What features would you build into your perfect carry-on bag? Easy access to your laptop and toiletries to make TSA a breeze? A side pocket so you can get to your books or gadgets without taking your bag out of the bin? A wide wheelbase to prevent tip-overs? Well, the Travelteq Active Carry-On Bag offers all this and more. Designed to be the ultimate carry-on, this crowdfunded wonder is built from strong, light, high-quality materials, and also features a zipper from expansion, silent, off-road friendly wheels, and YKK zippers, making it weather resistant.
Avoid the sketchy showers at the truck stop and get yourself clean with the Road Shower. This eco-friendly add-on mounts to your vehicle's rack mount, and uses solar power to heat the water inside up to above 100 degrees. It's also pressurized, can easily be pumped with a bike pump, tire pump, or compressor, features a nozzle that can be clipped to the side for hands-free washing, a clear food-grade hose, and rugged matte black aluminum housing that's as discreet as a portable shower on your roof can be.
If you live somewhere with frequent rain, odds are you own at least one umbrella. And odds are it's a rather utilitarian affair — not particularly noteworthy or well-designed, but it keeps the rain off of you, so who cares. Well, this Alexander McQueen Skull Umbrella makes a strong argument that you should care. This short folding umbrella appears unremarkable from afar, but look closer and you'll find a bright blue resin skull at the base of the handle that elevates the umbrella from a necessary evil to a sharp accessory.
If you spend a lot of your time traveling, no matter if it's for business, or for pleasure, it's probably time to give some serious thought to upgrading your luggage. That old duffel bag you've been dragging around from terminal to terminal is starting to show its years, so replace it with some Rimowa Olive Green Luggage ($400 and up; available only in Rimowa stores). New for this season, the salsa collection gets a stylish color option across the line, while keeping everything people love about Rimowa luggage. Durable polycarbonate construction with a glossy finish, accenting interior fabric, multi-wheel rolling casters, telescoping handles, and TSA locks make it the perfect way to travel in style and utility.
Yes, we all have alarms built in to our phones, tablets, and other gadgets these days, but when it comes to getting up in a different time zone, you can never be too careful. The Braun Travel Alarm Clock ($50) will ensure you stay on time no matter where you roam, with a quiet German quartz movement, light, flip-down lid with a world time zone map, crescendo alarm, and signature clean design. Feel like sleeping in for just a few more minutes? Just wave your hand to activate the snooze and stave off jet lag for another few minutes.
No matter what sort of excursion you have in store — whether you're going away for a quick weekend jaunt, a week-long business trip, or a month-long international vacation — there's a Billykirk Carryall Bag ($185 and up) to suit your needs. The small carryall will hold everything you need when you just need to get away for a couple days, while the medium carryall is perfect when you need to pack in a little more, or go with the large carryall when you just can't decide what to leave home. Each one is made from high-quality fabrics (including waxed canvas and herringbone cotton) with leather accents and straps, plenty of pockets, and enough color options to fit any man's style.
If you're the type of person that likes to pamper your possessions as much as yourself, the Rimowa x Moncler Suitcase ($1,960) should be perfect for you. Sporting a sleek riffled aluminum exterior, it features shiny, quilted laqué nylon lining to protect your stuff, rugged construction, an included shoe bag, transparent toiletries case, and quilted case.
Forget about duffles, weekenders, totes, rollers, or whatever else you cram your stuff in before hitting the road. It's time to consider a classic, the suitcase. Or, the Hard Graft Carry On Suitcase ($906), to be more specific. This artisan-crafted case is made of Italian leather and British wool, so it will stand up to the treatment of even the clumsiest baggage handler. But, you may choose to bypass that route altogether and bring it on the plane. It's the perfect size for an overhead compartment, and a removable shoulder strap means you can carry it comfortably as you run to make your connection.
