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Gift Ideas For Business Travelers

Frequent business travelers are an interesting breed—they have their own techniques and tricks for just about everything travel related. Whether it’s packing know-how or airport shortcuts; they usually have their own way of doing things. That’s one reason why finding gifts that will fit into their existing routines can be a struggle. This year, we’ve asked our internal team for their reliable travel favorites or items on their wish list. Come ready this year with these tried-and-true gift ideas for business travelers.

2017 top gift ideas for business travelers

  1. Ebags laptop briefcase – This professional piece of luggage can be used for a quick day trip or a longer stay. The briefcase has a handy compartment for your laptop, with additional storage. It can be used as a briefcase, with an over-the-shoulder strap. Or, convert into a modern backpack. The best part? It easily mounts on top of your rolling suitcase, zippering around the extending poles. Ease the awkwardness of traveling with multiple bags with this gift.
  2. RFID blocking wallet –  RFID, or radio frequency identification, is the latest technology used to easily and quickly identify and scan information. You can find it in credit cards, passports, toll lane passes and other devices. Unfortunately, hackers with RFID readers can easily access this information too. If you’re worried about a loved one running into this type of scam while on the road, an RFID blocking wallet or other item may be the perfect gift. You can also find RFID blocking fanny packs, luggage, and even skinny jeans! 
  3. BlenderBottle GoStak Storage jars – This is the perfect gift for any health-conscious person on your list, especially a frequent traveler. These stacking jars fits two servings of protein powder shake and supplements, plus an extra compartment for portioned snacks. Additionally, it easily stacks together, for a space-saving solution. 
  4. Coffee subscriptions – Those always on-the-go professionals are often always with coffee in hand too! Get them something you know they’ll use with a monthly subscription of coffee. Many different subscriptions exist, all delivered to their door.   
  5. Aukey car phone mount – You’ll be surprised by how simple, small, and cheap this product is! For anyone who frequently travels by car, this is an easy solution to keep smartphones easily accessible and in place. This car phone mount simply snaps into any car air vent. A strong magnet is placed on the back of their phone, giving the driver a hands-free view of their smartphone screen.  Other reviews indicate that it can be used with even the heaviest and largest smartphones. 
  6. Anker Multiport usb wall charger – With smartphones, tablets, Fitbits, Kindles, portable speakers, etc., the need to charge multiple devices at once is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, most devices charge via a usb port, and most hotel rooms don’t provide these stations. This 4-port wall charger allows the user to charge four devices at once. So they can efficiently charge everything they need at once and get back to what’s more important.
  7. Sentri home security – Not the most exciting gift on the list, but one that provides peace of mind. Let your frequent traveler virtually check-in on their home with this camera and interface. The touch screen device, which looks like a basic clock, is also a camera. When there is movement inside the house, the user will receive an update on their phone. From there, they can look at live feed of the house or past recordings. Depending on the situation, a siren can be instigated from the phone to the device, scaring whoever may be inside.  It also connects to other smart home devices, like Nest. There are different monthly payment options, including a free version.
  8. CLEAR – CLEAR is similar to TSA Pre-Check in that it allows its members to quickly speed through security lines at the airport. Using the traveler’s fingerprint or eye scan, it verifies that it’s really them and gets them on their way. Though a higher price tag than TSA Precheck ($15 a month, compared to $85 for 5 years), it is becoming known as the fastest option, (while TSA Pre-Check is under scrutiny for slow lines and delays). Currently in 30 cities, it is also being used at sports stadiums.  
  9. Priority Pass Lounge access – This is the ULTIMATE gift for frequent business travelers. With 1000+ lounges in over 500 countries, your traveler can access airline lounges between flights. Let them relax and decompress from traveling, grab a bite to eat or drink (including free alcohol at most lounges), along with free secure wifi. It comes with three different membership tiers. Though they are continually adding more lounges, double check that their frequently traveled locations are on the list first before purchasing.

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Roadwarriors

In our continued holiday series, we are focusing on gift ideas for roadwarriors this week. What a unique group of professionals, holding interesting skills and quirks. Think about it— who can continually drive in a car for hours on end and then on cue become energetic, friendly and enigmatic? That takes real skill and a unique individual you should praise. We’ve scoured the internet for the latest gift ideas for roadwarriors.

