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Vox’s gift guide for globetrotters

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This list is for the on-the-go people who are terribly difficult to buy for because there's no room for your silly leisure trinkets in their suitcases. Here are the perfect gifts for working, sleeping, exercising, and everything else-ing — while traveling. —Susannah Locke, Lauren Katz, Eliza Barclay, Julie Bogen, Agnes Mazur


These soft, TSA-okay containers are made from silicone, so it's easy to squeeze everything out. A special valve prevents leaks. And they're dishwasher-safe too. Amazon/$16.95

RAVPower portable charger

This is one of the Wirecutter's recommended external batteries for travel. It can charge a smartphone four or so times and is still relatively lightweight. Amazon/$38.99

Manduka eKO Superlite travel yoga mat

This high-quality yoga mat folds into a rectangle for non-awkward carrying. And its textured surface provides extra grip for sweaty sessions. Amazon/$35.32

Travelling Light garment mesh bag

Not to sound dramatic, but packing squares will save your life. Compartmentalization makes the process easier and keeps the suitcase organized in sections. These ones are light and fold up nicely for easy storage. Amazon/$17.95–$55.96

National Parks pass

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US's national parks by giving a loved one a year's pass to all of them. The pass covers admission fees for a car with up to four people inside — from sea to shining sea. The USGS Store/$80

GorillaPod tripod

Forget the selfie stick. This flexible tripod packs light, supports a DSLR or smartphone (with additional phone mount), and sets up nearly anywhere for the perfect group shot, time lapse, or long exposure. Amazon/$24.99

36 Hours

This illustrated New York Times collection is perfect for fantasizing about the next getaway. Pick one volume about a particular city or region — or get the entire boxed set covering 365 destinations. New York Times Store/$125 for the full set; from $9.99 each

Sony noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones

These headphones make tolerating lough coughers and crying babies that much easier. They're not 100 percent noise-canceling like some pricier models, but they get the job done and are super durable and comfy. Amazon/$31.80

Infinity pillow

This pillow might look slightly ridiculous, but it's cozy enough to make up for it. Amazon/$38.95

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