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10 Terrific Travel Gifts for Your Favorite Road Warrior

Updated on January 6, 2017
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Margaret Schindel has traveled for business and pleasure for 50+ years. She shares travel tips to help others make the most of their trips.

Give your favorite business (or leisure) travelers - or yourself! - one of these great gifts to make their travel more relaxing,  productive and enjoyable. ~ Margaret Schindel
Give your favorite business (or leisure) travelers - or yourself! - one of these great gifts to make their travel more relaxing, productive and enjoyable. ~ Margaret Schindel

The Best Travel Gifts to Help "Road Warriors" Relax, Recharge, and Be Productive and Comfortable

As any frequent business traveler will tell you, having to live out of a suitcase, deal with airlines, airports, long car trips, and check in and out of hotels on a regular basis is stressful, uncomfortable, and tiring. That's why I've handpicked these terrific items you can give to help make their routine trips for work more productive, comfortable, and stress-free.

Instead of chocolate, flowers, jewelry or champagne, choose a gift that will make your spouse, partner or significant other have an easier time and think of you fondly during their business trips! These presents are also perfect to congratulate someone special on a new job that will involve frequent travel.

By the way, these gifts are awesome for leisure travelers, too. In fact, you may just find something to give yourself.

10 Terrific Gifts for Business Travelers

  1. Packing Cubes
  2. Durable, Well-Designed Rollaboard Carry-On Bag
  3. Noise-Canceling Headphones
  4. Memory Foam Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow
  5. Compact and Soft Travel Blanket and Pillow
  6. Kindle Fire HDX Tablet / Backlit Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
  7. RFID-Blocking Passport Case
  8. Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer
  9. Portable Digital Luggage Scale
  10. International Voltage Converter / Travel Plug Adapter Combo

1. Packing Cubes

Packing efficiently for a business trip - or a vacation, for that matter - is a challenge for most of us. Frequent business travelers often find themselves living out of a suitcase, and packing and unpacking several times during the course of each trip can be a time-consuming chore.

Your gift recipients will be especially grateful to have a set of well designed packing cubes if their suitcases are opened by airport security, since their clothes will stay neatly folded and organized and they won't need to re-fold and re-pack each item in the airport!

Here's how packing cubes can help solve these common business travel challenges:

  • Packing cubes help business travelers (and leisure travelers, too!) pack much more efficiently, letting them fit more clothing into each suitcase.
  • They make it easy to keep clothing and accessories organized and neat during trips and keep clean clothing separate from dirty clothes that need to be laundered or dry cleaned.
  • They help minimize wrinkles in clothing and encourage road warriors to fold their clothes neatly and keep them that way during the trip when not being worn.
  • Packing cubes that feature a mesh panel on top allow their owners to see what's inside each cube and locate items quickly and easily.
  • For the same reason, packing cubes with mesh top panels also allow airport security and customs agents to examine the contents of luggage without rummaging through loose piles of clothing, laundry, toiletries, etc. (that then need to be re-packed before boarding the plane).
  • And packing cubes make packing and unpacking must faster, easier, and more efficient for frequent travelers, especially for trips involving more than one hotel stay.

Experienced road warriors highly recommend buying more than one set of packing cubes in multiple sizes.

Here are my recommendations for travel packing cubes:

TravelWise Set of 5 Packing Cubes

These top-rated packing cubes may look small, but don't let that fool you! You can fit a LOT of clothing in this 5-piece packing cube set, especially if you roll up your clothes (as recommended by travel experts like Rick Steves) to maximize their capacity. These are extremely well made, but also thinner and lighter weight than many other brands of packing cubes, so your luggage will weigh less and you'll have more room in your suitcase. A great buy!

Eagle Creek Double Packing Cube

Whether you're traveling to a cold climate and need to pack bulky sweaters or jackets or just want a really large packing cube that can fit 6 pairs of rolled up denim jeans, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Double Cube will fit the bill. Customers absolutely rave about it!

