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12 Essentials for Your Airplane Travel Kit

Airplane travel kit essentials

1. Cowin Active Noise Canceling Headphones

Cowin Active Noise Canceling Headphones

These noise cancellation headphones are a crucial item to be included in the aeroplane travel kit. This headphone has advanced noise reduction technology that mitigates the cabin noise to a significant extent. You can connect these headphones to your devices using aux cable or you can use the Bluetooth feature to enjoy the music throughout your journey. You can use these headphones up to 30 hours on a single charge and you don’t need the charge to use the headphones using a cable.

2. Eyemask & Earplugs Set

Eyemask & Earplugs Set

Eye mask and earplugs set can help you to enjoy your sleep better during a flight.  This eye mask is really soft and comfortable as it is made up of rebounded memory foam.  The eye spaces are created wider and deeper as compared to other eye masks in order to ensure that there is no pressure on the eyes. There will be no stains of an eye mask on your skin or on your bed sheets as it is made up of high-quality fabric.

3. An External Battery Pack // Power Bank

An External Battery Pack // Power Bank

A travel kit cannot be completed without a power bank to charge your devices during the journey. This particular power bank is of Compact size and smallest among the all other power banks. This power bank packs with a 10000 mAh battery. This means that you can charge your mobile phone twice or thrice with just one full charge of the power bank. This product offers you a boost voltage technology which can charge your device as fast as possible

4. Your Phone Plug & a Cord or Two

Your Phone Plug & a Cord or Two

This phone charging cable has some unique features. This cord contains an oxygen free copper core which can charge devices and transfer data with very high speed. Because of its copper core which is Oxygen free there is no risk of rusting at all. This latest type of material provides extra durability and flexibility which increases the lifetime of the cable and enhances the quality of usage. Charger adapters will automatically detect your device and will provide a charge according to your device specifications.

5. Travel Scarf

Travel Scarf

Scarfs are not considered as an important thing to carry while travelling. But this scarf is unique in its own way as it contains two hidden pockets. It is Unisex scarf and it is available in various colours. The two hidden pockets are large enough to carry a mobile phone. The pockets are provided with zippers which provide extra security. This travel infinity scarf is comfortable & packable making it the best for all seasons outdoors. 

6. Your E-Reader // Kindle

Your E-Reader // Kindle

The Kindle provides you with various books which can be a source of entertainment in your long journey. You can adjust front lighting according to the outdoor conditions and it lets you read the text comfortably.  It allows you to look for a word, change the text size, highlight the paragraph without leaving the page. The battery provided in this device is huge; you can read books for weeks with one charge. You can also connect your earphones to listen to a book using Audible.

7. A Reusable Water Bottle

A Reusable Water Bottle

People who carry water from home can give this bottle a try. The unique double-wall insulation Technology will keep your content hot, warm or cold. There will be no change in the flavour of the drink as it is made up of pro stainless steel. From the outside, the water bottle is powder coated so there will be no sweat at all.  The Powder coat is permanent and there are no chances of getting even after months of washes.

8. Toiletries, like

  1. Deodorant
  2. Tissues
  3. Antibacterial Wipes
  4. Cough drops

9. Neck Pillow

Neck Pillow

You can enjoy a sweet and comfortable sleep during the journey by using this neck pillow. It is designed in a perfect way and the memory foam in it will prevent your head from falling forward and will keep your neck in position. The memory foam pillow is covered with breathable and super soft magnetic therapy cloth. The pillow is washable and sweat resistant. This pillow will prevent your neck from pain by keeping it at a particular angle.

10. Cocktail Kit

Cocktail Kit

This kit contains all the required items to make a cocktail during a flight. You can just carry this kit during the flight and mix the ingredients to make a cocktail. There will be a recipe card in every kit. You will be provided with a travel-size spoon, Bloody Mary mix, salt and a linen coaster for an elegant touch. The quality of each ingredient will be premium and will be best among all the bars

11. Convenience Kits International Airplane Travel Kit for Men

Convenience Kits International Airplane Travel Kit for Men

This men’s travel gear comprises basic toiletries and accessories to carry on a flight. It includes popular National brand grooming, hygiene, and oral care products. It comprises of Barbasol Ultra 3 Disposable Razor, Andalou Men Smooth Glide Shave Cream 1.7 oz., Head & Shoulders Shampoo 1.7 oz., Palm Scalp Brush, Old Spice Swagger Body Wash 3 oz., Old Spice A/P Deodorant .5 oz., Oral care: Colgate Total Toothpaste .88 oz., Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush, Toothbrush Cover, Dentek Flossers 3 ct. and 3-Dude Wipes.

12. Women’s Pre-Made Travel Kits for Airplanes

Women’s Pre-Made Travel Kits for Airplanes

This travel Kit contains essential travel-size toiletries and travel accessories which include: Frizz Ease Daily Nourishing Shampoo, Frizz Ease Daily Nourishing Conditioner, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer Coconut Oil, Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion, Biore Cleansing Micellar Water, Giovanni Tox System Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Degree for Women Deodorant, Colgate Total Toothpaste, Colgate Total Alcohol Free Mouthwash, Colgate Extra Clean Soft Toothbrush, Dentek Flossers, Nail File, Vanity Pack, Folding Hair Brush with Mirror, Shower Comb, TSA compliant zip top bag, in women’s black woven cosmetic travel bag with wristlet.

What best travel accessories for long flights did we miss?

Here’s a recap of our essentials for your airplane travel kit!

