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Perfect 2017 Travel Gifts for Women - for under $30

Each time Christmas or a birthday rolls around, the question of travel gifts for women raises its head. It's not easy finding something original, small and light (it has to be carried) and super useful.

So I've made the decisions for you by listing things I've tried and loved, or haven't tried but would love to! It's a mix of fun and practical and inspiration - and each gift costs less than $30 (or pounds or euros, wherever you live).

Thailand Food Map
This is only one of a range of food maps, totes and T-shirts designed by my lovely friend Jodi Ettenberg, a superb food travel blogger who is quite ill and has had to stop traveling as a result. Let's buy a few of her creations for Christmas - not only are they wonderful, but each purchase will help Jodi get back on her feet.

Buy on Legal Nomads


Packing Cubes, of course
If you don't have a set of these - why not?? Whether I'm traveling with a suitcase or a backpack, they make my life so much more organized (and the small one is perfect for bulky computer plugs and cables). I also use them to organize my daypack...

Buy on Amazon


Charger and Flashlight Combo
I wouldn't dream of traveling without a charger because you never know when you'll find a plug. The great thing about this one is that it incorporates a flashlight, another item I never travel without.

Buy on Amazon


Travelambo Rfid Blocking Travel Wallet
Classy leather in cool colours, with room for just about everything you'll need - even a SIM card and small phone! Safety-conscious with ID blocking for your credit cards.

Buy on Amazon


Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
You might be able to stand on the scales before you leave home, but if you’ve picked up a few souvenirs on your journey, you’ll need a way to make sure you haven’t packed too much.

Buy on Amazon


Shampoo Bar
Fed up with liquids at airport security? This shampoo bar doubles as regular soap comes in several scents and formulas for every hair type.

Buy on Etsy


Handmade Leather Luggage Tags
Sure, you can keep filling out those paper tags with your address at the last minute, but why not have something durable and adorable like these handmade ones? There are plenty of other designs and sayings to choose from.

Buy on Etsy


Colorful Compression Socks
Compression socks can be a lifesaver on long flights or even lengthy days spent sightseeing. But if you don’t enjoy basic colors light black and grey, these highly-rated ones come in tons of fun patterns and colors.

Buy on Amazon


BUBM Double Layer Electronic Accessories Organizer

This is the larger model of an older single folder I love - but I'm going to order this one because somehow, my cables have multiplied (as I'm sure yours have...)

Buy on Amazon


Travel Between the Lines Adult Coloring Book
On those long plane flights or during train delays, just pull out this coloring book and rediscover your inner creative side. Or child.

Buy on Amazon


Custom Vintage Map Bracelet
Do you have a few favorite places on earth? Memorialize them in this customizable bracelet of vintage maps. Wear it at home to remind you of your travels. 

Buy on Etsy


Speakeasy Passport Infinity Scarf
Fashion meets practicality in this infinity scarf with a hidden pocket to hide your passport and some cash. It comes in a number of colors and patterns to spice up your travel wardrobe.

Buy on Etsy