The StyleBlueprint staff definitely loves to travel. Whether international or domestic travel, or luxury or rustic destinations, our interests run the gamut. As such, we each bring a different idea of must-have travel items to the table — here are the products we swear by when we travel.
Our Favorite Travel Items
Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Starter Set
SB account executive Connie Prince traveled quite a bit in her previous job, and that experience introduced her to the Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Starter Set, her “swear by” travel product. “Your clothes do not wrinkle,” she says. “I’ve given them as gifts, so don’t be surprised if it’s at our Christmas party gift exchange!” Gift worthy AND affordable makes this a win-win! Find it for $45.95 at eaglecreek.com, REI or The Container Store.
Hartmann Tweed Legacy Duffel
SB Memphis account executive Amanda Stanfill swears by this stunning piece of luggage by Hartmann. “I received my first piece when I graduated from high school, and it still looks incredible,” she gushes. The leather-trim duffel is water- and stain-resistant and features a pearlized clasp. Sophisticated and long-lasting make this one a keeper. Find it at hartmann.com for $695.
The Catalina Canvas Weekender
For a weekend away, SB marketing director Megan Casey says that The Catalina by Lo & Sons is the only way to go. Made of durable organic cotton canvas, this bag is surprisingly spacious — it’s truly the perfect packing solution for a short trip. SB TIP: If you’re considering buying the Deluxe, Megan says, “The Deluxe basically just adds a luggage and shoulder strap. Not worth it.” Find The Catalina in a variety of color options for $120 at loandsons.com.
The Bigger Carry-On from Away
Insiders know that the Away carry-on is the only way to go, and SB Memphis client success representative Martha Davis agrees. “It’s guaranteed to fit in the overhead compartment of most major airlines, and its hard outer shell has just enough give so I can squeeze in that extra pair of shoes without fear of being forced to check at the gate,” she says. Plus, it has a phone charger. That’s so 21st century! Find it for $245 at awaytravel.com.
For any type of travel — air, road, train, you name it — SB Nashville lead writer Alex Hendrickson recommends Nisolo’s vegetable leather backpack. “It’s my go-to,” she says. Made at an ethical factory in Mexico, this durable pack only gets better with age. Find it for $268 at nisolo.com.
Tall Carry-On Expandable Spinner
For easy packing and even easier air travel, SB Nashville client success representative Molly Peach highly recommends the Tall Carry-On Expandable Spinner from Briggs-Riley. “I can somehow fit SO much into it, and I can also take it as a carry-on because it fits the size requirement,” she shares. Find it for $429 at briggs-riley.com.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
White + Warren travel wrap
Cashmere isn’t just a luxury item. Think of it as a necessity to stay comfortable during your travels. The White + Warren travel wrap comes highly recommended from SB regional editor Lauren Helmer. Yes, it’s a splurge at $298, but think of it as an investment that will make you a happy traveler for years to come. Choose from a variety of beautiful colors at whiteandwarren.com.
Hydration while traveling is a must, and a S’well water bottle, which comes recommended from several SB staffers, is the perfect solution. Known for its ability to keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot stuff hot for 12 hours, a S’well bottle is great for carrying water, wine, tea, you name it. And they have so many fun patterns, colors and designs now, so you can absolutely find one that suits you! Prices vary depending on size and design. See the complete collection at swellbottle.com.
If you’ve ever traveled in flip-flops, you know the plight of the cold-toed traveler. Mitigate the chill with a pair of Bombas socks, which come highly recommended by SB’s data analyst Beth Brooks. “They’re my new fave!” she exclaims. Plus, they come in so many fun color combos, patterns and styles. Find them for varying prices at bombas.com.
Jackery portable phone charger
It goes without saying that a phone charger is a modern-day necessity, and SB copy editor Caroline Morrison swears by the Jackery portable phone charger. “I use my phone almost constantly when I travel, whether I’m listening to music or an audiobook on the plane, checking social media when I’m bored during a layover or calling family to update them on my flight status,” she says. “I don’t want to have to worry about conserving my phone battery, so this portable charger is a must.” Small enough to throw in your purse or carry-on, it offers a solid charge and is a mere $12. Find it at amazon.com.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Another favorite of SB Memphis’ Amanda Stanfill is Mario Badescu facial spray. “It’s great for after a long flight — it puts back some much-needed moisture in your face. And it is cheap!” At $7, we have to agree. The mist is infused with herbal and botanical extracts to give you a little pick-me-up! Find it at mariobadescu.com.
Another travel must from SB editor Lauren Helmer is the Minimergency Kit for Her. The 17-piece set includes everything from safety pins and earring backs to a stain remover pad and lip balm. Anything you could possibly need in a pinch while on the go is included. At $18, that’s affordable peace of mind! Find it at sephora.com.
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