16 Genius Gifts That Travelers Will Actually Use

calpak packing cubes
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Whether it's a quick weekend getaway to a nearby town or a weeks-long jaunt overseas, when wanderlust strikes, it's mighty tough to ignore. Of course, not everyone is traveling just for fun — with an increasingly global society, more and more of us are trekking to faraway lands for professional purposes. The point is, there comes a time when many of us need to pack our bags and take off, and there are quite a few thoughtful accessories that ease and simplify every type of travel adventure.

From stylish packing cubes to genius tech kits, if you have a frequent flier in your life (or you happen to be one yourself), the following gifts are sure to elevate any and all future travels.

Floral passport holder
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While necessary, passports aren't exactly designed with style in mind. Fortunately, this adorable passport holder will instantly elevate its look while making it easy to spot and grab in the abyss of your bag.

Rose gold metallic packing cubes in five different shapes/sizes
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Designed to seamlessly fit into virtually any suitcase, these cubes make organized packing simple, easy, and stylish.

Not only will these innovative sherbert-hued travel bottles get your hair and body products through TSA, but they also double as exfoliating brushes for your body and scalp, making them the perfect travel companions.

Made of 100% silk to avoid hair damage and promote breathability, no one should leave home without one of these eye masks.

Cocktail kit in silver tin
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This champagne cocktail kit comes with lemon and lavender bitters, raw cane sugar cubes, stainless steel cocktail picks, and a muddler spoon, ensuring you always have a delicious cocktail at the ready.

Rose gold LED travel mirror with foldable stand
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When dim hotel lights just won't do, you can find picture-perfect lighting at any time with this handy LED mirror.

Navy blue leather jewelry organizer
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Available in eight sophisticated colors, with the option to personalize it with a monogram, this jewelry case will keep all jewelry secure and tangle-free.

white iridescent makeup case with zipper
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Ideal for glosses, powders, lipsticks, and other essentials that tend to get lost in large purses and totes, this little treasure guarantees high-style organization.

rose gold hardshell toiletries case
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With interior zip pockets, top and side carry handles, and your choice of four hardshell designs, you'll never find a spilled shampoo bottle or broken compact in your suitcase again.

Blue velvet tech case for cords
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Just as great for a trip to the coffee shop as an adventure abroad, this tech case will make wrangling unruly cords a problem of the past.

peach infinity travel pillow
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This adjustable, bamboo-fabric travel pillow will mold to any situation that you're in, be it a cramped car or a first-class seat.

Light pink travel steamer
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When cramming clothes into a suitcase, the wrinkle struggle is very real. Make your loved one's travels way smoother with this simple steamer.

dagne dover tote
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Not only will this beautiful tote hold a laptop, but it also provides compartments for pens, drinks, wallets, and keys, so there's really no better travel partner.

Tan leather tech kit
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Trying to keep track of all of the tech items you need to pack can be a challenge, but not with this genius kit. Featuring earbuds and an earbud wrapper, a flash drive, cord organizer, USB wall charger, 3-in-1 charging cable, and even a password hint list, this clever little pouch has you covered.

Three canvas and leather crossbody bags in different colors: turquoise, brown, and white
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For those moments when you don't feel like lugging a purse around, this unobtrusive crossbody bag will hold the bare necessities, like your phone and credit cards, in a compact little package that can easily slip under a jacket for a peace of mind walk.

Design Milk
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Anyone with a furry loved one knows that toting around a dog bed is no easy feat, until now. Comfy, cozy, and convenient, it's your dog's new best friend (second to you, of course).


Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.