Any true fan of talk show mogul and billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey always looked forward to her annual “Favorite Things” show to kick off the holidays. Fans went into a frenzy to get tickets to the show and companies found items flying off the shelf after receiving Oprah’s blessing. The list lives on in her monthly lifestyle magazine, and the 2016 edition is out. Below are eight items from her list that would be great for the travelers in your life.
Sometimes the inflight movie selection isn’t much to be desired. Take yourself away from the hassles of travel with what is being billed as the world’s first mobile personal theater experience. Use the headset to watch films, play games, and enjoy endless entertainment in HD audio and video using a smartphone, tablet or gaming console. “Plug these into any HDMI-supported device and do everything from checking emails to watching movies in digital HD. It’s like your own personal theater," said Oprah.
Every traveler should invest in a pair of good noise-canceling headphones or earbuds to ensure a peaceful flight, especially during the hectic holiday season. This newest version of the Beats earbuds have up to 12 hours of battery life, enough for a flight from San Francisco to London. And when the battery is low, squeeze out another hour of power with the five-minute Fast Fuel charge. The earbuds are water resistant and the box includes four sizes of ear tips, a carrying case and a universal USB charging cable.
This leather case for accessories, at 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 2.5 inches, fits perfectly in a carry-on bag. It has seven ring rolls, four compartments, and three necklace hooks with a pocket. "Toss this small but spacious jewelry box into your carry-on and you’re ready to hit the road. [It] is almost as gorgeous as the bling within," says Oprah.
This next generation of the venerable Kindle device fits nicely into a carry-on bag. Its leather charging cover has the longest Kindle battery life, which is perfect for those long-haul flights. There’s a high-resolution display and Amazon Prime members can read thousands of books for free.
As someone who travels regularly (in her Bombardier Global Express XRS private jet) Oprah has to know what she likes in her luggage. So it’s no surprise that this overhead bin-friendly carry-on suitcase made her list. The Raden is a hardside polycarbonate bag with four spinner wheels and an integrated TSA-approved lock. It also has a portable power bank with two external USB ports to charge devices and a weight-sensing that weighs the bag by lifting it. Worried about losing the bag? Download the Raden app to track it using Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
A travel pillow is one of my must-have amenity kit accessories, but this one takes it to the next level. Not only does it help keep you get rest on a flight, it has two zippered pockets and two open ones that hold smart phones, eyeglasses, passports, credit cards and more. There’s also a snap tab to hold earphone cord in place, a washable cover, elastic straps to hold panels in place and another snap tab to attach to carry-on luggage.
This case, an iPhone case on one side and card sleeve on the other, is the perfect accessory to drop into a carry-on bag. It has detachable crossbody and chain wristlet straps and an RFID protected lining to block capture of private information.
At 27 inches by 80 inches this wool wrap is a great travel accessory that doubles to ward off the chill of an airplane. It comes in bright plaid patterns and has self-fringe ends. “These impossibly soft options are instant outfitmakers," said Oprah.