Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/3/2015 (830 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Christmas may be long gone and spring might already be springing but travel gifts never stop being in season. Vacations, special gatherings, and weekend getaways happen year-round, so next time you’re looking to buy someone a present, consider something they’ll keep — and use at their most memorable times.
I travel fairly often, and it took many years to train myself to sleep on airplanes. So now, the moment we start pulling away from the terminal, the conditioning kicks in and I instantly want to nap. I’ve tried many different travel pillows to stop my sleepy head from flopping around but most don’t work. They’ll usually be alright for awhile before they stop inflating,or before whatever is stuffed inside starts spilling out. Or they’ll get flat, or lumpy, or just be awkward and bulky to carry around.
All of that changed when I tried Cabeau’s Evolution Pillow — my new travel essential for planes, trains and automobiles. Made of memory foam, it molds to the position you need, yet remains sturdy. It has a clasp in front so you can close it, giving 360-degree support and securing you from the dreaded (and painful), sudden head-bob. Its cover is removable and washable, with a pocket to store headphones, earplugs, or your phone. Best of all, it comes with a storage bag that compacts it down to a quarter of its original size for easy carrying.
Cabeau also makes the Midnight Magic sleep mask that effectively blocks out morning no matter how bright. It’s constructed of comfy soft velour, with adjustable straps, a nose bridge that contours to fit your face, and eye depressions so it doesn’t press against your eyelids. Earplugs are also vital for light sleepers, and the mask conveniently comes with memory foam earplugs contained inside a small pocket.
Lewis N. Clark is another trusted brand of travel products, and they make compression packers that really do work. I was skeptical the first time I tried these, as I learned long ago to roll clothes for most efficient packing. But this time, all I had to do was place my clothes inside a compression bag, seal it, squeeze out the air, and voila! Suddenly my carry-on carries nearly twice as much. However, extra stuff means extra weight, so fingers crossed they don’t weigh my bag.
Every traveller also needs shoe covers, and Lewis N. Clark makes these, too. They are especially useful for anyone who likes the outdoors, so the dirt that inevitably ends up on your shoes doesn’t end up on everything else in your suitcase.
Finally, I like to keep my passport on me in other countries when I’m out-and-about. My passport cover has all kinds of infrared-signal-radio-wave barriers to protect from this and shield from that. But I like it simply because it keeps my passport from getting all beat up, and because it has little mesh pockets inside where I can stash a few bucks. This way, should I ever find myself ‘on the lam’, I’ll have my passport, some money, and I’m good to go.
On top of that, I’ll have had a good sleep, too, so catch me if you can…
RoseAnna Schick is an avid traveller and music lover who seeks inspiration wherever she goes. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org