Best Gifts for Women Who Travel

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The gift giving season is upon us. And it’s hard to find the perfect gift for those on your list. So if you’re looking for the best gifts for women who travel, here’s some of my favorite items along with help from my traveling friends.

Best Gifts for Women Who Travel

Inflatable Foot Rest

According my friend and frequent flyer, Melissa, her hips and lower back hurt when flying for more than three hours. To alleviate the  issue, she uses a foot rest. This one is easy to inflate she never feels like she’s going to pass out after blowing it up. As a Mom bonus, it can turn an airplane seat into a baby/toddler sleeping area.

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Inflatable Rectangular Pillow

I use these for lower back issues when flying and to put under my elbow on the armrest for long flights. As a bonus they are inexpensive and I can share with the kids who don’t want to pack their own pillow.

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Neck Scarf

I use a neck scarf to stay warm and cozy since I always sit in the window seat. As a bonus this one offers a hidden pocket for my phone so I can listen to audio books or music.

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Ear Phones for Kids

If you’ve got kids, or looking for a gift for a kid who travels, then a pair of headphones is a must. My 11-year-old loves this Buddy Phones pair. Get wireless headphones for kids 3+ with different audio levels, toddler mode (75dB), kids mode (85dB) and travel mode (94dB). The headphones offer 14-hour battery life and a 10-meter wireless range. Check them out on Amazon: BuddyPhones Play, Wireless Bluetooth Volume-Limiting Headphones.

Compression Socks

If you are flying more than few hours, compression socks will save your ankles. And don’t think you are too fit or too young, I got crazy swollen ankles for my flight to Paris at 29. Disclaimer, I was pregnant at the time but not showing.

Put on the socks for your first flight of the day. Take a look the Nabee Socks designed by nurses. No one will know they are compression socks.

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Amenity Kit

As a former flight attendant, I’ve flown first and business class on many occasions. And sure those amenity kits are nice but you can make one for your next flight. Or put one together for your traveling friend. Here’s my must haves to first-class out that economy seat.

  • Wipes—Facial, Regular and Bleach
  • Tissues
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Pain Reliever
  • Sleep Aid
  • Eye drops
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye patch
  • Tea Bags
  • Mints
  • Deodorant
  • Travel toothbrush and paste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair brush or comb
  • Hair tie
  • Lip balm/gloss
  • Mascara
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • All over face powder
  • 3 ounce atomizer with water
  • Dry shampoo


  • Disposable razor + shaving cream

Contact Lens Wearer

  • Eye solution + container + Eyeglasses

In My Backpack

I don’t carry a travel purse since it’s a personal item when you fly. I use a backpack and pack it up until it’s hard to zip up. Here’s my must haves for my carryon.

Travel Wallet

One of my kids gave this wallet to me, in my favorite color. I love it for its style and functionality. It’s inexpensive and sold in lots of colors.

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Extra luggage lock

I use it to lock up my backpack since I carry my laptop, an expensive camera along with my passport. If I have to leave it on a tour bus, I lock it.

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I can’t loose my keys on a trip. So I have put carabiner on my keychain and secure my keys to the inside of my backpack. I also put another carabiner to attach things to the backpack.

Power Bank

You can’t count on having power at your airplane seat. And your flight will drain your battery when listening to music or a book. So I carry two power banks fully charged for every trip. Remember this can’t be in your checked luggage. I’ve owned them for years.

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A Good Guide Book

It’s a trip and a good guide book is a must. Even for seasoned travelers, a guide book offers information at your fingertips.

Check out my travel book list

National Park books

In Your Luggage

A Good Piece of Luggage

A good piece of luggage is a must for a travelers. Though I want a balance of good value and function.

As a former flight attendant, I know luggage and I’m not easy to impress. After years of using Ricardo Luggage, I still recommend it to my friends and family. It offers durability, style and functionality for most travelers at an excellent price point. Check out my full review.

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Packing Cubes

Another must for every trip, packing cubes keep my luggage tidy. Especially for the smaller items, like socks and underwear. I used these for several years with great results.

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Shoe Bags

I hate to put dirty shoes into my luggage. So I use shoe bags. Another must for women who travel.

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Toiletry Bag

A nice functional toiletry bag keeps every thing in its place. And keeps the shampoo from leaking on your clothes.

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If you or someone you know travel a lot then here's the list for you. Got top products for your carry-on luggage, like pillows, luggage, compression socks, wallets and more. #PackingLIst #TravelGifts #AirTravel

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