Things She Loves: 2023 Black Friday Travel Deals for Women

by | Nov 23, 2023

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Last updated on November 24th, 2023

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Black Friday deals on women-recommended travel gear

Curated by JourneyWoman staff

Black Friday is an opportunity for substantial savings on a range of travel items, including electronics, clothing and travel-sized stocking stuffers. All of the products included here are tried and tested by JourneyWoman readers and our team. Thank you for these incredible tips!

And that’s not all – we’ve also partnered with a local Canadian small business, Revolution HER, to create a very special ​JourneyWoman Travel Collection just for you. The item that first caught our eye feels like something every JourneyWoman would love, a Canoe & Lake Long-sleeved sweatshirt that reads: “She paddled her own canoe and lived happily ever after. The end.” Revolution HER is offering all JourneyWoman readers 15% off using code JW-15 until November 30. See the banner below for details.

Don’t have an Amazon Prime account? Sign up for ​Amazon Prime and try it FREE for 30 days to get these discounts and enjoy free shipping on many items. Make sure to cancel before your 30 days are up to avoid being charged.

Giving Tuesday: The Tuesday after Black Friday and US Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday, a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. We’ve curated a list of travel-related causes and non-profits that you can support. ​Click here to learn more.​

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25+ travel-sized stocking stuffers and Black Friday travel deals

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. – Cesare Pavese

Camera: GoPro: Never miss another underwater shot again. For high-quality camera and video shots, nothing beats versatile GoPro cameras. We’re fans of the GoPro HERO10, although it’s not the newest, is waterproof to 33 feet and includes a carrying case, rechargeable battery, curved adhesive mounts, mounting buckle + thumb screw and USB-C cable.​Get yours here.​

Smartphone: Time to upgrade your phone? Make sure you get one that allows for dual SIM cards, like an ​iPhone or ​Samsung Galaxy. (Tip: we love Airalo eSIM cards, that allow you to access affordable data around the world and avoid roaming costs. ​Learn more here.​

Cybersafety products: “Have you heard of juice jacking? Don’t use public charging stations. Instead, plug into the wall or bring your own portable charger, like this ​Portable Charger, or ​Travel Adapter. If you are concerned use a ​USB Data Blocker​.” — Paige H.

Reading on the go? ​Apple iPads​ are on sale this week, offering a sustainable and lightweight alternative to bringing books. ​Amazon Kindles​ are also on sale and you can get unlimited access to over 2 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and more on ​Kindle Unlimited.​

Airpods: Don’t forget your airpods – not only for calls and music but also for visiting museums that require you to use your phone on guided tours. These second-generation ​Apple Airpods are Amazon’s choice but we also like the ​JBL brand​ (on sale!) and these ​Bose Quiet Comfort headphones​, with over 24 hours of battery life.

AirTags: “Find and track your belongings with Bluetooth-enabled Apple AirTag, Tile or Samsung Tracker, which act as a digital leash for your personal belongings. Make sure to set them up in advance and name them! If someone places an unwanted device in your belongings your phone should alert you that an unknown device is moving with you.” — Paige H.

Binoculars: “I always take my own pair of binoculars anywhere I travel. These Occer 12×25 compact binoculars fit in my backpack and I’ve taken them everywhere, from the Amazon to the Red Sea.” — Carolyn R. (Amazon’s choice/Bestseller)

Travel clothesline: “My must-have on any kind of trip is a travel clothesline. I like to travel light with as few items of clothing as possible, so I rinse or wash the items I bring. This one is my favourite because it has hooks at both ends (can be attached almost any place), stretches like a bungee cord, and is twisted so clothes can be pushed through and take up almost no space on the line.” — Lisa, Austria

Secret Bra Wallet Money Pouch by Travel Fashion Girl: “My friend Alex at Travel Fashion Girl has just launched her latest product, a secret bra wallet pouch that you can wear underneath your clothes and attach to your bra or bathing suit. Over 700 have been sold in the past month, and it’s an Amazon bestseller. I can’t wait to try it out.” — Carolyn R.

Scarf with hidden pocket: “An alternative to a money belt, I use the Waypoint Goods scarf with a hidden zipped pocket! I have three of them and the pocket is big enough for my phone, sunglasses, and money + credit card mini-wallet. Plus the scarf keeps me warm on the airplane, can be used in places where you need to cover your head, etc. Game changer!” — Becki R, USA

Halos Migraine Relief Cap: For those who get migraines or tension headaches, Michelle C. recommends a wearable ​Halos Migraine Relief Ice Cap. “This cap is a godsend. We keep it in the freezer and the relief that it provides is amazing. Just the right amount of pressure to really help soothe. I will be ordering my own in pink!” — Michelle C, Canada

Jet Lag: Emily recommends ​Miers Labs No Jet Lag Homeopathic Jet Lag Remedy, Blue 32 Count. “I was a huge skeptic, but these homeopathic tablets helped me during years of business travel.” — Emily

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Skincare on the go: Julie P recommends ​Attitude Living skin, home and personal care products.​ “These are fabulous. EWG- PETA and ECOLOGO certified, their vegan products are refillable and many have plastic-free packaging. I love their marine-friendly mineral sunscreen sticks, deodorant, shampoo bars, biodegradable wipes and foundation sticks that are spill-proof and perfect for travel.” — Julie P, Canada

Travel-sized hairdryer: “Not only is this mini ​Conair travel hairdryer ​a bestseller, it packs a powerful punch and has dual voltage for worldwide travel. I use it at home too and know that not every budget hotel has one, so I bring it along.” — Carolyn R.

