It’s back! That time of year when people start asking you what you want for the holidays. Or maybe you’re in #treatyoself mode. Either way, we polled our amazing community of women for their favorite travel items of 2017. Check out the list below. If you order directly from some of the links, you can support Wanderful through our partnership with Amazon.
Now: let’s get shopping!
We’ve all been there: you show up in your hotel abroad and realize that you have a million items to charge — and just one charger that works with the local outlets. Now you can charge up to six USB items at once with one easy charger. Pair it with an all-in-one travel adapter for an awesome gift to keep your traveler juiced on the go.
Price: $25 + $12.99 for travel adapter
Is the lady in your life a solo traveler? Help her get all her perfect shots while traveling with the GorillaPod magnetic tripod. “I could actually get photos of me without worrying about handing over my camera to a stranger,” said Wanderful community member Rebecca Latourell. They even have a version that can hold SLR and DSLR cameras.
You never know when a trip is going to turn into an impromptu party — while laying on the beach at Copacabana? Chopping up carrots in a hostel kitchen? When the friendly woman at breakfast also mentions she’s a professional bachata instructor? Now you’ve got music to your ears wherever you go.
Those redeyes go by much less painfully with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the crying babies and overly chatty strangers. Put on your favorite tunes (may we suggest some cool bossa nova?), close your eyes, and you’ll be there in no time. Plus, control everything (from the amount of noise cancellation to voice prompts) from your phone.
This microfiber towel can hold up to 5X its weight and dries 10X faster than regular towels. Great for backpacking, but also good for the beach, an outdoor blanket, a hostel towel, and other needs for both short- and long-term travel. Not that it matters, but they come in some pretty stylish colors, too. Pair it with the Sea to Summit body wash and shampoo above for a nice travel bath set!
Price: $9.99-19.99 depending on size
Stash your cash, keys, passport, phone, and any other small items in this handy infinity scarf with a secret pocket! Variety of colors and designs available — this one is called “Denver”.
“My PacSafe purse gives me total confidence that whether I’m traveling abroad or going to a crowded concert at home, my wallet and other valuables will be totally safe against pickpockets and secured from falling out,” says Wanderful member Samantha Costanzo Carleton. PacSafe purses and bags are loaded with security features to protect against traditional theft as well as identity fraud, so you can enjoy the journey rather than constantly worrying about your valuables.
Ever wish you weren’t walking down a street completely by yourself? That’s where this small and subtle sidekick comes into play. Use one, two, or three clicks to notify your loved ones that you’re safe, scared or in an emergency. Check out our recent article about Revolar here.
The SCOTTeVEST jacket features 25 pockets in a sleek design so you can carry your life in your coat while on the go without worrying about additional bags. We mean, there’s even an iPad pocket! There are slimmer versions if you’re more interested in style, but the traditional jacket let’s you hold the most stuff.
Glam on the Go
Just because you’re exploring the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to give up all the creature comforts. Leave the glass at home and pick up a box of wine and these silicone wine glasses for the road. They’re collapsible, lightweight and unbreakable — and they’re BPA-free! Now that’s something we can all toast to!
Price: $13.97 for 4
Heading to a meeting or event immediately after your flight? Hydrate your skin in-flight with these travel-friendly facial sprays, or use them during a long day to refresh your makeup. Wanderful community member Ellie Bahrmasel swears by them!
Price: $21 for a 3-pack
Everything you need to calm your senses, relax your muscles and even spruce up the air around you with this handy kit of 8 essential oils that fit into a tiny 3″ carrying case. With a kit that small, you truly can take it anywhere.
For the Traveling Soul
Recently returned from studying, working, or living abroad? Reverse culture shock is real. The good news is that our friends at Small Planet Studio created this special re-entry relaunch workbook to help get travelers settled back into the feeling of home. You never know when they’ll need it the most.
Satisfy your wanderlust at home or in the office with this gorgeously decorated 2018 maps of the world calendar by Rifle Paper. Prize goes to the person who can get to the year without booking a flight somewhere!
Nothing starts a conversation better than travel. Now, you’ll have loads to talk about when you hang this poster at home and invite a few friends over. Scratch off a new location every time you return from a trip and watch as the map slowly turns into some really beautiful colors.
If the title doesn’t say enough, also know that these Artyfactos necklaces and bracelets are handmade by female entrepreneurs in Colombia. The materials? Natural materials like orange peel and seeds. This Cali necklace is made from kidney beans! Plus, the pieces are super lightweight — perfect for throwing in a travel bag and using on a night out. Check out our article about Artyfactos here.
Price: Cali Kidney Bean Necklace, $34.99
Local Tour Gift Cards
Know your friend is traveling soon? Support a small business and offer experiences over things by purchasing a local tour for your friend to participate in. For inspiration, check out a San Francisco food tour, a Chicago architecture tour or even a New York movie tour.
Is the special someone in your life an aspiring travel blogger? Get her set up with (in our opinion) the best resources on the web. Travel Blog Success is regularly touted as the creme of the creme for their travel blogging courses, webinars, and even an opportunity board where bloggers can find sponsored gigs. Purchase a membership for full access or just grab a course or two. Then, buy her a ticket to Quebec City for WITS next year.
Price: $297 for membership