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Global Rescue’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers During a Pandemic


November 23, 2020
Categories: Travel Tips

It’s that time of the year again. Time to find the perfect gift for the travelers on your holiday shopping list.

We’ve asked members, Global Rescue employees and Safe Travel partners for their recommendations to curate a list of 13 must-have gifts for people who love to travel and are looking to return to domestic and international travel as soon as possible.

The Great Outdoors, Indoors

Pop Chart Lab takes boring data and turns it into fun, infographic posters. New this year is a National Parks Scratch-Off Chart. Use it to track your travels to all 62 national parks from Grand Canyons and Tetons to Great Basins, Sand Dunes and Smoky Mountains. All you have to do is gently scratch the top layer off any site you’ve visited to unveil a full-color vista underneath. The 12-by-16 print is a great way to plan travel — and commemorate the trips. See more scratch-off poster options, like stadiums and ball parks, at popchart.co.

Spread Kindness, Not Germs

iFLY started with luggage in 2012, face masks in 2017 and introduced a handy travel kit in 2020. The Healthy Kit, packaged in a reusable Ziploc container, includes a package of eight antiseptic wipes, a package of five hydrating facial wipes, a face mask, a headrest cover, a lip balm, a sleep mask and earplugs. For every 10 kits sold, the California-based company gives one to organizations or communities in need. Buy one for every member of your family, knowing front-line and essential workers will benefit as well.

Kill Germs with UV Light

There haven’t been conclusive tests showing UV light can kill the coronavirus, but what we do know is UV light kills most everything else: bacteria, fungi and the flu virus. A UV sanitizer wand is a great gift for the frequent traveler. Check out this CleanPod UVC Sterilizer, made by Monos, a Canadian luggage company. Not only will you zap those germs, Monos is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales to the United Way and Canada’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

Adopt an Elephant

It’s never too early to introduce kids to the concept of conservation. Animals are an easy way to start and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) offers a way to help kids of all ages save some of the world’s disappearing species from zebras and polar bears to quokkas and pangolins. Adoption kits are available at several different price points and kids receive a plush animal or photo, an adoption certificate, a species card and a gift bag. Funds raised support WWF’s global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats, which are both at increased risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and traveler downturn.

Functional Fishing Fashion

Big, black, heavy gumboots are not particularly stylish. But Fishe, an Alaska-based clothing company, makes a Grayling Groovy Legacy Boot female anglers can wear high (15 inches) or low (rolling down the top to display a fun pattern). The boots are suitable for wear while casting flies on the river or during brunch with friends — all the while keeping your feet warm, dry and comfortable.

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Custom Fly Reels

Anglers have some awesome bling these days. How about a customized reel by Abel, a customized fishing company in Colorado. We’re particularly enamored with the Limited Edition Johnny Cash Fly Reel, a limited edition run with each reel individually serialized 1 through 250. Two Super Series models, sizes 5|6 and 7|8, are hand painted with a silhouette of Cash’s favorite guitar and black satin sunburst.

Luxury Lifestyle Management Membership

Elvit, the UK’s leading lifestyle and concierge group, is on hand 24 hours a day to provide luxury services and products to members. From booking a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant, finding a new dream home to providing expert curation for a trip of a lifetime, Elvit’s lifestyle managers take care of all the details so you have more time to enjoy the experience.

A Wilderness Companion

Just about everyone had one on their keychain: a travel-friendly, multi-tool called a Leatherman. September 11 changed the rules for carry-on items but the new Leatherman Style PS is manufactured without blades, which is in accordance with Transportation Security Administration policies. With spring-action pliers, scissors, tweezers, bottle opener, a nail file and wire cutters, Global Rescue Safe Travel partner Self Drive Safari Resource recommends it for any safari kit.

Additional Eyesight

Binoculars are made for different purposes and an Alaskan cruiser may not want the same technology as a backyard birder. REI offers a guide to help you choose the best binoculars for your travel needs.

Harding Bush, associate manager of operations at Global Rescue, has used Steiner binoculars for more than 30 years. “I have had the same pair of Steiner Predator 10X26 binoculars for 25 years. They’ve been with me on numerous hikes, canoe trips, backcountry skiing and four different war zones. I’ve used them in nearly every imaginable environment across the world,” Bush said. “They are durable and versatile, compact and focus quickly for a sharp picture that provides an excellent balance of detail and field of view.”

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Just-in-case Satellite Communicator

On an adventure in a remote location and need to contact with a loved one or a rescue team? The Bivy Stick Blue is a two-way global satellite communicator with some game-changing features: two-way text communication, maps and trail information and an SOS button connecting to Global Rescue. According to Men’s Journal, the Bivy “is a solid device. It gave accurate information at check-ins and weighed practically nothing in my pack.”

A Training and Racing Community

Boston-based Spartan helps athletes at every level of their training, from health and wellness to 250 obstacle course race and endurance events in more than 40 countries on six continents. With the Spartan Pass Season 21 members have access to unlimited events, exclusive merchandise and a one-year training app membership. Four pass levels are available and you can make it a family activity with Spartan Kids opportunities.

Assistance with Outdoor Adventure

Have time to travel, but no time to plan it? Travel company Stoke Broker will make it happen. The Global Rescue Safe Travel partner just launched memberships to help you plan your next adventure. “It’s a great solution for weekend warriors to help you get into the great outdoors with your friends or family when you’re not on those big once or twice a year trips,” said Alice Howell, vice president of operations.

Your Own Travel Protection Team

You’re not alone when you board that plane, train or ship. Global Rescue members travel with a team of experts: a paramedic, a translator, a logistics expert, an intelligence analyst and a security advisor. It’s like having your own protective detail on standby, prepared to help when you need medical or security advice or a field rescue. Annual Global Rescue travel services memberships start at $329.


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