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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Best Carry-On Gear

By Everett Potter

Hydro Flask 21 ounce Standard Mouth w/ Sport Cap

Job number one on any flight is staying hydrated. So the obvious answer is a sturdy and colorful Hydro Flask. This combo marries a 21 oz. Standard Mouth Bottle and an insulated Sport Cap. TempShield™ insulation eliminates condensation and keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours. Made of 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel, it’s BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free. Bottoms up! $35.

Sherpa Annapurna Featherless Down Jacket

I don’t care if you’re flying down to Rio, Recife or Rangiroa this winter. Inside the aircraft, it is invariably the month of January for much of the flight. You need to stay warm when you’re aloft and this new Annapurna Featherless Down Jacket is my new favorite way to do so. It’s toasty thanks to 3M™ Thinsulate™ 75% Recycled Featherless Insulation, a loose-fill insulation that mimics down when dry and is warmer than down when wet. It’s a substantial jacket – use it as a pillow if need be — yet it compresses into a very small stuff sack so you can toss it in your carry on when you’re not wearing it. Of course, this puffy is ideal for winter travel once you land in Salt Lake or Stockholm or Sapporo. The hand-warmer pockets and the cinch to tighten the waist keep everything toasty. The hidden benefit is that a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund, which benefits the education of Nepali children. $190.

 

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