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Top 5 gifts for travelers

Are you still hunting for the perfect gift for the smart traveler in your life? You can’t go wrong with these popular travel accessories! We’ve rounded up the top five travel goodies that every adventurer will love.

These best-selling items are all personally recommended by Kathleen Collum, AAA Washington’s travel store buyer, and are available at a AAA store near you. So, avoid the mall and grab your perfect present at AAA!

1.Pacsafe bags. Pacsafe is one of the hottest anti-theft bags around because of its durable, slash-proof material and zipper locking mechanisms. The line features an assortment of backpacks and handbags with cool theft-deterrent features like RFID-blocking pockets and material, secure zippers, and security hooks that allow you to easily fasten your bag to something sturdy, like a table leg or train seat. These bags are perfect for people traveling to Europe, or even Seattleites who want a little extra peace of mind on the Link light rail.

2.Packing cubes. Packing cubes might not seem like a travel necessity, but they are the secret weapon of savvy travelers everywhere. Cubes help you maximize space in carry-on bags and backpacks, keep your things organized, and make everything easily accessible. Many are also waterproof and stain-resistant, which can be a big bonus.

3.Travel vests and jackets. Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough pockets? Scottevest and Craghoppers have come up with innovative solutions for travelers who like to stay organized without carrying a bag everywhere. These vests and jackets feature up to 25 secure, discrete pockets that let you stash everything from headphones and sunglasses to your passport and tablet. Thoughtful details like built-in glass wiping cloths and RFID protection make these stylish items stand out, but their sophisticated colors and modern designs will ensure that you still blend in with the locals.

4.Filtered water bottles. These smart travel accessories save you from dehydration and constantly paying for overpriced bottled water. ├ľko’s filtration systems can make it safe for you to drink tap water in countries around the world and are more environmentally friendly than one-use water bottles. Make sure to check their recommendations so that you buy the correct filter for the country you’ll be visiting.

5.Carry-on luggage. Avoid expensive checked luggage fees by investing in a quality carry-on suitcase! Carry-on luggage is currently the best-selling item in AAA’s travel stores, and it makes a perfect gift for travelers young and old. Check out popular brands like Travel Pro and Eagle Creek for dependable, rugged options.

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