Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 12 gadget gift ideas for travellers

Family members off for that long awaited holiday trip? Help satisfy their wanderlust with these brilliant presents

Ah, travel - truly the tonic of the soul. Reclining on some faraway beach, Mojito in hand; trekking up a rugged mountain slope to catch the sunrise; haring it down a highway in a drop-top: whatever tickles your far-flung fancy, there's no better answer to winter blues.

That is, until your battery runs out, your shampoo gets all over your toothbrush and you buy so many clothes that you run out of space to bring them home.

We feel your pain. That's why we've compiled this list of the top tech for footloose festive flyers.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (S$1190)

Rocking laptop capabilities in a tablet silhouette, the ultra-thin and light Surface Pro 4 is incredibly portable. Long flight ahead? Fret not because the Surface Pro 4 has a battery life of up to 9 hours of video playback and a choice of 128GB, 256GB or 1TB of storage and 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of memory to keep you fully occupied from take-off to landing.

For the workaholics, it's powered with 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7, so multitasking will be a breeze on this baby. But our advice is, try to stay off the email when you're on holiday. 

Buy the Surface Pro 4 here

Amazon Kindle (S$140)

Time was, taking your entire hardback collection on holiday used to attract a fortune in overweight luggage fees. Thankfully, at just 161g, the most basic Kindle won't cost you a penny extra to carry - and its Tardis-like capacity means should be able to stock a library of knowledge, right in your carry-on.

Buy the Kindle here

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Victorinox Swisscard (S$47)

"What on earth would I need a penknife for? I'm only going away for a long weekend!"

Well, best of luck to you. In any case, this nifty set of tools from Victorinox - long-time suppliers to the Swiss Army - packs a barrage of useful bits and bobs into a package the size of a credit card, so you'll never be short of the right pointy bit.

As well as a letter opener, scissors and a nail file, it also comes with tweezers, for the inevitable bar stool splinter. Just be sure to check you can take it in your cabin bag.

Buy the Victorinox Swisscard here

Bose QuietComfort 35 (S$549)

Yes, they're a bit pricey. But, yes, they're also arguably the best in-flight 'cans money can buy.

Comfortable and sweet-sounding to boot, the Bluetooth-enabled QC35s also pack a battery good for 20 hours - which should more than cover any long-haul hop.

Buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 here