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Portable Paraphernalia for Food and Beverage Connoisseurs

By Maya Stanton
November 26, 2018
small keg at campsite people and dog
Courtesy Trailkeg
Take your consumption seriously? So do we.

One of travel's guiltiest pleasures is the chance to opt for judgement-free fast food, but sometimes, the drive-through just doesn't cut it. With ample opportunities for mindful, farm-to-table eating, accessibility to cuisines both familiar and little known, and an uprising of independent makers turning out everything from small-batch chocolates to locally produced olive oil, there's never been a better time to eat well on the road. Here are the goods you need to take full advantage.

1. A To-Go Cup Upgrade

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For those mornings when Starbucks simply won’t do, make your own pour-over coffee in the same vessel you’ll use to drink it—no extra muss or fuss. With double-walled glass and a filter that pops out for painless cleanup, this dishwasher-safe bottle can accommodate hot and cold brews with equal aplomb. The hot technique is faster, resulting in coffee that’s ready in a matter of minutes, but the cold method makes for a lower-acid cup of joe, and it’s ideal for camping or other situations where you might not have access to fire or electricity—set it up the night before and keep it chilled until you need it, then empty out the grinds and be on your way.
Brew Bottle, $40; drinksoma.com.

2. A Better Boxed Lunch

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Regardless of whether you’re navigating a tight road-trip budget, accommodating food allergies, or simply bowing to a preference for home-cooking, packing your own meals and snacks is a smart way to save a little cash. For easy on-the-go eating, we love these airtight, BPA-free bento boxes from Takenaka: The expanded version is a single case with a moveable divider, while the expanded double adds a second tier for days when you’re particularly hungry (and includes a fork so you don’t have to remember the cutlery). Both have elastic bands to keep things in place and are available in a veritable rainbow of color options; let each member of your family pick their favorite, or buy a bunch to mix and match lids, boxes, and bands for a vivid, chromatic affair.
Takenaka expanded bento box, $32; expanded double bento box, $38; designedstore.com.

3. Chop Shopping

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(Courtesy Kikkerland Design)

Yes, the double-expanded bento comes with a fork, but if you’re opting for an individual unit—or looking to improve your range of mobility—cut back on the single-use plastics and pack a pair of reusable chopsticks. This stainless-steel and hardwood set from Kikkerland collapses and assembles easily, and it comes with a slim carrying case to keep things neat and clean.
Travel chopsticks, $12.50; kikkerland.com.

4. Some Like It Hot

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(Courtesy Mira)

Who among us hasn’t taken restaurant leftovers to go, only to discover that the hotel room doesn’t have a microwave? If you prefer to get to know a new place through its cuisine, you can never have too many take-away options, and this little jar will keep your hot stuff hot and your cold stuff cold for hours at a time. Thanks to the stainless-steel interior, the double-walled insulation, and the leak-proof screw top, you won’t wind up with condensation—or food—all over your bag; plus, it’s BPA-free, so you don't have to worry about negative health effects while slurping your soup.
Mira insulated food jar, $16; amazon.com.

5. Deep Steep

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Let’s be clear: These single-serving coffee bags don’t produce the same java you’d get from a cold-brew pour-over or a French press. But they are a solid back-pocket option for those hectic days when you’re not sure where you're going to get that next caffeine fix. For best results, we recommend the dark or extra dark roast and a longer steep time than you think you need; start small with a 10-pack box, or opt for a subscription (you choose the frequency of delivery, from once a week to once every six weeks) so you’ll always have something on-hand—at a roadside rest stop, on the hiking trail, or even at a hotel with a subpar selection of beans for the in-room coffee maker.
10-pack box, $15; subscription, $14 per delivery; steepedcoffee.com.

6. Meet Your Match(a)

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If you prefer your caffeine in tea form, you can’t do much better than antioxidant-rich matcha, and these individual travel-ready sticks offer the perfect dose with minimal fuss. To ward off plane-cabin germs or nip jet lag in the bud, just add water—hot or cold—and whisk away for a ceremonial-grade cup on the go. You can even use it in a DIY face mask to make it look like you slept on that red-eye: A vitamin- and mineral-laden skin soother, this green-tea miracle worker has been known to help reduce inflammation, repel free radicals, clear up acne, and even out skin tone, among other benefits.
The Neat Matcha Stick Box, $34; capbeauty.com.

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(Courtesy Kikkerland Design)

Grilling for one, or maybe two? Just the right size for picnics in the park solo or à deux, this nifty charcoal barbecue is big enough to hold a steak, a pair of burgers, or a couple of kebabs without an inch of wasted space—it literally folds away into the shape of a briefcase, slightly larger than a letter-size piece of paper and less than three inches deep. It does weigh a bit more than your average attaché, but at four pounds, it’s one of the lightest, most compact grills on the market. And between the built-in ash-catcher for quick cleanup and the locking lid for safe carrying, it’s a super-portable option.
Kikkerland Design Portable BBQ Suitcase, $76; amazon.com.

