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Sometimes a great adventure comes down to traveling with the right gear and having access to quick fixes when something goes awry. These thoughtful holiday gifts have that covered. Check for availability and prices on each product’s website.
Vinnibag has found the perfect solution for allowing those who crave premier wines and pure olive oils to transport their precious cargo home without worrying about the potentially nasty consequences of breakage. The TSA-friendly inflatable, reusable travel bag protects liquids as well as fine collectible items in checked luggage.
Engineered specifically to withstand air travel and high altitudes, Vinnibag lets travelers place items inside, inflate the bag with a few breaths of air, snap it closed, pack in checked luggage and then deflate once home. The versatile product can also be reused as an ice pack, smartphone holder in water or even a bath pillow.
2) Matador Pocket Blanket
Once unfurled from its integrated, attached storage pouch, the water and puncture resistant Matador Pocket Blanket is large enough (63” x 44”) to accommodate two or more seated persons sitting. After use, it can be folded into itself as the size of a wallet. Ultra-compact, the 3.2-ounce accessory features weighted corners a key loop for easy transport
3) The Hydaway Bottle
When you’re busy, thirsty and on the move, it just makes sense to tap into a reusable water bottle that’s portable, easy to use and won’t hold you back wherever you go. Available in 12- and 21-ounce sizes, the Hydaway Bottle features an innovative hinged design that expands for a handy alternative to disposable plastic water bottles – perfect for everything from quenching thirsts during airport layovers to the final pitch during a summit hike. Afterwards, it can be folded back down to store in a pocket, backpack or picnic basket.
All Hydaway bottles feature an easy to use, flip-up straw for quick sips, carabineer friendly carry handle and are protected by the company’s Watertight Guarantee.
They’re also BPA-free, taste and odor-free, and dishwasher safe.
8) Zip N Fix
For those on the go, Fix N Zip is perfect for repairing broken zippers on luggage, sleeping bags, Jeep windows, dresses, pants, skirts and handbags.
Free of needles, threads and tools, the Fix N Zip glides over missing teeth to realign the remaining teeth for restoring the zipper’s functionality. The reusable product comes in small, medium and large sizes to accommodate a range of zipper types:
- Small – Pants, skirts, fine garments, cushions, clutch handbags
- Medium – Jackets, sleeping bags, tents, purses, duffel bags
- Large – Wetsuits, boat covers, canvas tents, heavy duty clothing, Jeep windows
9) Picture Keeper
When photos, videos and contacts are scattered across multiple devices, there’s always a chance of losing these precious memories due to crashes or misplaced equipment. Or if a traveler is too “selfie” happy, devices may be pushed to the max and run out of storage space.
Picture Keeper is a USB back-up drive created to secure photos, videos and contacts recorded on Smartphones, computers and tablets. The handy Picture Keeper Connect can be tapped into anywhere at any time with no Internet connection required. Android and iPhone versions are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
4) Wallaby Hammock
Sleek, versatile, durable and cuddly, the Kammok Wallaby Hammock is the perfect gift for micro or minimalist adventure lovers who covet packing light and hanging virtually anywhere. This ultra-portable product provides versatility with its four easy-to-transform shelter options: a two-plus person tent, all-in-one hammock shelter, basic hammock, and Fly Light ultra-light shelter with a ground tarp and rain fly.
Weighing in at 10 ounces, this easy-does-it hammock can be upgraded with durable, best-in-class Kammok Python Straps designed with daisy-chain suspension materials that boast superior strength and a combined length of 20 ft. During the holiday season, a Wallaby Hammock and Python Straps combo purchase comes with a freebie Kammok Tote Bag that holds up to 50 pounds.
5) The Shrine Bags
Breaking the mold of traditional gear, The Shrine has paid homage to those who worship travel by debuting its inaugural luggage collection in Duffle, Weekender and Daypack options. The company strives to make baggage fees a thing of the past by making it possible to compartmentalize valued possessions within a single bag.
Designed to fit TSA sizing regulations for carry-ons, bags maximize organization with
compartments and slots specifically for stowing away up to four pairs of size 20 shoes (depending on the luggage style), iPad, laptop, charging wires, photography equipment, watches, passport, hats, apparel and more.
6) SAFEGO Portable Safe
A portable and lightweight travel amenity functioning as both an outdoor key safe and custom combination lockbox, SAFEGO combats theft with a focus on durability and interior space.
With its heavy-duty lock and unique flexible steel cable, this portable security option can be attached to almost any secure fixture for safeguarding valuables at beaches, pools, hotels, cruises and parks. While it’s not bulky, the safe still has ample capacity for stashing Smartphones, keys, cash, wallets, cameras, sunglasses and jewelry. Color selections are Barricade Black, Brazen Blue, Protective Pin and Withstand White.
9) Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus
Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is a handy product that makes wrinkle removal a breeze. With a simple spritz, it coats fabric fibers with silicone that allows them to relax and slide apart instead of being frozen in a crease. Travelers can simply spray, tug, smooth and hang, and then allow fabric to dry for a crisp, fresh-smelling and wrinkle-free look in minutes.
A quick spritz can also eliminate static cling, remove odors, and freshen up furniture, pet beds and infant car seats. Along with larger bottles for longer-term use, the travel-friendly three-ounce size can be purchased at mass retailers, grocery stores and drug stores.
Among the hassles of traveling are the pains and aches that accompany long periods of sitting, standing, and transporting luggage. To tackle these nagging conditions, Long Island chiropractor Dr. Tara O’Brien-Adkins created SorePoint from 100% organic ingredients that offer topical pain relief.
With a low percentage of preservatives, SorePoint is absent of dyes and food coloring, and features menthol obtained from the infusion of organic peppermint and mint oils. It’s also infused with organic arnica oil and organic Vitamin E as a carrier oil in the product.
“All essential oils in SorePoint are certified organic, which means they are available in purest form,” says Dr. O’Brien-Adkins. “Nothing in SorePoint will cause any of the undesirable effects that can occur when using any added synthetic chemical content.”
Perfect for on-the-go application, SorePoint’s two-ounce roll-on slips perfectly into any travel carry-on bag or gym bag. Lightweight and non-sticky, the therapeutic product addresses muscle fatigue, plus aids in travel duration and athletic recuperation.