Block out unwanted light, hide your headphones, and support your neck all at the same time with the Travel HoodiePillow ($20). This ultimate airline accessory features an inflatable neck pillow that's built on to the bottom of a spacious hood, which features a pair of drawstrings for blocking everything out. It's suggested that it's also good for reading, watching TV, and studying, but frankly, all we want it for is to keep the creep next to us in seat 26B from making eye contact. [via]
Tired of long walks from terminal to terminal? Make your next trip more manageable by packing your stuff inside a piece of Micro Scooter Luggage ($250). Developed in collaboration with Samsonite, this unique suitcase features hard-side construction, a 26L capacity that makes it ideal for short trips, and built-in kickboard that folds out to turn the entire thing into a scooter, allowing you to roll from place to place with ease.
Enjoy freshly-brewed French press coffee without the hassle of a full-size pot with the Minibru Coffee Mug ($25). Built on the same principles, the Minibru has you add in ground coffee and hot water, let it brew for 2-3 minutes, and then insert the plastic plunger to filter out the grains — leaving you with a perfectly-portioned amount of coffee, no oversized pots or weird-looking single brew contraptions required.
It may not look flashy, but when you arrive at your destination and all you need to do is hang it up, you'll be glad to have this Lexdray London Garment Bag ($540). Made from ballistic nylon and neoprene, this unique piece of luggage features built-in shelving — letting you keep your shirts, pants, socks, and underwear separated and easily accessible — as well as military-grade hardware, a removable Oxford Suiter, and a fleece-lined laptop compartment.
Cradle your whisky with the care it deserves inside the Dewars x FSC Travel Bag ($150). This multifunctional roll is handmade in NYC from water-repellent 18 oz. waxed canvas, and features Dewar's signature Highlander Tartan fabric lining, hand-cut English bridle leather straps, a long interior pocket, and an included Dewar's flask. Also useful as a dopp kit, tool kit, or knife roll, but we prefer using it for its original purpose.
If you've ever wanted to have your luggage match your iPhone case, now's your chance. The Incase Eo Travel Collection ($150-$300) brings the company's clean, minimal aesthetic to the world of luggage, with a lineup that includes a hardshell roller with glossy front, a standard roller, a rolling briefcase, a backpack, and a duffel bag. All five options are carry-on compliant, and feature padded compartments for Apple devices, organizer pockets for chargers, cables, and other small items, and a black exterior with neon green accents.
When Skyfall opens next month, you might notice a rather stylish bespoke rifle case — but you don't need to wait to buy it. The Globe-Trotter James Bond Collection (£725-£5,000; roughly $1,160-$8,000) includes the Stabilist Aluminium case — inspired by the aforementioned rifle case — as well as a variety of cases ranging in size from 16" to 33" and a line of leather goods that includes a bag, wallets, and card holders. Each one has subtle Bond detailing, but thankfully avoids any tacky displays of branding.
If you're in a hurry, you take your morning coffee to go. But if you're really in a hurry, you brew your morning coffee on the go in the Impress Coffee Brewer Cup ($40). This one-cup-at-a-time travel mug/brewer uses a double-walled outer stainless steel cup and nesting inner cup with stainless steel microfilter to brew great tasting coffee in only three minutes. Just place the grounds in the outer cup, add hot water, and when the three minutes are up, push the inner cup all the way down and snap on the to-go lid to enjoy your coffee.
To hell with folding. If you're not feeling up to using Maps on your smartphone or tablet — or just don't want to ring up a huge international data bill — then consider packing one of these Crumpled City Maps ($15) on your next trip. Made from some sort of special technological material, these full-color maps can be opened and closed in just two seconds, provide details about streets, monuments, museums, and more, weigh only 21 grams, are 100% waterproof, and cram nicely into their included carrying pouches when you're tired of looking like a tourist.
No, this isn't a Rambo-style sling for paperbacks. The Book Bandolier ($26) is instead an adjustable leather strap that offers six loops for holding pens, pencils, and brushes, and is designed to wrap around a stack of drawing/notebooks, allowing you to travel as lightly as possible while keeping the tools you need nearby.
