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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Your 2019 Healthy and Meaningful Holiday Gift Guide for the Adventurer, Globetrotter, Traveler and Beyond

Share is an important word for traveling and we see it more and more every year! Our favorite gifts will help capture those memories, inspire future adventures, and make life on the road healthier and more meaningful.

The purpose of our blog is to share with you everything we have learned to make Meaningful and Healthy Travel happen! We only recommend products that we use or would buy for friends! Please CLICK THE PHOTOS BELOW TO LEARN MORE, BUY or SHARE this post to support our blog and keep it going! THANK YOU!

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1.  OOLER by Chili Technologies - This is our number one recommended product because it has been a "sleep changer" for us!

Give the gift of sleep!!!! Our number one recommended product of 2019.  We first encountered Chili Technologies at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas in 2019!  In a matter of no time we became customers ourselves and can't say enough how much the OOLER has contributed to our well-being and healthy travel!  Interrupted sleep is when our sleep is studded with prolonged periods of waking up throughout the night, usually at least four times over the course of eight hours. This condition can be caused by a sudden shift in routine (for example, a new baby in the house), travel, unexpected noises (such as a party at your neighbor’s house or a partner’s snoring), bathroom trips, menopause or other health issues or racing thoughts.  Temperature affects your baseline sleep quality and regulating temperature can help you phase shift your sleep for travel and help prevent jet lag.  See our full review of OOLER by clicking here! Use our coupon codes to take 25% off!

2.  ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life

The traveling nomad struggles with opportunities to exercise and eat right. Help them out with understanding the right practices! Because most nutrition products and training plans are designed for men, it’s no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential. ROAR is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. Because women’s physiology changes over time, entire chapters are devoted to staying strong and active through pregnancy and menopause.

3.  Our Favorite Smart Watch for the Active Traveler just got better with a New Display!

The Garmin Venu has an enormous number of features, a long-lasting battery and an attractive build. It's expensive, but for serious outdoor travel enthusiasts it's hard to beat.  The GPS features of this watch are unrivaled and work all over the world.  This is a high-performance timepiece that meets big challenges and fits smaller wrists. This new Venu model comes in four finishes and holds about 500 songs.  The new AMOLED vibrant display is perfect for aging eyes and rivals the Apple Watch display! Anyone would love to receive this special gift!

4.  A Great Resource For the Globetrotter of Every Age

Nothing aggravates a traveler more than not having that mental sharpness out on the road!  Did I lock the safe?  Did I close the door tight?  Where is my passport?  And the fatigue of traveling, especially over time zones makes this so much worse! Argghhhh!!!

You Can Fix Your Brain will enable and empower them to take concrete steps that will make an immediate difference in the brain’s vitality, clarity, and energy.  Memory will improve, fogginess will disappear, you’ll be less tired all the time, and travel will be safer and more rewarding for all ages.

5.  For the Traveler Who Loves Taking Photos (and let's face it...who doesn't?)

This highly-rated portable photo printer churns out retro-themed square prints wherever you are. It has a rechargeable battery and connects to your smartphone or tablet with an app, allowing you to choose and edit your photos before bringing them into the real world. There are two colors to pick from — silver, as shown and gold.

6.  For Travelers Who Love to Video Their Adventures

Give the latest generation GoPro MAX!  This BRAND NEW technology from GoPro that we have been hearing about for a couple of years has three Cameras in One Allowing them to: Maximize their creative freedom. With MAX they can shoot traditional HERO-style video and photos or capture immersive 360 footage. Vlog to the max with shotgun-mic performance and a front-facing screen.

Choose from four digital lenses in HERO mode to get the shot. Capture video and photos in Narrow, Linear, Wide and Max Super View-the widest view yet. Take PowerPivot selfies, action shots and vertical pics-all with a level horizon.

