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17 Useful Travel Gifts Under $100

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

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

These clever travel accessories put the fun in functional.

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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, some of AFAR’s favorite travel gear not only combines substance and style but also includes another important element of gift giving: good value. From a packable duffle made from recycled water bottles to a cheeky luggage tag, here are 17 travel gifts that cost less than $100.

1. Paravel Fold-Up Bag

Buy now: $70, 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

Yina sheet masks are gentle even on the most sensitive skin.

2. Yina Divine Bio-Cellulose Sheet Masks

Buy now: $20 for one, $85 for five, pinkmoon.co

Flying can be harsh on your skin. These moisturizing sheet masks from Yina, an organic skincare brand founded by doctors of Chinese medicine, are packed with skin-soothing ingredients like cucumber root, ginseng, and white peony root. Though they may seem expensive for a sheet mask, just consider them an affordable alternative to a facial at the hotel spa. They’re really that good.

The Luka Laptop Backpack comes in a variety of colors, including Kale, seen here.

3. Calpak Luka Laptop Backpack

Buy now: $98, calpaktravel.com

Weighing just 1.75 pounds, this lightweight backpack has a pocket for all your travel essentials. There’s one for a 15-inch laptop, as well as a hidden zipper pocket in the luggage sleeve to keep your phone or passport handy. There’s even an entire compartment to keep shoes separate from everything else. The Luka Laptop Backpack is available in classic colors like black and gray, plus limited-edition ones that sell-out quickly.

Coziness is key this winter.

4. Bombas Gripper Slippers

Buy now: $42, bombas.com (women’s)bombas.com (men’s)

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 Bombas comes with special grippy bottoms to prevent slipping and sliding. Also available in youth and toddler sizes, starting from $22. 

This luggage tag is useful, yet cheeky.

5. “Tripping” Luggage Tag 

Buy now: $10, genuinefred.com

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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.

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

6. 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 0.56 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 individually and in sets, each capsule magnetically attaches to the others so you can build a honeycomb of sorts.

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

7. 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, as well as slip pockets for keeping necklaces separate. Chunkier earrings and bracelets can be stored in the center.

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

8. Anker Magnetic Battery

Buy now: $70, amazon.com

Every traveler needs a powerful portable charger in their tech kit. This one delivers its juice wirelessly to all iPhone 12 and 13 models 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. 

We will never scoff at the gift of hand sanitizer ever again.

9. Aesop Adventurer Roll Up

Buy now: $65, aesop.com

Even though hand sanitizer shortages are so 2020, it never hurts to upgrade someone’s hand care regimen. This trio includes TSA-friendly bottles of Aesop’s Rinse-Free Hand Wash Gel, Rinse-Free Hand Mist, and Aromatique Hand Balm, all in the Aussie brand’s Resurrection scent—a refreshing blend of mandarin, rosemary, and cedar. The gift set comes with a roll-up pouch designed specifically to hold each one of the bottles.

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

10. Trtl Travel Pillow

Buy now: $33 (was $40), trtltravel.com; amazon.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 using a lightweight padded frame wrapped in fleece, this under $50 invention provides neck support without the bulk of a traditional travel pillow.

The Yeti Rambler comes in a variety of colors, including Sandstone Pink, seen here.

11. Yeti Rambler 20 oz. Tumbler

Buy now: $35, yeti.com

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Lukewarm coffee is gross, whether you’re on a road trip or out camping in the woods. The Yeti Rambler Tumbler provides some serious insulation so hot drinks stay hot (or cocktails cold) for hours.

>> Read more: Camping Gift Ideas

The Dare to Roam Steward Dopp Kit is available in Moonlight (seen here) and four other colors.

12. Dare to Roam Steward Dopp Kit

Buy now: $48, daretoroam.com

Sure, everyone already owns a toiletry bag. But it’s probably coated with a few years’ worth of makeup stains and toothpaste smears. Replace it with this roomy dopp kit from Dare to Roam (founded by singer Ciara) that’s made with a special antimicrobial and water-resistant nylon fabric. 

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

13. 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.

With a collapsible heel, the Teva Mocs are the perfect shoe for taking on and off quickly.

14. Teva ReEmber Camp Shoes

Buy now: $75, teva.com

The Teva ReEmber Moc is the ideal travel shoe. Thanks to its easy slip on/off design, youll want to wear these slipper-like sneakers everywhere from TSA security lines to lounging around campfires.

The Opinel No. 10 knife comes with a corkscrew.

15. Opinel No. 10 Corkscrew Stainless Steel Folding Knife

Buy now: $36, food52.com

Anyone planning on camping a lot this summer needs the proper tools to eat—and drink—outside. The dual-purpose Opinel No. 10 Corkscrew Stainless Steel Folding Knife is not only an all-around great knife, but it also has a corkscrew stashed in the handle. 

Some countries still require travelers to bring a hard copy of their vaccine card.

16. Royce New York Leather Vaccine Card Holder

Buy now: $75, royce.us; saksfifthavenue.com

Though local vaccine requirements may have been dropped, many countries still require travelers to show a hard copy of their vaccine card to enter. Protect it with this luxe vaccine card holder from Royce New York that is made of real leather, has a clear vaccine card panel on one side, and includes card slots on the other.

Fast-drying Nomadix towels are made from postconsumer recycled plastic bottles.

17. Nomadix Original Towel

Buy now: $40, nomadix.com

Sustainable travel accessories are a thoughtful gift for the recipient—and the environment. Made from postconsumer recycled plastic bottles, these fast-drying, stylish travel towels are a multi-purpose solution to any traveler’s towel needs—shower, beach, yoga, camping. Plus, purchases help fund the brand’s beach cleanup initiative, Bare Coast, which organizes coastal community groups to comb shorelines collecting plastic waste. Nomadix also donates 1 percent of its sales (not just profits) to environmental causes via 1% for the Planet.

This article was originally published in November 2021; it was updated with new information in February 2022, and again on May 4, 2022.

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