Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers: I Need Your Suggestions

by on November 24, 2011 · 18 comments

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Tomorrow I’ll be launching a Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers which I’ll be updating until the end of the year. The theme of the guide will be by travelers for travelers.

I have my go-to items, but I want your ideas as well. Whether it’s something you can’t travel without or something you’ve got your own eye on – please comment below, Tweet me or email me your ideas if you think they should be on the list. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small item or an extravagant splurge – I want to cover the entire gamut of goodies for travelers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Samir

    ipod, ipad and bose noise canceling headphones!

  • Canadensechris

    Portable baggage scale- to see if the extra weight fee will apply after a trip of shopping!

  • Anonymous

    International SIM card, International Cell Phone, Ciprofloxacin for Travellers Diarrhea (TOTAL LIFESAVER).

  • Elizabeth

    Monster OutletsToGo power strip (my very favorite piece of travel gear). TravelRest inflatable travel pillow. Quality packing cubes. A Kindle.

  • Emmylou Trombley

    I second noise cancelling headphones. They dont have to be bose though if that is out of the budget. I have a pair of able planet ones that get the job done. Also, a nice passport/ticket wallet and (this is totally girly) an aromatherapy in-flight facial mist. The plane cabin is very dehydrating to my skin : )

  • Mitch

    Gogo inflight gift subscription.

  • Dan Berson

    Merino wool travel apparel… lasts a good week or two without needing to be laundered!

  • Flu

    Sounds insignificant, but I have an iPhone car charger with built in electrical outlet plugs that swing out. I travel a lot, always rent a car, and always need my iPhone to guide me to where I’m going. I can charge it while I run the gps on it and then use it as a charger in the hotel room.

  • Matt

    Expertflyer subscription
    Either noise-isolating in-ear monitors (my preference most of the time – compact, not dependent on power, isolate all frequencies, and can be nicer in audio quality) or noise-cancelling headphones, depending on traveller preference

    Could easily go on, but those are the first two that spring to mind.

  • Robert MacGregor

    1) Packing cubes (I use the ebags ones):

    2) The snap on things for apple chargers that let you use them in different countries (instead of lugging around a transformer or using an adapter). See here:

    3) Saddleback passport wallet with RFID shield. I lived in countries for 2 years where I had to have my passport on me at all times and this is the best passport holder I’ve had out of 4 or 5, including a Louis Vuitton. It’s bulky but awesome:

    4) Recently added to my travel wallet: Awardwallet OneCard

  • Laura

    travel alarm clock(for countries where you don’t need to keep your cell phone on all the time). Small flashlight.
    Emergency medical supplies (bandaids, benadryl, antacids, Ibuprophen, stomach meds etc.) in a easy to pack bag.
    Inflatable neck pillow. ipod. smart wool socks. travelon packing bags (they really work!)

  • MM

    I purchased these for my family and for myself. Great for anyone who travels with electronics or gadgets. I cannot recommend the headphones enough. Excellent sound and great noise cancellation:

    Skoss USB World Travel Adapter:

    Cocoon Grid-it Organizer:

    Saddleback Leather Travel Pouches:

    Beats By Dre In-Ear Headphones:

    Beats By Dre Over Ear Headphones:

    Cutter & Buck Leather Weekender:

    *Im a big fan of the leather Weekender. I have a similar (but vintage) model that I travel with. Classy and convenient.

  • Alicia G.

    How about something from JetSetter? It kind of goes against the hotel points philosophy but sometimes their deals are too good to pass up. Plus, you get to break away from the big chains and stay in hotels with a little more character.

  • Thom

    I traevel a ton for business. Here is what im currently packing to keep my ties wrinkle free, my music bumping, and my time occupied.

    For Male Business Travelers:

    Black Leather Travel Tie Case:

    For Everyone:

    The JawBone Jambox:

    For People Who Have $1000 to Spend On A New Travel Computer:

    Asus Zenbook:

  • Jarrod

    Here are my recommendations from the cheap ($10) to the expensive ($1500)

    $10 – Lewis N. Clark Eye Mask –
    Great for airplanes, trains, buses or anyplace you want to have compelety dark for sleeping

    $12 – Belkien Mini Surge Protector –
    Great for domestic use. Needs a separate adapter for international.

    $99 – Plane Quiet Noise Cancellation Headphones –
    Bought these after they were recommended to me earlier this year. Great for noisy cabins.

    $199 – GoPro HD Camera –
    Handheld HD Video Camera. Can also be attached to surfboard, snowboard, helmet, motorbike, etc… Excellent for making adventure movies or HD travel movies. Lots of extreme sport film companies use these.

    $199 – Kindle Fire –
    If you like to read this is no substitute for this device. Industry leader. Highly recommended.

    $1500 – Canon EOS 7D –
    The BEST camera on the market. Incredible pictures and HD quality movies from a single camera. Expensive but worth it for anyone serious about movie making or picture taking.

  • Heather

    “Shelves to Go”- $29.95 – This is nice b/c you can lay all your stuff out on each shelf and then drop it in your carry-on. Once you get to the hotel just pull it out & hang in the closet. I normally just live out of my suitcase so this takes a little getting used to but it definitely makes getting ready in the morning faster.

    Inflatable foot rest- On sale $12.21 – I’m petite and on the long-haul international flights it is very uncomfortable to not have my feet at the right level. I used to use a little travel fold-out footrest but I’d always knock it over. This inflatable one is much better & has a larger foot space. I hate blowing up any device but deal with it b/c it makes the flight more comfortable.

    Stors Smart Jewelery Case- $24.95 – clever device that keeps necklaces from getting tangled. I’ve had every kind of travel jewelery case & this is the easiest to work with (even though it’s a little larger).

  • J.D.

    These are a few things that I never leave home without:

    Smythson Slim Travel Wallet ($346 US) – Seriously this is the best travel wallet. It’s super compact, and yet has detailed sections for all your travel necessities. Each year they have a limited edition version, but this is the classic standard. All passengers on the Concorde use to get a Smythson Agenda that had NYC & London hotel/restaurant/attraction suggestions as well as detailed maps of both cities and their subway systems.

    Tumi Travel adapter with ballistic case ($50) – This is a great all in one travel adapter.

    Tumi Travel Blanket ($275) – Perfect for any flight you want to get a little shut eye on. It’s compact enough to carry around in your briefcase, but large enough to wrap yourself up in. You can even get the case monogrammed.

    Leading Hotels of The World Access Membership ($100) – For those who don’t have hotel status, this is a great option to secure VIP privileges at some of the best hotels in the world. The $100 Access membership gets you:

    One-category room upgrades (subject to availability).
    Complimentary continental breakfast for two each day.
    Free Internet access.
    Access to member-only rates available only to Unlimited and Access Members that are 30-50% off.
    Free night at any property after 5 stays.
    A unique welcome gift at each Leading Hotel.
    Peace of mind that your preferences will be met.
    Early check-in / late check-out considerations (subject to availability).
    Invitations to Leaders Club events.
    A global concierge service to provide any assistance related to your travel to a Leading Hotel.

    Flashlight App for Iphone ($0.99) – How many times have you dropped something on a plane and because they have dimmed the cabin lights have you not been able to find it. This app turns your Iphone camera flash on so that it can be used as a flashlight.

    Paul Smith Wash Bags ($145 – $190) – they come out with different ones all the time, but there unique cool toiletry bags that are above the standard black/brown leather ones.

  • mikeyyc

    The single best travel item I have is my Red Oxx Air Boss bag. Super light, holds everything you need, and never gets questioned as a carry on.

    Of course you always need your ipod of choice, and my new toy is a Kindle touch

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