Does Santa need a little help this year? Here are our favourite Christmas gift ideas for travellers:
Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale: There’s nothing worse than getting to the airport and discovering that your bag is several kilos overweight; you’re left rummaging through your luggage, wondering what you can possibly leave behind or lug with you on the plane. (I once spent a nine-hour flight with a queen-sized quilt clutched to my chest!) A luggage scale is a handy tool for frequent travellers, as it takes all the guesswork (and balancing on bathroom scales) out of packing.
Lifeventure Shampoo Leaves: With shampoo permanently on the no-fly list, there’s no way for sophisticated travellers to freshen up without digging through their checked bags. And there’s nothing worse than having a bottle explode all over your clothes and shoes! These shampoo leaves are perfect for those quick trips, and also for hiking and camping as they’re completely biodegradable. Makes a wonderful stocking stuffer!
Eurail Youth Pass: This is the perfect gift for all those graduates taking a gap year or summer vacation through Europe. The pass is available for anyone under 26, and allows them to wander through all 23 countries Eurail travels to. There are several options to choose from, depending on the length of the trip.
PicTranslator App: I know we talked about iPhone apps a few weeks ago, but this one deserves a mention. PicTranslator allows you to snap pictures of street signs, subway maps, menus and newspapers in foreign languages for instant translation in over 15 languages. Sure, you can’t wrap it up, but your iPhone-tourist friend or family member will love you for it.
Blankid: For well-travelled kids, this carryall/blanket is the ultimate in double-duty travel gear. It starts out as a backpack with removable pouched and unzips to become a soft blanket with a plush animal attached—perfect for naptime on the go!