November 9th, 2015
2015 Holiday Gifts: Travel Presents for Minimalists
Looking for gift ideas for someone who loves to travel light? This holiday guide is for you.
No matter which holiday you celebrate, they are all quickly approaching, so it's time to start thinking about what special gifts you'll be getting for the folks on your list. Often, shopping can be difficult—especially if the person who you are buying for is a minimalist traveler who likes to pack lightly. You want to find this person some helpful gear, but you don't want to burden him or her with anything super big or bulky. Don't stress! This handy gift guide provides suggestions that'll make your decision oh-so-simple.
Adventure travelers often need a way to prepare hot meals when on the road or on a trail, and usually that means having to lug around a stove, fuel, matches, and a pot for boiling water. What if you could combine the majority of those requirements into one travel-sized unit? Well, you can with the Jetboil Zip Cooking System. This all-in-one backpacking stove combines an ignitor-equipped burner with an insulated pot, so all the traveler needs to do is add fuel and he or she will be ready for a hot meal.
Traveling with a light is always a good idea, for safety reasons. Instead of buying your friend or loved one a flashlight, consider getting him or her a headlamp to allow the person to use his or her hands in the dark. The Petzl e+LITE headlamp with retractable cord, which is less than two inches (five centimeters) long and weighs less than one ounce (27 grams), is sure to light up the person's life.
Having clean water can make or break a trip, especially if you are spending your time in the great outdoors. A water purification device, like a SteriPEN, runs on batteries and uses ultraviolet light to kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in a half-liter of water in less than one minute. Since it's less than eight inches (20 centimeters) long and weighs less than four ounces (113 grams), it won't take up much space in a suitcase or make the traveler's load much heavier.
Identity theft is a growing concern. With computers becoming smaller and smaller, stealing credit card information on the go is becoming more common using RFID (radio frequency identification), but that can be mitigated by putting ID card(s) and credit cards into the Eagle Creek RFID Blocker Zip Stash. This slim, zippered pouch has two compartments, so loose cash also fits inside, and it features an exterior loop for attaching keys.
The more organized a suitcase is, the more stuff that can fit inside it. Something that can help a minimalist traveler in this department is the ultra-light, washable, water-repellent Pack It Specter Cubes by Eagle Creek. When gadgets and clothes are packed neatly in one spot, they take up less room and will be easier to find once the traveler lands in his or her destination.
Anyone who has lugged a duffel bag around an airport (hello, shoulder pain!) knows the value of a rolling duffel bag. One compact bag that'll make any traveler's trip more enjoyable is the No Matter What Flatbed 20 by Eagle Creek. It features strong, abrasion-resistant fabric that can handle the elements, super-treaded wheels, lockable zippers for safety, handles on the top, bottom, and sides, and reflective accents for nighttime visibility. And it comes in striking colors (yellow, red, purple, black, and blue) that will suit a bold personality.
Personal GPS Locator
If the traveler on your list spends a lot of time in the wilderness, especially going solo, having a personal GPS locator may be exactly what he or she needs. The Spot Gen3 lets family members and friends know that you're OK and can send emergency responders your GPS location—all with the push of a button.
What do you plan on getting for the minimalist travelers on your list this year? Share your two cents in the comments, below.
Patrick Gensel is a world-roaming, visual storyteller with a special place in his heart for action sports and the natural world. No matter where Patrick is, you can always find him sharing his stories on Adventuretravelbuzz.com, Instagram, and Twitter.
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