You know that one friend or relative who simply lives to hit the road? That person who gets home from a distant location and is already planning their next trip? Well, this holiday season, you should keep their passion in mind while searching for gifts but also keeping in mind the current COVID landscape. 2020 has been a year for change and many people have put their travel plans on hold while we get things under control. With that in mind, here are a few gift ideas for those that have been missing out on their wanderlust this year.
Filtered Water Bottle
Wherever a traveler goes, they’re going to need to stay hydrated. A filtered water bottle will make sure they have access to drinkable water no matter what circumstances they find themselves in. Whether they’re hiking in the mountains or driving the nation’s highways, they’ll appreciate being able to fill their bottle in a river, rest area bathroom, or stream.
These days, all but the most rugged of travelers count on their electronic devices. From finding the perfect diner to making hotel reservations, everything is easier when you have access to the internet. Unfortunately, phones have a nasty way of dying just when a traveler needs them most. With a portable charger, your friend or relative can stay connected to the information they need.
Emergency Car Repair Kit
Road trips are an awful lot of fun, but they rarely go off without a hitch. There’s almost always some small problem with the car, and sometimes a full-on breakdown is on the cards. When this happens, a traveler needs certain tools and supplies to get back on the road. A kit with all the car repair essentials might not be as fun as some of the other gifts on this list, but it’s much more likely to be a lifesaver. For example, a lockout kit can help you get back into your car if you don’t have access to your keys or if you need to get inside the car quickly. There are also emergency battery and tire pressure tools that can be of extreme help in a crisis.
Traveling is always more fun with a proper soundtrack. A Bluetooth speaker is the best way to listen to music wherever a traveler finds themselves. Whether they’re at a campsite, a hostel, or a hotel room, they’ll always have their favorite artists for company.
Any seasoned traveler knows the struggles of packing as many belongings as possible into a small and manageable suitcase. Packing cubes make this process a lot easier. When you give traveler packing cubes, what you’re really giving them is the use of all the additional things they’ll be able to take with them.
Map of the World Pinboard
True-blooded travelers live for their trips, even when they’re stuck at home. A world map and a set of tacks will allow your friend or relative to track their travels. This, in turn, will let them relive their favorite memories each and every day from the comfort of their own home.
There are all sorts of items that a true traveler will appreciate. Any of these gifts will help a free spirit look forward to enjoying their next adventure. Just make sure that you and they stay safe out there.
By Viki Adams
Viki Adams is a freelance blogger from Utah. She is a student at Utah Valley University who is majoring in Business Administration. Viki loves to read and write about new subjects and you can connect with her on LinkedIn right here.