Our 2018 Gift Guide For Ladies Who Travel


There’s nothing I love more than a gift guide, so let’s dive right in. Looking for a friend, need suggestions to send to your fam, or just perusing for yourself? Well, we’ve got you covered from weekends away to long-haul flights to long-term trips. If you’ve got something that will help out your fellow travelers, add it in the comments!

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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

Oh my god, I love these things so much. They’re lightweight, fit way more than it seems, and even though the straps are thin, they never dig in or make my muscles feel like they’re fusing together. I use mine for trips up to 4 days without a space problem, and they’re great when you’re hitting the pavement all day. I’d keep going but I think you get the point.


Blanket Scarf
I’m always cold, especially on planes, and this blanket scarf has been a lifesaver. It’s huge, comfy, warm and a pretty good security blanket when you require one. Perfect for when you’re travelling to from cold to warmer temps and don’t want to schlep around a winter jacket.

We’re also pretty obsessed with this Lululemon Infinity Scarf. You can wear it so many ways!


Bose Noise-cancelling Headphones
Has 2017 been as lousy AF for you too? Block it all out for a while with these babies. So expensive, yet so worth it. I have these and they are perfect. The only thing I can think to say is that I have an industrial post ear piercing so sometimes it can get caught under the foam padding, but other than that, they are the best.

Swiss Army Knife
Whenever I survive whatever I got into with minimal mess, I always convince myself I don’t really need a pocket knife. But no more! Maybe I’ll also ask for a first-aid kit, compass, sewing kit… what can I say? I was a terrible Girl Scout, and the consequences continue to haunt me.

Nike Flyknit Shoes
Pair these with the Fjallraven backpack and your body will thank you. I am still on the lookout for shoes I can more easily dress up and down and don’t look embarrassingly orthotic out of an unrealistic desire not to stick out as a tourist, but these do the job for now.

Bralettes & Underwear
Now, I am not particularly well-endowed so I can’t speak to how these will work for more blessed ladies (put your suggestions in the comments!) but this triangle bralette enables my obsession with Calvin Klein and my need for adjustable straps and zero fuss. This is also good for a bit more coverage and support. However, I do have an ass for days, and I looooove these! They also dry fast if you need to hand wash them in the sink.

Clarisonic Mia 2
Yes, it’s expensive and takes up a lot of space, but this thing has singularly saved my skin. I take it on all trips, no matter how short or long, because all it takes is for me to step foot on a plane for my face to go full mutiny. If you have sensitive skin, make space for this baby no matter what. It has the GGG stamp of approval!

Multipurpose Waterproof Blanket
Compact, lightweight, waterproof = YES. This blanket works for the beach, camping or whatever other outdoor activity you’ve got on the roster. The multipurpose aspect makes it perfect for long-term trips and the small size will not throw you into agony when trying to figure out what to axe from your pack list.


A good read!
If you have the space and the inclination, don’t forget a book for the hostel book exchanges that lie ahead. Homegoing was one of my favorite reads of the year.

What travel-related items are you hoping to get this holiday season? Let us know below!


About Author

Maureen always knew she wanted to travel. In college, she studied and traveled through the Caribbean and Central America, and the first time she fell in love was with Mexico City. After graduating, she spent several years teaching EFL in Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia and traveling in every spare moment. She's currently living in Hong Kong, and getting lost while traveling is her main hobby.

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