Somehow this year has literally flown by me, disheveling my hair and leaving me with a dazed and confused look on my face. As I look at the calendar, my mind is blown. Since when is it December?! That’s right, it’s the holiday season. The time of the year when you try to figure out what the heck to give your friends and family for Chanukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Atheist Gift Giving Day. But what if your nearest and dearest are travelers? Here are five gift ideas for your favorite world traveler.
Outdoor Research (OR) Ditty Sacs: Packing is the worst part of traveling. The worst. The only thing worse than packing is repacking your backpack every time you need to search for your swimsuit that is wedged between your hiking boots and your favorite America Apparel hoodie at the bottom of your backpack. That’s where these bad boys come in. Put all your shirts, underwear and pants in separate OR’s Ditty Sacs and then all you have to do is pull out three bags instead of handfuls of wrinkled clothes. Genius.
Travel Speakers: Nothing is better than spending the evening on a tropical beach, drinking out of a coconut while watching the sun set. That is, as long as you have some mood-setting tunes to go with it. Share your musical tastes with your travel companions for instant new party friends. Travel speakers can range from mini and cheap to bumping with bass and price, so do your travel speaker research.
iTunes Gift Card: What good is a travel speaker if you don’t have any music? Stocking up on new tunes is mandatory before any trip and for those travelers who love music but are too guilty/technologically challenged to pirate it, an iTunes gift card is a great stocking stuffer. Believe me, when they are stuck in an airport waiting for their delayed flight, they will feel your holiday cheer and smile.
SteriPEN: Science is officially cool. In 90 seconds the SteriPEN uses ultraviolet light rays to create clean drinking water. BAM! While the $90 price tag is a bit of bummer for those on a budget, this pen is heaven sent for those traveling through developing countries. Why? First, it’s costly to constantly buy all the water you consume, especially in tropical destinations. Second, because bottled water is a huge waste of plastic. Third, at 3am when you need to chug a glass of water to avoid a wicked hangover, you need water now, not when the corner store opens.
Tugo Rolling Suit Case Drink Holder: I’m from Seattle and as you may have heard, we drink coffee. So much so that we are constantly carrying around a to-go coffee mug. The only exception is at the airport when we have to shuffle our boarding passes, passports and mini-ziplock bag full of liquids. Thankfully, we aren’t the only ones and the creators of the Tugo Rolling Suit Case Drink Holder have come to the rescue by creating a cup holder that rests between the handle of your suitcase. While it’s sort of nerdy, it’s really useful, especially for business travelers.