Fantastic Gift Ideas For People On Your List Who Love To Travel

How is you rChristmas/Holiday/End of year shopping coming along? I am mostly done but am flying back to Italy in less than a week so am scrambling to get everything finished before I go. I didn’t do a Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping post this year because my own inbox was so bombarded with endless Black Friday shopping emails, I just couldn’t face being part of that circus this year.

So what I thought I would do instead is write a post after the event telling you about the MVP items I have used in my travels over the past year. I have traveled more months than I’ve stayed at home in 2023 so have had to use my travel items more than ever. This has really reinforced which things are indispensable and which are just space wasters in the valuable real estate that is my suitcase. Without further ado let’s check them out:

Conair Travel Steamer

best travel steamer for international travel

Small but mighty, this Conair Travel Smart Steamer was a lifesaver this year and is perhaps my favorite travel gadget and top of the most valued list. For more than one reason too. It is nice and powerful for steaming wrinkles out of clothes. I travel for about 8 weeks at a time so I used this to refresh clothes living in my cramped suitcase too. I also like the idea that you can steam pillows or anything else you might be concerned is holding bacteria.

It is quite compact, weighs next to nothing, and doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase. I bought mine at the beginning of the year, it has been on every trip with me, has been used half to death and still keeps chug-a-lugging along. Check it out here on Amazon.com

BaByliss Nano Titanium Professional Hot Air Dryer Brush

best travel hairdryer brush

I use a dryer brush like this at home but it is way too cumbersome to pack for travel. I have an enormous amount of hair so didn’t have particularly high expectations for the small travel sized BaByliss Nano Titanium hot air brush, but it is fantastic! It blows my hair out smooth and the nano titanium part makes drying even my huge head of hair, really quick.

You can see in the image above how smooth it gets my crazy curly hair. This was walking with one of my Glam Italia Tour groups up to Civita di Bagnoregio in October 2023. Left to its own devices my hair looks like a Dollar Store home perm, so being able to blow it out nice and smooth without any drama is a Godsend. Check it out here on Amazon.com

BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

best travel hair dryer

If you’re not into the single item hot air brush type hair dryer, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Hair Dryer is incredible. According to Amazon I purchased mine in 2018, so if we take out 2020 covid year when none of us traveled, and exclude 2023 when I used the hot air brush from the same company, this little dynamo has had four years of hard core travel use, and is still going strong. Don’t be put off by how tiny it is – it is really powerful. Also the nano titanium part makes it dry hair more quickly and keeps your hair smooth. Check it out here on amazon.com.

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Apple AirTags

I have an Apple AirTag in my suitcase and another in my carryon, and I can’t even tell you how much peace of mind it brings when I’m out and about in the world! Especially with the last two summers being so bad all over the world for lost luggage. It is a relief to board your flight and see your suitcase has boarded it too, and to arrive at the other end and be able to track your suitcase to the luggage carousel.

When I arrived to Rome in May I thought for a horrifying few minutes that my suitcase was lost. I turned on the AirTag and it walked me around the corner to where someone had taken it off the carousel by mistake. This makes the perfect gift for anyone who travels. Even if your suitcase goes to Dubai while you’ve flown to Madrid, your AirTag will locate it for you long before the airlines can. I won’t fly/travel without it. Check out AirTags here on amazon.com

The Paravel Foldable Duffle Bag

This little gem has bailed me out more times than I care to mention! The Paravel Foldable Duffle Bag zips down into itself into the shape and size of an iPad. It weighs nothing and takes up no space in your suitcase. Mine sees daylight when I’ve over-shopped or somehow can’t fit everything back into my suitcase at the end of a trip. (Which basically means I’ve over-shopped.) The bag has a surprisingly large capacity. I roll up loads of clothes and lightweight items using them to fill the Paravel bag, which comes on the plane with me, and fill my suitcase with whatever new things I’ve bought.

