Travel. For some of us the anticipation of jet-setting off to a unique location is enough to get us smiling months before we enter the TSA security line. For others, in particular those who travel for work, it can be much less glorious, filled with short to moderate domestic flights and three-day stays in Holiday Inns over the course of a work conference. Whatever the case, air travel these days is an integral part of our everyday lives, and with millions of passengers flying each day, you bet it pays off to come prepared.
From airplane-friendly carry to ergonomic travel bags to ways in which we can tune into some tunes and drop out in the process, the following list of the best gifts for the jetsetter encompasses everything you need for a safe and successful domestic or international travel experience. So, if your friend or family member is dreading that long overseas flight at the end of the month, a few of these items might ease the pain, or at least help him cope with their fear of flying.
How To Travel The World On $50 A Day
We all know traveling can be expensive. But there are ways to troubleshoot costs if you’re knowledgeable enough. This easy read compiles all the wisdom Nomadic Matt, a popular travel blogger, has learned throughout his time traveling the world on a budget. The perfect gift for any college student looking to study abroad.
Word Notebooks Adventure Log
No matter where or when you’re traveling, every trip is an adventure. These American-made travel notebooks feature 48 pages of lined paper that will facilitate the remembrance and documentation of each subsequent journey to distant lands.
Cocoon Grid-It Organizer
All that EDC gear is useless unless you have an adequate way of storing it. Otherwise, it’ll be nothing sort of a hassle to track down your earbuds in an overstuffed backpack. The Grid-It organizer is here to help, with a patented object retention system that’s designed to keep a myriad of small items in place.
HoodiePillow Travel Pillow
When it comes to flying coach, getting a couple hours of shut-eye can be a difficult task indeed. Best come prepared with this HoodiePillow, made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester it also features two drawstrings to help adjust the head size and level of comfort.
Carry On Cocktail Kit
Ease that in-flight anxiety with something other than a rum and coke. This cocktail kit comes equipped with everything your need to properly make an Old Fashioned the right way. Just make sure to pack your favorite airplane bottle of bourbon or rye beforehand.
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
Airports and airplanes are cesspools for bacteria and germs. So if you’re feeling a bit grimy and groggy after a long flight there’s no better way to refresh yourself short of taking a shower than with these exfoliating face wipes.
Sigg Traveller Water Bottle
Thirst doesn’t take a break when flying. And with the prices for bottles of water inside the terminal as high as ever, it’d be a smart idea to bring along this BPA and Phthalate-free water bottle from Sigg. It’s minimal, functional, and small enough to fit comfortable in the outer sleeve of just about any backpack.
Tin Mill Key Safe
When traveling, it’s always suggested to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. In that case, keeping a little extra cash on hand in a secret stash is highly suggested when heading out on the town. This stainless steel keychain attachment is both corrosion resistant and watertight making it the perfect option for the traveler this holiday season.
MIS Mesh Toiletry Bag
No matter where you’re traveling, a dopp kit is a must. So if you’re going to gift one this year, we suggest you make it this MIS Toiletry Bag. Made right here in the USA, it’s constructed out of 1000D Dupont Cordura nylon and finished with a water-resistant urethane coating for good measure. Don’t leave home without one.
Belkin Travel Rockstar Surge Protector
These days, traveling without means of communication is not recommended. So if you find yourself in an area with limited power or non-compatible outlets, this Belkin Dual-Outlet surge protector will come in quite handy. It hosts a 3000 mAh battery, 615 Joules for surge protection, and is compatible with just about any smartphone or tablet
Wahl Lithium Ion Groomer
Keep the scruff at bay. This dual voltage heavy-duty stainless steel trimmer is both made in the USA and designed to outline, groom, touch-up, or detail your mane without the need for wires. It also boasts up to 4 hours of run time on a full charge and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Mr. Lentz Passport Wallet
Anyone who’s traveled internationally knows that misplacing their passport is a recipe for disaster. Now, with this made in America passport wallet, those days of fumbling around in your bag for travel documents are gone. And this offering features sleeves for not only your passport but for cash, boarding passes or bus tickets, and is made with full-grain vegetable tanned leather to boot.
Baxter of California Deluxe Travel Kit
The ultimate travel kit for keeping clean on the go. Baxter of California certainly hooks it up here with travel sizes of daily face wash, oil free moisturizer, shaving formula, aftershave balm, protein shampoo, a pocket comb, a travel shave brush, and hydro shave lip balm. Not bad at all.
evrgrn Pendleton Wool Blanket
Don’t let that airplane AC get to you. It’s always a smart idea to bring some sort of blanket on a flight. Why not this Pendleton for instance? It’s machine washable, uses Eco-Wise wool, and boasts Pendleton’s classic stripe pattern to boot.
Bradley Mountain Weekender Duffel
Here’s a simple approach to the classic weekender bag. Made in the USA by Bradley Mountain, this duffel bag is made from Martexin waxed canvas, waxed and oiled custom leather, and the solid copper rivets for a durable and long lasting appeal.
Tumi Packable Jacket
Keeping a jacket on hand is vital. Owning a jacket that converts into a travel neck pillow with a packable pouch when traveling is sheer luxury. Give your jetsetter a taste of the good life with this Tumi jacket, made from 100% nylon in both its lining and shell.
Aer Travel Pack
San Francisco-based AER continues to impress with their highly modular and sleekly-designed pack and duffel bags, this travel pack notwithstanding. It’s optimized for easy packing, hosts a separate shoe compartment, and a smart organizational design that keeps everything in its rightful place over the course of the journey.
Bose QuietComfort Headphones
Tune in and drop out with this pair of noise-canceling headphones from Bose. They feature volume-optimized EQ for suburb audio performance, the convenience of wireless capabilities and a 20-hour battery life per charge for those trans-Atlantic flights.
Lum Tec M60 GMT
If your jet setter ventures across time zones more than city streets on their way to work then a GMT watch is an outstanding gift idea. Hosting Swiss-made movement, this LUM-Tec is also water resistant to 300m and features anti-reflective sapphire crystal and MDV technology that makes the hands and dial visible in all light conditions.
Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Even though smartphones these days do boast some impressive embedded cameras, nothing beats the low profile of Sony’s line of mirrorless shooters. This particular option comes with built-in wifi capability, hosts a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, shoots up to 11 frames a second and features a three-inch tilting LCD screen on the backside.
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