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2018 Traveler Holiday Gift Guide

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This 2018 Traveler Holiday Gift Guide is the perfect selection of gifts for all the travelers in your life. Everything from suitcases to carry-ons, to a cashmere wrap to Poo-Pourri. I have everything for every budget and every type of traveler!

This 2018 Traveler Holiday Gift Guide is the perfect selection of gifts for all the travelers in your life. Everything from suitcases to carry-ons, to a cashmere wrap to Poo-Pourri. I have everything for every budget and every type of traveler!

As you all know, I travel A LOT! I do it mostly to keep my sanity but also because I have gone all reverse scared of flying and now I’m scared that if I stop flying my fear will come back. If you’re not familiar with fear or anxiety I realize this makes almost zero sense.

Trust me, I get it.

Now, don’t worry if you don’t travel all the time. This list is still super useful. It’s a collection of all my favorite travel things. I included splurges and budget essentials as well as some practical things that are not super sexy but still super helpful.

Let’s get this traveling party started!

  1. Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones: this definitely falls into the splurge category. They are expensive but super worth it if you’re in the market for a solid set of Bluetooth headphones. I bought a pair of these last year and I LOVE them. They fit super comfortably around my ear, stay charged for long flights, and even includes a cord to plug into the speaker jack if my battery happens to be running low. And yes, they really do help cancel out the noise. – $350
  2. Travel Passport Holder: not only is this super cute (it comes in 37 different colors!) it’s super helpful. It’s Rfid blocking, has slots for credit cards and ID, a slot for your passport and a little pocket to put your boarding pass. I like having all my flight needed items in one place so it’s a HUGE help in that department. – $12
  3. Hotel Slippers: until I traveling with Gina I never gave much thought to the floors inside hotel rooms. She hates carpeted rooms and always has on slippers because she hates the gross floor. I now think about this and went ahead and bought myself some cheap throwaway hotel slippers.  A lot of hotels have slippers to keep but just in case these are always in my bag. – $27
  4. Anker Portable Charger: I go nowhere without my portable charger in my bag. It can charge my iPhone XMax about 3 times before it needs to be recharged. It’s fantastic for travel because I take a lot of photos on my phone and it can drain my phone battery. Plus, it makes me feel safer knowing that I will have a way to charge my phone just in case anything happens. – $37
  5. Solgar 10mg Melatonin: Typically on flights, I take Xanax (flight anxiety, ugh) so I have no issue sleeping. BUT I know for a lot of people sleeping on a plane can be complicated. I use melatonin for nights when I’m having issues sleeping and it’s perfect for helping my husband sleep while he is flying. I also really like Solgar brand because it’s safe for vegans, non-GMO and certified gluten-free. – $13
  6. Essential Oil Towelettes: I have sworn by Herben Essential towelettes for years. The towelettes are super soft,  smell amazing, truly clean my hands and don’t dry out my skin. I like getting the variety pack because I get all the scents I love – lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, and eucalyptus. – $16
  7. Kindle Paperwhite: I’m sure you are all familiar with the Kindle but in case you’re not you need one! It’s a great way to travel with all the books you can read without all the weight of actual books. The screen is really easy to read so it’s perfect for reading in bed while it’s dark or reading in while laying in the sun. – $100
  8. Sony a600 Mirrorless Digital Camera: If you’re in the market for a new travel camera that is not bulky this baby is what you need! It takes gorgeous photos without all the weight and size of a traditional DSLR camera. – $500
  9. TravelPro Crew 26 inch Suitcase: A few years ago Art and I decided to get new luggage. Art spent almost 6 months watching luggage review videos to finally settle on TravelPro luggage. I LOVE the crew line (very heavy duty!) and this is the largest bag they offer in that line. It’s more of a medium sized bag but I use it for all my travel and have packed for weeks in this bag and it all fit. The thing I love the most is that the bag uses rollerblading type wheels on the bag so it rolls like butter. It does not have 4 spinner wheels but this has never bothered me. – $173
  10. Senso Bluetooth Headphones: If you need a pair of Bluetooth headphones but don’t want to spend a ton of money these are the headphones for you. They fit comfortably in my ears, they do not cause pain inside my ear and they stay on because they wrap around the ear. It comes with a little hard case that zips up and fits right inside my handbag.- $28
  11. Lavender Body Wipes: Sometimes I’m on long flights and by the end, I do not feel fresh or clean. These body wipes are a godsend. – $10
  12. Northface Laptop Backpack: One of my carryons is always a backpack. When I set out to find a new one I wanted one that was sturdy, comfortable to wear and had a padded laptop area. This Northface backpack fits all those needs. I’ve been using HEAVILY for the past 2 years and it still looks brand new. No scuffs, worn areas or stains. I also love that there is a lot of little pockets and zippers for all my goodies. – $130
