Holiday travel gifts for outdoor enthusiasts

As people were forced to balance their desire to travel with their need to stay safe from COVID-19, there was a significant spike in visits over the last two years to outdoor destinations, such as national parks and beaches. A majority of travelers (58%) report that they plan to continue next year to focus on exploring the outdoors, according to results of the “2022 Travel Trends Forecast” produced by Evolve, a vacation rental hospitality company with more than 16,000 properties in 750 markets. With that fact in mind, here are some holiday gift ideas that are perfect for any veteran or newbie outdoor enthusiast.

Allez Biodegradable Cleansing Cloths

Large enough to refresh your entire body from nose to toes, Allez Biodegradable Cleansing Cloths are perfect for a quick refresh. They are 100% plant-based and infused with vitamins C and E and Aloe with a natural Cactus Bloom and Chaparral scent.; $20 for a box of 20

Travelon’s Origin Collection

Protecting both your health and your belongings, Travelon’s Origin Collection of backpacks and bags are made from sustainable certified recycled material and infused with Silvadur by DuPont antimicrobial protection They also have patented anti-theft components.; starting at $45

City Bonfires

City Bonfires is a portable fire pit, handmade with nontoxic materials. It’s super easy to light and extinguish, with a 3 to 5 hours of burn time.; $24.95


NakeFit is a comfortable adhesive sole that allows you to be barefoot while protected from hot and rough surfaces. The anti-slip pads are simple to apply and come in a range of sizes and stylish colors.; $19.99 for 3 pairs

Mountain Mel’s Outdoor Essentials Kits

Mountain Mel’s specializes in chemical free, natural products. It’s Outdoor Essentials Kits combine some of its best offerings. For example, the Happy Camper kit includes organic herbal tea, salve, DEET free bug spray, non toxic moisturizing hand sanitizer, and mineral-based sunscreen.; $50 per kit 

Unity Protein Bars

Unity all-natural protein bars with no added sugar are infused with 20mg CBD. Vegan and gluten-free, they are available in dark chocolate coconut and chocolate peanut butter flavors.; $34.93 for box of 7

The Restroom Kit

The Restroom Kit has everything you need to help you do your “business” on the go. The portable pocket size packet includes a patented oversized toilet seat cover, 3ft of 3ply toilet paper, a body wipe and a hand wipe.; $5.95 for set of 3

HYDAWAY Drinkware

HYDAWAY produces collapsible, eco-friendly water bottles and hot-and-cold drink tumbler. The lightweight and easy to stash drinkware, comes in a variety of sizes and colors.; starting at $25


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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