Travel gifts ease pain of getting there

Posted November 27, 2012

A light-weight laptop can keep travlers connected.

If you have a jet-setter in your life, the holiday season is the perfect time to show you care. While travel can be glamorous and exciting, it can also be fraught with frustration. This year, consider giving a gift that helps ease the burdens of a mobile lifestyle. Not only will this gesture be appreciated, you may just make life a bit more comfortable for your loved one while he or she is on-the-go.

Whether you're shopping for a business traveler, an adventurer or leisure-lover, here are some great gift ideas for smooth sailing and happy recipients.

Gifts to stay fresh on the road

Personal care should never take a vacation. Keep your traveler looking and feeling their best with goodies designed for mobile prepping and pampering. For example, a compact battery-operated toothbrush that's as powerful as a traditional electric toothbrush is ideal for packing and makes for an affordable stocking stuffer.

Likewise, a jet lag prevention treatment and a sleep mask pair perfectly to boost energy and prevent bags under-the eyes during long-distance travel. Look for a homeopathic treatment that has no side effects or interactions with other medications, such as No-Jet-Lag.

Keep in touch with tech gifts

Whether one is computing for work, entertainment or keeping in touch, a laptop and accessories that are thin and light but robust are essential these days for both every day mobility and heavy-duty travel.

Luckily, new technologies are making it easier to stay productive, entertained and connected while mobile. For example, the HP ENVY m4 notebook contains features that account for many hazards of travel, guarding against data loss if the notebook is dropped and against intruders if the machine is tampered with or stolen. It can also guard against boredom, as it has abundant storage and a quick processor for working, gaming, listening and viewing.

When possible, help your traveler streamline tech gear. For example, an HP 90W Universal Power Adapter is compatible with virtually all notebooks and features a built-in USB port that charges a notebook and mobile device simultaneously.

Just because you're on the go doesn't mean you need to sacrifice great audio-visual experiences. A Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker delivers the clear sound of a stationary speaker; while the HP Webcam HD 4310 lets users connect and communicate with friends and family in widescreen 1080p HD -- and offers three-way video calling, auto focus and auto-exposure to ensure images are clear and bright.

With the right accessories, you can make that wait for the next plane, train or automobile more productive and enjoyable. More information on enhancing the mobile computing experience is available at

Ease security screening for frequent fliers

Any traveler would welcome opportunities to make the airport security line fast and convenient. Great gifts for those in a jiffy include comfortable slip-on shoes, a transparent toiletry bag or a backpack that offers quick access to computers, phones, and other media.

This holiday season, give mobile loved ones the gear they need for hassle-free adventures and they will get many happy returns.


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