It’s that time of year again and everyone likes list posts, right? Well, to be honest they are easy to write and easy to read. But this list is special. All of these items are items I own and use, and would make great gifts for the frequent flyer or even the infrequent traveler in your life. And I won’t make you open a separate page for each item.
Sometimes you have to take night flights and you’re in the bulkhead and the galley light is in your eyes all night. Sometimes the dude next to you has his iPad on bright and is watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (true story). Or sometimes you have to take day flights and it’s your only opportunity to sleep before your next meeting. Whatever it is, this Bucky (btw, a Seattle company) eye mask has been a lifesaver to me.
I love this mask because it weighs nothing, folds in my bag, is machine washable, and is contoured enough so it doesn’t mess up my eyelashes or makeup. It also has a stretchy adjustable Velcro strap and comes in a ton of colors. Plus it retails for about $12.
You might look at this and think – why. But have you been in a hotel room in Philadelphia in the middle of a January snowstorm? It’s cold and it’s dry. Your traveler’s skin will thank you for keeping a little bit of that moisture.
This humidifier uses a typical 20 ounce water bottle, is very easy to clean and even comes with a carrying case. It works well when you put it near your bed. It retails for around $40.
3. Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt)
The three prong plug swivels to any angle, so it always fits in the plug. It retails for $13-18 but spend the extra few bucks to get the 2.1 AMP outlet, you (or your travel friend) will be happy you did
Bonus: You can be the rockstar at that small airport that doesn’t have power at the gate.
These Tide Sink Packs are amazing. I’ve used them for underwear, socks, a mustard stain on a dress, and they’ve done me wonders. Also, they are cheap, just $3.75 for a 2 pack of 3.
So, now, I fly with these wipes. I wipe off my tray table, my arm rest, the wall next to me, whatever. But I always do this before the flight with the fans on high, because, well, not everyone likes smells. Also, the person next to me always looks at me awkwardly, but then I offer to wipe their tray and they always say yes.
A three pack is under $12 and could save you or your traveler friend from many nasty colds and viruses. Also, always remember to clean your hotel remote!
I love my toothbrush. In fact, I love it so much that I tweet my love to Philips at 1:00 a.m., apparently. I could go on and on about my perfect dental check ups, but you might ask what does this have to do with travel?
>Well, this toothbrush comes with a travel case that is also a charger, however you might not need it often because I can get about 20 days from one charge. It’s a little pricey at $189, but can you put a price on dental health?
Bonus: Philips has awesome customer service and replaced my toothbrush when it stopped working, no questions asked.
The best part about these bags (besides all the space and the organization) is they are wipe off and easy to clean. I had a whole bottle of hair mousse explode and the cleanup was a breeze. Some people might not like the full kit, as it does take up a lot of room in your suitcase, but I’ll forgo a few tops and a pair of jeans for all of my cosmetics.
These headphones range from about $175-200, but are totally worth it because you (or your traveling friend) will use them all the time. Bonus: these headphone come with a microphone, perfect for Skyping, gaming or talking to coworkers over Lync.
The Mini Jambox is super small (like 3 inches x 6 inches x 1 inch-ish) and still puts out some sound. If you have two, you can connect them via the Jawbone app for more sound. It connects via Bluetooth and the battery lasts about 10 hours. It’s surprising the sound that comes from the little speaker. At $99-ish, it comes in a lot of colors and designs, too.
A coworker of mine gave the Travel Tray to me last Christmas, and it’s probably one of my fav travel accessories. When I’m not in my hotel room, I use it as a cord carrier. When I’m in my hotel room, I use it as a catch all for things I don’t want to lose (earrings, my watch, my FitBit, etc.). The material is solid and waterproof and it’s just a really well designed accessory (at $25).
I do suggest checking out some of the Tom Bihn bags on their website (I drool over the Aeronaut 45 in Navy.. one day, one day…). They are pricey, but will last you forever.