If you are looking to knock out some Christmas shopping and want to get something unique for your travelin’ pal who has everything – you’re in luck!
Most travelers like to keep their travel load light – so the goal is NOT to gift them a bunch of gadgets to pack in their suitcase – no matter how “cool” they sound.
Instead, you can gift them a few practical items that will really help them out – and make their next travel experience just a little bit smoother.
And the best news is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to give the perfect gift.
If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Portable Phone Charger
There’s nothing worse than traveling with a dead cell phone.
Most airports (especially around the holidays) have a plethora of weary travelers scrambling around one another trying to find an outlet to charge their phone.
Or – there’s that “lonely outlet” in the most inconvenient location that nobody wants to use.
So, why not give your travelin’ pal a portable phone charger so they can keep their phone charged and sit wherever they want.
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle
Clean water is essential, and it’s something we take for granted here in America.
Many countries don’t have clean water – and even their “filtered” water is full of bacteria that could make you sick.
And since the TSA has banned bottled water at checkpoints – parched travelers are forced to spend either $5 on a new bottle of water after they get through security or refill their water bottles at the airport water fountains – that’s full of who knows what.
The LifeStraw Go water bottle is a cut above the rest – and boasts that it removes “99.999999% of bacteria (including E.coli, Salmonella), 99.999% of parasites (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), 99.999% of microplastics, silt, sand, and cloudiness.”
And, the carbon filter lasts up to 26 gallons of water with proper care.
This simple gift will make sure your fellow traveler has clean water – no matter where they are in the world!
If your friend is a serious traveler – they know how to pack efficiently so they don’t have to check a bag.
Checking a bag at the airport is the worst – and brings a whole host of headaches from lost luggage, to longer wait times, and of course the extra fees.
Airlines are getting more and more stingy, so they’re also lowering the allowable weight of a carry-on bag.
But with a simple digital scale to weigh luggage, your friend can simply attach it to their bag and pick it up to find out the weight of the bag – before heading to the airport.
This proactive measure will stop any potential fights about baggage weight before they even happen.
A Spa Treatment Gift Certificate
No matter how much one prepares for travel – it’s often a stressful event – especially in Biden’s “new normal.”
From canceled flights to hours spent crammed on a tiny plane – traveling takes a hit on the body.
Not to mention, sleeping in a different bed with a strange mattress and pillow can cause everything from a sore back to a stiff neck.
Gift your travelin’ friend a therapeutic massage at their favorite spa so they can have an expert work out those kinks when they get back from all their travel adventures.
Of course, every traveler has their own unique personality – so take this into account when shopping.
Your minimalist friend isn’t likely going to want a lot of “stuff” – but your friend who loves to journal and write about her travel journeys might love a brand-new moleskin journal to document her adventures.
Likewise, your gadget-loving uncle might appreciate the latest and greatest – whether it’s a lens set that attaches to his cell phone to take better pictures, or the latest pair of noise-canceling headphones.
Have fun shopping for your travelin’ friend – the possibilities of potential gifts are truly endless – and you might even end up adding a few items to your own Christmas wish list too!
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Is there any item you use when traveling that’s made your travel experience more helpful?
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