Holiday Traveler’s Gift Guide 2008

Travel Tips — By Nicole Lerner on December 15, 2008 at 8:52 am

It’s that time of year again.  Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and shoppers scrambling for gift deals and ideas.  With ten days till Christmas and six till Hanukkah, check out NileGuide’s holiday gift guide for the traveler in your life.

  • The Weekend Traveler: Make packing for a weekend trip a little easier with Patagonia’s MLC (Maximum Legal Carry-on).  This bag converts to a backpack and meets airline carry-on regulations while holding 3-5 days of clothes.  With its recycled materials, it’s eco-friendly to boot.  And If you’re looking for a black one, they are currently discounted on Amazon.
  • The Armchair Traveler: Have a friend that loves all things travel but can never get away?  Armchair travelers can live vicariously through the stories and details of The Best American Travel Writing 2008 (The Best American Series) or Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World.
  • The Gadget Geek: With the deluge of new apps coming out every day (look for the NileGuide app in 2009!), the iPhone is on the gadget-lust list for many travelers.  And for book lovers who want to ditch the bulk, pick up a Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reading device.
  • The Backpacker: For toweling off after those impromptu showers, the MSR Packtowel dries super quickly and takes up very little real estate in a jam-packed backpack.  And because you never know what kind of sounds will surround you in foreign hotel rooms and hostels, the Travel Tranquil Moments Alarm Clock Sound Therapy Machine lets you enjoy a better night’s sleep.
  • The Adventurer: Push aside thoughts of getting lost in the woods with a wrist-mounted GPS device. Get precise speed, pace, and distance data while back-country skiing, running, biking and more.  With the “go to location” function you can route yourself home or to any location you’ve defined.  No need for breadcrumbs.
  • The Business Traveler: There’s nothing worse than trying to finish a PowerPoint presentation with a small child screaming in your ear. Bose noise cancelling headphones cut down on engine and passenger rumblings alike so you can get down to business.
  • The Workout Addict: Never miss a workout again. Lightweight and easy to pack, resistance bands can provide a full-body workout anywhere where there’s room to do jumping jacks.
  • The Neat-Freak: Wrinkles be gone with an Eagle Creek Pack-It® Folder.  Each folder holds 8-12 items and even comes with a folding board and directions to keep the kinks out of your clothes.  Throw the folders in a Load Warrior Rolling Duffel and you’re good to go.
  • The Eco-Traveler: Harness natural energy with the Hymini Portable Wind and Solar Generator or Solio Hybrid Charger and power your cell phone, iPod and camera on the go. Stay hydrated with a CamelBak BPA-Free or Sigg water bottle.
  • The Frequent Flier: Doze in peace with the NAP Travel Flight Kit and avoid an aching back with a NapForm Mini Lumbar Support Cushion.  Grab one of Aveda’s custom-made mini toiletry kits and breeze through security.
  • Stocking Stuffers and Small Stuff: For recording travel thoughts and experiences in a new city, get a Moleskine City Notebook (currently available for 44 cities in North America, Europe and Asia).  And don’t forget other travel staples like a headlamp and Leatherman.
Tags: CamelBak, Eagle Creek, holiday gift ideas, iPhone, Kindle, Moleskin, MSR Packtowel, noise cancelling headphones, Patagonia, Sigg, Solio charger, travel writing


  • Kirstin Hornby says:

    One other idea, if you’re feeling generous, is to plan a trip on NileGuide for your loved one or friend, print out the nifty PDF and wrap it up!

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