With December approaching, it’s that time of year again where I share my annual traveler’s ultimate holiday gift guide. These are some of my favorite things ranging from stocking to stuffers to the bucket list items.
In the personal favorites section, you’ll find my tried and true. Things I never leave without like my foldable backpack which has gone around the world a few times. Or the essential face wipes that I literally stuff in every bag I own.
For the things that hold things section, that’s where you’ll be able to help a fellow traveler be more organized. Like a cosmetic case from this year’s newest and hottest brand, or a new suitcase for those who need an upgrade. It’s ideal for those who like to travel minimally, using a primarily staple wardrobe.
The frequent flyer’s list is the items for those who are on the go constantly. The traveler who loves design with intention, like an eyemask that actually works to remove light. Better yet, sound-proof earbuds for those long haul flights. Either way, a few of these items are staples for every traveler.
Finally, the dream list. These are the big splurges, the items that are investment piece. For instance, a new DSLR camera from Sony and the best all-around travel camera lense right now. Is your traveler into video? Maybe a GoPro upgrade is in store, or even yet, change their video perspective with a drone. All of these are items to help enhance their travels.
Take a look at this year’s traveler’s ultimate holiday gift guide.
The Traveler’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
My Personal Favorites $
1. Flightpack 001 SeatBack Organizer. 2. Ursa Major Face Wipes. 3. Airbnb Gift Card. 4. Traveling pill case. 5. Longchamp Backpack (I bring this in every suitcase). 6. The 5 Minute Journal 7. Collapsible BPA-free water bottle. 8. Backup phone charger.
Things That Hold Things $-$$
1.Truffle Transparent Clutch 2. Beis Travel Cosmetics Case 3. Longchamp Tote. 4. Monogrammable Passport Case + Luggage Tag. 5. The Away Suitcase. 6. Packing Cubes. 7. ONA Camera Bag. 8. MZ Wallace Quilted Backpack.
The Frequent Flyer Must Have’s $-$$$
1. Carry-On Cocktail Kit. 2. NY Times 36 Hours Series. 3. Le Labo Travel-Size Scents. 4. Ursa Major Travel Beauty Kit. 5. Fujifilm Camera 6. Kindle Paper. 7. Bose Wireless Earbuds. 8. The Eyemask That Actually Works.
The Dream List $$$
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