2018 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again where the hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing. I’m not a huge fan of navigating big crowds and long lines while shopping, especially in the snow. I thought I’d make it easier on my wanderlust community, and compiled a list of practical items that I use on the regular and would make great gifts for fellow travel lovers.


Gathre Mat 

I adore this company, Gathre. If it is one product I’d recommend for families on my list is would be these large all-purpose mats. They are perfect for any road trip. Being waterproof makes them super easy to clean, and having a blanket where sand doesn’t stick to it at the beach? I’m in.

They also carry bibs and changing mats, which make a great gifts for the traveling mom.


Essential Oils

It’s no secret that I travel with essential oils on every trip, whether across the country or down the street. My favorites are lavender, peppermint, and tangerine oil. Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite company to buy them from as the oils tend to be of high quality and are organic.


Collagen Packets

Everyone knows how much your skin can take the brunt end of traveling on long flights. To combat this internally, I have been traveling with these collagen packets by Vital Proteins. They also have protein in them, which helps me not snack on other unhealthy items when traveling. How awesome is that?



These shoes are hands down my favorite to travel with. They aren’t really that cheap, but I promise you, they are worth it! The shoes area made with recycled plastic, and come with inserts that are easy to take out and wash. I have a pair of red ones, and I get compliments on them every single time I wear them. Super comfy, super fashionable, and super easy to pack. They hardly take any space in my luggage, and are also lightweight. To someone who travels by carry-on only, this is a huge reason why these shoes travel with me. They also carry children’s sizes.


Five Minute Journal

Journaling is an important part to my morning routine, and the Five Minute Journal is my go-to. It is not dated, so you can start anytime. I like bringing it traveling because it’s small, and great for someone just starting to journal. It gives the reasons behind each prompt in the beginning of the journal and why it is important to have a journaling practice. They also carry a Productivity Planner, which is a great way to stay on track to get things accomplished on a daily basis.



So many people rely on their phones nowadays for photos, but the GoPro is a great for that next step in documenting travels. I really love this product because it is so versatile. It’s durable, it’s waterproof (down to a whopping 33 feet), and it takes video. The new Hero7 can also live stream on facebook and is drone compatible. I find the video stabilization on them to be pretty smooth, and is great if you want to document activities like bungee jumping or snorkeling.



For the traveler that wants higher quality pictures but doesn’t want to waste valuable vacation time trying to get it, Flytographer gift card is a great option. This company partners with photographers from all over the world to bring mini sessions ranging from 30 - 90 minutes. All have a set price, so there are no surprises for a session cost. It’s particularly nice for individuals who travel alone or with a large group, where it is sometimes hard to get a nice photo together. I have found them to be the best souvenirs to come home with.


Reusable Straws

I’m all about saving the planet when I can, and using reusable straws is an easy switch to help wildlife. You can find many options online, like these from Davids Tea. I’m also partial to these animal themed straws from Bed Bath & Beyond which are a great option when traveling with kids.