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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!

 

Germaphobe

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!

Our previous gift guides:
Day 1: For Your Parents
Day 2: For the Techie
Day 3: For the Stylish Jetsetter
Day 4: For the Modern Gentleman

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Welcome to Day 4 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 modern gentleman.

Guy

This gift guide is a wee bit sparse, because I don’t want to tip off the modern gentleman in my life (that would be Bryce, obviously).

1. Dopp kit/toiletry bag.
Bryce made himself his own canvas dopp kit, but if your guy isn’t as DIY-inclined, he’ll appreciate a spiffy-looking toiletry bag or a straight-to-the-point “Guy Stuff” pouch. There’s a whole selection on Flight001 and Fab.

2. Travel-sized shaving kit.
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that Bryce loves his travel-sized shaving kit; we both appreciate that he doesn’t have to sacrifice a nice clean shave when we’re on the go.

3. Shoe-shining wipes and shoe bag.
Bryce has a whole kit of things he uses to take care of his shoes (I may have borrowed, say, a suede eraser to take care of my own heels one time) but shoe polish and rags are a pain to take on the go. A pack of wipes for cleaning and shining shoes is way more convenient, and pairs nicely with a bag to keep your shoes away from the rest of your clothes.

Got any other travel-related gift ideas for your gadget-owning loved ones? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s gift guide!

Our previous gift guides:
Day 1: For Your Parents
Day 2: For the Techie
Day 3: For the Stylish Jetsetter

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Welcome to Day 3 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 your favorite stylish jetsetter.

 

Girl

1. Luxurious lotion/bath travel set.
I never bring shower gel or lotion with me when I travel because hotels always have those toiletries, so why pack them? But, real talk: hotel lotions are really watery and weird, and sometimes the scents are a little funny. So I’m sure the discerning girl in your life wouldn’t mind having a nice travel-sized set of toiletries. I’m personally a fan of Crabtree and Evelyn (particularly their rosewater-scented stuff, yum!) but you can also find travel-sized sets at The Body Shop, SephoraOrigins, L’Occitane, and Bath and Body Works.

2. Cosmetics/toiletries bag.
I try not to make overarching generalizations about “what every girl needs”…but every girl needs a bag for her makeup and/or toiletries. I mean, what are we, cavepeople? Sephora has some cute ones, as does Fab.

3. Flight kit.
Okay, this is the part where I start sounding really high-maintenance, but I have a separate little bag for my on-the-plane stuff. (Usually I keep my cosmetics bag stowed away in my carry-on suitcase, and keep my “flight kit” at hand when I’m on the plane.) A flight kit pouch can hold your in-the-air skincare items, glasses, pads and tampons, etc.

4. Passport holder.
Passport holders are purely frivolous, really, unless your passport actually gets handled so much it gets worn out. (If that’s the case, then I’m totally jealous that you travel that much!) In any case, if you don’t know what else to get the stylish jet-setting girl in your life, she’s bound to appreciate a cute passport holder; the one above is by Kate Spade, but you can also find passport holders on ASOS, Fab, and Etsy.

Got any other travel-related gift ideas for your gadget-owning loved ones? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s gift guide!

Our previous gift guides:
Day 1: For Your Parents
Day 2: For the Techie

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Welcome to Day 2 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 techies you love.

Okay, this isn’t for “techies” so much as it’s for, um…anyone who travels with electronic devices—that is to say, everyone. (Hey, “techies” sounds better than “everyone who depends on electronic devices in order to live.”)

Techie

1. Power bank.
Bryce and I each have our own power banks. They are the BEST. I shouldn’t even have to explain why. Just get yourself and everyone you love a power bank. Do it. The one above is by Anker, but Amazon has a whole bunch.

2. Universal power adapter.
This is not the sexiest gift you could give, admittedly, but it’s a great thing to have for anyone who travels internationally. Outlets are different in different countries (why?!?!), and no one wants to be caught being unable to plug anything in. They do sell specific country-to-country adapters, but why bother? The universal adapter I picked up before my trip to Austria has saved our butts so many times.

3. Travel surge protector/power strip.
These are so great. My mom has one. Bryce has one. Hotel rooms tend to not come with enough outlets for all your stuff, and having one hub where you can charge everything in one place makes life so. much. easier. The Belkin one comes with USB outlets and is a surge protector to boot.

3. Gadget organizer/Grid-It.
You have to have a system for transporting and organizing all your devices and their cords. Some people may prefer a pouch with separated pockets; others may prefer the Grid-It system. Your call.

Got any other travel-related gift ideas for your gadget-owning loved ones? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s gift guide!

Our previous gift guide:
Day 1: For Your Parents

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If you’re anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with the first half of December because on one hand, you get to shop for presents! Yay! But on the other hand, YOU HAVE TO SHOP FOR PRESENTS, OH NO.

Well, while shopping for my family and friends these past few weeks, I found a lot of travel-related items that would make great gifts. So for you, Getaway Brigade readers, I’ve put together a huge gift guide that’ll help you narrow down The Perfect Present for the travelers (or potential travelers!) in your life.

And you know what? Our gift guide got so big, I split it into seven parts. That’s right, seven. This gift guide is like Voldemort’s soul. We’re going to post a new gift guide every single day this week!

Today is Part 1—gift ideas for your parents, probably the hardest people to shop for, ever.

(I’m aware that as our parents read this blog, this post might somewhat ruin the Christmas surprise for them, UNLESS, MOM AND DAD AND BRYCE’S MOM AND DAD, YOU DON’T READ THIS POST, THANKS! COME BACK TOMORROW, THERE WILL BE A NEW POST!)
Parents

1. Pill organizer.
I know this might be a little weird, and I myself would never have thought of it, but on a trip with Bryce’s parents, his mom showed me her pill organizer, which she deemed one of the best things she’d bought for the trip. Depending on how many vitamins or medications your parent takes, you could get them either a larger AM/PM organizer or a smaller folio-type box.
(Update 12/11: just spotted the Sabi pill folio on Fab!)

2. Travel kettle.
I know I’ve already enthused about the joys of having your hot beverage of choice always at the ready; it’s a wonderful little luxury, and parents totally. get. it. Unless your own parents are totally anhedonic and take no pleasure out of anything in life (and maybe they are, I don’t know your parents) they’ll really appreciate this. We ourselves use a cheap plastic kettle but you should treat your parents right and get them a nice stainless steel one.

3. Grid-It organizer.
I think this is something that everyone will appreciate, but parents especially so; a Grid-It is a really versatile web of tightly woven elastic that holds all the little things that would otherwise be rolling around in little pouches or the bottom of your bag.

4: Dedicated quart bag and containers for liquids.
I’m going to say this in the nicest way possible: parents seem to have trouble with the TSA liquid restrictions. I’m not picking on any one person here; it seems that every parent I know has a hard time understanding that all your liquids have to go in the liquids bag. So to make it easier for the wonderful people who raised you, get them some properly-sized containers for their liquids, and a dedicated, reusable quart-sized bag to put those containers in.

Got any other travel-related gift ideas for the parents in your life? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s gift guide!

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