It makes a fabulous Plan B and prevents you from needing to buy a second suitcase/checked bag. I bought mine (years ago) in sensible but boring navy, but I wish I had the red one. These bags are really sturdy, can handle a lot of weight, and trust me – you’ll be amazed at how much you can fit in there! Check out the Paravel bags in all their colors here on Amazon.

The Jisulife Handheld Mini Fan

portable travel fan

We just had the two hottest summers on record in southern Europe and this handheld mini fan was a lifesaver! It’s super small and slips into your handbag needing almost no space, so is really convenient when you’re out sightseeing all day and don’t want to carry around a single extra thing. It is also surprisingly powerful and holds a charge for a really long time. I charged mine in May before heading to Italy and made it through a really hot few weeks without needing to recharge it. (It has a USB port, so no nuisance batteries to deal with). They come in multiple colors and at under $15 these make great stocking stuffers too. Check them out here on Amazon.com

Bagsmart Electronic Organizer Case

best electronics case for travel

These electronic organizer cases also cost under $15 and make great stocking stuffers. To be fair I thought mine was pretty ugly when I got it and wasn’t sure I’d use it, but I have used it to death! It’s a perfect compact size and is nice and slim, so doesn’t take up room in your carryon or handbag. (You should always keep all your chargers etc with you when you fly – don’t put them in a checked bag in case you need them.) Normally I would opt for something sleek and black but I have left sleek and black on planes and trains before, so opt instead for eyesore pink or any other color I will see and not leave behind. I like format of the pouches and zippered sections on this organizer. See it here on Amazon.com

Kindle Paperwhite

I was late to the party when it came to buying a Kindle. For years I read everything on the Kindle App on my iPad and it wasn’t until about 4 years ago that I finally bought a Kindle Paperwhite. Now I don’t know how I ever lived without it!

amazon prime day sale kindle

This is the travelers absolute best friend. Mine can hold somewhere between 5000 and 8000 books (!) and I don’t even have one of the souped-up models. I love that the Kindle is so slim and lightweight, so can slip into your handbag. They have low-light abilities, so you can be reading and not be blasting light into the eyeballs on the person trying to sleep next to you on the plane. I also love that I can be anywhere and still read, not needing a reading light. Again, I got mine in a color (sage green) rather than black, because I didn’t want to leave it behind on a plane or a train. There are a variety of different models and colors available. Check out Kindles here on Amazon.com

Audible Gift Subscription

This is kind of cool and is great for travelers. Audible is Amazon’s audio book service. They have gift subscriptions, so your travelers (or anyone else in your life) can enjoy listening to audiobooks courtesy of you. Statistics show that audio books are the fastest growing sector of the book market, and that readers/book lovers consume vastly more content when they can listen to books rather than have to find time to sit down and read. Personally, I am a voracious reader, but I love listening to audio books while doing housework, cooking, driving, doing things that prevent me from sitting down and reading. Check out Audible Subscriptions on amazon here.

Merino Base Layers

This really does have to be one of the best travel hacks around! I swear by merino base layers when I travel. In the summer I wear a merino cami under whatever I’m wearing to fly in, in the winter I wear a long sleeved merino t-shirt styled base layer. I also have several J Crew merino crew neck sweaters.

merino wool base layer

What makes merino so brilliant for the traveler in your life is this wool is super fine like a t-shirt weight. It’s non-itchy so even those of us who can’t normally wear wool (me!) can have this next to our skin. Merino is moisture wicking, so if you perspire it wicks it away from your skin. It’s also temperature regulating, so will keep you comfortable in temperatures from below zero up to about 75 degrees Fahrenheit/20 degrees Celsius, making it ideal when you are traveling from a cold climate to a warm one. It also is really helpful when you are moving from freezing cold outside into warm buildings/museums/homes/shops. And you don’t have to struggle with multiple heavy layers of clothing.

merino wool base layer

Merino is smell resistant, so you can go multiple wears without having to launder it, and it packs down super small so is ideal for travel. Winter travelers already know how cumbersome it is to pack thick sweaters when you travel! I buy Icebreaker Merino (see their store on Amazon here) but there are multiple other brands selling high quality merino products on Amazon too. In the photo above I’m wearing a black J Crew merino sweater in Rome when a very unexpected cold snap hit.

