Gift ideas the Traveler
The Basic Must HAVE travel items make great gifts
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If you are shopping for the traveler in your life consider these! I never leave home without…
A money belt is worn underneath your clothes and holds an extra credit card, money, and your passport. This is a must have for any traveler.
Money belts come in several shapes and sizes so you can choose one that suits you the best.
An option is to wear a money belt around your neck.
You can wear a money belt inside your pants – hanging from your belt.
Wear a money belt strapped to your leg.
The money belt you wear around the waist is my favorite. This is the one I love! Click and order from Amazon.
Poncho or Rain Jacket
Do NOT take an umbrella for travel. They are really a pain. You walk with your family and end up poking one another or other people on the street.
Can the youngest kids in your group handle even their own umbrella? If not you will be carrying them or walking closely….they will get dripped on if they are much shorter than you and complain and you will be walking bent over…just trust me….raincoats or ponchos for everyone!!!
Then, there is this fun with an umbrella.
And this fun…
Umbrellas are the devil, really. Instead, wear an easy to carry and easy to use rain poncho.
I love the wildest, brightest colored rain gear you can find. It seems cheery on rainy days and makes it easy to find everyone! And – look what a bright photo it makes! 🙂
Toss these rain ponchos in your backpack and never worry about getting caught in the rain. These are lightweight but still very sturdy and make a great windbreaker, too.
Kiddos LOVE holding their own money. Europe uses coins more than we do. Want to use the bathroom? Better have a euro ready!
These make great gifts and stocking stuffers for travelers!
Adapters and Converters
Firstly, what is the difference between the adapters and converters? Don’t feel bad, it is easy to get them mixed up.
An adapter just makes the plug fit into the hole. Look at all the different sizes, shapes, and configurations! The plug you use at YOUR house might not be the right shape to fit into the electrical socket at your destination.
The time to find that out is NOW! The trickiest ones are the ones that are recessed into an indention.
A converter changes the electricity to the correct current for your device. Many new devices have built-in converters….like some phones/tablets/computers/hairdryers…do NOT leave this to chance. Find out before you go.
So you might need BOTH a converter AND an adapter.
It is always better to take more than one. I’m a ‘pack light’ kind of gal, but when it comes to converters, take 2.
Once, we had a glitch of some sort and our converter kicked off the power for an entire floor at a hotel. The converter died in the process.
The next day’s 12-hour plane trip would have been very long indeed had I not had an extra converter so we could charge all our devices overnight!
These are fantastic stocking stuffers!
Lock for Your Daypack
Pickpocket – it CAN and WILL happen to you. You don’t have to make your daypack Fort Knox, but you do need to make it uninviting to the MANY, well-practiced pickpockets out there.
This is the lock I use because I don’t have to worry about keeping up with the key! To make it easier to remember the passcode I tell everyone in my travel party. LOL!
I bought this lock at a small store in Madrid after someone tried to get into my bag. I wasn’t using one to begin with because my day pack only contained stuff like sunglasses and a rain poncho.
However; the pickpocket didn’t know my bag wasn’t full of money or credit cards or something valuable.
The ‘would be pickpocket’ did not take anything from me as my money wasn’t in there and my allergy medicine was not of interest.Still, it was disconcerting to think someone had their hands in my bag – while I was wearing it!!!
Save your loved traveler this interesting experience and buy them a lock for Christmas!
Back in the day before locks were easy to find and buy…I used a twist tie from a loaf of bread and a few bells and put them on the zipper of my daypack.
Did you know that your credit card can be stolen without it even leaving your possession? Yes, it’s true.
They can steal your credit card information through the air unless you protect the information on that tiny black strip on the back of your credit cards. How? I am not really sure to be honest, but that doesn’t really matter. By yourself and your traveling friends and family protection from those thieves!
Protection is easy and simple with these wallets and credit card sleeves.
Whoever came up with this idea is a genius and I hope they make a gazillion dollars off of it!! 🙂 Flat water bottles take up no space and let you save a lot of money on drinks. Just fill with tap water from your hotel room and off you go.
Since buying water in bottles costs around $2 that can really add up, especially if you are a family.
Firstly, carrying your own water from the tap (if you are traveling where the water is safe to drink) saves a LOT of money.
Secondly, you can’t always buy something to drink. It might be too late, or during siesta, or during a strike, or during a holiday or there might not be any working machines on the train. Always have at least a little water with you to wet the whistle of you and your fellow travelers, especially the littlest ones.
We ran into this problem at a hotel in Ronda, Spain. The information on line said it had a cafe, and there technically was, but the information neglected to mention that the cafe was only open on odd days unless it was raining. So, after a long day of traveling we headed to this cafe.
We were tired, hungry and thirsty. It was only about 6 in the evening but the cafe was already closed. The town was small and there wasn’t anything open nearby. So, we literally had junk out of a vending machine – and were happy to get it! LOL!
These fun colors make a flat water bottle a great gift!
They say it isn’t broken if duct tape can’t fix it. Duct tape is a GREAT emergency item for fixing everything from a tear in your suitcase to mending a shoe.
You can find it anywhere these days, but I like the tiny rolls. They take up no space at all and would make FUN stocking stuffers for the traveler in your life!
More tape? You bet!! For the family that travels, painter’s tape is the most important tape of all to carry.
Is the sun shining through that tiny crack between the curtains and driving you crazy? Painter’s tape to the rescue.
But the BEST reason to carry painter’s tape is to keep the kiddos busy!!! Read more about that here!
What is it you NEVER leave home without?
Natalie, The Educational Tourist