Gifts for travelers
When it comes to travel, one gift does not fit all, though some do suit many. Just as travelers run the gamut from laid-back staycationers day tripping to a local vineyard to full-out explorers climbing mountains in remote areas, so does their gear.
Wish your loved ones a bon voyage with these gifts for frequent travelers. Whether they're road-trippers or jet-setters, there's something here for everyone.
Case Coolie(Credit: Case Coolie)
The Case Coolie is a handy insulated 30-can case carrier has such great thermal properties, you won't need a heavy cooler filled with ice to keep your frosties frosty. A sleeve that fits around a full case of beer or soda, the Case Coolie keeps cans cool for 10 hours, weighs just two pounds and folds down to use as a seat cushion. For your camping or tailgating loved ones; $30 at casecoolie.com.
Moleskine Voyageur(Credit: Moleskine)
Take the traveler's favorite pocket journal and make it interactive with the Moleskine Voyageur. That's what the folks at Moleskine have done with their Voyageur website. You can print out tickets, hotel confirmations, and your own photos sized to fit in the 4"x 7" journal. But Moleskine products are still generally used for on-the-go jotting and doodling, preferred even by the highest-tech gurus; $25 at moleskine.com.
Recoil Automatic Cord Winders(Credit: Recoil Automatic Cord Winders)
The Recoil Automatic Cord Winders gadget not only keeps your charging cords untangled, it is compact, easy to use, spring-loaded automatic and perfect for travel. If your cord storage basket looks like a bird's nest and it takes you 10 minutes to untangle just one, Recoil is the best antidote to smart phone, smart pad and laptop cord mayhem. SML Combo Pack; $28 at recoilwinders.com.
Aqua Vault(Credit: Aqua Vault LLC)
Have you ever felt chained to your beach or pool chair because there's nobody around to watch your keys, wallet and other valuables? The Aqua Vault is a portable durable plastic lockbox that fits securely around beach furniture, bikes and fences, and fits most of your personal items, so you can go and frolic in the waves knowing that your stuff is securely stowed away. A roomy 120 sq inches, each Aqua Vault makes a great container for small items in your luggage as well; $39.95 at theaquavault.com
KLOO(Credit: Kloo Game)
If you (and your kids) struggle with foreign languages, KLOO, a fun board game, will prove invaluable. Players use color-coded cards, each stamped with a word and its transliterated pronunciation (Spanish, Italian, French, depending on which deck you purchase) to form sentences. It's "discovery learning" at its best and geared to ages 7 and up; $39.99 for board game with four decks of cards and $17.99 for a two-deck pack at kloogame.com.
WineCruzer 8-Pack Pro(Credit: WineCruzer)
Touted as a portable wine-cellar, the WineCruzer 8-Pack Pro is a hard-shell rolling suitcase that cushions eight bottles of vintage wine well enough to check in a plane's luggage compartment. With thermal insulation, the Wine Cruiser is also great for "wine trail" road trips - the packaging protects bottles from UV light and extreme temperatures. Also comes in sizes to fit two to 24 bottles of wine; $280 at winecruzer.com.
Flamestower Fire Charger(Credit: Flamestower)
What if you lose power at night in a remote area? With the Flamestower Fire Charger, all you need is a fire -- from a campfire or stove -- and a small amount of water (plus a charge cord) to power up your electrical devices. The sleek and well-designed Flame Stower converts heat from open flames into electricity for any USB enabled device; it takes about 40 minutes to fully charge a smartphone; $89.99 at flamestower.com.
Big Skinny Wallet(Credit: Big Skinny)
As phones grow in size, it makes sense to reduce the dimensions of money and credit-card holders. Enter the Big Skinny Wallet. The nylon, well-designed Big Skinny wallet is a slender, comfortable alternative to bulky leather versions; the bi-fold can carry up to 25 credit cards and is only 1/8 inch when folded; $25 at bigskinny.net.
Wallet Ninja(Credit: Wallet Ninja)
The Wallet Ninja is the ultimate all-in-one tool, and just the size of a credit card. Marketed as the "World's First 100% Flat Multi-Tool," the sturdy steel Wallet Ninja sports 6 Hex heads, 4 screwdrivers (including one for your glasses) and serves as a box-cutter, ruler, cell phone stand and more. It's TSA-approved, too. $9.99 at toolsforninjas.com.
Wine Condoms(Credit: Wine Condoms)
Wine Condoms seal the top of an open wine-bottle like a - well, you know. This is a "wine stopper with a funny name" and works like a charm. You can lay an uncorked bottle of wine horizontally in the fridge or in a cooler with utmost confidence that it won't leak; $10 for a box of 10 at winecondoms.com.
Shake Totes(Credit: quirky.com)
The Shake Totes are good looking (and well-made) beach totes featuring a bottom that unsnaps to reveal a mesh panel. Shake out sand from shoes and beach towels without having to turn the tote upside down. Ingenious; $29.99 from quirky.com.
