Gift Ideas For Travelers

It’s no secret – I live to travel. When I am on my flight home I am already planning the next adventure. My love of traveling to Italy lead to my “accidental business,”  the Glam Italia Tours, where I take small groups of women on private, boutique tours of Italy. At the time of writing this post I am also prepping for a quick, pre-Christmas trip to Europe. Not only is travel always on my mind, but I’m also constantly thinking about the accoutrements of travel. I am always looking for ways to make it more effective, for items to streamline the experience, both for myself and also for my travelers.

If you are a travel enthusiast, if you have business travelers on your shopping list, or if you have recreational travelers on your list, I have some fabulous wish list and gift ideas for you.

Gift Ideas For Travelers


A Multi Purpose Travel Adaptor

You probably already know that when traveling outside of the USA the voltage and the configuration of the electricity pins changes. You can’t plug your American electronics into foreign power points, and in America we are at 110 volts, but most of Europe and Australasia are at 220 volts. This means that you need an adaptor that lets you plug into the wall socket wherever you may be, but also that will convert the voltage and give it surge protection. If you just have the plug configuration the excess voltage will no doubt fry your electronics.

all in one travel adaptor

I have had several different adaptors over the years, some have been good, some have broken. Last year I bought the Travel Smart All In One Adaptor from The Container Store I like it because it converts all over the world, no matter where I travel, it is easy to use and is lightweight, so I can throw it in my handbag or carry on.

A Power Strip Or Outlet Extender

travel swivel charger

It’s not unusual to be away and have a hotel room that only has one wall socket. The Belkin Surge Plus USB Swivel Outlet Extender has 2 USB charging ports as well as 3 power outlets, and it swivels to configure into any small space. I got mine online at The Container Store.

A Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Music makes memories, and whether you are adding texture to a vacation or sanity to a work trip, take your music with you with a good wireless portable speaker. Most are compatible to your Pandora and Spotify feeds, as well as whatever music you have stored on your smart phone.

wireless speaker

There is a huge selection of portable speakers available online at

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Noise Cancelling Headphones

Whether you are drowning out the buzz and hum of an airplane in flight, a screaming baby, or annoying loud talkers in the row behind you, noise cancelling headphones are a must when you travel.

bose noise cancelling earbuds

I am a huge Bose fan, and love the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds. The Bose sound quality is always amazing, and they are really convenient too because they pack down so small.

bose noise cancelling headphones

The other option for noise cancelling headphones is an around ear model. These are a little bulkier to carry  than the earbud style, but they have the huge advantage of being a deterrent to incessant talkers sitting next to you.

You can see a huge selection of noise cancelling headphones, including the Bose models online at

A Portable Phone Battery/Charger

This one is a travel essential! Every traveler needs to have an external battery for their phone. Whether your phone loses its charge during the flight, or if it just needs extra power during a day of sight seeing, you don’t want to be stranded with no phone access. Look for a model that has multiple charges (rather than just one charge), and that can power up a phone or tablet from a completely dead battery.

phone charger external battery

You can find a good selection of chargers/external batteries at 

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A Tablet/Kindle/eReader

ipad for travel

The days of dragging heavy books around are long gone. Every traveler needs some form of e-reading device, for books, travel guides, and entertainment. I use an iPad so that I can also watch movies and play solitaire, one of my friends travels with an iPad Mini, my sister in law always has a Kindle with her.

You can see the full range of iPads and tablets and the full range of Kindles available online here at


RFID Blockers.

Everyone, not just travelers, needs some form of RFID blocker to protect their credit cards and all their personal information. Anyone with a RFID scanner can read all the information on the magnetic strip on your credit cards, and the digital information on your passport. A scanner is about the size of a cell phone, and if you just walk past one, for example in a coffee shop, all your information will be taken and compromised. The Container Store has a variety of RFID blocking options from credit card and passport sleeves, to wallets, to handbags.

RFID credit card sleeve

I just watched this video for the Travelon Anti Theft Cross Body Bag.

travelon anti theft crossbody bag

I want to get one! Most high tourist cities have a big problem with pickpockets. Any time you are in a crowded situation you have to be extra vigilant with your handbag, but still someone could slash it, slash the shoulder strap, or if you have ever watched you tube videos of pickpockets in action, they can get their fingers in and out of your bag before you even know it. This bag also has built in RFID blockers!


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Gadgets To Pack When You Travel

Are you taking off on a big trip this summer?
Part of getting prepared to travel is planning and prepping the gadgets you need for your trip. And in a gadget driven world, you do need them.

Kindle Oasis


This looks super cool. The thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, the Kindle Oasis has a high res 300ppi display with crisp, laser quality text that reads like paper, without glare, even in direct sunlight.
It has a new ergonomic design with dedicated buttons to effortlessly turn the page, and the longest battery life of any Kindle.

It is pretty much perfect to travel with because it is so thin and so lightweight.

At the time of writing this the Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order, and is being bundled with a free trial of Kindle Unlimited, which gives you unlimited free books every month for $9.99

iPad Mini


I have been traveling with my regular iPad for ages, but love the idea of sizing down to the more handbag friendly iPad Mini.

Powercube 4 Outlet USB Power Strip


Make friends at the airport with this easy to pack charger that takes USBs and regular plugs. Super handy to travel with, the Powercube is your perfect travel mate. At only $24.95 its super affordable too.

Insignia Global Travel Adapter Kit


If you are traveling overseas you need to pack an international power adapter. All of your electronics, your phone chargers, laptops, curling irons – all of it needs to be plugged into an international power adapter. Different countries have different plugs for electronics as well as different power strengths, so without an adapter you can’t plug in.

Lstn Wood Noise Isolating Headphones


These are incredibly cool and super chic. 
I got mine from my Zoe Report Box Of Style. Each pair is made from reclaimed wood from high end furniture manufactures and wood floor manufacturers, and each pair sold helps restore the hearing of a child in need through The Starkey Foundation.
They also offer free worldwide shipping with no minimum purchase.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones


I love these. They make all the difference in the world when you are on an international flight (or just a long flight). They completely delete the buzz of the plane’s engines, as well as the snoring from the guy seated next to you, and the screaming baby in front of you. You can just chill and listen to your music or the movie you are watching. They have an added benefit that once they’re on no one bothers you or tries to talk to you.

External Cell Phone Battery


I learned the hard way last year that you need to get a small, lightweight external battery charger for your phone.
I had a larger version of the Anker Battery Charger with a huge number of mAh, but it was really a lot of extra weight in my bag each day, so this year I am traveling with the Anker Power Core Lipstick Sized Portable Charger.
Anker makes a great product, and the size and weight of this one is much better for travel.
I ordered a rose gold one to match my iPhone, and got it through Amazon for $9.95