Thought for Your Penny Gift Guide for Holiday Travelers

Note – This article is part of a series of Thought for Your Penny holiday gift guides. Products featured have been provided by PR and marketing agencies for the brands. No affiliate links are included in this article – links are provided to the manufacturer’s website so you can learn more about each product to decide for yourself.

The holiday season is upon us, and everyone’s rushing to find the perfect gift for everyone on their gift list. We contacted brands around the world to find the best products available on the market in 2018. Here’s what they sent.

These are the perfect gifts for the traveler, road trip junkie, frequent flier, or adventurer in your life:

Papago! GoSafe S810 and Geko Starlit Dash Cams

Dash cameras are indispensable tools in documenting where you are and what happened when you’re on the road. If you have a road rat on your list who’s constantly on the go, Papago and Geko have great options.

The GoSafe S810 is a 1080P, 30FPS dashcam with a 120-degree field of view. It also includes a rear-mounted camera and supports an optional GPS antenna. The S200 Starlit has a 2-inch display an 1296P resolution. Both dash cameras feature Sony sensors and 3M adhesive for maximum quality.

Somewear Global Hotspot

When you’re traveling off the grid, you need to stay connected, and that’s why Somewear Labs raised over $150,000 on Kickstarter to bring Somewear to life. This satellite hotspot works anywhere in the world, letting you stay connected and safe, no matter how far you go off the beaten path.

Ravean Heated Down Jackets

It gets cold in the winter, and there’s nothing worse than not being able to warm up. Ravean has you (literally) covered this winter with a water-resistant, rip-guard shell, down insulation, aluminum heat lining, and a 10050 mAh USB battery that can heat the jacket, charge your phone, or even be used as a flashlight.

Snapstyk Selfie Stick Case

Selfie sticks are nothing new, but we don’t always have one on us in the moment. Snapstyk is a selfie stick built into the protective phone case, so you can use it as a stand or a selfie stick whenever the need arises.

Outdoor Research Men’s Kalaloch Reversible Shirt Jacket

The fall and winter are great times to go camping, hiking, and enjoy outdoor activities in places like the Southwest. Outdoor Research’s Kalaloch Reversible Shirt Jacket pairs herringbone flannel with 20d ripstop polyester and proprietary VeritcalX high-loft synthetic insulation for the perfect jacket or flannel for any weather you encounter on your journey.

Thread Society Shirts

Thread Society’s mission is to provide the softest shirts on Earth, and they accomplished it. These premium, ethically sourced fabrics feel like butter on your skin. They’re perfect to pair with Lularoe’s infamously soft leggings, jeans, or whatever you want. Once you’ve felt Thread Society on your skin, you’ll find yourself wearing them under everything else you own.

Cold Weather Clothing

It’s important to stay bundled up and warm on the road. For men, the Orvis Trout Bum Sweater Fleece Jacket is a versatile polyester full-zip fleece for all-day warmth. It has plenty of pockets to hold everything you need. Top it off with Timberland’s Striped Winter Scarf for a stylish look that’s functional too.

For women, the Button-Detail Oversized Cashmere Coatigan from Garnet Hill is both soft and heavyweight, making it the perfect way to stay warm. Pair it with a Merino wool blend Highlands Travel Scarf to complete the look.

Boosa Tech Macro M1 Power Bank

Keeping devices charged while on the goal can be a hassle, especially when there’s no outlets handy. Boosa has you covered with this 10000 mAh high-speed USB-C charger. Never let your smartphone die on you at the wrong time again.

Nextbase 612GW 4K Dash Cam with GPS and Wi-Fi

While the two dash cameras above are great, the Nextbase 612GW is the top-of-the-line. Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and UHD 4K resolution, this is the Lambo of dash cams. Sony’s latest sensors and seven lenses record a 150-degree FOV up to 60fps to be displayed on a three-inch color LCD touch screen. It connects to Android and iOS smartphones and even Google Maps.

Mophie Juice Pack and Charge Stream Vent Mount

Mophie’s Juice Packs are cases with built-in 17000-26000 mAh batteries built in. They’re also compatible with Qi wireless chargers. They also make Qi-enabled car mounts and desk stands to keep your phone topped off wherever you are.

FIXD Smart Car Diagnostic

It’s important to know how your car is doing at any given moment. The last thing you need is a breakdown on the road. FIXD is a sensor that plugs into your car’s OBD-II port and connects to your smartphone to provide real-time and historical data. All you need is a car made in 1996 or later.

DiskAshur iStorage Encrypted Portable SSD

DiskAshur specializes in hardware-encrypted storage solutions. This USB 3.1 solid state drive uses military grade AES-XTS 256-bit PIN-authenticated hardware encryption. And that’s just the start – this portable SSD promises to protect your data or self destruct trying.

Shoes from Timberland, Olukai, and Adidas

Your shoes make the outfit – Timberland City’s Edge Oxford is a waterproof shoe made of premium leather, Gore-Tex, Ortholite footbeds, and a trademarked Aerocore midsole for improved cushion. It’s the perfect shoe for that classic style.

OluKai Kahu Lace has a Drop-In Heel design to make it functional as a shoe or slide. It’s a great casual shoe for lounging. This Hawaiian-inspired footwear company supports the island spirit and heritage, so it gives back to the Ama OluKai foundation with every purchase.

Adidas Terrex Parley DLX Boat Shoe has a waterproof design that’ll get you through the waters. It’s a great choice for those cooped up this winter dreaming of summer times.

GL.iNet Slate Router

High-speed Wi-Fi is a must when you’re traveling, and this Slate mini router gives it to you on both 2.4G and 5G bands. Supporting OpenVPN, Cloudflare DNA, WireGuard, and OpenWRT pre-installed also adds to its value. Pick it up to provide a barrier between you and everyone else on your hotel’s public network.

Motorola T265 Two-Way Sportsman Edition Radios

Motorols knows two-way radios, and its Talkabout series is one of the best for consumer-grade models. The T265 Sportsman Edition is a two-pack of 22 channel radios that include 121 privacy codes to talk privately up to a range of 25 miles. They’re perfect for the hunter on  your list.

Unbound Merino Wool Shirts and Socks

Unbound’s Merino Wool collection is minimalist clothing with maximum durability and comfort. These essentials are perfect for wherever your journey takes you, whether wearing under a business suit or as workout or sleep gear. At home or one the road, Unbound will be there with you.

Feetures Performance Socks

Feetures made its name for an innovative running sock featuring targeted compression and an anatomical design that conforms to the shape of each individual foot. They’ve since expanded their line with the perfect sock for any usage, from lounging around to everyday activities or the most grueling workouts.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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