Christmas Gift Ideas For Business And Leisure Travelers

 @MarkJohansonIBT
on November 28 2013 9:51 AM

Chargecard

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For the space-challenged, technology-hooked traveler, there could be few better products out there than the Chargecard ($25; Nomad), a thin smartphone cable that fits in your wallet and can deliver instant juice to your battery-deprived device. Never again will you suffer from technology withdrawal on the road.

GoPro Hero 3+

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You know those amazing HD travel videos you drool over on YouTube and Vimeo? Chances are, most of them were made using a GoPro ($300; GoPro), the tiny weatherproof camera that packs a big punch. You can hold it in your hand, wear it on your head, mount it on your body, or even fly it up in the air on a remote control helicopter for aerial shots. This camera was made for the adventurer.

Toiletries Kit

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Travel can cause even the best of us to look harried at times, and a good skincare kit can make all the difference. Kiehl’s offers basic kits for men and women ($42; Kiehl’s) that should do wonders for anyone with a classic case of “travel face.”

Moleskine Notebooks

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Italian brand Moleskine has cornered the market on travel journals and notebooks ($10 and up; Moleskine). Found in the pockets of nearly every travel writer the world over, these simple, durable, products are made with acid-free paper that insures your scribbles survive the test of time.

LifeProof Case

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Let’s face it. The point and shoot camera is fast becoming obsolete in the era of the smartphone, and there’s no need to buy a waterproof or dirtproof camera if you’re only going to use it once or twice. That’s where the LifeProof ($90; LifeProof) case comes in handy. Snap it over your smartphone and you can swim underwater, bury it in the sand or snap a selfie in the snow.

Microfiber Travel Towel

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For the backpacker headed out into the wilder world or the business traveler who needs to freshen up in the airport, a microfiber travel towel ($22; L.L.Bean) is a must. This fast-drying wonder is made from plush, absorbent materials that will wick away the water while keeping your luggage dry.

Mini Tripod

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The Joby Gorillapod ($18; Amazon) comes to the rescue in moments when you want to take that perfect photo but there’s nobody else around to hold the camera. This versatile mini tripod can bend around a tree branch, hang from a rafter or sit safely above the sand.

Compact Binoculars

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Hikers, bird-lovers and amateur animal-watchers alike would all love a good pair of compact binoculars, and REI offers a 10x26 waterproof option at a great price ($55; REI). The fully coated optics use high-transmission antireflective lens coatings to ensure bright and color-true imaging.

Packing Cubes

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A messy bag makes for a messy trip, but using a few packing cubes ($20; eBags) can make all the difference when it comes to storing your smaller items.

Bluetooth Travel Speaker

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If you’re playing a movie from your iPad in the hotel or want to put on some music while you lounge by the pool, a Bluetooth travel speaker like the Jawbone Jambox ($150; Best Buy) can save you from the twang of the devices' internal speakers. This compact boom box can blast tunes for up to five hours on a single charge, making it ideal for those on the go.

Printstagram

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The travel scrapbook may be dying a slow death, but Prinstagram (prices vary; Printstagram) helps you transform your Instagram pics into everything from tear-off desk calendars to photo stickers and tiny flipbooks. The young company offers special holiday gift cards emailed directly to an Instagrammer near you.

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