If your mom’s passport is well worn, and you’re sure that she’d rather head off on an international adventure than peruse the shops at the mall, this is the ideal Mother’s Day gift guide for you.
I think my mom is one in a million. I’d love to book her a bucket-list adventure and surprise her on Mother’s Day, as I’m sure many would want to do for their travel enthusiast moms. However, if—like me—your budget is more backpacker than resort, this gift guide has some practical gifts that are just as worthy for a woman with wanderlust.
An Organizational Day Pack
If your mom brings order to your chaos, a bag built for organization (not to mention ergonomically built for comfort) would make the ideal Mother’s Day gift. What if it also happens to be sustainable? Travel smarter with the Tour Travel Pack 40L. It’s a versatile backpack that’s ergonomically designed to fit comfortably on any adventure. It’s also carry on size, so officially your most efficient travel companion.
A Fun Pair of Practical Sandals
Anyone with a sense of adventure knows that good equipment is integral to a successful escape, so something like a pair of sandals or flip flops with built in arch support would be a great shout for your mom if she’s planning a retreat to warmer climates. Take a look at this pair from Reef, which will certainly make for some serious sandal envy on her next trip abroad!
Some No-Show Ultra-Light Cushion Socks
Ideal for moms who love to sightsee, these no-show merino wool socks can help to keep feet feeling light all day. They come in a number of fabulous patterns too.
A Durable Carry-On Bag
If your mom is always on the go, a lightweight and durable bag might be just the thing to round out her luggage collection. Available in a multitude of styles and colors, Eagle Creek packs are designed to hold up to the inevitable knocks and scrapes travel brings.
A Lightweight Raincoat
She’s always the one to point out the silver lining, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare her for a few rainclouds. A raincoat is a must for any adventurous traveler, especially one that packs away like this perfect option by the North Face. Practical, and packable, your mom will think of you every time she gets caught in a storm.
Travel Sleep Essentials
Whatever her method of transport, your mom will relish the opportunity to sit back and catch 40 winks on the way to, or back from an epic adventure. An eye shade will provide comfort and cut out any light, which will make it easy for her to chill out at a moment’s notice.
A Clever Carry-On Bag
My mom loves to keep mementos from her travels, and often opts to leave out items of clothing to save space for them on the way home home. However, this Mother’s Day I’m buying her a clever carry-on bag with a backpack that separates from the wheeled luggage, doubling her carrying capacity for the way home so she’ll never need to under pack again!
Another fantastic gift for anyone who loves to optimize luggage capacity is a set of packing cubes. Honestly, these completely revolutionized the way I approach packing, so I try to spread the word to all my fellow travelers—including my mom. A set made from a water-resistant fabric will allow her to store dirty shoes or wet swimwear, protecting the clean contents of her bag.
A Space-Saving Toiletry Pack
If—like me—your mom is always looking for ways to pack less, a weight- and space-saving toiletry bottle pack will make the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Look for a leak-proof option to avoid unwanted spills during transit.
How are you going to celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments!
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