For less expensive alternatives, look at the older version GoPro's:

GoPro HERO7 Black transforms adventures into incredible QuikStories right on a phone. With its all-new GP1 chip, next-level video stabilization and 2x the performance, looking good has never been so easy. Add voice control and a durable waterproof design, and HERO7 Black is the ultimate GoPro for sharing life as you live it.

The GoPro HERO8 has similar features with updated programming and features, and this newest generation has improved video stabilization and improved battery access (this was really needed in our opinion!).

7.  For The Cruiser or Traveler Prone to Motion Sickness

We are all about healthy travel and who could enjoy their trip with motion sickness.  Give the newest and highest rated therapy for motion sickness, recently seen at the Consumer Electronics Show!   Wanna travel but concerned about seasickness and carsickness? Wanna enjoy the sights from a mountain but altitude sickness just kills your desire?

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms for many people while driving or traveling by cars, boats, or airplanes, and for many women who are pregnant and experience morning sickness.

While many people take medicines to contrast those symptoms, some people choose to endure them because they do not want to experience the negative side effects of the medicines, which may at times be even worse than what it is meant to treat.

EmeTerm is a product of WAT-Med, a Canadian company specialized in providing innovative products in the field of home medical wearables.

Considering the side effects of current medication and its negative impact on users, WAT-Med develops a therapeutic equipment without medication, i.e., EmeTerm. It can stimulate the median nerve of wrists and block the nausea signals from the brain, thus effectively alleviating symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

EmeTerm, specially designed to provide a comfortable treatment method for patients, is able to alleviate the symptoms of vomiting to the greatest extent and realize significant reduction in medication against these symptoms.

*This is an electrical stimulation device and it is not recommended for use by individuals with an inserted pacemaker, defibrillator or other electrical device.  If you are unsure whether this item would be safe for use, consult with your doctor before using.

8.  Wireless Earbuds with Noise Cancellation

Apple kicked off the wireless earbuds trend with its AirPods back in 2016. And plenty of other companies have launched competing products since then, including Beats and Samsung. Google has its version coming out in 2020. Here comes Amazon with its newly announced Echo Buds. They're out Oct. 30 and listed at $129.99. They're priced a hair below the cheapest AirPods. This could change things for Black Friday, and consumers could start to see discounts on wireless earbuds. If that happens, and these luxury items become more economical, expect the best deals to sell out.

Enjoy premium sound, limit background noise with Bose Active Noise Reduction, and get up to 5 hours of music playback on a single charge. Advanced microphones give you hands-free access to Alexa—no tapping required.

9.  Help Protect The Outdoor Traveler from Harmful UV Radiation while Keeping them Warm!

We all know the traveler who stays active and travels to cold locations!  Unfortuanately there aren't many brimmed hats to wear in the cold!  Help them keep the sun off of their face while staying warm with Trailheads!   This comes in multiple colors!

*Any recommendations provided in this product web page or in the product manual have not been approved by FDA or any other agency, and have been provided as general guidance. Ultimately, the buyer and/or users of the UV Detector are responsible for their choice of sun exposure protection as well as the amount of sun exposure they are subjected to. Users must be age 18 or older.

10.   Give a Folding Board the Neat Traveler

Fit more clothes and keep them neater using a folding board!

This folding board design takes nearly ZERO storage space. Boxlegend folds shirts and garments evenly & uniformly in just 3 seconds.
It is perfect for folding trousers, shorts, pajamas, T-shirts and thick clothes. Not only is it useful for travel but is an indispensable family tool for all people without any age limit: no matter if a child unfamiliar with manually folding or an older individual unable to use hands flexibly.

This is a great way to fold clothes before putting them in compression bags like you will see below!

