Whether you’ve begun traveling again for work or can’t wait to get back out there in the new year, here are some gift ideas that can help you stay organized, comfortable, and healthy during a business trip and put the joy back in your journey in 2021.
Wrap and nap
Have trouble sleeping on flights yet have little room in your carry-on to tote an oversized travel pillow? Then the trtl travel pillow ($29.99) could be a game-changer. At half the size of its ubiquitous U-shaped cousin and weighing only half a pound, this compact neck wrap has internal support for your head to prevent stiff necks during long train trips and flights. Even better: the super soft, warm, hypoallergenic fleece material is so stylish that people will think you’re wearing a scarf.
Making economy feel like first class
Flying economy? Not to worry – the Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest ($14.97) will give you a first-class experience. This easy-to-use sling attaches to the tray table in front of you and can help prevent lower back pain, stiffness, and leg swelling during long flights. Best of all, this “foot hammock” is compact and lightweight, so it effortlessly fits into your carry-on luggage. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer to help you or a loved one start a trip on the right foot!
Don’t sweat(shirt) the small stuff
Cozy and sleek do not always go together, but with the Lululemon Radiant Jacket II ($118), you can have the best of both worlds. Perfect for air or rail travel, this slimming jacket is dressier than most athleisure wear pieces and has front pockets to hold your phone or passport while you’re on the move. Don’t suffer in heels and formal business attire when you can relax in transit with this super comfy, stylish jacket.
Comfort for your body and sole
For business travelers who cover a lot of miles, check out the Allbirds Men’s Wool Runners ($95). Rated by New York Magazine’s The Strategist as one of the best sneakers for travel, these lightweight kicks are made with renewable materials and pair well with both sweatpants and slacks. Because they are made of moisture-wicking Merino wool and are soft and itch-free on the inside, you can wear them sockless as you’re trekking around town or dashing to make a plane at the airport.
2020 seems like the year of sanitizing, so why not clean one of the biggest hotspots for germs – i.e., your mobile phone? Featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Phonesoap’s travel phone sanitizer ($79.95) uses UV light to rid your device of bacteria and germs. You can use it on your credit cards and keys too — anything that fits inside. Just plug it into an outlet, place your phone in the case, wait 10 minutes, and – voila – a clean device and greater peace of mind. As an added bonus, the sanitizer was also designed to charge all smartphones – perfect for those times when you forget to pack your charger or just want to leave it behind.
Leader of the pack
Tired of arriving at your destination with your clothes a rumpled mess? Want to be a packing professional? Your day has arrived. With the Stow-N-Go Portable Luggage System ($24.99), you can pack your clothes neatly in this three-tiered portable compartment, place it in your luggage, get to your destination, and then “unpack” simply by hanging the organizer in the closet with your clothes still tidy inside. There’s even a separate compartment for dirty laundry or worn shoes. With some hotels removing dressers to make guest rooms feel bigger, this is the perfect solution for reclaiming some of that drawer space.
Good things come in small packages
Don’t you hate it when you’re getting ready for a big meeting and can’t find the missing earring or cufflink that’s gone MIA in your luggage? Stop the madness and get organized with Mark & Graham’s travel accessories case ($69). This zippered case has four compartments to safely stow watches, cufflinks, and jewelry and keep your accessories clean and scratch-free. Whether you’re buying it for a loved one or yourself, you can make this gift even more personal and luxurious by adding a monogram.
Want to get an impactful workout on the road without bumping into others at the hotel gym? The popular TRX system that lets you build muscle and flexibility has a super lightweight travel option – the TRX Go Suspension Trainer Kit ($129.85) – that is easy to pack and install. TRX Go anchors to any door, rafter, beam, tree, pole, or post in seconds, so you can work out anywhere, anytime, leaving you no excuses to miss a workout on the road.
The hottest hotspot
Trying to stay productive on the road wherever your business takes you? Whether you’re working “at home” in the coffee shop down the road or are on the other side of the globe, the Skyroam Solis Lite Hotspot provides unlimited LTE data wherever you are and its long-lasting battery can easily get you through a full day of work or travel. This hotspot may just become your most trusted travel companion in an age when you need reliable Wi-Fi to look up travel updates that can help you safely navigate your journeys.
Keep calm and carry on
In the market for a new carry-on? With the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now advising travelers to place items from their pockets into their luggage instead of bins when going through security checkpoints, we recommend the Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-inch Expandable Spinner ($209.99). It features multiple outside pockets where you can easily stow small items like keys, devices, loose change, lip balm – as well as 2020 travel essentials like hand sanitizer and face masks. The carry-on also offers an external USB port and power bank pocket that meet the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, a removable, TSA-compliant toiletries bag, and a foldout pocket that helps keep your clothes wrinkle-free. At a time when you already have so much going on in your head, finding an iron at the hotel should not be one of them!
Blue lights out
With all the increased screen time we’ve had in 2020, here’s something to protect your 2020 vision – blue-light-blocking glasses. There are many available on the market but a pair we like? The Turing frames from Felix Gray ($95), named after Alan Turing, the godfather of modern-day computer science. These unisex, handcrafted glasses feature a proprietary lens that filters blue light and eliminates glare. With its sophisticated round shape and stylish design, you’ll be excited to rock these frames to your next Zoom meeting.
Our gift to you
We at American Express Global Business Travel want you to feel totally comfortable during your journeys in 2021, so we’re offering you free access to our Travel Vitals™ search tool. You can use it anytime to look up COVID-related health and safety information on every aspect of your specific itinerary, so you can plan your next trip with confidence.