Gift Guide for Travelers on the Pow Wow Trail and Beyond


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 19th, 2017 Blog


I know a lot of our readers are well-seasoned travelers, whether it's heading off to another tribal conference or hitting the pow wow trail. But why travel with the same old boring stuff when you can travel with a little Indigenous flair? I went and scoured the Internet for some reliable travel gear with a little Native style of course!

Be sure to see our Native American Holiday Gift Guide also!


Native American Traveler's Holiday Gift Guide


Pueblo Pottery Design Coffee Mugs from Shumakolowa – $25



If you're on a road trip, you're going to need coffee to keep you going. Why not use one of these stylish coffee mugs from Shumakolowa? Five Pueblo artists, Erik Fender (San Ildefonso), Elizabeth Medina (Zia), Frederica Antonio (Acoma), Patricia Lowden (Acoma), and Robin Teller (Isleta) designed these “Starbucks-style” clay mugs for the Starbucks at Avanyu Plaza. These one-of-a-kind pieces have been on permanent display in the cafe for visitors to enjoy since. They now offer official replica mugs with a portion of proceeds going to the artists. Order yours now and collect all five, only available at Shumakolowa Native Arts!



Gift of Honour Beverage Bottle from Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre – $24

If you're traveling by plane, hydration is a must. But why keep buying all those plastic water bottles when you can have a reusable one? Designed by Francis Horne Sr. (Coast Salish Nation) and manufactured by Native Preserve this 17oz double-walled insulated food grade 304 stainless steel beverage bottle with lid can keep beverages hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours.


Wise Frog Lunch Box by Alano Edzerza – $22.88 USD

You know it's always cheaper to make your own lunch versus buying it on the road. Keep your lunch cold all morning long in this stylish insulated lunch box. There's plenty of room inside, yet it's compact enough to fit easily in a backpack. Easy-to-clean insulated interior wipes clean in seconds.


Tanka Slow-Smoked Original Gift Box – Bars, Bites, Sticks – $59.99

As many folks know, its hard to eat healthy when you're on the road. Why settle for gas station jerky when you can get some quality meat sticks from Tanka Bar?

The Tanka Slow-Smoked Original Gift Box delivers three great choices of smoky-sweet bison goodness in Bars, Bites and Sticks. Made from tart-sweet cranberries and American Bison, our Tanka products are gluten-free, hormone-free, low-fat and are deliciously perfect for every lifestyle.

Tanka Slow-Smoked Original Gift Box includes:

6 Slow-Smoked Original Tanka Bars
12 Slow-Smoked Original Sticks
3 Slow-Smoked Original Tanka Bites

Price: $59.99 with FREE SHIPPING



Hummingbird Luggage Tag by Eighth Generation – $24

When you're at the airport it's always hard keeping track of which bag is yours. That's why these colorful tags will come in handy, so you can easily spot yours! Handmade Italian Leather luggage tag with Louie Gong's Coast Salish hummingbird design.



Black Fire Colors and Turquoise New Waterproof Travel Bag/Small by 49 Dzine – $49.87

This sturdy and stylish bag from 49 Dzine is perfect for a quick weekend trip.

* 27.86 Oz. Made of high-grade waterproof fabric, durable, water-resistant.
* One main compartment, big enough to bring a purse, cosmetic case, sunglasses, etc.
* One interior pocket for small items.
* Sturdy portable belt, durable luggage tag and comfortable shoulder strap.



Tribal Gathering iPhone Wallet by Melvin War Eagle – $35

This would be perfect if you're trying to travel light. Many different colors and designs to choose from but this was one of my favorites! Keep your phone and important cards/cash safe!

* Open book style with built-in stand and elastic strap closure
* 3M adhesive strip designed to stick to your device
* Anti reflector camera hole
* Full access to camera, buttons, and ports
* iPhone 6 & 6s wallet holds two credit cards; 6 Plus & 6s Plus holds three
* Easy to clean a with damp cloth



Camera Straps by Meant Mfg. – $58

For the photographers out there, carry your camera safely and securely with this stylish strap. The Pacific Camera Strap is handcrafted with genuine Pendleton® wool, veg tanned leather, brass, and plastic hardware. Measurement: approximately 28″ from leather tab to leather tab and 8″ nylon webbing on each side.




Anker PowerCore 10000 by Anker – Sale Price -$25.99

This power bank is a lifesaver when you're on the road or walking around town. This is one of the smallest and lightest 10000mAh portable chargers and can provide almost three-and-a-half iPhone 6s charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S6 charges. Includes the Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger, Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, and an 18-month warranty. Lightning cable for iPhone / iPad sold separately.



Sweet Grass On The Go Kit by Sister Sky – $10

You know those little hotel soap bars aren't enough, and always come in questionable scents. Bring your own travel size kit of quality hair and body care products from Sister Sky! This Sweet Grass kit includes 1 oz Shampoo, 1 oz Conditioner, 1 oz Body Wash, 1 oz Body Cream, a Sweet Grass Exfoliating Body Bar and a Loofah Sponge in a cosmetic bag. You'll be looking and smelling great on the road!


Be sure to get a good phone case for your phone!  Being on the road can put a lot of wear on our phones.  We use them for everything now, so protect it!

This case is designed by champion dancer Tanksi Clairmont.  Check out the other great cases on Society6!


I hope you might have found something new and useful for your next trip. Just click on the bold caption/link below each image to be taken to each individual website to purchase.

Safe travels!



About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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