Welcome to Day 5 of our weeklong gift guide extravaganza! Every day this week, we’re publishing a new post of travel-related gift ideas for the special people in your life. Today we’re showing you some gift ideas for the traveling germaphobe. (I get the award for most specific gift guide ever!)
You may be wondering why I’ve dedicated today’s guide to germaphobic traveling people, while our previous gift guides were for normal categories of people, like “guys” and “girls” and “people with technological devices.”
Well, as a person who gets really weird about germs, let me tell you that mysophobia can make traveling a nightmare of contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands. Yes, I know I have a problem, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. So for those of you who sanitize everything and wash your hands several hundred times a day, this is a safe space! Onward with the gift ideas!
1. Hand soap sheets and sanitizing wipes.
Hand soap sheets are great if you ever go sight-seeing in national parks or other outdoorsy places—they tend to have outdoor spigots or faucets but no soap. Every. Single. Time. Soap sheets come in tiny pocket-sized packs and don’t need to go in your liquids bag, so they are super convenient.
As for sanitizing wipes, I can’t live without them. Not only do I use them for my hands like normal people (wiping your hands feels like you’re getting more germs off than when you use gel sanitizer), I also bring a million of them with me when I travel so I can wipe down surfaces before I touch them. (Yes, we have established by this point that I have a problem, and yes, I would actually enjoy getting sanitizing wipes in my stocking.)
2. Laundry detergent sheets.
These are similar to the hand soap sheets—they are totally dry and come in a little pocket-sized pack. They’re really useful for longer trips, when you have to wash and re-wear some of your clothes; it beats bringing liquid detergent or wearing dirty clothes—ew.
3. Clean pack bags.
I was so relieved when I found out that clean pack bags existed, because it meant I wasn’t the only one out there who hates when everything in my suitcase is touching each other, especially when some of those things are shoes and dirty laundry. It’s nothing special—just dedicated bags for quarantining your stuff in your luggage. They also make special ones for beachwear, wetsuits, lingerie, etc. For you DIY fans, it’s not too hard to sew up your own clean pack bags.
4. Laundry washing bag.
I came across the Scrubba a few months ago and was somewhat impressed; it’s a bag with a built-in washboard for washing your clothes on the go. You throw your clothes in, add water and soap (or a laundry detergent sheet, hey hey!), then roll the bag around. I like the idea because, if nothing else, it sounds cleaner than doing your laundry in an icky hotel sink. (Seriously, you never know what other people did in that sink before you.)
Got any other travel-related gift ideas for your germ-fearing friends? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s gift guide!
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