Travel gifts for the holidays

Whether it’s clothing or cutting-edge products, here are a few presents to consider for the traveler in your life.

What to wear

Clothing Arts’ motto is “Made by Travelers for Travelers.” They have quality clothing products, all featuring a pick-pocket proof design. Their Adventure Shirt is ultra quick-dry and, although 100 percent nylon, feels like top quality cotton. I have no clue how they do it. Try it.

Craghoppers’ Vertex Jacket provided both rain and cold protection on a recent trip to Switzerland. The coat is stylish and easy to roll up and pack. I also wore their Kiwi Ranger Hat. It has a snap-up brim design and provides plenty of shade. All of their products are guaranteed for life.

Brooks is well known for their running shoes. I don’t run, but I walk a couple of miles daily (more when traveling) in a pair of their Levitates. The bonus is that they are stylish and I can wear them with a pair of khakis.

What to pack

Klean Kanteen is a family owned business, leading the way in providing state of the art reusable stainless steel water bottles, straws, cups, tumblers and food containers. Their newest product, the TKPro, is a unique thermos-style Kanteen, perfect for both hot or cold drinks.

Eagle Creek never disappoints with their array of travel products. The Exhale Lumbar Pillow is lightweight and compact — great for planes, trains and cars. The adjustable Wayfinder Waist Pack is comfortable to wear, features a fleece-lined compartment for electronics, plus additional pockets for ID and travel documents and side pockets for snacks or water bottles.

MyCharge’s HUBPLUS can power three devices at one time — two via cable and one with a USB port. It’s easy to recharge by plugging it into a wall socket; it’s then good for hours. It’s a must item to pack.

Chico Bag carries a line of well-constructed, compact, reusable fold up bags. Their latest creation, Vita, is an over-the-shoulder sling with a 40-pound carrying capacity. Tuck it into your suitcase for extras you pick up while traveling.

Let’s go!



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