The Best Gift Ideas for Travelers Who Always Plan Ahead

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Help your loved ones stay organized on the road with these thoughtful gifts.

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There are two types of travelers: those who throw a bunch of clothes in a carry-on two hours before their flight and head to the airport, and those who plan their itinerary and wardrobe a couple of weeks in advance (full disclosure—we are part of the latter group). So if this holiday season you are shopping for the Marie Kondo-type of person in your life, then we’re here to help.

The secret to a well-organized suitcase is to keep things in separate containers, that’s why a set of packing cubes is such a great idea for a gift. A stylish travel pouch or a luxury jewelry box not only makes a beautiful present but they are extremely practical, too.

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Keeping important documents safe in one place is a priority of any traveler. So a passport holder or a travel wallet with multiple compartments for tickets, boarding passes, and ID cards will definitely make your loved ones happy this holiday season.;

And if you’re buying a gift for someone who always plans his or her itineraries in spreadsheets (which is not easy to keep up with on the road), then opt for a luxury travel journal or planner. This is a much more convenient way to keep track of lists and pre-arranged activities on the go.

Now, keep scrolling to see more gift ideas for the planner travelers in your life.

Rimowa Cabin Camouflage


Courtesy Rimowa

Rimowa’s new line of suitcases may sport a camouflage pattern but we are pretty sure that your luggage will be standing out on the baggage carousel.

This special-edition Rimowa carry-on is crafted from sturdy and lightweight anodized aluminum and features two main zippered compartments with flex dividers that can be adjusted to perfectly fit your belongings, TSA-approved locks, and a multi-wheel system.

To buy; $1,470, rimowa.com

Tom Ford Full-Grain Leather AirPods Case with Lanyard


Courtesy Mr. Porter

What can be a more stylish (and secure) way to store Air Pods than this impeccably crafted case by Tom Ford. It is made in Italy from luxury brown leather and comes with a detachable lanyard strap.

To buy: $550, mrporter.com

Therabody Theragun Mini Portable Massager


Courtesy Mr. Porter

For the sporty person in your life who never misses a workout (even if they are on the road), this travel-friendly massager will be a lifesaver next time he or she is stuck at the airport or needs a quick relief from sore muscles. The battery delivers 150 minutes of run time while its compact size makes it perfect to store in a carry-on bag and use on-the-go.

To buy: $200, mrporter.com

Montroi Nomad Working Station Full-Grain Leather Briefcase


Courtesy Mr. Porter

A stylish briefcase that doubles as a portable work station? What’s not to love? Handcrafted in Spain from elegant full-grain leather and lined in luxurious suede, the briefcase unzips to offer privacy and plenty of space for documents of different sizes as well as a laptop.

To buy: $950, mrporter.com

Montblanc Summit 2 + Stainless Steel Gold Color and Leather


Courtesy Montblanc

This may look like a “normal” wristwatch but it’s actually Montblanc’s latest smartwatch that blends traditional design and technology. It is the perfect timepiece for the seasoned traveler thanks to several features and apps including a voice-activated translator and built-in technology that offers personalized advice to minimize jet lag based on the traveler’s sleep pattern, chronotype, and flight plan. It also features a speedometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS.

To buy: $1,170, montblanc.com

Scully & Scully Leather Grooming Kits


Courtesy Scully & Scully

For the traveler who will never be caught looking even slightly disheveled, this German-made grooming kit has everything a gentleman needs to maintain his impeccable looks on the road. A shoehorn, a toothbrush case, a soap case, a comb, shaving and shoe brushes with 100 percent horsehair in addition to seven standard manicure tools and a Gillette razor that all come in a beautiful leather case available in three elegant hues.

To buy: $485, scullyandscully.com

ReFa Carat Face & Body Roller


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Getting a facial is not always an option when you’re traveling, especially when it’s for business. But when you’ve just gotten off a long overnight flight and you don’t necessarily need to look like you just did, this roller is here to save the day. The secret is in the design of the two drainage rollers that replicate deep kneading movements that help to de-puff, tighten, and tone the skin on your face and body so you can look your best.

To buy: $290, neimanmarcus.com

Dyson Airwrap Styler


Courtesy Sephora

Give the gift of great hair days to the traveler in your life with Dyson’s Airwrap Styler kit. It features multiple tools for curling, straightening, drying, and smoothing regardless of hair type. But the best thing about the kit is that it doesn’t cause heat damage because the motor uses only air to dry and style your hair. The kit comes in a convenient travel-friendly storage box.

To buy: $549, Sephora.com

Saint Laurent Leather Suit Garment Bag Luggage


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Saint Laurent’s garment bag makes transporting a formal suit or a dress a much easier and stress-free experience. It is crafted in Italy from smooth calfskin leather that will protect the contents of the bag from accidental spills, dirt, or dust. Inside there are two additional flap pockets for accessories.

