For almost seven years, we’ve been taking women on trips around the world. So we know a thing or two about what makes travel more fun, more efficient, safer. Since we are adding more and more trips to the schedule, introducing more and more women to the NextTribe view of the world, we thought that we’d focus this year’s gift guide on travel items that will get your pals where they’re going with less fuss and more ease.
As a bonus, we’re offering the NextTribe gift card so that you can help a friend pay for her trip. You can also use the gift card to give a free one-year NextTribe membership, which will save her more money on travel, plus all the other perks and discounts that come with membership.
Why Travel Gifts for Women?
Because you know that’s what she wants. And, as it turns out, what she needs for her general wellness. According to a Gallup report, people who “always make time for regular trips” had a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway’s Well-Being Index, in comparison to a 51.4 Well-Being score for less frequent travelers. A study by the Arizona Department of Health Services showed that women who travel at least twice per year have a lower risk of chronic depression and are happier in their marriages.
So isn’t that what you most desire for your pals—and for yourself?
A travel book like no other, this unique guide will inspire both seasoned trekkers and arm-chair globetrotters alike to build experiences you will treasure forever. You’ll find memorable, once-in-a-lifetime activities organized by longitude and latitude (country-by-country index also included) so you can max out your itinerary with the best things to do and the best places to visit around the world.
The LARQ Bottle PureVis is the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. It uses proprietary ultraviolet technology to eliminate up to 99 percent of contaminants such as E. coli from your water and bottle. The insulated version can keep liquids cold or hot (as the need might be) for 24 hours. Drink with confidence.
Call us paranoid, but we recently had a guest lose a passport on a NextTribe trip. So we really like the idea of locking your valuables away, even if the hotel doesn’t have a safe box. This rugged nickel-plated wonder has a three-digit custom combination code and a secure cable that will tie it to any fixed object (though the ad shows it locked to a beach lounge chair, which makes us worried).
This Iphone holder is designed to fit over the tray on the plane for hands-free and hassle-free watching. The joint rotates for a perfect viewing angle and to prevent stress on other joints–namely those in the neck.
We’ve all seen those stylized images from the early and mid-1900s when travel was new and exotic; this is often referred to as the Golden Age of Travel Posters. The Anderson Design Group now offers a whole line of posters that feeds that part of your travel soul. Adventurous designs help celebrate favorite memories or create a gallery of the dream destinations.
Travel can be stressful. At least the getting there part. Coloring can be soothing. Especially when coloring the world’s 100 greatest places, as voted by travel experts. There are 100 line drawings to color in–from Machu Picchu to Angor Watt–and at the back of the book, there are descriptions of the most astounding places on earth.
A luggage scale like this came in so handy on NextTribe’s recent trip to France. Our guests found so many great shopping deals that by the end of the trip, suitcases were bulging like a post-Thanksgiving stomach. One of the crew pulled out a luggage scale and those who went over the airline weight limits were able to repack to avoid the extra fees or walk on the plane layered up like the Michelin man. Brilliant!
Charging cords are the most frequently left-behind items in a hotel room. Probably because those travelers don’t have an electronics organizer like this one from Bellroy where cables and drives can be neatly stored and the user will know when something is missing before heading out the door.
The favorite trip you took together? The city where her husband proposed? Or maybe the island where she went on a post-divorce sex spree? They can all have space on this beautifully curated Heart Map. It’s from makers on Etsy so you know it’s made with care and artistry. With a list of meaningful locations, they’ll source corresponding vintage maps so she’ll always have Paris…or Shanghai…or Elutheria.
Raise your hand if you’ve used your bra as a storage compartment, not just for your gorgeous bust but also for money, credit cards, lipstick and the like. Raise your hand if said items are irritating against your soft skin or end up sweaty when you try to use them. Then this silky envelope of a thing you or a traveling pal needs. It can fit anywhere on your bra–on a shoulder strap, at your cleavage, on the back strap. And it’s washable and has a moisture-resistant lining, in case there is sweating or spilling of margs at a crazy happy hour in Cartagena.