8. Flaunt Your Favorites

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(Courtesy Tenement Museum)

When it comes to diverse culinary offerings, New York is off the charts, and you’ll find some of the city’s greatest hits on the Lower East Side, courtesy of the immigrants who settled into the neighborhood’s tenements over the decades. Even today, with rents on the rise and small businesses in peril, you’ll find everything from Bavarian pretzels to sublime slices of pizza to classic Jewish deli fare, not to mention dumplings, noodles, and baked goods galore. Rep your favorites on the road with a pouch that shows them off—and organizes your loose ends too.
Tenement Foods zipped pouch, $25; tenementmuseum.org.

9. Hit the Trail

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Sure, growlers are a passable way to carry home mementos from your favorite breweries in the Pacific Northwest, but if you really want to treat your beer with the reverence it deserves, this portable one-gallon keg will keep things fresh long after you’ve cracked the seal. Bring it on a camping trip, take it on a pub crawl, or gift it to the home-brewer in your life—who knows, they just might fill it up and bring it along to your next party. What goes around comes around, indeed.
TrailKeg Gallon Package, $149 (discounted through 12/31/18; regularly $200); trailkeg.com.

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Travel Gear for Tech Addicts

Thanks to constant innovation and development, the tech world moves fast, but we've captured the goods that'll make your gadget-loving day, from fun and frivolous to strictly business—all for the cost of two Benjamins or less. 1. Add to Your Camera Collection (Courtesy GoPro) Ringing in right under our $200 cap, the entry-level Hero7 White is a great way to dip a toe in the GoPro waters with minimal investment. This tough little camera is waterproof to 33 feet, and it shoots steady, non-jittery video in full HD (1080 pixels at 60 frames per second, albeit with a minor fish-eye effect), thanks to a stabilization feature that eliminates the shakes, even during the bumpiest activities. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to attach it to a helmet and activate the voice controls for hands-free photography and videography, or use it with a tripod or selfie stick for an everyday point of view. For optimal social-media sharing, we like to use the time-lapse or slow-mo options in 30-second bursts, then add music, effects, and more via the connected app.GoPro Hero7 White, $199; gopro.com. 2. Make It Pop (Courtesy Popsockets.com) Who says tech accessories have to be straitlaced? Show some personality with a PopSocket, a sticker-backed button that attaches to a phone case and expands or collapses as needed. It serves as both a handle and a stand, so you can pop it out and prop up your phone to watch videos, or use it to ease that death grip while texting, emailing, or scrolling the timelines. And with plenty of opportunities for personalization and customization, not to mention hundreds of designs, from sports-team logos to cartoon characters to holiday themes to planetary patterns (we particularly love the mini breakfast set seen above), you're bound to find one that suits.PopSockets, from $10; popsockets.com. 3. Keep Tabs on Your Bags (Courtesy Away) Hate letting your checked bags out of your sight? This mashup, courtesy of the chic luggage line Away and the Bluetooth tracking gurus at Tile, will soothe your separation anxiety. The sleek black leather tag conceals a 2.4-millimeter-thick device that, when paired with the Tile app, can locate your belongings within a hundred-foot range. And if your suitcase has wandered further afield, you can tap into the Tile's user network to crowd-source its last-known location. Yes, the odds of losing luggage are getting slimmer every day, but this is an excellent way to cover your bases, just in case.Away x Tile luggage tag, $30; awaytravel.com. 4. Increase Your Security Detail (Courtesy BASU.COM) For that fearless traveler who boldly ventures through dark alleys and dodgy neighborhoods—or bear-infested woods—in search of the next adventure, stay safe with an itty-bitty personal alarm. Barely three inches long and under an ounce, Basu’s battery-operated eAlarm+ comes with a carabiner and clips to a daypack or keychain so you'll always have it close at hand. It’s easy to use too: Pulling out the black pin at the end unleashes a 130-decibel siren that will sound for half an hour, or until the pin goes back in. A reliable companion for late-night city strolls, you can also use it with cords to set a tripwire perimeter around a campsite, or string it up on a hotel-room door for extra protection against