7 Last-minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Healthy Travelers!

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By J. E. Hinners, MD MPH Traveling Christmas Gift-bearersIf you’re anything like me, you may find yourself days before Christmas without any gift solutions.

Why? Because Christmas shopping can be a big, stressful hassle that you’d rather just postpone as long as possible.

It’s not too late, though–and if you’d like to just save yourself from insane crowds and too-loud Christmas music, consider the quick-and-easy solution: do your Christmas shopping online.

Here are 7 fun and useful Christmas gift ideas for the healthy traveler–whether you are buying for someone else or buying for yourself:

1. The Berkey Water Filter Travel Bottle – $18.00

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle

  • Replaceable filters
  • 640 uses per filter using municipal water sources
  • Purifies water, removing harmful pathogens
  • Improves taste of water
  • Easy to travel with
  • Eco-friendly option over buying multiple plastic bottles of water

I had discussed water filter options a bit more in depth here and found Berkey to be one of my top water filter solutions–not only for removing pathogens but also for removing heavy metals.

Buy from Amazon: Single bottle, $18.00 or 3-pack, $54.99

2. Black Mountain Resistance Bands, the travel-friendly weights! – $29.99

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case

  • Starter instructions
  • Five stackable bands with different resistance levels (from 2 to 30 lbs)
  • Cushioned handles
  • Ankle strap
  • Door anchor
  • Carrying bag

Lightweight, skinny, packable, and small, resistance bands are the perfect solution for those who don’t want to forgo their weight-lifting routines on the road. I spoke earlier in some greater detail on my love for resistance bands here. I think they are a healthy traveler must-have item.

Buy from Amazon: Resistance band set, $29.99 or Single band, $4.85-$19.99

3. Ceptics International Travel Adapter Set – $11.03

Ceptics UP-5KP International Worldwide Travel Adapter Plug, 5-Piece Set with Pouch

  • 5 adapter plugs labeled by country/region with travel pouch
  • Plugs fit into most outlets worldwide
  • Plugs do not convert voltage; to convert voltage, you also need a voltage converter.

I have used my own international adapter set since 2005 and have carried it with me all over the globe. I realize this item is not specific to “healthy” travelers, per se, but I have gotten so much use out of it as a general traveler that I wanted to include it in this list.

I find it super handy to have the whole set because there have been numerous occasions where I had set out for “country X” but then later changed plans and went to “country Y”–so having the ability to switch adapter plugs last-minute has been extremely useful. I am currently making use of my adapters as I type this article!

Buy from Amazon: International Travel Adapter Set, $11.03

4. The YOGO Travel Yoga Mat – $65.00

The YOGO Mat – The Best Travel Yoga Mat Ever Made 24″x68″ – Compact, Clean, Grippy, Eco-Friendly – Charcoal + Cayenne

  • Eco-friendly, compact travel yoga mat
  • 24″ x 68″ unfolded
  • Cotton mesh and natural, non-toxic, biodegradable, recyclable tree rubber
  • Excellent cushioning and grip

If you are a yoga, Pilates, or barre nut, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. I am a barre fanatic and am always carrying a little extra luggage just to make sure I can get my workouts in on the road. This mat is ultra packable and made of natural materials. And besides…it just looks cool.

Buy from Amazon: YOGO Travel Yoga Mat, $65.00

5. Samsonite Inflatable Neck Pillow with Plush Cover – $9.99

Samsonite Luggage Inflatable Neck Pillow with Cover, Pagoda Blue, OneSize

  • Removable, washable plush/pvc cover
  • Built-in pocket for storage (such as eye masks or mp3 players)
  • Easily inflates and deflates
  • Stores neatly and compactly

This item is really self-explanatory. If you’ve ever been on a long flight and left to your own devices (e.g., no neck pillow), you know it’s extremely uncomfortable to contort your neck in such a way so as to keep from nodding your head towards your plane neighbor as you doze off. I prefer the inflatable neck pillows for easy packing, but I like this pillow for the extra comfort of a soft, removable pillow surface.

Buy from Amazon: Inflatable Neck Pillow with Plush Cover, $9.99

6. Bose Noise-cancelling Headphones – $299.00

Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones, Black

  • Noise-reduction headphones for travel and work
  • Lightweight fit around the ear for long-lasting comfort
  • Control music and calls with inline mic/remote
  • Superior sound quality

When you’re on the road, sometimes you can’t control the environment in which you are trying to get your beauty sleep or work focus. Noise-cancelling headphones let you make your sleep a priority by minimizing your risks of hotel and airplane noise interfering with sleep. Yes–even with that loud, screaming baby you were just seated in front of on your 22-hour flight to Thailand.

Buy from Amazon: Bose Noise-cancelling headphones, $299.00

7. Sabi FOLIO Strap-Close-and-Go Travel Vitamin Box – $24.99

Sabi FOLIO Strap-Close-and-Go 7-Day Travel Pill Box

  • 7 by 2-compartment AM/PM vitamin or pill box labeled by days of week
  • Moleskin memo book secures with an elastic close band
  • Flip-open lid, easy to fill and access compartments
  • 6.7″H x 3.8″W x 0.9″D
  • BPA-free

Plan on taking your vitamins with you as you travel? Me too. I like this slick vitamin box because the outer covering is not hard plastic and it folds neatly and flatly to fit easily in any bag.

Buy from Amazon: Sabi Strap-Close-and-Go Travel Vitamin Box, $24.99

So there you have it! Boom. Done. And have a wonderful Christmas!!