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2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts to Make Air Travel Easier

We could all use a little more comfort

Inga Hendrickson

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Avocado Organic Mini Pillow ($49)

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Snoozing on a plane doesn’t have to mean total discomfort. The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19).

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Topo Designs Heritage Canvas Dopp Kit ($69)

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Topo’s original Dopp kit is ready for your next business trip, thanks to a refined Horween leather base. The tri­angular shape stands upright, and the pack-cloth interior is a breeze to clean.

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Seiko Prospex Alpinist Watch ($725)

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Designed for Japanese mountaineers back in 1959, the Prospex Alpinist is a timeless field piece, as suitable for summits as it is at the dinner table. Gold accents on a green dial lend class, and it’s water-resistant down to 200 meters.

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Veja Dekkan Shoes ($170)

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Sourced and constructed in Brazil, the Dekkan consists of 50 percent bio-based and recycled materials, including an upper made entirely of plastic bottles. A Vibram out­sole and waterproof sidewalls armor it against the elements.

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Yeti Crossroads 60L Duffel ($250)

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Durability and practicality—qualities closely associated with Yeti—are both on display in its new Crossroads duffel. The 60-liter bag is made of a 700-­denier nylon that will last approximately forever and sports a cavernous main compartment with deployable and stashable dividers. Interior mesh pockets make it easy to corral small items like keys and cords.

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MLE Dream Eye Mask ($48)

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Made from natural fibers, including a silk exterior and hypoallergenic kapok-tree fill, the Dream mask shuts out light and soothes as you sleep, even at 30,000 feet. It’s made to order by craftswomen in New York City.

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Saxx 3Six Five Jogger ($74)

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A pair of really plush joggers is your best road-trip companion for one very good reason: comfort. The modal fabric Saxx uses is beyond supple, and the 6 percent elastane had us knocking out burpees at rest areas. (S–XXL)

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Outerknown Apex Jacket ($298)

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The Apex is the ultimate travel companion, designed with a stretchy water-repellent fabric, internal chest pocket for valuables, and a hood that zips into the collar. Perforated vents on the sides and a mesh back panel provide airflow. (S–XXL)

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Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones ($379)

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One ear cup acts as a touch pad on these Bluetooth headphones: swipe up or down to adjust volume, and double-tap to play and pause. You can also control them via voice. The noise cancellation mutes hubbub, and they’re comfortable enough for all-day wear.

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Outside-Modern Adventure Journeys

Giving an experience is a great gift. If you’ve been longing to get back out in the world, check out the trips Outside is offering with Modern Adventure in 2022. It’s adventure travel at its best—in Patagonia, the French Alps, Alaska’s backcountry, and Everest Base Camp. Bonus: if you take one of the inaugural trips, you’ll be traveling with an Outside editor. Sign up for Outside+ to get more information and a $200 discount.

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From December 2021 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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