Holiday Gift Guide: 8 great gifts for travelers

While we should all be following the CDC’s advice to limit our travel this holiday season there is no reason to not make travel part of your holiday gift giving. Here are some items that will serve travelers well, but also get them excited for that time in the hopefully not to distant future when travel is safe once again.

ThePureBag Backpack

Backpacks have become the carry-on of choice for many travelers. ThePurePag Backpack ($168) provides travelers a bag that is sporty and functional. Crafted with healthcare grade embedded silver-Ion technology fabric and custom-made antimicrobial thread, it offers a rooming inside compartment and a zippered pocket for quick-grab items such as a passport.

Rickshaw Journey UV Portable Light Sanitizer

The Rickshaw Journey UV Portable Light Sanitizer ($39.99) is a simple battery powered device that provides an extra layer of security when cleaning everything from a cellphone to a hotel toilet seat. This lab-tested sanitizing wand was designed with travelers in mind, weighing just 0.3 pounds.

Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot

Having quality WiFi is is a must for today’s traveler, and the Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot ($179.99 + data) offers access to unlimited LTE data across all 50 states and more than 130 different countries. It also has a built-in camera, a speaker, two microphones, and power bank with device charging port.

Karout All-in-one Musical Pillow

When it comes to neck pillows, travelers fall into to categories: love’m or hate’em. If your heart (or neck) leans in favor of a pillow, then the Karout All-in-one Musical Pillow ($59.99) might be just right for you. Its built-in Bluetooth speakers easily connect to your mobile devices as well as provide extra neck support.

Hydaway Collapsible Drink Tumbler

Making something lighter and smaller and you will get a traveler’s attention—add in eliminating single-use waste and it becomes a traveler’s must-have. The planet-friendly Hydaway Collapsible Drink Tumber ($25) transforms from a 5 1/2″ tall sturdy 16-ounce container for hot or cold drinks to just 1″ tall puck.

AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press

The AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press ($31.95) brews remarkably delicious American, espresso, and cold brew style coffee. It is optimized for traveling, camping, or just going to work. It comes with its own 15 oz. mug with lid and is engineered so that all of the pieces fit inside.

High Road Southwest StashAway Car Trash Can

As more and more American jump in their car for road trips and visits to nearby drive destinations, the need for a quality trash container is clear. The High Road Southwest StashAway Car Trash Can ($19.99) is the perfect travel companion for multiple reasons, including its exclusive “StuffTop” cover, side braces, and three outside side pockets.

OLIKA Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray

When it comes to OLIKA Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray ($29.99 for package of six), its not just functional—it’s stylish. Containing 65% ethyl alcohol and essential oil blends (also available fragrance-free), OLIKA comes in elegant and simple bird-inspired TSA-approved size clip-on bottles.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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