You probably have at least one person in your life who's always on the road—heck, maybe that person is you. Whether it's for work or play, eating well along the way is not optional—it's essential. With that in mind, here are a few handy gifts for the food-loving frequent flyer.

Water Bottle


It's important to stay hydrated on the plane and on the ground, and cheaper for you (plus better for the environment) to carry your own reusable bottle. Kleen Kanteen bottles are made of durable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel that doesn't retain any funky smells or tastes. There are tons of colors and sizes to choose from, though I personally like the 27-ounce version with this easy-drinking "sport cap."

3-in-1 Utensil Set


I've occasionally found myself eating at outdoor markets or street stalls sans the proper equipment to get food out of its container and into my mouth. Make sure you don't end up like me with this cute fork-knife-chopstick set (also great for picnics!).

Insulated Tote Bag


Pretty much my favorite activity while traveling is trawling the local markets for whatever looks good, then cooking and picnicking with (or just blatantly snacking on) my finds. Make sure your purchases stay fresh with this stylish and practical insulated tote bag, which can double as a carry-on when you hit the airport or train station.

Digital Camera


A picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure to document everything you eat on your trip. When suitcase space is at a premium, we recommend the Canon G12, a high-quality, highly portable point-and-shoot with all the customization and manual settings of an SLR, including a hotshoe mount and several control wheels, and a fantastic built-in lens.

Sleep Mask


For those who are blessed with the ability to fall asleep anywhere, this won't be necessary. For the rest of us, check out these adorable handmade fleece eye masks, decorated with strawberries, cupcakes, pancakes, and more.

Spice Kit


Should you be renting a house, camping, or wind up stuck somewhere lacking in culinary innovation, this portable spice kit comes in awfully handy. It has pocket-sized tubs of everything from kosher salt to chile flakes to 5-spice powder, so you can season to taste wherever you are.

Reading Material


A good read is essential for long rides. Stay thematically on-point with the Travel issue of Lucky Peach, David Chang's gonzo food quarterly. With articles by Anthony Bourdain, Harold McGee, Roy Choi and more, this magazine should keep you occupied for hours, and maybe inspire your next trip, too.



Look, sometimes you just need a little something to get you through those overnight bus rides. Might as well have some fun with it by sipping out of this mustache-shaped flask, which has the added benefit of potentially winning you some new friends to help pass the time.

Pocket Corkscrew


Hand-in-hand with the flask above, this keychain-sized corkscrew ensures you won't be left high and dry when you need a drink. Sure, it's not the most ergonomically designed corkscrew out there, but when you're packing light and in a pinch, it's just about perfect.

About the author: Jamie Feldmar is a noodle aficionado, barbecue lover, and the managing editor of Serious Eats. You can follow her on Twitter at @jfeldmar.

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