A Second Carry-On and Nine Other Nifty Travel Gifts
Our guest post comes from Howard Hian, who writes at Travels with Hian. Howard is a regular contributor to The Military Press, a California semi-monthly journal. His travel features can also be found online monthly at Travel Savvy News. Additionally, he is a regular guest commentator at On Tour with Dave and Carmel broadcasting from Sacramento, CA.
Here are 10 suggestions for the upcoming holiday season.
1. I recently discovered a clever way to get a second carry-on aboard when you fly. How? By wearing the Magellan Travel Vest. It features five exterior pockets and three interior ones. I load it up with everything needed during the flight including snacks, a paperback, pens, notepad and a camera. It’s TSA-proof and has become a favorite, because it’s stylish as well as functional.
2. Have you ever lost a cap in the wind when you are on a boat or in a convertible? You won’t have to worry with the “hat-leash,” which has a powerful alligator clip and lead that attach your cap to your collar. It’s simple and works; no more “fly-away” headgear.
3. Another gift suggestion from Magellan’s is a pair of travel slippers for in-flight or hotel use. They are comfortable, lightweight and fold into their own small mesh bag.
4. I’ve had a Tilley Hat for several years and see why they have a cult-like following. Don’t tell her, but my wife will have one soon (model LT6b). It is stain repellent, packs easily, retains it shape and is very durable; it’s a classic.
5. Princeton Tec’s Amp 3 handheld flashlight features four powerful, ultrabright LEDs which provide superior lighting for camping, around the house, evening walks, while traveling and during emergencies. Their Remix is a lightweight headlamp that features a simple design for close-range or distance, with a single Maxbright LED and three ultrabright LEDs. It is versatile, compact and water resistant.
6. Balanzza’s ergonomic Mini Luggage Scale from Magellan’s is a digital device which allows you to check if your suitcase is overweight; if so, you can repack and avoid airline fees.
7. My final gizmo recommendation is the pocket-sized Powermonkey, also from Magellan. It holds a charge for up to a year, comes with various adaptors and provides emergency power to portable electronics, e.g., iPods, most cell-phones, digital cameras, etc. Its travel pouch makes it easy to store.
8. High quality and unusual kites of all shapes, sizes and colors can be found at Kite Flite, a shop in San Diego’s Seaport Village. My suggestion is the unique Stowaway Diamond. It folds into a convenient, foot-long sleeve and fits into a backpack, briefcase or carry-on.
9. The venerable Entertainment Book has a new feature this season. Along with your hometown edition, chock full of coupons for restaurants, sightseeing, attractions, hotels and travel, you can buy a one-month membership which provides discounts in cities nationwide for only $4.95 or $30 for the year. Quite a deal.
10. My last suggestion allows you to put everything mentioned above into a new product, the AirBak Focus Tech backpack. Its patented support system shifts the majority of weight off the upper back/shoulders onto the hips, waist and lower back while resting on a built-in air cushion. It is comfortable to carry, well designed and has lots of interior nooks and crannies for storage.