2. Durable, Well-Designed Rollaboard Carry-On Bag

Business travelers depend heavily on their carry-on bags. Nearly all road warriors own at least one rollaboard suitcase, but few are happy with the roll-on luggage they own. That's why they will appreciate receiving a gift of a durable, well-designed rollaboard to replace their current carry-on suitcase.

Cheap bags are no bargain when the zipper splits or the wheels get stuck. Invest in a sturdy, well-made bag with the features that matter to frequent flyers for a gift that will be appreciated and work reliably for many years. Look for the following features when choosing a rollaboard suitcase as a gift:

  • Durable, ballistic nylon fabric that will hold up well to frequent use
  • Sturdy, aircraft-grade aluminum, telescoping handle on the top and a separate side handle to make it easy to lift the bag into an overhead bin / compartment (or onto a hotel room luggage rack); telescoping handle at the top should be long enough to pull the luggage comfortably when extended to its full length; a multi-stage telescoping handle provides adjustable height for comfort
  • A zippered outer pocket for easy access to files, magazines, and other flat items without opening the whole suitcase
  • Expandable zippered gusset for extra depth, since business travelers often return with more items than they packed initially (note that expanding the bag may prevent it from meeting carry-on regulations or fitting into overhead compartments)
  • Sturdy enough to hold up to the rigors of luggage carousels and baggage handlers if you need to check your bag
  • Small and compact enough to fit in the overhead compartments of international airlines, trains, and buses while still roomy enough to pack business travel necessities for short trips
  • Smooth, 360-degree swivel wheels - preferably 4 recessed wheels - that make it easy to maneuver the suitcase through airports, train or bus stations, streets and hotel corridors

A Durable, Well-Designed, Lightweight Carry-On Bag for International Business Travelers

Tumi is a luggage brand known for its excellent quality and durability, and their well-designed Tumi Alpha 2 international, expandable, four-wheeled carry-on is one of the best you can buy.

This intelligently-designed carry-on bag was designed specifically for international business travelers, and its compact outer dimensions - 22" x 14" x 9" including the handle and wheels will fit within the carry-on size restrictions of most international airlines. (It's always wise to check those with the airline before traveling, since those size restrictions vary and are subject to change.) The expansion zipper adds up to 2 inches of extra depth to the bag. And while the resulting 11" outer depth might mean that the bag would need to be checked, it can be a tremendous convenience for those times when a traveler needs to bring home more than he or she brought along originally.

This 4-wheeled bag features 360° spinner wheels, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle and Tumi's patented, durable and lightweight FXT ballistic nylon fabric. This bag also has a sleek profile and includes the manufacturer's exclusive Tumi Tracer protection program to help your gift recipient trace the luggage if it ever is lost or stolen.

3. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Frequent business travelers often need to work during the actual travel portions of their business trips. Whether they need to prepare for their upcoming business meetings or events with reading, writing, creating presentations or email, the background noise on planes, trains, buses, and taxis can be extremely distracting and make focusing on work a challenge. That's why they'll really appreciate receiving high-quality, effective noise cancelling headphones.

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Look for the following features when selecting noise canceling headphones for travel gifts:

  • Significant noise reduction (not all noise, just unwanted background noise)
  • Comfortable ear cushions that combine a comfortable fit with a tight-fitting seal that can block out maximum background noise
  • Good sound quality(it's not easy to find noise cancellation headphones that offer both superior noise cancellation and also good sound quality)
  • A sturdy carrying case to protect the headphones and carry extra batteries

Reminder: No noise cancelling headphones will provide sound quality a good as regular headphones without noise cancellation features.

