31 Clever Travel Gifts Under $100 You’ll Want to Keep for Yourself

Give your friends and family travel accessories they’ll actually use.

Two small bottles of Explorer Cold Brew and a glass being poured near a clock

At $25 for a four pack, these TSA-approved bottles of Explorer Cold Brew are great white elephant gifts or stocking stuffers.

Courtesy of Explorer Cold Brew

To crib a line from William Morris, the 19th-century British designer, you should never give a gift that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful. Thankfully, AFAR’s favorite travel gifts not only combine substance and style but also include another important element of gift-giving: good value. From a packable duffel made from recycled water bottles to a cheeky luggage tag, here are 31 travel gift ideas that cost under $100.

Black Uniqlo Crescent-Shaped Shoulder Bag

This bag has a Mary Poppins–like capacity and can fit a day’s worth of essentials including your wallet, keys, phone, earbuds, and a book.

Courtesy of Uniqlo

1. Uniqlo Round Mini Shoulder Bag

Buy now: $20, uniqlo.com

Uniqlo’s viral Round Mini Shoulder Bag is seen on travelers everywhere from London to New York. It’s a popular pick for good reason: It’s made with a dirt-resistant nylon fabric, fits daily essentials without being too big, and can be worn on the shoulder or as a crossbody. Choose from neutral beige and black as well as colorful shades of yellow and purple.

Green metal first aid kit

This travel-size first aid tin can be refilled and reused.

Courtesy of Welly

2. Welly Quick Fix First Aid Kit

Buy now: $8, getwelly.com

For cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other mini-emergencies on the go, Welly’s Quick Fix First Aid Kit is a portable tin filled with fabric bandages in two sizes and three packets each of antibiotic ointment and single-use hand sanitizer. It makes a great stocking stuffer.

3. Beis Mini Weekender Bag

Buy now: $98, beistravel.com

The Beis Mini Weekender can be used as a personal item or as an overnight bag with room for a laptop, toiletry bag, and a spare outfit. Plus, it has a separate shoe compartment to keep dirty footwear away from clean clothes. It’s available in more than half a dozen stylish shades like olive green and maple brown.

Black laptop case with carry handle

This laptop case is built like your favorite outdoor gear—durable and waterproof.

Courtesy of Matador

4. Matador Laptop Base Layer

Buy now: $60, matadorup.com

From reusable toiletry bottles to packable beach blankets, Matador makes some of the most durable travel accessories out there. This padded laptop case is no different. Suitable for 13- to 16-inch laptops, it comes with an inner drybag liner that can be rolled over and secured for waterproof protection. Plus, there’s an external pocket to store a charger and a mouse.

Travel journal with blue and yellow cover

Get this travel journal for the writers in your life.

Courtesy of Papier

5. Papier Travel Journal

Buy now: $38, papier.com

This hardback travel journal is equipped with 96 pages of prompts, games, a packing guide, and room to document up to six journeys. It also has an illustrated map of the world to color in as you go.

6. Aesop Arrival Travel Kit

Buy now: $39, aesop.com

Add some luxury to your loved one’s toiletry bag with Aesop’s Arrival Travel Kit, which includes four travel-sized bottles of the Aussie brand’s fan favorite shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser, and balm, in refreshing citrus scents.

Red and purple Bombas slipper socks

Coziness is key this winter.

Courtesy of Bombas

7. Bombas Gripper Slippers

Buy now: $45, women’s, bombas.com; men’s, bombas.com

Nobody wants to pack a full pair of slippers when they travel, but cold feet can put a damper on a cozy cabin getaway. Regular socks may suffice in a pinch, but this pair of slippers comes with special grippy bottoms to prevent slipping and sliding. Also available in youth, toddler, and baby sizes, starting from $18.

Blue and white travel belt securing white tote to suitcase handle

Don’t worry about your personal item sliding off your roller bag ever again.

Courtesy of Cincha

8. Cincha Travel Belt

Buy now: $40, cinchatravel.com

These colorful belts allow travelers to secure any type of personal item to a suitcase handle so it doesn’t slide off while maneuvering through the airport. Here’s how it works: Simply slip the elastic loop of the belt over the handle of your carry-on and snap its buckle around the front of your personal item. It’s made with vegan leather accents and is adjustable to 45 inches to accommodate even the most overstuffed tote bag. Plus, for every belt sold, Cincha donates 100 airline miles to Miles4Migrants to help reconnect migrant families.

purple gloves and beanie set

This beanie and glove set for kids made Oprah’s Favorite Things list in 2023.

