2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

After years of traveling and living abroad, I’ve put together a list of my go-to essential travel gear. These are all products I have purchased and use myself. They are all tried-and-true by me personally.

Take a look and either pick out an item for the traveler in your life, or treat yourself to something new for the holidays.

Please note, most of these items can be easily found on Amazon, however, if you make a purchase through the links provided below I may receive a small commission. This does not result in any additional cost to you, and the affiliate money I earn helps pay the fees to keep this site up and running. Thank you so much for supporting me!

essential travel gear
essential travel gear

Hiking Boots and Shoes from REI

Vasque is part of the Red Wing Shoe Company based in Red Wing, Minnesota. I was just in Red Wing hiking the bluffs! Vasque offers a huge variety of hiking boots and shoes for men, women and children. I have the Breeze Lite hiking shoe, which I love. It’s waterproof and lightweight.

It’s a nice change from my heavy hiking boots that go above the ankle. It also simplifies my packing list because I can pack just these shoes instead of needing to pack both my big hiking boots and my sneakers. They’re also a great gift for the holidays, or get a pair for yourself! You can grab them, and a ton of outdoor gear, at REI here!

Fitbit Versa Lite

I love wearing a Fitbit to track my steps and heart rate. Purple is also my favorite color, which is another reason why I chose this one. I also bought extra bands so I can change out the straps when I want to mix it up.

Apple AirPods Pro with Charging Case

The Apple AirPods Pro are a must have. They are noise canceling and so compact, they’re great for travel. Music sounds awesome with them, and if someone calls me, it seamlessly transfers over to the phone call and pauses my music or podcast.

AirPods Pro Case

I purchased this case shortly after I got the AirPods. The carabiner clip makes it easy to clip on to your bag. The case is also essential for me since I’m clumsy and have dropped them before. Plus, if a bunch of your friends or family have AirPods, it’s a way to tell them apart since they come in many colors.

Yeti Rambler

We love these ramblers for keeping cold drinks cold in the summer. Especially on hot summer days when we spend hours in the sun or on a boat, this rambler really keeps our beverages cold. They also keep your drink from freezing in the winter!


I love my GoPro. I have an older model, the HERO 9 is the newest model. I’ve brought it horseback riding, snowboarding, rock climbing and kayaking.

iPhone 11 Pro

I have the iPhone 11 Pro and this is the only camera I own. All of my photos are taken with this phone and I think they speak for themselves. The camera in this phone is incredible!

Vera Bradley Travel Toiletries Bag

I love this little bag for weekend trips or when I just want to bring the essentials. It’s compact and beautiful too!

Waterproof Phone Case

This is one of my favorite purchases ever! I take this waterproof case with me when I kayak, swim or hang out on a friend’s boat. Not only does it keep my phone dry, it takes really great photos underwater.

Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

I love these headphones, especially during long flights. They’re comfortable and won’t start hurting after hours of use. And the noise cancelling really works!

Yaktrax Traction Cleats

I finally purchased these Yaktrax last winter and I don’t know why I hadn’t done it sooner. I walk my dog every day so when the roads are icy or we go hiking in the spring and the trails are covered in ice and slush, these are a must have.

Featured photo by Olesia Buyar


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