Monday, September 13, 2010

Mad Men & Women: What’s Your “Gotta Have” Travel Gadget?

In last week’s 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?

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