Samantha Gizerian, who teaches at Washington State University, recently found herself in an airport wishing she had a ‘‘tiny, retractable extension cord. Airport plugs are often in the weirdest places, and having a handy extension cord makes more of them accessible for recharging and not holding your phone six feet in the air,’’ she said, adding, ‘‘Looking at you Las Vegas Terminal B!’’
Finally, here’s a way to help travelers de-stress while en route: a gift card for XpresSpa, which offers manicures, pedicures, haircuts, facials, shaves, massages and other services at 46 airport spas. Pricing varies by location but in most places $25 covers a manicure and $50, a massage. Gift cards can be purchased online at http://www.XpresSpa.com.