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Last week, we were warmed when we read a few of the inscriptions found on the sides of a collection of 282 Zippo lighters that belonged to soldiers of the Vietnam War. They were recently sold at auction for about $35,000, making headlines and prompting some positive press for Zippo.
The company has been making lighters since 1933, but earlier this year it reached out with some good news: After 80 years of focusing on fire, Zippo was launching a line of outdoor products. In 2009, it introduced a range of outdoor lighters, but now they are going beyond the flame to a larger variety of outdoor lifestyle products, including axes, wood carriers, cookware and utensils.
We’re just days away from the official start of the holiday shopping season, and of course we’ll still have travel on the mind. Although we certainly wouldn’t mind a 60” television for a low, low price we’d much rather score some travel swag. So we suggest letting your fingers do the shopping for the travel tidbits that your friends and family will love the most and grab a few gift cards. Here’s our picks for some of the best options:
· Flight 001
Travel adapters, witty luggage tags, and packing bits and bags are all an option, and we certainly wouldn’t be sad if we received any—or all—of these items. Give the gift of a gift card, and your pals will enjoy the online offerings of the Flight 001 store for hours and hours. Battery boosters, bento boxes, and even a real nice Spork can all be yours for the choosing. Gift cards are available online beginning at just $5, and if you want an in-store card those start at $25. If online isn’t an option you check out Flight 001 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco—among a few other spots.
Your trip begins and ends with your suitcase, and often our trip lingers as our luggage remains in the kitchen for days after our adventure has come to an end. Any traveler worth her weight in in-flight peanuts needs a good bag, so why not help her find the next great carry-on over at eBags. They have options from Tumi, Travelpro, Samsonite, and more—plus their in-house brand. Phone cases, packing cubes, and other bits and pieces round out their offerings. Pick your own amount to load on a gift card, or choose from $25, $50, $100, or $500. Things are sent over electronically, and your shopping is done.
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We’ve seen a few different versions and variants on the electronic luggage tags this year, as carriers like British Airways and Qantas have been testing, trying, and taking things to the next level. Now it’s time for another option from which to choose, one that we may see in the near future if it can find an airline to take it on.
The folks over at Vanguard ID have introduced what they’re calling the world's first battery free permanent RFID luggage tag, and even better is that this sucker has a changeable display. The ViewTag also features near-field communication, which allows information to be beamed right over to your cell phone. This means you will be able to track the bag's progress as it makes its way through the twists and turns of the checked baggage system.
We've all been theretraveling in a foreign city enjoying the sights, but having to pull out the paper map or Google Maps to re-orient. Not only is the action embarrassing and a tell-tale sign that you're a tourist, but it increases the risk that you'll become the victim of petty crime.
Fear not, for the folks at Design Hype have created metal cuffs embossed with public transport maps of a handful of cities. Now, when jumping from Uptown to Downtown Manhattan, you merely need glance at your wrist to determine if the A, C or E train is the one to hop on for your desired destination.
This month features a step forward for British Airways and their latest idea, as the carrier is starting to test out their new electronic baggage tags. We’ve mentioned these before, as British Airways tries to streamline the process just like their buddies over at Qantas (they have those handy dandy Q-Tags).
The British Airways recipe is a little bit different, but the theme kind of remains the same. Instead of utilizing paper baggage tags, now passengers get an electronic tag that contains a little screen that can be changed up depending on where they’re heading. Think of it as a really small e-reader—complete with e-ink—that can display different barcodes and different destinations. Let’s just hope hackers—or friends pulling pranks—can’t get into these suckers, as a quick change of the letters might just send your bag on vacation without you.
As much as we hate to say it, now is the time to begin buying holiday gifts…specifically those which require some extra time for customization. Now comes the difficult part: what exactly to get for someone who "has it all," or "has been everywhere?"
We've had our own eye on simple, metal jewelry stamped with the latitude and longitude of a special place. Google Maps can easily provide that information, and handmade-focused sites like Etsy are chock full of expensive and inexpensive options, from leather cuffs with tiny pewter plaques, to engraved necklace pendants and this unisex ring.
