Katka’s Travel Gift Picks – Gifts for the Trashy Traveler

Gifts for the trashy traveler
Gifts for the trashy traveler by katkatravels

Happy holidays everyone! If you’re like me, you’ve left your holiday shopping until the last minute. For the rest of this week, I’ll showcase my top gift picks for travelers of all types. Happy shopping!

-Moleskine Passions Travel Journal: Make sure you record all of your precious shenanigans in this nifty travel journal, customized for your own trip.  There’s even fun stickers so you can categorize your trashy travels!  Write down the best places to get drunk, your favorite drug den, the best Frenchman you ever slept with…the possibilities are endless.

-Rum Runners: Cruise-goers swear by these compact flasks to sneak on alcohol to ships with outrageous bar prices.  Apparently, they are undetectable by the X-ray scanners but they can even be used to sneak in alcohol to concerts, clubs…basically anywhere you don’t want to pay for alcohol but still want to get smashed.  They roll up small when you’ve finished your drink and can be stuffed into a pocket, or refilled so the fun can continue.

-F1 Flyin’ Drunk Tag:  This is self-explanatory.  If you aren’t flying drunk, you’re not REALLY flying at all.

-TWELVEWAYS Multifunctional Dress:  I love this product even when I’m sober, but let’s face it ladies – wearing the same outfit on your walk of shame home from that crazy one-night-stand is uncomfortable and seedy.  With a Twelveways dress however, you can make the same material look and feel totally different.  You’ve transformed from a Euro-slut to a stylish and travel-savvy gal who’s impressive wardrobe warrants another romp in the hay, complete with a new outfit the next time.

-Tieks foldable ballet flats:  A night of disco dancing and bar hopping in stiletto heels takes a toll on the trashy traveler’s tootsies.  Behold, the stylish and compact Tieks ballet flat system, which are super comfortable and come in a plethora of colors and styles to make any inebriated adventure a customizable one.

-Condoms:  Duh!  Play it safe, especially while abroad, and always stash a couple of rubbers in your bag or pocket, “just in case.”  New York City has an awesome campaign where at select venues you can get condoms for free, advocating for safe sex in the city.


Holiday Gifts for the Go, Go, Go Traveller!

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Happy holidays everyone! If you’re like me, you’ve left your holiday shopping until the last minute. For the rest of this week, I’ll showcase my top gift picks for travelers of all types. Happy shopping!

  1. Collapsible Lunch Box:  I love re-usable containers but I hate the bulkiness of Gladware and Tupperware.  This soft, easy-to-wash container folds up nice and compactly for when you are done, plus it comes with a spork-knife and a little top container for dips, dressings, etc.  I used it while road-tripping through Iceland, where food is sometimes hard to find for miles…
  2. Redfoot Foldable rain boots:  Let’s face it – no matter how much we want to think it, wellies are NOT fashionable.  Not only that but who wants bulky-ass rubber rain boots sitting in the corner of your cubicle after you’ve changed into your work shoes?  Presenting the foldable rain boot: wear them out in the rain, then roll them up and store them in your purse.  LOVE THESE THINGS!
  3. Grid-It: If you’re anything like me, your bag is a mess of unorganized junk.  If you’re anything like me also, you’ll buy a Grid-It.  Now when I need something, I pull out this thin, light organizer whose elastic grid keeps everything in place and easily accessible.  Great gift for the gadgeteer too.
  4. North Face Venture Rain Jacket:  You know how I feel about North Face products.  Well, here’s another one!  This rain jacket is powerful enough to keep you dry, and also using special textile technology that allows your skin to breathe (aka no sweaty, stinky heat-retaining interior).  Plus it flattens up superbly, meaning you can keep it at the bottom of your bag for emergencies and it will take up next to no space.
  5. REI Flip-Top Vacuum Bottle:  Coffee for the Go-Go?  It’s an essential.  This thermos is awesome because you can put scalding hot coffee inside and the outside will not burn your fingers off.  The vacuum top also helps seal the liquid in, so spills are a non-issue.  Keeps liquids warm or cold for hours.
  6. REI Quantum Shoulder Bag: When you’re as busy as I am, you need a versatile bag.  Pick it up from the top handle, throw it over your shoulder like a shoulder bag, make it into a messenger bag…however you need to get away, this bag can do it for you.  Plus this inside hosts a fantastic amount of organizational pockets, including room for your precious laptop.