Courtesy of Amazon

9. Roq Innovation Headlightz Kids LED Beanie and Glove Set

Buy now: $36, roq-innovation.com; $30, amazon.com

Great for après-ski s’mores by the fire or a post-sunset family snowshoe hike, these beanie-and-glove sets made Oprah’s 2023 Favorite Things List. The coolest feature is the beanie’s built-in rechargeable LED headlamp, which can be adjusted to three different brightness levels (including an emergency blue and red strobe). You may recognize Roq Innovation founder Raquel Graham from her successful stint on Shark Tank, and you can tell she’s a mom from the gear’s design: Her products are made to not be itchy or bulky, and the Headlightz series comes in five vibrant colors (purple, orange, blue, green, red) that practically look like candy.

10. CalPak Car Organizer

Buy now: $98, calpak.com

A road trip essential, CalPak’s Car Organizer is equipped with three compartments to keep clothing, snacks, and games organized. The container can go in the backseat or in the trunk and has handles for easy transportation in and out of the car.

Rumple travel blanket in carry case next to a Nalgene water bottle for size comparison

The Rumpl NanoLoft travel blanket packs down to the same size as a water bottle.

Courtesy of Rumpl

11. Rumpl NanoLoft Travel Blanket

Buy now: from $85, rumpl.com

Know someone with a red-eye flight booked? The Rumpl NanoLoft Travel Blanket is the closest you can get to bringing a sleeping bag on an airplane—minus the bulk. When stuffed into its included carry sack—just like a packable jacket—the puffy blanket is the size of a Nalgene water bottle and weighs only 0.7 pounds. Use its “Cape Clip,” a simple loop and clasp on two corners, to secure the blanket loosely around your neck so it doesn’t slip off your shoulders while you’re sleeping. This also means you’re free to use your hands to sip tiny bottles of airplane wine or adjust your seat-back movie screen without sacrificing any coziness.

Luggage tag with forest scene with words TRIPPING over it

This luggage tag is useful, yet cheeky.

Courtesy of Genuine Fred

12. “Tripping” Luggage Tag

Buy now: $10, genuinefred.com

This luggage tag is a trifecta of gift perfection: It’s useful, beautiful, and just plain funny, too. The pastoral scene emblazoned with the word “TRIPPING” is the work of multimedia artist Wayne White, who’s also known for his Emmy-winning art direction on Pee-wee’s Playhouse in the late ’80s. He’s designed a similarly saucy passport wallet, if you’d like to complete the set.

Bellroy toiletry kit zipped open and filled with toiletries

This dopp kit opens up wide so you don’t have to dig for your toiletries.

Courtesy of Bellroy

13. Bellroy Toiletry Kit Plus

Buy now: $65, bellroy.com

This toiletry kit has a smart zippered design that allows you to open the bag wide and easily grab items. It can be wiped clean and has ample storage space, including a separate compartment for your toothbrush.

person holding metallic blue small duffel bag

This waterproof duffel from Rains comes in the metallic blue seen here, as well as black, gray, and pink.

Courtesy of Rains

14. Rains Hilo Weekend Bag Small

Buy now: $95, us.rains.com

Made from an eye-catching metallic material that’s also highly water-resistant, the Rains Hilo Weekend Bag Small can fit overnight essentials with 18 liters of storage space. This bag also has a detachable shoulder strap and comfortable webbed carrying handles.

Pair of green reusable travel bottles in 3.4 ounce and 1.7 ounce sizes

These TSA-approved reusable toiletry bottles come with built-in labels so you never confuse body lotion for conditioner.

Photo by Hannah Rosa Lewis-Lopes

15. Ries Essential Travel Bottles

Buy now: from $15, ries-ries.com

Cut back on plastic waste and start decanting liquid toiletries into reusable travel-size containers like these 1.7-ounce or 3.4-ounce bottles from Ries, a Black woman–owned brand. The Mini Duo Starter Set comes with a pair of 1.7-ounce bottles that are equipped with a locking system to ensure a spill-free experience.

Mushroom print pattern on three pouches

The Go Pouch Set comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns.