  13. Electric Wire Velcro Wraps: I never thought about getting these until I stayed in a hotel that had these for their guests. These are so awesome that I cannot stand it. It helps keeps my cords wrapped tight and because it’s velcro it’s easy to wrap and unwrap. – $8
  14. International Travel Converter: If you travel internationally you will need a converter at some point. The reason I like this brand is that it’s compatible with 150 countries and has 4 USB outlets as well as a 2 or 3 prong outlet. Typically if I’m traveling I’ll plug this in and then plug in my USB swivel surge protector and charger (number 32) so I have tons of outlets and USB options. – $18
  15. Packable Duffle Bag: We all have those times were we buy too much stuff on our vacations. This duffle bag can be packed flat in your luggage and then be unfolded and turned into a carry on or checked luggage piece. – $17
  16. Hanging Toiletry Bag: Even though this bag is cheap it has held up really well. I have used it for 2 years and everything still functions well. This means zippers close, velcro works and the hanging hook is still in place. You can actually get a lot in this bag so don’t judge it by its size. – $13
  17. Poo-Pourri: Listen, we all have to poop and sometimes you just want to poop without smelling up the whole bathroom. This helps. A lot. – $5
  18. Trtl Travel Pillow: Ok, really this should be a called a travel scarf but it works like a pillow because it supports your neck. It looks ridiculous but really any travel pillow looks ridiculous. It easily wraps around your neck, supports your neck so it stays straight and works even better than a pillow. Plus because it’s a scarf it fits well inside my backpack. – $30
  19. Sketchers Flats: I LOVE these flats. They are stretchy so they fit narrow and wide feet and they do not rub. That means you can buy them brand new, wear them out and not worry about blisters. I like to wear these on long flights because they are easy to slip on and off and will stretch comfortably with my feet in case they start to swell. – $45
  20. Travel Pill Organizer: If you take pills you don’t want to be hauling around half full bottles. I love having a travel organizer for my pills because I can see which pills I need to take daily and with this set, I can pop just the day in my bag. – $15
  21. Classic Jewelry Roll: There are lots of fancy travel jewelry cases but honestly I prefer the good old classic jewelry roll. It’s cheap, works well and doesn’t take up too much space. – $13
  22. Weekend Duffle Bag: I don’t always want to pack a suitcase when I’m going away on a short trip so I love having a good sturdy weekend duffle bag. There are weekender bags made of leather that I covet but I cannot spend $500 on a duffle so I got this bag instead. It’s classy, cute and fits a bunch of outfits and shoes. Always important for any bag. – $50
  23. Shoe and Handbag Wipes: When I’m traveling my bags and shoes always get gross. These wipes will help keep your leather goods looking clean and taken care of.  – $7
  24. Electronics and Charging Cord Storage Bag: I travel with a ton of extra chargers and electronic goodies so I finally broke down and got a zip up bag for them all. I love that this fits a lot of cords and with all the storage space I can keep all my stuff in one place. – $14
  25. Lysol Wipes: Do you know how dirty airplanes are? I like to wipe down my seat, tray table and anything else I’m going to touch. I don’t think of myself as someone who is super germaphobic but planes see a lot of people in a day and don’t get deep cleaned very often. – $14
  26. Cashmere Wrap: Ok, this is a bit of a splurge. But there is nothing better than be wrapping in a soft cashmere scarf while flying. It’s also a great alternative to using airplane blankets. – $46
  27. Eye Masks: Again, sleeping on a plane can be difficult but that is why sleepings masks were invented. Ok, I’m not sure that is why they were invented but they are crazy helpful. They block out light and signal your brain it’s time to sleep. This set also comes with ear plugs which can also be pretty helpful. – $15
  28. Hydrating Facial Masks: When you’re on a long flight you get super dried out. These hydrating facial masks help your skin re-hydrate after all that dry plane air. You can use them on the flight or wait until you get to your hotel room. – $11
  29. Packing Cubes: I swear by packing cubes. It helps keep my clothes organized and at the end of my trip I use my largest packing cube (which I usually use for my tops) as a holder for all my dirty clothes. It’s nice to not co-mingle my dirty with my remaining clean clothes. I like this set because it’s cat print and I’m a crazy cat lady. – $28
  30. TravelPro Carryon 22 inch Suitcase: You know I LOVE TravelPro Crew line and this is my carryon bag. It’s roomy, the perfect carry-on size and rolls beautifully. – $130
  31. Shoe Storage Bags: There are lots of shoe bags on the market but I like these because they are made of a stretchy material that works for all my shoes from flats to boots. Plus they synch closed which is nice for a tight fitting shoe. – $23
  32. USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger: I’m always looking for more plugs in hotel rooms and this baby has my butt covered. It works for 2 or 3 prong plugs as well as USB items. – $13
  33. iPhone lenses: Maybe you don’t want a professional camera and just want to use your phone. I’m not going to judge you. I often only travel with my phone. These lenses make taking artistic shots even easier. – $40

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