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Top Travel Gifts for Women

Updated on March 13, 2016
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Unique Travel Gifts for Women

Many of our women friends have now become nomads and are often on the road. As such, am always on a search for gifts to enhance travel as these are now most welcome for any get-together or celebration.

For special occasions, you can't go wrong by getting these globe trotters something for their trips. Even though women travellers still go for the usual essentials, they also want items that set them apart from other travellers. As you know, we all want to claim some bragging rights.

Many of my women friends want not just to travel in comfort but travel in style, too. To travel in style, one doest need to carry huge suitcases that make people think you have left home for good. My husband and I are now at the end of a 6-week holiday and we only brought our carry on luggage. When you discern well what to bring, you often are able to travel light and still go around in style. So, when you give gifts for your women friends, help them travel light, in comfort and style.

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Travel gifts that will make packing easy

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Travel Packing Organizers

I just packed and unpacked 4 suitcases and I tell you, one of the most useful gifts you can give women who are often on the road are travel packing organizers. Something thin and light. I leave these packing cubes in my luggage and each time I go, I have them ready for my travel stuff. Each one has a specific function and thus, have pockets for gadgets or small items. Get some that are spill proof for those items like shampoo or lotion and expandable for souvenir items you'll shop for.

Also handy are organizers that fit the hotel room shelves. I just put these organizers on the shelves and I am free of the hassle of packing and unpacking. I also keep a few Ziploc bags in my luggage. I have to admit, they are versatile, handy and occupy less space. Moreover, I can immediately see what's in there.

My things are also safer when placed inside these organizers especially at airport security points when, sometimes, you need to open your luggage for one reason or another.

Travel Packing Organizers for Women - Multisized and Multicolored

Get these organizers for your women friends. Many of them just like their travel items organized neatly. Think of their clothes arriving in their destination neat and clean. They can just hang them up and they are ready for use. These packing cubes also secure the tiny items that can easily fall off. They come in different sizes and colours so choose your friend's favourite colour and surprise her with this very practical gift.

One can't have enough of these travel organizers. If this one does not fit your friend's fancy, get other organizers. They are always handy for women who are constantly on the road. There are many small items that are better placed inside light and transparent bags. With all the electronic gadgets and accessories women have to travel with these days, these organizers are just the right gifts to give them. Some of these gadgets are so tiny that unless you organize them, you risk loss or waste so much time scrambling in your suitcase for a piece of accessory you need.

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Large Tote Bag

Longchamp Women's Le Pliage Large Tote Bag Noir - Black
Longchamp Women's Le Pliage Large Tote Bag Noir - Black

For years now, I have used the Longchamp bag for travel. You, too, will find this bag handy. You can fit all your carry-on items here when you check your other bags or you can place this on top of your carry-on giving you more space if you decide to shop in some of your travel connection stops. It is easy to slip in under the seat in planes and lighter to carry.

When you arrive in your destination, you can carry this as a shopping bag or to bring your things in when you go for day trips. You can easily fold it as an extra bag for those can't resist shopping items. If you have an aversion for black, this tote comes in varied colours.

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Preferred Nation the Psycho, Lavender
Preferred Nation the Psycho, Lavender

I like the size of this bag for going on tours or walking about city streets or tourist sites. Light and small enough to contain only the necessary travel items.


Backpack Slings for Women who Travel

For trips, don't you find these backpack slings very practical? Even just to the shops. Just the right bag for a camera, a bit of money, and a phone when your women friends go on day tours, visiting sites or out shopping . They can tuck in a bottle of water and all the other tour info, maps and guides they need to roam around cities.

Baggalinis are my other most practical option. They are light and full of pockets to better organize my things. At airports, I often see many women travel with their baggalinis. Of varied sizes, you can get several and put them inside your bigger purse. When you reach your destination you have a choice of purses.

Usual gifts for women who travel often - What do you usually give?


Silk Neck Travel Wallet for Women

With so many security issues now to be anxious about when one goes on a trip, this travel wallet enables your women friends to tour places with their passport and money safe with them. I have known of women whose purses were snatched by guys on motorbikes right in front of their hotels. This happened to a woman who stayed in the hotel where we were. Sadly, the next morning, it again happened to her.