Katka’s Travel Gift Picks – Gentlemen Ramblers

Katka's Travel Gift Picks - Gentlemen Ramblers
Katka’s Travel Gift Picks – Gentlemen Ramblers by katkatravels

Happy holidays everyone!  If you’re like me, you’ve left your holiday shopping until the last minute.  For the rest of this week, I’ll showcase my top gift picks for travelers of all types.  Happy shopping!

  1. ScottEVest blazer: This is the coolest company when it comes to stealthily storing your most valued travel possessions.  Leave the “man purse” at home and ensure expensive gadgets like your smartphone or tablet are safe and secure next to your (hopefully) smokin’ bod.  Can’t you see James Bond pulling off a sweet blazer such as this?
  2. F1 Spacepak Mini Toiletry kit:  A pet peeve of mine is men who keep their toiletries in ziploc bags, or worse, don’t organize them at all.  And then they wonder why their shaving cream exploded all over their cashmere sweater.  Spacesaver packing cubes are perfect for storing your shaving and bath items, easily accessible and generally leakproof.
  3. Venturesafe™ 400 Anti Theft Messenger Bag:  I’ve long been a fan of PacSafe products, which offer security for your belongings while still looking stylish on the outside.  This laptop messenger bag holds all of your essentials and then some, with fantastic security features to ensure your $1400 Macbook remains out of reach from tampering hands.
  4. Coach passport holder: the classy male traveler keeps his passport in a classy holder.  Love the compass design on this genuine leather case.
  5. UNIQLO Heattech long johns:  If you haven’t discovered UNIQLO’s Heattech clothing line, START NOW!  No more bulky clothing as these special, stylish layers keep you toasty warm when you need it the most.  Products range from coats, to socks, to these fun Long-Johns great for chilly winter sleepovers.

Katka’s Holiday Gift Picks – For Lady Travelers

Katka's Holiday Gift Picks - Ladies
Katka’s Holiday Gift Picks – Ladies by katkatravels
Happy holidays everyone!  If you’re like me, you’ve left your holiday shopping until the last minute.  For the rest of this week, I’ll showcase my top gift picks for travelers of all types.  Happy shopping!
  1. Cavallini Mini Notebooks: I saw these at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and absolutely HAD to have them.  They are small enough to stash in your purse or clutch so no travel moment goes unrecorded.  I love their vintage style, and are pretty enough to store on a shelf later.
  2. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1: This compact system DSLR is perfect for photographers looking to transition from their point-and-shoots to something more advanced.  The lenses are small and interchangeable and the features are very user-friendly.  The bodies also come in super fun colors (mine is a soft, rosy pink!).  No bulky camera bag required, you will be amazed by the size of this thing.
  3. North Face Fleece: At first I was averse to North Face products – thought they were more fashion than function.  Now I’m barely seen without my North Face zip-up hoodie, perfect for layering and super warm/comfy.
  4. Lunch Crock Pot: Let’s face it – leftovers just don’t taste as good heated up in the microwave.  Behold, the lunch crock! Plug it in to an outlet and your food heats up like it was freshly cooked.  Perfect for picking up soups or meals at the local market, to be eaten later.  Compact enough to pack in your luggage and safe to use in your hotel or hostel.
  5. On-Location Candle: Can’t travel this holiday season?  Bring the scents of your favorite places to you!  Bath and Body Works recently came out with a series of candles inspired by their favorite vacation spots.  There’s tea and lemon for London, and a spicy, musk-scent for Morocco.  And who doesn’t like the idea of cocktails and coconuts on a cold, winter night?
  6. Vapur Element water bottle: I absolutely adore this water bottle, which rolls up compactly once empty.  Eco-friendly, takes up no space and ensures you have clean water whenever you need.

