Cool Gifts For Travelers

Cool Gifts For Travelers

Spot Cool Stuff knows lots of people who take their travel seriously. For them we try to pick out a travel-related gift. Because we take our travel gear seriously.

Here are some gift suggestions for the traveler in your life. Let’s start with our favorite travel gadget of 2008 . . .

Spot Cool Stuff’s Choice For Best Travel Gift Of 2008

The Kindle ebook reading device

kindle Cool Gifts For TravelersIf your personal items don’t fit under the seat in front of you maybe it is because of all of those those novels, travel guidebooks, magazines and newspapers you’ve brought with you on the plane. The Kindle reading device can store all of them in one unit that’s about the same weight and size as one medium-sized paperback. The Kindle works so well because the “e-ink” technology is as easier for your eyes to read than an old-fashion paper book (and much easier for your eyes than the screen you are reading right now). Books, newspapers, magazines and even a few blogs can be downloaded directly onto the Kindle via a ubiquitous cellphone connection—no internet connection required.

The Kindle is one of those items that will make that special traveler on your gift list go WOW.

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Our Other Favorite Gifts This Holiday Season

Sanctuary at the airport and in the airplane

ppt Cool Gifts For Travelers2008 saw record flight delays and increasingly full flights with increasingly bad service. 2009 is looking like an even more stressful year for air travelers. If there are frequent fliers on your shopping list here are two gifts that will thrill: a a Priority Pass membership and pair of the world’s best noise canceling. Holders of a Priority Pass card get access to the relaxation and relative luxury of the airline’s business class lounges even if they are flying economy. Listeners of the best noise canceling headphones, the Sennheiser PXC 450, arrive at their destination feeling more awake and stress-less. What could be a better gift than that?

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Plug in anywhere in the world

apc 150x100 Cool Gifts For TravelersSearch online stores for “universal plug adapter” and virtually all of the adapters you’ll find will not work in every country. The APC Plug Adapter will. Any plug type can be inserted into any residential outlet in the world using the small, ingeniously designed APC. Very cool.

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The world’s best sunglasses

mjt Cool Gifts For TravelersDid you know that wearing a pair of sunglasses can damage your eyes more than not wearing sunglasses at all? That can happen if the sunglasses are the wrong kind. Maui Jim sunglasses are the right kind. They provide full eye projection. And, oh yeah, Mau Jim sunglasses look very cool. They are even perfectly polarized, making these sunglasses ideal for skiing, water sports, driving or any activity in which sun glare is an issue.

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An umbrella that plays with the wind

senzt 150x100 Cool Gifts For TravelersIt is unlikely that anyone on your shopping list will find themselves in a rainstorm with 70 mph (100 km/h) winds. But if they did they could still open their Senz umbrella and keep their heads dry. The Senz has won numerous accolades for its strong design and for the way this umbrella almost dances with the wind. The Senz also folds up to a compact, travel-friendly size.

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For the laptop junkie

arct 150x100 Cool Gifts For TravelersSome people never seem to go anywhere without their laptop. After this gift from you they will never go anywhere without their Arc Mouse. This cool-looking wireless mouse works on nearly any reasonably flat surface (including a pillow and a pant leg) and automatically folds up for easy portability.

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A stocking stuffer for a backpacker

soapt Cool Gifts For TravelersFor camping trips, or adventures to underdeveloped countries, a gift of magic soap is sure to be appreciated. Technically called “Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap,” this amazing, biodegradable product can be used as body soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, mouth wash and even mosquito repellent!

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Find the best restaurant, bar or hotel

zagat Cool Gifts For TravelersThe best restaurant, bar and hotel reviews are, of course, here on on There are a lot more reviews on Zagat’s subscription website, and the quality of those are pretty good too. Zagat is most famous for their books but the information they offer online is more extensive and up-to-date. For access to the Zagat website there’s a reasonably-priced fee (which is 40% more reasonable using the Spot Cool Stuff discount code). Sign up the urban travelers on your shopping list and they’ll certainly make frequent use of their gift.