Puddleton Packable Rainboots(Credit: Puddletons)
Completely waterproof, the Puddleton Packable Rainboots are pop-art-styled rain boots that fold down to fit in a backpack or small suitcase. If you're the type of traveler who doesn't let rainy weather or mud-season stop you from exploring the world, you'll probably want a couple pairs. Comes with a drainable travel bag; $40 at puddletons.com.
Ye Olde Tavern Tours, Boston(Credit: Ye Olde Tavern Tours)
A pub-crawl for U.S. history buffs, the Ye Olde Tavern Tours, Boston leads guests along Boston's famous Freedom Trail, while explaining the city's role in the American Revolution. Guests also get to drink beer at historic taverns and hear about the role of alcohol in the resistance efforts; $50 at yeoldtaverntours.com.
The Buddy Pouch(Credit: The Buddy Pouch)
The Buddy Pouch is a fanny pack without the goofy straps, this wallet-sized pouch snaps over your waistband via heavy-duty magnets, allowing you to keep your smartphone, dog snacks, keys, credit cards and dignity securely in place; $24 at buddypouch.com.
DripDrop Medical Grade Hydration(Credit: DripDrop)
DripDrop Medical Grade Hydration are packets of powdered electrolytes that solve the problem of dehydration on long flights, long hikes or as a result of illness. Developed by a Mayo Clinic doctor, DripDrop contains 2 to 3 times the electrolytes and half the calories of sports drinks; $10 for a 4-pack at CVS and Walgreens or dripdrop.com.
Ministry of Supple Men's Archive Dress Shirts(Credit: Ministry of Supply)
The genius-grads of MIT are at it again -- this time with Ministry of Supply Men's Archive Dress Shirts, a men's Oxford-like button down shirt that will look great in a boardroom after a 15-hour flight. It's non-wrinkle with microscopic vents underarm to keep you cool, fresh, and stink-free; $108 at ministryofsupply.com.
Foldable Sunglasses(Credit: sunglasswarehouse.com)
Foldable sunglasses. This discount website offers a range of sunglass styles from colorful wayfarers to metallic aviators that fold in half. If you have a tendency to lose sunglasses, at this price-point you don't have to worry about keeping a replacement stash; $10.99-$20 at sunglasswarehouse.com.
Bungee Tags(Credit: Bungee Virtual Lost+Found)
The Bungee Tags are stick-ons for electronic devices and other easy-to-lose personal items. These little boomerang-shaped tags include your own personal code and a number to text to connect finder with owner anonymously; $19 for two-year coverage, $35 for 5 years of coverage, and $95 for a family plan that covers 5 individuals for 5 years and includes 110 tags, at bungeetags.com.
BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer(Credit: BACtrack)
Incredibly precise and easy to use, the BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer is a personal keychain-size breathalyzer that syncs to your smartphone so you can estimate your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) right away using police-grade sensor technology. Connected to a user-friendly app, you can learn how your body processes alcohol and figure out when your BAC will return to zero; $49 from bactrack.com.
Kool Tool(Credit: Jack Smith Photography)
The Kool Tool magic-fiber towel goes way beyond the dip-your-bandana-in-water cooling system and into space-age technology. Wet and snap to activate: placing a Kool Tool around your neck is as close to standing beside an air-conditioner as you can get outside on a steaming hot day; $16 at kooltool.biz.
Women's Pick Pocket Proof Pants(Credit: Clothing Arts)
Until recently Women's Pick Pocket Proof Pants, sporting double zipper pockets with button tabs that have proven impervious to would-be thieves, were only available to men. Now, women can be equally protected with comfortable fabric that is sturdy and stylish enough for both urban and outdoor adventures; $100 at clothingarts.com.
Great for mountaintop or off-road photo shoots, the Tiltpod props your camera or I-Phone with a mini quick-connect magnet, letting you take long exposure or self-portrait pictures from uneven surfaces; $15, tiltpod.com.
Precision Voyager(Credit: Precision Voyager)
Accurate and easy to use, the Precision Voyager sure beats standing on your bathroom scale holding a possibly overweight duffle. Clip it onto the luggage handle, lift and you get an immediate and clear reading up to 110 lbs.; $29.95, shop.eatsmartproducts.com.
Universal Travel Adapter(Credit: Module R)
This vibrantly colored little Universal Travel Adapter from Module R, easily stashed in a carry-on and cleverly designed for use in over 150 countries, is a must-have for globetrotters who just have to start charging electronic devices the second they land abroad; $22.50, module-r.com.
For all those times you're in a rush and forget to pack underwear, Spairz pill-box-sized, compressed-shrink-wrapped extras fit easily in your purse or glove compartment; $10, shop.spairz.com.