This travel gift guide series features useful products that we hand-selected for all types of travelers. We’re big on practicality and usability that can suit the needs of any travel style, so these items are perfect for a road trip, weekend getaway, international trip, or any other type of vacation. In fact, while you’re buying these items for a friend or family member, you may even want to consider treating yourself. Stay tuned for Best Gifts for Travelers, Part 2 — coming soon.
The Aerobie AeroPress brand in particular has gotten rave reviews for quality and ingenuity, which makes this portable coffee maker more attractive than others. Wired summed up their review with: “Brews the perfect cup every time. Clean-up takes seconds. Endless variations on method. Lots of optional accessories.” While you’re at it, buy some Trang Nguyen coffee grounds (a high-quality Vietnamese brand) to make a delicious brew.
There’s really nothing worse than struggling with too much luggage. Pack light, people! This zip-up day bag is the perfect addition to any trip. The beauty of this product is that you can use it as a carry-on or a day bag, or if you don’t need it, you can keep it packed while you travel to reduce the amount of bags you’re carrying. Then, bring it out to use as a day bag when you arrive at your destination or use it strategically in these situations:• If your checked bag is too heavy, throw some clothes into the day bag and carry it on instead of paying an overweight baggage fee. • Going on a bus ride and need to stow your luggage under the bus? Pack necessities and valuables into the day bag and keep it with you. • You’re going shopping (for clothes, groceries, whatever) and you need an extra bag. Voila! Just carry this with you and you have it if you need it. If not, keep it packed away. Since you’re already going to bring your smartphone with you wherever you go and protect it like it’s your child, you might as well store some other valuables with it, too. This case can hold cash; ID, credit, debit, or business cards; and a car, house, or hotel room key. It’s not a purse replacement (if you overload it, it won’t close properly), but if you only need your ID, hotel key and a credit card when you go out for lunch or to the theater, then this is a great option. So many people swear by packing cubes, and we don’t blame them. They condense the contents of your bag so you can potentially pack more and also help section off your clothes so they’re easier to find (for example, you can pack the large one with pants, the medium one with shirts, and the smallest one with undies). They come in all sorts of colors, sizes and materials so you can choose the style that’s right for you. Everyone and their mother is selling them on Amazon.