My Glam Italia How To Travel Italy Books

Best Florence Travel Guide Book

If you know anyone thinking about traveling to Italy, or anyone who already loves Italy, please think about gifting them my Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy books! All four books are best sellers and are popular worldwide. Rather than send people into the overwhelming tourist crowds like most travel guides do, my books show the reader loads of different, equally amazing and often more exciting places to visit. Most of the places I talk about are just down the street from where the crowds are, yet have very few if any other people there. There is so much more to see and do in these big Italian cities than just hang out where the tour buses go, and I want you to see these incredible places! All four books are designed to take a good trip to Italy and make it the best trip of your life.

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy teaches you how to plan and execute your best trip ever. It is full of fantastic information, tips, tricks and ideas. Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome will make you fall in love with the Eternal City and show you endless places the tour bus crowds don’t know about. Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Florence gives you insider secrets to places you’ve never heard of before, and tells you intriguing stories about some of the places you have heard of! This book will change the way you explore and discover the most beautiful Renaissance city in the world.

Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Venice is an absolute game changer. It will take you away from the tourist crowds, show you incredible sights you’d never heard of before, and will make you fall hopelessly in love with the most unique city on earth!

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Holiday Season Sales You Need To Know About At Colleen Rothschild Beauty

As a non stop traveler one of my favorite things to do when the Christmas season gets cranking is to pick up travel sized gift sets of my favorite products.

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you will already know that I am an avid fan of Colleen Rothschild beauty products. I have been using Colleen Rothschild Beauty for a few years now, and although I keep full sizes of the products at home I also get the travel sized products to take on my Glam Italia Tours with me.

Right now Colleen Rothschild has some fantastic discounts happening for the run up to Christmas, both on full sized products and on gift sets. If there is something you want that isn’t already discounted you can use the code CORINNA20 at checkout and get 20% off. This code works year round, not just in the holiday season.

WHICH GIFT SETS SHOULD YOU TRY?

For travel or if you just wanted to try the products without committing to full sizes, I like the Discovery Kit. This gives travel sizes in the following products:

  • Radiant Cleansing Balm, 30 ml (1 fl oz)
  • Dual Enzyme Polish, 15 ml (0.5 fl oz)
  • Clarifying Detox Mask, 15 ml (0.5 fl oz)
  • Sheer Renewal Cream, 30 ml (1 fl oz)
  • Extreme Recovery Cream, 15 ml (0.5 fl oz)
  • Face Oil N°9, 4 ml (0.14 fl oz)
  • Muslin Cleansing Cloth
  • And a newly redesigned exclusive CR Travel Bag

The Discovery Kit has a $150 value but at the moment is on sale for $69. If you don’t see this post until after the sale has ended you can use my CORINNA20 code to get 20% off.

This summer I traveled Italy for just under 3 months, using the Quench and Shine Travel Essentials hair set, and it was fantastic. (Obviously across 3 months I went through more than one set)

The Quench and Shine Travel Essentials Hair Set

At home I am never without my two hair hero products from Colleen Rothschild, the Quench and Shine Restorative Mask, which I use on my hair almost every time I shampoo it an the Quench and Shine Hair Serum. These two products make my thick, coarse, dry hair completly managable and really glossy and shiny. I also really love the smell of them – the fragrance is gorgeous.

Everything you need for gorgeous hair while you’re away. (And at home!)

This set is completed with the Quench and Shine Restorative Shampoo and the Protect and Perfect Styling Cream. These 4 products are everything you need for fabulous, bouncy hair, both at home and when you travel.

This set is normally $54 but at the moment it is on sale for $39. If you are reading this after the sale has ended you can still use CORINNA20 to get a discount.

WHICH OTHER PRODUCTS SHOULD YOU LOOK AT?

