Flight 001

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Going away this holiday weekend? Whenever we're about to embark on a trip, we make it a point to visit Flight 001. Sure, the store has some gimmicky stuff, like the Buddha Machine and No Cooties travel spray. But we've come across a lot of products here that can make the oft-dreaded airplane portion of a vacation almost spa-like.

Perhaps our favorite section of the store is the Streetwise carousel, because they seem to make the best maps. The lamination makes them sturdy and, more importantly, they're chock-full of helpful information for visitors. (If only they made a Moscow map — that would have saved us much grief during our recent trip there!)

Whether you're in the market for big-ticket items (like the Marc Newson-designed Samsonite luggage) or small goods that will make the flight more pleasant, Flight 001's staff is friendly and — even when the store is packed — eager to assist. Yet they're not overbearing; you can feel free to look around without the pressure of having to make a purchase. So, yes, sometimes we browse Flight 001 just for fun, when we don't have any travel plans on the horizon.

For those of you on the other side of the bay, there's also a Flight 001 at 1774 Fourth Street in Berkeley.

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