Do you have a traveler on your gift list? Not sure what to give? I’ve got you covered. Here are the best gifts for travelers.
Henry and I both use these and love them. I got them for my mom one year since she is even more of a world traveler than I am. They make packing and organization a breeze. And you can fit more in your suitcase or backpack when you compress your clothes into one of the cubes. We each have different colors, which makes it easy to quickly identify whose is whose. Double zipper pulls make opening/closing simple and fast and the mesh top panel means we can see the contents with out opening.
We don’t usually talk about underwear here, but we do wear it! The Ex Officio underwear is one of the best gifts for travelers because it’s easy to wash in a sink, roll dry in a towel, and wear again the next day. They are extremely quick drying and the antimicrobial treatment reduces odor in the fabric. These undies are made of durable fabric and the comfortable waistband won’t stretch out. They claim you only need two pair for any trip – one to wear, one to wash. Less to pack, less trips to the Laundromat. Henry has several pairs and loves them. I only wish I had gotten some for myself. Rookie mistake.
The amount of plastic in the world puts me right over the edge of sanity. I refuse to buy water in a plastic bottle. Fortunately, I don’t have to and neither do you. The SteriPEN is magic. Well, it’s science, but you get the gist. You stick the pen in your reusable water bottle for less than a minute and the ultra violet destroys over 99.9% of harmful bacteria, viruses and protozoa, like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. It’s chemical free and doesn’t alter the taste of the water like iodine does. I used one of these in Peru in the most suspicious looking water (from a trough, I tell you!) and never got sick.
Since you no longer need to buy horrible, disposable water bottles, you can invest in a metal, double walled reusable bottle. This one is leak proof and sweat proof and has a little handle for carrying or attaching to a backpack. The wide mouth opening makes it easy to fill or use with a SteriPen. Buy a reusable water bottle on Amazon.
If the travelers on your list are anything like us, they have a lot to plug in. Between laptops, iPads, Kindles, and phones, we need to juice up. Having a couple 3-outlet chargers is a big help. And this is a surge protector so you don’t have to worry about your electronics frying. I love that there are two USB ports as well. Combine it with a wall plug converter for travelers to the EU and you are ready to go!
I know you love the feel of “real books,” but for travelers, the Kindle makes so much sense. Each of the four of us have one and we use them all the time. We can carry hundreds of books for a fraction of a pound’s weight. There is no glare, so you can read in the full sun and since they have an adjustable light, you can read in the dark, too. This is especially nice when you are all in the same space and don’t want to have a light on. Another bennie is that the whole family can be reading the same book at the same time. Do yourself a favor and splurge for the one without “special offers.” (Those are ads you see everytime you use the Kindle.)
It’s not as personal as some of the other gifts, especially the undies!, but we have so appreciated the Amazon gift cards people have sent. We can’t carry much on our travels, but we read a ton on our Kindles. Gift cards let us all pick the books we like while keeping our packs light. You choose the amount. Buy an Amazon gift card.
What else would you add to a list of best gifts for travelers?
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