Set Sail: 8 Great Bon Voyage Gifts

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Do you have a loved one who is going on a trip, venturing off to study abroad, or moving to a new state? Where ever their life is taking them, it’s always nice to receive bon voyage gifts to make the journey a little easier.

Even if they are having the time of their life, there will come a moment when they start to miss you or get homesick. They may want something to keep themselves occupied if they have a long flight ahead of them and everyone needs a new set of luggage. 

Keep reading for a full list of gifts that you can give your loved one before they set off on their life-changing trip.

Dual Time Watch 

No matter how busy your loved one stays during their trip, there will always come a time when they want to slow down and hear your voice. This can be a little tricky if they’re staying in a different time zone than you. They’ll have to pause and do a little mental math each time they want to call. 

To make contacting you easier for them, give them a dual time watch. They can look at it and see both of your time zones so they’ll never have to question themselves before picking up the phone. 


You’ve noticed that a lot of your friend’s luggage is a bit old. Some of the pieces even have a few holes in them. You’d hate to see them struggle with that when boarding their flight. 

Send them on the plane in style with a new set of luggage. Even if their old set isn’t falling apart, they’ll still appreciate something trendy to carry their stuff around in.

If you can hold off on buying the luggage until you can take advantage of black Friday savings, do so. Luggage can be expensive and every little bit helps. 

Just, make sure that you keep airline luggage size limits in mind before you go shopping. The last thing you want is for them to run into any trouble. 

Amenity Kit 

Give your loved one a little bon voyage gift bag so they can keep up with their hygiene while they travel. All you have to do is pick up a few travel-sized bottles of lotion, a small tube of toothpaste, a sleep mask, face wipes, earplugs, a toothbrush, and other fun goodies that will allow them to arrive at their destination nice and refreshed. Place the items in a cosmetics bag and you’ll be good to go.  

This is also a situation where you’ll have to be wary of airline rules if your loved one is traveling by plane. They won’t be able to take the goodies on the plane with them if any of the liquid bottles exceed 3.4 ounces. 

Fitness Tracker

No matter if your loved one is traveling for business or pleasure, chances are that they are going to be doing quite a bit of sight-seeing. They’ll probably walk thousands of steps each day when checking out the new area. 

Help them feel productive and stay on top of their fitness goals by sending them off with a fitness tracker. They’ll be able to keep track of how many steps they take each day and even see how much shut-eye they’re getting at night. 

Local Foods 

No matter how much fun they are having in a new place, there will come a moment when they feel homesick. Having a little token to remind them of where they came from will mean the world to them during these times. 

Sending them off with a basket of local foods is one of the most meaningful bon voyage gift ideas there is. Whenever they start to feel sad, they can grab a snack and let the taste take them back home. 

Gift Cards 

Cruises are relaxing by themselves but you can add to the pampering by giving your favorite person a cruise gift card that they can spend on a massage and other luxuries. If you know their booking information, you can have champagne, strawberries, and other goodies sent to their cabin so it’s there when they arrive. 

If your friend is traveling for work or school instead of going on a luxury cruise, there’s a good chance they’ll need to hit up Target or Wal-Mart at some point for supplies. Give them a gift card so they don’t have to spend money out of their own pocket on it. 

Travel Adaptor and Voltage Converter 

If your loved one is traveling overseas they might run into a little bit of trouble with their electronics. A lot of countries use outlets that are different than the ones you find in the US. The voltage might be a little more than their devices can handle too. 

Get them a travel adaptor and voltage converter so they don’t risk frying their electronics every time they need to charge or use them. 

Local Currency 

This may come as a shock but most countries outside of the US don’t accept American dollars. Your loved one won’t even be able to pay for a taxi with the money they currently have in their pocket. They can exchange their money for local currency but the rates can be ridiculous. 

Placing a bit of local currency inside of a wallet makes neat bon voyage gifts for men and women alike. Nobody can turn down cash. 

Bon Voyage Gifts to Accompany Your Loved One 

It doesn’t matter if your loved one is traveling for business or pleasure. They’ll never say no to practical (and maybe some not so practical) bon voyage gifts that can make their journey a bit easier. While giving them something isn’t mandatory, it’s a nice gesture that will make them smile and allow them to think of you during their time away. 

Are you still having a problem finding a great gift for your loved one? Check out our blog daily for more articles like this one. 


About Michelle Joe: Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find her on twitter: @michellejoe524

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