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  • Writer's pictureRosanne Knorr

Stocking Stuffers & Gifts for Travelers

Updated: Nov 18, 2018

From super affordable stocking-stuffers to a new carry-on with all the bells ‘n whistles (figuratively speaking) here are just a few 2018 ideas—in order of cost—for the travelers in your life:

COLLAPSIBLE HANGERS. After a few trips where the closets were virtually bare, my daughter’s wish list included these. Lightweight and portable. Best Value: $9.22 for pack of 10 hangers (pastels).

PORTABLE CLOTHESLINE. If you travel carry-on, wash happens. Rust-retardant line stretches up to ten feet and includes twelve clever black clips that can be positioned, then locked where you need them—they won’t fall to the center! Steel hooks on each end attach virtually anywhere, even on trees. $9.99. Portable clothesline w/ clips.

ELECTRONIC RFID BLOCKING MONEY BELT. The newest version of the money belt has RFID blocking built into the fabric to avoid electronic theft as well as pick-pockets. Inside compartments organize credit cards, passport, money, travel papers. $16.97. Peak Gear RFID Money Belt.

JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME / Second Edition The updated book (October 2018) includes 500 of the dream destinations around the world in stunning photos and copy. $40 list price $25.47 (Amazon)

UNIVERSAL ADAPTER WITH USB PORT. I’ve had adapters (plural) for years but on a trip including England and France (different sockets) finally got smart with a universal one to covers Europe, UK, Australian sockets; or vice versa to plug overseas appliances into U.S. sockets. Plus, a USB port to charge electronics! All in a small 2 oz. unit. REMEMBER: This is not a voltage converter; if items do not have built-in 110/220 converter, you need a separate converter. $26.99 Universal Adapter.

RICK STEVES CIVITA BACKPACK. The ideal size (14”x11”x5-1/2”) to go on-board as your “personal bag.” Combine with a carry-on bag (back slots fit over the carry-on handle) to travel for weeks on end. It’s roomy, lightweight, compartmented, has comfy straps, and two

pockets (I tuck a rain jacket in one!). $24.99. Rick Steves Civita Backpack.

COMPACT NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES. Lightweight, foldable design fits into carrying case. Stereo wired, rich bass, with airplane adapter for great sound while isolating from background noise on planes or any noisy environment. $39.99. Travel headphones.

‘AWAY’ CARRY-ON WITH EJECTABLE BATTERY. A posh choice for convenience and new colors like Aurora (iridescent purple) & Halo (icy white) plus ten others. It's also available without the battery feature (a no-no if you have to check the bag) but if you really want it, this one is designed to be easily removable. Sized at 21.7” x 13.7” x 9” to fit most international standards. Unbreakable polycarbonate shell, internal compression system to fit more in, TSA approved lock. $225. An option with outside pocket (always handy) is available, too ‘Away’ Carry-On with Ejectable Battery.

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