Flying is hard, but it opens up the world for us in ways we never thought possible. Men’s Stocking Stuffers, we regularly travel locally and internationally, so we’ve put together a survival kit for the travel savvy man in your life. Whether they’re headed to the Great Wall of China, the African Safari or just across the country, help prepare them for the journey ahead. Enjoy the 9 best travel gifts of 2014.
Passports, photo IDs, tickets, local currency. You have plenty to remember when your running around an airport trying to find your terminal. Keep all of your vital travel documents in one place for quick and easy access, and never get caught digging through your pack for your passport again. Travel Tip: In the interest of security, make photocopies of your important documents and store them somewhere else – just in case. Speaking of just in case, the Lewis N. Clark document organizer blocks RFID trasmission (protecting your vital passport information from electronic snooping) and most importantly, it zips fully closed so nothing “wanders away” when you’re not paying attention.
If you’ve ever been on a 10+ hour flight, you know how important getting some sleep is in minimizing jetlag. That’s where these come in, they’ll put you to sleep just like a Nyquil, but without all the needless cold medicine coursing through your veins. If you want to make sure you get 8 hours, grab two of these with a cup of tea after your second movie.
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Traveling is noisy. Children crying, people talking and that constant engine drone… this is exactly where these noise-cancelling headphones from Audio Technica come in. With Active noise-cancelling, they generate wave patterns that actively block out unwanted noises. All of the active electronics are packed into an inline battery pack (AA), and the whole setup take a lot less space than your typical over-the-ear headphones. Think of them as your own personal Dikembe Mutombo for horrible sounds. But they won’t stop there – they also pipe your favorite music or movie sound directly into your ear canal. Enjoy the explosive detail in The Guardians of the Galaxy on your next trip.
If the airline provides blankets, why do I need me own? Two reason: this one is bigger and you know exactly where it’s been. Blankets and pillows make it easy for germs to pass from passenger to passenger, since they are often not cleaned between flights. At 70 inches long, this one is big enough to fully cover you – no more cold feet! It comes with a small sack to easily store it, and it’s absorbant so you could even use it as a towel in a pinch.
Your Grandpa had it right 30 years ago, and Gold Toe socks are still fantastic. Oh, and the compression socks thing? Yeah. He had that right too, but you won’t be wearing them in a La-Z-boy in front of the Golf channel (unless maybe you’re into that?). When you’re in a plane, you legs aren’t going to be moving very much, and that can lead to a bad circulation problem. Compression socks improve your circulation and keep you a heck of a lot more comfortable. If you’ve ever played soccer or American football – you already know how great these are. But these socks from gold toe are subtle and won’t scream THESE ARE NIKE SOCKS at everyone around you. Reserved, reliable and imminately useful. Your Grandpa probably taught you that too.
It’s just science. Light is the enemy of good sleep, and screaming kids or loud snoring aren’t good either. Two birds. One Stone. Sleep better anywhere. Oh, and did I mention that these are curved so that they don’t rest against your eyelids? R.E.M. in peace.
It looks crazy, but this pillow is the best random purchase that I’ve ever made in an Airport – and I’ve pickup up some great magazines. The CABEAU pillow doesn’t succumb to the failings of most neck pillows. This one actually stays put! It can be worn traditionally to support your head sideways and backwards, or in reverse (with the closure at the back – my personal favorite) to prevent your head from falling forward as well. It’s so comfortable, you can fall alseep in a middle seat! It’s easily the best travel pillow I’ve ever used, and it rolls up into a small cinch sack for easy packing.
You know the type. The little things that rattle around in the bottom of your backpack: house keys, USB keys, extra cables, chapstick, a few pens and your notebook mouse. Stop the madness! Don’t break any more USB keys, fray any more cables or lose any more pens. The Grid-It is easy to organize and easier to pack, and easiest to find when you need it.
I saved the Anker for the end because late in the day is when you’ll need this. After waking up at 4:30am, you used your phones GPS to make sure you made it to the airport on time. You scanned your electronic boarding pass at the gate, and made one last call to the folks to say “catch ya later”. A movie or two on the flight and a couple of games of FIFA, and all of the sudden your phone is flashing that red low battery warning. Traveling is hard on you, but it’s even harder on your phone battery. Make sure you to keep rolling with the Astro portable charger from Anker. It’ll recharge your iPhone 3 times (or iPad once) so you never get stuck with a dead battery. Just make sure to charge the Astro before you leave.