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Two-Piece Enamelware Lunch Pail

Does this look like it’s straight from a farmhouse kitchen or what? Two stacking enamelware containers with a plate for a lid are held together with a stainless steel handle, providing a lunch pail to hold your fried chicken and apple pie safe and sound until your stomach growls. Perfect for picnics? Definitely. Perhaps for bringing your lunch to work? Yes, though do be careful with soups and such as the seal is not airtight. Made by a 461-year-old Austrian company, the tough porcelain coated steel is durable and dishwasher safe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Izola Handkerchief Sets

Handkerchiefs are a little old fashioned, but here’s guessing that you just might consider carrying one around once you see Izola’s offerings. Sold in sets of three, in a Star, Forest, or Pioneer theme, each handkerchief is made of 100% natural cotton. Use one as a pocket square, for blowing your nose, carrying treasure around, etc.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Izola

Carabiner Key

Leave it up to Scott Amron to improve the humble key: if the Split Ring Key doesn’t quite suit your fancy, he’s designed a Carabiner Key (Keybrid) that can link independently to keyrings, belt loops, shoelaces… you name it. While there is no price posted currently, orders are being taken, so leave your name and email at the Amron Exptl. website if you’re interested.

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Price: $contact designer
Available from: Amron Exptl.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch

This Kickstarter project has earned support for good reason- this watch looks very, very promising. With a customizable watch face and useful apps, it meets the needs of our day to day lives all in a sleek package. Incoming calls, emails, messages, bike computer, music control, even a golf rangefinder, you name it, this watch can handle it. Familiar with coding? Set up simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) or their web-facing RESTful endpoint. Take a look at Pebble Technology’s Kickstarter page for more details.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $115.00
Available from: Pebble Technology's Kickstarter page

Menu Cool Lunch

Still looking for a suitable lunch bag? MENU’s Cool Lunch has a velcro handle that handily attaches to your bag or bike, making it easy to carry without damaging its contents. There’s also a small cooling element that keeps your food fresh and drinks cold. Available in White/Lime, Black/Gray, and Black/Red.
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Price: $49.95
Available from: HORNE

gokey

Here’s a smart solution for storing your house key when you’re out for a walk or a jog.
The gokey is a silicone wrist band that conceals your key safely and comfortably- no tying it to shoestrings or putting it in a pocket only to worry it’ll come loose. As the gokey is currently a Kickstarter project, you can donate $15 to receive a gokey in the color and size of your choice. Designed by Francesca Passoni and Cristina Cook.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Digital Travel Scale

Travelers: if you’re often wondering if your bag is over the weight limit, do yourself a favor and carry a travel scale. If it doesn’t encourage you to lighten your load, at least you’ll be prepared for luggage fees. To use, you hook the strap around the carrying handle on your luggage and lift- you’ll get an accurate reading up to 88 pounds. For a non-digital scale, check out Kikkerland’s Travel Luggage Scale ($10).

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Price: $18.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

EDC Kit

And you thought you were prepared for the apocalypse. “EDC” or Every Day Carry are the things you have on you each day, and if you want to be fully prepared for anything, getting out of a jam or away from zombies, this kit will have you two steps ahead of the game. These tiny, multiuse tools fit onto a keychain, all weighing less than 2 ounces combined. A pry bar, screwdrivers, precision tweezers, waterproof lighter and a titanium key ring are all included, or can be purchased separately, if you so wish.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Travelteq Travel Jacket

Clothing isn’t usually featured on BLTD, but this Travel Jacket from Travelteq deserves a mention. It’s a made from a navy blue light nylon and is reversible- one side has more distinguished pockets for a formal look while the other has stitched-on “sporty” pockets for casual outings. Both sides allow you to close the jacket either with a zipper or with buttons. One caveat, though, Travelteq is gauging interest before production, so, if you’d like to see it available for purchase, leave your email address on the product page and snag a lower price (€ 125) if it goes into production.

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Price: €250.00
Available from: Travelteq

TrekPak

Photographers: if you often swear at your velcro dividers while out and about, check out this TrekPak padded insert. A pin system provides fully adjustable dividers that look super easy to move around as you change out your gear. Durable and water repellant, the TrekPak fits into most backpacks and hard cases. Right now it’s a Kickstarter project, so get your pledge in before April 24 for the special prices.
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Plug, External Battery Backup

If your iPhone or iPad is continually short on battery life, pay attention. This “plug” charges your device without an electrical cable, so you can top up your battery on the go (or maybe keep it just for emergencies). It gives an iPhone 30% of battery capacity and fully charges an iPod to ~100%.

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Price: $28.00
Available from: Gessato

Reminder Rings

Always forgetting to pay the bills or call your mom (or ‘mum’)? These rings will stay on your finger longer than a piece of string, and they spell out exactly what needs doing. They’re made from stretchy silicone, like the various bracelets that some people wear, and the set includes these inscriptions: Take Pills, Call Mum, Buy Gift, Return Book and Pay Bills. (It should be noted that it’s probably best to use these for the purpose in which they’re intended rather than some sort of fashion statement.)

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD19.00
Available from: Up To You

Eau Good Water Bottle

Here’s yet another water bottle for your consideration. The Eau Good Water Bottle features a stick of ‘Binchotan’ active charcoal which purifies tap water for up to 6 months. The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and has an indent to keep the charcoal in place (smart) while a cork stopper keeps the water fresh. There’s also a carry tag for convenience. There’s a short video below so you can see a little more of the shape/size/etc.
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Price: £14.95
Available from: Utility Design

Tiffin Lunch Kit

Tiffin kits are a preferable way to transport one’s meal from home to work (or picnic), but this particular kit is all the more desirable for its natural materials. Similar to bento boxes and other tiffins, the durable ceramic bowls stack on top of each other and are held together with a cloth elastic strap. The cork top seal may also be used as a plate, so, as you unfold the kit, you unfold a table setting with your snack/meal neatly contained. Designed by Lorea Sinclaire, each is handcrafted and made to order.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Availability: Buy Tiffin Lunch Kit here

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Ridekick Electric Bicycle Trailer

Hmm… a detachable electric motor assist bicycle trailer. Quite brilliant, I’d say! How come no one has come up with this before? Having the motor transmission separate from the bicycle means not having to commit to an expensive, clunky, full-on electric bicycle, or a third-party add-on motor to your bike. You get to keep the bike you already own, and your bike stays just the way it is. Ride it solo for short jaunts round town, and fire up the Ridekick for longer rides and hauling some cargo. It’ll whiz you round on the bike lanes at a steady 19 mph, and get up to 12 miles on a full charge. A weather resistant storage case with lock keeps your groceries dry.  For those not convinced on the lead acid battery, a lithium-ion battery version is currently being developed, stay tuned to their website for the latest updates.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Available from: Ridekick