intruders.Basu eAlarm+, $19; basu.com. 5. Keep in Touch (Courtesy goTenna) When you're wandering off the grid but still want to keep in contact, hook yourself up with the tools you need to create your own signal. These handy goTenna Mesh devices pair with phones so you can communicate sans cell service or WiFi, relaying text messages and GPS locations through your own personal network. The nodes transmit on UHF frequencies within a four-mile radius in open areas and half a mile in dense ones, but they'll link up with fellow Mesh users as well, tapping into a worldwide peer-to-peer network to extend that reach even further. They're the perfect thing for crowded events, backcountry hiking, or overseas travel without the roaming charges.goTenna Mesh, $179; amazon.com. 6. Light Your Way (Courtesy Kikkerland Design) Bring a note of whimsy to your most mundane tasks with this fun little USB-powered lamp from Kikkerland Design. With a spaceman reminiscent of a classic LEGO astronaut and a flexible, nearly foot-long neck that lets you shine its 12 lumens in any direction you choose, you’ll be reaching new heights in no time. Simply plug it in and flip back the visor to shed some light on the situation.Kikkerland Design USB Light + Astronaut, $20; amazon.com. 7. Get Ready for Your Close-up (Courtesy SIRUI USA) For casual photographers looking to improve their Instagram feed and make those smartphone shots really pop, we highly recommend Sirui’s 60mm lens, a quality clip-on attachment that sharpens the details on close-up shots and portraits alike. Available on its own, it also comes as part of this travel-friendly set, along with an 18mm wide-angle—ideal for capturing those sweeping vistas—and a 170-degree fisheye lens, plus a clip and a hard-shell case that’ll keep it protected in their kit.3 Lens Mobile Phone Kit, $190; siruiusa.com. 8. Boom or Bust (Courtesy Polk Audio) A run or a bike ride through unfamiliar territory can be a good way to get the lay of the land, but exercising on the road can also be a nervy proposition, especially if you're relying on noise-canceling headphones to provide the soundtrack. A light, wearable alternative, Polk’s Boom Bit is a Bluetooth speaker that clips to your clothes, supplying tunes without sacrificing an awareness of your surroundings. For such a tiny device, the sound quality is remarkable, and it even has an integrated microphone for hands-free calling. With mid-range volume levels, it should get about three hours of battery life, but when they do need to recharge, the whole unit plugs directly into a USB port—no extra cables necessary. (Note, though, that the on/off function requires a bit of dexterity, so it might not be optimal for those with hand-mobility issues.)Polk Boom Bit, $20; amazon.com. 9. Tie Up Loose Ends (Courtesy Nomad Lane) With great gear comes a great amount of paraphernalia, and a professional-level organizer will help you get it all together. This well-constructed vegan-leather version from Nomad Lane has a place for pretty much everything: Small elastic loops for things like cords, cables, and earbuds, big elastic loops for larger items like power banks, a removable pouch for adapters and reading glasses, and slim plastic pockets for flash drives and the like, plus room for a tablet like an iPad Mini, a Galaxy Tab, or a Kindle to fit snugly inside. You'll never lose a charger to the depths of your bag again.Tech organization case, $88; nomadlane.com. 10. Give Yourself a Boost (Courtesy Anker) When you're traveling with multiple USB-powered devices, bringing a plug for each one is a waste of precious carry-on space. Anker's universally compatible wall chargers help multitask with speed and ease, thanks to an assortment of ports that’ll get those gadgets to full capacity in a hurry. At two inches square, the PowerPort II 2 is the most compact of the bunch, but with two ports boasting 24 watts, it packs a solid punch. Need more juice? The 43.5-watt PowerPort Speed 4 offers a petite but powerful footprint, with one port for Qualcomm QuickCharge-compatible devices and three with Anker’s proprietary fast-charging technology, all in a tidy package less than three inches square and an inch thick. And if you're looking to leave those bulky MacBook or Nintendo Switch adapters at home, the PowerPort II with Power Delivery is the best bet. With 30 watts of USB-C output, it’ll charge a MacBook in two-and-a-half hours, and it has a regular USB port as well. All three feature foldable plugs and surge protection, for peak portability and peace of mind.PowerPort II 2, $15; PowerPort Speed 4, $28; PowerPort II with Power Delivery, $30; anker.com.

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Great Gear for National Parks Fans