  1. Cowin Active Noise Canceling Headphones
  2. Eyemask & Earplugs Set
  3. An External Battery Pack // Power Bank
  4. Your Phone Plug & a Cord or Two
  5. Travel Scarf
  6. Your E-Reader // Kindle
  7. A Reusable Water Bottle
  8. Toiletries, like
    1. Deodorant
    2. Tissues
    3. Antibacterial Wipes
    4. Cough drops
  9. Neck Pillow
  10. Cocktail Kit
  11. Convenience Kits International Airplane Travel Kit for Men
  12. Women’s Pre-Made Travel Kits for Airplanes
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9 Exceptional Gifts for a Host Family

Best gifts for a host family

1. A Photo Collage—Featuring YOUR Joint Memories

A Photo Collage—Featuring YOUR Joint Memories

A Picture collage can be a perfect gift for host families. This picture frame helps you to preserve your memories with a simple classic design and amazing durability. The Spectre college comes with high-quality glass. It is easy to use as it comes with opening tabs at the back and the frame can be hung vertically or horizontally with any wall of the house. This photo frame is entirely made up of wood and has an amazing texture.

2. A Pair of American Socks

A Pair of American Socks

This designer pair of socks ensure that you are getting the most comfortable socks ever. Quality standards will be outstanding because the material is handpicked and the socks are perfect for work out. The fabric used in socks is a mixture of nylon, spandex, and polyester. These socks are Unisex and are available in a standard size. These socks with patriotic stars and stripes are soft and fashionable. These are the best quality socks available with this type of print.

3. Maple Syrup Gift Box

Maple Syrup Gift Box

Does maple syrup gift box is a perfect gift material for the host family. This gift box contains cardamom-infused, elderberry maple syrup, whiskey barrelage, and cinnamon+vanila infused. A great advantage of producing this gift is that you don’t have to pay extra for gift wrappers.  Four bottles of beautiful design are encased in an elegant gift box. The taste of the real maple syrup from the gift box is delightful. The major attraction of the theft is the packaging and design.

4. A Fun Family Game, Like Twister

A Fun Family Game, Like Twister

Gifting a game to unite the whole family is a perfect idea. Classic twister game comes with floor mat it’s twice the size of the original. The colors used to make the mat are very bright and decent. A Modern advantage of the game is that you can link it with Alexa so no one needs to leave their space for spinning the spinner. The floor mat is made up of plastic and it can be easily rolled or holder for packing.

5. Pin Wheels

Pin Wheels

Nothing can be a better gift than a useful tool. This pack of 10 pinwheels is used in yards and gardens in order to keep the birds and small animals away. A Special visual reflective thing is used in this product which reflects the light in all directions and keeps your garden or yard sale. No batteries or any power source is required these pinwheels are powered by wind. They also served as a decorator as they are 15 inches long and they can acquire attention from a distance.

6. A Soccer Ball (Pro tip: Bring a Ball Pump, too!)

A Soccer Ball

This is a soccer ball is a great gift.  It is a genuine soccer ball with a bladder that needs to be filled with air. Just like its appearance, it is a high-quality soccer ball. Another advantage of the ball is that it is available in eight colors. You can select the color according to your convenience and liking. The official size of the ball is 5 and it is suitable for all types of weather. The ball appears to be very elegant with its bright color and great design.

7. A Giant Tub of Peanut Butter

A Giant Tub of Peanut Butter

Gifting a giant tub of peanut butter is a great idea. This product contains 64 ounces of peanut butter. You can easily store the peanut butter at room temperature are you can refrigerate it if you want it to last longer. The peanut butter is made up of four simple ingredients with no artificial flavors or color.

8. Friendship Bracelets

Friendship Bracelets

This pack of 20 handwoven friendship bracelets can be a decent gift. The bracelet contains different colors that enhance your mood.  Each friendship bracelet comes with an adjustable sliding knot which can be lengthened or shortened according to your need.  These bracelets are multi-purpose and can be used for ponytail wearing as an anklet or bracelet. The quality standards are very high as all the bracelets are handmade. These bracelets look fashionable and are comfortable to wear and soft to touch.

9. A Travel Guide for Their Home Country

A Travel Guide for Their Home Country

This book provides your photographic tour of the world’s most amazing places. This book can help you to decide the destination for your next trip. This Book provides you with images about both natural and manmade places in the world to visit. The book contains 320 pages and it is available in Kindle format as well as in hardcover format. The book is designed in a way that it can give you a glimpse of the location while you are resting at home.

What gift ideas for a host family did we miss?

Here’s a recap of our exceptional gifts for a host family!

  1. A Photo Collage—Featuring YOUR Joint Memories
  2. A Pair of American Socks
  3. Maple Syrup Gift Box
  4. A Fun Family Game, Like Twister
  5. Pin Wheels
  6. A Soccer Ball (Pro tip: Bring a Ball Pump, too!)
  7. A Giant Tub of Peanut Butter
  8. Friendship Bracelets
  9. A Travel Guide for Their Home Country
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Best Friend Essential Gear For Men For Women Going Away Moving Abroad

10 Things to Buy Before Studying Abroad

So you’re getting ready for your very first study abroad experience? Congratulations! While we are sure you’ve got your study abroad packing list ready with all the necessary items, there are always a few essentials that get overlooked. So, with suggestions from those who have studied abroad before, we’re covering a list of things to buy before studying abroad so you’re ready for anything!

Things to buy before studying abroad

1. Specific Hair Products

There are certain items that are simply smart things to get before studying abroad – your specific hair products are some of these items. Why? Because hair products are different around the globe. If you have a particular item that is tried and true for YOU, you will miss it when you’re caught in a more humid, or more dry, or more wet climate without your fav hair gel/spray/oil/etc. Why take the time to figure out what local products will work for you, when you already have a trusted product you can bring along. 

2. Deodorant

When you study abroad, it can take time to figure out which stores to shop in and what products to buy. Or maybe you are studying abroad in a more remote location where certain “luxury” items will be hard to find. That’s why you don’t want to leave the US without ensuring you have enough quantity of crucial items to last you at least your first month. An example of one of the most crucial items to buy: DEODORANT! 

