Everybody knows the feeling: you are in the midst of an incredible journey thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if I had this right now?" The majority of travelers wait for that feeling to sneak up on them - this list helps you avoid it.
Below are six premium travel products that will greatly enhance your next vacation. From ignoring screaming kids on planes to vividly capturing every moment, each of these products serves a unique purpose for travelers of all types.
1. Bose Noise Canceling Headphones ($249-299)
The first product you need while traveling is something to get you through the flight. And while business and first class are always options, your journey may still require a moment or two to block out the noise.
Bose has been perfecting sound since 1964 and the company’s recent installments deliver in a big way. The QuietComfort 20i ($249) in ear and QuietComfort 25 ($299) over ear headphones offer an unparalleled performance in terms of noise cancellation, stylish design and overall sound quality.
Purchase a pair and say sayonara to those babies, engines and noisy flight attendants.
Also consider: PSB M4U 2 ($299)
2. Sony RX 100iv ($948)
Sony is another premium player in luxury entertainment, long known for their cameras. The RX 100 series was launched relatively recently, the goal of which is to deliver DSLR-like photo quality in a point-and-shoot frame.
Sony succeeded. The RX 100iv ($948) is the cream of the crop when it comes to compact travel photography. Slim enough to fit in your jean pocket or purse, it offers a unique 20.1 MP sensor (never before seen on planet earth), ISO ranging from 125-12800 and high-resolution 4K movie recording with super slow-motion capabilities. That is an incredible skill set packed into a small, light frame.
3. Rag & Bone Jeans ($155 and up)
Rag & Bone was started by two British men back in 2002 and has been making headlines ever since. With a modern, downtown look that exudes luxury, Rag & Bone has expanded from their New York roots and is now available to purchase in 39 countries.
Available to both men and women, the Hi Rise Skinny Jean ($185) is just one option of many from the brand. Made with 98% high quality cotton, the jeans form into an extremely comfortable fit over time – making traveling in them a treat. I routinely choose wearing my men’s pair for long-haul flights, especially when traveling in business or first class.
4. Tumi Tegra Lite Carry On ($489-595)
One thing comes to mind when you see a Tumi: I want one. The sleek luggage design and surprising functionality of their luggage has always been a trendsetter in the travel space.
The Tegra Lite – coming in both an international carry-on size ($595) and continental carry-on size ($595) – increases Tumi's game to a new level. Made from a 100% lightweight polypropylene thermoplastic composite, this hard shell bag also has a built-in, TSA-approved lock. Which means your contents are safe without adding extra weight to haul around. The final positive: you’ll have everyone at the airport gawking.
5. Solar Charged Backpack ($389)
The Array backpack is for the off-the-grid, yet luxury traveler. We are talking the sand dunes of Namibia, deserts of Morocco or the raw fjords of Norway. In all of these cases, rugged travelers need to be able to maintain power.
Enter Voltaic Systems, an eco-friendly, electronic whiz of a company changing what a backpack ($389) can be. Think Elon Musk if he were a bag. Made out of recycled soda bottles, the bag is ultra lightweight and can charge almost any device under the sun.
No, seriously – it charges under the sun. With three waterproof, removable solar panels and a 20,000mAh/72Wh battery, 1 hour in the sun will power 2.5 hours of tablet use. Never go a minute without a phone, laptop, camera and everything else being charged.
Also consider: ECEEN Hydration Pack ($120)
6. iPad 4 ($490 refurbished)
Speaking of tablets, it is fitting that a list like this ends with the ultra portable, highly entertaining iPad. The 4th Generation iPad ($490) is the newest installment, offering a 9.7 inch Retina Display with 2048x1536 resolution, front and back cameras and 64 GB of storage space. This is a staple in anyone's carry-on at this point.
Why refurbished? Apple’s refurbished quality is outstanding, offering a manufacturer warranty along with the several hundred dollars of savings. Just remember that most refurbished iPads are restricted to WiFi-only and can’t be tied to a cellular network – fine when traveling, but not ideal for every day use.
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