Top 10 Presents for the Female Traveller
- A lightweight, small but warm jacket
I have this North Face Thermoball one and I LOVE it! It rolls up into the pocket and is so light to carry around but warm enough to withstand the cold winter nights on the Inca Trail and Antarctica cruise.
The jacket is made out of synthetic fabric so is lighter weight than down jackets and is more adaptable in wet conditions.
There is another option that I’ve found here if the Antarctica isn’t on your female traveller’s list and you don’t want to pay for the North Face brand (even though I think it’s worth it!!).
- Noise cancelling earphones
I manage to sleep on nearly every journey that I take and I’m sure it is at least partly down to these babies, Bose QuietComfort. They are comfortable, the sound quality is amazing and they cancel out the noise around you whether it’s a foreign language film, kids having too much fun (!) or the noise of the bus / plane. They have definitely helped to prevent my tired, grumpiness from creeping through.
I think that these Bose ones are the best in the business, but there are others, like these that come in close if Bose are just too pricey.
- Trekking sandals
I fought long and hard against trekking sandals, “but they’re ugly”, “I’ll just wear flip flops” and more came out of my mouth in protest. I was finally convinced to purchase this pair by Merrell, but still didn’t really think that I’d ever wear them.
How wrong could I be? They have been worn so often, are so comfortable and actually aren’t ugly. These sandals have enabled me to hike in the heat without ruining my feet. I would really recommend these as not only are they comfortable and practical but they also look nice, in a wide colour choice.
- Polarised sunglasses
For Europe I took my beautiful, suits everyone, aviator polarised Ray Ban sunglasses. I decided that for South America I didn’t want to risk breaking them………big mistake. I have missed them so much.
My Dolce & Gabbana ones are awesome and look cool but they don’t cut out the sun whilst enhancing the colours that my polarised Ray Bans do.
- Flip flops
Believe me, the female traveller in your life needs these in her life. They are stuff flip flop dreams are made of.
- Walking shoes
I opted for walking shoes over walking boots for a number of reasons; comfort, weight and similar performance. After extensive, and I mean extensive, research and trying on I settled on this North Face pair which not only do the business but they look the business too.
The one caveat that I have to make is that one of mine has split so I am going to take this up with North Face. I hope that this is a one off and they replace my pair as they are truly very comfortable and lightweight so I don’t really want to change them.
If this isn’t a one off or if North Face don’t live up to their usual customer service (watch this space), these were my second choice.
I bought my Berghaus backpack around 8 years ago in 2008 and it has done me proud but Greg bought a new Osprey Fairpoint backpack and I have serious backpack envy. It has padded handles meaning that you don’t slice your fingers when carrying it like a suitcase and the attached backpack has compartments inside and out for better and safer transportation of your “stuff”. The backpack also opens like a suitcase so you don’t have to unload everything to get to your stuff.
It is a fabulous bag and the size of 55 litres plus a 13 litre day pack attached is perfect for me to carry about. I’m 5ft 4” (164.5cm) and weigh around 9 stone (57kgs) so packing anything more than 13 kgs would floor me and leave me like an upside down beetle on airport floors. I think that this backpack is just perfect for female travellers due to its size and high level of comfort.
- Waterproof jacket
As with the warm jacket, a waterproof jacket that looks ok (none of them look that cool in my opinion), is lightweight and fits into a small space (ie your backpack) is a winner on all fronts.
I have owned this one for many years and it is just a keeper…….
How does a travelling gal stay in touch with her mates, family and blog…….. An Apple Mac of course. As everyone knows Apple have now taken over the world and it is not possible to live without the obligatory iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Our one is lightweight and powerful enough to keep in touch on the move. Don’t forget a protective case though!
If you can’t stretch to a Mac (don’t worry one day you’ll realise that you can’t live without one) then look for lightweight options like these, as the female traveller in your life will not want to carry around a bulky deadweight..
- Travel straightener
Now I realise that this is a controversial addition. I am sure that seasoned travellers would say that it was pathetic to add this unnecessary vanity weight to your backpack. To those people I say one thing “you must have naturally straight or beautifully curly hair.” For those of us not blessed in this department, ie with naturally wavy & frizzy hair then a pair of travel straighteners is well worth the weight.
I have regretted not packing this and thinking of myself as a bit of a Lara Croft traveller (ie thinking that I look like Angelina Jolie). To those like me, I say straighteners are a must, the female traveller in your life would be glad when she looks back at her once in a lifetime trip that she isn’t cringing at her hair in photos.
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