I have loved all the Collen Rothschild products I have tried. My skin tends to get really dry while I’m at home in Phoenix, but then turns to normal when I’m in Italy where the air is much more humid.

Wherever I am in the world I swaer by the Radiant Cleansing Balm, to the point I always have a spare in my bathroom closet.

Radiant Cleansing Balm – the best cleanser ever.

This cleanser not only dissolves makeup, including the most stubborn waterproof mascaras and eyeliners, but it also gives your skin a beautiful deep cleanse. Most cleansers leave your skin feeling parched and pulled tight, but this one leaves your skin all glowy and supple. It’s an absolute game changer.

The regular pricing for Radiant Cleansing Balm is $65. It lasts a really long time. At the moment it is on sale for $49

I always use Face Oil Number 9 and I swear by the Hydrating Mask. At home where the air is so dry I mostly use the Extreme Recovery Cream (which isn’t that extreme – it’s just a really great moisturizer for dryer complections) and all summer long in Italy I use the Sheer Renewal Cream mositurizer. It is perfect both for normal climates and for when it’s really humid out. This moisturizer is a game changer. Although the other three are not discountd (unless you use my CORINNA20 code) the Hydrating Mask has a massive discount right now, so I’m buying up a couple of them.

Colleen Rothschild black Tourmaline Primer

Another of my favorite products is the Black Tourmaline Face Primer. This one is also not discounted but you can use my code for 20% off. I use the Black Tourmaline primer both when I do my own makeup, and also I have one in my pro makeup artist kit. Don’t be put off by the black color – once on your skin it evens skin tone, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and also protect the skin from environmental pollutants.

In the makeup room with the Black Tourmaline Primer

For more great gift ideas for travelers check out these 21 Books To Inspire Your Wanderlust and the fabulous travel clothing and travel gadgets on my Amazon page: Amazon.com/shop/CorinnaTravels

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15 Gift Ideas That Are Perfect For Travelers

We may be stuck at home for now, but travel will be back in 2021. Make your holiday shopping easy by checking out these fantastic gifts for travelers. Most (if not all) are getting Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts and all can ship from Amazon, saving you a trip to the mall! Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or larger gifts, this list has you covered!

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The Trtl Pillow

Avoid neck pain and get comfortable sleep on plains, trains and in automobiles with the Super popular Trtl Pillow. It’s lightweight, super soft, compact, and packs easily into your carry on bag. During the 2020 holiday season it is discounted from $39.99 to $24.00 on Amazon. Linked here. Check out the video below

Compass Rose Bra Wallet

Discreetly hide money and credit cards in this RFID blocking Compass Rose bra wallet. Made from soft, bra fabric the wallet doesn’t sweat or chafe and works with all bra sizes. There are three places on your bra that you can comfortably attach your hidden wallet. It is easier to hide and much more comfortable than a traditional money belt or neck pouch.

Designed by Travel Fashion Girl Alex Jimenez. Available here on Amazon.com

Go Pro Hero8

GoPro is known as the most powerful and feature rich action camera in the world. Ideal for underwater photography as well as any action footage it is the perfect companion for travel.

Go Pro Hero 8

The new Go Pro Hero 9 is now available. It looks like the Hero 8 but has a front facing screen, horizon levelling, 30% more battery life and a big sensore boost. But it’s brand new seems to only be selling at full price. Check it out here for $399 and also as a bundle for $463 here

The Hero 8, which is still considered to be an excellent buy has lots of deals available. I’ve seen it as low as $249 on Amazon here

Portable Power Bank

Every traveler, whether venturing internationally or domestically, needs an external phone charger or power bank. I recommend getting a minimum of 20,000 mAh. The one pictured above, by Karusale has a whopping 50,000 mAh. Whatever size you get you need to be able to fully charge 2 devices from completely dead. Less than 20,000 mAh units will normally only have one or two full charges in them. The 50,000 unit will be able to charge or recharge multiple times, which is extremely helpful if your plane gets parked on the tarmac or if you get stuck while away. This one is $28.