11.   Everyone needs a good Anti-theft bag when Traveling and this Newest one by Sherpani works for a man or woman

Spend less than $100 on this important and practical item that looks amazing!  The Esprit AT is a modern, sling style backpack designed to give you the freedom to multi-task and stay hands-free throughout your day. This sling sits comfortable on your shoulders to relive lower back pressure and has an adjustable, padded, quick release buckled strap.  ANTI THEFT FEATURES: This bag is fully equipped with RFID protection, exterior zipper lock tunnels, a clip lock for the main compartment opening, and a chair loop lock system. The bottom of the bag is lined with anti-slash fabric and the main strap is also anti-slash.  Three colors are available to suit any taste.  This will fit most tablets for easy carry.

Want to see more security items?  Click here to look at our selection at Travel Gadget Depot!

12.   Everyone Has That Friend who LOVES Yoga!

This quality TShirts have many Solid and Heather colors.

Ask your friend:

"Do you say namaste and meditate often? Whether your favorite pose is Downward Dog, Shavasana / Savasana / Corpse, Chaturanga, Lotus, or any other, this is the shirt for you! Makes a great gift for any yoga or meditation lover."
These Lightweight, Classic fit, shirts are sure to bring a smile to his or her face.  Mens and Women's styles are available.

13. Compression socks are always needed for the Traveler by Plane, Train or Automobiles!

These are our new favorites for price, quality and effect!  Fear of "economy class syndrome" is more common than ever as airlines aim to fit more seats on planes at the expense of leg room.  Click here to learn about the definition, who is at risk, symptoms and treatment. BUT you should always ask your medical provider about your personal risk and what you should do for prevention!  We always wear compression socks to reduce ankle swelling ourselves!  Treat your favorite traveler to a great pair of socks to make them smile!  Multiple patterns are available including solids, strips and other designs.

14. We love our Ember Coffee Mug so much we travel with it!  But Ember has released a Travel Cup too that is just as Amazing!

As seen in GQ, Good Housekeeping and Forbes magazines...We all have that Friend who LOVES coffee. Ember developed the World's First Temperature Control Mugs and with Ember’s patented technology they can set the precise temperature of their hot beverage, to enjoy it from the first sip to the last drop.  With the extended battery life, enjoy your drink while on-the-move.

15. Most Travelers Rely Upon Battery Technology for their Daily Charging Needs

This portable charger has a cult following with an incredibly high capacity and is able to charge your phone multiple times over before the battery pack itself has to be recharged. We love the USB C option for many modern electronics

16.  Lewis N Clark Triple Security Lock Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer

We never leave home without these! Lock zipper pulls together, lock luggage handles to zipper pulls, or lock luggage to fixed objects with these lightweight TSA friendly locks.

17. Great Looking RFID Money Clip Wallet - Luxury at a GREAT price

From the Alpha collection comes this streamlined design. It is crafted from TUMI's signature ballistic nylon with leather trim. One side features several card slots, the other side has a money clip. Special feature: TUMI ID Lock™ is a proprietary technology incorporated into the design of this product that protects personal data encoded on most IDs, credit cards and passports. Comes in an elegant gift box and three styles are available.

18. A Stylish Travel Cardigan to Wear on the Plane or as a Coverup at Their Destination

This highly-rated and cute lightweight travel cardigan has lots of styles and lengths available. We love the camo pattern.  And the price is sure to please your wallet!


Why settle for a no-name alternative? Energizer has the quality you expect! Experience the freedom of getting away from it all -- but not your devices! The PowerKeep™ WANDERER is a stylish, lightweight hydration backpack. Best of all, PowerKeep WANDERER harnesses the sun to charge smartphones, tablets, Go Pro, wireless headphones and other mobile electronic devices on the go, so you can start charged, stay charged, and most importantly – STAY CONNECTED - no matter where your adventure takes you. Perfect for hiking, biking or fishing, this rugged daypack is equipped with plenty of pockets for maps, licenses or other documents, water bottle sleeves and sizable compartments for any other outdoor gear.