3. A Breathable Rain Jacket

You will likely come across different weather patterns during your time abroad, but you don’t have the space to pack a variety of coats and jackets for each temperature. So pick something versatile like a breathable rain jacket. It can be worn for windy days, cool evenings, rainy weather, or even layered over heavier sweaters and jackets as needed. 

» Columbia Jacket for Women // Men

4. A Durable Backpack and Daypack

Rolling luggage items aren’t always suited for a study abroad trip. Often you’ll be going on different excursions or weekend trips to make the most of your time abroad. That’s why a very essential thing to buy before study abroad is a durable backpack, plus a smaller daypack to carry important items with you instead of leaving them in the hostel. 

» Check out our list of great backpacks for study abroad, too!

5. Host Family Gifts

If you will be staying with a host family or have a specific academic advisor you’ll be assigned to, American themed gifts that you can bring with you are smart things to get before studying abroad. You’ll want to share with them a bit of your home country as well, and offer a token of your appreciation for all that they’ve done for you.   *link to article about host family gifts?

Don’t forget a goodbye gift for your host family, too!

6. A pair of comfy and versatile shoes/sandals

A study abroad packing list is not complete without having a solid pair of versatile and comfy shoes or sandals (or both). We aren’t talking about a good pair for walking, another good pair for nights out, another good pair for the beach. We are talking about one or two pairs of shoes or sandals that will cover all of the above! Especially needed for those weekend getaways. 

» Chacos are great, and so are Tevas

7. A pack (or two) of face/body wipes

Let’s face it, when you travel, you get dirty. Falling asleep on planes, using the window as a pillow on trains, overnights in cabins with barely clean water supply….you’re going to want a way to keep your face and hands (and maybe even body) clean! Make sure to buy your favorite face wipes, hand wipes, body wipes, whatever wipes you need to help you stay hygienic while you travel. 

8. Clothing you can layer

When you live in a different county, you can never be sure about the weather and how you will adjust to it. If you don’t already have clothes you can easily layer, now’s the time to get some. Leggings (or thermal underwear if you’re going somewhere cold!), tanks, tees, button or zip up sweaters, and at least one good hoodie are all things you need before studying abroad. 

9. Other specific toiletries you can’t imagine going weeks without 

Really think about this. What would you cry over if you land in a place and the local supermarkets or corner stores don’t stock your needed toiletries? These are the other crucial items to buy. Typically the list might include feminine hygiene products (especially tampons), medicated products, products for sensitive skin, or even toilet paper.

10. A comfort item

Homesickness is a bit inevitable wherever you go. No matter how much fun you are having, there will always be a few nights where you are missing the comforts of your own home. So bring a comfort with you – maybe a very American food item or sweet, your go-to movie or book, a small photo album of your favorite people — anything that can cheer you up like a good familiar hug would. 

Your study abroad packing list is just getting started!

Besides your standard packing list, we hope we helped you figure out all the essential and overlooked things you need before studying abroad! And who knows, you may even find some new favorite items in your host city or town that you’ll want to bring back. So make sure to leave a little space in your luggage for the return trip home 😉

To recap, here’s our list of things to buy before studying abroad:

  1. Specific Hair Products
  2. Deodorant
  3. A Breathable Rain Jacket
  4. A Durable Backpack and Daypack
  5. Host Family Gifts
  6. A pair of comfy and versatile shoes/sandals
  7. A pack (or two) of face/body wipes
  8. Clothing you can layer
  9. Other specific toiletries you can’t imagine going weeks without
  10. A comfort item

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5 Best Backpacks for Study Abroad

As you prepare for your grand adventure overseas, you need to have your eye on your back — literally! Shopping amongst the best study abroad backpacks might feel overwhelming now, but being thoughtful while perusing your options will serve you well as you globetrot. Keep reading and get outfitted for studying abroad soon!

What to look for in study abroad backpacks

You’ve seen travellers at the airport or train stations with their oh-so-convenient and cool looking travel backpacks and now it’s time for you to get your first! But how do you know what makes a good study abroad backpack? There are some common factors you can look for that the best backpacks for study abroad will have, regardless if you want a minimalist travel backpack or one with greater storage capacity. 

First and foremost is comfort! Padded straps and hip belts to bear weight and that won’t dig into your skin are very important when you could be wearing it for hours on end. Plus, since everybody’s body is different, no pack will feel the same on two people. It’s important to test out your backpack at a local store even if you will eventually buy it online. 

Additional factors include

  • Lightweight design so you aren’t lugging around extra pounds you don’t need 
  • Compression straps so you can adjust the size of your backpack depending on the size of your load (great for carry on versus checked baggage versatility) and protect your stuff so it all fits snug. 
  • An easy to access top, side, or front zip panel to store things you might need in a jiffy
  • Closures with zippers so they can be locked (you never know where you might need to store your bag…and knowing everything is locked up will give you peace of mind.)
  • Quality material that won’t easily tear/wear, is water resistant, and will last for multiple adventures. 
  • Top or front loading that makes packing for study abroad, and fitting everything you need, a breeze 

Below we’ve listed some of our top choices for study abroad backpacks that include all of these necessary factors! 

The best backpacks for study abroad

1. Deuter Air Contact Lite (Unisex)

Deuter Air Contact Lite

First on our list of best backpacks for study abroad is the Lite model of the Aircontact trekking pack from Deuter. As you might guess, it is known for its lightweight and breathable design, that’s perfect for long hikes. If your study abroad plans include ample time in the great outdoors, this may be the backpack for you. Plus it has space for an extra 10L for longer excursions and a bottom zipper compartment to carry your muddy shoes.

