There are a lot of travel-themed gifts and products that make it easier to enjoy a vacation or business trip. If you have a special person in your life who loves to travel or just does it a lot, shop for gifts that will delight and excite.
Designed by an Australian, the Scrubba Washbag serves two purposes: It holds your dirty laundry and doubles as a hand-wash laundry station. You simply add water and a bit of laundry detergent, then rub the bag around and allow the clothes to be “brushed” by the rubbery bumps that are along the inside edge. After a quick scrub, rinse the clothes, hang them to dry, and then you have a fresh outfit for the next day. It is lightweight and folds to the size of a deck of cards, so it’s easy to stow in a suitcase.
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A travel junkie will often want to remember his or her travels, so a journal that reflects his or her personality is a great and personal gift. Side Walks makes a line of journals that include tools to help learn more about a city or country, with plenty of space to document the exciting happenings of each day of travel.
Travelers who spend a lot of time on airplanes and in airports will appreciate a good pair of wireless headphones. Parrot Zik headphones are a nice option, featuring swipe technology to change the volume or move through tracks instead of feeling around for buttons in the dark. The headphones also stop playback when you remove them, so you can pick right up where you left off.
Pivothead Recording Sunglasses
For those who enjoy watching videos of their travels, the Pivothead Recording Sunglasses are a great travel gift idea. These lightweight shades received the 2012 “Gear of the Year” Award from National Geographic, and they can record up to 8 GB (or one hour) of video footage. You can also use them to take still images. Choose from 17 different styles, and add prescription lenses if needed.
Digital Good Night Bulb
This light bulb, developed by astronauts at NASA, filters out blue light that comes from most bulbs and device screens, and it can tell your body not to produce hormones that provide a good night’s sleep. Ideal for jet lag, this bulb is a perfect gift for anyone who struggles to fall asleep after a long flight across multiple time zones.
Giving gifts that help with travel are always a fun option, but one of the best ways to share memories is to give an experience. Shop for men’s gift ideas, such as taking a ride in a race car, being a fighter pilot for a day, or playing 18 holes of golf on a world-renowned course. These are the types of special gifts that he will never forget.
Doodles at Breakfast
Many travelers bring their young family members along for the ride, which can be tough for kids. Doodles at Breakfast is a book of 36 tear-off placemats that teach children how to draw various animals and includes plenty of space for doodling and drawing. These placemats make mealtime more fun, so bring them into a restaurant when you stop for a meal on a road trip or while on vacation.
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Travelers are often on their phones, tablets, and other devices more often than when they are at home, so being able to charge these is important to stay connected to business associates and loved ones. WakaWaka makes a seven-ounce compact charger that relies on solar power to provide enough juice to power a phone for a couple of hours. It is also a gift that you can feel good about giving: The company donates one dollar to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines for every purchase.
Shopping for gifts isn’t always easy, but with some handy travel gifts, you can find something that your loved one will appreciate.