20.  Dodow – Help them Fall Asleep In 20 Minutes Or Less

This new gadget we’ve added to the list was just released in 2018 and is called Dodow. It’s completely disrupting the billion dollar sleeping pill industry in America. Instead of taking harmful and toxic pills to try and fall asleep (that often have you feeling groggy the next morning), millions of Americans are now turning to Dodow. Not only does it help you fall asleep in 20 minutes or less, but it also improves the actual quality of your sleep so that you wake up completely refreshed and ready to start the day!

From the makers of Dodow:

"We believe Dodow provides its users with an all-in-one solution without requiring a significant amount of time or financial investment.
Our solution combines meditation (concentration on breathing), yoga (slow breathing and focusing on abdominal breathing), and Behavourial cognitive therapy (paradoxical intention) to maximize the probability of success and allow the user to sleep better and to regain confidence in his or her ability to sleep. After a few months, he or she will probably be able to sleep normally without Dodow.
Dodow aims to work quickly, effectively and naturally to counteract the effects of stress that are detrimental to sleep. It is also extremely effective from those suffering circadian cycle sleep disorders (jet lag, for example)."

21.  Our Favorite Carryon Backpack is one of the Most popular WORLDWIDE! 

Osprey Porter is one of the highest rated travel backpacks around. This one is our favorite due to its carry on size, compression straps and tuck-away straps.

At 46L, the largest carry-on compatible style, this versatile weekend getaway bag is ready for anything.  With padded sidewalls, convenient organization and a substantial suspension for backpack-style carry that tucks away when checking bags, the Porter Series has set the standard for deluxe duffels. This season brings a relocated and dedicated zippered laptop and tablet pocket—and functional storage options for items both big and small—with multiple access points. When a duffel isn’t enough and backpacking bags are too much, the Porter is the answer.

22.  A Lightweight Solid Shampoo and Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

We always carry solid toiletries for our carry on only trips because they weigh less and don't need to be placed in your liquids bag.  This is our personal favorite by Sweet & Sassy because it is sulfate-free, safe for color-treated hair and smells great!  Tip: A half bar will last for at least a month, so you can cut them in half and take in only one container.

23.  One of the most enjoyable times on a vacation is capturing selfies!  They are fun and meaningful! 

Our favorite selfie stick extends to about 4 feet and has multiple attachments for Cameras, Cellphones or GoPro.  What we love about this selfie stick is the detachable tripod, and the clip lock system that is fast, reliable and easy to use.

24.  Give a Pair of Comfortable and Versatile Waterproof Boots for Winter Travel!

This highly rated pair of boots is for those that Crave comfort…then satisfy cravings with this urban boot. Lacing and an inside zipper offer a great fit and make it effortless to slip on and off. The faux fur and leather lining, along with the Soft Support removable footbed, deliver amazing comfort that turns any concrete jungle into your own personal playground.  And did we mention they are waterproof?

25.  Every Woman needs THAT ONE COMFORTABLE Pair of Earrings for Travel!  Give Her a Pair of Travel Inspired Earrings! 

Dainty and comfortable! Rosa Vila is a jewelry boutique specializing in unique designs with meaning. Their products are crafted with particular interests in mind, taking inspiration from the world to create jewelry that reflects passions -- like traveling. Three finishes are available and these won't hurt your wallet either!

26.  A Solution For the Frequent Business Traveler - We saw these all the time at the Airport - now we are believers and use one of these often!

Baglane's innovative garment and duffel bag combination is designed for service members and business travelers alike, providing an easy-to-carry option to keep clothes wrinkle free.

Key Benefits to the Baglane Suit Duffle Bag:

Comfortably hold 1 - 2 suits with the 37" x 24" compartment.
Arrive at the hotel with freshly pressed clothing using the adjustable, anti-wrinkle bars.
Store ties, belts, and socks within the inner zip pockets.
Carry shoes, toiletries, or other accessories with the spacious middle compartment.
Avoid water damage + wear and tear with the water-resistant, durable 600 Denier Polyester.
Store boarding passes, passports, and tablets with the quick-access exterior pockets.
Conveniently hang your suit with the built-in hook.

