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2021’s Best Travel-Inspired Gifts for Skiers

The SKI editors' favorite items to make ski travel easier and more comfortable for the globetrotting shredder in your life.

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Got some skiers in your life making up for some lost travel time last season? Now is as good a moment as any to hone in on the perfect travel accessories to make their upcoming trips as comfortable and seamless as possible. The editors here at SKI put our heads together to curate a list of some of our favorite items to make getting there—and being there—easier and more enjoyable, from comfortable duds to travel-ready kicks, bags, and even equipment to help skiers stay fit and limber while on the road. Until teleportation becomes an option, these gifts will at least easy the way there and back.

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Rumpl Nanoloft Travel Blanket

 

Rumple travel blanket
(Photo: Courtesy of Rumpl)

Weighing in at just over a half-pound, Rumpl’s Nanoloft Travel Blanket packs down into its own little bag, making it a no-brainer to throw in your luggage or carry-on for a trip to the mountains, or keep in your car for a tailgate sesh at your hill. It’s made from synthetic Nanoloft, which mimics the performance of down without the risk of it getting wetted out. $99

BUY IT: Backcountry  |  REI

DB The Hytta Duffel Bag 

DB The Hygga Duffel
(Photo: Courtesy of DB)

Anyone who’s made enough cross-concourse hauls knows that duffel bags, while convenient to pack, are not the most convenient to lug around. Enter the Hytta, a smarter duffel that’s easier to schlep and better at keeping your essential gear organized. Available in three sizes—50L, 70L, or 90L—the Hytta features a backpack carry system with a sternum strap, load adjusters, and an aluminum frame for a more ergonomic setup. But our favorite feature is the split main compartment, which allows you to neatly compartmentalize gear. Some skiers have been known to use the Hytta as a quasi boot bag thanks to the two holds that snugly fit ski boots. $309-329

Addaday Hexi Foam Roller

Addaday Hexi Foam Roller
(Photo: Courtesy of Addaday)

If you ski long and hard enough, you’ll come to realize that a foam roller belongs in your travel kit as much as a toothbrush. At just seven inches long, the Addaday Hexi is the perfect size to take on the go and gets the job done for relieving muscle tension and soreness. Thanks to its compact size and textured, 6-sided design, it’s perfect for rolling out tight calf muscles and quads after a day on the hill. $27

Baffin Yellowknife Men’s Boots

Baffin Yellowknife

You’ll need a burly winter boot for most ski trips, but traveling in or, or fitting a bulky pair into your luggage is neither comfortable nor space-efficient. That’s why our editors love Baffin’s new Yellowknife boot. The Canadian brand known for its extremely warm, durable, and high-performing winter footwear didn’t skimp on any of those qualities in the Yellowknife, but with a supple leather upper that slides easily below your pant cuffs, these boots can easily and comfortably be worn for your travels. The rubber base and deep traction complete the package. $140

BUY IT: Backcountry

Allbirds R&R Women’s Sweatpants

Allbirds Jogger on model
(Photo: Courtesy of Allbirds)

So soft, so stretchy, and environmentally friendly to boot, these new jogger-style sweatpants from shoe brand Allbirds are literally like traveling in your PJs, but much more socially acceptable. Made from 50 percent organic Peruvian pima cotton, 30 percent hemp, and 20 percent Tencel (basically rayon), the R&R Sweatpants come in five colors, including three limited edition hues. (We love the terracotta colorway.) $98

TNF Thermoball Traction Booties

The North Face Bootie
(Photo: Courtesy of The North Face)

Like down jacket for your feet, these slippers boast a high-traction rubber outsole so you can wear them inside and for quick jaunts out to the store, the car, or just around the condo or hotel complex. Made with synthetic Thermoball insulation, not actually down, you can get these a little damp with no harm done. Oh, and slipping them on after shedding your ski boots is better than … well maybe not that, but still pretty damn good. These come in men’s and women’s colors and sizes, and just might be the perfect gift for the skier who has everything. $65

BUY IT: EVO

Dansko Women’s Lucie Mule

Dansko Lucie Mule
(Photo: Courtesy of Dansko)

As comfortable as a slipper and as functional as a street shoe, the Lucie Mule has a lining with a natural warming technology, so while it’s not a winter boot, it will keep your feet as warm as one while being lighter weight and lower profile. Perfect for travel and traipsing around your lodging. The chunky EVA outsoles offer good traction, and the seven colors and patterns, including leopard, guarantee something suitable to all tastes. $125

BUY IT: REI

Patagonia Men’s Silent Down Shirt

Patagonia Silent Shirt
(Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia)

The key to efficient travel is choosing pieces that carry their own weight. The simple men’s Silent Down Shirt is one of those. Wear it on the plane, throw it in your pack as an extra midlayer, or wear it over a hoodie to après—it’s incredibly versatile. Made with 100-percent recycled down (700-fill) and certified Fair Trade-sewn, this shirt/jacket hybrid will be reached for often. $229

BUY IT: EVO | Backcountry

Saxx Men’s 3Six Five Jogger

Saxx jogger
(Photo: Courtesy of Saxx)

This Modal-cotton pant has just enough structure to keep its shape while not losing any of the comfort factor, making it the ideal travel bottom. With enough room throughout the legs to not look like he’s wearing leggings, the 3Six Five Jogger accommodates different builds, too. Generous front pockets make it versatile for travel, around town, or chilling out. $74

Dakine Essentials 26L Backpack

Dakine Essentials Backpack
(Photo: Courtesy of Dakine)

We call this the Goldilocks backpack here at the SKI offices: It’s not too big and it’s not too small. It’s just the right size for days on the slopes, with an easy access zipper pocket for phone, mask, Airpods, or snacks, and a generous main compartment for extra layers and other gear. The laptop sleeve makes it a great travel or commuter backpack, too. $70

Kari Traa Astrid Hoodie

Kari Traa Astrid Hoodie
(Photo: Courtesy of Kari Traa)

Need something in your wardrobe that says you’re a skier without actually saying you’re a skier? (Something other than a flannel, that is.) This little number from oh-so-hip Norwegian brand Kari Traa is a step-up from your other hoodies. Featuring a cropped cut, split side hem, soft-brushed inner fabric, and cozy hood, the Astrid pullover is as sensible as it is stylish. Just because you’re a ski bum at heart doesn’t mean you have to look like one. $60

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