25 Great Holiday Gifts for Adventure Travelers on Your List

Take a sneak peek at some of the new travel and outdoor items featured this holiday season.

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December 19, 2019

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Rosetta Stone Subscription

Even speaking just a few phrases or being able to ask for directions in the local language can instantly elevate a travel experience. Instead of searching for someone who speaks English, or struggling with the Google Translate app, you can just talk to people and learn more about the culture, food and can't-miss place than you would if you showed up with only English. A Rosetta Stone subscription is the perfect gift to kick off a traveler's next adventure long before they leave home.

Buy It: Rosetta Stone, Starting at $5.19 per month

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

The ultralight Lifestraw can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water, removing more than 99.99 percent of bacteria and protozoan parasites. It's the perfect stocking stuffer for hiking enthusiasts, ultralight backpackers and that person who always loves to be prepared.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.99

Parks Project National Park T-Shirts

Support your favorite National Park with a Parks Projects T-shirt stocking stuffer featuring graphics or National Geographic cover photos. The Park Projects works with more than 30 partners such as the National Park Foundation and the Grand Canyon Association that help fund park improvements and conservation.

Buy It: Backcountry, Starting at $17.97

Icebreaker Wool Underwear

You can save a lot of valuable luggage space by packing a few really good pairs of underwear instead of one for every day of travel. Icebreaker's wool undies, which come in a wide variety of styles for both men and women, are exceptionally comfortable in all kinds of weather. Merino wool wicks moisture from your skin and dries quickly, so adventure travelers can easily wash it in their hotel (or hostel) sink and get away with just two or three pairs no matter how long they're traveling.

Buy It: Backcountry, $40

VIM & VIGR Compression Sock

Socks for the holidays? Your traveler will love VIM & VIGR Compression Socks, designer travel wear that improves blood circulation on long flights and helps prevent deep vein thrombosis and leg swelling. Stylish enough to wear with shorts or skirts, these socks will keep the explorer in your life comfortably on the move.

Buy It: Amazon, $33

ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Maker

Roughing it doesn’t mean adventurers have to go without excellent coffee thanks to the new ESPRO Ultralight Press. Weighing in at just 7 ounces, this French press makes 16 ounces of coffee or tea. The leak-proof lid keeps liquids contained and hot, and the slim design slips into backpacks or seat backs easily.

Buy It: Amazon, $43.04

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Black Diamond is known for its bomber headlamps used by climbers, backpackers and other adventures. Its Storm model brings a fully waterproof unit to the mix. With 350 lumens, the Storm can be fully submersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, making it perfect for adventurous types on your gift list.

Buy It: Backcountry, $50

Quip Sonic Travel Toothbrush

This compact, stylish electric toothbrush slips into any bag or backpack for oral hygiene on the go. Available in plastic and metal finishes, Quip runs on one AAA battery and is waterproof. Weighing in at 3 ounces and not requiring a charger, Quip is small enough for a travel clutch or the backcountry.

Buy It: Quip, $40

Outdoor Research Prologue Refuge Jacket

Outdoor Research gets stylish with its Prologue Refuge Jacket. Combining its travelwear and activewear principles, Outdoor Research uses waxed nylon canvas and OR's quilted VerticalX insulation for a jacket that looks great chopping wood or going out to dinner in town. Two buttoned-chest pockets, two hand-warmer pockets and an internal zippered pocket provide plenty of storage for ski passes or boarding passes. Available in a women's cut as well.

Buy It: Amazon, Starting at $119.99

Chaco Sandals

Chaco sandals are the ultimate adventure travel footwear. They have solid arch support for long days of walking, they have more than sufficient traction for hiking and you can wear them as water shoes. They can also be customized with unique combinations of colors and straps to make them a fashionably versatile part of a traveler's wardrobe. Even better: When the soles eventually wear out after years of use, Chaco will repair them inexpensively so they don't end up in a landfill.

Buy It: Chaco, $130

Lems Trailhead Hiking Shoes

Based in Boulder, Colorado, family-owned Lems has made a name for itself making minimalist shoes that are still tough enough for days on the trail. Lems' new Trailhead series for men and woman allows feet to spread out while still offering plenty of support. Materials including microfiber and mesh make for a lightweight hiker that comes in a variety of fun colorways.

Buy It: Backcountry, $130

Salomon Out Day Pack

The strap system on the women's version of Salomon's Out Day Pack is smartly designed for extreme comfort. They don't dig into a woman's chest in weird or unflattering ways, and they offer support to help carry a heavy load of water for long day hikes. Generous water bottle, chest and hip belt pockets help stash far more gear than you'd expect for a pack of this size, and a long side zip makes it all easy to access. This pack is ideal for serious day hikers and anyone heading out on a guided trekking trip where the bulk of the luggage is ported between accommodations.

Buy It: Backcountry, $140

Vivobarefoot Motus II Mesh Women's Shoe

Enjoy the freedom of being barefoot with the protection of a closed toe shoe with Vivobarefoot’s new Motus II Mesh Women’s shoe. Whether trail running or running to catch a flight, Vivobarefoot shoes allow feet to move as if barefoot while keeping the elements out. Leather and vegan options are available with shoes for men, women and kids.

