Florida traveler or global adventurer . . . nice or naughty . . . treat yourself or your favorite on-the-go companion to a gift that makes travel a touch more enjoyable and convenient. Here are some ideas for gals or guys—and to fit any budget.
At under $10, the Kikkerland Universal Travel Adapter offers compatibility for more than 150 countries. This compact device contains two voltage adapter blocks that can be used together or separately, depending on the country (BedBathandBeyond.com).
When a hotel safe isn’t available, protect your passport, jewelry, a laptop or other valuables with a water-resistant and lightweight Packable Safe (Sharper Image; $40). This portable safe (20” W x 14” H x.5” D) features a slash-proof stainless steel exterior and locks and secures to any fixture with the included padlock.
Portuguese-made Spiaggia Anti-Sand Beach Towels are a small miracle. Measuring 40” x 70”, these 100% certified-organic combed cotton towels are not only quick-drying, but the non-terry towel backing is specially woven to repel sand. Retail is $40-$45 (eBay.com, Amazon.com).
The ultra-portable Charging Valet (model CG-C140A; SharperImage.com, $50) lets you charge up to three electronic items at once using the car adapter or wall outlet. It comes with adapters for most cell phones (others can be purchased separately) and a mini and micro USB.
The Sandless Beach Mat makes ideal flooring for a camping tent or for more comfortable afternoons on the beach or at an outdoor concert (Hammacher.com; $60). The 36’ square mat (also available in 64’ square, $70) features a one-way woven polyurethane layer that instantly filters sand, dirt, dust and water from its surface. Bound edges with D-rings lie flat and secured to the ground with stakes (not included). The mat folds into an included travel bag.
If you want to take it all with you and avoid those hefty airline baggage charges - wear it on! The lightweight and breathable (and wrinkle- , water- and stain-resistant) Scottevest (scottevest.com; $100) has 22 “no-bulge” secure pockets designed for chargers, adapters, cords, books, a netbook or Kindle, water bottle, wallet, passport and much more. A patented Personal Area Network (PAN) lets you run your earbud cables through hidden slot to listen to music and media from your iPhone, iPod or iPad (size M or larger only). A Woman’s Trench ($150) features 18 pockets for daily or travel essentials.
Setting up the Sunbuster Shelter (LLBean.com; $109) takes minutes with three single-direction pole sleeves. Sand-filled pouches and ground stakes hold the tent firm against wind and rain. The shelter (9’ L x 5’ W x 4’10” H) is made up of UV-resistant ripstop polyester fabric. A separate attachable front panel ($19.50) makes the shelter private for changing or for that afternoon siesta.
A fan of Pan Am? A vintage-inspired tote from the 1970s shows your iconic style. Used as a carry-on or carry-all, the bag (14” x 17” x 6”) features an embossed Pan Am logo, nickel hardware, padded and adjustable shoulder strap and 17” handles in Vintage White or Pan Am Blue, $125. A larger rolling Pan Am Trolley Weekender bag retails for $250. Brookstone.com.
One of the best-selling rolling carry-on bags takes you easily down airplane aisle and slip under a seat or in an overhead bin. Travel Smith’s 7-lb. 360° Spinner Ultra-Organized bag (outside measurements: 16” W x 8.5” D x 15.5” H) features four shatterproof spinning wheels, a slide-up handle that adjusts to four heights, a roomy interior, several pockets and a large matching fold-up tote. It comes in red, silver or black nylon or a stylish quilted black patent (TravelSmith.com; $139).
The Mom-designed Vinotemp Travel Cooler Bag (Vinotemp.com; $149) uses thermoelectric technology for lasting cool temperature. A 12-volt adapter plugs into a car socket to power a brushless motor. The insulated interior chills up to 32 liters (slightly more than one cubic foot). The bag (13.5” D x 12” W x 14.5” H) features a pull-out handle and wheels for easy transport. Vinotemp folds flat to store.