Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Travel Products For Frequent-Flying Moms
Finding the perfect gift for the frequent-flying Mom can be tough, especially if she’s seen it all as she travels across borders, through airports and in hotels near and far. The ideal travel gift should make her life easier on the road and when she gets back home, too. Or maybe it’s an experiential gift where she can travel with family and friends to score the best vacation deal or cruise trip.
If you’re looking for that perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day, here are a few ideas to consider for the on-the-go woman that wants comfort and convenience.
Briggs & Riley Baseline Underseat Duffle
This classic carry-on bag is designed to fit underneath the seat in front of you on the plane or in a small space whenever you travel. Large enough to hold things like shoes, toiletries, books, a laptop or other paperwork in the main compartment, it looks like a small duffle without the traditionally longer length. Separate compartments on the front as well as either side allow you to stay organized when you travel and slide the bag over any rollaboard bag handle. It can also be carried over the shoulder and has a spot to monogram the bag on the front making the Briggs & Riley Baseline Underseat Duffle a great travel gift.
AWAY The Carry-On Flex Bag
Introduced last year, this popular, expandable carry-on bag from AWAY allows you to travel with a normal size carry-on bag, but do a little shopping along the way. By unzipping the side, the bag expands an additional 2.25 inches. The bag fits into most domestic airline carry-on sizers, and its four-wheels spin easily across carpet and hard surfaces. Inside the bag, there are zippered pockets and a travel laundry bag to help keep everything separated. The bag has handles on the top and side (plus a clever one on the bottom between the wheels) making it easier to grab from the trunk of the car or an overhead compartment. Its durable hard polycarbonate shell not only looks sleek, but can take a beating, too.
Terminal B Airport Code Luxury Candles
This small, family-owned business is making big waves with its unique luxury candles, each named after a well-known airport code around the world drawing inspiration from the owners’ own travels. The fragrances for each candle, which have a burn time of more than 60 hours, are themed around that particular destination. Take NRT, for example, which represents Tokyo Narita and has notes of black fig, hinoki and cedar wood like the trees in the Shibuya neighborhood. CDG (Paris) features the floral scent of Parisian roses while EZE (Buenos Aires) has dark, fruity overtones of black currant and amber like an Argentinian Malbec wine. The sweet pineapple and sugar cane of Honolulu’s HNL candle is sure to be a popular gift, too.
TytoCare Medical Checkup Device
These days, frequent fliers know that health is top of mind, but reaching a doctor in a strange city may not be feasible. The TytoCare medical device comes with a thermometer, stethoscope and tongue depressor among other things. It’s FDA-cleared and allows certified doctors to examine the ears, throat, lungs, heart, abdomen, skin and temperature of patients remotely. Users connect virtually with a doctor for clinic-quality physical exams by doctors that can provide a diagnosis and necessary prescription . The on-the-go, hand-held kit retails for $299. While not the most romantic of gifts, it’s a practical present that shows you care.
New MEMO Paris fragrances from Luxury Scent Box
Luxury Scent Box, the subscription-based or on-demand perfume retailer, has new MEMO Paris fragrances in time for European travel this summer. Customers can order boxes of their favorite scents or share details on their preferred fragrance notes to have customized orders sent to their home at regular intervals. It’s a fun way to try new fragrances, and they come in TSA-approved, travel-sized spray bottles perfect for a carry-on bag. Full-sized bottles are also available. It’s a romantic present for couples and a pleasant surprise in the mail every time you receive a box. New subscriptions can receive a box of cologne or perfume each month for around $10.
Solo Sustainable Re:cycled Collection Laptop Bag
Frequent travelers can care for the environment when on the road with the Solo Sustainable Re:cycled Collection Laptop Bag. Made entirely from five recycled PET bottles, this bag takes repurposing to the next level. It’s a high-quality, unisex gift that comes in various colors and is large enough for a 15.6-inch laptop. Add in an adjustable (or removable) shoulder strap and an opening that allows it to slide over a roll-aboard, carry-on bag, and you have a winner for frequent travelers. Inside, there is an organizing section with separate key strap plus a zippered pocket in the front. The bag is wallet-friendly, too, at $65.
Nuun Daily Hydration Tablets
The newest addition to the Nuun lineup is Nuun Daily Hydration, which packs in five essential electrolytes without sugar additives. They come in a variety of flavors to dissolve in water and will help frequent fliers stay hydrated when they travel. That’s especially important since the body needs a different balance of electrolytes throughout the day. Nuun is also revamping its other products by introducing an “electrolyte scale,” based on sodium, chloride, and potassium levels. Nuun Daily is a level one tablet with those designed for workouts having a higher level to keep the body on track with the ideal number of electrolytes to absorb water. Nuun Daily tablets come in various forms including mixes for rest, immunity and an energy boost with one bottle costing around $7.
TUMI McLaren Aero International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On
For the most stylish travel-friendly bag of all, this race car-inspired bag from TUMI is a limited-edition gift that will certainly turn heads. The large main compartment of the TUMI McLaren Aero International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On stores a lot of things, but what frequent travelers may appreciate most is the built-in USB port (battery pack not included), a hanger bracket with a removable garment section and a divider inside the bag to keep everything separated. The sides of the bag are especially durable with molded Tegris panels and carbon fiber accents, four spinner wheels and a TSA-compatible lock.
The McLaren partnership is subtly noticeable throughout the design including the compression straps inside the bag to keep items from wrinkling. That is similar to the six-point harness inside a race car. Also like a race car, this bag is not cheap ($1,695), but its durability and reputation as a TUMI bag mean it will last a long time and certainly turn heads no matter where she goes.