Buy It: Vivobarefoot.com, $160

Danner Raptor 650 Winter Boots

Embrace winter with Danner Boots Raptor 650 with 400G PrimaLoft insulation, fleece-lined uppers with durable wool and full-grain leather, and Danner Dry waterproof protection. The Vibram Escape outsole with Megagrip technology offers superior traction and grip on wet, icy surfaces. The Raptor 650 is available for men and women with a quilted upper, and the women’s style adds faux fur around the collar.

Buy It: Amazon, Starting at $214.27

Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Tight

For hikers who want the comfort of leggings but the durability of pants, Fjällräven's Abisko Trekking Tights offer the best of both worlds. These stretchy leggings, available for both men and women, have pockets and reinforcements on the rear and knees to prevent rips and tears.

Buy It: Backcountry, $175

Cotopaxi Allpa Backpack

Cotopaxi's new Allpa 28L and 35L backpacks are ready for far-flung destinations with ballistic nylon paneling and theft-proof webbing. Its harness makes for comfortable hours on the trail or city blocks, and the side handle makes it easy to retrieve from an overhead compartment. Utah-based Cotopaxi uses leftover scrap material to make its packs, jackets, tents and sleeping bags, reducing its environmental footprint while making each piece truly unique. Cotopaxi also donates 2 percent of its profits to charities such as International Rescue Committee and Educate Girls. With the motto of "Do Good," Cotopaxi is a gift that does just that.

Buy It: Backcountry, $200

Mountainsmith Tanuck 40L Photo Backpack

Perfect for photographers on the move, Mountainsmith's Tanuck 40L Backpack carries supplies, photo gear, a hydration bladder and laptops up to 17 inches. The pack is ergonomically designed and made of water-resistant fabric that includes a rain fly. It carries up to 50 pounds of gear whether on the plane or the trail.

Buy It: Amazon, $197.99

Thule Subterra Carry-On Luggage

Thule is best known for its roof and bike racks, and now the travelers on your list can take Thule on their next flight with their innovative Subterra Carry-On bags. Two bags zip together as a roller, and when necessary, can be zipped apart to fit in the overhead compartment and under the seat. Internal compression panels keep bulk down and provides a place for shoes and dirty laundry while the tough outer shell absorbs bumps.

Buy It: Backcountry, $299.95

Backcountry Silver Fork 750 Down Jacket

Online retailer Backcountry has developed its own line of outdoor clothing, beginning with the Silver Fork 750 Down Jacket for both men and women. Filled with 750-fill goose down, the Silver Fork weighs in at 1.1 lbs. and stuffs into an incorporated pouch, yet is water-resistant and warm enough for the slopes.

Buy It: Backcountry, $249.95

The North Face Rolling Thunder 36" Duffel

Adventure travelers who need to carry a lot of gear will love The North Face's Rolling Thunder duffel, a burly, adventure-ready bag that will store everything needed for an intense adventure. The pack comes with a strap to attach your backpack to the front of it and also features an external pocket for dirty shoes and clothes.

Buy It: The North Face, $350

Peak Design Travel Tripod

Peak Design's brand-new Travel Tripod might be the smartest we've seen yet. Perfect for professional adventure photographers and hobbyists alike, this durable tripod is easy to set up and collapse and can go anywhere. There's no dead space between the tripod's collapsed legs, so when it's in your luggage it packs down to the width of a water bottle. It has built-in smartphone compatibility and comes in both aluminum (3.44 lbs, $350) and carbon fiber (2.81 lbs, $600). It's currently available for pre-order and is expected to ship in March 2020.

Buy It: Peak Design, Pre-order for $350

Ricoh Theta V 360 Degree Camera

Ricoh's Theta V camera captures images and 4K video in 360 degrees, making sure your traveler doesn’t miss a thing. The Theta V supports 360 live streaming in 4K, and has four microphones to capture surround sound as well.

Buy It: Amazon, $329.43

GoPro HERO8 Black Bundle

A GoPro is the ultimate camera for adventure travelers. It's tiny, lightweight and durable and works with a wide variety of attachments and accessories so it can go virtually anywhere you can, including underwater.

Buy It: GoPro, $349.99

SiOnyx Aurora IR Night Vision Camera

Don't stop recording the action just because it's dark out. The SiOnyx Aurora is a water-resistant, high-definition, day-or-night action camera that uses infrared technology to image in full color, even in the dark. Perfect for adventurers, wildlife viewers, sailors, astrophotographers and anyone who doesn't stop when the sun goes down.

Buy It: Amazon, $800

Red Paddle Co.

Red Paddle Co. is known for its premier inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUP), and its new Compact board fits into a backpack with a pump so the SUPer on your list can take their board anywhere, even on flights and helicopter trips: Blackcomb Helicopters, in British Columbia, now offers a heli-SUP daytrip using Red Paddle's boards. If you prefer to paddle with friends, check out the four-person Dragon Board. Get your team together and enter the annual World Dragon Championships, where teams of four enjoy a weekend of racing and international camaraderie.

Buy It: Backcountry, $1,899