2. Osprey Fairview 55 Women’s Travel Backpack

Osprey Fairview 55 Women's Travel Backpack

Lady travelers, do not miss out on this large-sized yet comfortable and easy to transport backpack! If your study abroad trip includes more long-term stays with some travel in between, this is a great bag for your needs. Front loading (duffel style) makes packing and unpacking convenient and easy. A detachable daypack lets you carry the essentials you need for the day while your bag is stored in your dorm or hostel. AND the back straps can be tucked and zipped away for easy airport travel. 

3. Kelty 60+ Liter Backpack (Unisex)

If you’re going to be gone for a long time and are in need of heavy packing for study abroad, this Kelty Liter model ranges in size from 60L to 105L! (That is some serious storage volume.) This pack has pockets galore – on the sides, front, bottom, and even in the hip belt – and uses Fit Pro technology with easy adjustments for your body’s needs. Reviews scream comfort which is a big plus, and the top lid (on the smaller models) can convert into a sling pack! 

4. Osprey Porter 30L Minimalist Travel Backpack (Unisex)

Osprey Porter 30L Minimalist Travel Backpack

If you can get away with a minimalist travel backpack, like this 30L from Osprey, please do! You and your back will be happy to not have the extra weight on your shoulders, and your feet will be happy when you don’t have to wait for your checked baggage on the conveyor belt. Carry on size, zips open like a suitcase, and can stow away straps – it’s more like a mix between a traditional backpack and duffel, with added straps and hip belts to support the weight. 

5. North Face Cobra 60 (Men’s)

North Face Cobra 60

Calling our study abroad mountain men! A study abroad backpack for the true adventurer, this North Face model is prepared for anything. It has a lightweight design and loads of loops and carry points for tools and necessities. You can keep it compressed for a close carry while climbing or expand the straps to carry extra pieces. 

Get packing for study abroad!

We hope you found your perfect match in our list of best backpacks for study abroad. Make sure to check out our list of 10 things to buy before studying abroad, too! You´ll be completely set with your bag and your essentials 🙂 

To recap, here’s our list of awesome backpacks for study abroad:

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7 Great Goodbye Gifts for an Exchange Student

It’s hard to say goodbye, and it’s even harder to pick out the perfect going-away present—especially for someone who has had such a big impact on your life in such a short amount of time. The best goodbye gifts for an exchange student are ones that not only show you care and appreciate your time together, but will also give them something to help them remember their time in the United States.

We’ve dug up some pretty clever going away gifts for international students. Parting can be such sweet sorrow, but when you say farewell with a thoughtful gift, your souvenir is a friend for life.

The best goodbye gifts for exchange students

1. An Encouraging Necklace

Compass Necklace, 925 Sterling Silver, Girlfriend Gifts, Long Distance Relationships Gift, Gifts for Wife, for Girlfriend

This encouraging compass necklace is one of the perfect gift ideas for foreign exchange students. She will surely love it! It is classy, cute, with a perfect warming message.  It was the perfect little thing to say “Thank you for being here for me, even when we are going to be apart.”

2. A Nice New Water Bottle (Pro tip: Customize It!)

Hydro Flask Water Bottle - Stainless Steel & Vacuum Insulated - Wide Mouth 2.0 with Leak Proof Flex Cap - 40 oz, Hibiscus

Why not invest in someone you love by giving him/her this nice water bottle like Hydro Flask water bottle from Amazon. This will be ultimately, a great goodbye gifts for an exchange student. You can decorate and personalize it, because who wouldn’t love to carry around a water bottle that’s an extension of who they are on the inside?

3. A State Hoodie

Adult I Love Texas I Heart Texas Sweatshirt Hoodie

The perfect goodbye gift for exchange student is to let a friend/family know how much they are going to be missed! Personalized a Hoodie with a state, country or provinces of your choice and choose from available color options listed. This was the perfect going away gift for a family friend.

4. A Photo Album / Scrapbook

Beautyus Self Adhesive Stick Photo Album Magnetic Scrapbook DIY Anniversary Memory Book for Baby Wedding Family Albums

If you are looking for practical going away gifts for international students, photo album or scrapbook will be a great idea. Make your photo memories into art! This self-stick photo album is casual, artistic, and perfect for keeping your wonderful moments. The perfect gift for anyone who you just want to show how much you care and how much you value their friendship.

5. Some Peanut Butter to Take Home

Justin's Nut Butter Honey Peanut Butter, 28 Ounce

Of course, not everything that’s available in the US will be available in other countries, so think about giving some extra special treats that can be packed in a suitcase, like a peanut butter, or some favorite chocolate bars. Try Justin’s honey peanut butter, it has a lot of good reviews on Amazon. They could be just the cure for when a bit of homesickness strikes.

6. University Paraphernalia

Top of the World NCAA Relaxed Fit Adjustable Hat Team Color Primary Icon

Let them represent their University with pride as he parades in their NCAA school hat. A staple gift that’s for sure to please that special someone who’s leaving the country, a comfy hat that makes a bold impression that can’t be missed. They’ll think home every time they take it off.

7. A Heartfelt Keychain

I Love You More Than The Miles Between Us Long Distance Relationship State Map Keychain Going Away Gift Travel Gift

It’s important to always remember where you came from. Buy him/her a state map keychain with a heartfelt message on it, as a token of both your appreciation and love for her/him. This is a very sentimental goodbye gift for an exchange student that is very special to you. Just remember to keep it small and light as there’s only so much room in their suitcase!

What going away gift ideas for foreign exchange students did we miss?

Your thoughtful gifts can make any students feel at home upon their arrival and can help to say goodbye in style. No matter what kind of ideas you have, you can put together a great goodbye gifts for international students that will always remind them of your time together.