27.  For the Traveler who uses Pashminas or Shawls

These are perfect for the traveler who takes a shawl or a pashmina with them on every flight or adventure!  When she's running through the airport, a pashminas can fall everywhere.  Pashmina is a fancy name for a wrap or a shaw and we love this one for cooler weatherl! We recommend securing them with a simple shawl clip to keep them on and her hands free!  These make a great stocking stuffer!

28.  Perfect for Transporting Liquid Souvenirs! 

Selected for innovation in design by the Museum of Modern Art - San Francisco, VinniBag is a durable travel accessory with inflatable air chambers that protect and insulate liquids and fragile items. The chambers conform to the shape of the contents (one or more items), isolating and suspending them in an air cushion. It’s designed to provide superior protection against impact and leakage, is easy to use, and stores flat, rolled or folded when not in use.
And VinniBag is eco friendly – due to its recycling program.

VinniBag is a Versatile Traveling Companion
Transport precious cargo in a suitcase, backpack, boat or car trunk. Protect your favorite items in an air cushion, and with VinniBag’s liquid tight seal, you’ll also protect the surroundings.

Ideal for wine & spirits, gourmet goodies, olive oil & balsamic, camera lenses, toiletries, wet & soiled items, medications, keepsakes & collectibles. Also great for cell phone & keys while boating or at the beach (it floats!).

And if You Don’t Ever Leave Your Desk…
VinniBag is a great gift item for wine & spirit lovers, frequent fliers, foodies& gourmets, sports enthusiasts, collectors etc.

Of course, you can use it too – as a bath pillow, headrest, or great lumbar support while you’re stuck at your desk.

29.  A Healthy and Fashionable Gift for the Yoga Lover in your Life

This Canvas foldable zippered bag with double sliders allows them to easily take their yoga mat in and out, has a unique printed floral pattern, allowing them to stand out.  Let them be unconventional and make an individual statement with fashion at the studio or when they travel.

26"Lx8"Wx8"H is the perfect size for any standard yoga mat-less or equal to 0.5in thick and 26in wide.Less 10 mm thick yoga mat fits nicely with extra room for 2 blocks, water bottle, yoga strap and blanket.

There is a 1*open front pocket, 1" back snap pocket -- Great for keys, sunglasses, wallet or anything else small you may have with you, and a 1" interior zipper pocket for safe storage.  To make your gift complete add some yoga mat cleaner! 

30.  The Newest Health Tracking Technology is important for the Traveler who isn't in perfect Health and Would like to Share Their Health Stats with Their Loved ones!

Give them the latest in wearable health technology.  This was a big attraction at CES 2019 and has gone on to have amazing ratings.  The benefits of the VIATOM health wearable tracker include:

  • Runs automatically when they wear it, accurately and continuously tracks and records their blood oxygen levels, heart rate and body movement.
  • Free APP and PC Software allow them to download, review, save as PDF/JPG, print and share reports easily with no extra cost.
  • Built-in smart vibration feedback when it detects the blood oxygen level or heart rate out of threshold preset on the App.
  • Patented finger ring sensor totally free their finger while ensuring accurate measurements. Lightest, smallest, most comfortable for continuous tracking.
  • They Will Get: 12 month Worry-Free Warranty, Lifetime technical support, Top grade customer service of fast response within 12h.

31.  Give them Fashion and Security!

This Anti-theft scarves with one or two zippered pockets allows her to carry important items hidden and disguised.  We prefer to use these for passports and money when in transit or at crowded sites.  Multiple styles and colors are available.

