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Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers 2016

HOliday gift guide for travelers

holiday gift guide for travelers

When the holiday season rolls around, we all want to shop for ourselves, friends, family… and ourselves. Just kidding. Well not really.  But if you’re stuck in a nit trying to think of what to get your travel bestie (or what to drop hints for them to get you… ) this Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers list will is sure to  give you some great ideas.

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 For Adventure Travelers

GoPro Hero 4 or Sony Action Cam

GoPro is the running standard for cameras if you’re talking about action and water sports. The fact I didn’t have one, only makes me kick myself for losing a lot of cool shots on my recent trekking/caving adventure! But the Go Pro Hero 4 Black can feel a bit pricy . If you’re into something cheaper and you don’t mind the lack of 4K or an external battery charger, then check out the GoPro Hero 4 Silver and the GoPro Entry Level cameras. The GoPro Hero 4 Silver comes with a LCD back, but both are waterproof.

A less expensive alternative is the Sony’s Action Cam .It shoots 4K and sports WiFi and GPS.

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gopro vs sony action cam

Dji Phantom 3 Drone

Drones are  very much “in” with some travelers these days. The Dji Phantom 3 Drone Pro has the ability to hover like an eagle and record epic landscapes and rivers puts a new spin on the term “home travel video”. It shoot in 4K too.  Although a bit on the pricy side, I had to list this for  the avid videographer and photo enthusiast.  The downside is that certain countries do ban drone usage and some areas are restricted. You’ll need to read up on the drone laws of the country you enter, beforehand.

Dji Phantom 3 Drone

Dji Phantom 3 Drone

Quikpod Selfie Extreme Selfie Stick

Selfie sticks are the new travel rage and you’ll find a lot of tourists that carry them.. So why don’t you have one yet?  If you’re a lighthearted tourist who is fine with using your mobile camera for selfless, then the Quikpod Selfie Extreme Stick is your stick. It certainly is mine! If you’re looking for a little more in capturing your moments, using a range of cameras or even under different climate and terrain, then the  Quikpod Selfie Extreme Stick  is your lucky star! It’s for the photographer and action camera person, who needs something a little more rugged. It’s heavy duty, expands up to 4 feet high and mounts a GoPro, mobile camera, pocket camera and DSLR. You can use it in extreme weather and underwater! You can even use it as a monopod!

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quikpod selfie extreme monopod selfie stick

 

SteriPEN Freedom & Lifestraw

Going to a country without clean drinking water? The SteriPEN Freedom and Lifestraw are two water purifier devices you want to take with you.   The SteriPEN is my first favorite, due to it’s easy. Swish it around in a glass of water with it’s UV light and you’re good to go. Flip it around and it turns into a flashlight! If you get the SteriPEN Freedom Solar Bundle (see my review), then it comes with a solar external charger too!

The Lifestraw is new favorite I’ve recently tried. Just insert straw into river or stream and suck.  Both claim to eradicate 99.9% bacteria in unclean water.

Read My 5 Travel Must-Haves for India

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Top Water Purifiers: steripen freedom vs lifestraw

NyteBright Head lamp

Going trekking or caving? Are there frequent power cuts and blackouts where you’re going? Perhaps, you just plain need a headlamp to walk in a small village at night or to go running?   A NyteBright headlamp is easy to use, is hands free and casts a good beam to light your path for running, hiking, caving and anything else you might need it for. The best headlamp, I find, especially for caving, is one where the light isn’t protruding, but is protected from bumps and hits.

Neobryte headlamp

NyteBright Headlamp

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Tech and business travelers :

Seagate 2TB External hard drive

Do you like taking a lot of photos but only carry one or two memory cards? I’m assuming that’s a yes for most of travelers. Seagate Slim Backup Plus 2TB External Hard Drives (I have the 2TB version) is a perfect photo backup solution.  I’ve seen travelers going through their photos, hand picking photos to delete in order to make space on their memory card. That’s the long work around.  Most of us need more cards and storage space! The Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive is a lightweight and Seagate is a trustworthy brand in external drives. Make certain you get the specified drive for your computer- Windows or Mac.

