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Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler in Your Life

Some friends can be especially hard to shop for. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift to give your adventurous female friends, we’re here to make your gift shopping a total breeze. We’ve rounded up essential travel items, fun and thoughtful momentos, staple travel wardrobe pieces and more. Stocked with some of our absolute favorite finds of 2019, here is our gift guide for the #DameTraveler in your life. Happy shopping!

Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure

Yep, you read that right! We are beyond excited to share our premiere hardback book is available for pre-order! Filled with hundreds of striking photographs and empowering messages and practical tips for solo travelers from the women traveling the world that inspire us most. From page to page, readers will find new destinations and inside tips from women who boldly adventure throughout the globe. We may be biased… but we happen to think it’s the perfect present for the Dame Traveler in your life. It’s been a dream come to life, and we’re so excited to see it on coffee tables and bookshelves around the world. 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Travel Wardrobe Pieces For The Stylish Jetsetter

Este Backpack by Lesetta

This vintage-y gem is our most coveted chic, yet durable backpack! With a nod to 70’s nostalgia, we love its bold color combinations and camera-friendly size. We’re also huge fans of Lesetta’s commitment to slow fashion, as the brand offers accessories made by European and South American artisans and designers the founder met through her travels! If you’re shopping for a stylish, fashionable traveler with a love for sustainability – look no further.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

AllBirds Wool Runners

Packing the right shoes is a constant conundrum for most female travelers. We’re huge fans finding a shoe that can be both cool, super cozy, and can be dressed up or down (depending on the adventure at hand). And that’s why we love AllBird’s Wool Runners. They’re simple, breathable and go with everything. Pair it with their perfect Trino™Quarters socks… and you’ve got yourself the perfect gift for the comfort traveler.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall

Whether she’s running from the office to the gym, or Porto to Portofino – the Dame Traveler has got to have the perfect carryall bag. We’re obsessed with Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall‘s do-it-all capabilities and its intentional details for the modern woman. Think 13″ laptop sleeve, interior side pockets for tech accessories, a handle drop to place on a suitcase and more!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Callahan’s Miche Turtleneck

Every traveler craves a go-to airport look that’s just as cozy as it is cool. That’s why we love Callahan’s Miche Turtleneck‘s twist on the traditional turtleneck with color-block design, breathable cotton and perfect softness.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Everlane’s Day Glove

Everyone craves a shoe that molds perfectly to our feet… the type of shoe that’s an easy choice to slip on with every outfit. Everlane’s Day Glove is that shoe! It’s buttery soft leather that molds to your foot, making it our favorite shoe for airports and sightseeing alike. You won’t find us without these flats in our suitcases for a very long time! 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Hemant And Nandita Boho Dress & Accessories

We love intentionally made clothing with strong cultural roots. Hemant And Nandita‘s collection of boho, flow-y dresses and chic accessories are a match made in heaven for the Dame Traveler who craves fashion and handmade tradition.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Everlane’s The Cashmere Crew

Every traveler needs a classic, go-to airport outfit if you ask us! Gift your Dame Traveler a classic. We are obsessed with Everlane’s The Cashmere Crew. It’s a classic staple item every woman craves to have in their closet (and suitcase) with the perfect fit. Plus, it’s made of certified Grade-A cashmere!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Katie One’s Cocó Pearl Earrings

A glamorous, yet simple staple jewelry item that can be thrown on with any look. Dame Travelers will love a set of Katie One’s Cocó Pearl Earrings classic drop pearl earrings with its twisted ring and elegant details. Each set is hand made by artisans in the South of France and sourced using sustainable materials. They’ll be the pair of earrings she’ll reach for over and over again for those romantic evenings in store! 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

White + Warren Cashmere Gloves & Scarf

Nothing says “I love you” to a winter-destination traveler quite like a luxurious pair of soft, warm gloves and a buttery, classic cashmere scarf. We love White + Warren’s cozy cashmere gloves as a gift – they’re just as luxurious as they are easy to throw on with any outfit in the winter-y season. Their Mini Travel Wrap is also the absolute perfect stocking stuffer for the adventurer! It’s a  smaller  version of our beloved cashmere scarf that packs down easily, but still looks just as classic and feels just as warm! 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Apolis’s Customizable Market Tote Bag