Here is a recap of our great goodbye gifts for an exchange student:

  1. An Encouraging Necklace
  2. A Nice New Water Bottle (Pro tip: Customize It!)
  3. A State Hoodie
  4. A Photo Album / Scrapbook
  5. Some Peanut Butter to Take Home
  6. University Paraphernalia
  7. A Heartfelt Keychain

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10 Perfect Welcome Gifts for Exchange Students

Welcome gifts for exchange students are much easier to dream up of—and find—than you might think. Keep in mind that the new student is coming from abroad to live with complete strangers in a foreign, unfamiliar country. To that end, a warm and thoughtful welcome gift can go a long way.

Here is a great list of welcome gifts for exchange students that even the most culture-shocked of students would enjoy receiving. Make them feel at home with any of these thoughtful presents!

The best welcome gifts for exchange students

1. Phone Camera Lens Kit

Phone Camera Lens Kit, 9 in 1 Zoom Universal Telephoto Lens

Who doesn’t love taking pictures?

This easy to carry phone camera kit lens is one great gift choice as welcome gifts for exchange students. They will love how this little tool can transform a simple older phone camera into something more magical! You will surely love the capabilities that come with this kit!

2. Sour Patch Kids (& other candy)

SOUR PATCH KIDS Candy, Original Flavor, 1 Family Size Bag

This Sour Patch Kids candy together with other candies is perfect to fill goodie bags, gift baskets, or treat jars as welcome gifts for exchange students. No matter what country you live in one thing is for sure; sweets are always delicious! Welcome him or her with this tasty treat!

3. New Headphones

JBL TUNE 700BT - Wireless Over-Ear Headphones - White

Wireless options are becoming more and more popular. This JBL Tune wireless over-ear headphone is a very useful welcome gift for foreign exchange student, and can be quite handy even if someone already has a pair of headset. They can leave one at their school locker or in their backpack!

4. Set of Notebooks

Rifle Paper Co. Lively Floral Stitched Notebooks, Set of 3 Lined

These lively floral stitched notebooks are a nice treat or gifts for a student exchange programs, who loves stationeries. Beautiful colours and well made. Perfect size for note taking and fits in a small purse just fine without adding a lot of extra weight.

Gorgeous, perfect for your purpose!

5. Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera with Fuji Instant Film (40 Sheets) & Accessories Bundle Includes Case, Filters, Album, Lens, and More

Looking for gifts for exchange student programs, that’s sure to put a smile on their faces?

A camera is a cool gift idea because they can take photos of all the different things they see or the people they meet. Plus, this camera feature will get those compliments all the time and bring them nothing but smiles.

6. Trader Joe’s Seasoning Kit

Trader Joe's Spice Seasoning Variety Set - 7 Flavors

Since exchange students will be far away from their family, this Traders Joe’s seasoning kit will be a great welcoming gift so that they not miss home-cooked meals. Few things make a foreign exchange student feel instantly at home than having a meal cooked that they are used to, and preparing their favorite food or meal can be an ideal way to put them at ease.

7. A Pair of Toms

TOMS Women's Classic Canvas Slip-On Shoe

These easy to slip in pair of Toms are gaining popularity among young and women. This could be one of the nice welcome gifts for exchange students. These Toms are casual, comfortable, and somewhat more age-appropriate for them. One of its advantages is that it can be worn even without socks, so it’s a big win for quick errands. 

8. Netflix Subscription

Netflix Gift Cards - Email Delivery

I think Netflix Gift Cards is one of the best ideas as welcome gifts for exchange students. Nowadays everyone is in love with technology especially students. They might get bored or homesick because of the new environment; this will be an alternative entertainment for them. I’m sure your beloved will totally enjoy this kind of gift.

9. Your Location as a Necklace

Lucky Feather State Necklace 14K Gold-Dipped Pendant on Adjustable

Don’t forget that sentimental gifts can go a long way. Welcome students from exchange programs with a gift that will remind them of home or her new country, like this state necklace from Amazon. The charm looks so dainty and they will receive tons of compliments with this necklace for sure.

10. Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug

Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask with Flex Sip Lid - Multiple Sizes & Colors

This would be cool gifts for exchange students. Welcome them with a Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mugs and make them feel special in the new country. When presented with such a feel-good gift, the recipient of this mug is sure to feel special. Very classic design with different colors – you may even be tempted to get one for yourself!

What cool gifts for exchange students did we miss? 

We hope the variety of gifts we have suggested will work for you or at least get you an idea. If this gives you your own ideas for perfect welcome gifts for exchange students to make them feel more welcome, secure, and accepted – then we’ve done our job!

To recap, here is our go-to list for great welcome gifts for exchange students:

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9 Perfect Goodbye Gifts for a Host Family

The time has come to say goodbye to your “home away from home” and your “family away from family.” We know, it’s tough!! You’ve appreciated all they’ve done and the time they’ve invested to show you the best parts of their city or town – it only makes sense that you want to leave your host family with a farewell gift they won’t forget. (They gave you memories you won’t forget, right?!) We’ve found 9 goodbye gifts for a host family that we think they will love.

The best goodbye gifts for a host family

1. A Photo Collage

A Photo Collage

No matter if you’ve spent one month or a full year with your host family, we are sure you have taken tons of photos! A sentimental goodbye present for host families is a personalized photo collage of your favorite memories with them. This white frame fits a total of 12 photos, all 6x4in in size. It’s made of PVC so it is both lightweight and sturdy and comes ready to be hung on the wall. 

2. Maple Syrup (or other American products, like peanut butter and M&Ms!)

Maple Syrup

No, American themed gifts are not at all cliche! Wouldn’t you want some unique items from a foreigner staying with you? That’s why specific American products that they won’t be able to find easily in their own grocery stores, like this 100% Vermont maple syrup, are sweet (literally) tokens to leave them with. You may need to pack these in the US with you before you travel. They will feel extra special that you’ve decided to share your favorite with them 🙂 

» For even more ideas, check out this article on 9 American Things to Send to Germany.

