Just because it’s handy whilst travelling doesn’t mean it’s any less convenient for day to day use at home. Duke Cannon’s Solid Cologne is a mess-less way to spruce up on the go without having to lug a tiny bottle of around, with 1.5 ounces of concentrated cologne balm contained in a compact rectangular tin container that’ll last quite awhile even if you really lay it on. Scents include Air, Land, and Sea, each fresher than the last.
Check them out at Duke Cannon – $25
Nerf’s been on a roll creating lust-worthy foam-firing weaponry as of late, and the leaked Nerf Doomlands The Judge perpetuates this streak. It’s definitely the most intimidating stock blaster ever released by Nerf and looks like it’s straight out of a post-apocalyptic world. A massive revolver holds ten sets of three darts, firing off three at once every time you pull the trigger to increase the odds of landing a hit. Unfortunately other crucial information is thus far lacking, including firing range and whether a motor powers the pump, though it seems to have a slide on the bottom — so we’ll see this fall when it’s officially released.
Until then check out Nerf’s other offerings – $60
You mightn’t expect a book like Recipes from the Woods: The Book of Game and Forage from a chef like Jean-François Mallet, and while many the ingredients are more or less foreign to your kitchen the recipes are inspiring nonetheless, not to mention useful should you ever need to fend for yourself in the backcountry. The 100 included recipes are mainly based around foraged ingredients such as dandelion leaves, nettles, wild strawberries, mushrooms, snails, and a variety of game spanning feathered to furred. Accompanying each one are bold, mouth-watering photographs of the end result that’ll make you want to run out the door and gather ingredients — though you’ll need to brush up on your hunting skills to make the meat part happen. Perfect for cooking at the cottage, with the tartan pattern on the cover fitting right in.
Find it at Amazon – $32
Nerf really doesn’t want us modifying their guns for added range or power. And perhaps we won’t be forced to anymore once the fully automatic Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K drops this fall. It shoots balls instead of darts but makes up for that firing speeds of 70 miles per hour by way of two spinning flywheels on the inside. Since the latter are powered by batteries (six D cells or a rechargeable Nerf Rival pack) just holding down the trigger unleashes a barrage of foam balls on your opponents or coworkers. And its massive 100 round hopper capacity ensures the rampage won’t end all too quickly.
Learn more at Popular Mechanics – $100
Nerdier than your average deck, Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards are a spin on the classic Rider Back deck, ditching both the bicycles and the higher resolution. The cards are printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co. on quality cardboard and feature retro video game-inspired 8-bit art on both face and numbered cards, as well as on their backs, the latter available in red or blue.
First came Where Chefs Eat. Perhaps this made you wonder Where Bartenders Drink, which also (now) happens to be a thing. This 420 page hardcover includes secrets and suggestions from 300 notable drink-making experts around the globe, sharing where they go grab drinks when they’ve gotten off for the night. Not limited to one type in particular, their favorite venues range from local watering holes to hotel bars, and number at around 750 in total, so they likely won’t be in short supply regardless of your next trip destination. And the included maps only make finding these places easier.
Grab a copy at Amazon – $30
American ingenuity isn’t new. Kevin Baker’s America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World delves into some of history’s most important inventions of the past century or so by way of short vignettes of a few pages each. The 320 page book covers the Golden Gate Bridge, the telephone, the electric motor (and its importance for the New York City subway), the Panama Canal, the electric guitar, and 71 more, on top of exploring and hypothesizing on as to what makes America so proficient when it comes to innovation. The essays are accompanied by illustrations and are easily digestible in big numbers, making it a perfect coffee table book — if you can resist powering through.
Find it at Amazon – $24
Could one notebook last you the rest of your life? If it had ten or twenty thousand pages, maybe. More practical though is Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook. Couple the notebook with Pilot’s Frixion pens and you can write normally like on regular old paper. But grab a moist tissue or towel and the pages wipe completely clean, a bit like erasing a whiteboard. While the pages are made of a synthetic polyester blend they’re not glossy and feel completely natural to write on despite their near infinite reusability, though note that if ink is left on the pages for several months and then erased it may leave some very subtle ghosting behind. Rocketbook’s accompanying mobile app makes capturing and archiving your otherwise ephemeral notes as easy as snapping them with your smartphone’s camera, with instant image processing that crops and enhances the image and magic buttons at the base of each page that send it straight to the service of your choice, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Slack, and more.
Pledge for one at Kickstarter – $34