Can you believe it’s already halfway through April? That means next month is Mother’s Day, and if your mother (or grandmother, sister, daughter, friend) is a traveler, you might want to get them a little something fun for when they get back on the plane, or on the road. I’ve included some of my favorite items for any budget you may have.
My mom loves to travel and we take trips together at least once or twice a year, and she also goes on her own trips with friends, so she can always use new travel items. Now, normally I split these sections into price ranges, but I thought this time I’d try splitting them into categories. You can let me know if you like this better or not in the comments.
Ladies need something to carry around their things wherever they go and some bags are better than others. Surely, one of these will match your mom’s personality and style.
I have this bag in the micro, which can be worn as a crossbody. It’s perfect for everyday and great for just the essentials. The Mini is bigger and has room for all those extras you need, like snacks, battery backups, a camera or your phone accessories. Whatever your mom needs to take along, it will fit in this cool bag.
Travelon Anti-Theft Essentials Convertible Backpack/Tote $94.99 on Amazon | $100 on Travelon (take 20% off with my code SHEREENTRAVELS20%)
I am a lover of Travelon, and I have other bags in the Essentials line. This bag is perfect for the lady who wants to use a bag as a personal item on the plane and then take that same bag with them wherever you go. It goes from tote to backpack, and with the anti-theft clips mean they never have to worry about always keeping an eye on their bag while on the go.
Lewis N Clark makes awesome bags that are chic and full of innovations. They also have anti-theft features. If your mom prefers a smaller bag that is also secure, this little commuter bag is perfect and comes in classic black as well. While I don’t have this bag, I have the Convertipack and the Satchel. Both have come on trips with me and I’ve only had good things to say about them.
Travelon Anti-Theft Boho Clutch $35.60 on Amazon | $55 on Travelon (take 20% off with my code SHEREENTRAVELS20%)
Does your mom like a little more pizzazz when it comes to colors and patterns? The little Boho clutch is quilted, fun, and versatile. It can go from an all-day crossbody to a night-out clutch/wrist bag. It’s basically, two bags in one.
Keep your mom safe and stylish with some great masks for her travels. Not only will she need them on the plane (and other transportation), but many destinations still require them indoors. If she’s gotta wear one, she should at least look cool in it.
When in crowded spaces, like the plane, I always choose a KN95 mask. Their form is not only more breathable, but it’s also more comfortable with the extra room in front. You may opt for black or colorful ones, but I also really love these floral masks.
Yes, I have a lot of different masks in my house. As much as I think disposable masks have a place for travels, I also love a great reusable mask, because you can wash and reuse them while on a long trip. They enable you to pack a little lighter and show your style a bit more. I have several Vida masks, including the sport masks and the artist prints. The all come with filters and are really comfortable.
I love the Winged Mask, but the Just the Mask and Neckie are more suitable for many destinations. They are lightweight, but still anti-bacterial and have built-in UPF, so you don’t get sunburned on your face and neck, especially when sitting in the window seat where the sun’s rays can be much worse. There is a mask for everyone. You may recall that I started wearing my Winged Mask before masks were even required. You can see my review here
Oftentimes, accessories can help make your trip a lot more convenient and awesome. I always bring things that are going to allow me to pack lighter, save money, and be healthier.
Every flight attendant will tell you how gross the seatback pocket on the plane is. They get cleaned out, but never cleaned, so you’re putting your headphones in the same pocket that may have just had a dirty diaper in it a few hours earlier. Airplane Pockets fit over your tray table, making it antibacterial, and give you four pockets – one large one and three smaller ones – to fit everything you need for a flight. After you land, slip it off, fold it up, and toss it in your bag.
Conair makes some of my favorite hair appliances. I take my travel flat iron with me whenever I travel and it actually works better than other full-size ones I’ve used and own. It heats up quickly and cools down fast enough for me to use it in the morning, finish packing up, and putting it in my bag before we check-out.
When you’re out all day snapping pics, using your GPS to get around, and posting jealousy-inducing photos to social media, your phone battery can drain pretty quickly. Having a decent sized battery backup like this one can make sure you can always charge up your phone. In fact, we carry two similar ones and each allows us to charge up fully at least twice during the day (we play a lot of games as well).
Packing light can be a challenge, but strategic packing items can help you get a little more in your bag. Packing cubes are kind of a necessity, and even if your mom has some, if she doesn’t have compression cubes, it’s time to upgrade her. Get 30% more in your bag, or save that extra room for other necessities, like your toiletry bag and shoes. You pack these like normal, then zip them to compress your clothes just a bit more.
Several years ago I backed Pivo on kickstarter, because it looked exactly like a thing I could use for taking outfit photos and more. Cut to now where I’ve been using the original with ease and have just upgraded to the Pivo Lite to get more features and have a funky new color that I can keep in my travel bag. Pivo allows you to use your phone as a whole photo and video studio + you can use it take group pictures without asking a stranger to help.
The AeroPress Portable is as great as the original, but everything is compact enough to fit inside it’s own coffee cup, which is pretty amazing. As a person who travels quite a lot and tends to stay in places that have terrible coffee makers or none at all, being able to get a good cup of coffee is very important to me. If you have a similar coffee lover on your list, this is a must. You can see my review on it here
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love luggage of all kinds. With so many people who haven’t traveled for the last couple of years finally getting back out there, they might need new a new carry-on. A new bag can make you even more excited to travel.
Does your mom like cruising or live in a home with limited excess space? The Rollink bag packs down flat and then pops open into a full-size carry-on. It does all the work of a regular bag and then can slide under the bed or in the closet while on your trip or once you’ve returned home.
Lojel makes amazing bags. They may be expensive, but they are made very well and will last for decades. I have two other of their roller carry-ons and I swear by them. If your mom likes to jetset to places like Europe, where there’s a lot of cobbles that you need to roll over to get to the hotel or Airbnb from the train.
Travelon Anti-Theft Metro Carryall $85 on Amazon | $95 on Travelon (take 20% off with my code SHEREENTRAVELS20%)
Maybe your mom takes a lot of overnight or weekend trips. If so, then this carryall is ideal for a few outfits, a pair of shoes, and still have some room leftover for small purchases. When she’s on longer trips, she can use this as an underseater for all her entertainment and snacks.
My mom actually purchased this bag before our last trip and found it had enough room for 4 day’s worth of clothing, toiletries, and shoes. It rolls easily down the plane aisle and fits right under the seat, so nobody has to lift it into the overhead.
I hope you’ve found something awesome for the mom on your list, or maybe for yourself if you’re a mom or just need something fun for no reason.
What has been your favorite travel gift to give or receive?
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