There isn’t a single market bag we love more than our customizable Apolis tote! And it’s a sustainable gift that will have a long shelf life for your gift receiver! Each bag is water resistant, made from 100% natural golden jute fiber and can handle any grocery run… and you can feel good purchasing it. The female artisans who handcraft each eco-friendly bag receive Fair Trade wages, annual profit dividends, and a retirement fund.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler


Carry-On Approved Beauty Picks

Patchology’s Rejuvenating Eye Gels

Dame Traveler’s know just how drying planes can be to our precious skin… and that’s why giving her the gift of hydration is such a good idea! Patchology’s Rejuvenating Eye Gels fight tired eyes, puffiness and dryness with their caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen ingredients. It’s the perfect solution for fighting jet lag! And I mean, who wouldn’t want to treat themselves to a little self-care while crossing continents?

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Wine-Stain Preventing Lip & Teeth Balm

If you’re gift hunting for a wine-loving traveler or an explorer who’s always the life of the party – WineBlock’s Stain Preventing Lip & Teeth Balm is a great choice! Nobody likes being the embarrassing tourist… and with the world’s first wine stain preventative, they won’t ever get caught with “wine smile.”

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Lano’s Complete Travel Kit

We’re loving Lano’s minis! This little, see-through bubble bag of goodies is sure to please your TSA officer, and your skin too with its perfectly sized travel essentials. Lano’s Complete Travel Kit comes with essentially everything a jet-setting lady needs – from hand creams, ointments, cleansers, vitamin E day cream leave on mask and more. It’s a little gift that keeps on giving!


For The Wanderer’s Home

Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book

Who says that only kids enjoy coloring books? Treat your Dame Traveler friend (or yourself) to Lonely Planet‘s Ultimate Travel Coloring Book, filled with 100 sketches of the worlds most iconic sights… and all ready for you to add your colorful flair! We also are so obsessed with their City Maze puzzle book that features geographical street maps with hidden gems in the world’s greatest cities.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Map Drinkware by Well Told

There’s nothing quite like filling your home with momentos from experiences and memories made around the world. These custom engraved city glasses are sure to make your gift recipient beam with joy! Well Told can make a topographic map from thousands of locations around the world on any glassware you’re loved one uses most- from insulated tumblers to stemless wine glasses.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

S’well Bottle

Having a reliable, insulated bottle is like having a best friend aboard any trip! We’d truly be lost without our trust S’well Bottle beside us! It’s the perfect size to pop into our bag before departure and saves on waste while on the road.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Rifle Paper Co’s Art Prints & Home Goods

We’re obsessed with Rifle Paper Co’s illustrations, art prints and cards! And we just so happen to think that any of their cities art prints would be a perfect choice for the traveler who loves a unique and charming home (we’re partial to this feminine Italy design and colorful Amalfi print).

Shopping for a traveler that loves to host? Pick up Rifle Paper Co’s Cities Coaster Set or Christmas Card Set for their thank you cards. Or are you on the hunt for a thoughtful present for the organized, type-A traveler? This World Traveler Desk Calendar is an adorable choice too!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Vitruvi Blush Stone Diffuser

Imagine clean essential oils diffusing throughout your gift recipient’s cozy home. Thoughtful, right? Adventurers crave the outdoors, which is why we love pairing Vitruvi’s gorgeous stone diffuser with their woodsy bundle. With refreshing and invigorating cedar wood, spruce and more – the oils bring the outdoors in effortlessly!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Steamery Stockholm Cirrus  No. 2 Steamer

The perfect travel sized steamer! For the Dame Traveler who wants crease free, Instagram ready looks when she’s on the go – Steamery Stockholm’s Cirrus No.2 Steamer is the perfect gift! It’s super fast, light and packable (our favorite component!), and it’ll also remove unfresh odors and dirt stains. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect little handy addition to their suitcase? We think so!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler


Travel-Savvy Tech Gifts

Pixelbook Go.