Two Award-Winning Noise Canceling Headphones to Consider

These two models of noise cancelling headphones were awarded the PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award for the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones:

Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Canceling Headphones

High-quality, classy-looking Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones received the PC Magazine Editor's Choice award. They were top-rated for background noise cancellation while delivering the high-quality sound people expect from the audio experts at Bose. The Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones won the PC Magazine Editors' Choice award several times. PC Magazine's review gave Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones top marks: "...one thing is for certain: this is the most effective noise-cancellation headphone pair you can buy..." And the excellent UK technology reviews site Trusted Reviews concluded, "If you want the very best noise cancelling money can buy, the Bose QuietComfort 15 supplies it. These cans make your world seem eerily quiet, no matter where you are. They are also exceptionally comfortable and have a smooth, easy-going sound. For relaxing on a long-haul light, you can't do much better." That model has been discontinued and replaced with the even better Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Canceling Headphones, which CNET picked as the best noise cancelling headphones you can buy, as of this writing.

Like its predecessor, the Bost QuietComfort 25 noise canceling headphones run on a single, easy-to-find AAA battery that delivers up to 35 hours of use. The headband has been re-engineered so that it sits closer to the head, so there's less of a gap. The sleek, cushioned, molded carrying case protects the headphones extremely well and includes slots for an extra battery and the two-prong adapter for airplane use, which is included.

These headphones are small, lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The advanced ear cushions in a proprietary design create an acoustical seal. Proprietary Bose innovations use microphones both inside and outside the earcups to sense and reduce background noise. The cushioned / padded headband also adds to the comfort. You can wear these while travelling without any audio input to take advantage of their noise cancellation features, for instance, in order to focus on work or other reading, writing, etc.

According to CNET, these headphones also come with "Bose's satisfaction guarantee. If you're not totally satisfied, you can return the headphones (or pretty much any Bose product) for a full refund. The trial period is 30 days in the US and UK, 21 days in Australia." Gotta love a company that stands behind its products!

These superb noise cancelling headphones have too many other features to list here, so click on the link to the Amazon product page item to see more detailed product information.

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B Noise Canceling Headphones Offer the Best Value in a Moderate Price Range

If the Bose QuietComfort 15 noise cancelling headphones are out of your price range, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones are a great choice.
These about half the price of the top-rated Bose model I recommended above, and of course that means the noise cancellation, sound quality, and comfort features aren't quite as good as the more expensive model. But the price/performance ratio for these headphones is excellent and they provide the best value by far in this price range.

This model's biggest drawback is the amount of sound leakage, which could result in complaints from passengers who are sitting next to the wearer. But considering the large price difference, these Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones are a good alternative that may fit better into your gift giving budget.

IMPORTANT! Noise cancelling headphones are not a substitute for regular headphones

That's because the technology used to cancel out background noises removes certain frequencies and affects the audio fidelity of ALL noise canceling headphones. They are meant to be used specifically in situations or environments where the noise cancellation feature is important, such as blocking out the noise of jet engines while traveling by plane. So even frequent business travelers who already own high-quality headphones will appreciate receiving a pair of good noise canceling headphones.

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4. Memory Foam Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow

Business travelers want to arrive at their travel destination rested, refreshed, and ready to meet with clients, prospects, agencies, etc. Anyone who has traveled for long distances on a train, bus, or airplane knows how difficult it can be to find a comfortable position in which to take a nap or just relax without getting a stiff neck. That's why a well-designed memory foam travel pillow is such a great gift, especially for frequent flyers.

Look for the following features when choosing memory foam travel pillows:

  • Dense, high-quality memory foam
  • Lateral head supports to support the traveler's head and neck comfortably in an upright seated position
  • Removable and washable cover to keep the travel pillow clean and hygienic
  • Adjustable for maximum comfort and support
  • Travel bag for easy carrying and to keep the travel pillow clean
  • Ability to compact fairly flat when not in use so it can fit into a carry-on bag, briefcase, or purse.

The CABEAU Best Memory Foam Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow

This Memory Foam Neck Pillow and Travel Pillow with Portable Bag is top-rated by customers who own it, and it makes an awesome gift for someone who spends a lot of time traveling.

The patented Cabeau Evolution Pillow is made of high quality memory foam with a cozy removable velour cover that feels great next to the skin and machine washable. The front duplex slide-lock toggle makes this pillow adjustable for maximum comfort and support and holds it exactly the way the owner prefers. It's designed with a flat back so it won't push the owner's head forward, the way most other U-shaped travel neck pillows do, and provides lateral head stabilization supports so the head and neck can remain supported comfortably while he or she naps in a seated upright position.

