Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Edition

Travel Gift Guide - Wardrobe OxygenHave a loved one who does a lot of travel for work? A friend with the travel bug who wants to step foot on every continent? Newlyweds who are doing a bunch of weekend getaways? Whoever it is, this is the gift guide for you. Presents at every pricepoint to make travel more enjoyable for your friend or family member.

Travel Gift Guide

1. Cork Globe

A great gift for the world traveler, she can use push pins to note all the places she traveled on the globe. Rotates on a stainless base and sits just under 6” tall so it’s perfect to place on a desk or tuck into a bookcase (there is a larger version also available at the link). $41.13 and free Prime shipping via Amazon.

2. TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible

Sometimes Facebook ads are successful. The one with a little video showing the versatility of this bag got me to click, but it also helped that I’ve shopped eBags before and have always been pleased with the product and experience. Also that 96% of people who have purchased it would recommend it. This bag is a beast. It fits in the plane’s overhead compartment, has a hand strap, shoulder strap, and backpack straps (all that can be hidden away if not used). Laptop compartment, pouch for your water bottle, expansion zipper, mesh dividers to separate clean and dirty clothes, even a little pocket at top perfect for storing your liquids for easy access at TSA check. Six colors to choose from. $99.00 with free shipping and returns at eBags. And if you wish it just had wheels, or just was a bit smaller, check out the rest of the TLS collection!

3. Menu Phrase Book

A set of tiny guide books the size of a credit card to help you decipher menu items written in French, Spanish, and Italian. A-Z listing of terms makes it easy to find items; the compact size means you can refer to it without the whole restaurant noticing. And while we all have smartphones, a book means no roaming fees. $11.95 and free Prime shipping via Amazon.

4. Poo-Pourri

I know, who wants to admit they poop? But we do, and there’s nothing worse than when last night’s meal disagreed with you and you’re sharing a hotel room with another. This stuff works. I first experienced it in Berkeley Springs. Car ride, long soak in a mineral bath, massage, and facial and well… all my body wanted to detox. And I wasn’t the only one. The day spa had Poo-Pourri in the bathroom, we all used it, and we all were oblivious to one another’s bodily functions. Trust me, your BFF, sister, or even your mom will thank you for such a gift after their first situation when they use it. $6.90 for a tiny bottle that fits in your makeup bag and lasts 3-5 uses, $8.99 for a bottle with 100 uses. Free shipping via Amazon.

5. National Park Coffee Mug

Beautiful retro art on this 12 oz. mug perfect for your US road-tripper or camping enthusiast. Eight different national parks to choose from. Dishwasher safe. $12.00 via eBags.

6. Packing Cube Backpack

What traveler doesn’t love a product that multitasks? Tom Bihn is one of my very favorite travel companies, their bags are utterly brilliant. Their Aeronaut 45 is the bag Karl and I always take on every trip, and we swear by their packing cubes and accessories. This bag is no different – it works as a travel cube to organize and slim down a suitcase, but also can be a backpack for day trips once at the destination. Made in the USA, lifetime guarantee, and take it from me Tom Bihn’s products are well made, smartly designed, and can take a beating while still looking great. $52.00 via Tom Bihn.

7. L.L. Bean Toiletry Bag

I have one that is 20 years old and is still awesome. This item has over 600 5-star reviews and it blows any other toiletry bag out of the water in regard to its durability and smart design. FYI, this is the kind pf bag made to hang, not to sit on a counter. Sure there’s super cute designer ones out there with glitter and gold, but this is one that won’t break mid-trip and be a reliable piece of luggage for years to come. There’s 12 colors to choose from. $29.95 and free shipping via L.L. Bean.

8. BÖHM Bluetooth Noise-cancelling Headphones

Whether it’s because your friend has the iPhone 7, or because it’s a pain to deal with wires especially on a flight or train ride, Bluetooth headphones are a blessing. Add a comfortable on ear style and noise cancelling technology and they’re a must for a traveler. These from BÖHM also have a built-in mic so you can answer your phone right from your headphones and great sound… and well they look cool too without looking too young or trendy. They also come in a really nice case that is sure to impress. A charge keeps them going for 16 hours, they come in two colors, and the price is pretty nice for all the technology and features. $84.99 and free Prime shipping via Amazon.

9. Star Wars Luggage Tags

Stand out from the crowd at the luggage carousel with this set of four Star Wars-inspired durable silicone luggage tags. Your loved one isn’t into Star Wars? This link has all sorts of characters available from My Little Pony to Mario Brothers, various Marvel and DC comic superheroes to Hello Kitty. $14.99 and free Prime shipping via Amazon.

10. Znzi Travel Stuff Pillow

We’ve seen plenty of folks walk onto a plane with a mini Boppy around their neck. And while having one of those is better than no pillow at all, sometimes that shape is pretty useless and uncomfortable. Enter the Znzi pillow. With six strategically placed magnets and two suction cups, this pillow will mold and conform to your needs, whether it’s leaning against the wall of a plane, angling your face to the side while trying to sit upright and not fall on your neighbor, whether you’re taller or shorter than the headrest. Comes with a travel bag that can clip to your carryon luggage, and makes for a comfy additional pillow once you reach your destination. $38.99 and free Prime shipping via Amazon.


  1. crtfly
    December 5, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    The LL Bean toiletry bag is great for backpacking too. You can attach it to the outside of your large backpack. Add an unbreakable camping mirror and you’re ready to hang your bag on a friendly tree and spruce up outside. (pun intended)

    I lived in the woods in a primitive cabin for a couple of years. The LL Bean toiletry bag was perfect and I used it every day.

    BTW, I am pleased to see that LL Bean still sells their Deluxe Book Pack. This is quite a large pack. I used it all the way through community college, undergraduate, and graduate school. One the the zippers started to fail. I wrote to LL Bean and they send me a new one immediately, true to their promise. The bag was so great. I carried a lot of very heavy textbooks for years in that pack. A lesser pack would not have been able to hold up to the beating I gave it.


    • December 8, 2016 / 11:57 am

      Chris, the more you comment and I get to know about you the more I love you! I had no idea you lived in a primitive cabin, that’s fascinating! As for the backpack, when Emerson started school I got her an LL Bean backpack. I got one in 6th grade and STILL use it. Three years of elementary school and that backpack still looks like new. My mom and sister both have LL Bean rolling suitcases and those things are made of steel, so sturdy and reliable. They know how to make bags!

  2. Jaime Natoli
    December 5, 2016 / 11:13 am

    I actually have the full-size Poo-Pourri in the “Trap-a-Crap” scent. It comes off as a bit of a gag gift because of the name, but this stuff is really great and works well. My husband laughed when he first saw it, but now we both use it regularly. And I’ve seen at least one woman at work bring the travel size with her into the office bathroom. Perhaps I need to start doing the same. 🙂

    • December 8, 2016 / 11:55 am

      The tiny one fits beautifully into a makeup bag or even the change pocket of a wallet!

  3. Nihongo Dame Desu
    December 4, 2016 / 4:44 am

    Thank you! I just crossed three things off my gift list. Well, two things, plus one for myself. Thank you!!

  4. December 2, 2016 / 10:06 am

    The cork globeeeee ! OMG I want that for myself !

    • December 2, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Me too! These gift guides are fun to make but make me want to buy allllllll the thingssssssss!

  5. bubu
    December 2, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I can’t even. Star Wars Luggage tags? Set of 4? My family is all set on stocking stuffers — thank you!!

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