We all have a boozehound in our lives, but as we get older, of course, our definition of "boozehound" shifts dramatically. In college and your early 20s, a "boozehound" was the guy who could drink the most beer and sustain the longest keg stands. But as we careen unwillingly into our late 20s and early 30s, the "boozehound" crown goes to anyone who drinks more than 2 times per week. The "boozehound" is now someone who is "really into whiskey" or bespoke cocktails.
In other words, the boozehound is now the guy who's discerning. He doesn't want a Bud Light. He'll turn his nose up at Jameson. All of this is fine if he lives in any major city—they're teeming with places that cater to a more sophisticated/douchey palate. But if he's traveling? Forrrrrrrrrrrrget it. Sure, many airports are now outfitting their terminals with haute cuisine, but when you get on the plane, it's the same middle shelf alcohol and sub-standard beer selections.
What's our newly-defined boozehound to do in this scenario? Get a travel cocktail kit, that's what. The Travel Cocktail Kit ($225, Stephen Kenn), while pricey, is equipped with everything our boozehound needs to mix a quality cocktail at 37,000 feet. We're talking 9 empty liquor bottles to fill with favorite libations and cocktail syrups, a mixing spoon, and even a tiny funnel. All he'll need to do is ask the flight attendant for a cup of ice.