With the specter of budget cuts, climate change, and the removal of wildlife protections looming overhead, America's great public spaces are in peril, and there couldn’t be a better time to show your support. Whether you're on the road or in nesting mode, we found plenty of good stuff that benefits our National Parks, from pins, posters, and personal attire to books, games, and even candles. 1. Put a Pin on It (Courtesy National Dry Goods) For parks enthusiasts who prefer to advertise their allegiance with a whisper, not a shout, these antiqued-brass pins from National Dry Goods make an understated point. The company’s designs range from a pair of binoculars and an adorable pink flamingo–adorned vintage camper to a roll of film and a Canon AE1, but we're big fans of the National Park series, which includes conservationists Teddy Roosevelt (above center) and John Muir as well parks like Acadia, Yellowstone, and the Rockies. The pins are sold individually, but we recommend the four-piece set, which includes the Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, and Yellowstone—perfect for those whose appetite for exploration is as wide-ranging as the natural wonders themselves.4-Piece Parks Series gift set, $40; natdrygoods.com. 2. Let Your Imagination Run Wild (The Quarto Group) Stoke the wanderlust of young (and young at heart) travelers with this captivating, info-packed tome. Engagingly written by Kate Siber and charmingly illustrated by Chris Turnham, the book is organized by region—east, central, Rocky Mountains, southwest, west, Alaska, and the Tropics—and full of engrossing details that allow you to easily imagine, say, paddling through the thick, humid air of the Everglades, spotting plate-sized turtles and listening for the bellows of crocodiles, or trekking through Death Valley at 134 degrees in the shade, searching for animal tracks in the sand dunes and crunching across the salt-crusted surface of the lowest point in America. It's a playful, educational look at our country’s protected lands.National Parks of the U.S.A., $19.50; amazon.com. 3. Bring the Outdoors In (Courtesy Good + Well Supply Co. and UncommonGoods.com) Whether you’re a tree-deprived city dweller or an outdoor adventurer eagerly awaiting your next excursion, there’s nothing like an aroma to evoke powerful memories. 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A project of the National Poster Retrospecticus, a traveling show that highlights the artistry of the hand-printed broadside, the parks series celebrates our public lands in sublime, full-color fashion, with timed releases of large-scale limited editions as well as smaller, more affordable 18” by 24” prints. With the goal of getting “poster fans into the parks and parks fans into posters,” the series features the work of a different artist for each park, from Dan Mumford’s fiery, sunset-hued Haleakalā to Elle Michalka’s more subdued, five-color rendering of North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park. They're all fantastic, so it's tough to narrow it down to one, but we particularly love Glenn Thomas's sweeping, light-filled Sequoia edition. 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The BT Review: Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack

Over the course of the past year or so, we’ve aired our frustrations with skyrocketing checked-baggage fees and ever-shrinking cabin space, and it turns out we’re not the only ones feeling aggrieved. In August, bag brand Timbuk2 launched its new Never Check Collection with the aim of getting travelers through security and onto the plane without letting go of their luggage, and as avowed baggage-claim avoiders, we were eager to test it out. I loaded up the line’s expandable backpack for a recent four-night trip to Mexico City and gave it a whirl. Here’s what I learned. Courtesy Timbuk2 The Basics With a 24-liter capacity and a wraparound zipper that offers for more volume, the Never Check Expandable Backpack ($199) is a great way to go hands-free without sacrificing space. There’s a zippered slip pocket on the front that’s perfect for a passport and a boarding pass, and behind that, another section that unzips halfway, with a wide mesh zippered insert and two smaller pockets, plus two small pockets on the back of the flap. The main compartment has slip pockets on the front and back panels, and an additional mesh insert at the front. The back itself is well-padded, as are the shoulder straps, and there’s a thin, removable chest strap as well. There’s a zippered panel between the back and the main compartment, accessible from the outside, that holds a 15” laptop. The heavy-duty cordura exterior is water-resistant, with a blue lining that gives a bright pop of color. There’s a side pocket that unzips to hold a water bottle or an umbrella when needed, and sturdy top and side handles that make carrying a breeze. The Good Before Timbuk2 sent over the Never Check sample, I’d been using the brand’s Blink pack—mostly very happily, thanks to its deceptively roomy main compartment and clamshell-style opening, among other details. My main complaint was with its lack of organizational features, and the Never Check addresses that issue, with more pockets I know how to fill. Its straps are also thicker, the back padding cushier, and the laptop sleeve much more conveniently located. Style-wise, I love the design: The stiff, matte-black cordura has a high-quality look and feel, and the contrasting deep-blue lining is a nice aesthetic touch. It’s definitely an upgrade—which it should be, given the higher price point. (The Never Check retails for $80 more than the Blink.) Which brings us to... The Bad I’m a big fan of backpacks with clamshell openings, and this one has panels of fabric at the base of the main compartment that keep it from unzipping all the way. The result is an awkward packing experience: You can’t really lay the bag flat and get into it as you would a suitcase, so you’re left trying to stuff everything in from the top down. Also frustrating is that front compartment. Because it only partially unzips, it's tough to access the entire thing, which is a bit of a bummer—it feels like a missed opportunity to provide more usable space. The hooks that latch around the main compartment look nice and provide a layer of extra security, but they can be tricky to maneuver, so it would be great if they were removable. And the side pocket only holds a small water bottle; my big 25-ouncer wouldn’t fit. The Takeaway The Never Check is pretty much tailor-made for a short trip. For my weekend in Mexico, I used it in place of a carry-on suitcase, and even on the return leg, when I was cramming it full of souvenirs—breakable ones to boot—I managed to make everything fit without having to exercise the expandable option. On the plane, it fit below my feet (though it didn't leave me with much leg room), and its narrow profile allowed it to slide into a crowded overhead bin with no problem. If you can overlook the irritants mentioned above, it's well worth the expenditure.  Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack, $199; timbuk2.com/nevercheck.

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