Close to two years ago I reviewed a cool little $5 item that Ive used plenty of times since: the Screwpop. Its a handy tool that opens beer bottles (that always gets my attention), has a Phillips screwdriver, and a regular flat-head screwdriver. With those out, its also a hex nut wrench (should your nut be the right size). See the details here.
These days, unless you encounter an especially dickish TSA agent, you should be able to carry this with you on a flight. But if they do confiscate it, youre not out a fortune at least.
The original version, still available, is chrome, which is hard to print on. So now theres a black version. This looks cool on its own, but the one key advantage is that you can customize it for your company, your band, your store, your website, whatever. So instead of giving people some useless schwag theyll toss in the garbage or a ballpoint pen that will die in a few months, you can hand out something they could still be using a decade from now.
To show me how this works, the Screwpop people did a sample run of their tool with the Practical Travel Gear logo and website addresssee the photo at the top. Pretty darn cool.
Im handing out some of them at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in January, but Im going to send three of them to our readers. First you have to do one of these three things:
1) Subscribe to our RSS feed
2) Join us on Facebook
3) Follow us on Twitter
Then send an e-mail with which one(s) you did to tim [ at] practicaltravelgear.com. Include your name and physical shipping address. Thats it!
Ill pick three winners at random from the submissions, which must arrive by midnight, December 23, 2011. The Screwpops will ship out the first week of January. (No sorry, while these make great stocking stuffers, youll have to buy one if you want it in time for Christmas.)
If you dont win, you can get the newer black Screwpop for $6 at ScrewpopTool.com.