Travel Hair Dryer

The BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Travel Hairdryer is handsdown the best travel hair dryer I have ever had. It is both tiny and surprisingly powerful. Even with a super thick head of hair like mine I can blow dry my hair quickly. The titanium helps you to get a smooth blow out too. At only $32 this travel dryer just cannot be beaten. See it here on Amazon.

Travel Towel

The Rainleaf Microfiber Travel Towel is a best seller on Amazon
with more than 8000 5 star reviews.

Even if you’re staying in hotels it doesn’t hurt to pack a microfiber towel to bring with you. The Rainleaf Microfiber Towel is perfect for travel – it’s fast drying, super absorbant and packs down to next to nothing. It also has a suede feel to it, which is way better than scratchy hotel towels! It also comes in handy for beach trips or trip where you will be doing outdoor sports. It comes in multiple sizes and colors too. See it here on Amazon.

Jewelry Organizer

It’s always good to have a lay-flat jewelry organizer. I recommend finding the thinnest one possible. This one by Bagsmart is under $20, but there are tons of options on Amazon.

Waterproof Phone Holder

It doesn’t hurt to have a waterproof phone holder with you when you travel, especially if you will be boating/kayaking/being out in the rain. Amazon has lots to choose from. This pair from MPOW costs $6.79

Packing Cubes

I swear by packing cubes. I’ve had the same set from Eagle Creek for years and have them in mutiple sizes. They are especially handy for separating off categories of clothing, such as keeping swimwear separate from lingerie, t-shirts and tops separate from bottoms. They fit beautifully inside suitcases, and just make life so much easier when you are on the road for work or on vacation. This Eagle Creek set is 25% off at Amazon at the moment.

Universal Adaptor

If travling internationally a Universal Adaptor is essential. I have had this Unidapt Power Adaptor for several years now and have used it all over the world. At $18.95 it is a steal. During Black Friday/Cyber Monday it has further discounts too. See it here on Amazon.

Foldaway Duffel Bag

Paravel Foldable Duffel Bag

This Paravel Foldable Duffel Bag is a life saver! It folds down flat and takes up no space at all. It’s basically the size of an iPad. I take this with me on overseas trips and pull it out if I’ve overshopped or can’t pack everything back into my suitcase.

The nylon is super durable but lightweight, the zipper is strong and high quality, and the bag itself meets airline carry on requirements, fitting either in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. This one was on Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2018. If she approves, you know you can’t go wrong! Find it here on Amazon.

Hydration Electrolites

It’s easy to get dehydrated when you travel, especially when you take long flights. Nuun hydration elctrolytes not only give you the hydration boost you need, helping to stave off jet lag and reviving you after hot sightseeing days, they also offer immune support, helping you to stay healthy while you’re away. Available here on Amazon.

Leukotape

Even the best sneakers can give you blisters when you are out sightseeing all day. Leukotape is the best thing in the world for blister prevention. It is also perfect for strapping feet, toes or knees. Hikers swear by it and say it is softer than moleskin. It also will adhere for several days if you need it to. It’s a lifesaver. Available here on Amazon.

E Reader

E Readers make ideal gifts for travelers. Load as many books and audiobooks onto them as you want. (An 8GB Kindle holds 6000 books.) Waterproof and glare free you can even read with them on the beach. The newer models hold their charge up to a week. Once you’ve downloaded a book you don’t need wifi access to read it. Best gift ever! See the Kindle Paperwhite here on Amazon.

Earbuds

I recently ordered a bunch of Audio Technica audio equipment and am thrilled with the audio quality. At $99 these Audio Technica wireless earbuds are less than half the price of the Apple ones but the quality is outstanding. The are waterproof and have 6 hours battery life.

If you prefer wired headphones, the Audio Technica ATH E40 Professional In Ear Monitor Headphones provide studio quality sound at $99. Although not billed as noise cancelling they do seem to cancel out noise. Audio Technica have multiple headphone options. Check them all out here on Amazon.

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