Frequent flyers (and many city-dwellers) know the joy of settling into a signature cocktail at an acclaimed hotel bar. With travel presently paused, Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels allows the adventurous to tour the world with their tastebuds. Budapest-based writer/editor Alia Akkam penned the celebratory collection, drawing inspiration from her years on the road, reporting about developments in hospitality. She’s peppered the pages with anecdotes that support the recipes, too. Cover image of Behind the Bar by Alia Akkam (Hardie Grant) Illustrated © Evi-O.Studio, Kait Polkinghorne and Susan Le
Studio Unto’s unique set of crayons allows artists of all ages to reproduce the vivid color-scapes of our natural world. As though “you picked up a piece of mineral and started coloring,” each crayon resembles a rock, with swirling, layered and speckled colors. Drawing with them produces multi-colored lines with texture and inconsistencies that add to the allure. Because each piece is made by hand, the finish of the four included in each box may differ.
Highborn formulates all of their sublime small-batch products with the utmost care. Using ingredients sourced directly from organic farmers, the brand (founded and helmed by Lauren Gannes) is firmly rooted in nature, science and ritual. Their exquisite Salome Aromatic CBD Anointing Oil is made with essential oils derived from rose otto, holy basil, sweet orange, and sandalwood—along with 420mg of full-spectrum cannabidiol from certified organic and ethically farmed cannabis plants. The slightly herbaceous aroma balances upon rose’s delicate floral scent and holy basil’s spice. A reiki-charged quartz, intended to protect and promote positivity, sits inside.
by Humankind’s all-natural mouthwash tablets (made from baking soda, tartaric acid, sodium benzoate, menthol, and thymol) now come in a travel-size iteration with a reusable container made for use while on the go. The durable glass cup makes standardized dilution simple, while the silicone tablet holder sits snugly on top. Removing single-use plastic from the ritual, by Humankind also ships tablet refills in 100% compostable pouches.
Portland, Oregon-based Looptworks repurposes and upcycles fabrics and post-consumer materials that would otherwise be scraps to create bags and accessories. Further, these limited-edition, hand-numbered items are crafted in facilities that employ fair labor practices. The brand’s Weekender Duffel comes in two colorways—black or yellow—and features a kite sail fabric outer and nylon interior, making it lightweight but durable. With a divider inside to separate apparel and gear (as well as two pockets, one with a zip for valuables), the bag has a 37-liter capacity and abides by most airlines’ carry-on rules.
With bold colors and retro stripes in a high-shine finish, Away’s limited-edition Chalet collection brings Alpine-inspiration to their dynamic suitcases. The smaller of the brand’s two carry-on offerings, this iteration fits in the overheard bins of almost all airlines while still transporting so much—thanks to an interior compression system—in its 20 by 13.5 inch interior. Style and spaciousness aside, it also comes with a TSA-approved lock.
Lomography’s preloaded “disposable” camera looks and functions like a simple, convenience store option—and can fit in a pocket, too—but it produces better and arguably more interesting photos. With LomoChrome Metropolis ISO 100-400 film inside, shots will tend toward the grungier and more contrasty end of the analog spectrum. Once you’re finished with this film pack, the camera can be refilled with any of Lomography’s 35mm options. To develop your shots, turn the roll in to any photo lab.
Travel and food magazine Fifty Grande addresses the various scenes—both small and large in scale—across the US, encouraging readers to enjoy the nation’s domestic and culinary grandeur. For its first issue, the focus lies on hometowns. But, to introduce readers to the magazine’s particular lens, it all begins with a thesis statement of sorts: “How do you begin a fresh exploration of the United States in 2020? It’s home to 328 million residents in 3.8 million square miles…It’s also an idea as much as it is anything else: A better way of life, achieved through democracy, liberty and opportunity. Exploring the country is all of this: people, places, ideas and more, across all 50 states.” From Boston and Chicago to New York and Houston, cities are explored with a particular intimacy and care for conveying their complexity. Editor and founder Chris M Walsh guides the collective force’s debut, but allows for it to bound off the page, much like those beloved food magazines that are now bygone.
Made from BPA-free, food-safe plastic, Toothpaste 2 Go addresses packaging waste and forgetfulness. The kit includes a flight-approved vessel for toothpaste and a transfer mechanism to get some from your current at-home tube into the travel-sized iteration. Since the mechanism also works in reverse order, when you return home you’re able to transfer unused toothpaste back into its original packaging.
Intended for artists, photographers, architects and any other creator that depends on dozens of tiny tools for their work, Osuza’s canvas backpack opens out flat to four distinct numbered panels, granting uninhibited access to what’s inside. Its unique folded closure system, which is aided by velcro, lets the wearer adjust the interior capacity from 20 to 40L depending on what’s in tow. Plus, an easy-access laptop sleeve (for up to 17 inch computers) offers assistance in moments when undoing the entire ensemble isn’t possible. For a full list of the interior accessories, pockets, pouches, zipper, hooks, and loops, see the product page.
For any traveler—or dreamer—who yearns for the furthest reaches of our planet, Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer’s Remote Places to Stay: The Most Unique Hotels at the End of the World details 22 out-of-the-way destinations. From a reprieve in the Arctic to an African desert escape and even a retreat in the Himalayas, the book chronicles places people can actually stay—though some are only accessibly by foot, small boat or bush plane. To complement the book, Pappyn and Vleeschauwer have also launched their own remote travel platform to help readers get to these places, too.
A recent trip to Japan during Typhoon Hagibis put this Blunt Metro to the test and it remains in one piece. For the cold, gloomy winter months, this umbrella comes in several bold hues to add a pop of color to a drizzly or stormy day. The sturdy design features double-reinforced struts that survive high winds and harsh weather. Its architectural structure is built to hold up over time providing a long lasting and sustainable choice.
Part of Patagonia’s Worn Wear collection, this denim bag is crafted in the USA from reclaimed, post-consumer organic cotton canvas and denim. Big enough for a grocery, beach or weekend trip, it features reinforced straps to make carrying your gear easy and comfortable. The interior is lined with post-consumer polyester fabric and postindustrial recycled Supplex® nylon. And, because each piece of fabric is reclaimed, every bag is unique.
As Bluetooth earbuds and headphones become more prevalent, many users are now accustomed to frustration when confronted by entertainment systems on airplanes, in gyms or rental cars. Allowing you to connect your wireless headphones to these screens is the AirFly Pro: a dongle that plugs into a standard jack. This little gadget can wirelessly connect to two sets of headphones and has a 16+ hour battery, so your next long-haul flight or gym session can be as entertaining as ever.
For travelers and coffee lovers, these Canyon Coffee single-serving instant coffee packs can save the day. To concoct the powder within, the team at Canyon teamed up with Swift Cup to transform their freshly roasted coffee into an instant form. The brand’s founders, Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz, chose coffee beans from Celinga, Ethiopia. Paired with a Japanese-made travel tumbler by Kinto, this kit will keep those on the move conveniently caffeinated, simply by adding the sachet to eight ounces of hot water.
Both collapsible and equipped with a carabiner, Tushy’s portable bidet provides paper-free cleaning on the go. Simply unfurl the body, use a clean water source to fill the bidet, open the nozzle, aim and squeeze. Not only is this a drastically cheaper iteration than most, it can go with you on the road or into the great outdoors.