While the era of frontier expeditions and pith helmets may be far behind us, the spirit of the adventurer is still very much alive. From the back alleys of Bangkok to the Appalachian Trail, a traveler lives his life in uncharted territory. He should equip himself accordingly. If you’re tracking down gifts for a lifelong wanderer, here are some travel-friendly picks to help him roam in style.
A good guidebook is worth its weight in gold, but when you’re taking a trip through five different countries, packing a library is simply not an option. These pocket-sized guides set the standard for “short and sweet,” tapping locals for insider tips on the very best places to eat, sleep, and pass the time, without the fluff.
Between bulky glass bottles and spill-prone caps, the average grooming regimen was not designed for travel. Give the gift of a well-stocked dopp with this all-inclusive set, which sports a full range of skin- and haircare staples—from shampoo to shave cream—in TSA-friendly 2 oz. containers.
A sturdy backpack has been an adventuring staple since the days of Lewis and Clark, but when you’re racing through a crowded airport or alley, a giant bulge on your back can be a serious setback. This stylish sling bag pairs a sleek profile with a tough Cordura exterior, providing rugged, dependable storage with minimal bulk.
Even the most avid outdoorsman has to leave the woods sometime, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be there in spirit. For an adventurer who’s partial to flannel (and sharpening his own axe), this fragrance is pure olfactory magic, conjuring the scent of a summer bonfire with nothing but aromatic wood and a sturdy pack of matches.
Losing your keys is a dismal experience, and it only gets worse when you’re far from home. Enter Apolis, and their Transit Issue collection. While this leather key chain is certainly stylish, its main selling points are its military-grade construction and handy carabineer, which keep a traveler’s keys safe, secure, and ever accessible.
When it comes to travel-friendly grooming products, “small and mighty” makes for a winning combination. This serum serves as a compact daily moisturizer, using essential oils like jojoba and sea buckthorn to hydrate, nourish, and keep acne in check. All this goodness is capped with a fresh, tingling sensation: the perfect start to a day on the road.
Even in the mountains of rural Nepal, a traveler should be able to enjoy a classic tipple. This portable cup collapses to a mere 1.5 cm, making it the perfect companion for a wandering whiskey lover. If you aim to impress, pair it with an Izola flask and a bottle of your favorite bourbon.
When trekking through warm, muggy climes, even the cleanest traveler can start to smell a little funky. This multipurpose product provides a manly update on baby powder, sucking up odor and moisture wherever it's found, from your neck and hands to your shirt, shoes, or backpack. Consider it the ultimate underdog for on-the-go grooming.
Inspired by vintage memo books from the early 20th century, these booklets were designed for on-the-go notation. Each is small and flexible enough to stick in a pocket, with a rugged construction and timeless aesthetic that suits any old-school travel kit. Three different styles (plain, ruled, and graph) and two handsome pens round out this comprehensive set.
While most ice scrapers can handle an everyday flurry, a mid-winter journey demands a tool with a little more backbone. This scraper was designed for maximum effect, with an extending handle and dual-action blades that tear through sheets of ice. Gift it as a must-have accessory for any car, truck, or Arctic dog sled.
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