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  • Writer's pictureTheresa Chu-Bermudez

Travel must-haves: perfect gifts for the traveler in your life (and for yourself)

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

When it comes time to buy a travel-loving friend a gift, it’s easy to feel stuck on what to get. Journals are great — but not all travelers are journalers, and those that are often have at least a few blank ones on hand. In addition to some great items from our Travel Shop, here are some ideas for the travelers in your life (and for yourself!). I've taken each of these products on trips around the world with me, and I hope they'll also add to your travel experience!*

International Power Adapter. In the age of needing to charge multiple devices, having an international power adapter with multiple plugs is a must. This will prevent you from having to look behind desks and nightstands for additional outlets. My favorite adapter is the World Travel Adapter Kit by Ceptics. Not only does it have plugs that adapt to almost every country, it also has USB ports for additional charging options.

Eye Masks. Sleeping on a plane has always been challenging for many travelers during long-haul flights; however, with planes now coming equipped with individual screens on the back of each seat, getting some quality sleep has become even more difficult. Sure, having a bunch of movies and TV shows on demand is great...until you want to go to sleep and your neighbors don't. The light from the screens can often deter you from sleeping (trust me, I know). A quality eye mask for sleeping will come in handy in these circumstances. On a recent 12+ hour flight, I used a light-weight contoured eye mask to help me fall asleep. What sets contoured eye masks apart from standard eye covers is the additional comfort provided by large eye cavities (and it won't mess up your eye makeup!). I barely noticed the mask and I didn't wake up with lines on my face.

Dual Voltage Hair Styling Tool. This one is for the ladies (or gentlemen!) who straighten and/or curl their hair. In the US, the voltage we use is 110V or 120V whereas in Europe and many other countries around the world (China, New Zealand, etc.), the voltage is 220V or 240V. If you are traveling to Europe and you have a US hair styling tool, then you will not be able to use it abroad (don't try to plug it in and use'll ruin your styling tool!). On my trips to Europe and China this year, I brought my favorite dual voltage curling wand by Xtava and it worked wonders. It automatically adjusted to the correct voltage, and my hair looked fantastic. Xtava also makes a high quality dual voltage hair straightener. Both of these come with a travel case to make packing easier.

Portable Charger. Nothing drains a phone faster than taking photos, editing photos, and posting photos onto social media. The battery will drain even faster if you need your phone to look at a map or research the best restaurants. Portable chargers have become a necessity for many travelers (many people use it even when they aren't traveling) and you can find one that is relatively affordable. A couple of my favorites are the Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger and the RAVPower 22000 Portable Charger. The Anker is smaller and lighter than the RAVPower; however, the Anker also holds a smaller charge compared with the slightly bulkier RAVPower.

Having the right travel tools can make your travel experience even more amazing!

*Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means we may garner a small commission at no cost to you if you choose to make a purchase. Thank you so much for allowing me to offer recommendations on products I've found that positively impact my travel experience! Rest assured that I am not an affiliate of any product or service that I do not trust for my own use. If I don't use it, I don't promote it.

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