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More Cool Travel Gear

The best wheeled backpack

Osprey Meridian Wheeled Convertible Pack – 28”

Two carrying options, less hassle! This deluxe pack with removable daypack can be wheeled around or carried on your back when foot traffic is heavy. Convert from wheeled luggage to backpack with the zip-away, padded, curved shoulder straps and hipbelt. Main compartment features organizer pockets and compression straps to secure contents. Removable daypack with organizer zips and clips on and off easily. Daypack has organizer pockets and computer sleeve (fits up to a 15-inch laptop). Two-position, curved retractable handle and side and top carry handles make toting a breeze. Shock-absorbing polyurethane wheels roll smoothly and have a high-clearance design so they won’t get caught on bumps and curbs. Tension mesh vented backpanel and padded, contoured lumbar provide incredible carrying support. Constructed of abrasion-, moisture- and tear-resistant 840-denier and 1680-denier ballistic nylon for long-lasting durability. Daypack volume is 1,200 cu. in. and main bag volume is 4,600 cu. in., for a total volume of 5,800 cu. in.

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Clothing that repels mosquitoes

ExOfficio BUZZ OFF Baja Shirt – Men’s

Pack the quick-drying ExOfficio BUZZ OFF™ Baja shirt on your next trip to insect territory and tell those bugs to get lost! BUZZ OFF Insect Shield® insect repellent apparel features a patent-pending treatment, which has proven to be extremely effective against insects. This EPA-registered clothing repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, midges and no-see-ums. Insect Shield is odorless, colorless and does not change the feel of the garment. Repel more than just insects—also provides UPF 30+ protection from the sun. Integrated ventilation system features mesh-lined vents along the sides of the back to allow air to circulate for cooling comfort. Action Back allows shirt to expand to accommodate a full range of motion and contract to restore a pressed look. Bellowed chest pockets and zippered pocket secure your travel essentials. Sleeves roll up and secure with button-closure tabs. Lightweight, wrinkle-free fabric makes this shirt good to go as soon as you unpack. Soft polyester/cotton blend wicks away moisture on steamy days, keeping you cool and comfortable. Machine washable for easy care. Insect Shield™ is effective through 70 washes. Please note: BUZZ OFF products cannot be shipped to addresses in Canada.

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Always find the way

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS

Garmin Vista HCx GPS is fat on features and lean on size! This compact model features a new high-sensitivity chipset for superb reception. New high-sensitivity chipset delivers super-fast signal aquisition and lock for reception in narrow valleys, dense woodlands and urban jungles. Expandable memory has unlimited potential with the addition of larger sizes of microSD™ cards (sold separately). Upload detailed maps via USB interface (cable included); power is supplied through interface. 256-color TFT technology produces a bright, sunlight-readable display. Electronic compass provides accurate bearing while standing still. Precise barometric sensor with pressure recording tracks elevation gain and loss, as well as weather trends. Comes pre-loaded with U.S. basemap; accepts detailed maps from MapSource® software (sold separately). Follow 50 reversible routes with 1,000 user waypoints with names and graphic symbols. Audible alarms for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint and clock. Trip-computer calculates current and average speed, sunset and sunrise, trip time and distance. Weatherproof case keeps unit functioning in wet conditions; waterproof to IEC 529 lPX7 standards. WAAS-enabled (Wide Area Augmentation System) receiver delivers sub-3-meter accuracy. Two AA batteries supply up to 32 hours of typical use (batteries sold separately). Compatible with most MapSource products including BlueChart®, City Select® and U.S. TOPO 24K. Comes with: PC/USB interface cable, MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD-ROM, lanyard, owners manual and quick reference guide.

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Packing organizer

Eagle Creek Pack-It 2-Sided Cube

Clean or dirty. Wet or Dry. One side has a breathable mesh top and the other top’s made of spill proof mesh and a spill proof mesh liner to keep the two separate. We like to think of this as the double duty cube.

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Charge iPods and cell phones with the sun

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  1. Natalie says:

    My best friend gave me a really cool map of Paris which came with a special code to access an online database at so I can devise my own travel itineraries and send e-postcards – amazing. They are new and cover about 10 cities so far.

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  2. Spot Cool Travel Stuff says:

    That review of the Osprey bag is up:

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  3. Spot Cool Travel Stuff says:

    Hey Cate!

    That wheeled Osprey pack is really great. (It’s the one I travel with). I’ve been thinking of writing a separate post about it — you’ve inspired me to do that.

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  4. efd says:

    Great list. I love the Kindle — it’s on my blog as well. Happy Holidays. EFD

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  5. Cate says:

    The Wheeled Convertible Pack is exactly what I have been talking about to everyone around me. I knew there had to be something out there for my travel needs….NOw I can buy myself yet another christmas present 🙂

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