There are certain things you need in order to create a functional office, but preparing a mobile office is an entirely separate challenge. With the right tools and planning, though, business travelers can maintain high levels of productivity, whether they're in the office or on the road.
If you're looking for a gift for a business traveler, start with this list of gift ideas that are sure to improve the travel experience for any small business owner on your list.
1. Carry-On Bag
The right carry-on bag can often make or break a business trip. This light and easy-to-maneuver bag will tip the scale to the positive side with its 100 percent recycled, UV and water resistant exterior fabric, hard shell, 2-position telescoping handle, front zippered pockets and easy-rolling inline skate wheels. It also spot-cleans easily with mild soap and water -- a must for any travel bag.
2. GPS System
There may be nothing worse than getting lost in a unfamiliar place, especially when you have somewhere important to be. This Garmin GPS system makes the perfect gift for any business owner who travels by car. It features a large 5-inch screen, includes free lifetime maps, and has a multi-point route planner that automatically sorts multiple destinations into an efficient route. It's perfect for car travel in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Help the business traveler on your gift list avoid the frustration of grabbing the wrong bag, or losing luggage during travel, with these leather personalized luggage tags. The oversized luggage tags include gold stamping of an initial monogram and an identification card to ensure a lost bag gets delivered to the right place. This is a functional and stylish gift for any business traveler.
Have you ever arrived at a hotel after a long journey, only to discover that your toiletry items have spilled all over the inside of your suitcase? That is never a fun experience, but even more frustrating when you're quickly trying to freshen up before a business meeting. This leather toiletry bag has four interior elastic pouches, an interior mesh zippered pocket, an interior water resistant pocket, and is spacious enough to safely accommodate all of your personal hygiene products.
If you need to stay in touch while traveling by car, it's important to have a reliable and easy-to-use hands-free device. This bluetooth car speaker turns on automatically when you enter the car, and turns off when you exit the car. It also provides voice caller ID that speaks the caller's name, and one-touch access to information such as weather, traffic and news.
If you have a tablet computer that you use for travel, you know how challenging it can be to type long documents and emails on the device. This is why a bluetooth keyboard is the perfect gift for the traveler on your list. Bluetooth keyboards are light and wireless so they're perfect for working on the road, and they can also make mobile working more comfortable and productive.
9. Travel Iron
It may not be the most exciting gift you could give someone, but a travel iron is a useful and practical gift for any business owner who travels on a regular basis. This travel iron folds flat for easy and compact storage, has a variable steam control, and comes with a convenient travel bag.
Anyone who travels on a regular basis can attest to the importance of keeping your devices charged ... and the frustration that hits when you need to plug in and can't locate enough outlets. This universal charging station can charge up to four devices simultaneously so you can keep your devices powered up and ready to go when you are.
11. Stereo Earphones
One of my least favorite things about traveling is the inevitable exposure to germs. This personal air purifier helps kill airborne germs and odors while adding fresh air to your breathing space. It's also small and easy to travel with, weighing in at a mere one and a half ounces. It's a great gift, and a great way to keep your favorite business traveler healthy.