Have someone on your list who’s itching to see the world? Prepping for that first-time trip can be a daunting task, but having a few essentials on hand can make the process much easier. Since we’re all about travel-related gifts, we put together some ideas for a travel starter kit that would be great for any aspiring adventurer.
A suitcase: We recommend a wheeled suitcase, but keep in mind that different trips have different luggage needs. For example, a traveler going on safari will need to carry a soft-sided duffel.
Reusable travel-size bottles: The TSA has specific requirements for carrying liquids on the plane, and properly sized, reusable containers ensure travelers can bring their favorite toiletries without getting caught up at the airport security line. For the most up-to-date carry-on rules, check out the TSA Website.
Essentials for an overnight flight: Give your traveler a pre-packed set of toiletries to pop in their carry-on for overnight flights, so they can freshen up on the go. Include toothpaste, wet wipes, lotion and deodorant, all in a regulation one-quart plastic bag, of course.
A travel guidebook: A guidebook gets travelers excited and informed before they go on their trip. If your giftee has a particular passion—say they’re a foodie or an architecture fanatic—look for guides that focus on this hobby to add a new layer to their next adventure.
Noise-canceling headphones: A peaceful flight means a well-rested first day of the trip.
Walking shoes: Comfort and versatility are key when it comes to travel-appropriate footwear. Not sure what to get? Take a peek at these tips for packing the right shoes.
An e-reader: Perfect for downtime at the airport or on bus transfers, an e-reader or tablet lets travelers bring lots of books and guides, all on one lightweight device. Looking for other gadget ideas? Here are a few of our favorites.
What would you include in a travel starter kit? Tell us in the comments below!