3. Something that represents your home state

Texas Style Beef Jerky

Whether it’s over home cooked dinners or afternoons in the park, you definitely have shared stories from your favorite places in your own city or state. Maintain that hometown connection with a gift that comes directly from home! 

Some location specific ideas for goodbye gifts for host families

4. A USA Pendant Necklace to Remind Them of You

A USA Pendant Necklace to Remind Them of You

Never let them forget their American “daughter” or “son.”  A sweet and dainty necklace with a USA pendant is a thoughtful gift for a host mom. Did you bond well with your host sister? This necklace can also be for her! It’s stainless steel and anti-allergenic and comes in silver, gold, or rose gold. 

5. Personalized Cutting Board

Personalized Cutting Board

Was learning how to cook the local cuisine (or sharing some of your tips!) a common meal-time activity? If so, a personalized cutting board makes a great host family gift idea. Made from sustainable wood and laser engraved with the family name and year of choice, it’s a nice reminder of memories in the kitchen and the year you were staying with them. 

6. Poems for New Family

Poems for New Family

Family doesn’t only include the one you were born into. If you’ve established a special relationship with a member of your host family, especially an “aunt” or “auntie,” this printed poem lets you share just how much they mean to you. A heartfelt goodbye gift for a host family, it’s printed on designer paper and can be cherished forever. 

7. A Fun Themed Monopoly Game

A Fun Themed Monopoly Game

Were board games often included in family fun nights at home over rainy weekends? Then help them continue the fun with an America themed monopoly game! It includes questions on American trivia and common American people and places. Plus, if you give this as a goodbye gift to your host family days before you leave, you’ll get time to play a round with them too. 

8. Wind Up Toys or Other Kid-Friendly Items

8. Wind Up Toys or Other Kid-Friendly Items

Maybe you were blessed to be placed with a family that has a loooot of kids (or young cousins that were always coming over). Of course you have to include child-friendly gifts for them too. With 24 wind-up toys, you should be covered to have at least 1 or 2 for each of them! While they might seem simple, kids will be so happy to have a special toy from their international guest.  

9. Something They Really Need

The truth is, YOU have been living with them. Maybe there is something they’ve been talking about or an activity they’ve been wanting to do that you can give as a gift. Host family gift ideas can definitely include something the family really needs. They will not only appreciate it, they will remember how thoughtful you were to realize how great a gift it would be. (Added laughter points if you gift a replacement for something you accidentally broke!) 

What other goodbye presents for a host family did we miss?

From sentimental to silly, practical to playful, we hope you’ve found the perfect goodbye gift for your host family. Whether it’s an American themed gift or based on a special memory you share, your host family will be delighted to receive your gift. And we know it’s really more than just a goodbye gift, it’s a token of your appreciation and love for your new found family. Make your last memories count!

Here is our recap of 9 great goodbye gifts for a host family.

  1. A Photo Collage
  2. Maple Syrup
  3. Something that represents your home state
  4. A USA Pendant Necklace to Remind Them of You
  5. Personalized Cutting Board
  6. Poems for New Family
  7. A Fun Themed Monopoly Game
  8. Wind Up Toys or Other Kid-Friendly Items
  9. Something They Really Need

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9 Truly Unique Travel Gifts

Does someone in your life have an exciting trip coming up?! You may be wondering what you can give them to make their travels a little bit easier, the long flights more comfortable, or their packing a whole lot smarter and light. We’ve got you covered with unique travel gifts any traveller will appreciate.

These tried and true gifts may be just the thing they need for an even more enjoyable excursion (beyond the typical gifts your friend’s mom is probably already buying them!).

The most unique travel gifts

1. Anything Merino Wool, Like this Buff

Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Sports-Headbands

If you don’t yet know about Merino wool, you should! Merino wool has many benefits for a traveler. It helps control body temperature so it can be used in both hot and cold weather, it helps reduce wetness keeping you more dry, and it reduces odor so it will last longer without smells. Anything Merino wool makes great travel gift ideas, like this 100% Merino wool Buff. Lightweight and wearable in 10 different ways no matter the season, location, or activity!

2. Kindle 

All-new Kindle - Now with a Built-in Front Light - Black - Includes Special Offers

Your book loving friend can not possibly manage to carry all that heavy weight during an upcoming backpacking trip. Kindles are lightweight and compact, so very easy to carry wherever you go, and can be stored with thousands of books and audiobooks. The Kindle is a well known travel based gift for anyone who enjoys a good read on the plane, at the beach, in the hotel room, at the local coffee shop…pretty much anywhere!

3. Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature Bluetooth Earbuds

Sometimes even when you’re out on the road you just want to block out the noise around you. Think crowded planes, buses, and trains when travellers want to chill and enjoy the sights (or sleep). These wireless bluetooth earbuds are a unique travel gift for your friend or loved one who appreciates good quality sound at their fingertips. The earbuds come in a compact charging case that can fit inside coat pockets, and are sweat resistant to hold up during any activity. 

4. Spotify Gift Card

Spotify Gift Card

Thinking about a gift combo? A spotify gift card can go perfectly with the noise cancelling earbuds! This gift card is good for a year long spotify premium subscription at $20 less than the normal price. Spotify is filled with millions of songs that can be made into personalized playlists OR can determine customized playlists to match your taste. A premium account gives worldwide access so he can listen to Flamenco in Spain or Bollywood hits in India without missing a beat. 

5. Solar Powered Phone Charge Bank

Solar Charger 26800mAh, Portable Solar Power Bank USB C PD 18W Fast Charger with Ultra Bright 2 Flashlights and 60 LEDs Panel Light, External Battery Pack for Camping Outdoor

Clearly a unique travel based gift for the outdoorsy traveler should include solar power!  No matter if they will be camping full time or spending some days out on the trails, a solar powered phone charger will come in handy. This high efficiency power bank can charge 3 devices at once and has 2 emergency flashlights and 1 panel light built in. 

