20 Gifts for the Jet-Setter
Because travel is as much about the journey as the destination, the right accessories make a difference to the jet-setters on your gift list.
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Speaking of techies, the more gadgets they travel with, the more cords and chargers they’ll need to not only pack but keep track of. Throwing a bunch of cords into a backpack or suitcase just creates a tangled mess. Help them keep everything organized with this eBags cord packing cube, which features five pockets, elastic straps, and a versatile center section for just about anything. The cube comes in three sizes, so there’s one suitable for storing any portable electronic device you need, from a camera and its accessories to international travel adapters.
We all know airplanes are basically flying Petri dishes of bacteria and viruses, so giving your immunity a boost before, during, and after air travel is a wise move. Help keep the jet-setter in your life stay healthy with Rooted Shots, plant-based dried wellness shots (which makes them TSA-friendly) packed with organic superfoods and a daily dose of vitamin C. Simply add it to a glass of water, stir to dissolve and ward off the germs floating in the air around you. Aside from supplements, learn what other tricks flight attendants use to avoid getting sick.
For the traveler prone to motion sickness who hates missing out—or taking a pill that’ll make them groggy through the whole adventure—there’s a new choice: Reliefband 1.5, a drug-free wristband that uses patented, clinically proven, FDA-cleared technology to treat motion sickness. The wristband works by stimulating the median nerve at the underside of the wrist with gentle pulses. It works for travel by plane, train, boat, or car, as well as for virtual reality gaming, amusement park rides, and even morning sickness.
Essential to any fashionista’s travel wardrobe is that one perfect layer she can throw over every outfit in her suitcase. The Heidi Kagan ruffle or fur wrap has the look of cashmere but is machine washable. Don’t know her size? No problem—it’s one-size-fits-all and comes in more than 25 colors. Designed so that it won’t fall off her shoulders as she sprints through the airport to catch her connection—it will be her favorite gift this year.
Solo travelers, digital nomads, and travel bloggers often enjoy making new friends on the road. But if you’re not naturally outgoing, it can be difficult to strike up a conversation with strangers. Enter Travel Banter, a card game that helps break the ice with 98 questions inspired by a community of travelers. The questions are divided into five categories—arts and culture, food and drink, life and lessons, culture and people—which makes it easy to chat with just about anyone you meet along your journey.
Smart packing system
For the traveler who lives out of their suitcase, never really settling into one hotel room, this trusty set of packing cubes is an essential organizational tool—and one of 30 brilliant buys travel pros never travel without. The eBags Hyper-Lite travel packing cubes come in a five-piece set and are designed to efficiently store all the belongings in your suitcase. Put shirts in one, undergarments in another, and so on—or pack an entire day’s worth of clothes into each cube. For quick unpacking when you choose to, just pop the mesh-topped cubes from suitcase to drawer, and never unfold what you don’t wear.
If you’re athletic or work in healthcare, you’re already familiar with compression socks for their support, but you’ve never seen them in such fashionable colors before. In-flight, they help reduce leg swelling and ward off blood clots by boosting circulation. Gone are the days of boring black, white, or nude options—men and women alike can choose from an array of bright colors and fun patterns by Dr. Motion, and still reap all the benefits.
It’s far too easy to skip workouts while traveling when hotel gyms are often small and ill-equipped and going for a jog in an unfamiliar neighborhood can be daunting. But the health-minded traveler can pack a lightweight gym right in their bag, so no excuses. The Tension Toner is a workout system consisting of 70 full-body exercises that engages pulling muscles using adjustable resistance. At only 16 inches and 1.5 pounds, it won’t give you an inadvertent workout just hefting it through the airport.
Portable clothes washer
Doing laundry isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, but for the traveler hoping to pack light on an extended trip, it’s a necessity. Luckily, carving out time in a laundromat won’t be part of your gift recipient’s itinerary. Laundreez is a compact, portable, and waterproof bag for washing clothes—just throw a few clothing items in, add detergent and water, swish them around, let them soak, and then rinse them out. It definitely beats washing up in a hotel sink, as hands stay miraculously dry.
Sleep mask and speakers
Air travel can be a great way to disconnect, relax, and recharge when you can drown out noise and light without strapping on layers of uncomfortable or awkward devices. These Sleep Mask Headphones combine high-quality speakers with 3D eye contours and an ergonomic nose cover that will help you doze off on a flight or in a noisy hotel room. If you have trouble sleeping on an plane, you’ll want to know these 14 snoozing secrets from seasoned travelers.