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2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Travellers

It’s that time of year again…Time to rack your brain for gift ideas for all the people on your list. We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of great gifts for every kind of traveller.

For the traveller who runs out of cell phone battery on every trip:

Anker PowerCore 10000 Power Bank – $39.99

We’ve all madly searched for a power outlet in the airport or at a restaurant, when we’re on the road and our phone runs out of juice. It’s not fun! Our phones are more critical to travel than ever before, holding mobile boarding passes, communicating with fellow travellers, providing directions, and even waking us up to catch that early morning flight. You can give someone the gift of stress-free phone usage with a portable power bank. There are a LOT of options on the market, but the Anker PowerCore 10000 is an affordable, compact option. It doesn’t have any fancy features, but it will charge your iPhone 6s or your Galaxy S6 at least three times. Buy it here!

 

For the stylish tech traveller:

Away Suitcases – Price varies depending on size

Another option for someone who wants to charge on the go, is the Away line of suitcases, which offer a built-in, ejectable battery pack that can charge your phone up to FOUR times! Built with a Durable polycarbonate shell, these bags have a lifetime warranty and include a TSA-approved combination lock, 360° spinner wheels, interior compression system, and a hidden laundry bag. They are also extremely stylish and available in a myriad of colours and sizes. Buy it here!

 

For the wine-loving traveller:

WineSkin Bags – from $28.86 for 2

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has painstakingly wrapped dirty laundry around a bottle of wine and crossed my fingers that it would make it home without breaking or drenching my belongings. Well, now I don’t have to worry thanks to WineSkin travel bags. These padded bags keep your wine safe in transit and are double-sealed so if a bottle does break, it won’t leak all over the contents of your suitcase. Buy it here!

 

For the traveller who is always losing their phone/keys/wallet:

Tile Trackers – Price varies from $29.99

My husband is perpetually losing things while travelling (well, actually all the time). So, this year I’m gifting him a set of Tile personal bluetooth trackers to help him keep tabs on his most important stuff. These small devices come in a variety of sizes and functions from little dot stickers that can fit almost anywhere to larger tags suitable for luggage or laptops. If the Tile is close by, you can make it audibly ring using your phone or smart home speaker. If it’s further away, you can track it on a map or enlist other tile users to help you find it. Buy it here!

 

For the traveller who brings their hat on every trip:

TopTote Leather Hat Clip – $66.90

Who hasn’t schlepped a brimmed hat through the airport on their way to or from a sunny destination? This nifty little clip allows you to carry your hat hands-free while you’re on the road by attaching it on to your suitcase or handbag. Available in a few styles and colours, it looks like a stylish luggage tag when not in use. Buy it here!

 

 

For the person who likes to travel light:

TravelOn Laundry soap sheets – $5.99

Anyone who likes to pack light and wash a few items as they go will love these small packs of laundry soap sheets. Just dissolve one of the super-thin sheets in a sinkful of water and they work just like regular laundry detergent, without taking up any of your liquids allowance. This company also makes other products in sheet form, like shampoo and hand soap. They are available at most travel stores. Buy it here!

 

For the germaphobe traveller:

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer – $6.98

I had always looked at hand sanitizer as a necessary evil while travelling. The traditional gel smells atrocious and wreaks havoc on my extremely sensitive, eczema-prone hands. And then I discovered the Dr. Bronner’s lavender spray. It smells amazing, doesn’t leave a sticky residue, and doesn’t irritate my skin even after a few days of consistent use. Sold online and at a variety of local stores including Real Canadian Superstore and London Drugs, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer! Buy it here!

 

For the business traveller:

ProCase Roll-up Electronics Organizer – $16.99

Our busy Operations Manager, Stephanie, is always on the road with all the tools she needs to stay connected. Her favourite gift this year was a beautiful electronics organizer case, handmade by her grandmother, to keep all her cords and digital accessories in one place. If you don’t have a super-talented grandmother on speed dial, this roll-up version from ProCase is the closest we could find to Stephanie’s case. With multiple pockets and straps to hold everything you need, and available in four colours, its perfect for the business traveller on your list. Buy it here!

 

For the safety-conscious traveller:

Petzl Zipka 300 Lumens Ultralight Headlamp – $29.99

You never know when the power will go out or when you’ll need a flashlight to find your way in the dark. This smart little headlamp has a retractable cord for the strap, making it extremely compact and perfect for use as a headlamp, flashlight, or mounting to a bag, wrist, hiking pole, or bike. If you have someone on your list who prioritizes safety on the road, then this is the perfect gift! Buy it here!

 

For the efficient traveller:

L.L. Bean Hanging Toiletry Bag – $49.99 for Medium Size

On one work trip this year, I was lucky enough to share a room with our very own marketing wizard, Joan Niemeier. Not only is she an excellent roommate, she’s also a master packer! The thing that impressed me most was her hanging toiletry bag. It allowed her to hang it from the towel bar, saving precious counter space in a small hotel bathroom. This one from L.L. Bean looks like a good option as it comes in multiple sizes and colours. Buy it here!

 

For the person who has everything:

Gift Certificates for Future Adventures

Give the gift of travel this Christmas with a gift certificate from Wells Gray Tours. Our gift certificates never expire and can be used for any future tours. Just give us a call or stop by your local office location and we can make up a gift certificate for any denomination. Contact us today!

What are you gifting the travellers in your life this Christmas? We’d love to know.