10 Travel-Inspired Gifts for Grads

Outfit this year’s graduates with travel-inspired accessories and practical gear for their next adventure.

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May 01, 2019

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Photo By: Uncommon Goods

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Hardshell Luggage

Luggage is one of the most popular and traditional graduation presents, but not all bags are created equal. Outfit your grad with a suitcase that will last many adventures and airports to come and look good at the same time. I always recommend a hardshell roller over fabric because it can take a beating from airline handlers plus keep your belongings dry on the tarmac should it start to rain. The hardshell rollers from Away have a cult following and come in several different sizes, like The Carry-On and The Medium, which you can gift as a bundle for $450. The suitcases all feature a TSA-approved lock and a lifetime warranty.

Buy It: AWAY, $225-$275

National Parks Map

If your graduate is a big hiker, inspire their love of nature with this national parks map. The map comes with tree stickers for each national park so you can mark which parks you’ve visited and keep track of your adventures.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods, $55.00

RFID-Blocking Travel Wallet

Help keep your graduate stay organized with a travel wallet. This is hands down one of the best Amazon purchases I have ever made. With more than 3,000 reviews, the best-selling wallet has a spot for everything, from my passport to car keys. It also features RFID-blocking technology to keep hackers from stealing my credit card info. The wallet comes in 35 colors (I have black and rose gold.), but I love this dark green for a graduation gift.

Buy It: Amazon, $14.99

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Whether your graduate is off to the big city or about to take their first overseas flight, the gift of silence will be much appreciated. These noise-canceling headphones from Bose are a pretty penny but they’re a godsend on packed metro trains and long flights with screaming babies.

Buy It: Amazon, $349

50 States Journal

This fun journal from Uncommon Goods has a space to capture memories from every state. It’s the perfect present to kick off a road trip or big cross-country move.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods, $30.00

Travel Backpack

If you love the idea of luggage as a gift but you’re on a budget, a great carry-on bag is always a solid and appreciated choice. I love this mini backpack from FAWN Design. It has straps that convert it from a backpack to a side purse, an insane amount of pockets and it’s less than $100.

Buy It: Amazon, $62.99

Leather Passport Holder

J.CREW Factory has sold this passport cover for a long time and it’s still my go-to gift. It’s timeless, classic and a great buy at just $17.50 for real leather. You can also use it as a fun way to present a travel-related gift card.

Buy It: J.Crew Factory, $17.50

Personalized Travel Journal

If your graduate loves to write and sketch, these travel journals from Etsy are the perfect gift. And you can customize the cover with different engraving for a personalized touch.

Buy It: Etsy, $34.50

Scratch-Off Map

Help your grad scratch off bucket list destinations with this scratch-off map. It’s a great way to look back at trips and keep track of all the countries you’ve visited.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods, $26-$40

Leather Weekender Bag

There’s just something classy about a leather weekender bag. It’s timeless and one of those pieces worth the investment. I’ve been dreaming about this cognac bag from Frye, and if I were graduating today, this is the gift I would want!

Buy It: Nordstrom, $598

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