Thoughtful extras that make this memory foam travel pillow include a perfect gift include a convenient media pouch to hold a phone or MP3 player and, as a bonus, a set of memory foam ear plugs. And yet another feature that makes this memory foam travel pillow so special is that the included water repellent storage bag compacts the pillow down to 1/4 its size!

5. Compact and Soft Travel Blanket and Pillow

Travelers have little control over the ambient temperature in an airplane cabin, train compartment, or bus, so frequent business travelers definitely will appreciate a gift of a nice-sized, soft, hygienic, personal travel blanket and pillow of their own to tuck into one of their carry-on bags.

Airlines used to distribute travel pillows and blankets routinely to the passengers on their planes, but these days getting a blanket from a flight attendant is a hit-or-miss proposition except in the first class cabin or on overnight "red-eye" flights. Even if a tired or cold passenger is lucky enough to be able to acquire the loan of a blanket or pillow on the plane, it is unlikely to have been washed or otherwise sanitized after it was used by a previous passenger - ugh! And, of course, passengers traveling on buses and trains can forget about such creature comforts except on sleeper cars.

That's why a gift of a lightweight, compact, soft, comfortable and hygienic personal travel blanket and pillow makes such an appreciated gift for both business and leisure travel.

Look for the following features when choosing the best travel blanket:

  • High-quality fabric that is soft and comfortable and also durable so it will maintain its good looks and functionality despite frequent use and laundering
  • Machine washable and able to be dried in a dryer for easy care, especially during trips
  • Lightweight so it's easy to carry around
  • Large enough to cover the person from neck to toes
  • Folds compactly into its own travel bag so it's easy to tuck into piece of carry-on luggage.

This Lug Nap Sac Blanket and Pillow is Recommended on Oprah's Gift Finder Gift Guide!

This wonderful, high-quality fleece travel blanket is a best-seller for good reason. It also has been recommended in Oprah Winfrey's exclusive Gift Finder on Oprah.com.

Lug's Nap Sac Blanket and Pillow Set - Soft, Cozy, Hygienic

This cozy blanket is made of super soft, high-quality fleece that is machine washable and can be tossed into a dryer, so it can be clean and dry in practically no time. It measures a generous 35" wide x 46" long, and comes with a travel pillow that stores flat and is easy to inflate and slip into matching 10.75" x 7.75" x 3" zippered fleece pillowcase that also doubles as a carrying pouch for the entire set.

This well-designed travel blanket also includes a convenient pocket for storing eyeglasses, a phone or an mp3 player.

It's available in 11 beautiful colors, including Chocolate (medium brown), Crimson (red), Fog (gray), Grass (bright yellow-green), Marigold (bright yellow), Midnight (black), Navy (blue), Ocean (a beautiful Cerulean Blue color), Plum (purple), Rose (bright rose pink), and Sunset (bright orange), so you can choose the gift recipient's favorite color or match his or her luggage color, if you know what it is.

This is a luxurious present that's also practical and affordable enough to give as a stocking stuffer!

6. Backlit Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader or Kindle Fire HDX Tablet

Ask business travelers (and leisure travelers, too) the one piece of electronics they always carry with them on trips - in addition to their laptop, mobile phone and possibly MP3 player - and they're likely to answer either "my iPad" or "my Kindle."

If your favorite traveler's e-book reader doesn't have the new Kindle Paperwhite backlit technology or if he or she doesn't own a great tablet yet, the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader or Kindle Fire HDX tablet would make the perfect gift. I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader just before my most recent trip abroad and loved being able to unwind with a wide selection of books that I could carry around in my purse!

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I highly recommend that when you order whichever Kindle Fire HDX tablet or Kindle Paperwhite E-reader model you decide on, you choose the "Without Special Offers" option for an extra $15-$20 (depending on the model). This small additional cost will allow your gift recipients to use their devices without constantly being interrupted by "special offer" advertisements. It's an extra $15-$20 well spent, and a thoughtful touch if you will be giving a Kindle as a gift.

