Groan…gifts for international travelers? Really, what could they possibly need? I thought the same thing, but then I realized there were lots of ideas for the nomads on my gift list.
Here are just five gifts for international travelers. If you have more suggestions, please share!
Fold-up tote bag: I can’t speak for everyone, but I always come home with fabulous finds. Either they doesn’t fit in my suitcase or I want to hand-carry them. Packing a tiny tote bag is the answer. Rick Steves offers a sturdy tote with a zipper and outside pocket. If you know anything about this travel guru, it’s that he is not a shopper. But he recognizes that others are, so he sells the tote for about $20. His staff calls it the “Don’t tell Rick bag” and he points out it can be used for other things, such as dirty laundry. Whatever.
It’s a good idea to bring one or two on every trip, even if you’re not a shopper. Many countries do not provide single-use plastic bags for groceries, produce, or wine, so be prepared. Here’s one in a fun print.
Wine Wipes: A brilliant way to keep your teeth white when drinking all that red wine…it’s part of your wine research, right? Face it, travel involves enjoying the wine at your destination and the best stuff is red. And it stains teeth. Drink up and then use a wipe, made with a natural formula, to remove the evidence. Get 12 individual wipes for $15 or a compact with 15 wipes for about $10.
Portable Water Purifier: While the alcohol in that red wine probably kills bugs, you may be forced to drink water instead during your travels.
All kidding aside, experienced travelers know that sometimes water isn’t safe to drink, for a variety of reasons. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter lasts for 1,000 liters of contaminated water, removing 99.999% of minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns. For about $15, it’s a sound investment in health.
Scratch-off World Map: For the true world traveler, what’s more fun than scratching off each country after you return home? Or maybe just to motivate the couch potato who claims to want to take trips? Get one–with each country’s flag–for about $25.
There is also a U.S. map scratch-off version for the roadtrippers. This one has landmarks, major national parks, and attractions. for about $25
Lonely Planet Books: From guidebooks to every country to coffee table books on every travel topic, Lonely Planet has something for every globetrotter on your gift list. Get them planning for their next adventure with Wonders of the World.
One of the newest books is City Mazes, a puzzle book with accurate maps of 30 cities in the world, complete with landmarks.
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