It’s been a good year. And with December here, another four seasons of travel are coming to a close. From February ski trips, to May strolls through European cities, to August days spent on tropical beaches, to September camping trips amidst changing leaves…and now, the cycle is about to repeat itself yet again.
But before you (or the special traveler on your holiday shopping list) travel the world in 2016, you’ll first want to take a look at the annual Trevor Morrow Travel Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers. As always, it includes some of the best, most helpful and just plain great-looking products that caught my attention in 2015 (and that’ll make perfect gifts this holiday season — whether for yourself or someone else).
So go forth, browse, buy, and win holiday gift giving this year!
Fjallraven, Duffle No. 6
Tough, rugged and thoughtfully designed, the Duffle No. 6 from Swedish outdoor clothing and gear brand, Fjallraven, is guaranteed to please the traveling man on your list. In addition to its high quality construction and good looks, the bag’s killer feature is its versatility — it can be carried by hand via the soft, natural-toned leather handle grips, and like a backpack via the concealed padded shoulder straps. Inside the spacious main compartment, you’ll find two zippered mesh pockets, and on the outside, you’ll find two open side pockets.
Constructed from a double-waxed, heavy duty version of Fjallraven’s signature G-1000 fabric, and with its reinforced nylon bottom, the Duffle No. 6 is water resistant yet breathable and well suited for all kinds of travel. I took my Duffle No. 6 on various trips in 2015, from South Dakota, to New York City to Amsterdam (and got tons of compliments on the bag along the way). The Duffle No. 6 is also available in small (50 liter) and large (110 liters) sizes, but I find the medium (with its 70 liter capacity) to be just right.
For more info and photos of the Fjallraven Duffle N0. 6, check out this Trevor Morrow Travel Gear Spotlight. Price: $250
Brunton, Revolt 9000 (Rugged Portable Charger)
There are a seemingly endless amount of choices when it comes to portable battery packs made for keeping your phone, tablet, headlamp, GoPro or other cameras charged while away from a power source. But if your travels, like mine, bring your from the backcountry to major metropolises, you’ll need a battery pack that can handle it all. That’s why my choice is the Brunton Revolt 9000. With a 9000mAh lithium polymer battery inside its rugged, shockproof and weatherproof silicone exo-shell, you’ll be able to charge your dead smartphone up to 6 times. Also included: a 3-in-1 adapter cable with micro USB, Lightning and 30-pin to USB outputs neatly packaged together so you don’t need to carry separate cords for every device.
While the Revolt 9000 is slightly heavier than some of the more fragile portable batteries on the market (even though it weighs in at just 12.6 ounces), the little added weight beats having to buy two separate units (one suitable for the outdoors, and another for non-outdoor pursuits). Just toss the Revolt 9000 in your jacket pocket or daypack while you’re camping, skiing or exploring a foreign city and you won’t even know it’s there. Price: $99.99
Shinola, Shearling Eye Mask and Neck Pillow
You know the saying, a picture is worth a thousands words. Well it’s never been more true than in this instance. Just look at that picture — yes, that’s a soft and cozy sheep shearling-covered eye mask and neck pillow. I repeat, a sheep shearling-covered eye mask and neck pillow. Get ready to be the envy of the entire cabin on your next airplane ride.
Oh yeah, and these items (both made using sheep shearling from Imperial Stock Ranch in Oregon) are produced by one of the coolest manufactures of American-made leather products, watches and bicycles — Shinola. Eyemask Price: $85, Pillow Price: $190
Stephen Kenn, Passport Wallet
For the well-styled traveling man who has everything, look no further than the Passport Wallet from Stephen Kenn. Made with a soft, perforated leather, the wallet features a large pocket that’s just the right size for a passport, as well as a few handy pockets perfect for storing a boarding pass, credit cards, foreign currency or other important travel documents.
If you’ve been to this site before, chances are you know that I’m a fan of Stephen Kenn’s built-to-last, masculine designs (I featured his Travel Cocktail Kit in last year’s gift guide and told you about his amazing leather travel bags — here and here). Like his other leather items, the Passport Wallet is built in Los Angeles and intended to be handed down from generation to generation. Price: $145
Prynt, Prynt Case (Print Photos From Your Smartphone Instantly)
Whatever happened to holding a photo in your hands? I mean a real photo, not holding a phone in your hand with a photo on the screen. There’s something special about capturing a travel memory, then being able to have that memory as a tangible keepsake, instantly. That’s where Prynt Case comes in, a photo printing smartphone case that’s compatible with iPhone5/s, iPhone6/s, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.
