Here’s a gift guide for girls that travel, because I am a person who loves to travel (very loose Mariah Carey reference, bonus points if you geddit). I do stints like ten flights in two weeks and three continents in two days, so I spend a lot of time in airports and know that the struggle can be very real 18 hours in when your phone battery is dead and you can’t find a socket and you just want to rest your head on something, anything. So I’ve compiled a little list of things that make travelling easier and more stylish, saving time and maybe more importantly, baggage allowance. Here are a few things that the ladies in your life who travel for work or pleasure will thank you for, not just on Christmas day, but for holidays and work trips to months come.
Ideally I’d travel head to toe in super-soft non-crease cashmere, but money doesn’t grow on trees (for those of you who have found such a tree [or job] see the mini gift guide below). So, I settle for a comfy neck cushion and eye mask duo like this GoSleep set[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]This INGENIOUS invention features a memory foam eye mask and neck pillow in a compact little zip up pouch… stick with me it gets better…. The eye mask has an elasticated, adjustable toggle that fits around the headrest prevent that annoying head-bob that jerks you back to consciousness and another 8 hours in a pressurised cabin. Watch this video on their site for a better idea. Let’s not pretend I own this printed version, all black only for me.
Avoid the aforementioned airport rage by giving the gift of power this Christmas. Plenty of high street shops are selling cheap power banks now, but most won’t even charge a phone to 50% and are slow at that! Pick one that can charge two devices at once and pair one of these braided cables that are much more durable and it has a leather cord-tidy to keep things neat and easy to find.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]Luggage(y stuff)
A customised passport cover and luggage tag make a nice personal present. Try Not on the Highstreet for classic leather goods if you want to steer clear of tacky ‘Keep Calm and Travel On’ fuchsia pink versions.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]My advice for actual luggage would be to not go too girly, the novelty will wear off pretty quickly, especially with the other 25 pink cases on the carousel. Think easy to manoeuvre with zipped pockets and compartments that make packing easier like this American Tourister Palm Valley 4-wheeler.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]Clear plastic zip-up bags are great for separating toiletries and jewellery or even for storing wet swimwear. These M&S ones are a bargain too![dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]Trinkets
I LOVE Alex and Ani, and not just the bracelets…the necklaces are to die for too and I got a sneak peak at the new range of rings available in Ireland in February ’16 today (here’s a pic). My favourite travel related collections are naturally the nautical ones, especially the sailor sliders but these quotes are good to keep travellers on track when faced with delays and unexpected change of plans.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]