The idea of buying and receiving travel gifts is among the most encouraging things you might think about these days. After all, with so many of us stuck at home, it can be fun and hopeful to look at the best travel gifts and products. The important thing to remember, though, is that travel and travel needs will be quite different in the post-quarantine period. To help with your gift-buying (and getting) needs, we’ve looked at the latest and greatest ideas in gifts for people who travel, as well as gifts for travel lovers currently stuck at home.
It goes without saying that many of the top travel gifts will emphasize hygiene to help keep each traveler safe and healthy. That means that carry-ons should include larger than normal totes that allow a traveler to carry their hand sanitizers, a travel size of sanitary wipes to allow them to be doubly-sure their immediate area is germ-free, and a spare mask for those who are more comfortable wearing them (and for airlines that will require the use of them during travel).
Infinity pillows are also a must for any traveler taking a long airplane, car, train, bus or boat trip. The famous Huzi Infinity Pillow stands out from the crowd as it takes its name from its design that allows it to wrap around the neck entirely and offer total neck support as well as a sanitary space to rest the head during travel!
There is also the equally popular Trtl pillow that acts as a scarf and travel pillow in one. It has a cradle-like design that offers full support for the neck and holds the wearer’s head in a comfortable position without it requiring coming into contact with any surrounding surfaces. This easily qualifies it as among the best gifts for world travelers, as well as those just taking a car trip and hoping to nod off for a bit of time.
And while many of us would love to bring a favorite blanket from home, or trust that the blankets offered aboard a plane are sanitary, neither is a possibility. That is why one of the best gifts for travel lovers is a large, cashmere wrap. Yes, it is a luxury option, but when a safe and sanitary blanket alternative is needed, it is among the best gifts for travel lovers, men and women alike.
And while we are all very worried about germs and other pathogens while traveling, we should still keep our financial and informational safety in mind. That is why an RFID blocking wallet is still a great choice among the many travel gifts available. Functional and attractive, they can be found in small and large sizes alike. They block illegal gathering of information contained in the RFID chips in a passport, credit card or other item.
And while many travelers are used to standing around charging stations and waiting for their opportunity to access these heavily used areas, you can spare your traveler the need. Instead, give one of the more useful of all travel gifts, a portable charger.
Not only does such a gadget allow them to avoid the groups clustered around the charging areas but it will also prevent them from ever running out of power in any location. They can be found in sizes small enough to tuck into a pocket and will usually power or recharge a phone three times, or more, before requiring their own recharging.
And if the traveler in your household or circle of family and friends is among the “carry-on only” crowd, the luxury brand of luggage Away is also among the best travel gift ideas. Why is a wheeled carry-on from this brand among the best gifts for frequent travelers? As the experts at Travel + Leisure explain, the “brand’s stylishly spare luggage has quickly become a cult-favorite with travelers for its indestructible design, easy internal organization, and built-in USB charger, which is removable to comply with airline regulations.”
We all know that we get dehydrated with traditional travel, whether it is by air or other means. We forget to eat and drink enough and that can weaken immunity and open us up to fatigue and disease. The famous YETI brand of insulated tumblers and thermoses are an ideal travel gift. Dishwasher safe, they can be heavily sanitized and spare you from drinking from fountains or even requiring a beverage from an unknown source. They are reliable for keeping drinks icy cold or hot, as needed.
Another of the travel presents to consider in this post-quarantine era is a pair of comfortable loungers that can be worn as shoes and slippers alike. Many experienced travelers make a point of bringing slippers and changing shoes once on board. This may no longer be a safe and sanitary option. Instead, a pair of wool loungers, such as those from the Allbirds brand can become a wonderful substitute. Stylish and comfortable, they can be worn from the beginning to the end of any journey.
Finally, one of those more unique and useful gifts for travelers that can keep them healthy and safe is an iPhone or Android phone camera lens kit. Though the iPhone’s camera is noted for its superiority, all smartphones have rather advanced cameras. With the use of a camera lens kit, however, the recipient can enjoy remarkable results and always from a safe distance. After all, many feature wide-angle lens adapters, zoom lenses, macro lenses, and more. These can allow them to take amazing photos and always from a safe spot.
Match Travel Gifts to the Destination
Of course, if you are still daydreaming of where you will journey or planning a holiday with family or friends, a good way to pick the best travel gifts is to match them to the destination. As an example, many hope to visit Caribbean spots like Turks & Caicos, Barbados, or St Barts as soon as quarantine ends. While such journeys may involve stays in luxury rentals, many of the gifts above would be helpful, as well as diving watches, hiking gear, cameras, and skin care products suited to the tropics.
The good news is that there are as many travel gifts as destinations, and in the very near future we will all be making plans to pay a visit, pack our bags, buy gifts, and enjoy a holiday.