Looking for a last minute affordable gift for your favorite traveler or for a special stocking item for your own travels over the Christmas holidays and the new year coming up? Thanks to David Dean, a travel tech and gear expert, here are some useful travel items that are all under $50 and available through Amazon. Free shipping and gift wrapping are available with some items so check out each one individually.
Kenu Stance Tripod for iPhone
If you want to take low-light shots with your iPhone, capture a perfect timelapse or just watch a show or movie while on the move, the Stance keeps your phone stable in either portrait or landscape mode for maximum versatility. Made for iPhone 7 Plus, 7, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus, 6, SE, 5s, 5c, 5 and iPod iTouch Gen 5, the small and compact Stance weighs only 1.2 oz and is smaller than a pack of gum. It comes with a built-in key ring that helps keep it handy. The ball and socket joint lets it rotate freely without needing to move the legs, and non-slip feet keep it firmly in place. Comes in black or orange. $24.95
Roku Streaming Stick
Never be stuck in a hotel or dorm room without this latest version of Roku’s Streaming Stick. Packed with travel-friendly features, especially the “Hotel and Dorm Connect” mode that deals with the web-based logon screens used by airport and hotel Wi-Fi networks. There’s a physical remote but the companion app can also control the stick from a smartphone or tablet. Audio can even be streamed to a mobile device, enabling the use of headphones without having to sit a foot away from the television. It can access Amazon, VUDU, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play and more; it’s portable for different HDTVs in home, hotel and dorm rooms and has an unbiased search results across top channels to find where it’s free or cheapest to watch. $49 list price but $35 with Amazon deal.
Bubi Bottle Collapsible Water Bottle
The Bubi Bottle is a 14 oz reusable and recyclable sports camping canteen that is collapsible. BPA-free and microbial resistant, it’s easy to clean and is microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe – it can even be safely held over a fire to warm the contents. It’s a multi-purpose item; it can be used as a hot or cold compress, pillow or dry bag for things like matches, food or small electronics. It folds up to save space and comes in several colors (or a personalized design). It also comes in 22oz sizes and has a range of accessories like sports caps and carabineers.. $24.49 – 25.99
VinniBag Inflatable Travel Bag
Whether or not you’re carrying wine with you on your trip, this reusable and recyclable bag inflates to protect single or multiple items by suspending them in an air cushion that is airtight and adjusts to suit your needs and the space available. So even if something within the sealed area breaks or leaks, the seal prevents damage to surrounding items in your luggage. It can accommodate wine and spirits, olive oil, gourmet treats, breakable keepsakes, perfumes, camera lenses, toiletries, wet or soiled items, medications and more. And it meets all TSA and airline requirements. $29.99