MedjetAssist – because accidents happen. This is a gift to give yourself, a family member or loved one. My husband would sleep better during my travels if I had MedjetAssist.
If a Medjet member is hospitalized more than 150 miles from home – virtually anywhere in the world – MedjetAssist reviews his or her condition and arranges medical transfer to the hospital of their choice. There are no health restrictions, co-pays or cost limitations – no additional charges after paid membership fee.
I recommend the eco-friendly Sprout watch, for those of us who prefer watches to smartphones for keeping track of time. $80.
If you are a frequent traveler, particularly for those of us who fly out of SFO International Airport, the Clear Card not only makes you feel like a VIP – with its own special security line entrance it saves time. The card is a life saver if you are chronically late to the airport or time challenged. (only available at certain airports – check website for locations.)
For the jet-set traveler, college student studying abroad or space challenged apartment or condo-dweller, Biaggi foldable luggage is durable and sexy with a unique space-saving design. $269 www.biaggi.com
I review plenty of shoes on the What a Trip blog. If I have happy feet, I am a happy traveler. Wet feet do not make a happy traveler. That’s why I love my Ara shoes with Gore-Tex. $184.95
The Pura stainless steel water bottle is BPA and toxin free, so it won’t leave a nasty taste in your drink. The wide mouth is easy to drink from and is large enough for ice cubes, and the bottle is backed by a lifetime guarantee. $17.99
For those who do a lot of driving, a reliable GPS system is imperative. The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB, with its seven inch touch screen display, is easy to read and use. It comes equipped with bluetooth technology and real-time traffic updates, and uses landmarks in its directions. The voice speaks loudly and clearly, and should prevent even those with the worst sense of direction from getting lost. $229.99
Travel gifts for kids
Not For Parents Extreme Planet $19.99 Lonely Planet
Not For Parents Extreme Planet is a whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, wildest, narrowest, coolest, hottest, scariest, smelliest things on the planet. What’s the longest place name? The oldest fossil? Most treacherous road in the world? Each page is dedicated to a theme (e.g. Animal Extremes, Deadly and Dangerous, Big Things) and includes imaginative graphics, illustrations, and photographs to capture these themes from a child’s point of view.
Giving While Giving Back
Passports with a Purpose is an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to as many people as possible around the world. For $10, you get a raffle ticket that enters you in a drawing for some cool trips. Each $10 donation gets you another entry in the raffle, and all the money goes to clean water in places such as Haiti. Giving a donation on someone’s behalf and a chance for a fun getaway is a great gift idea for someone on a budget.
What are your favorite gifts for the traveler?