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Travel gift ideas: luggage and accessories

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TrendyKids offers two-piece, kid-friendly luggage sets that are perfect for young travelers.

Unless you’re a member of the 1 percent, you’re probably not buying that special someone a trip to Tahiti or round-the-world cruise.

Nevertheless, you can help make even their less-extravagant travels more pleasurable by giving them a bag or accessory that helps them pack lighter, organize their gear better or just smile when they’re getting ready to go.

Here are 10 for the road:

Rebecca Bonbon
Got a junior jetsetter on your gift list? If she’s a girl between six and 12, a rolling carry-on bag from Rebecca Bonbon ($20) may be just the ticket. The kid-sized rolling carry-ons feature telescoping handles, 1,056-cubic-inch capacities and a sparkly image of Rebecca Bonbon, the fashionista French bulldog created by Yuko Shimizu, whose previous claim to designer fame was as the creator of a little feline called Hello Kitty.

Courtesy Skooba Designs

Cable Stable Mini
Earbuds, USB cables, adapters for your phone, camera or music player — if you’ve ever reached into your carry-on bag and pulled out a tangle of cords and wires, you’re a candidate for the Cable Stable Mini ($25), the Mini-Me version of Skooba Designs’ Cable Stable DLX. Inside, 11 elastic hold-downs and pockets separate and protect essential tech accessories; outside, a zippered pocket offers easy access to boarding passes, hotel key cards and other flat items.

Courtesy Kiva Designs

Aircraft Toiletry Bag
Someday (we hope), we can all say goodbye to TSA’s 3-1-1 rule on liquids. Until then, there’s the Aircraft Toiletry Bag ($25) from Kiva Designs. Part of the company’s new Packing Genius line, the pouch features a wide opening for easy access, an integrated TSA-compliant bag for liquids and a swivel hook for hanging when open. Rezip the liquids bag to the bottom of the main bag, hang the combo on a door hook or shower rod and you’ve got a smart solution to the dilemma of diminutive lavatories.

Phil Keoghan NOW Collection
As host of the adventure-travel reality show, “The Amazing Race,” Phil Keoghan is no stranger to the concept of packing fast and traveling light so perhaps it’s not surprising that he’s come out with a line of luggage. Now being sold on HSN, the Phil Keoghan NOW Collection ($80–$180) consists of four items: a backpack with a removable laptop organizer, 20- and 28-inch spinner bags and a set of five accessory bags for clothes and other necessities.

Travel Buddies 
What do you get when you let a six-year-old boy help design luggage? At TrendyKids, you get Archie Alien ($90), the latest addition to the company’s line of Travel Buddy two-piece luggage sets. Each set consists of a 12-inch backpack and an 18-inch wheeled case with multiple compartments, compression straps and telescoping handle. Made of sturdy, neon-green ABS, both cases feature a grinning, three-eyed alien that’s bound to make an impression.

Courtesy Magellan

Getaway Wheeled Under-Seat Tote
Tired of battling for space in the overhead bin? Pursue peace in the cabin with Magellan’s Getaway Wheeled Under-Seat Tote ($149), a box-like tote that fits under the seat in front of you. Individual pockets are designed to hold a water bottle, iPad and your 3-1-1 liquids; the main pocket will hold a weekend’s worth of clothes, and the wheels and telescoping handle make it easy to maneuver up and down the aisle.

Motil Kit
It’s a laptop bag, it’s a lunchbox, it’s two bags in one. The Motil Kit ($180) from Nau is a limited-edition messenger-style bag that comes with a 14-inch laptop sleeve, titanium mug, collapsible chopsticks and even a spork. The bag itself is made from recycled polyester; the mug and cutlery cut down on plastic waste, and the company will donate 2 percent of the sale price to the social, environmental or humanitarian group of your choice.

Foldable Carry-on
If you’ve ever stayed in a shoebox of a European hotel room, you’ll understand the logic behind foldable luggage from Lipault of Paris, which is now making its debut in the U.S. The company’s 20-inch, two-wheeled folding carry-on ($189), for example, features 2,929 cubic inches of space when packed but folds to a flat four inches when empty so it’ll slide under a bed or into a closet until you need it again.

WT Convertible
Befitting its Victorinox heritage, the WT Convertible ($200) is the luggage equivalent of a multi-tool. When fully zipped, it’s a 3,060-cubic-inch duffel bag with a large U-shaped opening and twin zippered end pockets. Unzipped, it transforms into a 41-inch garment bag complete with compression straps and foam bolsters to keep clothes secure and wrinkle-free.

MOVE Mobile Closet
New from Max Mirani, the MOVE Mobile Closet ($450) proves that big things can indeed come in small packages. Closed, it’s a wheeled, hardsided carry-on case; opened, it’s a hanging wardrobe with cantilevered shelves that keep clothes, shoes and accessories neat and accessible. Just the thing for small cruise ship cabins, it also features a zip-out lining that can be used as a second, soft-sided tote, doubling your storage space when it’s time to head home.

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Rob Lovitt is a longtime travel writer who still believes the journey is as important as the destination. Follow him at Twitter.


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