Keeping dress shirts looking crisp while traveling is hard. The Shirt Shuttle (£30; roughly $50) makes it easy. This simple travel helper features a curved-edge folding board to ensure that your shirt remains uncreased, and a lightweight, water-resistant case that's specially formed to keep your collar looking great, and includes inner pads to help minimize creases and an integrated hanging hook. Keeping the rest of your wardrobe looking nice is up to you.
Is your college-era flask getting a bit long in the tooth? Step up to one of these Tom Cecil Flasks (£300-£350; roughly $475-$550). Sporting handy, stand-on-their-own angular designs, they're available in a variety of high-end finishes, including brass, stainless steel, high-gloss white, and high-gloss black. For those times when your liquor deserves better than a brown paper bag.
Say hello to the latest hard-sided travel collection from the best four-lettered luggage maker around. Tumi Tegra-Lite Luggage ($600-$800) is made from Tegris, a unique polypropylene thermoplastic composite material that was originally designed for use in armor, NASCAR rides, and protective football gear, but is now available to use its lightweight properties and incredible impact resistance for protecting your clothes and gear. It doesn't look too shabby, either.
Start your beach holiday preparations early with the Travelteq Travel Towel (€95; roughly $120). Handmade in Amsterdam, this upscale beach towel is crafted from Irish linen, which allows it to be lighter, 20 times more absorbent, faster-drying, and softer than traditional beach towels, while also boasting dual pockets in a contrasting color that are large enough for swimwear, an iPad case, book, and wallet, or anything else you think you might need. Available in navy with light blue pockets, or light blue with navy pockets.
The Killspencer Dopp Folio ($150-$190) does double duty as a carrier for both your grooming and gadget arsenal. Available in four different leather or canvas versions, the Dopp Folio, as its name implies, transforms from a dopp kit that you can pack with your toiletries into a folio for your iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air, and a few other necessities.
Pack lighter and smarter with this Roll Up Travel Charger ($35). Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and capable of charging up to four devices at once, this compact charger offers Apple 30-pin, Mini USB, Micro USB, and Samsung charging connectors, all of which sprout from a tube that rolls up into a slip-proof polyurethane mat and connects to power using a single wall wart, leaving the other outlet open for your razor, laptop, or travel-sized blacklight wand to check the room for unwanted "surprises".
Stay powered up whether you're in the car or cafe with the Ray Solar Charger ($40). It sports a suction cup surround for sticking it to the inside of your windshield, and for when you're working from a non-moving seat, Ray has a built-in kickstand that tilts to grab the maximum amount of sunlight. [Scouted by Kyle]
A good umbrella is a must for those of us who live in places where it isn't sunny 340 days a year, and as carriers of the company's Solo model, we can assure you that the Davek Elite Umbrella ($150) qualifies. The high-end umbrella company's take on the cane umbrella, the Elite features a 50-inch arc-diameter canopy, a top-grain leather handle, a wind-tension frame system for resistance to high winds, a fiberglass shaft, an auto-open button system, and classy zinc metal accents.
When you're travelling with glasses — reading glasses included — the more compact they become, the better. And these Tumi Compatto Travel Reading Glasses ($125) are some of the most compact we've ever seen. Thanks to a patent pending frame design, the Compatto features unique nose pads that hold the flexible beta titanium temples in place for compact storage, photochromic lenses that darken on exposure to UV light, and a carbon graphite frame front for the lightest weight possible.
Tumi and Ducati have collaborated on luggage before, but never has the result been so... colorful. The new Tumi Ducati Collection ($TBA) includes a variety of bright red bags, featuring three red travel cases made with Tumi's multi-layer ABS polycarbonate material, nylon front panels, and aluminum handles, two duffel bags, and one backpack/crossbody bag. No word yet on how to get the bags to the airport aboard a Ducati, but we're sure you'll figure something out.
They're not flashy, but that's the point. These Muji Hard Carry Suitcases ($240) come in black, gray, or khaki, and feature 72 liters of interior space — good for a week's worth of stuff — durable, lightweight polycarbonate construction, internal compression straps and zippered mesh pouches, an included TSA-approved lock, and 360-degree turning wheels with an adjustable carry bar. Ryan Bingham would approve.