We have the ultimate list of everything you need to feel a little indulgent all the time. Gifting something from this list is sure to wow your loved ones. Looking for the perfect travel pack? Or to add a little extra fun to your next adventure? Lonely Planet staffers are here to recommend our favorite items worthy of spending a little extra. 

Peak Design's 45L travel backpack in grey
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Peak Design 45L travel backpack

Recommended by Sebastian Modak, Lonely Planet editor-at-large

Built like a tank but with a sleek aesthetic, Peak Design's travel backpack is a total gamechanger. I’ve taken this thing through six continents. It's been dragged through dirt, rained and snowed on, shoved into countless overhead bins, and opened and closed a thousand times. It's been packed to the brim with camera gear, clothes and electronics, regularly shooting way past the carry-on weight limit. And even though I’m still learning about all of its features, it looks exactly the same as it did the day I got it. 

It also fits seamlessly into Peak Design's bigger ecosystem of products, including the packing cubes (designed to fit perfectly in the backpack), the tech and wash pouches (ditto) and the Capture clip system for easy access to your camera. 

Legs seen from the knees down, wearing black jeans and Sorel's Out n About III classic duck boot
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Sorel Women's Out 'N About III classic duck boot

Recommended by Mandi Cummings, Lonely Planet visual designer, gear and tech

I finally found a waterproof cold-weather boot perfect for the lighter winters we get in Tennessee. They’re stylish, comfortable and lightweight enough to wear all day, making them a great option for traveling – I recently wore them on a trip to the rainy Pacific Northwest, and they didn’t disappoint. (Pro tip: order a half-size up to wear them with thick socks.) 

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A brunette woman wearing NorthFace's cream-colored City Breeze Rain Parka II
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NorthFace Women's City Breeze Rain Parka II


We love NorthFace for their awesome gear and forward-thinking approach to ethical consumerism, and this parka only proves our point. Wind-proof, waterproof and sustainably made from recycled materials, it has a stylish A-line cut for city breaks, and it’s rugged enough to stand up to rainy hikes in the wilderness as well.

Sony's WF-1000XM4 black and copper earbuds
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Sony WF-1000XM4

Recommended by Alex Howard, Lonely Planet senior editor

I grew sick of lugging around my over-ear headphones on planes, where storage space keeps getting smaller and smaller, so I picked up this pair of Truly Wireless earbuds from Sony. The noise cancelation isn't quite as good as their over-ear counterparts, but the foam tips secure snugly into the ear canal and block out a good bit of sound. And Sony's active noise cancelation is industry-leading.

ROAM's Marais suitcase in pale green
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ROAM luggage 

Recommended by Jenn Chan, beauty, fashion and travel writer and on-air host
From $500

ROAM offers fully customizable high-end luggage, which means you can create a stunning suitcase that's sure to turn heads and never get lost in the overhead compartment. Choose from an endless array of colors for the front and back shells, water-resistant zippers, hubcaps, handles and more for a jetsetter style statement uniquely your own. 

A brightly colored (blue, black and orange) packable raft from Alpacka
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Alpacka Packrafts

Recommended by adventure photographer Gabriel Rovick, founder and director of F4D studios
From $900

These lightweight rafts are just so much fun. They pack up small(ish), so you can backpack to a launch site and find spots of river or high mountain lakes to float where there isn't another person for miles. And they blow up using man-power, so you don't even have to lug in a pump. My wife and I have taken them on all sorts of adventures this year, and they've been the perfect thing to truly get away from everything and everyone. 

DJI's mini quadcopter drone, folded up
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DJI Mavic Air 2 drone quadcopter

Recommended by Ady Meschke, Atlanta-based travel blogger, entrepreneur and author of the children's book Her Body Can
From $800

If you’re going on a vacation and want a seriously dope shot and a fun toy for the hubs, I’d highly recommend getting a drone! This one is super easy to use and takes your photos to the next level! 

A blond woman in a white shirt seen from the back, wearing Able's Abera convertible backpack in camel over one shoulder
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Able Abera convertible backpack

Recommended by Sarah Stocking, Lonely Planet digital editor

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Able is a forward-thinking fashion brand with the most beautiful products. I was able to tour the facility recently and meet with the founder, and let me say, they walk their walk. From the supply chain to the materials used to the policy of empowering women to use their skills to earn a fair wage, everything is as sustainable as it comes – not to mention gorgeous. I'm a sucker for anything in camel leather, and a convertible backpack is the perfect travel accessory. 

Patagonia's Black Hole duffel bag in red
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Patagonia Black Hole 55L duffel bag

Recommended by Sarah Stocking, digital editor
From $140

I love these Patagonia bags. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, hold a ton and they’re super comfortable to wear as backpacks, no matter the size. (We have them in multiple sizes.) In the airport, I can handle myself, a toddler, a child and two of these duffels and barely break a sweat. 

A credit card-sized national parks pass with a waterfall and the words America the Beautiful
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America the Beautiful annual pass


With this pass, your loved one can see all the national parks they want for an entire year. Gift them the joy of getting outside and exploring these special places in the US.

Slip's pink-silk travel set, an eye mask on top of a pillow
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Slip silk travel set


Protecting your skin and hair should always be a priority, even while traveling. (One Lonely Planet writer goes everywhere with her own makeup towels and pillowcase, no matter if she's staying luxury or in hostels – a genius idea.) Put this luxe set – which includes a pillow, a silk pillowcase, and a silk eye mask – in your travel-gear bag, and have perfect hair and skin for all your best Instagram shots.

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This article was first published November 2020 and updated November 2021

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