Eight Essential Gift Ideas for the Road Warrior in Your Life

Derse | December 1, 2022

As trade show professionals, we understand the demands of the job often take you away from home on a regular basis.

With the holiday season upon us and the winter trade show season well underway, we identified eight gifts that will help bring comfort and function to the traveling road warrior in your life.  


#1 AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro – Whether you’re trying to get work done, catching the latest Derse podcast, or just want to tune out the noise around you, AirPods Pro are the go-to solution. Music, phone-calls, or getting some peace and quiet, these will be used daily. 

#2 Backpack

Backpack – A high quality, comfortable backpack is a game changer for your beloved trade show expert. Everlane’s ReNew Transit Backpack offers a spacious, sustainable backpack that has room for everything they need to bring with them. 

#3 Neck Pillow

Neck Pillow – Veteran business travelers know that anything that makes a long flight slightly more comfortable is worth the investment. This neck pillow has 5-star reviews and is designed to prevent the unnecessary neck pain after a midflight nap. 

#4 Patagonia

Patagonia – Your road warrior may not have mentioned this, but trade shows require you to dress in layers. Because the temperature fluctuates in convention centers all over the country, a nice layer like a Patagonia sweater or vest will be well-used and appreciated. 

#5 Battery Pack

Battery Pack – Let’s prevent any unnecessary phone shutdowns. Anker’s wireless, magnetic battery works seamlessly with iPhones 12, 13, and 14. Battery packs come handy when someone inevitably runs out of battery on the trade show floor, or when a full day of travel drains your phone. 


BONUS: Affordable, Yet Thoughtful Stocking Stuffers 

#6 Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry Gummies – Constant travel, long hours, and irregular schedules can do a number on one’s immune system. Providing your loved one with the necessary immune support is both thoughtful and useful.

#7 Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer – Trade show set up and take down is messy. The exhilarating yet grueling days in this day and age demand a need for constant disinfecting—whether you’re about to squeeze in a last minute meal or just looking to sanitize your hands after a full day of set up, we recommend Kiehl’s hand sanitizer that uses natural ingredients and won’t dry out your hands. 

#8 Lip Balm

Lip Balm – You can never have too much lip balm. We like this basic four pack from Burt’s Bees! 


Whether you’re shopping for a colleague, loved one, or even yourself, these gifts are sure to bring comfort and joy to the next travel journey! Happy Holidays! 


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