For example, a friend went this route to commemorate the very location she made a life-changing decision and literally changed course. She now wears a bracelet to remember to keep moving forward, even if it's actually away from that specific spot.
Covering walls with runway diagrams wasn't enough. Now it's time to profess your airport allegiance on a t-shirt.
A small company aptly named "Pilot & Captain" has designed a range of basic tees with the theme of airport codes. There are 20 in all, ranging from DFW (Dallas/Ft Worth) to CDG (Paris), and there's even some wall prints and totebags. Each shirt is $32 and available in men's or women's sizes and fits.
They may be awesome, but the general graphic tee etiquette rules apply here; you don't wear a band's shirt to their concert, so no sporting these at the airport. It's just weird.
[Image; Pilot & Capt]
A Hästens travel pillow is like the Doctor Who TARDIS. It’s blue on the outside and bigger on the inside.
The legendary Swedish mattress company is expanding their offerings from massive beds into something a bit more portable, starting with a travel pillow in their classic dark-blue-and-white-check pattern, made of 100% cotton and stuffed with duck down. Hästens is essentially the Porsche of mattresses, so it’s appropriate that their pillows are the Porsche of travel pillows, with a price tag to match: $110.
We've never liked neck pillows much, finding them fine for short flights, but total crap for longer flights when one actually needs sleep. What attracted us to the Hästens pillow, however, was its actual-pillow-ness and the fact it's designed by a bed company, and not by a travel gear manufacturer.
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Technically the autumn season doesn’t begin until later this month, but let’s just say the apple orchards are more than ready. Rearrange plans and make your next stop Vermont because up there, it’s not just the fall foliage that’s attracting visitors to the Green Mountain State, but the chance to score some free gadgets while apple-picking.
The state’s pick-your-own orchards are running a promotion throughout the next several weeks where specially marked wooden apples are hidden in and around apple orchards across the state. In total there are 16 different orchards participating, and if you find the alternate apple you win a different kind of Apple—like an iPod or iPad. The state’s tourism department has actually been running something like this for a few years now, and the contest is back for the 2013 season.
Attention New Yorkers: If you're in need of a new camera bag, laptop sleeve, messenger bag, weekender duffel or even a wheeled carry-on from a company that makes good products, listen up!
Today through July 21, bring beer over to Crumpler's Soho store and trade it for a new bag or laptop sleeve. No money required (except to buy the beer).
Don't just grab whatever's in your fridge, however; Crumpler has specific demands for each type of bag, and all because they're trying to stock up on booze before throwing a huge party (which you're then invited to attend). Check out the beer to bags equations. For example, 2 24-pack cases of Sixpoint get your a sweet messenger. We love the 3 24-pack cases of Cooper's deal to trade for the wheeled duffel carry-on. Two cases of Brooklyn Lager equal a backpack!
Buy some beer, get a bag, and drink the beer too. Not a bad deal for carving a little time out of your day, if we do say so ourselves.
Note: participants must be 21+
With all of the flashy new airplanes that British Airways are taking all over the world, a spike in passenger traffic is imminent. More passengers means more checked baggage, which adds the operating costs of flying said passengers here and there. Coming up with tech-friendly, cost-saving service improvements means fun new things, like e-ink bag tags that you might see on your next BA flight.
This month the airline is trialing the new bag tag for flyers that choose to check-in for their flight via the airline's own smartphone application. Using technology called NFC, or near-field communication, passengers will 'scan' the plastic tag at the airport counter. After the scan, flight details and a barcode will appear on the tag's LCD screen, sporting a very similar look to their super-tough paper cousins. Once all is confirmed correct, wave goodbye to the luggage since it'll be on its way to your final destination.
Father's Day is only a few weeks away, and we're here to help you out with gift ideas for those fathers and father figures in your life who "seem to have everything" or, you know, "like to jet off to a foreign country at a moment's notice."
We would normally recommend planning a trip for you and your pop to form some long-lasting memories, but we know that's not the most feasible solution due to lack of time and/or lack of funds, so we've narrowed the recommendations down to five affordable, easy gifts for fathers who travel: