8 holiday gift picks for better travel in 2020

If you need to get a holiday gift for a frequent traveler, we have some perfect picks that will have them thanking you throughout their journeys.

Genius Pack Supercharged Travel Bag


The Genius Pack Supercharged Travel Bag ($239) is perfect for the savvy traveler who needs to keep their tech items charged on the go and who likes to be organized. It’s a premium carry on built with a 100% polycarbonate shell, interior category compartments, integrated TSA combination lock, and pocket for power pack (sold separately; or use your own) with two built-in external USB ports.  This sleek bag is available in three different colors: rose gold, jet black, and matte white.

Travelon Anti-Theft Revolution Underseat Carry-On Spinner



Need a gift for the traveler who takes frequent overnight trips, the Travelon Anti-Theft Revolution Underseat Carry-On Spinner ($123) is the perfect choice. Offering the durability of a hard-sided case and the flexibility of a soft-sided case in one, it can easy hold a full set of clothes and personal toiletries as well as a laptop.

Thule EnRoute Camera Backpack


The Thule EnRoute Camera Backpack ($110) is great for the traveler who wants to have their camera with them and protect but doesn’t want a bag that screams to potential thieves, “I have a very expensive camera inside.”  The stylish design also offers room to carry other times including a dedicated slip pocket for a laptop.

Phiaton Bolt BT 700 Wireless Earphones and Charging Speaker Case


The Phiaton Bolt 700 Wireless Earphones and Charging Speaker Case ($135) provides travelers great quality Bluetooth earbuds with a charging case that doubles as a speaker while the earbuds are charging.  The earbuds also have mics when needing to take a call and great battery life — providing up to five hours of airtime before needing to be recharged.  The “no need to sell a kidney” price also make these earbuds very attractive.

Go Travel Hybrid Travel Pillow


The Go Travel Hybrid Travel Pillow ($25) has a super comfy memory foam top and a inflatable base for a fully personalized fit.  A wide pressure-sealed air valve allows for a quick and easy inflating and deflating.  When not in use, it packs down to 1/4 the size for easy travel (carry pouch included).

Hydaway Bottle


For the traveler who is tired of lugging around empty bottles, the Hydaway Bottle (starting at $22) is the perfect gift. Made of food grade silicone and BPA-free plastic, this cool collapsible bottle is available in various sizes and colors.  When not filled it collapses down to a slim 1.5 inch profile.

BenjiLock TSA Fingeprint Padlock


A luggage lock is a simple deterrent for would be thieves, and the BenjiLock TSA Fingeprint Padlock ($49) is great for travelers who don’t want to be worried about loosing a key or forgetting a combination.  It stores up to five fingerprints, making it easy to share among family members, and stays charged up to one year before needing recharged.

Travelon Luggage Tag

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Luggage tags differentiate a bag from similarly looking bags, assist with recovery if a bag is lost, and reduce the risk of baggage theft (it’s hard for a thief to claim they simply picked up the wrong bag when it has a distinct luggage tag).   Travelon offers tags (starting at $3) to fit nearly every personality including many fun, whimsical designs.



Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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