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So your graduate has chosen to take a gap year-good for them. If the decision makes sense financially, gap years have been shown to offer numerous benefits,

from psychological self-development to real-world experience

. (Even Malia Obama took one before she headed to Harvard!)

A popular choice of activity for gap year travelers is travel. After all, when else in one's life isit possible to explore the world unbound by professional or familial obligations? For the new grad who's looking to hop the next flight out, we've compiled a list of travel essentials (and one fun idea) for their gap year. Here are five excellent gifts for graduates taking a gap year.

The Ultimate Portable Battery:

Power Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAH

Weighing "as little as a can of soup," this powerful charger can reboot an iPhone seven times or a Galaxy S6 five times. The secret to that high-speed charge is a combination of PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology-it also recharges itself overnight, or in 10 hours. Don't worry parents: with this charger handy, you'll be able to get in touch with your gap-year traveler wherever they are. On sale for $49.99.

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An All-Terrain Travel Bag:

Outbreaker Travel Backpack

Prepare your new grad for any terrain-whether they're exploring the streets of Paris or the Himalayan Mountains. This versatile backpack bills itself as a hybrid option for hiking and city travel. Opening up like a suitcase for easy packing, the bag (availablein 35-liter or 45-liter sizes) offers designated compartments for keys, sunglasses, and a passport. Hikers will especially appreciate the sweat-wicking foam padding that provides comfort during an active day, as well as a padded hip belt which helps transfer weight off the shoulders.On sale for $299.

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The Gift of Sleep:

Evolution S3 Travel Pillow

Yes, the design of your travel pillow makes a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. Make sure your loved one is well-rested as they embark on their journey with this quick-drying, memory foam pillow that's fitted with adjustable straps for attaching to airplane seat wings. And, as a bonus, you can sleep easy knowing your valuables are safely stored in the pillow's zippered side pouch.On sale for $39.99.

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A Travel-Friendly Coffee Bottle:

Rambler 12-Ounce Bottle with Hotshot Cap

Help your traveler kickstart the day and stay energized with Yeti's simple, 12-ounce bottle that's perfect for hitting the road. Topped with an admittedly interesting 360-degree HotShot cap, the bottle keeps coffee hot for hours. For added convenience while traveling, itfits in most pouches and cupholders and is easy to disassemble and clean.On sale for $29.99.

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Tent:

T-Mini

Sure, this isn't an essential-but it's definitely a fun gift. This cozy, two-person mini hammock from Tentsile is small enough to be rolled up and tossed into a backpack. Available in either mesh or nylon,it comes complete with a ratchet, lock, and webbing straps for easy setup. Whether taking a break from strenuous travel or simply relaxing under the stars, life's always better on a hammock.On sale for $150.

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Hooides are often the first choice of casual wear around the house. Now the HoodiePillow aims to take the cosiness of a hooded jumper to the next level.Essentially a hood with a sleeping aid, the HoodiePillow comes with either a normal-sized pillowcase or an inflatable travel neck pillow attached. The hood has two drawstrings which can be used to adjust the hood around your head and "cocoon yourself away" for more privacy and shield your eyes from any unwanted light in the morning or at night. It is also oversized, so it can accommodate large headphones.Made with a "super soft" blend of cotton and polyester used in sweatshirts, the hooded pillowcase and pillow are said to help you "drift away from the daily commute, boring lectures or slow office days".The inflatable neck pillow can be deflated and folded for easy storage and is said to be ideal for sleeping or resting while travelling on planes, cars, buses or trains, or even for resting at home or the outdoors.The pillowcase is said to fit standard bed pillow sizes measuring around 20in x 32in. It comes with a small pocket, where you can store your smartphone or wallet, as well as portholes to keep your headphones "tangle-free" while listening to music.The HoodiePillow, currently priced at $19.95 and $22.95 depending on the pattern design, joins a series of odd travel accessories that have been proposed in recent months, all with the aim of helping you sleep better during your travels.Last month, a disc-shaped support pillow claimed to allow travellers to fall asleep wherever they are. The NapAnywhere pillow is a portable and collapsible foam structure that can be twisted into shape and perched between your head and shoulder, allowing you to sleep while travelling as a passenger on planes, trains, buses and cars. The unique pillow is said to be different from U-shaped neck pillows which can be "too bulky" and "feel claustrophobic" when wrapped around your neck.The Hoodie travel pillow (hoodiepillow.com) The TRTL, a "sleep scarf" designed to help you "travel rested and travel light" , was also introduced earlier this autumn. Weighing just 139 grams, the lightweight scarf is made with a new Internal Support System allowing you to rest your head or sleep in a comfortable upright position thanks to its bendy but structured form. The TRTL is said to offer more support than any other travel pillow on the market.Earlier this year, the 'b-tourist' band , a strange multi-purpose elastic band that is stretched between two plane seat headrests, was said to provide passengers with a private space in which to eat and sleep during a flight.It comes with two plastic rings that can be used to adjust the width of the band on both sides to create a full partition for complete privacy and can provide a place to rest your head while sleeping by connecting the centre points of the bottom edges of the band.The Hoodie pillowcase (hoodiepillow.com) In 2012, the unusually-shaped Ostrich Pillow was introduced, claiming to "enable power naps anytime, anywhere", including in airport lounges and on planes, and help counter the ill effects of jet lag and long-haul flights.Stuffed with synthetic material - "for maximum performance and lightness" - the distinctive-looking pillow has a hole in which to put your head, and a mouth hole designed to allow its wearer to breath easily. It also has two side holes where you can put your hands if needed.Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019 Need help?Visit our adblocking instructions page.
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