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The holidays are creeping up on us, and we’ll be sipping eggnog before we know it!
Traveling friends can sometimes be hard to shop for since they spend most of their money on experiences rather than things. But a few thoughtful items can go a long way in helping that friend travel carry-on only.
If you’re a carry-on traveler, add some of these gift ideas to your wish list!
1. Cute Compression Socks
Long flights can lead to swelling of the feet and legs, and in the worst scenarios, life-threatening blood clots. Compression socks combat these issues, but they aren’t always the cutest… until we found these.
>> Search for Vim & Vigr compression socks on Amazon*.
2. TSA-Friendly Toiletry Bag Filled with Goodies
For carry-on only travelers, one of the biggest issues is toiletries. Liquid toiletries in particular need to be placed in a quart-sized clear plastic bag in bottles or containers no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml). Help a friend out by upgrading their disposable ziploc bags with a nicer, TSA-friendly pouch (like this one from Nalgene*)- filled with new travel toiletry bottles and even some solid toiletry alternatives.
3. Stuffable bags
Stuffable bags can be used as a day pack, beach bag, grocery bag, laundry bag, and so much more. Since they fold up inside themselves, a stuffable bag takes up almost no space and can be stored in your main backpack or suitcase, which means it won’t put you over the carry-on limit.
4. Carry-on sized backpack or suitcase
At Her Packing List, we think 40 liters is the perfect sized backpack for someone who doesn’t want to check luggage. It’s just big enough to hold what you really need but still small enough to meet most airline carry-on regulations.
5. The Amazing Travel Jacket
You know- THE jacket. It’s been passed around the Internet with global popularity, and for good reason. This jacket has 15 features in ONE! And if you’re going carry-on only, then conserving space inside your luggage is pretty important. With this jacket, you have a neck pillow, eye mask, zipper pen, gloves, and special pockets galore. It does, however, come with a price.
>> Check out the Baubax Travel Jacket.
6. Luggage scale
Help your carry-on traveler friend stay under the weight limit with a simple luggage scale. Carry-on restrictions often include a weight limit, and no one wants to be forced to check a bag for being a pound or two too heavy. Plus luggage scales are small, so you can pack it with you to check the weight at the end of the trip after you’ve bought some souvenirs.
>> Search for luggage scales on Amazon*.
Books are heavy to lug around, and they take up a lot of precious space in a girl’s carry-on bag. A Kindle is lightweight and let’s you carry virtually as many books as you want. If your friend already has one, get her a Kindle gift card*.
>> Check out Kindles on Amazon*.
8. Turkish travel towel
Regular towels are too bulky to travel with. Turkish travel towels solve this problem by being thin, packing up small, and serving multiple purposes. You can use them as a shower towel, beach towel, cover-up, blanket, and so much more.
9. Collapsible Water Bottle
Help a friend save money on airport beverages, and stay hydrated while on the plane, with a collapsible water bottle. When not in use, it packs ultralight and small.
>> Grab a Vapur water bottle on Amazon*.
This is a great item for carry-on travelers who have a lot of cords and other smaller things that can easily get lost in a backpack. The Grid-It helps you keep your cords separate all in one place without getting tangled up. Just a few of the many other things you can keep organized with the Grid-It include your iPod, batteries, phone, and memory cards.
>> Check out Grid-It organizers on Amazon*.