hoodie. It’s lightweight—important for those of us who only travel with a carry-on—and breathable while totally protecting you from wind and water, thanks to the GORE-TEX fabric. $399, available for women and men.
For Smooth Travels
When it comes to traveling these days, preparation is key. And using Covac Global, described as “the most elevated travel assistance available,” is one way we recommend doing that. Their Global Covid-19 Evacuation and Repatriation membership, available for individuals and families traveling all over the world, offers lots of crucial support, such as helping you get home if you test positive for Covid. Starting at $675 for a single trip for one person
Touchless entry anyone? CLEAR, which uses biometrics (like your eyes and face) to create a personalized code, helping minimize your time in the airport and maximize your time on your trip. Plus, the service is now available in additional locations, like sports stadiums—and the company also offers a Health Pass, where you can virtually store things like your vaccination card and test results. $179/year
We’ll never get tired of talking about how much a travel advisor can enhance your trip. From the practical know-how of suggesting where to stay and keeping you in the loop on testing and vaccination requirements to the fun ways they can elevate your experience with insider tips and perks (private tours, personalized amenities, one-of-a-kind access), a travel advisor is an essential part of traveling these days. Priceless 🙂
Want to be connected with a travel advisor, get help with setting up Covac Global or find out even more great gift ideas for travelers? Let us know! We have tons of inspiring ideas and love sharing them!