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We all know the friend who makes travel into a lifestyle, spending every extra dollar on airfare to a remote destination or global metropolis. Help your travel-loving pal be ready to head straight from the tarmac to a night out in a new city’s hottest spots, without missing a beat. With these stylish gifts, all guaranteed to bring first class into the real world, you’ll help any lover of travel kick up their packing list into truly luxe territory.
1. Oliberté, $360
Consider this your “purchasing with purpose” item: beautiful leather goods, hand-crafted in East Africa. It’s good for your spirit, too: Oliberté’s community-conscious system ties consumer dollars directly back to the artisans who made the goods, to help bolster their everyday lives. Check the compelling safari bags, sure to elicit an “ooh, where’d you get that?” from the passenger sitting beside you in First Class.
2. Fedora, $50
Fit in with the locals on and off the beach with a beautiful, paper straw Goorin Brothers Beach Day Fedora. We’d suggest purchasing in advance to perfect the angle of the hat tilt.
3. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, from $66
With notes of Sicilian mandarin, bergamot, grapefruit, and juniper, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue will bring a touch of seaside sensuality to your skin, for him and for her. Who wouldn’t want that Mediterranean appeal, whether you’re actually on the shore or hitting the pavement in a world-class city?
4. Smith Optics ChromaPop, $209
Buying eyewear can often feel like a farce—hundreds of dollars for a few pieces of branded plastic?--but Smith's line of Chromapop lenses have patented technology that practically photoshops your line of vision, helping you see cleaner, sharper colors. Just when you thought those Mediterranean beaches couldn’t get any more vibrant.
5. The Card Case Wallet, $40
You just waited on line to see the David for two hours, you get to the front and now you’re fumbling through your wallet for cash? Don’t be that guy. Homemade in Spain with 100% Italian leather, this card case is perfectly fit for the essentials.
6. Sea Glass Breezer Linen Shirt, $98
Those #nofilter Instagram shots out of the plane window look awesome, but the seasoned jetsetter always looks good—#nofilter good—for the camera, too. With this light, loose, linen button-down, you’ll get the comfort and style you need to shine, even if the flight attendant just woke you up to ask if you wanted headphones.
7. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $135
A vacation getaway can make you feel soothed, revitalized, and glowing—so why not make sure your outsides match? A single application of the SK-II Facial Treatment leaves you looking and feeling positively radiant.
8. JBL Synchros S700, $299
Studio-quality headphones block out that crying baby behind you and deliver movie theatre-like sound even when you’re watching TV shows on your iPad, or one of those tiny airplane TVs. Extra bonus: you’ll look like a baller DJ with them slung around your neck. Ibiza, anyone?
9. Brunton Portable Power, $29.99
With over one-hundred years of experience designing products to help adventurers thrive in the most extreme conditions, Brunton’s portable chargers can power a flotilla of aggressive selfie-takers all the way through Spring Break in Cancun.
10. Classic Tom’s, $54
Your beach-ready look certainly isn’t complete without a pair of classic Toms to adorn your feet.
11. Dakine Over/Under, $165
And, finally, you’ll need something in which to pack all these amazing items. Go for Dakine’s Over/Under bag, which solves the inevitable conundrum of packing for a trip while leaving plenty of space for shopping abroad. Simply put, the suitcase has two operational sizes: one that goes OVER your seat on the plane, and a larger diameter that goes UNDER the plane when full. You’ll never need another suitcase again. Promise.