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    17 Gifts For That Friend Who Always Seems To Be On Vacation

    Thoughtful presents for the person who's always thinking about where they want to visit next.

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    1. This waterproof phone pouch that has more than 22,500 reviews on Amazon and a 4.6-star rating.

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    This pouch would honestly be useful on 90% of vacations. It keeps phones free from water, snow, and sand, and has clear panels on either side so you can still take photos and check messages (not work emails.)

    Promising review: "My family went snorkeling and kept the case (with phone inside) submerged almost the entire time and had no issues with leakage. My family and I were stopped numerous times to be asked where we purchased this product. It's perfect if you're just on the beach and don't want to get sand or sunscreen on your phone, but still want to still take photos, text, or browse the internet. I will be purchasing this for everyone in my family as it has become a travel must-have!" —Jennifer Roman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. This Polaroid camera they can take with them on all of their adventures.

    Everyone loves that Polaroid aesthetic, and the joy of having actual real-life photos that you can hold and display in your home is pretty much unrivaled. If you're feeling extra sweet, throw in a pack of film for $17.90 too.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in four colors.)

    3. This helpful notepad that will help make sure they never forget an essential item again.

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    For the person constantly packing and unpacking a suitcase, this pad will help them feel organized and rest assured that they have everything they need before leaving the house for a week.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.30.

    4. And this One Line A Day journal that will help them remember what could potentially be the most memorable five years of their life.

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    This journal is literally my most prized possession and the sections I filled while traveling are by far my favorite. This diary lasts for five years, with space to write one line each day. This a great gift for everyone imho, but especially for people who are going places, doing things, and meeting people they never want to forget.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.31 or from Jet for $13.31.

    5. This scratch map of the US that will help your pal keep track of where they've been and where they still need to go.

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    This map is one of my favorite gifts to give. Underneath the scratch layer is a pretty watercolor layer, making it the perfect thing to hang on your wall in between trips. There's also a global version for your fave international traveler.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 or from Jet for $27.37.

    6. This set of silicone travel bottles so they can take all their fave products with them in their carry-on.

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    An absolute must-have for anyone taking short trips on the reg, these bottles won't leak but will meet TSA standards.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $13.47.

    7. And this truly hilarious travel memoir for anyone who prefers taking vacations to having responsibilities.

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    This book is by Kristin Newman who has written for That '70s Show and How I Met Your Mother — naturally, she is very, very funny and clever, and you'll wish you were friends with her while you read this very earnest, sometimes graphic memoir. A friend gave me this book earlier this year before I left for a holiday and I have now recommended it to at least 10 friends.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.21, Barnes and Noble for $12.93, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

    8. Or this aspirational city guide for the next place they plan on visiting.

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    Wallpaper City Guides are beautiful books that look great on display in the home, long after they've served a functional purpose. They make a great inspirational gift for someone who has a dream of one day visiting a certain city. There are guides for all around the world from Tokyo to London to Melbourne to Copenhagen.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.93.

    9. This power adapter that works in over 150 countries.

    One of the most annoying things about traveling to a different country is dealing with a different power outlet. This plug will signal the end of your adaptor hoarding.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 or from Jet for $13.17.

    10. This innovative travel pillow that also doubles as a scarf.

    After reading some of the 5,000 reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this pillow for a recent flight from New York to Sydney. Let me tell you: I got the most sleep I ever have on an airplane. The "pillow" is actually more like an H-shaped brace that sits between your jaw and shoulder, propping your head up. The brace is held in place by a super soft, and not at all sweaty, scarf.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 or from Jet for

    11. This baggage scale that'll ensure they never go over their airline's limit again.

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    One of the worst ways to start a trip is with a fee thanks to luggage that accidentally weighs more than allowed. I've personally made this mistake many times, which is why I'm so thankful for this little contraption. It's super easy to use, affordable, and has saved me $$$$$ and awkward airport conversations.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. This ridiculously cool carry-on bag that comes with a built-in USB port.

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    This bag is obviously a splurge but would be an incredible gift for a ~special someone~ who loves to look their best when they vacation. It comes in 12 different colors and patterns, though this millennial pink is obviously the best choice.

    Get it from Away Travel for $225.

    13. Or this highly rated rolling duffle bag that's super affordable and practical.

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    This bag has a 4.3-star rating and more than 1,400 reviews on Amazon, so you know it's got to be good! The classic duffle is a must-have that can only be improved by wheels.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 or from Jet for $29.50.

    14. These melatonin gummies that will help them rest and adjust their body clock to a new time zone.

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    Time zones can seriously Fuck You Up, which is why it's important to plan ahead. Melatonin helps you fall asleep and reset your sleeping pattern. My colleague Terri swears by these and says they taste amazing too.

    Get a bottle of 50 from Amazon for $10.19 or from Jet for $14.99.

    15. These compression socks that basically have a cult following they're so good.

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    While nurses and athletes love the shit out of the socks, so do travelers. I bought a pair before the same New York to Sydney flight I mentioned earlier and my legs felt so fresh, even after 15 hours in the one seat. I really noticed the different these made!

    Get it from Amazon for $22.79.

    16. This desk globe, so their coworkers can see where they've been spending their precious annual leave days.

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    This ten-inch globe comes with magnetic pins so you can track your movements all across the world.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    17. Or this one that's just got to be the prettiest globe anyone's ever seen before.,

    If this doesn't inspire some serious wanderlust, nothing will.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $38.

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