Kindle Paperwhite with WiFi and Optional Free AT&T 3G Wi-Fi Access

A tablet is great for what it's designed to do. What it's NOT great for is reading. A tablet's reflective screen causes glare, and because it isn't backlit the light shines into your eyes. It's fine for reading a few articles, but reading more than a few pages of a book on a tablet causes eye strain, which usually causes headaches.

That's why the Kindle Paperwhite 3G is the perfect companion to a tablet for both leisure and business travel. It's designed and optimized specifically for reading. With its front-lit, non-reflective screen, there's no glare even in bright sunlight and the light shines toward the reading surface instead of in your eyes. The brightness is also adjustable depending on the brightness of your environment. So you can read comfortably for hours without eyestrain. And as a business traveler myself, I can tell you that after a long day of meetings, there's nothing like relaxing with a good book to clear your head before turning in for the night.

I purchased a new Kindle Paperwhite to take with me on an international trip and it was one of the best travel gifts I ever bought for myself. It's small and lightweight - lighter and more comfortable to hold than a paperback - and you can read one-handed. And a single charge can last up to eight weeks, depending on usage. This model features better contrast, a new Page Flip feature, a processor that's 25% faster. I loaded mine up with books before our trip and was able to read comfortably even in bright sunlight on the beach during the extra days we stayed in Jamaica as a vacation. I kept it in my purse and was able to choose from a wide selection of books whenever and wherever I wanted to. Even my father-in-law, who loves reading but hates technology, has fallen in love with the Kindle Paperwhite that my mother-in-law gave him last Christmas. And my twenty-something nephew loves his just as much.

Compare Kindle e-reader models to choose the best model for your gift recipient's needs.

Kindle Fire HDX Tablets Feature a Stunning 8.9" or 7" Screen, Powerful Performance, HD Video, Front and Read Cameras and Many Other Value-Packed Features

The Kindle Fire HDX with a gorgeous 8.9" screen has features that will knock your socks off! It has a gorgeous screen display with 100% color accuracy, is ultra-light (just 13.2 oz.) and boasts a super-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. Take high-res photos and 1080p HD video with the 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. There's also a front-facing 720p HD camera for Skype video calls.

There is also a smaller model with a 7" screen that costs somewhat less than the 8.9" tablet.

A terrific feature that's exclusive to the Kindle Fire HDX is the Mayday button that lets you connect to an Amazon expert to get help whenever you need it, 24/7/365, for free!

There are far too many additional features for me to mention, so click to view the Amazon product page for a detailed explanation of everything you get with this awesome tablet.

Tip: You can customize your Kindle Fire HDX tablet with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage and choose whether you want it with or without special offers (i.e., ads) at checkout.

Compare Kindle Fire tablets on Amazon to help you decide which model would best suit your gift recipient's needs.

7. RFID-Blocking Passport Case

All newly issued U.S. passports and many credit cards include an RFID chip (Radio Frequency Identification Data) that stores personal data about the owner as a security measure. Criminals often use RFID readers to steal important personal information from RFID chips embedded in passports and credit cards to access the owner' accounts, so it's essential for travelers — especially business travelers who carry corporate as well as personal credit cards — to protect themselves by carrying their passports and credit cards in wallets and passport cases that block RFID readers effectively.

Anyone who travels out of the country, whether for business or leisure, should be using an effective RFID-blocking passport case for protection.

Give the Gift of Security with a PacSafe RFID-Blocking Passport Case

The PacSafe RFIDsafe 50 Passport Protector is a great, inexpensive gift or stocking stuffer for any business or leisure traveler. It is effective at blocking RFID readers to keep your gift recipient's personal information secure and protect it against thieves. New and seasoned travelers alike will appreciate its durable, lightweight fabric and 6.75" x 4.25" dimensions,large enough to carry several passports or a passport, a couple of credit cards and some currency.

8. Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer

How many times have you seen a traveler rummaging around in a carry-on bag, briefcase or handbag looking for his or her cell phone, MP3 player or other small mobile device, camera, cables, earbuds, pen, pencil, lip balm, breath mints, bandages, USB Flash drive, etc.?

Train or airline passengers need to keep their essential carry-on items accessible and well-organized, and Cocoon GRID-IT Organizers are the most versatile and totally customizable system for organizing all the stuff we carry with us that tends to be difficult to keep organized.

Cocoon Grid-It! organizers are available in several different shapes and sizes and are incredibly useful for organizing and carrying electronics, cables, pens, pencils, etc., which is why they are so popular among business travelers and anyone else who is constantly on-the-go and wants to keep his or her portable essentials organized. They're available in a choice of four colors - black, gray, red, and blue.

The Cocoon Grid-It! organizer is the #1 item on Lifehacker's Top 10 Gadgets You Should Have in Your Go Bag, and Oprah Winfrey recommends the Cocoon GRID-IT CPG10 organizer in her Gift Finder on Oprah.com. So you can be sure that the road warriors on your list will love receiving one!

The Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer Is Great For Everyone, All the Time

The top-rated GRID-IT Organizer is an infinitely customizable organization system that can be configured to hold whatever items you wish firmly in place and make them easy to find, remove, and replace.

In addition to the interior grid of woven elastic straps backed with rubber dots to grip whatever you put into it securely, the GRID-IT also has a convenient outer pocket for additional storage.

You may want to pick up one for yourself, too, to keep in your handbag, briefcase, backpack, or on your desk.

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What's better than a Cocoon Grid-It organizer? A set of two or three in different sizes. They can be used to organize everything from laptop bags to toiletries to school supplies to craft supplies to junk drawers in addition to travel gadgets and essentials. Don't forget to pick up a couple for yourself, too!

9. Portable Luggage Scale

International airline carriers have different luggage size and weight restrictions, and the airlines have started being much more strict about enforcing those limits. Why? Those very hefty surcharges for overweight baggage - usually $100 or more per bag over the 50-lb. weight limit for US carriers - have become a significant new source of revenue for them! That's why a portable luggage scale makes such a perfect travel gift for frequent fliers.

Business travelers usually are rushing to make sure they don't miss their flights, so when they're already at the airport is not the time for them to discover that one of their bags weighs a pound or two more than the airline carrier's maximum weight limit (50 lbs. in the US). And using a bathroom scale to weigh luggage is cumbersome and unreliable. And since most travelers end up bringing home a bit more in their luggage than they brought with them originally, it's important for them to be able to weigh their luggage prior to their return trip (for which the baggage weight restrictions may be different than the ones for their outbound flight).

For those reasons, having a portable luggage scale that can be used to weigh one's packed luggage before each flight on the trip can save a LOT of time, aggravation, and especially money!

Look for these features when choosing a portable luggage scale to give as a gift (or to keep for yourself):

  • Small and compact
  • Lightweight
  • Accurate
  • Reliable
  • Can display baggage weight in pounds or kilograms
  • Durable
  • Easy to use correctly
  • Easy-to-read screen

The EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale with Proprietary SmartGrip Two-Handed Design Makes a Terrific, Inexpensive Travel Gift

The easy-to-use, accurate Voyager portable luggage scale from EatSmart is perfect for bags weighing up to 110 lb / 50 kg. The SmartGrip two-handed design allows you to use both hands if you wish so it's easier to lift and weigh even heavy luggage. And if you've ever tried weighing a heavy suitcase on a portable scale you'll know just how important this great feature is!

