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.
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 50 individual packets for about $13 or a compact that holds 15 Wipes for about $9. Available on amazon.com.
Portable Water Purifier: While the alcohol in that red wine probably kills bugs, you may be forced to drink water instead during your travels. When you’re unsure if the water is safe–or you refuse to contribute to the waste of plastic bottles–use GoPure Pods. Drop it in your bottle or glass and drink safely. One pod replaces the need for 2,000 one-liter bottles. It absorbs impurities and contaminants. Find it at amazon.com for $25.
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? There is also a U.S. map version for the roadtrippers. You can get a map at a travel or book store, as well as good old amazon.com. It will cost you about $25.
World Atlas of Street Food: How fun is this?!? And it’s hot off the press! Any traveler worth their salt knows that street food is one of the best ways to learn about a city or country, while mingling with the locals. The atlas lists the best street food from all over the world, arranged geographically. It’s hardcover, but it’s one of the best gifts for international travelers…it will soothe them when they’re at home longing for another trip. Get this treasure for $40 at your favorite bookstore or from amazon.com.
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