($30-35) This fantastic book has beautifully illustrated weekend itineraries for cities all over the United States. The “36 Hours” series has books for other parts of the world as well.
($15-20) There’s no easier way to make sure luggage is under the weight limit. The Jetsetter is small enough to stow so you can easily have it on both ends of the trip.
($20-30) Luckies of London has a really enjoyable way to track where you’ve visited. The colors of the map appear wherever you scratch, so you can mark off a country at a time on your way to world domination.
($10-15) International power adapters are best when you don’t have to carry around a lot of loose pieces. This one keeps everything snapped together and covers outlet sizes in 150 countries (plus has a couple of USB ports). Plus, you can get it in bright blue or pink so it’s easy to spot among your things.
($180-$220) If you want to give a beautiful gift that will last for a good long time and be used constantly, the Cenzo Vecchio is an excellent mid-range leather weekender bag. The bag is tanned by hand using traditional tannins and is roomy enough for a multi-day trip.
($10-15) For a fun diversion, this book is packed with visual tips on everything a traveler might need to know, from watching the Northern Lights to escaping quicksand.
($10-15) This cool little canvas grid is packed with elastic straps that allow you to hold just about any number of small items in one place. A great alternative to a toiletry bag, plus you can use it to hold cords and other miscellaneous necessities.