Buy a gift for the smart traveller this Christmas. You never know, a nifty accessory or two might be all your friends and family need to inspire them to book that longed-for trip. Here’s our selection of bits and pieces that are genuinely practical/helpful/beneficial for journey-time and stays away from home.
A Water Purifying Bottle
Especially useful for trips that go off the beaten track. This sleek bottle by Grayl is lightweight and makes clean purified water in around 15 seconds.
For the ultra-neat, tidy and organized, these Away packing cubes eliminate a jumbled up suitcase and also the need to unpack at your destination. Simply fold garments into the various box sizes and then lift out and place straight into drawers or onto shelves.
Everyone needs a zippered pouch to keep passports and tickets separate in hand luggage. We think this one from Patagonia makes a great-looking travel gift that’s made from organic cotton and is Fair Trade too.
If you don’t rate neck or wraparound travel pillows, treat someone to this soft, cheery red number by Fjallraven Kanken. It squishes into a stuff bag and feels like much more like a favorite cushion for extra travel comfort.
Universal Travel Adapter
Upgrade their plug-in power with a one-size-suits-all adapter. This version by iBlockCube is sturdy and can be used in 250 countries around the world. It also has USB sockets for charging your devices.
This one doesn’t have to be boring! Fjallraven Kanken’s fun and funky travel wallet holds money, a phone and a passport.
Lightweight Beach Towel
Cotton beach towels can be light, compact and luxurious. Minna’s gorgeous striped version is hand-weaved in Guatemala and will only get softer with age!
To help ease jet lag, this little pot of aromatherapy by Kiss the Moon makes a soothing gift. Jasmine and Sandalwood essential oils have been blended with shea butter to create this award-winning balm that is designed to be applied to pulse points for relaxation and restful sleep.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
For long-haul flights, these Beats headphones are an absolute must to block out all the surrounding hustle and bustle in the aircraft cabin.
Herschel Supply’s luggage strap might not be the most technical piece of kit but it sure is practical. Add this nifty little belt to your suitcase to make it instantly spottable on the carousel.
The Tupperware of travel, Human Gear’s GoToob + collection of travel decanting bottles are fantastic. These soft silicone bottles are durable and come in a range of sizes and loads of great colours. The original and the best in our opinion!
Now an essential on-the-move accessory, this sleek and compact one from Anker offers high-speed charging for seven different types of smart phones and enough power to charge a lap top too.