Tip: Buy it at Costco and it comes with an external rubber bumper jacket, which stores its USB cord and 200 GB of Cloud Storage space!  This is one of my travel tech resources!

Seagate BAckup Plus 2TB External Drive

Seagate BAckup Plus 2TB External Drive

11.6″ MacBook Airbook

These days, I never travel without my travel laptop, my 11.6″ MacBook Air…ever!  As a traveler and blogger, I like to stay connected and I like the ability to surf the web and offload my photos onto my own laptop so my information is secure.  I also don’t want to wait in long hostel queues for my time on a computer!  The 11″ Mac Airbook is perfect for the traveler– thin, lightweight and fully functional to do heavy work on the road.  Want something even more lightweight and simple?  Check out the Apple iPad Mini 4. You can always just buy an attachable keyboard if you’re a heavy emailer?

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Macbook Air 11 inch vs ipad

Unlocked iPhone 6

While i’m not crazy about my Unlocked iPhone 5C‘s camera (my mother’s iPhone 6 camera is better…), I do love my iPhone and even moreso, the fact that when it’s unlocked, I can use other SIM cards! Yes, there’s a reason you’ll pay a little more and for a frequent traveler, it’s worthwhile. For years I used an iPodTouch 4 for all my travel needs. Only problem is that I always had to find a free WiFi signal, which is not ideal when you’re a travel blogger who needs to be on social media or a traveler, who wants to have handy tools like Google Maps!  Since I’ve converted to an iPhone, I’ll never go back.

If you buy a SIM with a data plan, you can turn your phone into a hotspot for your laptop and other devices! If you get a solid 3G/4G SIM/Data Plan, then hotspot works better than a hostel and hotel’s wifi.  Whether it’s version 5 or 6, the iPhone is the bomb!

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unlocked iPhone 6

Huawei 5776 Wifi Mobile Hotspot

Don’t have the chunk change for an Unlocked iPhone? A smaller portable travel investment is a Huawei 5776 WiFi Hotspot. Similar to an phone, you insert the country SIM you’re in and voila!  This version offers 4G LTE in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa & 3G globally.  It takes a micoSIM card.

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Huawei wifi mobile hotspot

So while you’re at it, you might want to pick up a MediaDevil Simdevil 3-in-1 Adapter kit as a backup to ensure you always have the right size (or you might just save the original casings your SIM came with!).

Mediadevil simdevil adapter kit

Mediadevil simdevil adapter kit

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All Travelers

Amazon Gift Cards

These days, because buying gifts for individuals can be hit or miss, I actually give gift cards where it’s fitting. I prefer getting them too. An Amazon Gift Card is a perfect gift or stocking stuffer, as Amazon is pretty much the one-stop shop I buy most of my travel gear, with the exception of clothes!  For the holiday season, if you purchase a $25 or $50 Amazon Gift Card, Amazon will throw in anything from a cute Christmas card or a holiday tin!

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Amazon Gift Cards for the holidays

Lumsing Power Bank (LUM 008-01) External Charger

From pocket cameras, to mobile phones and iPads.. the  Lumsing Power Bank (LUM 008-01) external charger help extend the lifetime of your tech driven world, by giving your tech gear its power juice, when it’s run out. They come in all shapes in sizes and in solar powered or electrical powered. There’s a few good ones, like the elegant Lumsing Power Bank, which charges from a 10,400mAh battery and weighs 8.5 ounces. Read more about external chargers.

Lumsing Power Bank (LUM 008-01)

Lumsing Power Bank (LUM 008-01)

SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB micro SD

Photo memory cards aren’t the sexiest gifts to give a loved one, but it’s certainly a practical one! You can never have enough memory cards! Not when you travel. Unless you have the patience to go through your photos at the end of each day and painstakingly delete the bad ones so you can free up space on your memory card (been there, done that, over that!), you’ll want backup cards! I recommend the SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB micro SD

Tip: If you’re looking to shoot in 4K video, you’ll want to get is a SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB. You can use some Lexar and Samsung cards, but it’s the high read and write speeds you’ll want.

