Do you know someone who is about to make an important trip -- maybe an office friend flying to Europe, a college student on a summer odyssey, a neighbor taking a big family vacation, or perhaps a retiree off to visit children and grandchildren? An inexpensive bon voyage gift can be a practical and fun way of conveying your good wishes for the trip. Consider these ideas:
A map of the area to be visited. You can buy one at a bookstore or write to the chamber of commerce in that area.
A gift certificate from a national chain of cafeterias or fast-food restaurants for a meal on the road.
A supply of post card stamps.
Addresses of friends and family, perhaps typed onto self-stick mailing labels.
A small sewing kit, bought in a dime store or assembled yourself.
A pocket notebook for recording new experiences.
Film and mailers.
A photo album for snapshots of the trip.
Ball-point or felt-tip pens for writing post cards and letters.
A travel ``washing kit'' with laundry soap, face soap, and a small washcloth.
A pocket toothbrush, toothpaste, and plastic containers for shampoo and cosmetics.
If the travelers are going by car, send them off with a snack box containing fruit and crackers.