Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Solo Travelers

Snow Globes at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, 2015
Snow Globes at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, 2015

Need stocking stuffer ideas for a solo traveler on your holiday list? Here are a few of my hand-selected items for 2016. Does this make this Solo Travel Girl’s version of Oprah’s favorite things list??? From a reusable device that extracts insect venom to fashionable yet practical socks, you’ll find something for your fave independent traveler. And, you may find something for yourself. 

Kelley Higney, Founder of Bug Bite Thing

The Outdoor Junkie Solo Traveler – Bug Bite Thing
Have an Outdoor Junkie on your gift list? You know, someone who enjoys paddling a kayak on a whim or hiking through mountains and valleys on the weekends? Chances are, they’ll encounter an insect sting or spider bite once in awhile and a nifty, new product to stuff in their stocking is the opens in a new windowBug Bite Thing.

It’s a natural, reusable device, light weight and does not require batteries. Best of all, it removes insect and spider venom from a bite or sting. Basically, you place the suction cup on the sting and extract the venom. The Bug Bite Thing is great for travel because it does not contain any liquids or chemicals so it’s easy to pack in a carry on bag for air travel. It retails for $9.95 and is available on opens in a new windowAmazon and in Home Depot.

Petite Loop Phone Strap is Perfect for Traveling and Keeping Tabs on My Phone

The Selfie Queen or King Solo Traveler – Loop Phone Strap
Well, the Loop Phone Strap just isn’t for the solo traveler who’s always snapping selfies, it’s perfect for any traveler who needs to keep their phone handy. There are two Loops to choose from, the Ninja Loop Phone Strap and the Petite Loop Phone Strap. Read my opens in a new windowLoop review to learn more why this stocking stuffer is perfect for all travelers.

Super Grip Lock is a Traveler's Friend.
Super Grip Lock is a Traveler’s Friend.

The Solo Traveler Keeping a Head on the Swivel – Super Grip Lock
Crime has no address and when traveling, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and keep your head on a swivel, especially when traveling alone. Have you ever stayed at a sketchy hotel and not felt safe? This is where the opens in a new windowSuper Grip Lock comes to the rescue. It’s a lock that keeps the deadbolt knob in place if someone is entering your hotel room.

The SGL is basically a strap that wraps around the door handle and deadbolt knob. Honestly, I had a little trouble applying it at first but I quickly figured it out and by golly, the Super Grip Lock worked! SGL is also great for non-hotel rooms with deadbolts, such as homes, apartments and condos. In fact, I’ve secured one to my backdoor and I can’t turn the lock it’s so strong.

The Super Grip Lock is lightweight and extremely easy to travel with since it’s a cloth strap with velcro. It retails for $10 which is an awesome price for peace of mind.

The Frequent-Flying Solo Traveler – Compression Socks
I really never appreciated the benefits of opens in a new windowtravel compression socks until I was diagnosed with a high blood platelet count a few years ago and was told air travel increases my chances of developing a dangerous blood clot. I looked around and found some groovy compression socks on Amazon and because of that, was introduced to the site BrightLife Go which specializes in opens in a new windowfashionable travel compression socks for women and men. In addition to keeping the circulation going in my legs, I no longer land in my destination with unsightly cankles. #saynotocankles And here’s a confession, since I was a kid, I’ve given socks as gifts. I know, a little odd, but they can be fun and practical.

 

The Never-Met-a-Stranger Solo Traveler – Personalogy
For some solo travelers, they’ve never met a stranger and having an easy way to break the ice makes things easier for making friends on the road. There’s a game called opens in a new windowPersonalogy which I personally keep in my purse and/or backpack and break it out to continue conversation with people. It’s a fun, thought-provoking discovery game with questions and multiple choice answers.

Happy shopping!

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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