On a Jet Blue flight, we oohed and ahhhed over the fold-down cup holder above the tray table and wondered why other airlines didn’t do the same. Now we don’t have to wait for executives at American, United and Delta to come to their senses. This travel organizer fits on the seat back, so there’s no need to balance belongings on laps. Earbuds, reading glasses, that favorite book are all right where they need to be.
A pickpocket may be looking at your purse or pockets for some good stuff, but with this hidden zippered pocket, crafty travelers can stash your mobile phone, IDs, passport, cash, credit cards, coin purse, wallet, keys, lipstick and no one’s the wiser. The loop design comes in all sorts of lightweight bright fabrics.
Think of this eye mask (from Nodpod) as a hug for the head. The heaviness provides gentle comfort, like a weighted blanket, and the four-pod design evenly distributes pressure for a comforting fit and soothing experience.
Scare the beejezus out of anyone intending to do harm,. These little buggers emit a piecing alarm that will chase away any baddie with his hands clamped over his ears. If he doesn’t dart immediately, the sound will continue for up to 50 minutes.
As the world heats up (thanks global scorching!), we’ll all need better ways to stay cool, especially during summer travel. This portable neck fan from Penkou does the job with 72 air slots and is so thin and lightweight it’s hardly noticeable when you’re wearing it.
This hanging cosmetic case does more than keep toiletries organized. The fabric is laminated ripstop polyester made from six recycled plastic bottles. Hang it on a hook and get easy access to all the necessities, knowing the planet is grateful.
On all NextTribe trips, we advise travelers to pack their own water bottles. Staying hydrated is so important, of course, but also it breaks our hearts to see people buy one-use plastic water bottles. This water bottle made of BPA-free food-grade organic silicone is completely collapsible so it can be kept at the ready for easy fill up.
Give the gift of travel to that friend who desperately needs a break. You can set the amount on this gift card so she can use it on an upcoming NextTribe trip. You’re giving something intangible and potentially life-changing: community and connection in an exciting destination.
You can also use the gift card to give NextTribe memberships.
It just got easier to make it through the airport without klutzing out. This wide nylon strap has a sturdy buckle to keep shoulder bag, backpack, or carry-on firmly attached to a roller bag, for smoother trips to the jetway. Give shoulders a break.
Travelers are always looking for ways to fit more into less space. These compression travel cubes from Bagsmart are a nice trick. They work like a vacuum sealer, without having to bring a vaccum along. An extra zipper around the outside helps squash clothes down and minimize the space inside. Nothing like packing light.
Aesop hair and body care staples to help revive weary travellers at journey’s end and beyond, providing gentle, aromatic cleansing and hydration. The kit contains four hair and body care staples to help refresh self and senses after hours spent in transit—a perfect ensemble for frequent travelers.
A mini-white noise machine that goes everywhere ensures better sleep in noisy hotel rooms. Choose from nine different audio options. At 1.38 inches, it fits in your pocket but delivers big.
Anyone can capture the glory of vistas around the globe with this water color set from Winsor & Newton. The set offers a brush, a number of mixing surfaces, a slide out palette and a mediums dish. Everything closes up nicely for scooting to a new viewing spot.
A nice cone of light makes reading on planes, trains, automobiles, (or in hotel rooms next to a sleeping travel mate) so much easier. The tiny Glocusent Bookmark Style Reading Light is lightweight and easy to carry.
Give these eye-patches that have been soaked in caffeine 15 minutes and they’ll freshen up any long-haul traveler. “Red eye” should remain as an adjective to describe an overnight flight, not anyone’s peepers.
Those who watched the last season of Succession, know the dangers of not wearing compression socks on long flights at our age. These graduated compression socks from Sockwell help energize your step. The custom-crafted yarn blends help to keep feet dry, prevent blisters, and regulate temperature. Choose from lots of cool colors.
Stop getting tripped up by all the charging cords. This handy fold-out mat will charge three Apple products at once: watch, phone (or Ipad) and Airpods. One cord to rule them all.
Most pill cases have a pedestrian design and, worse, are prone to falling open. Consider as a stocking stuffer this sleek device that keeps pills in place in a most elegant way.
Especially on a long flight, it’s hard to stretch out and relax the old gams. But this airplane foot hammock can give feet and lower-back the vacation they deserve. The contraption straps on to the seat front and can work in three different ways to help travelers take a load off.
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