Gifts for the Active Traveler

It’s that time of year where we need to start thinking about holiday presents and as we all know, that can be a challenge considering everyone has their own tastes, preferences, and lifestyles. If have an active traveler on your list, I have some suggestions for you: hat, shirt, pants, and backpack (they can shop for their own shoes/socks). As you will see, the followng are perfect for the Indiana Jones in your life:

trousers1. Convertible trousers. Personally, I think there is nothing cooler or that says “active” like pants that rip off and transform into shorts. Craghoppers Kiwi Convertible trousers (ARV $72) are ideal for days that start out cool and end warm or vice versa. This pair has part elastic waist for comfort, eight pockets, four of which have zippers, and a pocket for a smartphone. Function aside, these really are comfortable, durable, and ideal for the active traveler. Gift these with a Scottievest and your active traveler won’t have any need for a carry-on.

2. Shirt. A few years ago I took a trip to the Riviera Maya which included a day trip to craghoppersthe ancient Maya ruins of Coba. This is considered jungle region which means there was a good chance we were going to encounter mosquitoes and do they love me! Despite bug spray (who likes DEET anyway?), I ended up with some nice quarter-size bites. Had I known better, I would have donned a Craghoppers Nosilife Darla (ARV: $70) long sleeve shirt. This extremely lightweight shirt features insect repellent technology and upf40+ protection, rip stop technology, and it’s fast drying if you get it wet. It’s also equipped with a double sun collar, cooling back neck lining, vented back, sleeves that roll up with a button tab, hidden drying loops so you can dry it anywhere and there’s a hidden key pocket feature (I’d say that’s ideal for someone active). I recommend layering it with a tank top for a cute and versatile option.

Stetson No Fly Zone Hats by Dorfman-Pacific3. Hat. Speaking of biting creatures, that brings me to head protection. Stetson No Fly Zone Hats by Dorfman-Pacific protects against all kind of pests including; mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and flies. Plus, this style is really cute. I wish I had it along when my family visited the Maya ruins in Belize last year in addition to my Coba adventure. The blazing sun required good head protection and this style, with the chin strap, would have been perfect. I can guarantee this hat will always be packed in my bags when I go on a cruise or vacation near the equator or anywhere else there’s sun and critters.


4. Backpack. Every active traveler needs a backpack for several reasons: comfort, eagle creekpracticality, and versatility. Of course, not all backpacks are created equal. The Eagle Creek Universal Traveler Backpack (ARV: $140) meets all of the above criteria and more. It’s comfortable to wear, checkpoint friendly with its butterfly-style opening compartment sized for a 17” laptop, additional tablet sleeve, All Ways Secure functionality features lockability, RFID blocking technology, and reflectivity. Ta-da! Sounds pretty nifty, doesn’t it? 

Happy holiday shopping.

25 Comments on "Gifts for the Active Traveler"

  1. Thomas Gibson | October 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

  2. I would love to win this!

  3. I could use this backpack. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Thank you

  5. That hat looks perfect for fly fishing!

  6. I’m going on a trip soon, and this would be great. Thanks for the chance.

  7. danielle Marie | October 9, 2014 at 3:50 am | Reply

    i hope to take a backpacking trip soon and this would be amazing to have!

  8. We do a lot of traveling and I would love to have this backpack just for that reason.

  9. Awesome giveaway and really helpful post! I’m a new traveler and love the tips. Thanks for the chance!

  10. Great giveaway! Love these products.

  11. My daughter would love this for her camera equipment in college.

  12. Very nice backpack. I know when I go backpacking, I like clothes that are light and dry fast.

  13. looks like a great item!

  14. This would be perfect for my husband who loves camping and hiking.


  15. Nice backpack! I like the the compartments for your electronics.

  16. Thank you for sharing! Very good tips, very helpful. It will save my time!

  17. I would like to win this for my son. He carries his backpack everywhere and it is showing its age!

  18. Looks like a great backpack! I would love to use it for weekend trips to the beach.

  19. I have found convertible pants to be a must have when I travel. I like the luxury of having short and pants all in one. The backpack would come in handy.

  20. I love very high quality backpacks like this that will last a very very long time

  21. This would be perfect for our active family Thank you

  22. I would love this perfect I carry a lot for myself and my kiddos hubby and I both carry a bag we often hike and geocache

  23. This backpack would be great for my soon to be 18 year old.

  24. This looks like a great backpack.

  25. Love the backpack. It would be perfect for my next trip to Central America!

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