A laptop that’s “made to move”? Count us in! If you’re interested in gifting a tech-y item that can withstand a traveler’s lifestyle… the Pixelbook Go is the way to go. It’s lightweight, can stay charged and unplugged for 12 hours ( perfect for those long layovers without an open outlet in sight) and is incredibly responsive and fast to boot!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Polaroid Camera

Looking for the perfect gift for the traveling photographer? Why not give them the gift of nostalgia wrapped up in a fun new toy! Polaroid’s OneStep 2 Viewfinder i-Type Camera is a blend of classic design with intuitive, contemporary details. Its “perfect imperfection” look is completely unique and the thrill of seeing a printed photo is so addicting.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Paravel’s Aviator Carry-On Plus Suitcase

If you’re on the hunt for a perfect gift for the Dame Traveler in your life… a sleek new suitcase is just the thing! We happen to think that Paravel’s Carry-On Plus Suitcase is the absolute best carry-on travelers can own. It’s roomy interior and compression board ensures that everything fits (no matter how much of a chronic over-packer they are!), and we’re big fans of its scuff-hiding textured finish and smooth double wheel design. No detail has gone unnoticed with this one! 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Google Nest Hub

Google’s Nest Hub has grown to be one of our favorite home-tech finds this year. Our favorite function? The Nest Hub is digital, live photo album (perfect for displaying those Instagram-worthy snaps taken from the road) that instantly displays photos added to Google+ without needing to manually upload them. Tech-loving travelers will love that it can also be used to control their connected home too!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

BASU eAlarmPRO

We’re firm believers in practicing safety at all times here at Dame Traveler… whether on the other side of the world, on a run at home or commuting to work. Safety-conscious travelers will adore BASU’s eAlarmPro’s portability (it’s the size of a thumb drive). Plus there’s no louder alarm that’s smaller, lighter or more transportable!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

InCase’s Facet Case & Macbook Sleeve

Show your gift recipient that you care by giving them the extra protection for their precious tech items! We love InCase’s case for iPhone X in Rose Gold and sturdy laptop sleeve for MacBook 12″ – they’re just as trust worthy as they are streamlined and slick.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Paravel’s Packing Cube Set

No matter if you’re gift recipient is a fashionista or a minimalist, every type of Dame Traveler out there needs a set of sleek packing cubes. Paravel’s Packing Cube set are designed to make their next trip a total breeze to prepare for. Their conveniently sized and the perfect organizational tool for those long or short term getaways they’re bound to have in store.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler

Mophie Powerstation Plus 10000 Universal Battery With Lighting Connector

Mophie’s one of our absolute favorite tech accessory brand. And we’re loving its newest Powerstation with Universal Battery. It keep travelers devices fully charged at all timeswe’re talking to 34 extra hours! We love the Lightning connector to charge our phones, but we also are obsessed that it comes with its wireless charging pad too! 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler


I hope this gift guide helps you find the perfect travel gifts for your fellow Dame Traveler friends out there!

Disclosure: Some of the items in this gift guide above were given to us to review and some of the links above are affiliate links. We never recommend anything we don’t personally love and wouldn’t buy ourselves.

Insider Tips What to Pack

Learn How To Pack Fast and Avoid Stress in 5 Easy Steps

Wherever you go you need to take some stuff with you from home. The length of the journey doesn’t matter, it can be a one-day excursion or a 7-week exploration of China’s amazing wildlife and countryside. But as we all know, packing can be stressful. How do you know you’ve prepared yourself for the journey ahead in the most efficient and best way possible? I’ve been backpacking and traveling my whole adult life so I would love to share some tips on how to pack fast and pretty much stress-free. From having an anti-theft backpack to bringing only travel-sized toiletries these are my top 5 tips.

1. Have multipurpose clothes

Pack a nice dark-colored dress, something that works well for work or a night out. This way you not only save on space but on packing time as well. Roll it and pack it like Pinterest gurus. This works for some casual T-Shirts as well. If they are in a single color without any decal, they can pretty much work with anything. It saves you space and packing time. Get a multi-season jacket, something made out of Merino wool would be great. Trust me, those things can last a long time (mine is 6 years old and counting) and you can take it with you on the way out.

2. Packing shoes

Casual sandals, sneakers and evening shoes are something you would want to bring with you wherever you go. Those 3 types of shoes may be a must-have on a holiday but you have to keep in mind they take up most of your luggage space. Pack the smallest ones and then wear the ones that take up most space on your way out.

