Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you have a mom like mine who is active and loves to travel, the possibilities for gifts are endless. I may not have kids of my own, but I am definitely the age of a mother and I love to travel. I've had a lot of experience figuring out what works and what doesn't over the years and I know what I love. As we get a bit older, travel can become trying and a little tiring. We're looking for things that bring comfort and ease to our travel stress. So I've rounded up items that will help your mom look good and feel better on the road.
When you reach mom's age, gone are the day s of backpacking on Khao San Road in Bangkok. In your thirties and forties, you're looking for more luxury and serenity. You want to look chic when traveling but feel comfortable too. Here are some of my favourite items that I can't live without on the road. They make me happy, they can quickly transform an outfit to feel stylish and elegant and they are practical. If you are looking for something for mom, check out these travel item ideas for mother's day.
Travel Gifts for Mom
I love wearing a silk wrap when flying. I wrap it around myself in my seat and fall into a relaxing slumber. When I get off the plane, I look stylish with it loosely bunched around my neck and when going out during my travels, it dressed up any outfit making for a classy addition to my wardrobe. I always carry two wraps with me, a gold and a blue wrap for different occasions. they're lightweight, take up very little space but can be mixed and matched with anything.
Buy an Ushma Gold Silk Wrap on Amazon
I love hats. When you're over forty, a hat and a scarf can really make you feel great when traveling. I have put photos of me in a hat up on Facebook and friends all tell me how fabulous I look. I always joke, if you want to look really great at my age, put on a hat and silk scarf when traveling and will always look fabulous.
Hats are imperative for travel. A hat that can collapse and roll into your suitcase is even better. When on safari I love my ExOfficio Bugs Away Adventure Hat ($31 on Amazon) I feel like one of those old time explorers in search of an unknown species in a remote jungle. It keeps the sun off my face and neck and it's breathable and light so it's not too hot in the African or South American heat.
A safari hat is one thing, but a fashionable sunhat for the pool or beach is a must as well. There are many wide brim hats out there, but a Shapeable Sun Hat is my choice. It can roll up in my luggage and goes back in shape when it is ready to wear.
Shapeable Sun Hat Available on Amazon starting at $50
A Panama Hat looks great on anyone. I bought my first one in Panama and wear it when exploring cities, archeological sites and museums. Unlike the other two hats mentioned above, this one can be worn anywhere. It works for dinners, nights out and on the beach, so if you are looking for just one hat, this is for you!
Get your own Panama Hat on Amazon starting at $40
Bag and Organizers
One of the safest ways to keep all your travel gear and money secure is to use an over the shoulder bag. When I loop my strap over my shoulder, I know that it nobody will get at it. The PacSafe Shoulder Bag is my go to travel bag. It is super spacious and not only holds my wallet, but I put my camera and any make-up or creams. With 3 dividers and plenty of pockets, things store neatly in place. The best thing is it’s PacSafe, so I can lock all the zippers when going through a crowded market and carry the reinforced strap across my body without fear of being pick-pocketed or having my bag slashed. You mom will feel safe and stylish all at once.
Buy on Amazon starting at $89
Need inspiration for other bags? Read 8 Great Travel Organizers for Better Packing
For the mom who is a business or tech lover, a great choice is the eTools organizer by Eagle Creek. I am constantly in search of ways to organize my plugs and adapters. This customizable carrying case lets you put everyone in one place! I don't know about you, but most women I know love to be organized.
Buy your etools organizer on Amazon for $35.02
Travel Care Package – Comforts for Mom
Show mom you care by putting together a comfort travel care package. Or better yet, use some points to send her on a trip to Europe. Dave and I loved doing that for my parents this year. Here's our packing tips for Europe guide to get you started.
Let's face it, flying is not the fun filled adventure it used to be. With slow security, shrinking seats on cramped aircrafts, and crowded airports, a little comfort goes a long way in making the flights more relaxing. I've put together a list of items that will make her feel better on a flight and love you more for thinking of her well being.
This is the first eye mask that even my husband Dave loves. It's padded and comfortable and it blocks out the light. The wide strap doesn't tangle in your hair and it looks great so you feel stylish as you sleep.
For more care package ideas check out: 10 Must Have Items to Make Air Travel Easy
Earplugs just don't do the trick when a wailing baby has suddenly discovered its voice. Mom has already been there and done that. It's time to turn out the noise of the kids and make room for quiet time. Turn on some soothing music and block out the noise with these babies. Men seem to love wearing the big earphones, but I like the more delicate ear buds. I find them more comfortable and I can sleep with them in. Plus, you don't have the flight attendants asking you to take them of during take off or landing.
Blow up pillows are hard and uncomfortable, but the bean bag type travel pillows take up too much space. Split the difference with the air core neck pillow. It's a pillow on the outside and it blows up on the inside making it compact yet comfortable.
Get your mom an Air Core Neck Pillow for just $7.99
For entertainment on a flight, check out 11 of the Best Travel Movies to Inspire Wanderlust
Even if I'm flying to the tropics, it always seems to be chilly on the plane. Airlines don't always supply blankets and even when they do, you can't be too sure how clean they are. Give your lady her own blanket so while she slumbers on the flight, she'll be thinking of you.
Coolmax Travel Blanket is lightweight and made for travel starting at $39
Everyone looks great in Aviators and they've made a come back in fashion. Well, I don't think they ever left the fashion world.. Once you've put the practical items into her gift box, slide in a pair of stylish Ray Ban sunglasses to show her you care. Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses start at $141.00
I love to wear bohemian type jewelry when traveling. Travel isn't about showing off diamond necklaces and Rolex watches, it's about feeling the vibe of the destinations. One of my favourite things is buying handmade jewelry off a vendor in a local market. The more my wrists are covered with colourful bangles and bracelets the happier I feel. This Santa Fe wrap watch blends in beautifully with my local designs and has a feel of something I would buy on a beach in Belize or in the mountains of Peru. It's the perfect watch for a former backpacker that has now taken things up a notch to look classy, while still keeping things relaxed.
So, there are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing for Mother's Day. What are you going to get mom this year?