Cool Cloth: “The Cool Cloth is a must! They come in packs of four or more, each with a plastic pouch with a hook, to attach to your bag, so the cloth can be kept wet and ready for use in hot temperatures. The Cool Cloth is big enough to drape around the neck, folded or open. It will cover your whole head and can also be worn as a bandanna. I used the cool cloth every day in Spain and here on Vancouver Island during our very hot summer last year. Also, Wet wipes are handy to cool off the neck and hands, as well as other parts of the body.” — Joy F. ​Try these from Tough Outdoors.​

Travel Pillow: ​Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Pillow: “I used this in my travels across Europe. It’s soft, comfortable, and has a high wall on the collar that holds your head in a neutral position. I love that it folds into a very small bag that I can clip to my backpack.” — Carolyn R.

Need a new cross-body bag? Terrie prefers the ​Baggallini Securtex Anti-theft Memento Crossbody Bag. “I like that it has various zippered compartments allowing easy organization and quick access to contents. I especially like the sleek zippered compartment in the back. Discreet and secure as it is more difficult to notice and to access by potential pickpockets.”

Donna recommends both ​Travelon Anti-theft Classic N/S Crossbody and ​Pacsafe bags. She says: “Both have cut-resistant straps and Travelon (my favourite) has ways to lock the zippers from prying fingers.” Pacsafe has a range of products to protect your valuables. Stop bad actors from accessing your data by using an ​RFID Wallet or a product from Pacsafe like a ​Pacsafe Waist Bag, ​Pacsafe Backpack,​ ​PacSafe Bra Wallet or ​Passport Holder.

Scrubba Washing Bag: Recommended by Kate and Carolyn, the ​Scrubba wash bag is perfect for when you’ve been travelling for days but you’re nowhere near a washing machine. It is a lightweight bag used by over 250,000 travellers and campers. Kate also recommends ​inflatable hangers ​to open up the armholes so that everything dries, and laundry ​bar soap, not liquids.

Travel umbrella: We always travel with the weather, and having a lightweight, portable umbrella gives me a sense of comfort, especially during off-season travel. I like that the bestselling ​HERO umbrella weighs less than a pound and is less than 12 inches long.” — Carolyn R.

Pacsafe Crossbody Bag

PacSafe’s cross-body bag has RFID technology built in. / Learn more here.

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Packing cubes: Finding good quality, packing cubes with strong zippers is a must. Some are just too soft. I’m testing these Bagsmart Compression water-resistant cubes on my next long stay to see if I can get three months of clothing in them!” — Carolyn R.

The LBD: “I have a long Sweaty Betty lightweight black dress with breathable fabric and a shorter version in navy blue. I wear this during the day with sneakers or flip flops and then dress it up with a necklace, possibly sandals or a jean jacket if I have room in my bag.” — Carolyn R.

Backpack: “I have three Gregory backpacks. The Gregory Maya 10L is a smaller women’s pack perfect for hiking and day trips, the Gregory 60L for longer trips and the Gregory Maya 22 which is my normal travel pack. Gregory has really colourful and comfortable backpacks that adjust to women’s bodies.” — Carolyn R.

Merino wool: “True story: I bought two pairs of Merino wool long underwear for my trip to Antarctica. We crossed packed just in case….and those became my “running pants” on board the ship for 10 days, as my big suitcase did not catch up to me until we got back. The pants were grey/purple and did not look like undies!! I had one pair of jeans, three tops, and the waterproof pants to allow me onto the zodiacs!! I knew my mom would be mortified if she saw me running around in my undies!!” — Dee K.

Poncho: “Finding the balance between an expensive poncho and a plastic one is challenging. My blue lightweight poncho from FroggTogg was perfect on the Camino.” — Carolyn R. Get one here!

Ready to take off? Check flight prices here!

BONUS TIP: Avoid credit card transaction fees by using a prepaid credit card like Wise. With Wise, you can load a prepaid card in the local currency and use it like a debit card. This works really well on public transit in London, where you can use the Wise app on your phone to tap on and off. Always keep a small amount of cash on hand. When using a credit card in a foreign country, pay in the local currency, don’t convert to your home currency.

Struggling to plan your trips? Our article, Six Reasons You Should Use A Travel Advisor, shares the benefits of having someone help plan your trip.

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