Sunday, December 2, 2007

Best Adventure Travel Gifts for the Holidays

What to give your favorite intrepid traveler this holiday season? Something that promotes green travels, such as these environmentally sensible gift ideas. No batteries required.

There's no reason to lose touch when the power goes out, or when you are camping out miles from the nearest electrical outlet. Norm Thompson has an emergency radio that's also an emergency siren and flashlight. Just wind it up with the hand crank on the side to make it work. It even charges cell phones.

Stop buying all those throwaway water bottles everywhere you go -- the ones that fill up landfills and litter the sides of highways. Instead, choose the SteriPen from Magellan's, which harnesses the power of ultraviolet light to purify your drinking water. UV light has been used by water treatment plants and hospitals for more than 50 years to eliminate dangerous bacteria, viruses and protozoa without chemicals or boiling. Sure it's pricey -- $79 for the regular version and $99 for a smaller travel-size, but consider that an investment that will pay back in just a few restaurant meals and hiking excursions.

Sometimes, you just don't want to go barefoot on questionable hotel carpeting. You don't have to with these Toe Sox from FootSmart. The little nubs on the bottom prevent slipping, and the socks do double duty in Yoga and Pilates exercise classes. And the five-toe design lets your toes wiggle

Find more holiday gear and gadgets gift ideas for your favorite adventure traveller here.

Sensible gifts these are, for your favorite green travels. And that includes yourself.