It’s hard to think about buying anything when you are in the midst of paring down all of your worldly possessions. I’ll tell you, downsizing takes the shine off shopping in a big way.
All this downsizing creates a challenge for those wonderful folks in your life who want to shower you with lovely gifties at Christmas or on your birthday, too. Suddenly, they’re unsure. To buy or not to buy? That is the new question.
So, Little Miss Helpful (that’s me) has started a list of travel must-haves that would make brilliant gifts for any traveler or retirement gypsy.
Here are my current favs:
1. Travel Clothesline. Don’t think you need one? Either did I, until I washed a pair of my expensive moisture-wicking socks in the sink of our hotel room in Santiago and having no place to dry said socks, I ever so carefully laid them out on the sill of the open window in our room. Hubs and I went out to lunch and upon our return, one lonely sock was there to greet me. The other had apparently flown away. I scanned the rooftops and ledges of nearby buildings. No sock. So I dashed down the stairs and along the cobblestone streets to the alleyway below our window. Two trips up and down the alley (chased by a crazy old woman who thought she knew me) and still no sock. Never found it. Maybe a bird took it to puff up its nest. A travel clothesline will be in my pack on the next trip.
2. Kindle Paperwhite – It’s small, lightweight, holds a charge for a long time (unlike your iphone or ipad), it’s easy on the eyes and works well in low/no light or with bright sun streaming through your window. Add an Amazon gift card and life is good.
3. Noise Cancelling Headphones – Crying babies, loud talkers, the annoying squawk of Angry Birds all fade away when you put on a really good set of headphones. Bliss on an overnight flight.
4. External Battery Pack – This can be a life saver if you can’t find a place to plug in. It can also be used as a flashlight. How cool is that?
5. Cocoon – I spend way too much time digging through my purse or may bag looking for something I had only minutes earlier and now has suddenly disappeared into the cosmic vortex. Organization like this could save my sanity. Or my marriage, because hubs always has a helpful comment or two.
6. Nap Anywhere – Hubs can nap anywhere and in any situation. I’ve tried the blow up pillows, the tiny silica ball pillows, rolled up blanket pillows. Nothing holds my head in anything remotely resembling a natural position. This handy-dandy device might be worth a try. It was launched through a Kickstarter campaign and who doesn’t want to support start-up innovators.
7. SCOTTEVEST – With a variety of styles including shirts, vest and jackets there’s a pocket for every device, your money, your passport – you name it – there’s a pocket for it. And, although it’s not much in the fashionista department, the Scottevest does not make you look like the Michellin Man (or woman). Trust me, nobody’s going to pick your pocket.
Travelers, what’s on your must have list? Let us know in the comments.
See you on the road. I’ll be plugged in wearing my stylin’ Scottevest fleece hoodie.