It's Holiday shopping season again! So, what do you get that avid traveler
in your life? We asked visitors that very same question. As a special
feature this month, we've posted your suggestions.
I would not hit the road without a vest--like a safari or
photographer's vest with many pockets inside and out. I do not like
to carry a purse and can carry everything I need--maps, camera,
passport, food, money, etc. You can layer underneath or over if you
are cold, just wear a T-shirt if it's warm. They come in a variety
of styles for women and men and a variety of weights.
I used to think they were too unstylish to wear, but I found one that
is really O.K. looking. Besides, who cares? You will never see those
I wouldn't take any trip without a few essentials attached to my key
ring. I have found ALL of these useful, handy and necessary on almost
Compass: helps to orient me, even after navigating the tube tangle in
London, and exiting to find no sunlight to indicate which way is up.
Folding Scissors: easily open the CD from local musicians, clip a
newspaper article with details an interesting attraction, break into
the impossible to open Doritos package, etc.
Clip: the type that allows me to easily anchor the keyring to a
zipper loop, a belt loop, etc. Also accommodates easy key additions
(like my hotel room key) without having to deal with all those metal
Whistle: great for attracting attention or scaring off potential
nabbers. Hey, I often travel alone.
Flashlight: a really small one (the size of a AAA battery) made by
Maglite. Absolute essential for any trip. If you cover the bulb with
your thumb you can still read a program at the opera and not disturb
anyone. Great for finding the facilities at the charming, but not
private, pensione or B&B.
Hope you find this list useful. Happy to participate.
Quick-lock wire ties -- can be used as luggage locks, emergency
repairs, even toothpicks.
I travel a lot and the one item (aside from normal clothing
and toiletries) that I cannot do without is a Swiss Army Knife..
My Swiss Army Knife goes with me to every continent! --
But make sure it has a wine corkscrew (how can you visit Paris
without one?) and a bottle opener in addition to the usual knife
blade(s) and screwdrivers which are indispensable!
It may not be the most expensive gift in your stocking, but you can't
beat an inflatable neck pillow for changing long trips, particularly
on airplanes. They fold up nice and small, and keep your neck from
becoming sore after sitting for hours. Mine changed my whole outlook
Soap Opera Body Shampoo. Custom scented, a one product fits all for
travelers. Shampoo, soap, quick laundry applications, wash up dishes
after snacks or breakfast, great for camping too. I don't go with out
Something I have that I love, and would be happy to give as a gift to
a traveler, is an inflatable neck pillow for use on trains, planes,
buses, cars. It is moderately priced, easy to pack, and prevents that
neck-snapping-while-dozing syndrome that I used to suffer from so much
before I had mine.
My all time favorite travel necessity apart from the ubiquitous "Swiss
Knife" is an automatic night light, very useful in strange hotel rooms
or inside cabins on board a cruise ship at night when trying to find
the bathroom without breaking a leg etc. It is also a very
inexpensive bon voyage gift.
I'm a filmmaker, and after finishing our last project my editor needed
a long rest and headed off to the Delta in Argentina. I got him a
Leatherman, which is like a Swiss Army Knife on steroids -- it's even
got a saw. The Leatherman seems like it's built to last forever.
In order to sleep on long international flights, I feel that a
good set of comfortable headphones which cancel out engine noise is
A golf ball: every world traveler needs one, to plug the lavatory
when the little rubber thing on a chain is long gone.
Medjet Assistance, a membership program for travelers. If you're
hospitalized anywhere in the world, Medjet Assistance will fly you and
your family back to your hometown hospital on a Learjet. The annual
membership fee covers everything: $150/year for individuals and
$225/year for families. Call 800-9MEDJET or check out