Taking precaution is so necessary when one travels. This is especially true for smaller ladies who are easy targets for thieves. In many countries, locals often warn us to look after our purses. Close to really hugging it which makes you look ridiculous, I don't know how else to protect it so this travel money bag will be just great for those valuables. With their valuables safely protected, your women friends can interact freely and rummage through the souvenir bargains in many crowded places.

Silk Scarf

Bear Motion Collection - Womens 100% Silk Scarf with Butterfly Design (Medium (64" X 25"), Pink)
Bear Motion Collection - Womens 100% Silk Scarf with Butterfly Design (Medium (64" X 25"), Pink)

Nothing is elegant as this silk scarf in feel, style and colour. Silk is not just elegant, it is versatile. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in cold weather. It feels smooth to your skin, not making you feel scratchy. This scarf gives an air of mystery which goes with travel. It is light to put in your purse so you can use it anywhere you feel the need. I often put one in my purse so when I feel cold in the plane and in one of my walks, I have something to keep me warm.

Besides, it is also stylish to use as an accessory with your business suit for those executive meetings.


How to Tie your Scarf - So many ways of giving your outfit a new look

Fabulous Scarves for Women who Travel

Travel Gifts for your stylish women friends

Scarves are fabulous for travel. I have several scarves and depending on the weather, I choose one that I can use in the beach over my bathing suit, use another to enhance a dress in the beach for a very nice dinner, or keep me warm in the plane.They are so light that I can easily put them in my purse. If I have 5 silk scarves, they occupy almost zero space rolled up and it gives me 5 outfits with 1 dress.

I usually choose wide silk scarves as I can do many things with it. As you can see in this picture, our granddaughter uses a wide silk scarf to accessorize her outfit. Wide scarves can be used as skirt or sarong so they are more useful. I can also use this to wrap around my neck when it is really cold. But when I get to cold weather destinations, I have very light but large scarves of pure wool and silk that are extremely warm. Again, these are scarves I can put inside my purse even if it is wide enough to cover most of myself.

So, for the women who travel in your gift list, a scarf would be most welcome. Unless of course, they travel to Cambodia, India, Thailand, Nepal or Pakistan where these scarves are abundant and cheap. Still, something not from there would be a bonus.

Gifts to Choose for your Women Friends

There are so many gifts to choose from for women who often are on the road. What do you usually give?

For your travel, what scarves do you like to bring? - Let us know your preference

For your travel, do you like to bring printed or plain scarves?

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What scarf color do you like to bring when you travel?

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What do you usually gift your women friends who travel often?

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What scarf color do you like to bring along when you travel? - Your favourite color

Scarves for Travel
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Money Organizer for Women who travel often

Money organizers are some of the best gift you can give women in your gift list who are always on the road. Often, in their travel, these women have to deal with different currencies. With this organizer, your women friends can easily pay for purchases rather than shuffle around handbags for the right currency while other people wait in the line. Because they have several compartments which are zipped, this will take care of those coins as well. Hey, you'll need those coins to get luggage carts in some airports or to get to bathrooms in some European cities.

Travel Carry On for Women

The Perfect Carry-On

I wish I can get a good carry-on. Light and easy to spot, great zippers, good wheels (4), firm handle, stable, not black but nothing crazy either. When travelling, it is better to just bring your carry on luggage. This way, you are assured you have everything you need.

This is especially true when you are traveling for business and have to perform immediately upon arrival. Okay. I know women love to shop so what do we do when we find something we really like? Well, get a suitcase that you can check in going home or have it mailed to you.

For us, the only exception to this carry-on rule is when travelling for longer assignment. There are just too many things to bring along even if nowadays, almost everything is available and if not in your specific destination, then often easily available in the next country. The airline cannot lose what I do not check in nor can the wretches charge me for it and I'm first to the taxi lines in countries with 10 taxis and only 2 are at the airport!

Get more gift ideas for women who travel - Packing Tips and Travel Clothes for Women

See what concerns women most when they travel and make your gifts respond to these concerns.

Other Gift Ideas for Women who Travel often - A Pair of Light Washable Black or Beige Pants

Pants for women who travel often
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Travel Dress

Royal Robbins Women's Essential Dress
Royal Robbins Women's Essential Dress

Here's a dress women would like to bring when they travel. Those who have brought this dress in their travel have testified to its wearability when you arrive. It packed well and it is smart for work, casual and with its empire waist quite dressy and easy to accessorise when going out in the evening. It is also very comfortable.

