Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Packing & Wardrobe, Travel Products & Services — By on December 14, 2009 at 9:00 am

By Patty Hodapp
LG Travel Lifestyle Editor

It’s time to start your wish list! Scribble, scribble, as fast as you can… Santa is on his way and chances are you’ve been a good kid this year, so get ready to mail out your list. Sure we’re in a crappy economic downswing right now, but look on the bright side-the holidays are just around the corner and there are killer sales going on. Grab a pen and paper because here are The Lost Girls’ top 10 travel gear must-haves of the season. These products are LG certified, practical for the road, affordable, and travel-tested by us. Happy holiday shopping!

1. Quick dry towel Pick up one of these soft, absorbent, quick drying towels to throw in your gym bag or Euro-backpack. I used a quick dry towel when I backpacked the Mediterranean this summer and I give it five stars for being my favorite piece of travel gear. It is lightweight, folds up ultra small, dries twice as fast as a regular towel, doesn’t carry odor, and you can throw it in the washing machine. Grab one in any size (I used a medium) from most outdoor and camping stores. Here is the one I used ($8.49; [Note from Amanda P: When you get back from traveling, you can use it to wring moisture out of your hair more quickly than a regular towel would do–great for curly girls who don’t use a blow drier.]

first aid kit 2. First Aid Kit Accidents can happen. Whether you stub your toe, get a paper cut, or get stung by an insect, a Lost Girl is prepared for the worst. This first aid kit is a great starting point ($10.50; I sliced my thumb open in Greece with a bread knife, and I was so glad I had this kit to clean and bandage my wound right away…much safer than waiting to find a bathroom. It’s a small, zippable pouch with all of the first aid essentials you’ll need on the road. Since I’m a klutz who’s prone to injury, I added an extra bottle of ibuprofen, a tube of Neosporin and multi-size pack of Band-Aids just to be safe.

3. Cozy Handmade Fleece-Coming from Minnesota, I love the cold weather-snow, ice, you name it. But I absolutely hate being cold. I found this handmade fleece when I was shopping online a few years ago and I ordered one. It has long since outlived my Northface fleece. The Wintergreen fleece material doesn’t pill or look old after a few washes like my Northface did. Made of wool and polyester, it’s warm and zips all the way past your chin for extra windy days. It’s handmade and comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. If you’re willing to invest good money in a fleece jacket, you won’t be disappointed with this one ($148.00; Wintergreen North Wear).

4. Eco-friendly Water bottle Stay hydrated on the road with this Nalgene water bottle ($9.95; It’s dishwasher safe, leak proof, and BPA-free (which just means it’s made from safe, chemical-free, recycled plastic). Plus, if you like to carry different beverages besides water, this water bottle is odor resistant so you can switch liquids and avoid coffee-tasting cranberry juice.

5. Smartwool Socks Keep your feet warm and dry with these lightweight, form-fitting wool socks. They absorb sweat faster than any other wool sock I’ve ever had. They’re itch-free, unlike most other wool socks, they don’t store odor causing bacteria and they regulate body temperature so you can wear them any season.($16.95; The Walking Company). I just loaded up for my trip to the U.K. in January-these Smartwool socks will be great for tromping around Irish bogs and sloshing through London’s puddles. Mine have a supportive arch brace and a cushioned sole for extra comfort, but they come in all shapes and sizes for Lost Girls who don’t need extra arch support or prefer a lighter pair for summer travel. As a bonus, when you buy one, you get the second for 50 percent off.

Happy Shopping, all!

Tags: , ,


  • I usually do not comment, but I looked through some comments on
    Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers | The Lost Girls. I actually do have a few questions for you if you don’t mind. Is it just me or does it give the impression like a few of these remarks appear like they are written by brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are writing on additional online sites, I’d like to keep up
    with you. Could you list of all of all your social pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or
    linkedin profile?

    my weblog … Electric digital smokers

  • Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this site needs
    a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the information!

    Feel free to surf to my web-site tea party ideas 6 year old

  • Hi there everyone, it’s my first go to see at this web page, and paragraph is really fruitful in favor of me, keep up posting such posts.

    My page metal detector test wands

  • Its like you read my thoughts! You seem to grasp a lot approximately this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I feel that you simply can do with a few percent to force the message house a bit, however instead of that, this is magnificent blog.
    An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

    Stop by my homepage :: juicer reviews best

  • I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never
    found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    Also visit my web-site – improve memory visualization

  • Shawn says:

    I don’t even know how I finished up here, but I thought this publish used to be good. I don’t know who you might be however definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger should you are not already. Cheers!

    Also visit my blog post … pasta maker costco (Shawn)

  • Hi there mates, its fantastic piece of writing on the topic of
    cultureand fully explained, keep it up all the time.

    Look into my blog force factor factor 2