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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to show your travel-savvy loved ones that you care than with a thoughtful gift that will elevate their upcoming trips. However, a good present doesn’t necessarily have to be something that costs a fortune, which is exactly why we’ve rounded up the 10 best deals that Amazon has to offer on unique, but still practical, travel essentials under $50.
Whether you’re celebrating the holiday with a partner or shopping for your favorite Galentine, these are our picks for the best safety gear, coziest loungewear, and most spacious bags, starting as low as $14 (in honor of February 14, of course). I’ve even included some of my own personal favorite items to travel with to serve as additional inspiration from someone who shops and travels for a living.
She’s Birdie The Original Personal Safety Alarm
This personal safety device has become a permanent fixture on my keychain, and thanks to its compact design, ease of use, and the sheer volume of the alarm, it’s the perfect gift for any solo traveler in your life. Simply pull the pin and the device will emit a blaring alarm that alerts others around that you’re in need of help — plus, $30 is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that it provides.
EverSnug Travel Blanket and Pillow
Especially during long-haul flights, it’s nice to have a cozy blanket and pillow duo that aren’t provided by the airline, and this pairing from EverSnug promises to be gentle against the skin and incredibly packable. Sitting at just $30, this set will instantly elevate your travel day by simply folding into itself to take up minimal space while you’re on the go, and it even comes with a convenient sleeve that can be slipped over your suitcase handle so as not to take up room inside.
Pink Queen Women’s 2-Piece Lounge Set
Give the gift of stylish and versatile loungewear this year while the Pink Queen knit pullover set is on sale for just $37 at Amazon and is guaranteed to become a fan-favorite travel outfit. Made from a soft and forgiving blend of viscose and nylon, this stretchy set can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, not to mention that both pieces can be styled separately to maximize your wardrobe options. My top pick might be the Valentine’s Day-appropriate pink, but it also comes in 34 other stunning options.
Owala FreeShip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
My Owala water bottle is one of my prized possessions, so it goes without saying that it accompanies me on the vast majority of trips I take. If your loved one is looking for a packable alternative to the Stanley water bottle craze, look no further than this functional, ergonomic, and convenient bottle that features a built-in straw and superior insulation that keeps your beverage cold for up to 24 hours. Its leak-proof design is unparalleled for travel, plus it comes in several lovely shades that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Etronik Travel Duffel Bag
A spacious duffel bag is the perfect piece of luggage to have on deck for shorter weekend adventures, and this reliable tote from Etronik is well-suited for the job and will make for an excellent Valentine’s Day gift this year. Currently on sale for an impressive 40 percent off, this bag boasts several thoughtful details, including a separate shoe compartment at the base of the bag, a USB charging port, and even a trolley strap at the back to easily attach it to your rolling suitcase handle for smoother transit. It hardly hurts that it comes in so many pretty colors, including a gorgeous pink.
iWalk Mini Portable Charger
I refuse to travel without a portable charger in tow, and this compact, packable option from iWalk is an excellent Valentine’s Day gift — and it’s even double discounted to just $19 right now. Compatible with the most recent iPhone models, the small but mighty charger is conveniently pocked-sized and holds a little more than one full charge, not to mention that it has a built-in connector (so your loved one won’t have to worry about forgetting it). It’s also incredibly lightweight, making it an exceptional travel companion.
Coowoz Large Travel Backpack
If your loved one is partial to traveling with a backpack rather than a duffel bag, this surprisingly spacious pack from Coowoz is sure to be a welcome addition to their luggage lineup, especially considering that it’s a best-seller at Amazon. Unlike traditional backpacks, this bag unzips like a suitcase, providing ample packing space and allowing for unparalleled organization during trips. It’s comfortable to wear, offers a wide range of pockets for amplified packing space, and even comes in 23 stylish shades to add some variety to your gear game.
JBL Tune 510BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Looking to splurge a little more on your Valentine’s Day gift this year? Well, you can snag the high-quality JBL Tune 510BT Wireless headphones for $50, and the nearly 39,000 five-star ratings that they’ve earned should be an indication that they’ll be well-received by any loved one that you surprise with them. These lightweight, packable, and comfortable headphones boast an impressive 40-hour battery life on a single charge, with a five-minute charge offering an additional two hours of listening time. Padded speakers are like pillows on your ears during lengthy flights, and they’re easy to use thanks to several subtle buttons on the side.
Benevolence LA Plush Velvet Jewelry Box
After making its way onto Oprah’s Favorite Things 2022 list, this velvet jewelry box has also secured its spot as one of the most thoughtful and useful gifts that you could give during the holiday of love. Not only does the luxurious exterior add a touch of elegance to packing, but it’s also fitted with several spacious compartments to hold earrings and bracelets, alongside an array of ring pillows, a compact mirror, and three hooks to hang your favorite necklaces without them getting tangled. Even the shortest trips will benefit from this dainty packing essential.
Umerci Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow
If you’re aiming to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for gifts this year, this memory foam neck pillow set is an excellent choice that has earned more than 3,400 five-star ratings from happy customers. In addition to a supportive neck pillow, this set also includes a contoured eye mask as well as a set of ear plugs for an overall more restful experience while traveling. The pillow is lightweight and packable without taking up extra space, not to mention it comes complete with a handy pocket for your phone so you can do away with the germy seat back plane pockets for good.
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