3. Packing jewelry

Either wear them on you or have a good anti-theft backpack with you when you’re heading out, there’s no way around it with this one. When you pack them remember to store them in a container lined with tissue so you would avoid scratches.

4. Packing your toiletries

To me, this one was and is most stressful. Although I love to buy and try out new conditioners and shampoos I dislike breaking my usual routine. I like to try out a new product for a few weeks and then see if I’ll use it permanently. But, my hair hates it when I switch shampoos too quickly. Sometimes this is a necessity, as our toiletries can take up a lot of room. We seem to forget that there are stores where we are going and we could get what we need there. But if that seems like a hassle, have a pre-packed toiletries bag with you that you can put in your luggage filled with your essentials.

5. Pack the essentials

Solo traveling is empowering and is becoming more and more frequent, so there are some must-haves that should be a part of our luggage. Pack your passport first! This should be the first thing you put in your luggage and the first thing out. Pack your prescription medication, you never know how the place you’re traveling to has it or will sell it to you. Get a power bank. No matter how much (or little) you use your phone you should always have a backup power bank near you. You can almost always catch wifi somewhere if you need to find a neat place to eat out or just need to update your maps. The easiest thing you can do is just make a checklist a day before you go and put on paper what you need. It is a little old fashioned but it works and will help you pack in an easy and stress-free way.

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7 Things You Must Not Bring in Your Carry On to Have a Hassle-Free Travel

Airport security can be pretty strict about their set of rules and regulations. For safety and security of all travelers, these rules are intentionally made for passengers to follow. They important reminders to make all plane travel safer. So, if you don’t want to be the talk of the town for making a scene at the airport or inside the plane… just remember these seven items that you should not bring in your carry on baggage!

Liquids Over 3.4 ounces or 100ml

Travelers are permitted to bring one quart sized bag filled with liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in their carry ons…  it’s a universal rule that everyone is pretty much aware of. Any liquid that is more than 3.4 ounces or 100ml is not allowed in a carry on – only with a checked bag. Airports are straightforward about bringing liquids on the plane.

So if you’re a really heavy water drinker, you may just bring your container following the required size. If it’s still not enough yet, you can always purchase a bottle of water on the plane.

As for your toiletries like shampoo and conditioner, opt for the travel-sized bottle. Or you can just ditch them altogether since most hotels would probably provide you with these essential.

Sporting Equipment

If you really must bring your sporting equipment, check your items, put them inside your checked-in baggage or be sure they fit in a bin during security check. However, balls and smaller equipment are allowed (given that they fit inside a carry on-sized bag).

Self-Defense Items

If you feel the need to bring your self-defense items (like pepper spray) for your own peace of mind, it’s important to note that they are not allowed in your carry on luggage. ​​​​​​​Most major airlines will allow you to pack up to 4 oz of pepper spray in a checked bag only.

Offensive Shirts

Remember that you are visiting a foreign land. You should be respectful of other people’s feelings… especially if it is offensive. Your shirts are no exception! Shirts printed with offensive statements is highly discouraged. In fact, flight attendants have the right to ask you to change into something more appropriate according to your destination.

Flammable Items

This is a no brainer! Anything that can cause alarm inside the plane is strictly prohibited. Some examples are fireworks, bleach, paint thinner or anything that can cause a fire inside the plane.

Heating Pads

Heating pads can be helpful when enduring long-haul flights. But then again, heating pads have a gel inside which is technically liquid. So it’s not allowed inside the plane no matter how tempting it is to be cozied up with the warmth of this pad during your flight.

Soup

Even if this is your favorite thing to eat before boarding a flight, just don’t bring it inside the plane! You can always just eat it while waiting for your boarding time. 

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How To “Treat Yourself” While Exploring (Without Breaking The Bank)

How To “Treat Yourself” While Exploring Without Breaking The Bank

Travel is definitely one of the biggest “treat yourself” expenses out there. More and more people are spending their income on experiences over things – a statistic we love dearly! While on a trip of a lifetime, there are a lot of expenses that seem to pop up along the way. No matter what type of traveler you are, it’s important to invest in moments (and maybe even a thing or two) that bring you joy. Today, we’re sharing some simple ways you can treat yourself while exploring the world – without breaking the bank. 

