Plane tickets are an ideal but very expensive present. Slip one of these (much cheaper) options under the tree and the world traveler in your life will be thrilled.
1. A Journal for the Memories
Writing down places visited and delicious meals eaten the old fashioned way not only makes it easier to remember names in the long run, but your traveler can treat the journal like a souvenir on its own right.
2. Electric Converter Pack
It’s happened to every traveler: You’re standing with your quickly dying phone and realizing that the charger you brought for Country A does not match what’s needed for Country B! Avoid the panic with a set of converters or a handy, all-in-one flexible adapter.
Compression socks that is! When you’re on a long flight with few opportunities to move around, compression socks help circulate blood back to the heart and away from the feet. And you don’t have to settle for the old fashioned tan tubes: There are fashionable options out there!
4. Folding Raincoat
Coats and shoes can be two of the most difficult items to pack. You want to be prepared, but you also want plenty of room in your suitcase for souvenirs. Consider investing in a folding jacket. Outdoor adventure stores such as LL Bean offer durable, weatherproof solutions and there are more affordable options out there as well.
5. Eco-Friendly Waterbottle
We know travel leaves a significant carbon footprint, so it’s important to save resources where you can. With a reusable waterbottle (preferably one made from recycled material), you can hydrate without creating extra waste. Here are some recommendations from TIME‘s travel editor.
6. An Inflight Travel Kit
Between dry hands, germ-covered surfaces and a need for sleep, there are a lot of little hygienic annoyances involved in traveling. Pinch Provisions has a great kit that covers everything from hand sanitizer to earphones. There is also plenty of advice from seasoned travelers out there on how to assemble your favorite products to make your own!
7. Unique Luggage Tags
No more squinting at the luggage carousel trying to determine if that shade of black is yours. With personalized luggage tags, the bags will be easier to spot. With so many options, you could go upscale or find something a little more goofy.
There is also the option to have your face printed on your suitcase. Just be very sure that is something your loved one would want first.