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The wind is cold, the Christmas decorations are up, and all your family and friends are cooking up a big reunion for the Holidays. With traveling becoming more accessible these days, it seems like everyone is (or knows someone who is) always on some big adventure halfway across the country, or the globe! It can be your family who spends every Holidays in or out of the country, that uncle or auntie of yours who’s always on a business trip, or that cousin who starts traveling solo to tick more destinations off of his/her bucket list. So before you finish gift hunting this year, why not give them something they can use for their adventures ahead?

We’re listing our top travel essential picks to give your lakwatsero and lakwatsera loved ones this season:

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  1. A travel planner/journal (For your organized officemate)

The first thing you’ll need is something that can help them map out every destination down to the last detail. Today’s travel planners/journals are more adaptive when it comes to listing down itineraries. Some even have pre-determined bucket lists as suggestions! All you have to do is look for the perfect planner that will suit the needs and personality of the one receiving it, and you’re good to go!

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  1. A pair of sunnies (For your sun-kissed sister)

Who says going to the beach is only for the summer? A lot of us are getting into the trend of going to different beach destinations whenever we get the chance, so we’re pretty sure that a lot of your friends and relatives are setting their sights on Baler or La Union this coming Christmas vacation. And everyone knows that the number one essential for any traveler, especially those who often go sunbathing in the beach or island hopping, is a nice pair of sunglasses to go with those bright-colored swimsuits!

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  1. Books, books, and more books (For your bookworm best friend)

We don’t know about you, but we think that one of the best places to devour a book is at the comfort of a nice, quiet café far away from home. After all that walking around different tourist destinations, it wouldn’t hurt to switch up to some good old sci-fi or rom-com reads during breaks in your itinerary. Share some of your top book picks to your loved ones, perhaps with a few notes on the margins—but no spoilers!

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  1. A canvas tote bag (For your turista tita)

One of the struggles of going around one place to another is the need to bring so many things with you—your wallet, camera, selfie stick– the entire day. A light tote bag can definitely be a lifesaver since it packs all of your essentials easily. Tote bags are one of the most underrated travel essentials out there since you can also fold and carry this in your pocket in case you get the impulse to shop! Trust us, whoever you’re giving this to will thank you.


  1. An HP Sprocket Instant Printer (For the ones that matter the most)

Of course, with all that traveling comes the need to take a lot of pictures—and print them! After all, the best captured moments are those that you can hold in your hand. Any adventure-loving jetsetter will surely fall head over heels for the HP Sprocket instant printer. With its lightweight and portable built that carries around Zero-ink (ZINK) paper and the user-friendly app that comes with it, you’ll definitely make their printing experience a breeze and their memories more worthwhile.

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