What Santa's got in his travel pack: The best gifts for globetrotters

What Santa’s got in his travel pack: From Caribbean Christmas cocktails to celebrity suitcases, here are Escape’s first-class gifts for globetrotters

  • Sony’s wireless XM4 noise-cancelling headphones are perfect for frequent flyers
  • Treat your loved one like a celebrity this Christmas with a suitcase from Away
  • The hiker in your life will keep warm with a pair of ProTrek socks from HJ Hall 

Here are some choice items for globetrotters to put in their letter to Santa this year.

From luxury hotel vouchers to a raft for outdoor swimmers and from a portable pillow to a smart adventure bag, they are all wonderful presents for anyone fired up with wanderlust.

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

There are some wonderful presents out there to buy anyone fired up with wanderlust

Drown out noisy engines and crying babies with Sony’s wireless XM4 noise-cancelling headphones — essential for a frequent flyer. Aside from outstanding sound quality, the combination of lightweight comfort and up to 30 hours of battery life makes them reliable for long-haul travel (£349, currys.co.uk).

STARRY LUGGAGE 

Treat your loved one like a celebrity this Christmas with a suitcase from Away. Globe-trotters including the Duchess of Sussex, Karlie Kloss, Margot Robbie and Jessica Alba are regularly spotted dashing through airport terminals pulling the trendy luggage behind them. Away’s The Carry-On comes in 17 colours (some are limited-edition) and can be personalised with an embossed luggage tag (from £215, awaytravel.com).

Unforgettable Journeys takes intrepid readers on more than 200 adventures

IMAGINE YOU ARE THERE 

From cruising around Alaska and Antarctica to train journeys in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Unforgettable Journeys takes intrepid readers on more than 200 adventures in a vibrant celebration of taking the scenic route. 

The big-hitters, including interrailing through Europe and driving Route 66, are also covered. Unforgettable Journeys is published by DK Eyewitness Travel and costs £25.

LUXURY HOTEL VOUCHERS

For those who value experiences over belongings, gift your loved one a stay at a high-end hotel of their choice this Christmas with a voucher from luxury French hotel brand Relais & Chateaux. The vouchers, which are valid for two years, can be used at 580 properties in more than 60 countries, including Hampshire’s Chewton Glen or The Surrey in New York’s Upper East Side (from £100, relaischateaux.com).

‘HOLD MY PASSPORT…’

Aspinal of London’s fine Italian leather passport covers come in 22 colours, including bright orange and aqua, and can be personalised with gold or silver embossed initials. The pouches are lined with butter-soft suede, plus there’s a handy ribbon marker so that you can find those stamped pages easily (from £36, aspinaloflondon.com).

NORTH CARIBBEAN 

Salford Dark Spice Rum, pictured, is inspired by the rum and spice imported into the city’s great docks in the early 1900s

Bring the Caribbean home with a bottle of Salford Dark Spice Rum, inspired by the rum and spice imported into the city’s great docks in the early 1900s. It is infused with vanilla, coconut, burnt caramel and cloves, and pairs well with cola or ginger beer. It comes in a ceramic bottle, too (now £30, salfordrum.com).

CHANGING ROBE

Turn getting changed outdoors into a doddle with dryrobe’s Ultimate Outdoor Change Robe. The ultra-warm robe is windproof and waterproof with insulating fabrics at its core, so sports enthusiasts can enjoy pursuits in the great outdoors without feeling wet or cold. Through a two-way inner/outer zip mechanism and an overall loose fit, changing in and out of underlayers is simple. Even Poldark’s Aidan Turner has been spotted snuggling under one (from £130, dryrobe.com).

FIT TO TRAVEL IN 

Find the perfect pair of trousers with Spoke’s Fit Finder, a questionnaire which finds the perfect size and can be completed in under 60 seconds. Spoke’s Bulletproofs trousers come in 200 size variations and are available in dark navy, army green or graphite. The breathable fabric repels water and stretches in two directions, making them ideal for active weekends away, cycle rides or country walks with the dog (£135, spoke-london.com).

BAGS OF ADVENTURE 

From tackling road trips to scaling mountain peaks, Stubble & Co’s Adventure Bag is the perfect present for explorers. With a smart, minimalist look, the all-black bag could also be used for a city break. Sized so it can be used as an airline carry-on, the eco-friendly bag is made from robust, recycled and waterproof materials. Inside is a padded pocket that fits a 16in laptop, separate shoe compartment and pockets for cards and valuables (£185, stubbleandco.com).

RAFT FOR SWIMMERS 

RuckRaft by Above Below, pictured, is a fully inflatable raft with a giant dry bag

Wild swimmers love RuckRaft by Above Below, a fully inflatable raft with a giant dry bag into which you can load everything. The raft can transport 15kg without compromising its buoyancy, and is neon orange for increased visibility on the water (£139.99, abovebelow.sc). 

SUPPORTING OCEANS

Help charitable businesses with a gift from Virtually Wrapped Christmas. It stocks brands such as Mangata London, which produces swim shorts from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. All products arrive wrapped (virtuallywrappedchristmas.com).

MEMORIES STIRRED 

Can’t go away this Christmas but want to bring the holiday feeling home? Why not buy a Drinksfusion cocktail box? From Nordic Negroni to Winter Berry margarita, you can customise each box to feature classic cocktail glasses to suit the beverage and professional bar equipment. Each comes with hand-foraged botanical cocktail garnishes and fruit to add a stylish and impressive finish (from £18, drinksfusion.com).

BIKE TO THE FUTURE

Try a bike subscription from the Bike Club, where you can upgrade your child’s bike as they grow

Fed up with constantly having to upgrade your children’s bikes as they grow? Try a bike subscription from the Bike Club, making bikes more sustainable and affordable. From balance bikes to mountain bikes, you can opt to receive a new or used bike then upgrade when your child is ready for the next stage (from £5 a month, thebikeclub.co.uk).

ART OF AFRICA 

Need a gift for someone into conservation? Art for Rangers offers exclusive access to purchase a signed limited-edition print by award-winning filmmaker and explorer Beverly Joubert. All the proceeds go to Project Ranger, an initiative set up by the Great Plains Foundation, which aims to conserve and expand natural habitats in Africa (prints from £186, projectranger.org).

DROP OFF ANYWHERE 

The Snoooze pillow, pictured, is available in two machine washable sizes

With hygiene more important than ever and 2021 set to be the year of travel, Snoooze pillows make excellent stocking fillers this year. Avoid lumpy hotel pillows with these. They are available in two machine washable sizes — and a special zip feature on the bigger Snoooze allows you to choose your preferred density (from £24.99, snooozeworld.com).

SOCK IT TO ‘EM 

The hiker in your life will keep warm with a pair of ProTrek socks from HJ Hall. Combining classic prints with lightweight, ultra-durable fibres, they come in three levels of support depending on the extremity of the wearer’s walks (from £10.50, hj.co.uk).

IT’S GOT YOU COVERED

Start every journey with a clean seat. Slumber Bliss’s reusable seat covers can be used on buses, trains and planes. The covers are made from soft antimicrobial fabric and are accepted by all airlines (from £40.80, slumber blissseats.com).

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