To buy: $2,550, neimanmarcus.com

Zambezi Grace Men's Livingstone Crocodile Traveler Bag


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Crafted from the world’s finest materials, Zambezi Grace’s bags are the pinnacle of luxury; they are heirloom pieces meant to last for generations. The Livingstone travel bag is handmade from crocodile leather and can fit a weekend’s worth of belongings. It features a removable zip compartment, a removable shoulder strap, and a reinforced bottom.

To buy: $14,675, neimanmarcus.com

Microsoft Surface Book 3


Courtesy Microsoft 

For the business professional who likes to stay on top of his or her game while on-the-go, Microsoft’s new Surface Book 3 is a powerful and versatile tablet that comes in a compact and travel-friendly size. This is the company’s fastest Surface laptop yet that is capable of handling large video files or other intensive, graphics-heavy tasks without slowing down your work or “freezing.”

To buy: from $1,600, Microsoft.com

Ralph Lauren Home Copper Travel Cufflink Box


Courtesy Bergdorf Goodman

This is the perfect box to store small accessories such as a wristwatch, tie bars, or cufflinks during a short trip. It is entirely lined with soft polysuede that will protect the contents of the box from scratches and tarnishing. The box is made from premium quilted leather and is finished with brass hardware.

To buy: $195, bergdorfgoodman.com

Bamford London Aluminum Watch Roll


Courtesy Bamford London

This sturdy aluminum watch roll will be the perfect carrier for your loved one’s favorite luxury timepieces. Its sporty silhouette is inspired by the design of bicycle pumps and it can fit up to four large timepieces.

To buy: $1,600, bamfordlondon.com

Tumi Voyageur Madina Cosmetic Case


Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Frequent travelers will definitely appreciate this cosmetic case that will help them keep all their toiletries organized. It has transparent compartments that make it easy to see what’s inside and a metal hanger for convenience. The case also comes with a detachable zip pouch for storing other belongings.

To buy: $200, saksfifthavenue.com

Stow Travel & Tech The World-Class Leather Travel Case


Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Stow’s best-selling travel case will put a smile on anyone’s face. It has multiple card slots and compartments for a passport and boarding passes or other tickets, as well as a charger and a 32GB memory stick.

To buy: $495, saksfifthavenue.com

David Yurman Exotic Stone Swiss Army Knife with Onyx in Silver


Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

David Yurman’s version of Victorinox’s classic Swiss Army knife comes in sterling silver and is decorated with black onyx. Its sleek looks are complemented by five useful tools that will come in handy to any traveler (especially the outdoorsy types): a screwdriver, a keyring, a nail file, scissors, and a small blade.

To buy: $450, saksfifthavenue.com

Dr. Barbara Sturm Maskne Set


Courtesy Dr. Sturm

Since facemasks are here to stay, you might as well give the gift of smooth and breakout-free skin. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s “maskne” set helps treat irritation and redness caused by friction, sweat, and heat build-up after hours of wearing a mask. It includes a calming serum, a clarifying spot treatment, anti-pollution drops, and a clarifying mask. The set also comes with a moisture-wicking face mask with adjustable ear loops.

Dr. Barbara Sturm will donate ten percent of the proceeds to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.

To buy: $230, drsturm.com 

Asprey Bond Street Cigar Case in Havana Crocodile


Courtesy Asprey

If your friend or family member likes to travel with a few of his favorite cigars, then he’ll definitely appreciate this luxurious and thoughtful gift that was inspired by Sir Winston Churchill’s Asprey cigar case. It’s crafted in the finest crocodile skin and has a sterling silver collar. The case is designed so the two parts interlock to accommodate up to three cigars of different lengths.

To buy: $3,800, asprey.com

Aspinal of London Gents Accessory Case


Courtesy Aspinal of London

Fine jewelry and watches require special care and attention. This sophisticated case will ensure they are securely and very stylishly stored throughout the entire journey.

It is handcrafted from Italian calf leather and entirely lined in soft suede. Inside, the box has two watch rolls, six compartments for cufflinks and rings, a tray for other smaller pieces, and a leather tab fastener. Aspinal of London also offers the option to personalize the box with up to four initials.

To buy: $495, aspinaloflondon.com

Brunello Cucinelli Tech Fabric & Leather Travel Bag


Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

This multi-purpose travel case can be used for everything—from storing tech gadgets and cables to smaller accessories such as ties or skincare essentials. It has a convenient dual top zip closure, two zip compartments, and a carrying strap.

To buy: $995, saksfifthavenue.com

Away Travel The Insider Packing Cubes


Courtesy Away Travel

Packing cubes, and especially these ones by Away, are the gift that keeps on giving and any seasoned traveler will confirm this. They are made from waterproof nylon that will protect clothes from accidental spills. The mesh covers make it easy to see what’s inside each of them. This set consists of six cubes in different sizes and it comes in six color options.

