Holiday gifts for your favorite traveler (or you!)
Finding that something special for the traveler in your life does not have to be difficult. Numerous companies have created or improved on great gift ideas that can enhance any aspect of travel—from packing, to flying, navigating a foreign city, and everything in between.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Carry-on bag—Whether your traveler’s style is a duffel bag, a roller bag, tote bag or another style completely, there are great companies like Eagle Creek, L.L. Bean, Lands’ End and many others that offer a multitude of choices. Whether you prefer soft-side, hard-side, tech-enabled or not—there are affordable and durable options for every budget. Remember to check with your airline before departure to ensure your choice will comply with their carry-on or checked bag size requirements.
Compression socks—This accessory is a great option to help combat potential health issues while flying, and also help travelers of any age stay comfortable—especially during long flights. Thanks to their recent popularity, compression socks are now available from many retailers in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. They make a great “stocking” stuffer too (pun intended)!
Noise-canceling headphones—These make any flight more enjoyable—listen to music, watch a movie, or just tune out engine or cabin noises. Recent advances in technology have also made numerous styles available for almost any budget.
Travel jewelry case—Keep necklaces untangled and earrings safe with a packable jewelry organizer. Small leather cases, plastic organizers, or soft fabric bags are all good choices.
Converter/adapter kits—A must-have for any traveler these days—make sure your traveler can charge a phone, camera battery or laptop while traveling abroad. Many adapter/converter kits are designed to cover any country worldwide, so there is no worry about which one will be needed when traveling.
Mini Bluetooth speaker—If your traveler loves music, then a small, portable Bluetooth speaker is the perfect gift. Look for options that combine good sound with a long battery life.
Binoculars—Any travel adventure, especially one with wildlife viewing, can benefit from a good pair of binoculars. Whether bird watching, wolf spotting, or an up-close look at the barnacle-encrusted back of a humpback whale, the opportunity to see amazing sights up close is greatly enhanced if you have a good set of binoculars. There are even mini-options that are easy to pack and carry.
Neck pillow—Getting comfortable enough to sleep while traveling can be a challenge. Neck pillows can be quite handy on long flights, and many travelers swear by them. There are many different styles to choose from, so try out a few and see what works best for you.
Packing cubes—Take the stress out of packing with this great tool to help you get, and stay, organized during your next trip. A plethora of sizes, colors, and features can help even the last-minute packer get ready for their next adventure.
Travel shawls—Many veteran female travelers swear by a good shawl. Soft, and large enough to wear in-flight as a blanket, shawls can also be versatile enough to use as a scarf, head covering, or an outer layer on a cool evening.
Mini flashlight—Small, packable and surprisingly bright, a good travel flashlight is great to have around—whether for late night walks or just finding the bathroom in a dark hotel room.
Membership in TSA Precheck or Global Entry—Give the gift of time and a hassle-free airport experience. The recipient will still have to apply and be approved, but they will thank you for getting them started on the process when they reap the rewards.
These popular items make great holiday gifts, so it's best to shop early to ensure your choices don't sell out!