Handy houseguest take-alongs
by Kathy Witt
All the arrangements have been made for a fun visit to a great destination where you’ll be staying with family or friends. But what are the must-haves to pack that will ensure your comfort as a guest in someone else’s home while not infringing on the good will and hospitality of your host? (And P.S. – don’t forget a thoughtful hostess gift.)
hat’s where Celsius 54 steps in, with its new Secret Message Candles ($11.99-$19.99). They are compact and take up no space to speak of so can be tossed in bag or brief for car, plane or train travel. They are also seriously cute – little white candle cups packaged inside pink and white boxes with gold stamping that heightens the mystery for the host: “Burn to reveal the message.”
You can choose from sayings like “You light up every room” and “Thanks,” among others, or create your own custom message. Once your host lights the wick and the wax melts away, your secret sentiment is revealed at the bottom of the container. (Just remember to remove the sticker with your chosen message before gifting the candle.)
or hosts who enjoy craft beer – and who doesn’t these days? – Toast has a gift tailor-made for them with its classic pint glasses wrapped in luxurious buttery leather that is hand-stitched and hand-finished ($29).
Made in Portland, OR, these classy cuffs make a thoughtful and timeless gift for those who like to imbibe in style. The 16-oz pint glass (included) is of heavyweight, premium quality and the wraps come in 10 saturated colors of leather, including dark and stormy, mojito, cosmo and lemon drop. Oh yeah, you can get your cuff customized, too, with a laser-engraved design like “Do epic s(tuff).” For an additional $5, you can create your own message.
As a houseguest you may get a dedicated guestroom, a bed in the office or use of a kid room. Be prepared by packing the patented Stow-N-Go Hanging Travel Shelves by Grand Fusion Housewares. ($29.99) No matter where you land, you’ll be able to keep your clothing neat and tidy in this three-tiered miracle that acts as your closet on the road.
Pack your belongings on the three shelves, collapse, latch and stow in your case. On arrival, simply remove Stow-N-Go and hang in the closet or over a door. It takes up very little space, fitting within any standard size carry-on bag 20” or larger. Bonus: A zippered laundry hamper at the bottom keeps dirty clothing separate from clean.
No matter where you’re bunking, make sure you’ve got the power with the myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh Portable Charger ($79.99). Constructed of anodized aluminum, this sleekly designed power bank can charge three devices at once, so your smartphone doesn’t have to take turns with your tablet, iPod or any other electronics you’ve packed along.
You can also ditch the cables and cords; two cables as well as a universal USB port are built into HubPlus. One is an integrated Apple Lightning cable for quick-charging electronics; the other is a micro-USB cable. A built-in wall prong lets you recharge HubPlus.
Show you thanks to your host in a Secret Message Candle.
Photo: Celsius 54
Toast gives houseguests a way to fete their hosts with its leather-wrapped pint glasses.
Keep your clothing tidy and wrinkle-free with Stow-N-Go Hanging Travel Shelves.
Photo: Grand Fusion Housewares
Charge up to three devices at once and rapid-recharge your power bank – the myCharge HubPlus.