Katka’s Passports With Purpose Donation Wishlist

The amount of love and giving I’ve received from friends, family and perfect strangers due to my own personal Hurricane Sandy experience has been overwhelming. I wake up every day, thankful to have such wonderful people in my life. So it’s time to give back! I’ve been especially generous this holiday season because so many have been generous to me. And I’ve gone a little overboard with my donations to Passports with Purpose, a non-profit group that links travel bloggers, fundraising and fun every year in pursuit of helping those in need.

When my apartment flooded during Hurricane Sandy, many of our amenities were shut off. We had no heat, electricity or clean water for days. Eventually, these everyday items were returned to us but it was difficult to fathom life without them. Now take developing nations, such as Haiti, with citizens who still struggle to rebuild their lives after a devastating earthquake in 2009. If you’ve ever lived a day without clean water, you know how harrowing it can be. Try living an entire lifetime.

Not only am I in the running for some super cool prizes donated by famous travel bloggers, but every $10 I donate goes directly towards building clean water wells in Haitian communities. You can be a part of this too! Check out the sweet prizes I bid for:

A Glorious Week in Provence (theprovencepost.blogspot.com)
A week in a villa in St. Remy de Provence, with meals in top restaurants, private guided tours, massages and much more. This is like, the ultimate romantic getaway and if I win this, I think I’d pee my pants out of joy.

$100 Amazon.com e-gift card (onmyfeetorinmymind.com)
$100 Amazon.com e-gift card. Most of my things are corroded with salt water from Hurricane Sandy’s tidal surges. An Amazon gift card could help me replace some desperately needed items.

B&H Photo Gift Certificate (escapenewyork.blogspot.com)
$100 gift certificate to B&H Photo which can be redeemed online or in store. B&H is local to me and I just bought a super cute DSLR. Would love to pick up a pancake lens to make it ultimately portable!

Exclusive Atlanta Experience at Omni CNN Center (includes a swim with Whale Sharks!) (www.fieldtripswithsue.com)
An exclusive Atlanta experience at the four-diamond Omni Hotel at CNN Center in the Coca-Cola Suite plus attraction tickets and a swim w/whale sharks! I don’t have a lot of vacation time so I’m looking for some nice long-weekends or stay-cations. I’ve never been to Atlanta before but this would be a wonderful little break packed with super fun activities!

Three-night stay at Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Nicaragua (www.everthenomad.com)
A three-night stay at Jicaro Island Ecolodge, with lodging, non-alcoholic beverages and three daily meals, for two people. This property looks GORGEOUS and would make for a wonderful long weekend with a special someone. It’s inclusive enough and would be so great to spend three days relaxing in the pool or on the lake.

$200 voucher toward flights on Skyscanner (www.gobackpacking.com)
$200 voucher to use toward booking a flight or flights(s) found on Skyscanner.net. Any dollar bills off the cost of my flight is worth trying for!

HTC Titan (www.idelish.com)
Two Windows Phone 7 (upgradable to Windows Phone 7.5) – HTC Titan and HTC Titan II (MSRP: $550 each). Winner will receive both phones. This one I hope to win for my folks, who are in desperate need of an upgrade from the flip phone of the 20th century haha.

3 Day Big Sky, MT and Yellowstone Family Adventure (blog.trekaroo.com)
Lodging at BucksT4, a luxury tour of Yellowstone, adventures at Big Sky Resort, & a day out for mom and dad at Moonlight Basin (babysitting included). Again, this seems like a great package for a long-weekend getaway to an adventurous place. I loved seeing the geologic wonders in Iceland, Yellowstone would be a great comparison!

$1,000 vacation rental anywhere from HomeAway (www.alloverthemap.net)
$1,000 to use in any of HomeAway’s 350,000 vacation rentals worldwide! My family goes to the Jersey Shore every year and rents homes at crazy-expensive prices. Would love to use this voucher towards a week at the beach, or perhaps an exotic location somewhere else!

Please consider making a donation to this great cause. You can read more about the donation process here. It’s not too late to donate but December 11 is the last day, so hurry up! Hand out those Hamiltons for a chance to go somewhere cool!

Would love to win some long-weekend vacays for my man and I!