You can get this dress in various colours and you're set for your travel. Or, get it for your friend and it is one gift she will definitely appreciate.


Clothes in light fabrics like silk

I just had a month driving through the south of Italy with my husband and I just brought with me three silk shirts which I wash and hang and presto the next morning, they're dry and ready to wear. You have to convince your women friends, this is not a fashion show. Make them think of the times when they have to park at a distance from their hotel and roll their luggage through the cobbled streets of many cities.

No more, as well, of those fancy toiletry bags made of heavy plastic. I have very thin and light silk bags or totes that will carry almost anything and these I can wash and reuse. I can also use one of them as an evening bag when necessary or pack extra shoes in the bag to keep everything clean in the carry on. Silk is a strong material and really light. So gift your friends with silk bags in different sizes which you can easily make yourself.

Use washable synthetic silk as this would even be more practical though not as classy for the evening but something you can easily put inside a small purse. Give them one for their shoes, one for underwear, and another for toiletries or gadgets. We are in Hanoi right now and I just washed my own tote yesterday ready for use another day.

Travel Pants for Women

I often just bring a pair of black pants and another of white or beige and I just wash them when the dirt starts showing. Or, skirts are more practical in hot weather. This gives you space for more tops which will make your look different each day.

I know many of you love to wear those travel pants with all the packets but you look ridiculous in it in the evening. You also announce to the whole world, I'm a tourist. I don't deny its practicality and if you have enough space for heaven's sake bring one but no other apparel item can match the light, washable pair of black slacks.

One of the best travel gift ideas for women - Dual time Watch

Many times women have to catch up with the kids and see how they're faring while they're on the road. Having this dual time watch will help them time their catching up with home easily.

Also, your sense of time often gets distracted when you travel and there is always a reason to check out the time at home when you're on the road.

How do you like to travel? - Only with carry on or checked in luggage?

What do you prefer when you travel?

Bring only a carry on luggage

Bring only a carry on luggage

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    • Spirality 3 years ago

      The less time I spend in an airport the better

    • sukkran trichy 3 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      Extra luggage means more troubles at the gate, and delays, so I take only carry-on luggage.

    • Max Globe 3 years ago

      ugh, I hate worrying about my luggage, so the lesser the better)

    • me_glenrose 3 years ago

      carry on..the lighterthe better :)

    • nicolekato 4 years ago

      Only carry-on. It's such a hassle to check baggage in.

    • Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Only carry on luggage

    • topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      I don't bring so much things with me.

    • MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Wish I could make do with just a carry on-that's a goal of mine!

    • RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Only carry on please! I made the mistake of traveling internationally with plane changes and too much luggage - a nightmare!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Carry on only. I hate the fuss of checked luggage. Just grab and go - right?

    • Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Depends on where and for how long, but I try to travel as lightly as possible.

    • DebMartin 4 years ago

      Light and fast for me.

    • TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Carry on all the way!

    • lionmom100 4 years ago

      I would love to travel lighter, but usually need to check a bag

    • DebMartin 4 years ago

      The lighter and simpler the better for me.

    • KateAdamsUSA 4 years ago

      Definitely prefer a single roller with a small carry on.

    • June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I travel a lot and only bring a carry on bag, my black leather purse (with a lot of pockets which is stuffed) and a laptop.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Traveling light would work best for me.

    • Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I prefer to travel with only carry-on luggage, but if I'm going away for more than 3-4 days I need to bring more than will fit in a carry-on bag.

    • miaponzo 4 years ago

      I prefer only carry on.. but it depends on the length of the stay.

    Checked in luggage of course

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      • Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

        Now I hear that many airlines are changing for carry on luggage. Since the other luggage holds more, I would have to go with that.

      • Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

        For long trips I prefer a small amount of checked in luggage. :)

      • Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        I don't like carry a bunch of stuff around so I like to check my luggage in.

      • audrey07 4 years ago

        I usually have a checked in luggage. Then, you will have the space for souvenirs and other stuff that you might buy on your travels.

      • Elaine Chen 4 years ago

        I actually fall in both categories. It depends on where I travel to and number of days of my traveling. I like a carry on luggage as I am on the go as and when I reach the destination. However I have to checked in luggage if it is the heavy one with lots of things packed for long period of traveling.

      • LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

        Always seem to need more than the carry on allows! It does depend how far you are travelling though.