Best gifts for busy roadwarriors

  1. Tumbler – This RTIC brand tumbler is a recent favorite of our entire sales and account management team. This container is stainless steel and double wall vacuum sealed, keeping your drink extra cold or extra hot for hours on end. In fact, they claim it keeps drinks cold for up to 60 hours or hot for 12 hours. It comes with a clear plastic top with an open slit, but you can also purchase a spill proof top as well. Keep your beloved roadwarrior hydrated while always on the go.
  2. In-car navigation system – This is definitely the most expensive item on our list, but seems too good to be true. This advanced navigation system creates a ‘heads up’ display, so your driver’s eyes are always on the road. An interactive projection is illuminated onto a small part of the windshield, ensuring the driver has easily accessible navigation. Plus, it manages music, incoming calls and messages, and car information, like gas level and speed. This device provides information to the driver in easy, succinct ways, so they can focus on what’s most important, driving.
  3. Tile item locator –  This inexpensive bluetooth tracker helps locate items that tend to get lost easily, such as car keys, wallet, or jacket. Simply keep the small ‘tile’ attached to the item and virtually connect it to the user’s smartphone. Then, when the item goes missing, simply use the phone to locate. If within 100 feet, a loud song will play. If further, the item can be geo-located by the app. This is perfect for the busy professional who is always on the move and in and out of different hotels. Providing them the gift of peace of mind might be just what they need.
  4. Car Espresso Maker – An on-the-go espresso maker is perfect for the business traveler looking for an extra caffeine buzz. The device plugs into the cigarette lighter in any car to brew a perfect cup of espresso. Plus, it sits comfortably in the cup holder, to avoid spillage.
  5. Stereo aux receiver – One of the hardest parts of being a busy traveling professional, is a lack of connectivity when it’s vital. With this cheap stereo aux receiver, it makes any car bluetooth enabled. So your roadwarrior can connect to the music, podcasts, or whatever is important to them.
  6. Power inverter to charge any device – Another issue with consistently traveling for business is the stress of keeping devices charged. This power inverter solves that problem. It easily plugs into the cigarette holder and charges smartphones, tablets and even laptops. This device could be a real lifesaver for someone always on the go.
  7. Jewelry organizer – One of the downsides of traveling with jewelry is the inevitable tangle its creates. This easily portable jewelry organizer allows packing jewelry in one container, but individually from each other. With mini internal sections, your business traveler can always look great without the mess to clean up later. The bag is a little bulky but could be perfect for the fashion forward roadwarrior.
  8. A lock you can use on any door – This is a cheap gift, but perfect for any traveling professional. This small device instantly locks any door with no additional tools. It’s perfect for traveling, at home, apartments, motels, etc. Added security is always appreciated, and this device is small enough to bring along anywhere and easy to install in seconds.
  9. Night cable – This 10-foot charging cable with a weighted knot is perfect for any busy professional on the go. Hotels often have electrical outlets located behind desks or inconveniently low. The weighted knot on the cable ensures that once the device is unplugged, the cord won’t slip off the desk and fall to the floor. Help your roadwarrior with the burden of annoying cables. Plus, it’s perfect for the office, home or where ever your busy professional needs to work.

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Business Travelers: Travel Pillows

Business travelers are an elusive breed. They’re working on five things at once, fiercely independent, compulsively organized and have an impeccable sense of time. If experienced, they have their own tried-and-true habits for travel too. Overall, they are often the hardest to shop for around the holidays. So how do you find that perfect present for the person who doesn’t think need anything? Focus on innovation, of course! In this blog, we’re conquering one of the most uncomfortable aspects of travel—sleeping. The first in the series of gift ideas for business travelers, we’ve found our favorite and most innovative travel pillow solutions on the market.

Travel pillow gift ideas for business travelers


FaceCradle
 – This amazing pillow has 5 different modes for sleeping while traveling—more than any other pillow on the market. Unlike other travel pillows, it has two oval cushions, hinged together with a clip and strap accessory. The different positions create the perfect pillow for any traveler. The hinge assists the neck, avoiding uncomfortable angles. One of these positions is a wrapping the strap around the back of the traveler’s seat and clipping into the pillow. Leaning forward, the traveler can sleep comfortably while also being supported. It looks a little ridiculous, but could become a serious staple for the regular traveler. $46.00

face cradle - travel pillow

 

HoodiePillow – Just as the name implies, this is a pillow with a hood attached. The hoodie is oversized and big enough to accommodate headphones. It also blocks out light and is just a comfy as your favorite hoodie. It comes in both memory foam and inflatable, plus adorable options for kids. This company also sells standard pillowcases to be used at home or at the beach. $24.95 – $29.95

hoodie pillow - travel pillow for business travelers

 

OSTRICHPILLOW® by Studio Banana Things – The most bizarre looking in our gift guide, it also looks irresistibly comfortable. This encompassing pillow goes over the head, with various holes for the most comfortable power nap of your life. It could be a perfect gift for college students or workaholics as well. Studio Banana Things offers other versions for specific sleep positions. These pillows are slimmer and can be sold as gift sets. $99.00

travel pillows for business travelers

 

BauBax Travel Jacket – Claimed to be the “Swiss army knife of travel wear” by CNN Money, this company has everything you need to fly comfortably into one jacket. It comes in four basic styles for both men and women, including a blazer. A few of the features include a built-in inflatable neck pillow, eye mask, tablet pocket, passport pocket, earphone holder, built-in gloves, portable charger pocket, detachable hood, and blanket pocket. It was originally developed by a couple on an overnight international flight. Since its inception, the jacket is the highest funded piece of clothing in Kickstarter history.  $199.00

travel pillows for business travelers

 

Didn’t find anything that might interest your business traveler? Check back in throughout the holiday season for additional gift ideas for your business traveler or busy professional.

Christopherson Business Travel is a corporate travel management company, passionate about simplifying travel for busy professionals. With more than 60 years of experience and award-winning service, we are one of the top travel management companies in the nation.

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Christmas Gifts for the Business Traveler

My list of Christmas gifts for all the business travelers I know is completed earlier than ever before! Actually, now that I think about it–I should send this to my own family as suggestions for me! I

If you have a road-warrior on your list, perhaps one of these ten suggestions will be helpful. Enjoy!

  1. SCOTTEVEST Women’s Trench Coat: Includes 18 pockets, with clear inside pockets, zipper and magnetic closures on pockets, and water bottle holder. Comes in red, black, mud, mist, thyme, periwinkle and paprika.
  2. Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard: It’s compact, and allows quick, error free emails while traveling with only your iPad or Smartphone. Laser projects a full-size keyboard onto any flat surface.
  3. Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger: The coolness of this one is that it shuts off automatically when your device is completely charged – awesome!
  4. Quirky Contort USB Hub: Four-post USB hub and cord manager, with a flexible neck to protect your USB devices.
  5. UWater G4 Chrome MP3 Player: Smallest, 100% waterproof player. Great in the shower, on or off  the road, or for scuba diving.
  6. Violight Sonic Travel Toothbrush: Perfect for travel, the office, gym, and more.
  7. iHome Rechargeable Mini Speakers: Size-defying sound, collapsible speakers used together or singly with great sound.
  8. Six Language Travel Translator: Travel the world and never be at a loss for words.