It's that time of year!
Are you looking for inexpensive, but thoughtful gifts for the traveler in your life? Here are some of my favorite practical travel gifts under $10.
A portable power bank is an essential travel accessory. Its a great way to keep your camera, maps, games and other apps running all day – even when you don't have time to find an outlet. I gave these to my parents for Christmas last year and they use them all the time.
Distinctive Luggage Tag
An eye-catching luggage tag is a great way to set your luggage apart from all the other bags on the airport carousel. I love these colorful home state luggage tags! You can find them in many colors for most U.S. states.
This travel wallet is RFID (radio frequency) protected and can be worn three different ways, over or under clothing. It would be a handy organizer for airports, international travel and theme parks.
Waterproof Smart Phone Pouch
This nifty pouch allows you to use your phone while keeping it safe from water, sand and dirt. I would use this at the beach, theme parks with water rides, kayaking and rafting.
A cozy travel blanket is one of the few ways we can make air travel more comfortable. The World's Best microfleece blanket comes in several colors, and is made with small spaces in mind.
Updated Road Atlas
I love the map app on my smart phone as much as anyone, but I still pack a paper atlas on nearly every road trip. It helps us find our way when technology fails, plus it's fun to see what's nearby, get ideas for future trips and quiz each other on state facts. Yep, we're that geeky.
A sleep mask is on my teen daughter's list this year and she would absolutely love this cute cat mask. She insists on total darkness to sleep and would use it in the car, on a plane, in the hotel room and at home.
Mad Libs never go out of style. Our kids started learning the difference between nouns, verbs and adjectives in preschool with this hilarious family activity. Years later, Mad Libs still go with us on every family vacation.
My mom packs an Uno deck on every trip. This classic and compact card game is easy to learn, fast to play, and fun for both adults and kids. Pull this out when everyone needs a break from their electronics.
The National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas is a collection of maps, fun facts, games and activities to help keep kids entertained on long travel days. When we flipped through this book, my kids loved identifying all the places that they had visited.