9 Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

Let’s face it: traveling is stressful. Dry airplane air, noisy seatmates, cramped seating conditions. Even the most experienced traveler needs an arsenal of products to get from point A to point B with their sanity and good humor intact. 

As a seasoned air traveler, I’ve rounded up some gift ideas for travel lovers that will make every journey a little bit smoother, and dare I say, even enjoyable.  

For the economy class traveler

Noise cancelling headphones: In-flight headphones are a waste of wiring and foam. What you really need to block out your snoring seatmate are a good pair of Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones ($299). Pricey but so worth it. 

Travel pillow/eye mask: I hate to break it to you, but you won’t have any reclining, lay-flat seats here in coach. But you can get at least a few minutes of shut-eye if you have a good neck pillow and eye mask. Ever since I got this set from Brookstone ($35), I've been sleeping like a baby and arriving to my destinations refreshed and ready to go.

In-flight amenities kit: Make your economy experience a bit more civilized with this five-piece, carry-on friendly Air Repair Kit from Target ($42). The kit includes: Soothing Facial Cleansing Milk (2 oz.), Complexion Quenching Facial Mist (2 oz.), Super-Hydrating Eye Cream (0.5 oz.), Complexion Boosting Moisturizer (2 oz.) and Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm (0.9 oz.). 

For the business class traveler

Mix your own cocktails—You can probably get pretty decent wine and beer in business class, but do they have small-batch ginger syrup for your Moscow Mule? The Carry On Cocktail Kit ($24) includes everything you need to mix up two delicious cocktails at 30,000 feet, minus the booze. 

Smart suitcase—You’ll never lose your suitcase again—or pay overweight baggage fees. The Bluesmart carry-on (preorder, $399) connects wirelessly to your smartphone so that you can remotely locate it, lock it, and even weigh it. The mobile app lets you see all your data and travel history in one place. 

Lounge access: Escape the chaos of the terminal and get all the free snacks you can stuff in your pockets. With Priority Pass membership ($99-$399 per year), you have access to over 850 airport lounges worldwide and a choice of three membership plans to suit your particular traveling needs. 

For the first class traveler

Luggage tag: Let your fellow jetsetters know that you’re actually slumming it with this cheeky “My Private Jet is in the Shop” luggage tag from Flight 001 attached to your carry-on. ($7)

Travel blanket redux: You could use the eye mask and blanket provided in first class. Or you could drape yourself in cashmere. Ralph Lauren’s cabled cashmere travel set ($395) comes in nine colors, and contains a throw blanket and an eye mask, which come in a coordinating zippered bag that also doubles as a pillow.

Foodie survival kit: While first class often boasts onboard chefs, can you really be sure the saffron is of sufficient quality? With this handy Mobile Foodie Survival Kit from Uncommon Goods ($26), you can ensure that your meal is seasoned on par to your refined palate. 

December 8, 2015