"" Writer's Wanderings: 10 Gift Ideas for the Traveler

Monday, December 17, 2012

10 Gift Ideas for the Traveler

Know someone who loves to travel? Looking for a good gift? Here are some great ideas:

  1. A multiplug adaptor to use in several different countries. One plug serves all works best. I've found that we tend to lose the ones that come with several different plugs.
  2. Know a cruiser? Find out when their next cruise is and on what ship and you can give an onboard credit for them to use on an excursion, in specialty dining, gift shop, etc.
  3. Find a novel or a great travel story that takes place in a country where they've visited or plan to visit.
  4. Noise canceling headphones. These are now coming in smaller sizes so they aren't as bulky to carry or wear.
  5. A small travel umbrella. Pick the lightest one in weight. You don't want to add too much weight to a suitcase.
  6. A small flashlight. We were caught in the dark one night at a resort when power went out and the only light we had was the computer screen. I now try to remember a flashlight on our trips.
  7. For the traveler who needs to take meds but doesn't want to carry the medicine chest with him, get a couple of pill organizers. It also helps them remember to take them when the brain goes on vacation too.
  8. Good baggage tags. Some of the online photo sites make them with pictures. Grandparents can easily ID their luggage with those smiling faces.
  9. A 3-1-1 bag. This is a quart size ziploc bag. Buy several sample sized toiletries that are 3 ounces or less like shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. and put them in the bag for your traveler's convenience in getting through TSA.
  10. And last but not least, the one we have over and over again used and been thankful to have--a luggage scale. It's a little hand held scale that hooks to the handle of your suitcase. You lift it and in about three seconds or so it beeps telling you exactly how much your luggage weighs. It saves those embarrassing moments at the check-in area where you need to open suitcases and redistribute the weight because one suitcase is too heavy.
Happy shopping! Joyous giving!

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