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What’s in my suitcase? Holiday edition

Cocktail/ WP Carry on Travel Cocktail Set 21suitcase
Cocktail/ WP Carry on Travel Cocktail Set 21suitcase

CARRY ON COCKTAIL KIT

Let's say, hypothetically, you're at 30,000 feet and suddenly craving a well-mixed Old Fashioned. Happens to the best of us. A very wise individual came up with a solution to this sticky wicket called the Carry On Cocktail Kit. The handy set, created by a couple of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based booze-friendly companies, allows you to supplement airplane bourbon with cane sugar, a mini-bottle of small-batch aromatic bitters, a linen coaster, and a bar spoon-muddler. There's a recipe card to explain how to mix it. It all comes packaged in a stylish tin. Cheers! ($24, carryoncocktailkit.com)

Travelsmall, Caption: Simply Spotless Travel Essentials 21suitcase
Travelsmall, Caption: Simply Spotless Travel Essentials 21suitcase

SIMPLY SPOTLESS TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

If I had a nickel for every time I spilled food on myself on an airplane or on the road, I'd have enough to buy a decent pair of socks to wear at the security gate. My trusted friend in addressing my slovenly ways was always Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover. But my new friend is Simply Spotless fabric cleaner. It works well with a few spritzes. The set of 2 oz. bottles also comes with linen mist to freshen up not-so-fresh clothes, and laundry cleaner for washing clothes in cold water on the road. ($30, www.simplyspotlessny.com)

ÒThey Eat Horses, DonÕt They?: The Truth About the FrenchÓ by Piu Marie Eatwell 21suitcase
ÒThey Eat Horses, DonÕt They?: The Truth About the FrenchÓ by Piu Marie Eatwell 21suitcase

“THEY EAT HORSES, DON’T THEY?: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FRENCH” by Piu Marie Eatwell

In this very funny take-down of French stereotypes, Eatwell examines the facts behind 45myths in important chapters such as "French Films Are Uniformly Pretentious," "French Beaches Are Packed with Topless Women," "French Cuisine Is the Best in the World," and, of course, "The French Don't Wash." Eatwell's tome is not only humorous, but also painstakingly researched. ($26.99, amazon.com)

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A jersey blazer from Uniqlo. Photo credit: Handout -- 21suitcase
A jersey blazer from Uniqlo. Photo credit: Handout -- 21suitcase

UNIQLO COMFORT JACKET

This blazer, constructed of jersey fabric, has become my go-to jacket for extended plane rides when I want to keep it classy and comfortable. It's a tailored blazer (clothes from the Japanese retailer are well-fitted), but because of the jersey fabric, it does not easily wrinkle. I've worn it on overseas flights and emerged looking sharp. Because it has a bit of give, it never feels restrictive. Ladies, no need to get jealous, Uniqlo also makes the blazers for women. ($69.90 for men, $49.90 for  women, www.uniqlo.com and in stores)

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Mini w Apple, Caption: Davek Mini Umbrella 21suitcase
Mini w Apple, Caption: Davek Mini Umbrella 21suitcase

DAVEK MINI UMBRELLA

Folded, it's just under seven inches long, meaning you never have an excuse to leave your umbrella at home. It'swell-madeand does a decent job against the wind given its petite dimensions. The drawback to all the convenience is that your head and shoulders will be protected from the rain, but if you're stuck in a windy storm, all bets are off for the rest of your body. ($49, davekny.com)

Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy Cream 21suitcase
Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy Cream 21suitcase

ANTI-IMPERFECTION EYE THERAPY CREAM

Airplanes are not necessarily helpful for dry skin. I personally know this because my face tends to resemble a dried apricot when I disembark. I’m always trying a new ablution to keep my face from frightening small children. The latest in my long list of liniments and ointments is Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy Cream from Perfective Ceuticals. It has something called “growth factor”; so far so good. If I’m going to moisturize after a flight, I might as well use something that promises to get rid of puffy and droopy eyes. ($72, www.perfectiveceuticals.com )

Ministryofsupplies, Caption: Ministry of Supply Archive Dress Shirt 21suitcase
Ministryofsupplies, Caption: Ministry of Supply Archive Dress Shirt 21suitcase

MINISTRY OF SUPPLY ARCHIVE DRESS SHIRT

Dress shirts and travel tend not to mix. No amount of starch can prevent a condition I call caterpillar back. That's when your shirt is scrunched up like the backside of an aging inchworm. I was shopping at the Ministry of Supply pop-up shop, a clothing company that uses high-tech fabrics, and asked an employee if the Archive Dress Shirt resists wrinkles. The answer was yes. My informal research was less conclusive. The shirt was comfortable, well-made, but not entirely wrinkle-free. Still, it was better than most. Also recommended, the company's Aviator Chino. (shirt $108, chino $118, ministryofsupply.com)

Caption: ÒThe Open Road: Photography and the American Road TripÓ by David Campany 21suitcase
Caption: ÒThe Open Road: Photography and the American Road TripÓ by David Campany 21suitcase

“THE OPEN ROAD: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE AMERICAN ROAD TRIP” by David Campany

A word of warning: "The Open Road" is not filled with snaps of happy families eating fried clams at Howard Johnson's or kids splashing in idyllic swimming holes. Campany curated a book that shows more than 50 years of lonely roads, sparsely populated small towns, and beautifully mundane scenes that make up daily life across the country. It's captured by photo artists such as Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Inge Morath, and Ryan McGinley. ($43, amazon.com)

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airport code luggage tag charm necklace available in sterling silver, 14 k gold vermeil, and 14 k solid gold 21suitcase
airport code luggage tag charm necklace available in sterling silver, 14 k gold vermeil, and 14 k solid gold 21suitcaseJet Set Candy

BOSTON LUGGAGE TAG CHARM

A trinket to remind frequent fliers of their favorite cities. There are multiple cities, towns, and islands available (including Nantucket). The petite tags are created in silver or gold, with necklace and bracelet options. (starting at $68, www.myjetsetcandy.com and Bloomingdale's stores).


Christopher Muther can be reached at christopher.muther@gmail.com.