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With security lines wrapped around the airport and car rentals scarcer than ever, one thing is clear: Travel is back, and it shows no signs of stopping in 2023. This means your favorite jet setter is likely planning the next adventure, so why not gift a little something to help along the way? Whether your globetrotter loves road trips or international excursions, we’ve got local gifts to wish everyone bon voyage. Here are 10 of our favorite travel-inspired gifts with a Colorado slant.
Camper vans are all the rage, but not everyone is ready to go full send on purchasing a home on wheels. While Gypsum-based Dave & Matt Vans specializes in selling built-out campervans, they also rent them ($165–185 per night) to folks who are merely van curious. If that sounds like something your explorer would enjoy, head to Dave & Matt’s website, choose a van that fits your loved one, and dial in the desired features. Bonus: If they love it and want to buy their own van later, 50 percent of the rental spend is applied toward purchase. Available online
Travelers can take their love for the Centennial State anywhere with this new Colorado-inspired duffel bag. Designed by Tobiq, a travel bag company from Grand Junction, the Colorado Travel Duffel ($229) is a 60-liter workhorse built to handle everything from off-grid road trips to a weekend in Paris. The interior is divided into four storage containers with zippered pockets and bungeed mesh pouches for ultimate organization. And, did we mention how fun the color scheme is? Available online for preorder (shipping in March)
An app-based scavenger hunt from Let’s Roam makes the perfect gift for any traveler, whether their destination is overseas or a few hours west on I-70. This Denver-based company crafts phone-guided scavenger hunt adventures in over 400 cities across the world, with each tour including popular must-see sites and photo challenges along the way. ($29 per single hunt ticket or $44 for a monthly membership.) Everyone with a ticket plays a role (even kids), and participants can pause the hunt if they want to enjoy a site for a little bit longer. Available online
Commemorate your Colorado adventures with this fun scratch-off poster, which includes 60 popular sites from around the state, including lesser-known locales like Bishop Castle and Rocky Mountain Arsenal as well as oft-visited spots like Rocky Mountain National Park and Maroon Bells. The poster ($25) is available in two colors (silver/white or silver/black) and the frame is optional. Available online
An all-purpose lumbar pack—or fanny pack, as we’ll never stop calling them—is a go-to gift for the stylish (and sensible) traveler, and our favorite is the Trippin’ by Golden-based Mountainsmith. Designed as a 1980s throwback, the Trippin’ ($30) flaunts retro color patterns along with two zippered pockets to corral cash, trail maps, snacks, and even a small water bottle. It comfortably sits around the mid-section but can be worn as cross-body sling, too. Available online
No one needs a passport holder, but this one cures any homesickness by bringing a piece of the Centennial State with you anywhere. The cover (€20) is designed to mimic a Colorado road map, and two clear pockets secure the passport’s covers in place. Available online
While a trash bag isn’t the most glamorous gift, taking care of Mother Nature is. This vehicle-mounted Trash Pak by Boulder-based Kelty ($100) stores any debris you might collect while bopping from campsite to city and back. Pro tip: You can also use the bag as extra external storage space, when trunk capacity just isn’t enough. Available online
Topo Designs’ Global Travel Bag Roller ($299) is a carry-on compliant softshell suitcase with heavy-duty wheels that can be carried three ways: as a hand bag with the side grab handles, as a roller suitcase, or as a backpack with the included straps. And you can feel good about this purchase as well: The bag is made with recycled nylon fabric and Fair Wear certified production, which means all employees are treated to fair labor standards. 2500 Larimer St., Ste. 102
Interested in gifting that Colorado Scratch-Off Poster above? Then consider adding a Colorado state parks pass to jumpstart the adventures. The pass ($80–$120 for an annual pass) covers all state park entrance fees for a year. You can snag a vehicle-specific or transferrable tag, but either way, a whole lot of Colorado adventure is on the way. Available online
A Road Trip Box ($65) has everything your traveler needs for a Colorado-themed trip, including a field guide (with travel tips) to mountain towns, scenic routes, and craft breweries scattered around the state. And of course, the package also includes locally sourced snacks to supplement the gas station munchies. Available online