If there is a traveler on your shopping list, please don’t get them a travel scratch off map. Trust me, you like it more than they will. The best gift for a savvy traveler is something that enhances the trip and makes it easier. Basically, it meets three criteria: it’s stylish, it’s easy to pack and it’s comfortable.
This is a list of things I want, I have or I genuinely suggest to other people. I’m not important enough (at this time) to have any sponsorships or attract any branding, so none of the items below were put on my list for any reason other than the fact that I like them.
accessorizing the luggage
A passport cover is not feminine nonsense despite how cute they are getting. It’s important to protect the government booklet. If a passport is beaten up, officials won’t accept it and it will have to be replaced. A traveler will want something durable and something that makes it easy to remove the passport; customs often requires passport covers to be removed.
Airlines make travelers mark luggage anyway, so we might as well do it in style. Between personalization and clever quotes, super heroes and fine leather quality, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Packing is the nightmare of travel, whether it’s a weekend get-away or a nine-month sabbatical. What makes packing a fraction easier is organization. When it comes to keeping my bag neat and limiting the things I allow myself to pack, packing cubes meet the bill.
DIGITAL LUGGAGE SCALE
Airlines will get you, gurl. I once put on a few extra layers and carried my shoes in my carry-on to save myself from paying extra for the weight of my suitcase. As if that isn’t bad enough, not finding out that your bag is overweight until you get to the counter is an anxiety trigger. So, head off the stress and give your traveler a handy luggage scale.
I swear by my eye mask for solid sleep anywhere. I have successfully slept on planes, trains, boats, floors and hostels thanks to an eye mask
Ear plugs annoy me more than they help, but to each their own.
On long haul trips, it makes a difference having neck support. There are several options here from inflatable scarfs to jackets that have neck pillows built in.
SPOTIFY PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION
Not only does Spotify Premium save you from ad-interruptis, but a premium account allows listeners to download albums and playlist to listen to offline.
A good pair of noise canceling, cordless headphones aren’t the most easy-to-pack items, but they meet the style and the comfort requirements.
look good on the move
This gem is on my list for Santa. It’s like Inspector Gadget made an article of clothing that only did useful things. There are dozens of jackets like this one out there.
Does anyone else take out their phone to check the time, spend 20 minutes on Instagram before remembering that they just wanted to check the time? Once I started wearing a watch, I was able to better curb my Millennial quirks and be present. I prefer Swatch because it’s simple, it’s water-resistant and has some with great customer service.
These Matador products roll up for easy packing–a bag that can be easily packed inside a bag.
documenting the adventure
These little babies are also on my Christmas list. They come in sets or individuals and turn your smart phone into something higher quality. I take most of my picture from my phone, so something like this would be a perfect addition to my pack.
I know there is a bad reputation surrounding selfie sticks. It’s lame and vain and blah blah blah. But a selfie stick is a fun addition to any trip, whether you are traveling alone or in a group. It’s also something people might not buy for themselves, making it a great gift!
Spending a day on a tour or leaving for the day before my phone is at 100% is no problem with an external charger.
TRAVEL YOGA MAT
It’s not only your tech that needs to recharge. Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you have to skip your practice. I still cart around my full-size, cushy mat with me, but there are other options for those more sensible than I am. (I also refuse to buy an e-reader and travel with a small library, so don’t try to be like me… I don’t always make the greatest decisions.)
for the thrifty traveler
When staying in a hostel, lockers are commonly provided for guests to lock of their valuables. I have three locker-locks with me at all times.
Travel towels are not the most luscious things in the world, but they are amazing. They absorb tons of water and can be wrung out to almost dry. They are light and compact, making them perfect for travel. I got mine because I hate hostel towels, but this is also a great option for a trip to the beach, saving space in luggage that thicker beach towels take up.
When you are traveling for a long time or packing light, cleaning clothes becomes a little bit of a situation. These great folding hanger and hanger clips are perfect for drying clothing travel may have to sink-wash.
BENTO BOX/ BEE’S WX FOOD WRAP
The easiest way to slim-down a travel budget is to be smarter about when and where you eat. If you can pack snacks for the airport or make sandwiches for lunch, the ability to spend on a meal you really want rather than spending money on so-so food just because you’re hungry. Another great solution for sealing food for travel are reusable food wraps made from bees wax.
This little device looks amazing! Instead of having to buy expensive coffee (twice, sometimes three times, a day) I could brew my own pour over coffee! I have high hopes for this little gem. It would be great in a shitty hostel or hotel, and great for camping, tailgating or even an office.
Whether your traveler in a city-walker or a mountain-climber, water is important and can be expensive.