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Sandisk extreme memory card

Banjees Wrist Wallets

You’ve seen me using Banjees Wrist Wallets in a good chunk of my on-location YouTube videos. That’s because my Banjees Wrist Wallets make a great travel wallet, which allows me to outsmart pickpockets! No one ever expects me to carry a wallet on my wrist. Discrete and fashion ready, it’s especially handy in markets where I need to be cash ready.  I can even store cash in it when I go swimming!  Read/watch how I use it.

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banjees wrist wallets

Clever Travel Companion Clothing

From shirts, tank tops to underwear, …the Clever Travel Companion has found a way to make your wallets pickpocket proof.  I’ve already done a couple of reviews on the Clever Travel Companion and still stand by this clothing brand. From tank tops to underwear, the Clever Travel Companion clothing has a smart and secret zippered pocket to keep your money on you and in a difficult place for thieves to get to.  It’s a smart choice for those who want to wear their money on them, but not in a money belt or a revealing way!

SALE| From now until Jan 31st, 2015, you can get $5 USD OFF on all your orders at Clever Travel Companion​. Use the discount code: UFWRRAIB2F54 

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Clever Travel Companion Underwear

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eBags Slim Packing Cubes – 3pc Set

I never used to be a fan of packing cubes… until recently when a friend, let me borrow her eBags Slim Packing Cubes on my trip to India. Within the first week I was converted. While I still love Space Saver Bags, packing cubes certainly help separate my clothes as if I were organizing them by separate drawer space. I can organize and access my clothes by cubes, rather than squishing them all together.  The extra weight and material is minimal so you won’t feel the difference.

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eBags Slim Packing Cubes – 3pc Set

Eagle Creek Doubleback 22

Forget the days of the backpacker’s backpack, we’re in the modern era of convenience, style and carry-on portability. Today it’s all about carry-on rolling backpack convertibles. The Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 is certainly a flashpacker’s new love. It comes with an attachable day pack and you’ll have many reasons to love it.  Eagle Creek was thoughtful about the design and build– sleek and stylish, durable and war-ready, there is a purpose for each pocket and placing.   Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 can be used for both,  the business and vacation traveler. Check out my video review (coming soon)!

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eagle creek doubleback 22 convertible backpack

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Female Travelers

Anigan Leak Proof Period Panties

Who loves period time when they travel? Having your period on the road just feels sucky. Packing for it is no fun either. That’s where Anigan Leak Proof Menstrual Panties come in.  These take away the need for pads and tampons and worries about stained underwear. Yup, that’s what the Anigan Leak Proof Menstrual Panties claims, along with the thousands who have tried it and even I’m eager to get my hands on one of these myself!

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anigan leak proof period panties

 

Diva cup

Okay, maybe this might be an awkward thing to give as a stocking stuffer or grab bag. But you can always Secret Santa your travel bestie with a Diva Cup 1 and the looks (they have a pre-childbirth and post childbirth version) alone might freak her out, she might secretly use it.   That’s because we all want to get rid of having to pack our sanitary pads and tampons when we travel. Insert the Diva Cup and empty it when it gets full. Done.

Now if we could only get rid of periods that easily.

Diva Cup, menstrual cup

Diva Cup

 

If you liked this post, check my past ‘Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers’ lists for more ideas!

What’s on your Best Travel Gifts for the Holidays gift giving radar? What would make your Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers this year?

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Nice list! The packing cubes are so necessary when you’re backpacking. The wrist wallets sound really useful, but the thing I’m buying next is the lifestraw!

  2. I’ve never heard of Banjees before! Those wrist wallets look like life-savers! Definitely going to get one for myself.

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