Mad Men episode, the creative team at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce struggled to create the perfect ad slogan for Samsonite luggage. In the end, they leaned towards a campaign relating the news of the day – the Cassius Clay (ie Muhammad Ali) v. Sonny Liston boxing match. Clay is the victor, and, thus, is Samsonite. It got me thinking: What’s my travel accessory champ?
In spite of having traveled countless miles, I have yet to find that can’t-live-without travel accessory. So I turned to Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Gotta Have Travel Gadgets” list for inspiration. After finishing the article, one thing was clear: the average Time reader is over the age of 50 and has a Don Draper-sized income. A Macbook Air - that’s gotta have? This list should be called “Gotta Have a Trust Fund.”
As someone in more of the Peggy Olson tax bracket, I’ve compiled my own list of US$99-and-under gems from this ultra posh lot. (Don't even get me started on Play Station Portable.)
Under $99 and Notable:
Menospeak Book: This book illustrates basic transportation and personal needs so you can open it up and point to what you’re looking for. And, at US $9.95, it’s $220 cheaper than the #3 recommendation, Franklin 12-language Global Translator.
Kensington ComboSaver Portable Lock: For 25 bucks, this puppy locks your laptop to the table its sitting on to help prevent grab-and-run computer theft.
Reef Stash Sandals: Truly a clever item, you can fit your money, credit card, and hotel key into the sole of your shoe and wade/surf/swim-up-to-the-bar without much worry (US $45).
Airport Express: Apple's gadget acts as a portable Wi-Fi device. Though a bit pricey (US $99), this little item can save you loads on hotel internet fees.
Calling all Peggys and Dons! What’s your Gotta Have Travel Gadget?