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Bon Voyage Gift Ideas


Whether a friend or family member is driving to the next town for the weekend, taking a month-long cruise or leaving the country for the very first time, you may want to wish them well with a special gift. Travelers are sure to appreciate something uniquely related to their destination: a sunhat for the beach, a guidebook for Paris or a stack of CDs for a cross-country drive. Nothing says "happy travels" like a gift for warm wishes and good luck.

Gift Ideas
  • Convertible suitcase/backpack with zip-away shoulder straps
  • Digital camera and lots of batteries
  • Traditional camera and film
  • Money belt
  • Champagne
  • Traveler's clothesline
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Journal
  • Backpack
  • Beach towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Electronic multi-language translator
  • Foreign language dictionary or phrase book
  • Guide book
  • Lightweight foldable rain poncho
  • CD or tape for a car trip
  • Energy and health food snack kit
  • Paperback books
  • Travel kit (including: ear plugs, insect repellant and spot remover)
Gift Certificate Ideas
Frequently Asked Questions

My friends are planning a trip to Europe, but they won't be leaving for six months. Is a gift most useful well in advance, or just before they leave?
How nice that you are a giver of bon voyage gifts-it's a wonderful tradition. Frankly, the timing of your gift depends on what you intend to give. If your friends enjoy making detailed plans before they travel, a guidebook or another pre-travel gift would be handy given several weeks before they leave. But if you are planning to give something like a mini travel alarm clock or pocket tool, you could wait until closer to their departure.

Does clothing make a good bon voyage gift?
If there is a piece of clothing that you are confident the recipient would enjoy or needs, then clothing would be fine. However, many travelers try to pack light, and there might not be space for the clothing you've selected. If you are unsure, gift certificates presented well in advance of the trip are ideal as they allow the traveler to select something on their pre-travel list.

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