This precision portable luggage scale is a cinch to use. Just clip the strap to the handle of your suitcase, lift the bag off the floor, wait briefly until you hear the beep and then view the bag's weight in increments of 0.1 lbs. or 0.1 kg on the large, easy-to-read backlit LCD digital display. Remove the weighed bag and simply push the ON/OFF button on this auto-calibrated digital luggage scale to reset the weight to 0 so it's ready to weigh your next bag. This handy scale is extremely compact so you can just tuck it into a corner of your suitcase, briefcase or carry-on bag and it won't add appreciably to the weight of your luggage or carry-on bags. It runs on a long-life lithium battery, which is included, and comes with EatSmart's 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Tip: Consider picking up a few and saving them for holiday gifts; they make terrific stocking stuffers.

10. International Voltage Converter / Travel Plug Adapter Combo

International travel requires a voltage converter/transformer and a power adapter to ensure that any electronics or appliances will have the correct type of plug and current/voltage for the power sockets in the country or countries to be visited.

There are many different types of sockets (and plugs to fit them) and also many different voltage and frequency differences between countries and regions. Someone who does a lot of international business travel will need either a power adapter and a transformer/voltage converter or a combination international all-in-one voltage converter and travel plug adapter that can work with an input voltage range suitable for the regions to which they travel frequently.

International Travelers Will Love Having the BESTEK International 220V to 110V Converter Travel Adapter with Interchangeable Worldwide UK/US/AU/EU Plugs and 6A 4 USB Ports

This fairly compact (6" x 3" x 1.57") international power converter includes a European Union (EU) power cable and three international travel plug adapters that work with power outlets in more than 150 countries! It has a detachable 5' long power cable and surge protection and short-circuit protection.And the four USB charging ports let you charge as many as four devices at the same time. It comes in your choice of black or white.

Voltage and Frequency and Sockets, Oh My!

Figuring out whether - and which - power adapters (for different types of plugs), voltage converters, and power transformers travelers need for international travel is confusing, especially since the electricity standards in different countries are changing. Here's some helpful information and a super-useful chart for finding out the voltage, frequency, and plugs/sockets currently used in most countries.

Distinguishing Between Plug Adapters and Voltage Converters

About.com created an excellent video explaining the differences between travel adapters (plug adapters) and voltage converters and when you need to use one or both with your electronics abroad. For some reason the video is no longer accessible, but you can read the explanation of the differences between travel plug adapters and voltage converters in the video transcript on the page where the video used to be.

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© 2012 Margaret Schindel

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      David Paul Wagner 24 months ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for this great list, Margaret! A number of your suggestions, such as the rollaboard carry-on bag and the memory foam travel pillow, are suitable not only for business travelers but also for more elderly passengers (like me!) whose bodies need every help they can get to survive the stresses and strains of long-distance travel.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Great for any kind of traveler really. Some good ideas. i ticked a Kindle because flights can be tedious -however memory foam pillows are great too and any thing that reduces background noises is a must. Fabulous hub. I have shared it to all!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Lots of great gift ideas here!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      Great ideas for travelers and road warriors.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      You have thought of everything! I guess you have left nothing, great lens :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This page is packed with wonderful information for the avid traveler, thank you

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I may, and I'm liking those travel cubes a lot. Thank you for all the suggestions, and congratulations on your Purple Star.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      These are some well thought of ideas. I am quite keen on the packing cubes and universal adapter. Thanks for this.

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      Rick King 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Good ideas. I would find that the noise cancelling headphones would be the best of the list for me.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I want most of these for myself! Especially the noise-cancelling headphones

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      MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      the Well-Designed Carry-On Bags look fantastic ! I'm a traveler and I would love one of these

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome selection of gifts for travelers. Love the detailed reviews!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Congrats on a fantastic selection of travel gifts. I love the grid- it for myself, but every selection is great.

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      JLally 4 years ago

      So many guides focus on what they think are the best solutions. I like the format you used of suggesting things to look for much better. I can merge your ideas and my recipients quircks and find the best product to give them.

      Well done.

      John

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      sibiana 4 years ago

      I travel a lot, mainly long haul, so I appreciate your tips. Great gift ideas. Well documented lens, nicely done

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 4 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      I just love dandy little gadgets! And I was glad to learn what a "packing cube" is - I was picturing a plastic milk crate...

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