      • DIY Mary 4 years ago

        I wish I could get by with only a carry on but unfortunately, I generally need to pack more stuff than I can fit in just one carry on, especially if my trip is for more than just a few days.

      • Mamabyrd 4 years ago

        I haven't traveled in a while but I used to be in the military. I would live out of my luggage and duffel bag for months at a time.

      • Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        I've travelled before with only carry on - but usually I check a bag too

      • Funkysi 4 years ago

        I have kids too, so we always have checked and carry.

      • WriterJanis2 4 years ago

        When I travel I have kids with me so I both check in the luggage and have carry ons.

      For the Women Travelers who love to read

      My life has really been made easier by Kindle. So, your friend will really appreciate this if they don't have one yet. We used to carry suitcases of books and when you find that the ones you brought with you on a particular trip are not really interesting, you're doomed. With the Kindle, you bring a library so no problem. Just hit home and click on another book.

      Doing a Travel Journal - Take this poll

      Do you bring along a journal when you travel?

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      Moleskine Passion Journal - Travel, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Passion Book Series)
      Moleskine Passion Journal - Travel, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Passion Book Series)

      I often place one in my purse and each time I need to write down important information, I have what I need. Light almost as a feather, these Moleskins are the best notebooks. If your friends always keep a journal of their travels, get them this one.


      Give women travel journals - Moleskin is light enough for a purse

      Travel Journals are great for the women jetsetter in your gift list as they are so light. Again, they can bring several and not even feel the weight.

      These can go in their purses so when they are out and want to remember details of the places they visit, they can easily write those down. This is especially true when they travel for business. When they go to meetings, these can fit in their purses. And you know what, they don't have to plug them in.

      Sunblock and toiletry gifts for women who travel

      Make sure they meet air travel regulations

      Yes, make sure you get them the toiletries they can carry with them on the plane. The doofuses on security almost pass out in joy when they can find an oversize toothpaste or little scissors, or a serious shampoo and wave it in triumph over their pointed little heads.

      Most toiletries are provided by hotels now and even when they are not to your liking you can just buy something you like when you reach your destination or what harm can it really do in a few days? Think sunblock, moisturizer, lip balm.

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          Spirality 3 years ago

          The travel packing cubes are a great idea. I can separate clothing items in their own cubes for easy management.

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          Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

          The packing cubes would work great for me. Seems I always come back with more things :)

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          sukkran trichy 3 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          great gift collections. particularly your scarves selection is amazing.

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          Max Globe 3 years ago

          Awesome lense, I liked Rick Stevens Silk Neck Wallet, might be buying it for my firend, thanks for the tip)

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          Value Apartments 3 years ago from London

          Really Great Ideas, Thanks for sharing

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          josietook 3 years ago

          Some great ideas!!

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          Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

          Great travel gifts. Thank you for sharing. I think the travel organizers are a great valuable gift.

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          visit2goa 3 years ago

          Accessories Accessories Accessories women just love Accessories

          no matter what occasion what place Accessories would work every time..

          when you want to apologize or purpose a women just give her an Accessories.. and you'll get hugs .. :-)

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          Edit Photos 3 years ago from Earth

          Excellent suggestions as holiday gift season approaches!

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          mina009 3 years ago

          Great suggestions here, thanks!

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          jura 3 years ago

          Great gift ideas i like it .

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          Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

          Nice gift ideas for the woman who travels.

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          etchedingifts 4 years ago

          You have provided very kool gifts. How about personalised engraved gifts?

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          BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

          I found this compilation a really good list for any traveler, not just as gifts, but things I should consider taking a long when traveling. Loved the insightful tips and travel anecdotes.

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          Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

          Wonderful gifts I wouldn't mind some for myself.

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          These gifts also become useful things to help with travel for anyone. Thank you for publishing this lens. I'm sure this will help many enjoy their travels more.

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          Toytasting LM 4 years ago

          Thank you! I normally do not draw a list before packing my bags for a journey. That is one reason I always tend to forget a few things. Thanks for making my life simpler. ;)

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          Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          Wonderful, and quite helpful, as I really do not travel far from home, but knowing the inside scope will help, as our time is a bit freed up to travel a bit more. Thanks for the terrific info! B : )

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @LoriBeninger: Am glad to have helped expanding your gift list.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @SheGetsCreative: My pashmina is always with me. It is light and does not occupy space at all. It is great for the plane, too.

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