It’s that time of year where we need to start thinking about holiday presents and as we all know, that can be a challenge considering everyone has their own tastes, preferences, and lifestyles. If have an active traveler on your list, I have some suggestions for you: hat, shirt, pants, and backpack (they can shop for their own shoes/socks). As you will see, the followng are perfect for the Indiana Jones in your life:
1. Convertible trousers. Personally, I think there is nothing cooler or that says “active” like pants that rip off and transform into shorts. Craghoppers Kiwi Convertible trousers (ARV $72) are ideal for days that start out cool and end warm or vice versa. This pair has part elastic waist for comfort, eight pockets, four of which have zippers, and a pocket for a smartphone. Function aside, these really are comfortable, durable, and ideal for the active traveler. Gift these with a Scottievest and your active traveler won’t have any need for a carry-on.
2. Shirt. A few years ago I took a trip to the Riviera Maya which included a day trip to the ancient Maya ruins of Coba. This is considered jungle region which means there was a good chance we were going to encounter mosquitoes and do they love me! Despite bug spray (who likes DEET anyway?), I ended up with some nice quarter-size bites. Had I known better, I would have donned a Craghoppers Nosilife Darla (ARV: $70) long sleeve shirt. This extremely lightweight shirt features insect repellent technology and upf40+ protection, rip stop technology, and it’s fast drying if you get it wet. It’s also equipped with a double sun collar, cooling back neck lining, vented back, sleeves that roll up with a button tab, hidden drying loops so you can dry it anywhere and there’s a hidden key pocket feature (I’d say that’s ideal for someone active). I recommend layering it with a tank top for a cute and versatile option.
3. Hat. Speaking of biting creatures, that brings me to head protection. Stetson No Fly Zone Hats by Dorfman-Pacific protects against all kind of pests including; mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and flies. Plus, this style is really cute. I wish I had it along when my family visited the Maya ruins in Belize last year in addition to my Coba adventure. The blazing sun required good head protection and this style, with the chin strap, would have been perfect. I can guarantee this hat will always be packed in my bags when I go on a cruise or vacation near the equator or anywhere else there’s sun and critters.
4. Backpack. Every active traveler needs a backpack for several reasons: comfort, practicality, and versatility. Of course, not all backpacks are created equal. The Eagle Creek Universal Traveler Backpack (ARV: $140) meets all of the above criteria and more. It’s comfortable to wear, checkpoint friendly with its butterfly-style opening compartment sized for a 17” laptop, additional tablet sleeve, All Ways Secure functionality features lockability, RFID blocking technology, and reflectivity. Ta-da! Sounds pretty nifty, doesn’t it?
Happy holiday shopping.