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I don’t know about you, but Christmas is my favorite time of year. The combination of sparkly decorations, fun carols, and comfort foods (hot chocolate, please!) warms the heart even as temperatures drop.
I’m especially looking forward to this year’s Christmas. It’ll be my first as a new mom, and we will also be in the middle of our big move. Where are my fellow traveling mamas? I’m sure you know that taking a trip with little ones isn’t accomplished without ample planning.
This gift guide for travel-loving moms was made with you in mind. As an aspiring minimalist, I don’t like to accumulate things unless they are useful, beautiful, and versatile. These are things I either am happy to own or am dying to receive. I hope you find some inspiration for your own wishlist, or find something here for the travel-loving mom in your life.
These maps are covered with the same kind of foil you might find on a lotto ticket. I love that my scratch-off map keeps track of all the places my family has visited together. You could make a tradition of scratching off a new country at the end of each trip. If you have a baby (like I do), you can save the map to show off later and use it to tell stories about your adventures.
One of the easiest ways to express your individuality on-the-go is with a passport holder. Giving each family member their own passport holder is a great way to distinguish them when traveling together. I got my Kate Spade passport holder during one of their Surprise Sales.
3. Baby Carrier
My sanity depends on my baby carriers. I’m glad I invested in several because Izzy is a total velcro baby. When he’s in his carrier, he’s happy to snuggle with mom until his next feed. Baby carriers are a great choice for traveling moms because they leave your hands free and you don’t have to tow around a bulky stroller. There are lots of options, including wraps like the Happy Wrap or Solly Wrap, soft structured like the Tula, and in-between options like the Baby K’Tan
This is something I’m putting on my personal wishlist this year. When you’re traveling with little ones, the last thing you want to worry about is getting pickpocketed, and these scarves offer a subtle solution. These scarves come in a wide range of colors and patterns with named after popular tourist locales. Each scarf has a secret pocket to store valuables such as your passport, ID, or credit card.
Long plane rides leave my feet in a conundrum – wearing your shoes the whole time can get uncomfortable, but taking your shoes off means exposing yourself to the grimy airplane floor. Slipper socks are comfy, but have a padded sole. This puts more of a barrier between you and the ground so you’ll feel less icky chasing your littles down the aisle.
Does anyone else love how coloring recently became a trendy adult activity? It’s a de-stressing, screen-free way to pass time on a long trip for adults and kids alike. A travel-inspired book such as Splendid Cities will have you dreaming of your next getaway.
I don’t know how I lived before I discovered organizer bags. I’ve already gushed about how I use these when I travel with a carry on. These simplify the packing and unpacking process, and simplicity is something every mom needs more of in her life.
There’s no joy in waiting on the TSA security line before boarding a flight. It’s even more of a hassle when you’re trying to go through the motions with little ones. Having global entry membership means skipping those lines and not having to go through the regular security checks. At $100 per person, though, it’s quite an investment. While you can’t directly purchase a membership for someone else, you can gift a $100 bill with the Global Entry application form attached.
No one wants to be stranded in a strange place without their phone. When traveling, I rely on my phone to store itineraries, flight and hotel information, and maps. Now that I’m a mom, I also use it to keep track of my son’s last feeds and diaper changes. I have an external portable battery, but this one built into a phone case is a more convenient option.
In an earlier post, I shared one of my favorite airport hacks of bringing an empty water bottle with you to fill up right before you board. It’s easy to forget to hydrate when you’re wrapped up in the business of coordinating a family trip, but it’s oh so important. If you’re short on space, a collapsible bottle that you can roll or fold up when empty works wonderfully.
11. DNA Test
When I first heard about these tests, which use a sample of your DNA to break down your ethnicity, I was fascinated. Being the child of an adoptee, there’s an extra bit of mystery in my background that I’m dying to know more about. The results of these DNA tests can generate conversations about family history, and possibly even inspire your next destination.
12. Gift Certificate for Her Favorite Airline
When traveling, the biggest chunk of my budget is usually eaten just by getting there and back. Because of this, funds for plane tickets are always a safe bet. In my opinion, gift cards are preferable to an actual ticket – there’s less of a chance of getting the dates wrong or putting incorrect information on the ticket if the giftee is the one booking the trip.
What would you add? Tell me in the comments!
If you’re a fellow travel-loving mom, make sure to share this post with anyone who is shopping for you this holiday season so you can get a gift you’ll use and love!