10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Travelers in Your Life

For the road warriors among us, traveling – especially air travel – can be stressful. So travel products that make our lives easier and more comfortable are always welcome gifts. However holiday shopping is an added stress that most of us can well do without. So here is a list of some new and some tried-and-true items for the travelers in your life. Even if that traveler happens to be you:

1. The Piel Leather Ultimate Carry-On 22-inch Spinner

This is a great gift or self-splurge item for those who love the touch and durability of real leather. The handmade, full-grain, 100-percent vaquetta cowhide spinner features a zippered main compartment opening with two inside zip-pockets and a useful large mesh pocket on the inside flap. And the internal elastic straps neatly secure clothing in place. The exterior front zippered compartment has a padded laptop sleeve pocket with an additional pocket for files. Two additional front zippered pockets and one on the rear, plus a well made telescopic handle and a piggy back strap for an additional tote ensure that you and your gadgets will arrive in style. Weighing in at 12-pounds, it’s available in Black and two shades of brown. MSRP $599.00. Available at https://pielleather.com

2. Ricardo® Cupertino 20-inch Carry-On

The Cupertino is my new favorite carry-on because it’s tough, beautiful and smart! Made from proprietary polycarbonate alloy, it has all the strength of durable hard side luggage with quick and easy access to two enormous exterior zippered sections. The main one is large enough for a 13.5-inch laptop case with an additional zippered section. It has an Uber-comfortable retractable trolley handle and a covered USB port for tech charging.

Inside it gets even smarter. There is a pouch for a removable battery with internally routed cord to USB port, two mesh pockets, a TSA-friendly water-resistant toiletries pouch and wide mesh compression flaps and buckle to keep you organized. There is also a tracker technology pocket and is expandable for those trips when you arrive home with more than you left. It’s lightweight at 7.2-pounds and comes in black and blue. MSRP $169.99. Available at https://www.ricardobeverlyhills.com/cupertino

3. Ricardo® Essentials 2.0 Deluxe Organizer and Packing Cubes

These two items may indeed be the ultimate travel organizers. The Essentials 2.0 Deluxe Organizer has two separate easy-to-clean compartments – large enough to fit full-size bottles, not that any road warrior would ever do that – and also unfolds to hang with the hook for easy access to all four separate storage areas at once. With plenty of dividers, pouches and compartments, it’s like traveling with a BFF who moonlights as a housekeeper to keep you organized. Comes in Graphite and Aubergine. MSRP $29.99.

The Essentials 2.0 Packing Cubes include a set of three ultra light cubes in small, medium and large. Mesh windows ensure you never have to search in vain for that itty bitty black bikini and dual zippers make packing and unpacking a breeze. Comes in Graphite, Aubergine and Cloud MSRP $19.99. https://www.ricardobeverlyhills.com

4. RAV Power Xtreme 26800mAh External Battery Power Bank


This is the mother of all power banks and your traveling friends and colleagues will love it. If on-the-road or off-the-grid, this item is simply a must have and a traveler’s truest best friend. With 26800 mAh and three USB ports, it will charge most smartphones six times or a tablet two times, charging just as fast as a wall plug. Better yet, the RAV Power Xtreme bank recharges at high speed – 15 hours with a 2.4 charger. It’s sleek, only one-half inch larger than an I-phone 8-Plus, weighs just one pound and comes with a mesh carrying case and ships free. MRSP is normally $54.99, but use code PB35MM for 35% discount to $35.70 through December 24th. https://www.ravpower.com/26800mah-external-battery-charger-iSmart2.0-black.html

5. Lodis Audrey Passport Case


This Italian grain leather RFID passport wallet is chic, sleek and well made. With its interior features under RFID “lock and key” protection, traveling is more secure. This functional case will stylishly hold your passport, cell phone, four credit cards and boarding pass. The rear zippered section will comfortably hold several currencies. MSRP $78. Available in several fashionable colors. https://www.lodis.com/products/audrey-under-lock-key-rfid-new-passport-wallet

6. Bison Utility Jacket and Birdseye Pom Beanie by United By Blue


The Bison Utility Jacket by United By Blue is an oversize chore coat with ultra-soft flannel lining possessing pockets galore, including a hidden interior one. If traveling somewhere cold during shoulder season, this is your go-to jacket. It’s stylish, functional and will last for many moons. MSRP $188.

A great stocking stuffer for traveling skiers, campers and hikers, is the Birdseye Pom Beanie with ribbed cuff that is made from itch-free recycled polyester. MSRP $38. Besides, travelers must love a company that not only provides great products, but also does so with a social conscience. With every product United by Blue sells, it removes one pound of trash from our waterways. That is both good business and good for our planet. https://www.unitedbyblue.com

7. Travel Leggings by Aday


Any woman who travels must have Aday’s Throw & Roll leggings. They are super comfortable and getting to one’s destination is a wrinkle-free affair. Not only does this item pass the comfort and chic test with flying colors, they are all at once, light weight and breathable yet warm on chilly nights or flights. Even more remarkable, they roll up tight and take just a tiny amount of precious carry-on real estate and can be easily washed in a hotel sink and they dry quickly. Easily dressed up or down, they are therefore indispensible. MSRP $135. Available in black and blue. https://www.aday.com

8. Something Borrowed Shirt by Aday

This is a timeless classic only better because it doesn’t wrinkle, washes easily and looks fabulous even after a long-haul flight or a long meeting. Like Aday’s travel leggings, this shirt can be dress up or dressed down to suit the occasion. MSRP $135 but now $115. Available in several colors. https://www.aday.com

9. Up in the Air Jacket by Aday

This is without a doubt, the ultimate travel jacket and completes the Aday travel trifecta. As comfortable and warm as an old sweatshirt, yet so chic it’s actually a hip fashion statement. A slimming diagonal main zipper closes with a cowl neck design, so if you forget or lose your pashmina somewhere you’ll still be warm. MSRP $135, now $115. Available in black. https://www.aday.com

10. Baggallini Foldable Travel Tote


For the shoppers among us – and you know who you are – this is a must have. It is lightweight and made of extremely durable, water-resistant nylon. Inside your suitcase, it folds into a 10” x 6.5” flat quilted pouch. When needed, it opens up to a roomy 24” x 14.25” x 10.6 tote bag. The extra-wide sleeve easily fits over your luggage’s telescopic handle and because it’s extra-wide, it’s super stable, no matter how much you stuff into it. MSRP $44.95, now $33.71. Available in assorted colors.  https://www.baggallini.com/foldable-travel-tote/FTT291-BG.html

Happy Travels!

Julie L. Kessler is MoneyInc’s Managing Travel Editor, a travel writer for several major publications, a legal columnist and attorney. She is also the author of the award-winning book: Fifty-Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight. She can be reached at Julie@VagabondLawyer.com

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