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What are the best gifts for travel lovers?

If you have a travel lover in your life and are looking for that perfect gift, think practical. A beautiful globe or bracelet with coins from every country we’ve been to is really thoughtful and pretty, but most of us, especially people who are young or are just beginning their travels, appreciate gifts that save us money and make travel easier.

It goes without saying that travel can often be expensive. So, help a traveler out by choosing a gift that saves us from spending money on gear and supplies… and maybe we’ll spend a little of that saved money on a souvenir or two just for you!

When selecting a travel gift, consider these important things:
  • Weight – lightweight items are usually best as airlines impose strict weight limits on baggage. It is often worth a little extra money to purchase a similar item that is lighter in weight.
  • Size – similar to weight restrictions, luggage size limits are much smaller than they used to be. Many travelers prefer to pack only carryon bags, and in some instances, only a backpack or duffle bag, even for longer trips. Be considerate of the size of the gift you are buying.
  • Multi-use – to save both weight and space in a suitcase, multi-use products can be very beneficial.
  • Quality – when it comes to travel gear, quality is king. Camping in the mountains or backpacking across South Africa is not the time for a solar-powered phone charger to break, so consider reviews carefully and buy a quality product.
Here are three of my favorite items that save me space and time, and make travel more fun.

Packing Cubes

What are packing cubes?

Packing cubes are soft containers, often rectangular in shape, that allow you to organize your clothing while traveling. Packing cubes come in a variety of shapes and sizes for all types of organizational needs.

I cannot stress the importance of packing cubes. These might be the best gift for the travel-lover on your list, but they might not even know it yet! For some reason, packing cubes are still not a staple item in the travel world, but I find them to be invaluable and save so much space in my suitcase. Even more importantly, they help me stay organized, even if I’m just taking a duffle or backpack with me.

I own 2 sets of these eBags Classic Packing Cubes. I want to expand my collection with these Lightweight 3-piece Packing Squares to help me organize smaller items, especially in my carry on luggage.

This video, produced by eBags, explains a little more about packing cubes, and YouTube is full of fantastic videos and helpful tips to get the most out of your new packing system.


Pack-it-Flat Large Toiletry Kit

What is a toiletry kit?

A toiletry kit is a bag that is used specifically for packing toiletry items like toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and other supplies generally used in the bathroom. It is made of a material that can be easily wiped or rinsed clean.

For me, the best toiletry kits are ones that help me stay organized and save room in my suitcase. I like to pretend I am a light packer, but the evidence says otherwise. On my most recent trip to East Africa, I found myself speaking these words: If you need it for one day, you need it every day. My packing justifies this belief – if I want a hair or skin product when I’m home, I probably want it when I’m away, too. Instead of fighting it, I have learned to embrace it, and one tool that helps me take all my fav toiletries while still staying organized is this Pack-it-Flat kit from eBags.

Don’t take my word for it! Watch what others have to say here.


Jewelry Travel Case

What is a jewelry travel case?

A jewelry travel case is a specially designed organizer that allows a traveler to safely pack necklaces, rings, earrings, and watches. Usually, a jewelry travel case will be made with soft material to help prevent scratches, and will have specific clasps that help to keep jewelry separated and organized.

No more tangled up necklaces, lost earrings, and scratched watch faces. These jewelry travel cases are perfect for your next vacation or just to toss in your purse for those work-to-dinner-date costume changes. Researching the latest cases has left me craving a new for sure. Here are two of my favs:

This organizer from Ellis James Designs is receiving accolades across the travel community.  Affordable and compact, this case comes in 3 colors and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. It features several straps for necklaces, rings, bracelets, and watches, and a compartment for earrings as well. The quilted exterior comes in black, cream, or gray and has a secure zipper to keep items from falling out. A small removeable bag is perfect for tossing in your purse or backpack. Reviewers say it’s spacious, but small enough to be worth its real estate in your suitcase.

Size: 9.7 x 6.1 x 2 inches


This Vegan Leather Travel Jewelry Case by CASE ELEGANCE is a perfect compact option for travel. At 8 x 5.5 x 1 inches, it fits inapurse, and is perfect for casual weekends away. It is built with specific areas for necklaces, earrings, and rings, and zippered sections for other smaller items. CASE ELEGANCE says this product is best for smaller items, so keep that in mind if you are considering this for a traveler who loves big bobbles and bulky jewels. A larger case will be a better choice for them.


Travel Wallet

What is a travel wallet?

A travel wallet is a wallet that is designed with compartments specifically for travel documents, and often, for cash and credit cards as well. They are often RFID blocking to protect your data from being stolen in busy airports and tourist locations, and allow you to

keep track of passports, visas, tickets, and other travel-related documents in the same wallet.

The Vemingo Family Passport Holder RFID-Blocking Travel Wallet is family-friendly with room for 4 passports. I especially appreciate the front pocket which is large enough to fit a phone. As I’m moving through busy airports, I appreciate keeping all my essentials in one place. This particular wallet will zip up with a phone in the inside compartment as well, and even has a place to keep your keys. For less than $20 this one is a definite winner and 4.9/5 stars on Amazon speaks for itself.


There are endless useful products for travelers! Do you have a favorite not listed here? Share it in the comments so we can all up our gift-giving.


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