A Few More Travel Gift Ideas, Before it’s too Late

Are you still shopping? It’s okay, so am I. Here are some more ideas for travelers, all from our favorite TravelSmith.

TravelSmith’s 360 Degree Spinner Ultra-Organized Rolling Carry-On – $129

carry-on bag and matching tote

carry-on bag and matching tote

It’s so nice to have pretty luggage, and if it spins, well, there’s beauty AND talent! What more could one ask? This lovely, nimble bag is also fit on the inside, with space for all your carry-on needs, and it possesses a light and trim frame, which rolls easily down the aisle and fits under the seat. Choose from several colors and textures. The matching tote comes free with the spinner!

15″ H x 15″ W x 8″ D including wheels; Overall Carry-on Dimension: 41″.
Free Fold-Up Tote: 14″ H x 22″ W x 5″ D; Overall Carry-on Dimension: 41″.

Able Planet Traveler’s Choice Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones – $69 (great price!)

sound-cancelling headphones

sound-cancelling headphones

Is anyone else as horrified as I am at the possibility that the ban on in-flight cell phone calls may be lifted? If that happens, I predict a run on sound-cancelling headphones. Get a pair while they last! Better yet, buy a dozen and sell them on flights with a nice profit margin.

Overboard Waterproof iPad Case – $60

waterproof iPad case

waterproof iPad case

There just aren’t enough dry hours in the day for streaming and posting and sharing and pinning. Nevermind that; with a waterproof case you can share while you shower, surf while you surf, blog like a frog…
Fits any iPad® model or the Kindle™ Fire HD 8.9″ tablet.

TravelRest Inflatable Travel Pillow – $30

This travel pillow looks funny but it’s perfect for stomach or side-sleepers, whose instinct is to protect their soft middle when unconscious, especially in public. Added bonus – if you’re sleeping on your face, your mouth can’t hang open, as much.

Check out our previous posts for more gift ideas:
Travel Gifts for Comfy Plane Rides
Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt (historical novels about ancient Egyptian women)
Stocking-Stuffers for Your Travelers

Stocking-Stuffers for Your Travelers

My picks for stocking-sized travel gifts from TravelSmith.com:

All suitcases look alike, especially after emerging from a 12-hour flight into a strange airport with thousands of other disoriented people. These bright tags from TravelSmith stand out against all that circling black so you’ll spot your bag in time to lift it off the carousel on the first pass and be on your way to a hot shower and soft bed.

Bright luggage tags with your initial.

Bright bag tags with your initial.

Are you planning a trip to Egypt? Cuba? Morocco? Jordan? Dubai? …
Two words: personal fan. Yes, blowing your face with a tiny fan on a lanyard is less than dignified. Believe me, you won’t care. Dry heat or not, when it’s 120F in the shade, dignity is your last concern. Cool off and enjoy the sites. Even Hades is no match for the intrepid traveler armed with a tiny yet powerful fan on a lanyard.

personal fan

personal fan

Once I rode in a motor coach from Tiberias, Israel on the Sea of Galilee, below sea level, up about 5,000 feet into the Golan Heights on a very windy road. Throughout the ride, it took all my powers of concentration to hold my lunch down, but I did. Just behind me, a woman and her seatmate were not so lucky. The lunch of one ended up in the lap of the other. Pity none of us were wearing PSI bands.

PSI bands to combat motion sickness

PSI bands to combat motion sickness

Ever cry and stomp your feet like a frustrated toddler in the Musée D’Orsay? I have. Standing mere inches from Renoir, Cézanne, Manet, Van Gogh, there was no joy; jet lag sucked it away. I would have given anything to go back to my hotel and sleep but my mean travel companion wouldn’t let me (you know who you are). He insisted we stay up all day our first day in Paris, to acclimate to the time change. I purposely lost him at one point, found a vacant corner and just leaned into it. If I thought I could get away with it, I would have been horizontal on a bench. I hated the masterworks of French Impressionism for standing between me and sweet, sweet sleep. I hated the splendid, converted train station that is the museum. I hated the happy, time-adjusted people all around me.

This was many years ago, either before jet lag remedies existed or before I knew about them. Now, jet lag is just unnecessary. These No-Jet-Lag tablets work.

No Jet Lag pills

No Jet Lag pills

Smell pretty across the globe with these leak-free, TSA-approved, travel atomizers.

pocket atomizer

pocket atomizer

Merry Christmas!

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Travel Gifts for Comfy Plane Rides

Airplane travel is not fun, let’s face it. But I’m always careful to balance my grumbling with sincere gratitude. If it weren’t for a few cramped hours on airplanes, I probably would not know the weight of the air in a pharaonic tomb, or the light inside the Hagia Sophia, or the night-sky in the Sahara Desert, or a thousand other first-hand, unique sensory experiences found many thousands of miles from home. Honestly, I hardly remember all the hours I’ve spent on airplanes. It’s the places and people at the end of the ride that leave the lasting impressions. Still, it doesn’t hurt to pimp that ride as best you can. For me, that means swaddling my body in warm, soft things so it thinks I’m at home on the couch watching a Homeland marathon.

The foundation for a comfortable plane trip is comfortable clothing. Basically, you want jammies that you can wear in public, proudly. Your feet need to be warm and free to do what they do on planes. Socks don’t cut it. You need slippers. Then you need a blanket, not only for warmth but for privacy and to define your space. It’s a security blanket really, to make up for the vulnerability and lack of control we feel on airplanes. The protective powers of the blanket increase many fold when you know that blanket and where it has been. (Am I too attached to my blanket?) Finally, you need pillows to support the inevitable floppy-head and slouching back. (Is it really so hard to build a chair with lumbar support??)

My essentials, from Travelsmith:

3-piece knit suit

Soft, stretchy, breathable, wrinkle-resistant, cling-free, machine-washable fabric, keeps its shape so you don’t have to.

$99 on sale from $149 through December 18, 2013

3-piece knit suit

3-piece knit suit

Merino Wool Wrap

A blanket disguised as clothing, 100% merino wool, 65″L x 27″W.

$69 on sale from $99 through December 18, 2013

merino wool wrap

merino wool wrap


Women’s Nufoot™ Mary Jane Slippers

soft, water-resistant, with protective sole for visits to the loo

$15

slippers

slippers

Coolmax® Travel Blanket®

soft, breathable, lightweight and all yours
open 70″L x 55″W; folded: 7″L x 3 1/2″W

$35

travel blanket

travel blanket


Super Snoozer Memory Foam Pillow

I like the combination of memory foam, for just the right amount of neck support, with inflatable areas for less packing bulk.

16½” x 11″(inflated); 5 1/8″ x 5 7/8″ (closed & folded)

$19

neck pillow

neck pillow

Lumbar Pillow

17″W x 5″D x 9″H; folded: 8½”W x 4½”H. 8 oz

$27.50
lumbar pillow

lumbar pillow

Check out Travelsmith.com for these and other gift ideas for all the travelers in your life.

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