Depending on the traveler, business trips can be a welcome job perk or an annoying necessity. But most frequent flyers probably agree: The journey is rarely as pleasant as the destination.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. A new item in the carry-on can eliminate a pet peeve or provide a welcome distraction. Here are five gift ideas that travel well — so your loved one or friend can, too:
1. Anker PowerCore 10000 With Quick Charge 3.0
The in-flight entertainment system can be a veritable purgatory between theatrical release and exile to the DVD bargain bin. Seasoned travelers know to curate their own selection of media before boarding a flight, so it’s more than a little frustrating when a device carrying hours of music and movies dies on the trip.
The PowerCore 10000 stores enough power to fully charge three smartphones or one tablet. It’s also one of the first portable chargers to support Quick Charge 3.0, enabling it to replenish within 30 minutes up to 80 percent of a compatible device’s battery capacity. Best of all, it’s about the size of a deck of cards.
2. Bluesmart One
A good carry-on is the most fundamental of all travel accessories, and Bluesmart’s signature rolling suitcase offers a connected luggage option for a connected world. On the outside, the suitcase is a standard weather-resistant polycarbonate hard shell. But inside, it contains a few innovations more common to the world of smartphones than that of luggage.
The Bluesmart One is embedded with sensors that connect to a smartphone app. Via the app, users can track the bag’s location, check its weight and remotely control the lock. A built-in battery charger also provides up to six full smartphone charges.
3. Carry on Cocktail Kit
Nothing takes the edge off a long, transatlantic flight like a drink or two. But why settle for mini-liquor bottles and generic mixers when artisanal cocktails are available? A Carry On Cocktail Kit from W&P Design includes everything needed to enjoy an adult beverage at 30,000 feet.
Options include old-fashioneds, Moscow mules and other classics. Each kit provides enough ingredients for two cocktails.
4. Beoplay H8
Whether playing Minecraft on Gear VR or listening to the “Hamilton” score for the 19th time, you’re going to need a good set of headphones. It’s hard to do better than the Beoplay H8, wireless headphones that don’t compromise sound quality for convenience. These lightweight headphones from Bang & Olufsen bring together cutting-edge technology, excellent calibration and features like active noise control for a best-in-class audio experience.
The H8 features an innovative touch interface. Users can change volume, skip tracks and answer phone calls by swiping or pressing the right headphone.
5. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition
A good business trip should be a mix of work and play. The latest 2-in-1 from Samsung, the Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition, embodies that ethos.
The tablet-laptop hybrid offers the best of both worlds, with a vibrant Super AMOLED display that brings games and movies to life in brilliant color and clarity. But when it’s time to get down to work, the TabPro S is also a full Windows 10 PC, boasting 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD drive and a detachable keyboard, which comes included.
The TabPro S is ideal for long flights, providing more than 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. It also features lightning-fast charging, capable of accumulating 2.5 hours of battery life in 30 minutes.
With the holiday season just around the corner, consider these five ideas for the busy — and discerning — business traveler.