Being a travel blogger isn’t all sunshine and selfies…although there’s a lot of those, too! We caught up with a few of our favorite digital nomads to find out what travel essentials they can’t live without. From wi-fi devices to wetsuits, here are 12 gift ideas for your wanderlusting bestie.
Ramp up your gadget collection with these two-must have items.
Skyroam (portable wifi hotspot)
“As a full time traveler and travel blogger, it’s essential that I’m always connected to Wi-Fi, both to work, and to make sure my family knows I’m OK! That’s why I’d recommend a SkyRoam for my travel loving friends back home; so they can have the peace of mind of easily being in touch, and the ease of having whatever they need at their fingertips!”
-Alyssa Ramos, My Life’s A Travel Movie
URPOWER Selfie Stick
“Selfie sticks are probably the best travel gift you can give, especially ones that include bluetooth-enabled remotes. We all travel with our phones – it’s where we’ve got our downloaded travel ebooks, Google maps and Instagram…and what better way to take travel photos than with the ubiquitous holiday selfie? Selfie sticks might be embarrassing, but they’re fun and they’re useful. Who hasn’t had to take a Christmas dinner selfie with the entire family?!”
-Adam Groffman, Travels of Adam
Add these travel-sized cosmetics to your makeup bag, stat!
“I use Stowaway Cosmetics at home, but I especially love them for the road, as they’re made specifically for travelers. The idea is that most women don’t finish their beauty products and much gets wasted, so Stowaway makes their products in smaller, carry-on approved sizes that are also more affordable than beauty buys of similar quality. I also love that they’re EU compliant, cruelty-free and mainly vegan aside from a few products that contain beeswax!”
-Jessie Festa, Jessie on a Journey
“It’s the only non-irritating deodorant that’s all natural that I’ve been ever able to find and test successfully. It’s handmade in my hometown of St. Louis by Buddha Bath & Body. Small company. She makes the most amazing soaps and lotions, too.”
A few products that will make your life a lot easier on the road.
Kusshi Makeup Bag
I originally picked it up for travel, but it’s so convenient that now I use it at home, too! The brush insert makes it super easy to keep them (and the rest of your bag) clean from dust, and all of the compartments are thoughtfully organized to maximize space for vitamins and tweezers, plus all of your travel-sized toiletries.
The best part is the extra width at the top that easily closes around rectangular palettes, where the zipper on other bags would get stuck and break. It’s a perfect gift for any traveling beauty on your list!
-Christina Morgan, Currently Exploring
Point it: Traveller’s language kit
“As a travel and food writer traveling in other countries, I’ve been able to get by with the basics of a language, but some wanderlusting friends of mine aren’t as perceptive…so I’ve always recommended the Point It book, where you can simply point to pictures and get your idea across.”
–Erik Trinidad, author of Fancy Fast Food
After the sightseeing, chill out with these clever de-stressors.
Harlem Candle Co.
“My candles honor jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker. They also celebrate iconic places like the Savoy Ballroom and the classy Harlem neighborhood of Sugar Hill. I tell stories of the Harlem Renaissance through my fragrances that are developed by a team of globally-recognized perfumers who have worked with the likes of brands like Givenchy, Jo Malone and Estée Lauder.”
-Teri Johnson, TravelistaTeri.com
“I love anything that’s 2-in-1 and gives me extra room in my luggage. Aromaflage is carry-on approved at under 3 ounces, and is an all-natural perfume AND insect repellent, made with essential oils and alcohol to be as effective as 25% DEET.”
-Jessie Festa, Epicure and Culture
Spice up your workout gear with these vibrant, hard-to-come-by items.
Tartan golf gear
“Being a huge golfer (and playing all around the world), I am obsessed with golf fashion. In Scotland, where the game of golf was invented, they have a Scottish brand of golf hats called Tartan which I like to wear and keep in my bag when I travel. I’ve never seen them sold anywhere else than in Scottish clothing stores!”
-Drew Goldberg (aka Drew Binsky)
“As a female scuba diver it’s sometimes quite hard to find exactly what I am looking for when it comes to wetsuits and swimwear, especially when you live in far away places like Hong Kong. I had my eye on a gorgeous Billabong wetsuit, which I unsuccessfully searched the whole of Hong Kong to find.”
“It was even hard to find it online, and I eventually worked out the only way I could get my hands on it was to get a friend to go and buy it from the UK and bring it back over to Hong Kong when she visited. It’s frustrating as I can never find the products I am looking for in Hong Kong, but I just couldn’t let that wetsuit slip away from my scuba dreams.”
-Sarah Richard, Coffee with a Slice of Life
Whether at home or abroad, these items are serious conversation starters.
“I discovered Chicago-based Bucketfeet three years ago and have been obsessed with them ever since. Every shoe is designed by an artist (many are street artists) from all over the world. It’s a great way to add some color to my mostly black New York City wardrobe while at the same time, support the global art community. Plus, they’re super comfy. Their Soho shop closed so they’re not quite as assessable anymore…hint, hint, use Grabr!”
-Megan Eileen McDonough (moi!), Bohemian Trails
“A uniquely Scottish gift would be a quaich, a traditional two handed shallow cup which can be made of wood, or, if you’re feeling flush, something more expensive like silver. Ideally this would be engraved with a message, and naturally, the beverage of choice when using it has to be a good Scottish Whiskey.”
-Laurence and Jessica Norah, Finding the Universe
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Megan is the Content Director at Grabr. Her cultural escapades have taken her to Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. Megan’s work has appeared on Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, US Airways and USA Today among others.