Invest In Simple Memories 

Be it having a glass of wine on the riverfront of Porto, or a slow walk through the bamboo forests of Kyoto – investing in simple, important memories is the ultimate treat. Sometimes indulgence isn’t a new handbag, or a pair of shoes (although, those are really nice too!). Sometimes, investing in simple memories and truly making them special is the ultimate treat. When exploring, decide what memories you want to leave with. Take the time out of your itinerary to do them, but with a twist. That may mean splurging a little more on a fancy cafe to write in while in Paris, or buying a ticket to a special exhibition to see your favorite artist. But if you take the time to intentionally realize the things and memories you want to leave with – they’re worth it. 

Practice Self Care

We often forget that self care doesn’t stop once we’re on the road. And certainly you may not have the time or energy to take part in a bubble bath every night – but that’s not really what self care is all the time. Self care as a traveler is a treat to your well being. That can look like a variety of options – from taking an afternoon off from sightseeing for yourself, to buying a book to read in the park, or even going to the pharmacy for a cult-favorite beauty product. You can read more about our traveler self care methods here!

How To “Treat Yourself” While Exploring Without Breaking The Bank

Hunt For Thrifted Souvenirs

By all means, if you have the budget to splurge while on a shopping spree – go for it! Not all shopping needs to be expensive. One of my favorite souvenirs to collect are vintage, thrifted finds. They’re not only totally unique, but affordable! Seeing them scattered throughout my apartment brings me so much happiness and nostalgia. 

Really Consider What Makes You Feel Good

When it comes down to it, “treat yo’self” doesn’t come down to how much you spend – its the mindful practice of acknowledging the things that make you feel good. Consider your love language. Do you love physical gifts? Buy yourself a momento that’s special to your destination. Are you more of quality time fan? Spend some time just for yourself. Words of affirmation? Share your ins and outs on Instagram for friends and family at home. Every one’s different and every one’s ways of receiving/giving love (and treats) is unique. Be yourself, treat yourself. You deserve it.


How do you “treat yourself” while exploring the world? What has been the best thing you’ve treated yourself with (…besides an amazing trip)?

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Things You Should Always Do Before Packing For A Trip

T-minus 3 days until takeoff! I love countdowns like this. The days leading up to an adventure of a lifetime are some of the most precious… but they also happen to be some of the most hectic and stressful. Whether you’re a last minute packer or a type A organizer – here are some important things you should always do before packing for a trip! 

Consider The Ratio Of Activities You’ll Be Doing

Make a list of all the activities and events you’ll be taking part in during your trip. Go day by day and write it all out. From there, you can see what are the repeated activities you’ll be doing. 

I love being able to see what a majority of my time will be doing, that way I know what to specifically pack for. For example, if I know that 80% of my days will be spent hiking in the outdoors, I won’t load up my suitcases with casual dresses and flip flops. On the other hand, I’ll know that most of my suitcase should be filled with appropriate hiking outerwear. 

Once you have your ratio sorted, creating an appropriately filled suitcase is easier to approach. No more unnecessary outfits! 

Check The Weather

A seemingly obvious step of the process – but one that should never be forgotten! Check the forecast as close as possible to your departure to make sure that you’re up to date on what to expect. Don’t overlook the humidity percentage, either – that could make or break what type of fabrics or layering pieces are needed! 

Create A Color Scheme

Packing clothes that all match seamlessly is one foolproof way to get more bang from your buck! It doesn’t have to be complicated, sometimes easy neutrals are the easiest bet. For example, having greys and blacks tops and pants packed means that you can pair these pieces with more trendy items. The less stress involved in creating cool and comfortable outfits, the better! You can read more about this packing trick (especially for long term trips) here!

Be Mindful Of Customs

As always, do your research and find out what the locals wear. It’s incredible important. Not only does dressing with local traditions and cultural customs in mind show respect… but it also ensures that you aren’t targeted as a tourist. 

Prep Your Flight Outfit & Minimize Your Bulky Items

My best secret – prepping a flight outfit that encompasses bigger, bulkier items! Wearing your boots or sneakers, a jacket and a hat may not be the easiest shoes to pop on and off at security, but it does make your suitcase lighter and freed up for more clothing! 

What are some of the steps you always do before packing for a trip? P.S. check out our guides to packing the perfect suitcase (specifically for different destinations) here!

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