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Making Holiday Travel Easier: 15 Best Travel Accessories Your Customers Will Love

The holidays are just around the corner. For many people, this means a lot of traveling.

While getting to go visit family is a major perk of holiday time, the actual traveling aspect of it is not always so pleasant.

Especially if you have others in your crew, like pets or kids.

Travel stress is a real issue. There are many parts of traveling that can cause undue stress, from trip planning to packing to getting through the airport to dealing with flight delays and traffic jams.

In fact, it is estimated that 37 percent of Americans cancel or delay a trip due to stress.

And, another study done in recent years discovered that people find airports more stressful than work and moving houses.

So, where does your business fit into all of this?

You can help your customers out during this time by providing them with promotional travel accessories to help relieve their stress.

It’s a win-win for everyone: Your customers are more relaxed and you have a way to promote your business during the busiest time of the year!

Read on to learn about the 15 best travel accessories your customers will love for holiday travel.

1. Travel Bag

Chances are, some of your customers have big families. And, packing for a big family means needing lots and lots of bagging – both checked and carry-on.

That’s why travel backpacks and drawstring bags make the perfect promotional travel accessory for the holidays.

Customers can use these bags for their carry-on luggage. And, if they have kids, they can give drawstring bags to their children to take as carry-on items.

Carry-on bags are often a thing that gets forgotten in the chaos of holiday packing.

But, they’re so essential!

Plus, think of how many people will see these bags when your customers are walking through the airport.

2. Essential Oils

Essential oils as a travel accessory?

Yes, it may sound a little weird, but hear us out.

People use essential oils for many reasons. But, one of the main reasons people use essential oils is for alleviating stress.

And as we said earlier, holiday travel is pretty freakin’ stressful.

You could offer little tubes of essential oils that customers can sniff or rub on their wrist during their most stressful times of holiday travel.

Plus, this is such a small travel accessory, that it’s pretty hard to say no to it.

You could combine this promo item with another small promo item to make it especially difficult for your customers to say no to.

For example, you could pair it with lip balm. During the cold weather of the holiday season, everyone needs lip balm. But, who wants to fork over $7 for airport chapstick?

Offering a small tube of essential oil with a tube of lip balm presents the perfect packaged deal to your customers.

3. Headphones or Earbuds

This one pretty much sells itself.

Headphones and earbuds are perhaps the best travel accessory to stock up on, as these are one of the most essential travel items.

Whether it’s drowning out the noise of a baby crying in the seat behind you, or just needing some soothing music to fall asleep to, everyone needs headphones when they travel.

And, a lot of people don’t like using airline headphones.

Buy some promo headphones and earbuds and slap your company logo on them for a super-easy and effective way to market your business and keep your customers happy.

4. Laptop Case

Whether it’s to watch a movie or to finish up some last minute work, a lot of people take their laptops with them when they travel for the holidays.

A big reservation about traveling with a laptop, however, is that some careless worker will drop the bag that it’s in, causing it to break.

That’s why laptop cases make such a great promo gift!

A lot of your customers probably just use their laptops for home use and don’t ever have to think about someone else handling them and breaking them.

But, when the holidays come around, it’s something people have to think about.

A laptop case is a great travel accessory to offer your customers to keep their computers safe and to get the word out about your brand.

5. Pocket Planners

For some people, the holidays mean taking a complete break from schedules, and simply kicking back and relaxing.

However, for people with big families, the holidays often mean more planning and coordination.

If your customer has a mother-in-law who calls them last minute to tell them Christmas dinner plans have been rearranged, they’re going to need somewhere to jot that info down.

But, no one wants to bring a big day planner with them when they’re traveling. That’s why pocket planners are so handy!

Pocket planners hardly take up any room. Your customers can easily pull them out of their purses or backpacks while waiting at the airport to jot down family holiday plans.

6. Chargers

Less than a decade ago, the only electronics people really traveled with were cell phones and iPods.

Now, things have changed. People are traveling with tablets, laptops, e-readers, and more.

All these gadgets mean there’s a need for more and more chargers.

And, for all the good and bad technology brings, parents know what lifesavers tablets can be when it comes to keeping kids entertained on long drives, in the airport, and on plane rides.

Therefore, chargers are an easy sell as a promotional travel accessory. It’s likely that your customers will need multiple chargers, so this is a promo product that can really sell fast.

7. Phone Stand Holder

Speaking of electronic accessories that make traveling easier, a phone stand holder makes for another great promotional travel accessory.

Whether you’re waiting around the airport or sitting on a plane, it can be annoying holding your phone when trying to watch something.

Plus, people traveling together often share headphones and watch something from the same device. No one likes to get stuck holding up an iPhone through an entire movie, so why not make it easier for your customers by providing them with promotional phone stand holders?

