Top 8 Gifts for the Traveler to Give or Get

It’s time to shop for gifts to give or get for the traveler in your life. As a frequent traveler, I’m often asked about my favorite pieces to pack. Below are items I’m obsessed with that I wouldn’t leave home without. Pick the perfect present for the wanderluster on your list, or treat yourself to something special for your next trip. Enjoy this gift guide and Happy Holidays from A Well Traveled Life…

1) Take me Away! In an age of high fees for checked luggage, the perfect, budget-friendly carry-on that rolls easily is a must. Away’s stylish colors and versatile accessories also make me a fan. It has a handy built-in USB charger, which is removable to comply with airline regulations. Starting at $225

2) Golden Goose stylish kicks are trendy for good reason. The distressed materials make these fashion-forward luxe sneakers comfortable and versatile enough to pair with a number of looks - from pants and shorts, to dresses and denim. $515

3) Entertainment: Netflix’s thriller Sharper Objects starring Amy Adams, or Jennifer Garner’s new comedy Camping on HBO are perfect for binge-watching away hours on an airplane. Or get caught up in novels like the romcom "One Day in December" by Josie Silver, or courageous love story "Next Year in Havana" - both on my Christmas wish list.

4) Comfortable headphones with a cool vibe are essential for a pleasant journey. Check out Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones $249.95

5) Yes! Fanny packs are back and oh so fashionable! Keep it classic, stay simple. We like the versatile, sleek lines of the CUYANA pack, plus the brand’s other leather goods such as totes and passport covers. Fanny pack $140

6) Electronics are a necessary evil when it comes to travel. Whether it’s a cell phone, Ipad, or laptop - be sure it’s charged, content downloaded, with a reliable battery backup. Check out this external charger Mophie Power Reserve External Battery $99.95

7) The essential accessory, a scarf is my main must-pack. Handy for outdoor dining on cool nights, protection from the sun or dust, covering my head or shoulders in a church or mosque, or an extra layer on chilly airplanes. The handwoven, cotton scarf pictured is from ethical label lemlem, woven by Ethiopian women who benefit from the brand’s success. $195  

8) The Flight 001 4-in-1 adapter is compact and essential. This colorful converter enables travelers to plug in in 150 countries, and comes with a color-coded map to make it easy to figure out which prong situation works for each destination. $25

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