Courtesy of Baggu

16. Baggu Go Pouch Set

Buy now: $40, baggu.com

Baggu’s Go Pouch Set includes three all-purpose pouches that are essential for keeping your bags organized. The small one is perfect for stashing your keys, AirPods, and lip balm, while the medium doubles as a toiletry bag. The large is big enough to use as a packing cube for clothes. New patterns are released frequently—the set with Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty on it are particularly fun.

Small white plastic Airfly Pro device

This clever device allows you to watch movies on airplanes with wireless headphones.

Courtesy of Twelve South

17. Twelve South Airfly Pro

Buy now: $48 (was $55), twelvesouth.com; $55, amazon.com

It’s possible to use wireless headphones to watch movies on in-seat screens on airplanes with the Twelve South AirFly Pro wireless transmitter. It plugs into the headphone jack in airplane seats and sends audio signals via Bluetooth to your headphones. (It also works as an AUX IN adapter in a rental car.) It has a 16-hour battery life and is roughly the size of a matchbox.

Pot of face cream on white table

A little dab goes a long way.

Courtesy of Blue Lagoon Iceland

18. BL+ the Cream

Buy now: $85, skincare.bluelagoon.com

Dry airplane air wreaks havoc on your skin. Prevent that by layering on an ultra rich face cream like the BL+ the Cream from Blue Lagoon Iceland, which is made with microalgae and silica sourced from the same geothermal source as those famous blue pools. The travel-friendly 15-ml pot may be pricey—but a little goes a long way and makes for a luxurious gift.

Springer Classic Dog Travel Bottle in Green

Dogs deserve holiday gifts, too!

Courtesy of Springer Pets

19. Springer Classic Dog Travel Bottle

Buy now: $25, springerpets.com; amazon.com

If your favorite travel companion is your pet, you’ll want to invest in this ingenious water bottle, which was featured on Shark Tank. Made from BPA-free plastic, it’s a drip-free way to keep them hydrated without having to pack a separate bowl for your flight or road trip. The 22-ounce bottle has a built-in bowl on top: Squeeze to fill the vessel with water and let your dog drink, then release to allow the water drain back into the bottle section below. The bottle also comes in mini (15 ounce), flip (20 ounce), and growler (44 ounce) sizes, all with attached carabiners for easy carrying.

Set of two plastic-sided toiletry cases

The mini Cabana vanity case sells for $75.

Courtesy of Paravel

20. Paravel Cabana See-All Vanity Case

Buy now: $95, tourparavel.com

Crafted from two recycled water bottles per bag, with leather details ecocertified by the Leather Working Group, Paravel’s vanity case is spacious enough to hold all of your travel toiletries and has see-through side panels for keeping its contents easily visible.

three small capsules for carrying skincare products by Cadence

The labels on top of Cadence Capsules are magnetic and can be customized, so you’ll never lose track of what’s inside.

Courtesy of Cadence

21. Cadence Capsules

Buy now: from $14, keepyourcadence.com

Made from recycled ocean-bound plastic, these capsules from AAPI-owned brand Cadence also help eliminate the need to buy miniatures of your favorite travel toiletries. Simply dispense up to 2.75 ounces of your favorite face wash, moisturizer, etc. into each capsule from the larger bottle you keep at home. They’re seriously leak-proof, too. (I found them upside down in my dopp kit after checking my bag recently and not a drop had spilled.) Sold in sets or individually in three different sizes, each hexagonal capsule magnetically attaches to the others so you can build a honeycomb of sorts.

Travel jewelry case in bright red with lid open and jewelry inside

The Away Jewelry Box is available in black, blue, pink, and red leather.

Courtesy of Away

22. Away Jewelry Box

Buy now: $85, awaytravel.com

Traveling with jewelry doesn’t have to be a tangled nightmare. This smooth leather boîte from hard-shell luggage maker Away is cleverly designed with a flat panel for storing earrings, a padded cord for rings, and slip pockets for keeping necklaces separate. Chunkier earrings and bracelets can be stored in the center.

Portable magnetic battery with kickstand

This sleek portable charger is ideal for those who hate sorting through tangles of wires.

Courtesy of Amazon

23. Anker Magnetic Battery

Buy now: $55, amazon.com

Every traveler needs a powerful portable charger in their tech kit. This one delivers its juice wirelessly to all models of iPhone 12 and newer and magnetically attaches to the back of your phone, so you can use it on the go. It also features a built-in foldable kickstand so you can watch videos on your phone while it charges. When the charger needs recharging itself, just plug it in with a USB Type C cord.