8. Hand Sanitizer

Sometimes, peoples’ biggest problems with airports have nothing to do with long lines, screaming kids, or delayed flights.

There are people out there who hate airports because they’re total germaphobes.

With highly-trafficked public restrooms, doors that get touched by a million different hands in one day, and floors that have been walked on by a million different feet, an airport is a germaphobe’s worst nightmare.

You can help quell their fear of germs by offering hand sanitizer as a promotional travel accessory!

Plus, even people who are not huge germaphobes can usually get on board with hand sanitizer at this time of year.

No one wants to get sick during the holidays, and everyone knows wintertime equals cold and flu season time.

Offering hand sanitizer to your customers as a promo product can help keep them germ-free and worry-free.

9. Exercise Equipment

When people think of travel accessories, exercise equipment is usually not something that comes to mind.

However, exercising is a great way to reduce stress and stay energized. A little bit of exercise during a layover can make all the difference for a holiday travel.

Now, we’re not suggesting you offer your customers 15 lb dumbbells as travel accessories.

Instead, go for things that are more conducive to an airport environment.

Some airports are absolutely huge, which means there’s plenty of empty spaces to get in a little exercise without bothering anyone.

Exercise resistance bands are one option that works particularly well in airports. In fact, there are a lot of moves that you can do using exercise bands that involve just standing in place.

Another great option is a yoga mat towel. These are great for travel, as unlike regular yoga mats, they can easily be packed into carry-on bags.

Sprawling out a yoga mat hardly takes up any space. And, it gives travelers a great chance to stretch out their legs without directly touching a dirty airport floor.

If your customers are driving for the holidays, yoga mats and exercise bands are the perfect accessories to have along for long car rides. Take them out at a rest stop, do a quick workout, and you’ll be re-energized for the rest of your long drive!

10. Mini Soccer Balls, Footballs and Frisbees

If your customers have kids, those kids are going to need a way to stretch out and re-energize during long travel days.

But, most kids aren’t super into exercise bands or yoga.

Therefore, mini soccer balls, mini footballs, and frisbees are great travel accessories to offer your customers.

While these may not be great for small airports, these accessories work perfectly for breaks during long car rides.

Customers can use these products to wear their kids out, so hopefully, they’ll nap the rest of the way!

11. Yoga Pants

Speaking of yoga, another great promotional travel accessory to offer your customers is yoga pants.

Comfort is key to a smooth day of travel, and yoga pants provide just that.

And, yoga pants are definitely no longer just for yoga enthusiasts.

You can promote these to anyone who wants to be comfortable during a long drive or flight.

12. Journal

Holidays and travel provide a great time to reflect for many people.

Whether you’re waiting at the airport, sitting in the back of a car, or taking a break at a rest stop, traveling allows a lot of downtime to reflect on your past and future.

Journals are the perfect place to write down all of these reflections.

Also, holidays are a time period where many lasting memories are made. Writing down the details of these memories in a journal is a great idea.

There is perhaps no better time to offer your clients journals as promo products than during the holiday travel season.

13. Watch

A smooth day of travel is all about being on time.

And what better way to make sure you’re on time than with a watch?

Sure, electronics all give you the time, but sometimes batteries die out. And, digging your cell phone out of your purse or bag can get annoying after awhile.

A watch is not only a super convenient and reliable travel accessory, but it’s also stylish.

As we said before, comfort is always key when traveling, but that doesn’t mean your customers don’t want a little style as well!

A watch is the perfect promotional travel accessory because it’s a small, convenient way to add some style to your look.

14. Travel Mug

If there’s one thing people need when traveling, it’s a strong cup of coffee.

You can send all of your employees off with a free travel mug for their holiday vacations.

They’ll definitely love the thoughtful, useful gift. And, just think about how many people will see that travel mug if each of your employees is carrying one around an airport.

15. Sunglasses

Sunglasses aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to winter holiday promo items.

However, they can be super useful for those who are driving to their destination.

Sunglasses are essential for driving safely on sunny days. Plus, people are always losing sunglasses, and therefore can never have too many.

Sunglasses are an inexpensive, useful promo item that both your employees and customers will enjoy.

Ready to Purchase the Best Travel Accessories?

After reading this list of best travel accessories, you should have a pretty good idea of what to buy for your company.

However, if you have questions about what to buy, how much to buy, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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Patrick Black
patrick@perfectimprints.com

Patrick Black, MAS, is the founder of Perfectimprints.com and has been in the promotional products industry helping businesses and organizations since 1999. When not geeking out over the newest and greatest promotional items, you can find him paddleboarding at the beach or hanging out by the pool with his wife, three kids, and his basset hound in Fort Walton Beach, FL.