It’s officially that time of year! Black Friday has passed and the race to finish your Christmas shopping is on. You’ve made your list. Checked it twice. You know who’s been naughty or nice. But are you stumped what to get the traveler in your life? Whether they travel to twenty-some countries per year like us or whether they take just one holiday with that vacation time they’ve been saving up, you’ll find something for every traveler in our 2013 Traveler’s Gift Guide.
Canon EOS M Compact Camera System
Tim bought the Canon EOS M Compact System Camera for me to use as a second camera for our upcoming African safari, but the compact and light camera has quickly become part of my favorite travel gear. I’m happy to let Tim lug around our Canon EOS 7D, and I have too, but I like something I can stick in my purse that still can produce a high quality image. I’m not a huge fan of not having a viewfinder, but that’s a small sacrifice to make for this Canon that can easily match the image quality of one of its DSLR big brothers.
Tieks by Gavrieli
I used to hate the season between sandals and boots. We do a ton of walking no matter where we end up traveling and I was like Goldilocks with ballet flats. They always seemed to be too snug or too loose. But Tieks by Gavrieli are just right! The foldable leather ballet flats pack up nicely and they have the perfect amount of cushion to keep me feeling like I’m walking on clouds for hours. The fashionable flats have come with me on every trip since I got them a few months ago.
Tieks by Gavrieli $175 – $295
Longchamp Le Pliage XL Travel Bag
I absolutely love my Longchamp Le Pliage XL travel bag. The ultra lightweight nylon bag folds up into a tiny, flat bag that is easy to pack and it also has come with me on every trip since I got it a little more than a year ago. It’s large enough to use it as a weekender bag and I love that it easily wipes clean. It’s large enough to fit a lot of stuff, yet still fits under the seat so counts as your “personal item” with your spinner carry-on. They come in a variety of colors from eye-popping fuchsia to subtle black or navy.
HUAWEI Mobile Wifi
Internet anywhere, anytime is a necessity for me. Not only so we can share live updates and respond to your travel questions while we’re traveling, but also because I telecommute to my job as a social media strategist and communication manager. I’ve had urgent work situations come up everywhere from when I was on a ship in the middle of the Black Sea to rural Russia. I used to have a global unlimited international data plan with Verizon Wireless, but they did away with it and now I get a mere 250MB of international data each month.
Enter my knight on a white horse, the HUAWEI Mobile Wifi (Mifi)! I can pick up a SIM card in whatever country we’re traveling in, pop it in to my Mifi, and voilà!, I have reliable internet for up to 8 devices. It weighs just 9oz and fits in the palm of my hand, so it’s easy to stick in my purse.
HUAWEI Mobile Wifi $66.99
Noise Canceling Headphones
The little ear buds hurt my ears after an hour or so and I find myself constantly sticking them back in my ears. So when I won a pair of Sony MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling Headphones, I gave them a try. They don’t eliminate everything, but they do significantly reduce airplane noises and crowd chatter. I also like that they fold up into a little pouch and they come with the adapter for that annoying two-prong airplane plug. For something I toss into a carry-on and use to watch movies on long-haul flights, they are an affordable alternative to the pricier Bose noise canceling headphones.
L’Occitane Lavande Hand Cream
Flying can cause the skin to really dry out. And let’s face it, navigating the highways in the sky can make even the most patient person lose their cool. That’s why I love L’Occitane Lavande Hand Cream. The light hand cream enriched with shea butter nourishes my hands and the lavender scent is like my own little bubble of serenity (yet not so strong that the it pisses off my traveling companions in cattle class, aka economy). Plus it is just 1oz, so meets TSA regulations for liquids and is a great stocking stuffer.
Foldable Reusable Water Bottles
Speaking of keeping hydrated, I love the foldable and resuable water bottles I’ve picked up. I can fill them up with water after passing through security or before I head out for a day exploring and when I’ve drank all my water, I just fold it up and stick it in my purse. I can refill it at lunch or whenever I find a water fountain. Plus, it’s just better for the environment than all those plastic bottles we toss out.
Silicone Travel Tubes
I bought my Cool Gear Go Gear Travel Tubes nearly four years ago, said goodbye to hotel toiletries and the less-than-stellar travel size selection of products, and have never looked back. The TSA-approved silicone tubes are easy to fill with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and even face wash. They come in a 3-pack of a 3oz, 2oz and 1.4oz tubes which are leak-proof, easy to wash, and can be squeezed and practically turned inside out to get every last bit of product out of them. Mine get a lot of use and I have yet to need to replace them.
Go Gear Travel Tubes $12.99
Obviously, I could have included tons more travel gear and gadgets on this list, but these are my favorites and things that are practical for any traveler. Got a great idea for something to add to our 2013 Traveler’s Gift Guide? Leave us a comment and we might just add it to our list!