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"They're enough to block out all travel noises."
Best Apparel: Stutterheim Men’s Stockholm Raincoat at Amazon
"Built to withstand practically anything nature can throw at them."
Best Organizer: Honsky Travel Organizer at Amazon
"A handy, very well-made organizer."
Best for Journalers: Rite in the Rain Top Spiral Notebook Set at Amazon
"Designed to hold up in bad weather without disintegrating."
Best Skincare: Bulldog Original Moisturizer at Target
"Leaves skin softer and healthier-looking."
Best for the Outdoorsman: Stanley Classic Flask at Amazon
"BPA-free and leak-proof."
"Self-warms to get your skin ready for the razor."
Most Practical: Minnie by OLIKA Charcoal Natural Hand Sanitizer at Amazon
"Doesn't just sanitize, but also hydrate your skin."
Our Top Picks
Best Tech: Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones
You may know Bose for the high-quality, booming sound they deliver through your rec room speakers, but they make an incredible pair of headphones, too. With the QuietComfort 35 Series II, you get not just one level of noise cancellation, but three — AKA enough to block out all travel noises, from the drone of an airplane engine to whatever’s happening on the other side of your too-thin hotel room wall. Super-hardcore acoustic geeks will appreciate that the audio is always perfectly balanced — you never have to fiddle with the settings to optimize sound quality or output. They also sync up with Alexa, so audiophiles can utilize the AI via the headphones' noise-rejecting dual-microphone system. And yes, you can bet these pair up with Bluetooth, too. For even more functionality, wearers can download the Bose Connect app to personalize their headphones and check for updates.
Best Apparel: Stutterheim Men’s Stockholm Raincoat
Stutterheim’s raincoats are some of the best you can buy. The Swedish company has modeled them after classic fishermen’s jackets, so they’re built to withstand practically anything nature can throw at them while still packing a ton of modern, minimalist style. Made from 100-percent coated canvas that feels smooth and sleek to the touch, the Stockholm is great for cold weather, too — especially with a sweater worn underneath. They’re a little on the pricey side, but their construction is second to none with double-welded seams, a drawstring hood, and a high collar with snaps to keep the gusts and gales out. We also like the underarm vents which keep the airflow moving where it matters most. Think of this jacket as an investment; there’s really no doubt that it will last for years to come.
Best Organizer: Honsky Travel Organizer
Guys who like to keep everything in one place will appreciate this handy, very well-made organizer. Honsky's clever design features two layers: the first of which can accommodate electronics cords as well as a few gadgets, and the second of which is a big compartment with a zippered pouch to hold cosmetics and toiletries, necessary travel items like passports and medication, and additional larger gadgets. You don’t have to worry about this bag falling apart, either — even after it’s been on the road awhile. The nylon fabric doesn’t just hold up, it also helps to repel water if you’re caught in the rain.
Best for Journalers: Rite in the Rain Top Spiral Notebook Set
Rite in the Rain’s notebooks are famous for their impermeability against all sorts of bad weather, from the lightest sprinkle to the most severe downpour. Not only are they designed to hold up in bad weather without disintegrating — but they also won’t get ruined if they come into contact with grease, mud, or sweat. That goes not just for the pages, but the exterior as well; it's made of polydura, a flexible material that won’t bend or crack after getting jostled around. Just remember to write in No. 2 pencil or a space pen so that the ink won’t smear if rain happens to hit the page. At 4 x 6 inches, it’ll fit easily into the back pocket of jeans or slip into a jacket pocket. And hey, should your giftee accidentally throw a notepad in the laundry, it’ll even hold up in the spin cycle.
Best Skincare: Bulldog Original Moisturizer
The stress of travel can take a huge toll on your skin, totally draining it of moisture. Whether you're contending with long flights or a shift in climate, Bulldog’s here to save the day with a face and hand lotion that leaves skin softer and healthier-looking. The cult-favorite U.K. moisturizer is well-loved for its hydrating formula which combines aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea essential oils. Guys who don’t love the feel of moisturizer might even come around to this one, thanks to ingredients that are designed to absorb into the skin quickly without leaving any residue. Best of all, it’s great for almost all skin types, from very dry and sensitive to normal and combination. The brand’s also vegan-friendly and certified by Cruelty Free International so it's a feel-good buy.
Best for the Outdoorsman: Stanley Classic Flask
A flask is a classic, can't-go-wrong travel gift and this retro one from Stanley is our go-to. Whether your travel recipient is heading out into the woods for a backpacking trip or just exploring a new city, having a nip on hand is never a bad idea — especially if the trip is to a cold, windy destination. Stanely's flask is BPA-free (thanks to stainless steel designed never to rust) and is leak-proof, so you don’t have to worry about spillage. A wide range of colors, from the classic Stanley green to a steely modern light blue, means you can pick one that's truly suited to your pal. Best of all, it comes with a lifetime warranty in case something goes amiss. Pair this flask with a miniature travel-inspired nip — maybe a bit of Dutch gin or some Nikka from Japan — and you have a great gift on your hands.
Best Toiletry: Duke Cannon Hot Shave Clear Warming Shave Gel Travel Size
You might not be able to keep up your at-home shaving routine when you’re on the road, but this shaving gel, made for combination and normal skin, is the next best thing. Heat is one of the best ways to get the closest shave you can, and in lieu of a hot towel, this gel self-warms to get your skin ready for the razor. It's really easy to use: just activate the sandalwood-scented gel with a little bit of water to trigger the warming reaction, wait 20 to 30 seconds, and then start shaving. The two-ounce size is perfect for travel, too — it’s not going to run out on your second shave, but it’s also small enough to fit in your airport-friendly, quart-sized Ziploc bag.
Most Practical: Minnie by OLIKA Charcoal Natural Hand Sanitizer
Travel, especially during winter, can be incredibly germy, what with the recycled in-flight air seemingly transporting the cough in 22A straight back to you; the countless stair-rails and subway poles; the amount of currency you handle in places that run on cash, and more. Having a good hand sanitizer is never a bad idea, and we love this incredibly buzzy charcoal one that packs easily and lasts for ages. The vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free formula contains aloe vera and essential oils that don’t just sanitize, but also hydrate your skin (necessary after long plane rides—and a huge perk over other drying formulas). The well-designed container twists to lock, so you’ll never have to take the top off or risk having it leak all over your carry-on. One little container goes a long way, too —you’ll get more than 250 uses from one of these, and you can recycle it when it’s all out.