Do you have a business traveler on your holiday shopping list this year? Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for them? As a business traveler myself, there are many practical and useful products on the market that can help make travel better. Here are my top suggestions:
1. Duffle bag with luggage handle sleeve: One of my favorite investments was a duffle bag that I purchased years ago that has a sleeve sewn on the back to allow you to slip it over a luggage handle. This makes walking through the airport easy and organized. Check out the Travelpro brand Maxlite 2 duffel bag that has received rave reviews and costs approximately $45.
2. Shampoo/conditioner packets: Nothing takes up more room in a person’s luggage than bulky toiletry bottles. A great way to free up space in a suitcase is to bring along single-use shampoo and conditioner packets that lie flat. The popular website Amazon.com advertises a 200 count case of PANTENE PRO V shampoo and conditioner packets for just under $30.
3. Cashmere travel blanket set: Would you rather cuddle up to a soothing and luxurious cashmere travel blanket, or a flimsy one handed out by the airline? Many cashmere travel sets on the market also include an eye mask and pillowcase. Browse the Internet to find a budget-friendly set that meets your gift recipient’s needs. Most good quality brands range in price from $100–$300.
4. Packing cubes: For the super-organized traveler, packing cubes are a great investment. These nylon bags keep your clothes neat and make unpacking (or living out of your suitcase) a breeze. You can find great options at big box stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond. However, you can likewise find great options online. I came across a nice set of six cubes on the website eBags.com for $35.
5. Expandable travel tote: Another great investment I made over five years ago was a Longchamp expandable travel tote. I pack it in my suitcase on every trip in case I buy gifts or souvenirs during my stay and need to check in another bag. The expandable zipper comes in really handy and the durable nylon fabric makes this an ideal travel bag. It has been checked in countless times and has held up to the wear and tear beautifully. You can find this bag on multiple websites and the cost is $255.
6. Restaurant guide: For the foodie traveler, a great gift idea is a restaurant guidebook. There are many great options easily found in bookstores worldwide. A few favorites include “Where Chefs Eat 2015” at a cost of $20 or “Foodie Top 100 Restaurants” at $15.
7. Money for airport Trusted Traveler programs: If you have an international business traveler on your list who is not yet enrolled in a Trusted Traveler program such as Global Entry for U.S. citizens, give them cash or a check to cover the enrollment fee and print out details regarding how to sign up for the program. The U.S. Global Entry fee is $100 for a five-year period.
Happy Holidays and as always, I wish you all the happiest of travels!