With Prynt, you’ll be able to print a photo you just took, or print any photo that’s already on your phone or Instagram. But perhaps the coolest feature is the ability to take a 6 second video, print a screen capture from that video, scan the printed photo using the Prynt app, and with the help of augmented reality, see the photo turn back into the original 6 second video. Confused? Maybe just watch the video. Price: $139
Camping Gear From The Trevor Morrow Travel Backpacking Gear Guide
If there’s an outdoorsmen on your holiday shopping list who enjoys roughing it in the wilderness, head on over to the Trevor Morrow Travel Backpacking Gear Guide. In it, you’ll find literally everything you need to have a successful backcountry camping trip, from tents, to trekking poles, to boots, jackets, pants and much more. It includes some of my favorite wildness gear and apparel, so consider it a holiday gift guide in its own right.
Raw Spice Bar, Monthly Spice Subscription
Any hardcore foodie traveler knows to buy local spices while abroad so they can attempt to recreate the flavors and mealtime memories experienced while traveling. For those travelers and anyone else looking to bring some international flavor to their home kitchen, there’s Raw Spice Bar — a monthly subscription service that’ll deliver three freshly ground spice blends to your door, with information on the origin and history of the spice and unique, worldly recipes in which to use them. Past spice boxes have featured the spices of Jamaica, Peru, Memphis, Istanbul, Malaysia and Japan, just to name a few. Price: $6 per month
TomTom, Spark Cardio + Music Watch
Fitness is key to travel (you can’t climb a mountain or walk around a big city for hours on end if you’re out of shape). That’s where TomTom’s Spark Cardio + Music watch comes in. While there are plenty of ways this watch can help increase your fitness level while at home, it’s also jam-packed with features that’ll come in handy while traveling too.
It can store up to 500 songs and pairs with bluetooth headphones, making it the easiest and most comfortable way to listen to music while traveling (imagine, no tangled headphone wires and no additional music device, or cell phone, to drop between airplane seats or accidentally leave behind). The watch also tracks and records your sleep data (helpful info when combating jet lag) as well as your steps (becasue it’d be interesting to know just how many steps you took while walking around London, Paris or Rome). To top it off, it’s waterproof up to 130 feet, and you can log into the TomTom app and see the route you took through a city (or anywhere else) laid out on a map. Price: $249.99
Wheelmen & Co., Babylon Backpack
Every traveler needs a good backpack. One they can use to carry their essentials onto a plane, or use as a daypack, or use as an overnight bag. A solid choice for such a backpack, is the Babylon Backpack by Wheelmen & Co. Just the right size, the clean-cut Babylon features a top-loading, 21.8 liter capacity main compartment, complete with a padded laptop sleeve, and three external pockets — two spacious, vertical zip pockets great for keeping important items handy or storing a book, and a smaller, zippered front pocket.
For more info and photos of the Wheelmen & Co Babylon Backpack, check out this Trevor Morrow Travel Gear Spotlight. Price: $129
Abom, Inc., Abom Goggles
The skiing or snowboarding traveler knows that foggy goggles can really mess up a run. The high-tech solution: the Abom Googles from Abom, Inc. Brand new for the 2015/2016 winter season, the A-Bom Goggles are the first goggles ever to feature an invisible heat-conductive film between a two-part lens that eliminates fog with the push of a button (the blue button on the side of the goggles). The Active Anti-Fog technology can either be left on for an entire day on the slopes to prevent fog from ever happening (it’ll last for 7 hours before needing to be recharged), or used in short bursts to kill fog when it occurs (in which case the battery can last up to 7 days). For the serious snow sports lover, this is a game changer. Price: $249
Maven, B.3 Binoculars
You may think binoculars would be an extraneous piece of travel gear, but the right binoculars actually come in incredibly handy while traveling. Case in point, the perfectly sized and compact B.3 binoculars from Maven. From camping trips, to exploring national parks to far flung eco-travel (like trips to the Peruvian rainforest, chimpanzee spotting in Borneo or treks in the Himalayas), owning a pair of light and easy to transport binoculars is a must. And trust me, on trips like these, you’ll want a pair of your own so you don’t have to rely on your guide’s pair or have to share a single pair with a large group.
With superior low-light performance, edge-to-edge clarity, a generous depth of field and a smooth to the touch finish, the Maven B.3s pack all the power you need, but sell for hundreds of dollars less than binoculars of similar quality. Price: $500
Difficult To Find Whiskies From Distiller’s List
Say hello to your new favorite place to buy liquor for yourself and as gifts — Distiller’s List. Officially launched just last month, you’ll love Distiller’s List’s clean and easy to use booze-buying interface, and their really well done, not to mention informative, video series (check ‘em out here). If you don’t know a ton about liquor, they’ll give you the details you need while shopping their selection of both big brands you know, and smaller brands you don’t. For the traveling man on your holiday shopping list, go with a small batch bourbon that he won’t find at his local liquor store. For instance, Hudson Baby Bourbon from New York State, Bib & Tucker 6 year Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey from California, or Corsair Triple Smoke Single Barrel Bourbon from Nashville. You may not be able to send him on a trip across the country, but at least you can send his tastebuds. Prices Vary
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Happy Holidays and Happy Travels!