For a miserable no-good year that couldn't end fast enough, 2020 is starting to pick up speed, leaving some us playing catch-up with holiday gifts. For that out traveler on your list, here some great last minute options. And if your giftee complains about a late present? Blame the U.S. Postal Service. (Trust us, it will work.)
Roofnest tents attach to the roof rack on your car and promise a better, faster, more comfortable camping experience (not to mention being off the ground and above the creepy crawlies). In addition to the standard built-in mattress and weather protected tent, the Sparrow features a gear storage area (with included storage bag) and solar panel mounting area, 4-inches more headroom, and three larger doors and window with ladder mounts on three sides. Roofnest.com
A roof-top tent is nice, but it's hard to pack into the wilderness. Fortunately Nemo has us covered with the Firefly lightweight tent. Some of the special features include color-coded poles and matching webbing for intuitive set up (or when you're rushing to get in before that storm hits). Pre-bent aluminum poles arch to increase headroom. Overhead Light Pockets use special light-diffusing fabric to cast an even glow with a headlamp. NemoEquiptment.com
Sure Roams are good, sturdy rolling suitcases, but what really sets the luggage apart is the unique opportunity to personalize them by choosing the color for every detail from a curated palette of fashionable choices. Let the creative friend go nuts to design one-of-a-kind look that will never again be confused with someone else's in baggage claim. RoamLuggage.com
Show your pride with Marmot’s super light, 650-fill-power-down insulation and water-resistant Rainbow Yolla Bolly 30° Sleeping Bag. This three-season bag turns into a quilt with a wraparound zipper that completely opens. Even better, all profits from the sale of the bags is being donated to The Venture Out Project, a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ+ people get involved in outdoor adventure. Marmot.com
The Clear Cut Luxe Traveler is a fashionable and functional traveling jewelry case. Blush pink leather that's buttery soft to the touch and tricked-out with 22K gold embossment, it opens to a compartment that separates and secures your bling rather than letting it end up in a knotted jewelry ball. It includes six snap tabs for necklaces, two zippered pockets, a snap out ring bar, and can hold up to seven pairs of earrings.
All pieces are custom-made in New York City. TheClearCut.co.
These attractive bracelets hide some serious business. With a touch of the Flare you can elicit an escape call, ask friends for help, send your GPS location, or even contact 911 without ever having to touch your phone once it has been paired through bluetooth. Designed to help people escape sketchy situations before things go awry, they are a perfect accessory for the LGBTQ+ traveler. Cordless and no need to charge the battery (which has a 1-2-year life). GetFlare.com
One of the most frustrating things about traveling is just finding a good mirror and lighting to do your grooming routine or put on makeup. That frustration is what led to former-New Orleans Hornets' Honeybee Rachel Vicknair to develop the Leopara Makeup Lighting System, which comes with four "Glampanels" that use re-chargeable LED lighting with a 50,000 hour lifespan, which should last through an 8-10 day trip. The lights attach to mirrors using nanosuction technology, a thin, nonadhesive material of thousands of suction cups. Pressing them down forms a vacuum seal, but they can be removed and used repeatedly without fear that the adhesive will wear off. Leopara.com
One of the lessons of 2020 is that we all have to take our health more seriously. Suddenly a healthy immune system has become an essential item to have while you travel. That's where Ritual comes in, providing the hghest quality micronutrients to help support foundational health, all in a see-through capsule. That transparency goes beyond the product, as the company shares exactly where the nutrients they source come from. Ritual.com
Another essential element to safe travel these days is a hand sanitizer. Upgrade from that terrible smelling gel to this remarkable Rosewater Cleansing Hand Exlixir from J.R. Watkins. A no-rinse hand wash which cleanse the hands while also moisturizing and revitalizing skin. Made with naturally-derived ingredients like calendula and cactus water. JRWatkins.com
Even before the troubles of 2020, the food service industry used 60 billion pieces of disposable plastic utensils every year. So Foodstiks has introduced compostable wood cultery. Still meant to be single-use and disposable, the Foodstiks Compostable Food Cutlery will breakdown in about 90 days, and can be added to compost piles. Light weight they are great for picnics, camping, airports, fastfood and other situations where you might have used plastic. Foodstiks.com
We're now super aware of just how much filth our hands come in contact with. And they aren't the only things, our screens are dis-gust-ing. The HÄNS swipe is a great answer. a reusable and sustainable product made in Los Angeles, it has two ends, one that's the cleaning side, filled with a special tech cleaning solution, and the other end holds a removable and reuseable microfiber polishing cloth that is antimicrobial and safe for all screen types. It all comes in a package that easily fits in your pocket or bag. HANS-Swipe.com