10 Gifts Every Constant Traveler Needs
Frequent travelers consider themselves road warriors. They’ve got the whole TSA check thing down pat, they’re quick to pack for a week-long trip and they can easily fit two weeks’ worth of outfits into a backpack, if given the challenge. Okay, so maybe not all of these things are easy to accomplish every time, but whether traveling for business or pleasure, the frequent traveler will appreciate these functional gifts to help make life on the road a little easier.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set ($30.39): Gone are the days of militantly folding your clothes so tightly that you can’t even recognize what they are when you open up your suitcase. This set of three packing cubes provides a simple and efficient way to manage your attire with ease. Use one for unmentionables, another for casuals, another for dressy pieces … you get the point. The fabric is resistant to almost everything, so damage is almost out of the question.
Brookstone Backlight Travel Alarm Clock ($25.99): Pick your poison: Front desk wakeup call or germ-infested hotel clock? Nix both options and go for this sleek clock instead. With a brilliant display, bold numbers and even a temperature reading, it gives you all of the necessary information in one convenient (and clean) package.
Cocoon Sleeping Bag Hood Pillow ($20.19): Let’s face it. Some travel pillows just plain suck. Who needs something filled with hard little beads that feel more like pebbles? Enter this wonderfully lightweight option, which is both baby-soft and supportive - just what you need as you settle into your seat for a long-haul flight.
Nordstrom Tissue Weight Wool and Cashmere Wrap ($98): Anyone who’s experienced the delights of air travel knows that those frigid temperatures aren’t messing around. And who knows how many people that airline’s blanket has touched? Take matters into your own hands with this pashmina, which ticks all the necessary boxes: it’s soft, oversized, available in tons of colors and doubles as a scarf.
Charger and Cord Case ($24): It’s a safe bet that even the most skilled traveler will, at some point or another, leave a computer or phone charger behind. This cute case is designed to remind you - and keep all of those tangled cords organized, thanks to numerous compartments that keep cables, adapters and other essentials in place.
6. Block It Out
Sony Noise Canceling Headphones ($49.99): Remember that one time you boarded your transatlantic flight and forgot your headphones? Yeah, never happening again - ever. There are plenty of options out there, but this affordable pair has everything you need, from comfortable cushions to the ability to subdue even the most annoying seatmate on the planet.
7. Dream Big
Cork Globe ($129): Because a traveler can never dream too big, this clever globe allows them to map out their next excursion and mark it with a red push pin. It’s also a clever way to show off places yet to be visited - and so much more fun than a boring old map.
L.L. Bean’s Traveler Ticket Organizer ($24.95): Forget digging through your bag as agents and fellow fliers make annoyed sighing sounds around you. This cleverly-designed organizer keeps your boarding pass within easy reach, and also offers ample space for your passport, credit cards and even cell phone. It’s perfect for zipping through the airport in one piece!
Flight001 F1 Clear Carry-on Quart Bag ($10): Ask anyone who has unsuccessfully struggled to squeeze all of her liquids inside a quart-size Ziploc bag - it ain’t easy. To the rescue comes this nifty bag, which features a zip closure and is somehow designed perfectly for managing multiple bottles, tubes and jars with ease.
Eagle Creek TravelLite Towel ($27.95): You’re on the train, the plane or in the automobile, and you desperately need a towel - not the kind that disintegrates as soon as you touch it. This ultra-soft, quick-drying towel is perfect for road warriors. It’s easy to stash away thanks to its compact pouch.