November 30, 2012

10 great Christmas gifts for the traveller!

Stuck for gift ideas for the person who travels? Here’s a few of my favourite things – and a few that I lust after…

Antler luggage: I stumbled upon Antler after my own bag had to be replaced by MAF (long story). They deemed the value of my hard shell bag to be worth a new Antler and I so loved it I asked if I could sell them! They’re made in the UK and are comparable on price with Samsonite. Hard shell, 4 swivel wheels, TSA lock, 10 year guarantee AND I’m having a massive sale! Click to see the prices >>>

Noise cancelling headphones: This is one of my lust-haves. Everyone’s raving about them for canceling out screaming toddlers, engine noise and listening to your movie or music in style. Here’s a review of the Top 10, including Sony, Bose and Sennheiser >>>

Kindle: If you’re a reader on a plane or on holiday but don’t want the extra weight books take up, especially when you’ve finished reading them and don’t want to biff them, the Kindle is your answer. I bought mine from Amazon, but got a cover from Dick Smith that has a little light in it for reading in bed when your partner is zzzzing. There are different sizes and now the new white background. Plus get a gift voucher to download some books and it’s the perfect pressie. Amazon store Kindle page >>>

GPS: We got a Tom Tom GPS as a wedding present and have found it handy not only for driving in NZ but have also downloaded US and Australian maps and now if we plan to rent a car anywhere, our little “Thomas” comes with us. Here’s a link to Harvey Norman’s Tom Toms >>>

Panasonic Lumix camera: I’ve been using a Lumix for several years now and have 3. My main one is the FZ40 with a 25x zoom – perfect for animals and children and other things too dangerous to stand in front of. But I like my old DMC-TZ7 with a 12x zoom for quick snaps and it’s got a really good food setting (of all things). Then I have my waaay old DMC-FX07 with an underwater housing for when I want to get fancy with fish. The annoying thing is they all come with slightly different battery sizes so 3 chargers also need to travel. Here is a link to Bond & Bond who have a sale on Lumix at the mo >>>

Portable luggage scale: This is another item I think I need to have, especially when the shopping may have gotten out of control and one needs to check before heading to the airport! Fishpond has one that you strap over the handle and lift to read weight for under $50 >>>

Slippers: Yes slippers! I always take mine in my cabin bag so I can kick off my boots. Beware of thinking those airline socks are enough – have you ever been to the loo late in a flight and found the floor to be less than savoury? I rest my case. My faves are my calf-skin ones (which are wearing very thin now!) Click here for The Cowhide Company >>>

Head cushion: I don’t always travel with my head cushion, but when I do my favourite is one of those bulky yet squishy things rather than the inflatable kind. The latter has a little seam which can dig in, but while the former is a pain to fit into your cabin bag, it’s worth it. Just wrap it round your bag handle as you stride through the baggage hall. These can be about $25, but I got a black NZ one from the $2 shop (albeit for $12)

Wine skin: Aha! Probably the most practical gift of all so you never need fear the wine you have carefully wrapped your clothes around will leak. It’s bubble wrap in the shape of a wine bottle with a sealable bottom. Oh and don’t forget a cork screw. Always be prepared. Click here to find Wine Skin retailers >>>

Travel document wallet: I’m not a fan of passport wallets, they’re a total pain when you have to remove it every time you go through customs. I sometimes use a DL size, but my favourite for a long trip when I have lots of paperwork like hotel confirmations, car hire, itinerary, airline tickets, is an A4 document wallet that slides in front of my laptop in my cabin bag and is easy to slip out whenever I need my papers. Plastic or fancy leather, depends on your budget!

 

About Megan Singleton

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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