Early stage entrepreneurs are by definition pretty scrappy, usually dead broke and are traveling so much they have to live out of a suitcase 90% of the time. Building your dream doesn't come cheap, so this holiday season, when you're deciding what to gift your favorite storm-chaser, get them something they will actually use.
You don't want that old JanSport backpack from the 9th grade in a board meeting. Try this one from Matt & Nat for under $200. If you are a serious traveler and want something more durable, This Is Ground has an incredible wifi enabled backpack that keeps everything organized. That one is on my personal wish-list. For someone who likes to give back, try this one from Enrou - made entirely by hand from artisans in Ecuador.
2. Go kit
If you follow my column you'll have read about my go-kit. There is nothing worse than realizing you don't have something essential while abroad. A perfect gift to give someone who will be living in airports for the next year is a pre-packed kit:
- Sleep mask: Shhhsilk $40
- Pens & small notebook: Papyrus & Papersource have amazing options
- Power pack charger: $10 - $30
- Compact lint rollers - I know this sounds like a weird gift, but these are great for travel and look like something you'd find at MoMA. Flint Rollers: $8
- Swell bottle: $42
- Showercap: $40 from Louvelle
- For the ladies, I swear by Pinrose for quick perfume on the go and Savvy Travelers for everything else
- Headphones are an obvious essential. These LSTN Headphones are perfect fit for over your ear and noise canceling.
- A notebook that transfers everything you jot down to the cloud! Touch of Modern's Rocketbook is essential for folks who like writing things down, but prefer to store things digitally.
- Glasses that protect your eyes from harmful lights omitted from your digital screens. It's real: EyeBuyDirect
3. Really, really comfortable pajamas
When traveling you are already missing some of your at-home amenities. Having something comfortable like these PJ's from Eberjey makes you feel at home without actually sleeping in your own bed. If you aren't a pajamas person, you can always use socks especially during long plane flights and hotels. and they've all said comfortable socks, like these from Foot Cardigan that will ship you socks every month.
4. A carry-on cocktail kit
Because let's be honest, when you're working this much, you need a cocktail to go. Try this one from Carry On.
5. Things to make your trip stress-free
When I'm traveling I'm constantly feeling like I've forgotten something like being on a call or missing calendar alerts. Ringly, a wearable tech startup that alerts you of important things recently came out with a ring or bracelet. Pair your ring with your Apple Watch and you won't miss a beat.
6. Back up chargers
Pretty self explanatory, but I've tried all of these personally and love them: