Travel Gift Top Picks for the 2018 Holidays
This guest post comes from award-winning travel journalist Howard Hian who has earned countless prestigious awards including a Gold Medal/First Place Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association’s annual international writing contest.
He has also received awards in the Cancun International writers competition, along with others too numerous to list. Howard was named as the San Diego Hotel Motel Association’s “Allied Member of the Year” for his ongoing contributions to the city’s tourism industry through his travel writing.
Howard has been a guest on my travel radio shows for many years and is an incredible talent and resource. We are always honored to have him join us as a guest contributor for Anointed Journey.
If you’re searching for the perfect gifts for any travel lover this holiday season, and whether it’s clothing or cutting edge products you are considering, here are a few presents for the travel enthusiast in your life.
What to Wear
Clothing Arts’ motto is “Made by Travelers for Travelers.” They have quality clothing products, all featuring a pick-pocket proof design. Their Adventure Shirt is ultra quick-dry and, although 100% nylon, feels like top quality cotton. I have no clue how they do it. Try it.
Craghopper’s Vertex Jacket provided both rain and cold protection on a recent trip to Switzerland. The coat is stylish and easy to roll up and pack. I also wore their Kiwi Ranger Hat. It has a snap-up brim design and provides plenty of shade. All of their products are guaranteed for life.
Brooks is well known for their running shoes. I don’t run, but I walk a couple of miles daily (more when traveling) in a pair of their Levitates. The bonus is that they are stylish and I can wear them with a pair of khakis.
What to Pack
Klean Kanteen is a family owned business, leading the way in providing state of the art reusable stainless steel water bottles, straws, cups/tumblers, and food containers. Their newest product, the TKPro, is a unique thermos-style Kanteen, perfect for both hot or cold drinks.
Eagle Creek never disappoints with their array of travel products. The Exhale Lumbar Pillow is lightweight and compact; great for planes, trains, and cars. The adjustable Wayfinder Waist Pack is comfortable to wear, features a fleece lined compartment for electronics, plus additional pockets for ID/travel documents, and side pockets for snacks or water bottles.
MyCharge’s HUBPLUS can power three devices at one time; two via cable and one with a USB port. It’s easy to recharge by plugging it into a wall socket; it’s then good for hours. It’s a must item to pack.
ChicoBag carries a line of well-constructed, compact, reusable fold up bags. Their latest creation, Vita, is an over-the-shoulder sling with a 40 pound carrying capacity. Tuck it into your suitcase for extras you pick up while traveling.
Carmel Mooney and Howard Hian both wish to thank the various companies mentioned for sample products and photos.