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Perfect Christmas gifts for the Gap Year

Written by Milly Whitehead on 30 / 11 / 2017

Gap Year Advice

The Perfect Gap Year Chistmas List

With Christmas coming up fast it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be adding to the Christmas list - yours or others. For all you January backpackers out there, this is a great chance to get organised for your travels, and for those who need to gift those backpackers, here's your inspiration. It's a win win.

This list gives you some game-changing gifts that are perfect for the adventurous and environmentally friendly amongst you…happy shopping :)

1. A GoPro

Without a doubt one of the best ways to capture your travelling experience. Go Pro’s are small, light, durable and waterproof - perfect for the adrenaline seekers out there. Whether you/your loved one is doing a ski season, discovering South America, or swimming with sharks in Australia, capture some unforgettable footage with this gift… And it will come in handy way beyond just the gap year. The perfect way of capturing those memories forever.

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2. A Sleeping mask

This small, but oh so helpful gift is much appreciated by all travellers. Sleeping masks allow you to get some much-needed kip wherever you are to cure that jetlag (or hangover)… Not expensive and a perfect stocking filler. If you want a bit of luxury opt for a silk eye mask - no eye bags here.

We recommend:

Gelato eye masks

3. A TanSafe valuables hiding

If your travels involve relaxing on a tropical beach soaking up the sun, and I’m sure they do, then TanSafe has your back. This may look like a regular suncream bottle, but inside is the perfect place to leave your phone, credit card, money and keys. The seal is watertight meaning you also don’t have to worry about getting it wet. It will also reduce the chance of your stuff being nicked as who wants to steal suncream?

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4. A Quick drying towel

This multi-purpose piece of kit is essential for any backpacker. Small, light and compact, these quick-drying towels are great to take on the road. Not only are they used as towels, they can also be used as blankets, pillows and shawls to keep you warm. A winner in every way.

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Dock and Bay Towels: They are sustainable and come with an outer case that is 100% biodegradable

5. A Lemur Bag

These bags are a perfect lightweight piece of kit for the traveller (and for everyday life too). They don't take up any space when not in use and roomy when needed. What makes them so special is the fact that 15% of all their profits go towards saving the incredible, but extremely endangered Lemur. Their bags, bucket bags and duffle bags are all made out of 100% durable canvas. This, therefore, means that not only are they great for the environment, they are also really good quality.

Lemur bags:

Interested in seeing and helping these beautiful endangered Lemurs? Check out our Madagascar program.

6. A Pocket Charger

Pocket chargers allow you to charge your phone without having to use a socket. They are life changing for long journey’s and in emergencies when a charged phone is essential. Pocket chargers are small so don’t take up much of your precious space. The price of these vary hugely so it’s worth doing some research before you buy.

We recommend:

Anker PowerCore

7. A Money Belt

This super sneaky invention is loved by backpackers everywhere. With the chance to hide money actually inside your belt, the likelihood you’ll lose it is very slim. And who doesn’t love multi-purpose items? They come in all different sizes and colours so you can personalise to fit your style. Also if you're cold at night it can act as an extra later to keep you warmer.

We recommend:

Travel Money Belt

8. Ear plugs

Goes hand in hand with the eye mask, pick up some silicone ear plugs to block out the noise whether you are camping, in a noisy hostel or trying to get some sleep on the plane.

We recommend:

Silicone Ear Plugs

9. Base Layers

A common misconception is that you will be warm and enjoying sunny weather on your gap year - while this may be true, nights can be very cold. I didn't expect to be buying blankets, hats and scarves in Namibia so my advice is pack thin light breathable layers. Cheap, versatile and a life saver.

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Base Layers

9. A Journal

A thoughtful gift that means that the adventurer can write a diary to enjoy looking back on for years. Jot down memories, favorite recipes, amazing things they have achieved - this is a brilliant gift.

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10. Travel washing line

I know, I know but I can't tell you how valuable this is. When travelling with little space to hang anything and with the luxury of having finally clean clothes, you need a washing line. These pack up super small, are a life saver and you don't even need pegs. Thank me later.

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What's on your Christmas list this year?

Whether you're gifting or being gifted this Christmas, this list will hopefully give you some inspiration for the perfect present. No matter where your travels take you, these are some essentials.

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Gap year programs

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