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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. If you are shopping for someone who packs carry-on only, this is even harder since they don’t want to add unnecessary extras to their bag.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best gift ideas that the carry-on only traveler in your life is sure to love.
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.
2. TSA-Friendly Toiletry Bag Filled with Goodies
For a carry-on traveler, 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 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 but still wants to have the most space possible. It’s just big enough to hold what you really need without struggle but still small enough to meet most airline carry-on regulations.
Not a backpack person but still want to be a carry-on traveler? There are tons of great carry-on sized suitcases, too!
5. Packable Rain Poncho
A rain jacket, although a necessity, can often be bulky and hard to pack. Gift the carry-on traveler in your life with a packable rain poncho that will take up almost no space in their bag. These ones from Rainkiss come in a whole range of fun prints and are made from recycled polyester which makes them perfect for the eco-friendly traveler.
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.
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 lets you carry virtually as many books as you want. If your friend already has one, get her an Amazon gift card to buy books with.
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
10. Tieks Fold-Up Ballet Flats
Tieks fold-up ballet flats are constructed from durable, Italian leather and are designed to fold in half, making them super easy to pack. They are super versatile and you can dress them up or down depending on the occasion.
Bonus: They have a huge range of fun colors available for you to choose from.
If you or someone you know would love to be a carry-on only traveler but just can’t seem to make it work…then check out HPL’s Handbag Packing Masterclass. A proven 4-week program to help you learn to pack so confidently light that you could travel for a week in a personal-item-sized bag.
If you want some more travel gift ideas, take a look at these posts:
- 15 Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Female Travelers
- 10 Gift Ideas for the Female Traveler
- 99 Gifts for Women Who Travel Under $99
Do you have any amazing gift ideas for a carry-on traveler? Let us know in the comments.