6. Lightweight Packable Rain Jacket

Columbia Women's Arcadia Ii Waterproof Breathable Jacket With Packable Hood

An all-weather jacket is a high valued necessity amongst travelers. This trusty Columbia rain jacket is a unique gift for travelers because not only is it a lightweight and waterproof jacket, it can actually be folded into its own pocket! Talk about convenience and easy packing. Whether it’s protecting her from wind or rain, the nylon outer layer will keep her dry while the mesh polyester inner layer will keep her warm and comfortable.

7. Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Vumos Sleeping Bag Liner and Camping Sheet – Silk Like Material for Travel - Has Full Length Zipper

Camping just got better for your travel lover with this sleeping bag liner. The silk like material is lightweight, soft, and breathable for a comfortable sleep. Can be used in cold weather for added warmth, or can be expanded into a large sheet for solo use on warmer nights. A unique travel gift that not only works with sleeping bags, but also adds protection in any questionable place while traveling (like sleeper buses and trains). 

8. Turkish Travel Towels

Cacala 2 Pieces Pestemal Turkish Towel Set - 1 Bath Towel

Bulky towels are never a good idea when packing for travel. That’s why long lasting, light weight, and easy-to-pack towels are a great travel gift idea. Turkish towels are known for their high quality cotton which is super absorbent and dries quickly. This towel set comes with a large body towel and a small hand towel. They are versatile towels and take up little space in luggage, which is highly valued for travelers! 

9. Cork Travel Globe

Globe Trekkers - Mini Cork Globe with 50 Red Colored Push Pins & Durable Steel Base | Great for Mapping Travels & Educational Purposes

A cute mini table top cork globe makes a unique travel gift for the travel fiend in your life! No matter if he is just starting out on his first of many trips, or if she already has 10 countries under her belt, this cork globe will be a hit. It comes with 50 red push pins to map out their travels or visualize their travel goals. 

What good gifts for people who travel did we miss?

While it may seem daunting to find the right gift for the traveler in your life, we hope our list of unique travel gifts made the process easier! Now you can focus on other things to do before they go  – like making their favorite homemade dish or writing a list of all the things you will miss about them while they are away. They will be filled with love from these gifts and warm gestures as they go out into the world 🙂

Here is a recap of our truly unique travel gifts:

  1. Anything Merino Wool, Like this Buff
  2. Kindle
  3. Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
  4. Spotify Gift Card
  5. Solar Powered Phone Charge Bank
  6. Lightweight Packable Rain Jacket
  7. Silk Sleeping Bag Liner
  8. Turkish Travel Towels
  9. Cork Travel Globe

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9 Great American Things to Send to Germany

If your friend or family member is currently living in Germany, they probably miss some things that you can get only in the US. Are you looking for American things to send to Germany? Then you are in the right place.

We’ve compiled 9 American products not available in Germany, and it is your time to decide which one you will choose as a gift for your friends, family members, or host family abroad.

The best American things to send to Germany

1. Giant Bin of Peanut Butter M&Ms

Giant Bin of Peanut Butter M&Ms

 A lot of snacks that can be found in the US aren’t available in German stores. By the way, do they have Reeses in Germany? If they don’t, I am not moving there anytime soon. Well, anyway. If your friend is missing some American candy you can’t get in Germany, then this giant bin of peanut butter M&Ms is the right gift to get them. It is huge, and it will hopefully last them for a few days. 

2. New Dishtowels

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Towels

This next gift idea is one of the best German host family gifts that you can get. This is a great idea if your friend is currently living in a German household. You will not only make your friend happy, but also the hostess that is taking care of your friend. These dishtowels are made out of cotton and they each have a very unique and beautiful design.  

3. Hydro Flask Water Bottle or Travel Mug

Hydro Flask Water Bottle or Travel Mug

 It doesn’t mean that you cannot find a travel mug anywhere in Germany, but this gift can be one of the best gifts for someone moving to Germany. This Hydro Flask Watter Bottle will come in handy to your friend every time they go on a new adventure in German cities. They can keep their beverage cold everywhere they go. This gift is something that someone wouldn’t even think about buying it for themselves, but when someone gets it for them, they cannot stop not using it.

4. Your Favorite Board Game, like Code Names

Your Favorite Board Game, like Code Names

    “Codenames” is a board game that belongs to the “American things you can’t get in Germany” club. Codenames is a social word game and it is perfect for game nights for the entire family. There is no age limit, so everyone will enjoy it. Your friend might need something to make them feel like home, so why not get them this cool game. 

5. Trader Joe’s Spice/Seasoning Set

Trader Joe’s Spice/Seasoning Set

 If you are still looking for some American things to send to Germany, don’t worry. We have listed some more interesting and unique gifts. The Trader Joe’s Spice and Seasoning set has 7 flavors of spices that your friend can use to cook for their German friends. This is a very thoughtful and amazing gift which you can give to your family member as well. Just make sure they enjoy cooking and put these things to use. 

6. A Custom Craft Beer 6 Pack

A Custom Craft Beer 6 Pack

Your friend has probably told you that Germans love beer. But who doesn’t? Anyway, this next gift is probably one of the greatest American gifts for German friends. It is a bag that your friend can use to put the beers in when going on a trip or a picnic. It holds six bottles of your friend’s beverage and it also has an integrated bottle opener on the side. How cool does this get? It is a very affordable and one of a kind gift. 

7. Cherry Cola

Coca-Cola Cherry

If your friend or family member loves Cherry Cola like me, they would be so thankful to you if you got them this gift. Order a pack of 18 cans of Cherry Cola and make them happy for a few days, because they are probably craving it so badly. It is not something that they can keep for long, but it is the thought that counts. They will never forget how you remembered what their favorite drink is! 

