The holidays always bring travel - trips home, trips to families, and trips to vacation spots. Every year at this time, I like to share my favorite travel items for gifts and for your own travel.
Here are my tops for this year:
I now have a little dog tag like the service men wear but I must say mine is much more fashionable. Thanks to RoadID, my guy and I now wear necklaces while we hike and bike ride with important identification on them. RoadID offers several versions of ID tags including the tags that Paul and I have, bracelets, ankle bracelets and shoe tags. The tags can be engraved with one of many designs including bikers, runners, event logs and a host of other choices. Each of my own three children will find one of the tags in their stockings this year. Visit www.RoadID.com for more information.
It has been my goal for quite sometime to find the perfect suitcase. I want one big enough to carry all my gear, but manageable enough to maneuver through airports, train stations, streets and narrow hotel hallways. This year, I found a new favorite. The Hartmann 24” expandable in tweed made me feel like a lady traveling in style. To say that a suitcase is beautiful seems silly, but it is, while also being extremely durable, easy to manage and large enough for a ten day trip through six countries which is how I tested it. Check out www.hartmann.com.
Chelsey Henry has the most amazing bags for traveling women including the Ultimate Bag. This bag has several smaller bags that help you organize everything: glasses, change, money, passport, laptop, really everything. I love my bag as I can stow it under the seat on the plane, carry it anywhere and it is classy so I can use one of the smaller bags as my evening purse for travel dinners. I use it everyday, not only when I am traveling. Visit www.chelseyhenry.com for more information.
If you are like me and always cold when traveling, you need the Cabin Cuddler. A nice, soft warm fuzzy cocoon- like blanket fits in its own little sack. Wrap it around yourself on the plane, use it as a pillow in a pinch, lay on it at the beach. The lightweight blanket can be found at www.cabincuddler.com. This blanket is great to carry in the car and to take to outdoor sports events as well.
Zelco continues to be one of my favorite companies for travel gadgets. I always take my book light when I travel. It is the perfect stocking stuffer at www.zelco.com.
Travel journals are always a nice gift idea for your favorite traveler. A friend of mine just bought me one for my birthday and it came in a little sack. Pick up a journal designed for travel at any bookstore or create your own by picking up a simple notebook and decorating it with stickers, photos and your own personal messages inside. This would be a great gift for kids to make for traveling grandparents.
Finally, here are some stocking stuffers: Cliff bars or Luna bars -- you never know when and if you will get food when traveling; playing cards since no airlines hand them out anymore and you never know when there will be a delay; passport holders -- passports are needed more and more these days; phone cards for places where cell phones don’t work; travel sizes of favorite make-up, perfumes, and personal care products.
Happy holidays and happy traveling.
By Kathleen Ganster
Kathleen Ganster may be reached at www.thetravelingbag.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.