Gifts for The Academic Traveler

Graduate Student and Professor TravelersNew York Times 36 Hours

The New York Times: 36 Hours

($30-35) This fantastic book has beautifully illustrated weekend itineraries for cities all over the United States. The “36 Hours” series has books for other parts of the world as well.


Tarriss JetsetterTarriss Jetsetter Luggage Scale

($15-20) There’s no easier way to make sure luggage is under the weight limit. The Jetsetter is small enough to stow so you can easily have it on both ends of the trip.


World Scratch MapWorld Scratch Map

($20-30) Luckies of London has a really enjoyable way to track where you’ve visited. The colors of the map appear wherever you scratch, so you can mark off a country at a time on your way to world domination.


Mudder Universal AdapterMudder Universal Travel Adapter

($10-15) International power adapters are best when you don’t have to carry around a lot of loose pieces. This one keeps everything snapped together and covers outlet sizes in 150 countries (plus has a couple of USB ports). Plus, you can get it in bright blue or pink so it’s easy to spot among your things.


Cenzo Vecchio BagCenzo Vecchio Travel Bag

($180-$220) If you want to give a beautiful gift that will last for a good long time and be used constantly, the Cenzo Vecchio is an excellent mid-range leather weekender bag. The bag is tanned by hand using traditional tannins and is roomy enough for a multi-day trip.


The Book of EverythingThe Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel and the World

($10-15) For a fun diversion, this book is packed with visual tips on everything a traveler might need to know, from watching the Northern Lights to escaping quicksand.


Grid-It OrganizerGrid-It Organizer

($10-15) This cool little canvas grid is packed with elastic straps that allow you to hold just about any number of small items in one place. A great alternative to a toiletry bag, plus you can use it to hold cords and other miscellaneous necessities.