8. National Parks Monopoly

National Parks Monopoly

 We all have played Monopoly at least once in our life. And we all love it, that’s for sure. This gift is unique in its own may. If your friend misses visiting the national parks of the US, then deliver them to their apartment’s doorstep, with this National Parks Monopoly Board Game. They will immediately feel like they are at home. And when they invite their friends over to play, they will be the coolest American with the coolest Monopoly in the neighborhood. 

9. Grade A Maple Syrup

Grade A Maple Syrup

One of the last American things to send to Germany is Grade A Maple Syrup! Your friend or family member cannot find it anywhere in Germany, and they probably miss having pancakes with maple syrup. It is a great gift for pancake lovers. They will be glad they have you as a friend when the mailman delivers the gift to them. You should ask them to record their expression because it will be very entertaining to watch. 

What great American gifts for German friends did we miss? 

Which of these American things to send to Germany you liked most? Which one do you think your friend will love? If you ask me, I think they will love any gift you choose, no matter what.

To recap, here is our go-to list for the best American products not available in Germany:

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9 Small Travel Gifts They’ll Love

We know that shopping for thoughtful, affordable, and small travel gifts (ya know, the packable kind) is no easy feat. You want to celebrate their adventurous lifestyle or next getaway, but you’re ballin’ on a budget and still need to buy them dozen of drinks at their going away party.

That’s why are thrilled to make shopping for small travel gifts easier for you. If you don’t know what to get for your friend or family member who is traveling abroad soon, then I would suggest you take a look at this list of 9 small travel gifts.

We have chosen the best travel gifts under $25, and even some of the best travel gifts under $10 (you’re a budget master!).

The best small travel gifts

1. Packing Cubes

JJ POWER Travel Packing Cubes, Luggage Organizers with Shoe Bag

Packing and unpacking is the worst part of traveling. Your friend probably hates it too. But what can you do to make the packing process more fun and simple for them? You can get them these cute packing cubes. They are multifunctional and come in different sizes and colors. These packing cubes are a must-have in order to solve all the packing problems. Your friend will know where their favorite shirt is, without having to make any mess. They will love this gift because it will save them a lot of time while packing for their next trip. 

2. Noise Cancelling Ear Buds

Noise Cancelling Ear Buds

Music is a big part of a trip. When your friend is on the plane or the bus, they need to have a good pair of headphones to block the noise that comes from other passengers. In the small travel gifts list,, we have put these noise-canceling earbuds that you can buy for them. They are pretty useful and very affordable too. They have powerful noise isolation and they will become their number one companion. Your friend won’t get bothered by anyone. This way they will be able to enjoy their flight.

3. Canvas Classics from Toms

TOMS Canvas Classics

Do you know that saying: “Good shoes take you to good places”? Well, these shoes sure they do. A good pair of comfortable shoes will make it easier for your friend to have a better time while exploring the streets of that country they are traveling to. They have gotten the attention of our inexpensive travel gifts radar. You cannot go wrong with this gift, because it is something that everyone will like and will find useful. 

4. Power Bank

small travel gifts like power banks

Do you know how annoying it can be when your phone’s battery dies just when you are about to visit an amazing place? This probably happened to your friend, at least once. But it won’t happen anymore, because you are going to get the perfect gift for them; a power bank. A power bank is one of the best small travel gifts that you can get. It is also one of the best cheap travel gifts that you can find. A Power Bank is better than anything else if your friend likes to always take photos and videos with their phones. Because we know how phones are nowadays. Their battery just dies out of nowhere. 

5. Herschel Passport Holder

Herschel Raynor Passport Holder, One Size

Luggage? Check. Phone? Check. Passport? Check. Everything is good to go. But wait. What if I told you that there is this cute gift that you can get for your friend or family member so that they can customize their passport a little bit? It is called the Herschel Passport holder, and I think it is one amazing gift that you can give to someone who travels often. With this gift, they will be reminded of you every time they go on a trip, and be so happy that they have a friend like you. 

6. Travel Scarf with Hidden Zippers

Travel Scarf with Hidden Zippers

Another great gift in the small travel gifts section is this travel scarf with hidden zippers. I am not saying that your friend needs to hide anything in these pockets with hidden zippers, but they can be useful when they need to have their essential things near them all time. Your friend can use this scarf to put their phone, passport, or money inside of it. This way they don’t need to take a bag full of things with them when they are exploring a place. It is also pretty comfortable too! 

7. A Nice Sleep Mask

A Nice Sleep Mask

Sleeping on the plane can be a tough process for your friend. A nice sleep mask will sure help them. This eye mask is made out of cotton and will give your friend a perfect light blockout. It is soft and comfortable thanks to the padding inside of it. Your friend can adjust it, in order to fit their head without tangling their hair or feeling tight. It is a nice gift which they will surely appreciate that you got it for them. 

8. Travel Jewelry Organizer

Travel Jewelry Organizer

My friend is a huge jewelry freak and she takes almost all of her jewelry collection when she goes on a trip. But here is the thing; she cannot stop complaining when it comes to packing the jewelry. If you have a friend like me, then I found the thing that they need to make their traveling better; a jewelry organizer. This gift is the one for them. They can organize their necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets without making a big tangled mess. I’m telling you. This gift is their lifesaver!

9. Custom Luggage Tags

Custom Luggage Tags

The last gift idea we have for your friend or a family member are these custom luggage tags. They make a great gift for everyone who travels often. You can personalize these gifts for them, by engraving their names. It is a cute and affordable gift, which will make them happy. Thanks to you, they won’t lose their luggage ever again.

What great inexpensive travel gifts did we miss? 

Which one of these gifts will you be getting for your friend soon? I can assure you that no matter which one of these you choose, they will love it for sure. 

To recap, here is our go-to list for the best small travel gifts:

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