The 7 best travel gifts everyone needs (and will actually use)

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Oftentimes, traveling is equal parts enjoyable and taxing. From organizing and packing your belongings and securing the perfect piece of luggage for your trip to finding the best travel tech to entertain yourself along with sanitizing your seat, hotel space and more — there’s a lot that goes into it.

Whether you travel routinely for work, family or recreational purposes, there are seven items that you should invest in that will last you for years to come and make traveling so much easier.

From the all-encompassing Rothy’s machine-washable weekender bag to the new SufaceSoap UV Sanitizer Wand, check out our picks for the best travel gifts you should buy for yourself or an avid traveler in your life.

1. Monos Carry-On Pro, $275 (Orig. $324)

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Investing in a high-quality carry-on suitcase is the perfect start to any trip. Especially with the ever-changing carry-on parameters and rules enforced by airlines today, it’s important to have a carry-on hand that isn’t too big or too small for the overhead compartment. The Monos Carry-On Pro is the best overall pick.

Currently the most user-friendly and stylish option you can buy, the Monos Carry-On Pro measures 22 x 14 x 19 in., making it the perfect size for overhead storage on a flight. For added convenience, while rushing through TSA or sprinting to your gate, it features a built-in front compartment for easy access while you travel. There, you can store your passport, headphones, wallet and more.

In fact, the front compartment also fits a 15-inch laptop and keeps all the pockets’ contents protected under the same aerospace-grade polycarbonate as the rest of the suitcase. In fact, the shell is actually unbreakable. Right now, it’s on sale for $49 off.

2. The Rothy’s Machine-Washable Weekender Bag, $550

If you’re taking a weekend trip or just prefer a handheld luggage option, the new Rothy’s Weekender bag is the best pick. Today, most weekender bags don’t offer enough space to hold a full weekend’s worth of clothes, shoes and toiletries without bulking up. This bag is one of the few that has enough space while maintaining its shape and style.

This does-it-all travel bag comes with padded top handles, an adjustable, detachable strap and three spacious compartments that make getaways easy and so much less stressful. The main compartment has a zipper closure and is spacious enough to fit clothes, books and toiletries. The side compartment with the magnetic closure and interior zipper pocket is perfect for storing shoes. The additional side compartment with a zipper closure keeps your laptop, wallet and passport secure.

The Rothy’s Weekender also arrives in a dust bag and has an accompanying wash bag for use when traveling.

Like all of the brand’s best-selling bags, this weekender is knit with 100% recycled materials and crafted with a blend of ocean-bound marine plastic and Rothy’s signature thread. Best of all, when it gets dirty, simply toss it in the wash, and it’ll be as good as new.

It comes in five colors (two classic and three limited-edition) and is the all-around best weekender bag I’ve personally found and used.

3. Troubadour Stash Slim Wallet, $145

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This one’s for the guys. When traveling, having a simple wallet on hand that’s secure with easily accessible card and cash slots is key, and Troubadour covered all bases with its sleek and minimalist Stash Slim Wallet.

Gorgeous vegetable-tanned Italian leather craftsmanship aside, this wallet features five slots for your cards and ID and a larger slot that holds banknotes and all major world currencies. What’s great about investing in a leather wallet is that, over time, it takes on a warmer, softer look, eventually developing a style that’s unique to just you.

Shoppers also love this wallet. One reviewer who dubbed it his “favorite wallet” praised its “sleek and slim profile” — a feature that shoppers appreciate since it doesn’t bulk up and protrude in your pocket like most other bi-fold wallets.

4. Monos Metro Folio Kit, $55

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Some travelers opt for a passport case or portfolio over a wallet and currently, the Monos Metro Folio Kit is one of the most thorough and slim options on the market.

This sleek and slim Folio kit is wider, flatter and more rigid than most similar options available from other retailers. It’s perfect for use on its own and is also the best companion to the Monos Metro Duffel and Metro Backpack. Thanks to its QuickSnap technology, the Monos Folio Kit snaps on and off of the Duffel and Backpack so you can easily swap kits according to your day’s needs.

It’s also the true essence of a multi-functional travel essential. Use it as a wallet/passport folio while on the move or as an E-reader/tablet kit when you’re relaxing at your gate or at the pool.

The Monos Metro Folio Kit is crafted with ultra-microfibre vegan leather and boasts pockets for your passport, travel documents, mini-tablet or E-reader, SD card, credit cards, vaccination card, keys, pens, cables, lip balm, AirPods and more.

5. Satechi Quatro Wireless Power Bank, $99.99

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I recently used the Satechi Quatro Wireless Power Bank on a weekend trip and can firmly say that it’s, by far, the most versatile and useful wireless power bank and travel charger I’ve used to date.

Those who’ve grown accustomed to the convenience of wireless charging at home will love this device. It provides the same easy, cable-free convenience while you’re on the go and combines the best of both portable and wireless charging.

All you need to do is charge the device as you would any other power bank. And when you’re ready to use it as a wireless charging pad on your hotel nightstand, simply double press the power button and place your Qi-enabled devices on top. It features a dedicated Apple Watch charger to the far left with the rest of the pad left open for charging your smartphone or wireless earbuds.

This is an absolute must-have for those who prefer cable-free charging solutions while traveling.

6. SurfaceSoap UV Handheld UV Sanitizer Wand, $139.96 With Ticked Coupon (Orig. $199.95)

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Now more than ever, travelers are more cognizant of germs and are looking for the most effective and mess-free ways to get rid of them. Whether you’re on a plane, train or bus, it’s important to ensure that your personal space is clean and sanitized and the SurfaceSoap UV-C Sanitizing Wand is the best way to do so without the use of wipes or gloves.

The portable, powerful disinfection tool kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on any surface in seconds and fits easily in a backpack, weekender bag or carry-on. Use it on your seat or any nearby surfaces during your commute for extra peace of mind.

7. Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Industry Leading Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones, $248 (Orig. $349.99)

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Lastly, what’s traveling without a quality pair of over-ear noise-canceling headphones? Perfect for drowning out in-flight noise and surrounding sound during a commute or airport rush, the Sony Wireless Noise-Canceling Overhead Headphones have been a massive customer favorite for years.

In fact, these best-selling headphones have over 20,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and are currently $101.99 off for the holidays.

They feature industry-leading noise-canceling technology and provide up to 30 hours of use on one single charge. Thanks to its quick-charging feature, if you need to charge these while on the go, 10 minutes of charging time give you five hours of playback. These headphones also have touch sensor controls to pause, play, skip, control volume, activate your voice assistant, answer phone calls and more.

Sony’s Wireless Noise-Canceling Overhead Headphones are a definite travel must-have and they also make the perfect gift.

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