Black Yeti mug with straw

This travel mug is road-trip ready.

Courtesy of Yeti

24. Yeti Rambler Straw Mug

Buy now: from $38, yeti.com

Drinking water out of a regular screw cap bottle while driving is not only frustrating—it’s dangerous. Yeti’s Rambler Straw Mug is designed to fit into all cup holders and comes with a reusable straw lid so you can easily take a swig without taking both hands off the wheel. Available in a 25-ounce or extra-large 35-ounce style, this travel mug is also great for iced coffee runs.

A pair of compression packing cubes

Packing is way easier with these compression cubes.

Courtesy of Thule

25. Thule Compression Packing Cubes

Buy now: $45 for two, thule.com; rei.com

Once you try packing cubes, you’ll be hard-pressed to go back. Our newest favorites are Thule’s Compression Packing Cubes, which are made with Bluesign-approved ripstop nylon that is water-repellent, ultra-durable, and manufactured with minimal impact on the environment. A set of double YKK zippers allows you to close the cube and then zip it even tighter to eliminate extra air and reduce bulk.

One AirTag on a white background

This quarter-size gift will prevent headaches over lost bags in the future.

Courtesy of Apple

26. Apple AirTag

Buy now: $28, amazon.com

Travelers who are staunchly Team Checked Bag need an Apple AirTag tucked into their stockings. This Bluetooth tracking device is the size of a quarter and can be stowed away in luggage and tracked through Apple’s Find My network (just like the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods). Lost bags will be a thing of the past.

Woman using gray Trtl pillow to sleep sitting up

The Trtl Travel Pillow is also available in a smaller size for kids.

Courtesy of Trtl

27. Trtl Travel Pillow

Buy now: $50, trtltravel.com

Can you put a price on a good night’s sleep on an airplane? Yes, if you pick up a Trtl Travel Pillow. Ergonomically designed to prop your head up using a lightweight padded frame wrapped in fleece, this $50 invention provides neck support without the bulk of a traditional travel pillow.

28. Kikkerland Earbud Cleaning Kit

Buy now: $10, kikkerland.com

A practical stocking stuffer, this travel-sized tin is equipped with everything needed to give earbuds a well-deserved deep clean—including soft bristle brushes, cleaning swabs, and wipes.

Blue Teva ReEmber shoe with heel folded down

With a collapsible heel, these Teva camp shoes are perfect for taking on and off quickly.

Courtesy of Teva

29. Teva ReEmber Camp Shoes

Buy now: $80, teva.com; rei.com

Teva ReEmber slip-ons are ideal travel shoes. Thanks to a collapsible heel, they can be worn either as a snug sneaker or a chill clog everywhere from TSA security lines to cozy campfires.

Gray duffel bag with yellow monogram on front

Even if you customize the Paravel Fold-Up Bag with an embroidered monogram, this gift still comes in under $100.

Courtesy of Paravel

30. Paravel Fold-Up Bag

Buy now: $75, tourparavel.com

Made from 22 recycled plastic water bottles, Paravel’s ultra-light nylon bag collapses and zips down neatly into a small pouch when not in use. It’s a suitable gift for both notorious overpackers who always need a spare bag to bring home souvenirs, as well as for minimalists searching for a new weekender that takes up virtually zero closet space. That said, it holds so much more than you’d expect.

2-oz. bottle of cold brew concentrate with green label

Each travel-size bottle has 200mg of caffeine to get you through any early morning flight.

Courtesy of Explorer Cold Brew

31. Explorer Cold Brew Travel-Size Bottles

Buy now: from $25, explorercoldbrew.com

Between bitter beans and suspect water, the coffee served on airplanes is never satisfying. Thankfully, LGBTQ-owned Explorer Cold Brew scaled down its bottles of single-origin cold brew coffee concentrate to a travel-friendly two ounces and sells them in gift packs of four bottles. To enjoy good coffee at 30,000 feet, simply mix a two-ounce bottle of the cold brew concentrate with water (or milk) over ice and enjoy. For every box of cold brew purchased, Explorer Cold Brew funds clean water access for someone in need through Charity: Water for an entire month.

This story was originally published in 2021 and is updated annually. It was most recently updated on November 3, 2023 to include updated information. Nicholas DeRenzo contributed reporting to this article.

Lyndsey Matthews is the senior commerce editor at AFAR who covers travel gear, packing advice, and points and loyalty.
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