If you have travelers on your gift list, you’re in luck….and so are THEY! Most of us who love to travel are VERY easy to shop for – just give us something travel related and we’re happy campers! We love the latest in travel gear – anything that doesn’t take up a lot of space, something that may prove invaluable over the course of our adventures, or …..money is always good especially if it’s in the currency of the country we are planning to visit!
1. Pair of Warm and Cozy Socks – While flying, you can slip off your shoes and put these little gems on your tootsies to keep them warm – the floor of the airplane is chilly. They will also make it easier to exercise your feet every half hour or so to keep the blood flowing. Just remember to slip your shoes back on when you head to the aircraft lavatory. There’s no way on God's green earth you want your stocking feet coming into contact with whatever gross stuff may be on the floor of that lavatory!
2. Eye Shades and/or Ear Plugs – These are great to have – if you’re trying to block out noise, to sleep, or to ignore the ramblings of the ‘chatty Cathy’ or ‘gabby Gary’ you were ever so lucky to be seated next to
3. Collapsible Water Bottle – Since you no longer can take water through Security, and to purchase a bottle of water at an airport store will cost about 2% of your overall trip budget (well, it seems like it anyway!), a refillable collapsible bottle is an ideal gift. Fill it once you’ve cleared Security and carry it on board the airplane with you.
4. Magnetic Games – Anyone who will be traveling with young children, should be sure to pack toys, DVDs, or games to help fight the boredom of a long flight. Magnetic games that you can play together with your children or that they can play on their own will keep them amused and, you don’t need to worry about losing the small pieces.
5. See-through Makeup/Jewelry Bag – Such a bag will make it so much easier to access exactly what you need without searching blindly to find that one item that will inevitably be at the bottom of the bag!
6. Travel-sized Containers – Clear plastic containers for liquids and gels, those that meet the size restrictions to clear Security, would be a well-received stocking stuffer.
7. Small Pillow & Blanket – Many airlines are now charging for these items. A small rectangular or neck pillow and a lightweight small blanket that can be popped in your carry-on can be used on the plane, at the airport if you have a layover, or if you find yourself stranded at the airport.
8. Waterproof Passport Holder – This is a great way to keep your passport in tiptop condition no matter how many borders you cross.
9. Money Belt – An inconspicuous spot to store extra cash, traveler's checks, credit card, and passport. Just don’t whip it off your waist every time you buy something! The cash you will need for the day should be secure, but more easily accessible.
Tarriss RFID Money Belt
10. Travel Diary/Guidebook/Pocket-sized Translator – Any of these make fabulous gifts! Keep a diary while traveling to re-read months or years later – you’ll be amazed at all you have seen and done. Research your destination before you arrive and be able to say at least SOME phrases in the local language. Being able to say, ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘hello’, and ‘good morning’ may mean the difference between getting assistance and being ignored. And….depending on your destination and how well your stomach takes to the local cuisine, you may want to add: “Where is the (nearest) toilet, please!!”
Written by Emma Ghattas