I’m continuing my Eight Days of Giving with a gift guide for the world traveler in your life. In my family, our most active world traveler is my daughter Vanessa. She takes a big trip abroad (or two!) every year and has been to some wild and incredible places – earlier this year she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, she swam with humpback whales in Tonga, and my favorite, our wonderful mother/daughter adventure to Japan last fall.
Since Vanessa is the avid world traveler in our family, I’ve collaborated with her for this post, and she’s sharing some of her favorite travel picks from her many adventures.
Let’s start with the luggage. Vanessa prefers to travel with carry-on only (that’s my girl!). She even went carry-on for three weeks to Africa this summer including all of her trekking gear.
She brought a Northface base camp duffel which folded into her trusty Nordstrom carry-on bag. This Northface base camp duffel is the perfect choice for a rugged adventurer- it’s durable, waterproof, lightweight. It made it to the top of Kilimanjaro! Hers is a size large.
She’s had her pink Nordstrom carry on for over three years, and it’s never missed going above the seat of her plane. In fact, her bag was so easy to wheel and fantastic during our japan trip, I bought one in blue when I got home.
Her Herschel Supply Co. backpack is her “personal item” to carry on for most trips abroad, including her most recent trip here to California for Thanksgiving. It’s very spacious and smart looking. She doubles it as a gym bag.
A good travel neck pillow is a must for long trips.
After lots of research, my daughter chose this one for her trip to Africa this summer. It’s comfy to sleep on and shrinks nicely to fit in your bag. It’s worth lugging around for your trip to have it on a long flight!
Like me, Vanessa is also a fan of Drunk Elephant skincare. She loves bringing their mini sizes on trips (like I do) so that she doesn’t have to use hotel face products. This set has a great range of some of her favorite products, and also gives an opportunity to try out the whole line. These minis last longer than you would expect!
For long travel days, my girl picks comfy and cozy clothes. These Rothys sneakers were her favorite when we visited the store earlier this week. Vanessa loves that you can easily slip them off at a security line up at the airport, or walk around a city for hours, they are so comfortable. And, when you get home from a long trip they can pop in the washing machine. Don’t forget you can get $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s with my discount code. Click the link here.
A large cashmere wrap, like this one from Halogen, is perfect to keep warm while wandering around a new place. It doubles as a blanket on cold flights, train rides, or bus trips. It’s a travel essential.
For long travel days, comfy black leggings are a must for my girl. She changes into them for the long flight so she can relax in comfort. These Alo leggings are her favorite. They have a high waistband and are SO soft. They’re currently 30% off at Nordstrom so I ordered a pair to wear to the gym.
Last but certainly not least- are noise-canceling headphones. These are an investment piece, and you might think they are on the pricey side (she waited years to buy them). But when you’re sitting on a long haul or red-eye flight for twelve hours with a screaming infant behind you, you would do pretty much anything to have them. The AirPods are tiny and convenient for traveling, with the new noise-canceling edition just released.
I love to buy stocking stuffers. I’ve hand made needlepoint stockings for everyone in my family and it’s a special time for us on Christmas morning. Here are a few stocking stuffers for your travel lover:
Have a great day and remember to wear what makes you feel confident!