There’s nothing as exhilarating as embarking on a big adventure. But if you don’t really want to give up all the comforts of home, well, what’s a guy to do?
These travel essentials make any trip easier. They take care of the basics – sleep, exercise, music, coffee – so you’re refreshed, caffeinated and ready to explore the world.
Softie weekender from Aunts and Uncles
Softie weekender from Aunts and Uncles — Photo courtesy of Aunts and Uncles
This aptly-named carry-on from Aunts and Uncles’ Good Old Friends collection feels as well-traveled as you, and is likely to become your most reliable bag.
With a modern take on an old-school look – contrasting straps, a plaid cotton lining and both a handle and an adjustable padded shoulder strap – the Softie is surprisingly rugged. It’s made of semi-vegetable tanned, pre-aged buffalo hide and it keeps everything inside safe and well-organized with strong elastics and a zipper pocket.
This bag will accompany you on trips for years to come, at which point you’ll be tempted to say, affectionately, “Oh, you old Softie, you.”
Fisher 400-JR Chrome Bullet Space Pen with Jump Ring
Fisher 400-JR Chrome Bullet Space Pen with Jump Ring — Photo courtesy of Fisher Space Pen
Despite all your tablets, phones and electronics, sometimes you just need a pen. This high-tech pen from technology pioneer Fisher writes underwater, over grease, at any angle (including upside down), in extreme temperatures and in zero gravity.
In fact, founder Paul Fisher’s retractable, pressurized pen accompanied the first manned Apollo mission in 1968, and the company’s pens have been part of every flight since then. Attach a pen to your belt loop, backpack or climbing gear so you can leave an SOS in case you can’t get a signal.
Kuju Coffee Pocket PourOver
Kuju Coffee Pocket PourOver — Photo courtesy of Kuju Coffee
Founded by two Eagle Scout brothers who were sick of drinking tasteless instant coffee on their camping trips, these ingenious one-cup packets let you enjoy fresh-brewed coffee anywhere.
The Pocket PourOver is a craft, ready-to-brew disposable filter that anchors to your mug or thermos. Slowly pour hot water until you’ve achieved your desired strength, and in three to five minutes you’ll have a quality drink that rivals any coffee shop. Keep a couple of packets in your car and desk, as well. With every purchase, Kuju makes a donation to the National Park Foundation.
Sound + Sleep Mini
Sound + Sleep Mini — Photo courtesy of Sound of Sleep
It can definitely be challenging to fall asleep in a strange hotel bed, especially when you add in jet lag and time differences.
This Adaptive Sound Sleep Therapy System features 32 natural SoundStories, four fan sounds and a dozen white/pink/brown noises so you can relax and nod off to soothing sounds like the ocean, a meadow or rainfall. You can let it play all night, and it even adjusts the volume to the noise level in your environment, getting just a little louder as you start snoring away.
Tech Dopp Kit 2 from This Is Ground
Tech Dopp Kit 2 from This Is Ground — Photo courtesy of This Is Ground
Instead of tossing all your devices, chargers and cables in your bag and hoping you’ll be able to find and untangle them when you need to, arrange them neatly in this compact organizer from one of our favorite companies, This Is Ground.
Handmade from Tuscan vegetable tanned cowhide, this sophisticated yet practical bag has a designated spot for each one of your electronic essentials, making it virtually impossible not to be efficient. The bag is sturdy enough to be thrown into your carry-on without squishing anything, making it a snap to grab your headphones when you need to drown out that crying baby sitting behind you.
WonderCube — Photo courtesy of Touch of Modern
Multitaskers are vital when you’re trying to pack light, and this one does the job of eight travel necessities while hanging conveniently on your key chain.
The world’s smallest smartphone charger, this itsy bitsy cube also lets you sync, save, back up, transfer files, get an energy boost and prop up your phone to watch movies. It even acts as a flashlight. If only every travel companion were this useful.
Stretch.Flex.Breathe.Roll. by BodyworksBall — Photo courtesy of BodyworksBall
An entire gym in a lightweight, easy-to-tote bag, this travel wellness system is ideal for staying fit and healthy on the road.
Equipped with all the tools you need for both “sweat” or “no sweat” workouts, it’s the brainchild of the masterminds behind the BodyworksBall, the award-winning self-massager chosen by Oprah for her “O List.” A ball is also included in this kit, and you will find yourself happily joining the “Oh" list as you knead out the kinks in your back and neck after hours of sitting on a plane.
Soundcast VG1 waterproof speaker
Soundcast waterproof speaker — Photo courtesy of Soundcast
Because every trip needs a soundtrack, this amazing waterproof Bluetooth speaker fits in the palm of your hand so you can play your favorite music whether you’re roughing it outdoors, enjoying room service in a luxury hotel or just lying on the beach.
Providing best-in-category performance – which means you get the richest, clearest audio – it’s certified dustproof, shockproof and sandproof. Weighing in at just one pound, it’s also proof that good things – and crisp sound – really do come in small packages.
Still Nordic Clean Brief 2 Room computer bag
Clean Brief 2 Room black computer bag from Still Nordic — Photo courtesy of Still Nordic
Not your father’s briefcase, this rich leather bag from Still Nordic has a padded compartment for your laptop, zipped pockets inside and out and a pocket for your charger and phone.
Like the best of Scandinavian design, it’s the perfect blend of form and function, with room for everything you need for work and play. Handmade in Denmark, its simplicity and sophistication has a universal appeal.
MEEM — Photo courtesy of MEEM
Cloud space can get expensive quickly, so rather than continuing to pay for more and more storage, consider this cable. Not only does it charge your phone, but it automatically backs up the personal data on your smartphone or tablet every time you do.
All your saved data is fully visible on your MEEM app. And if you lose your phone? Just plug MEEM into your new one and seamlessly restore all your information.