There are two types of people in this world: those who hate to travel and those who live to travel. The latter do some things exceptionally well: They pack smart, slip past security in a blink and somehow get adequate sleep during red-eyes. But the nomadic lifestyle is only feasible with the right gear, so help the nomad in your life keep on keepin’ on with the following must-haves…
Global Twist Outlet Adapter (Brookstone, $33): Someone who’s spending a week here and two weeks there and three days here and maybe a month there will be the first to tell you: Outlets are a bitch. This single adapter works in 150 different countries without a million easily misplaced connectors.
Skyroam Global Hotspot (Skyroam, $100): The ramblin’ man needs to, you know, at least sometimes check back into the grid. But steady WiFi isn’t always the easiest to come by. This device saves up to 95 percent on international data roaming with an unlimited 3 to 4g connection for a flat rate of $8 a day.
Co-Op Down Hoodie (REI, $70-$119): Traveling means venturing into varying climates and temperatures, but it’s a pain to lug around an array of jackets. This single weather-resistant, 650 fill-power down hoodie will keep wanderers warm, dry and comfortable, no matter the conditions. Plus, it’s remarkably lightweight and packs into its own pocket.
4-Pack Tile Slim (Tile, $70): A nomad’s biggest fear is losing her luggage, her life, her everything. Thin as a credit card, Tile slides right into a wallet or pocket and will track whatever it’s attached to. You can also press down on the Tile to loudly ring your lost phone or send a lock-screen message. Tip: Keep the phone and Tile separate.
Lomo’Instant Camera (Lomography, $103): “Pics or it didn’t happen.” It’s a thing people say these days. Not everything needs to be bragged about on the interwebs, but maybe, just maybe, some people want to have evidence for themselves, to reminisce. This camera will automatically print tangible photos to keep and, you know, slap on a fridge.
WiFi-Enabled Venture Backpack (This Is Ground, $925): For all those travelers who get on the wrong train, don’t speak the language and need to get online to find a place to sleep before dark, this smart backpack will come in handy. It’s also a handsome option for the business professional who works a ton from the road.
WeWork Membership (WeWork, $45 a month): A lot of travelers make money by freelancing and finding places to do said freelance work is half the battle. WeWork offers desks in entrepreneurial spaces all across the world, and this option will get them two credits per month to book in select locations during workdays—plus the option to buy more.
Personalized Leather Passport Case (Brookstone, $110): Personalize a traveler’s most personal prized possession: his passport. Imprint initials on this handsome leather case, equipped with credit card and currency pockets, as well as a neck strap for safekeeping.
Nike Tech Fleece Joggers (Foot Locker, $100): Airplanes are cold. Anyone who spends a lot of time inside them will appreciate some cozy, tapered fleece pants. The side and back pockets offer convenient safekeeping for vital gadgets, too.
Customizable Oakley Frogskins (Oakley, $100): You can’t go wrong with some sweet sunglasses that are casual enough to suit the look of a backpacker and quality enough to withstand the lifestyle of a backpacker. At Oakley, pick out the frame fit, lens shape, lens technology and colors to customize the perfect pair.
Hasselblad True Zoom (Motorola, $300): Lugging around a camera bag in addition to all the other crap is never fun. This professional-grade lens fits onto a smartphone to add 10x optical zoom to impromptu snaps.
PackTowel Face & Body Set (PackTowel, $25): If there’s one thing that takes up more space in a piece of luggage than anything else, it’s a towel. They also take forever to dry, making re-packing a damp, smelly nightmare. This set includes a face and body towel, both of which are incredibly thin but absorbent and ultra-fast-drying.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 (Barnes & Nobole, $10): A big part of being a good traveler is knowing where to go. To stay atop the travel trends, this bestseller draws on the experiences of Lonely Planet’s staff and offers a collection of destinations and journeys for the year ahead.
Non-Iron White Twill Shirt (Twillory, $85): You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll get yourself into on the road, so it pays to be prepared… by having at least one wrinkle-free dress shirt on hand. This one is non-iron without the use of stiff and unhealthy formaldehyde thanks to the brand’s own SafeCotton tech. For this holiday shop price, you'll also get a free tie and set of collar stays.
Pack Up + Go Trip: (Pack Up + Go, $100+): If you’re dealing with the kind of impulsive heart who travels on a whim, they’ll get a kick out of a gifted trip. Pack Up + Go will plan a three-day weekend for them, so you don’t have to worry about handling itineraries. The only catch? The destination is a surprise!