32.  The Newest Portable Safe is One of the Most Useful Travel Items Around!

While they're out and about exploring, the travel safe 15l anti-theft portable safe and pack insert will protect and lookout for valuables. The poly canvas material is embedded with the patented 360-degree locking system, a stainless steel wire mesh that helps prevent would-be thieves from breaking into the safe. It comes with a TSA accepted three-dial combination lock to secure the stainless steel cable to a fixture in a hotel room, by the pool, in the car, or in-flight, and is compatible for a 15-inch laptop. The portable safe folds down flat to fit in luggage while not using it and comes with carry handles and a removable shoulder strap for convenience. It's super lightweight, water resistant, and designed to fit in both the venturesome x22 and x30 travel packs. Weighing just 1.5 pounds, it measures at 15 x 13 x 0.5 inches. Pacsafe keeps travelers one step ahead of the game by keeping their gear secure from opportunistic thieves with a wide range of stylish adventure backpacks, leisure bags, urban bags, women's bags, and camera bags, as well as luggage and travel accessories. Available in Hawaiian Blue or Black.

33.  For the Traveler who Carries Tension (who doesn't???) or Experiences Pain

Getting a post-flight massage can beat jet lag, improve circulation, and release tension. If they can’t make it to the spa, these palm-sized firm massage balls act like a portable foam roller to work out the knots and loosen tight muscles in feet, hips, back, shoulders, legs, etc. They could use a tennis ball, but the crevice in the middle of this design is more comfortable to use around places like the spine and come with a handy carrying bag.

34.  For the Traveler who Wants to Organize, Fit More and Keep their things Clean and Dry

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our compression bags for travel.  This is one item that we will not leave home without. A vacuum is NOT needed with these.  Wonder what's the best way to use them? Watch our Video Below!

35.  For the Traveler who Takes Medications this is a great Stocking Stuffer

So many benefits to these!!! Sometimes the traditional pill boxes aren't large enough for those who carry medications on an extended trip or they don't want a rigid box to put in their luggage.  The individual pouch allows them to carry their doses in their pocket or purse when out exploring.  Get their doses ready before the trip to not waste time at their destination! How great is that for the forgetful traveler? These pill pouches that are reusable and have a write-on labels - what a wonderful option!

36.  For the Fashionable Traveler with Aging Eyes!

Our favorite magnifying travel mirror is by Floxite.  Use this in low light because it lights and it can stand on its own to have your hands free to put in contacts or apply cosmetics!  This mirror provides 15X magnification!

37.  Doesn't Everyone Need a Physical Map??!

The Crumpled City Map is easy to read, has a contemporary design and is perfect for world travelers exploring a new city! Each foldable map provides details about a large part of the city, including streets, monuments, museums, art galleries and much more. Unless you have a satellite phone when you travel overseas, your cell phone GPS won't work! How do you find your way around without using one of those old paper maps that are hard to fold and are ruined as soon as you get a little wet? Try this foldable city map instead!

38.  Phones are Important for Travel, but How Can They be Clean??!  PhoneSoap is the answer!

This is a customer favorite! AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK AND DISCOVERY CHANNEL. PhoneSoap's revolutionary bacteria-zapping technology was featured on ABC's Shark Tank and tested and proven on the Discovery Channel. Think of the germs we are exposed to during travel! Stay healthy and charge a phone all at the same time.

39.  For the Quirky Traveler!  Make sure They Can Recognize Their Bag, especially if it becomes misplaced by the Airlines!

We have learned over the years than when your luggage is delayed, misplaced or heaven forbid lost, one of your best assets are unique accessories.  We recommend a monogrammed luggage tag as one of those options.  We love the wire loop on these and the bright color!  These make a great stocking stuffer for the globetrotter you love!

40.  For the International Traveler with GREAT Hair!

When traveling internationally a dual voltage hair appliance is necessary!  Otherwise the one they bring may get short circuited and stop working!  We love this lightweight mini hair straightener for its versatility and ability to carry on internationally.

41.  Still our Favorite Travel Pillow!

Yes we have been through hundreds of travel pillows and BCozzy is still our favorite! It comes in three sizes for children and adults.  We love the soft design that cradles our neck whichever way we turn it!

Remember, if you have questions related to your health, always consult your doctor or medical professional. The information presented here is informative only and is not medical advice.

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