What are the best gifts for travelers in your family or circle of friends?
Natural Calm Canada’s founder, Linda Bolton, travels quite a bit — including regularly from Toronto to Kitale, Kenya, for her work with Thrive for Good.
She knows too-well the toll travel can take on your health. Travel affects how you eat, sleep, your posture, circulation, hydration and digestion. Getting it back into sync is an art.
Even for the odd vacation, it helps to have a few accessories and travel essentials to ease the discomforts. Show you care by choosing from one of these thoughtful gifts.
GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS TO FUEL UP & STAY HYDRATED
Staying healthy on the road starts with how you eat. It helps to come prepared. Consider putting together a gift basket of natural snack bars (look for ones without added sugar) naturally dried fruits, raw nuts and other health-store goodies.
And let’s not forget hydration. It’s nice to have your water filter with you on the road. Water bottles like these have a built-in filter, and this one is glass (with a protective silicone sleeve) – added bonus if you’re avoiding plastics!
GIFTS FOR GETTING ON-FLIGHT REST
For time zone changes, melatonin can definitely help. We produce less of this sleep hormone as we age, so younger travellers may bounce back more easily, while those of us in middle age and beyond need a little help.
Our Heavenly Sleep melatonin is available with free shipping from the online store. And now, you can choose Heavenly Sleep in a convenient spray bottle that’s perfect for flights.
Few people realize we actually need magnesium to activate melatonin, and Natural Calm is the most absorbable, best tasting magnesium on the market. Making a cup is as simple as asking for a cup of hot water, or adding Natural Calm to your water bottle.
Our Calmful Sleep travel sachets are also ideal for stashing in a tote. Calmful Sleep is formulated with melatonin, magnesium, GABA and l-theanine.
Eye masks are indispensable, too. You can never count on getting a completely dark environment when you travel. Yes, you can often get sleep masks for free on the flight, but the quality is terrible. In fact, many sleep masks available at retailers are flimsy. An amazing gift would be a high-quality eye mask like this one.
What about a travel pillow? Many travelers have the conventional kind, but now you can find organic, natural latex travel pillows that are not only healthier but also incredibly comfortable.
Add a natural or organic cotton or wool throw for on-sleep flight, and your frequent flier is set!
GIFTS THAT MAKE TRAVEL MORE COMFORTABLE
Dressing for travel is an art. It’s all about breathability, layering and lots of circulation (no tight waistbands). And then there’s wrinkling.
If I were to choose an elegant gift for the lady traveler – and if price were no issue – I’d look no further than Eileen Fisher. The clothes are stunning, comfortable and better still, the company is coming out strong on social and environmental responsibility. However, the price tag is steep.
For a made-in-Canada option at a significantly lower cost, check out Frett Design apparel for men and women. Many of the looks are in washable, wrinkle-free, breathable linen knit. Ideal travel style!
Compression wear has its place for travel, too. It keeps blood from pooling in the lower limbs and can prevent swelling. Look for compression stockings or leggings for anyone who has or may have circulation issues.
GIFTS FOR ON-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Anyone who travels often should own noise-cancelling headphones. Airplanes are loud! And too much noise is bad for your nervous system. (According to Dr. Dean, exposure to loud noise actually depletes magnesium.)
With noise cancelling headphones on and a high-quality eye-mask, your traveller is all set. Or are they? How about something to pipe through those headphones?
A membership to Audible.com is a fabulous gift for the traveller. For about $20 per month, they’ll get a book credit each month and access to a vast selection of fiction and non-fiction. $20/book may sound a little pricey, but a single book can be 10, 20 or even 30 hours of entertainment! Audiobooks are a great alternative to in-flight movies, and perfect for those tedious stretches waiting in lines and airport lounges.
As you can see, I have quite a few opinions about gifts for travelers! What about you? Have you discovered the perfect gift for the frequent flyer? Let me know here in the comments or on our Facebook page.