Holidays can be stressful. Especially, if you have no idea what to get your family, friends, and coworkers. Fear not, the best gift to give this year is something they can use while traveling.
Yes, travel essentials are the perfect gift because they are versatile. Here are four gifts ranging from highest to lowest in price.
Noise Cancelling Headphones – Whether you are on a short or long-distance flight, the noise produced from the cabin and engine can be extremely annoying. Enter noise cancelling headphones that will isolate these irritating noises. I recommend purchasing the Bose Quietcomfort 35. Bose is known for producing some of the best active noise cancellation on the market. You will be able to hear only 10% of the engine which is great considering how volatile the aircraft can be. The Bose QC35 is also a great commuter and gym friendly headphone that can help you stay focused on your music or podcasts. This model does come with a cord, allowing you to still listen once the Bluetooth battery dies.
Insulated Jacket – This is the one jacket you will need to take with you no matter which season you are in. Whether it is a down or synthetic jacket, they both will keep you warm suited for inclement weather conditions from snow, rain, to even a chilly night out in the city. I recommend purchasing a Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket, offered in both Men’s and Women’s, this jacket is lightweight, windproof, and water resistant. I took this jacket with me last year on a trip to Vancouver and Seattle in late December, it was raining and snowing throughout my entire trip and not once did I need to add extra layers. This jacket is extremely versatile offering an amazing travel feature with a stuff sack compartment. There are more affordable options out on the market, but companies like Patagonia and even North Face offer some of the most durable insulated jackets money can buy.
Portable Battery Charger – Do not rely on those airport and plane outlets, they run on half the voltage making charging your smartphone, computer, or tablet a nuisance. Instead, go with a portable battery charger that can help alleviate these stresses. Look at purchasing the Charmast USB Portable Charger with Quick Charge, a capable power bank that can give you three full charges on your phone. Plus, it can charge a MacBook or any other 13’’ laptop computer. Although this battery is heavy, you can find plenty of lighter and smaller options to fit in your pocket.
Water Bottle – Staying hydrated is always important and it is even more important when traveling on a plane or through an airport. I recommend purchasing a S’well Insulated water bottle, perfect for getting ice water post-security at Starbucks. This bottle will keep liquids cool for 20 hours or hot for 10 hours. If you are interested in a more compact option, get the Nomader’s Collapsible Water Bottle and fill this up at any of the airports hydration stations. Both options are also perfect for hiking and working out at the gym.
These four items are perfect gifts to invest in for any travel situation, but most importantly they are practical for everyday use too. Just remember to grab a gift receipt, you never know anymore.