To buy: $55, awaytravel.com

Louis Vuitton Shoe Pouch


Courtesy Louis Vuitton

And speaking of storing your belongings while on the road, it’s never easy to do so with shoes. But this Louis Vuitton shoe pouch is the perfect gift for someone who always takes a pair of special occasion shoes wherever he or she goes. It is crafted from supple leather and has a textile lining on the inside.

To buy: $775, louisvuitton.com

Anker Portable Charger


Courtesy Best Buy

Fact—nobody likes getting a dead phone battery in the middle of a trip. That’s why a portable charger is such a great and practical gift that will please anyone. This Anker one is super compact and can power up to three devices simultaneously. In addition, it comes with a travel case and a USB cable.

To buy: $140, bestbuy.com

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle


Courtesy Amazon

Help your friends and family stay hydrated on the road with this collapsible water bottle. It has a capacity of 22 ounces and is made from shatterproof and BPA-free silicone. The Nomader is dishwasher-safe and can store both cold and hot drinks.

To buy: $22, amazon.com

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket


Courtesy Patagonia

This classic puffer jacket is an absolute must-have during the colder seasons or, quite frankly, before boarding a long flight during which you may need an additional layer to keep warm.

Patagonia’s Nano Puff is wind and water-resistant but, most importantly, extremely warm and lightweight. It fits into a small pouch when folded so it’s the ultimate travel-friendly jacket. Bonus—it comes in eleven really beautiful color options for both men and women.

To buy: $199, rei.com

Papier Bullet Journals


Courtesy Papier

For those people in your life who like to plan their trips with the help of to-do lists, indexes, and tables, Papier has created the most beautiful bullet journals. They come in 369 cover designs (yes, we’re not kidding) so finding one that fits your loved one’s style and preference will not be an issue (in fact, you may have trouble narrowing down the options). A bunch of them can also be monogrammed which will make the gift even more personal.

To buy: $27, papier.com

Montblanc Meisterstuck Organizer


Courtesy Montblanc

This organizer is everything anyone needs to keep track of to-do lists and store important documents on the road. It is crafted from stylish full-grain leather and has six rings for organization sheets, four card slots, three more compartments for other documents such as a passport, and a loop for a pen.

To buy: $525, montblanc.com

Smythson Travels and Experiences Panama Notebook


Courtesy Smythson

Smythson’s travel journals are not just a stylish gift—after all, they are handcrafted in England with the finest quality leather—but they are a thoughtful one, too. They will help your loved ones document their adventures or simply plan new ones.

To buy: $85, smythson.com

trtl Pillow Neck Support Travel Pillow


Courtesy Amazon

This pillow has a cult following on Amazon. With over 22 thousand reviews, it is a total best-seller and for a very good reason. Notice that it doesn’t actually look like a pillow but rather like a warm scarf. It provides neck support via hidden internal ribs that make the pillow so much more compact than the regular puffy ones.

To buy: $24, amazon.com

Slip Out of Office Sleep Mask


Courtesy Slip

Help your loved one catch some Zs this holiday season with this luxurious silk sleep mask. Slipsilk won’t absorb any skincare products and or cause any annoying crease marks so your loved one will wake up not just feeling but also looking well-rested.

To buy: $50, slip.com

Gucci Ophidia GG Passport Case


Courtesy Bloomingdales

This Gucci case is a stylish travel companion for both men and women. It has slots for a passport, credits cards, and a boarding pass or ticket and has a snap closure. Gucci’s double GG logo is printed all over it together with the company’s red and green web.

To buy: $420, bloomingdales.com

Royce New York Double Leather Wine Carrying Case


Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

This is a unique and very practical gift for the wine lover in your life. They will thank you for not having to carry that special bottle of wine in an airport duty-free handbag next time they return from a vacation. This leather carrying case has a plush padded interior with suede lining and a corkscrew pocket.

To buy: $270, royce.us

Save the Duck Women's Giga Faux Sheepskin Hooded Jacket


Courtesy Save The Duck

For those who plan ahead, weather most certainly determines what type of clothing will be packed. As we head into the cold season, planners should opt for this cozy, animal-friendly, super-packable and lightweight synthetic-down jacket. It will fold and roll up nicely (it can be stored in a little pouch), and it's super warm, super soft, and generally a super cozy winter wardrobe must-have.

To buy: $228, savetheduckusa.com

Que Bottle


Courtesy Que

This easy-to-pack water bottle features a patented spiral design that allows users to collapse it down into half its full size for convenient travel. Not only is it collapsible, but it's made of BPA-free, non-toxic, food-grade silicone. 

To buy: $25, quebottle.com