Planning a trip and trying to figure out what you need? Seeking a special gift for a woman who spends as much time on the road or in the air as she does at home?
As someone who travels a lot, I love finding new products to take with me. I look for things that make my life easier, that make me feel comfortable and that just make me happy.
With that in mind, here are some of my favorite travel necessities.
Sand-free beach towel from Tesalate
Sand-free beach towel from Tesalate — Photo courtesy of Tesalate
The days of tracking sand into cars, hotel rooms and luggage are over. With these groundbreaking towels, you simply shake it off and go.
This Australian company knows a thing or two about beaches, and they’ve created beautifully-designed towels that are compact, fast-drying and lightweight. Because of their amazing ability to repel sand, they live up to the true traveler’s philosophy of leaving a place the way you found it and not taking anything away from it.
Hot Logic mini electric lunchbox
Hot Logic mini electric lunchbox — Photo courtesy of Hot Logic
If you’ve ever decided against taking a trip because the cost of constantly eating out was just too high, this easy-to-tote portable oven is a game-changer. In fact, you may want to keep one in your car.
Using low-slow conduction heat, the Hot Logic can cook a meal from scratch, reheat leftovers and then keep all of it at the perfect serving temperature without overcooking, burning or drying it out. That’s more than most of us can say about our own cooking skills.
Cabbage shopper from Aunts and Uncles
Cabbage shopper by Aunts and Uncles — Photo courtesy of Aunts and Uncles
I recently discovered this German brand and fell head over heels with their leather bags to the point I can’t pick out just one to travel with – although I do love the Cabbage shopper in the photo.
Each bag has so much personality, which it passes on to the woman holding it, providing a self-confidence that’s welcome when you’re in a foreign place. I always get compliments on these bags, and they've become great conversation starters – in any language.
Parrot Pot smart flowerpot
Parrot Pot smart flowerpot — Photo courtesy of Parrot
This seriously smart self-watering pot makes sure your plants are tended to while you’re away. Simply download the app, fill up the reservoir and let the Parrot Pot do its thing. It will water your lily only when necessary and will let you know how your rhododendron is doing so you don't have to worry about coming home to drooping or dead plants.
Four built-in sensors monitor your plant around the clock. If you have a black thumb, you may consider using the Parrot Pot even when you’re home. Think about buying one for every plant you own because for each purchase, Parrot and WeForest plants a tree in Ethiopia.
Cecily hobo bag from Day & Mood
Cecily hobo bag from Day & Mood — Photo courtesy of Day & Mood
Is there any bag better suited to travel than the hobo bag? This gorgeous version is made of the creamiest leather and just gets better-looking with each trip.
Day & Mood takes a signature Scandinavian minimalist approach to design, never sacrificing form for function – or function for form. With its slouchy shape, detachable shoulder strap and top zip closure, the roomy Cecily works as both a carry-on and an everyday bag, somehow managing to be both edgy and elegant at the same time. Like any good wanderer, it can fit in anywhere.
Throws from Crane & Canopy
Throws from Crane & Canopy — Photo courtesy of Crane & Canopy
Nothing makes a hotel room or airplane seat seem a little more like home than a cozy throw, especially when it’s from Crane & Canopy, an Oeko-Tex certified company known for its luxurious yet affordable bedding.
Choose from the comfiest 100% cotton or merino wool in a variety of colors and patterns, and rest easy, knowing that Crane & Canopy gives the gift of a safe night’s sleep by donating bedding to survivors of domestic violence and entire shelters nationwide.
Punjammies from Sudara
Punjammies by Sudara — Photo courtesy of Sudara
When it comes to traveling clothes, the goal is to be comfortable and to pack as little as possible. This great-looking loungewear enables you to do both.
Lightweight, squishable and with a multi-tasking relaxed fit that makes them as appropriate for sightseeing as sleeping, these Punjammies from Sudara are made through living-wage employment by women in India who are at the highest risk or are survivors of sex trafficking. Every style is named for a real woman whose story you can read online. This collection is empowering for both the women who make them and those who buy them.
Momo laptop case from Verloop Knits
Momo laptop case from Verloop Knits — Photo courtesy of Verloop Knits
Inspired by the South Asian dumplings of the same name, the Momo wraps around your laptop (or tablet), cocooning it in a cushy knit that folds around it to offer sturdy protection.
Lined with microfiber to keep your device scratch-free, it also features a Velcro closure, four little corner bands to frame it and an outer elastic band to swaddle it and keep it firmly in place. Plus, the texture is so soft and pretty, you won’t even mind taking out your laptop to do work.
Wool loungers from Allbirds
Wool loungers from Allbirds — Photo courtesy of Allbirds
These slippers, um, I mean shoes, have become my go-to – and my go-with – travel footwear. There is nothing more snuggly on an airplane; they make my feet feel like they’re walking on the same puffy clouds that are floating by my window.
There are so many reasons every traveler should have a pair of these: they’re lightweight and can be tucked into a corner of your suitcase, they’re cool in the heat and warm in the cold, they can be worn with or without socks, they minimize odor and, hallelujah, they’re machine-washable. Oh, yeah, and, even as you rack up the miles, they leave a low carbon footprint.
Secura RFID-blocking anti-theft satchel from LCI Brands
Secura RFID-blocking anti-theft satchel from LCI Brands — Photo courtesy of LCI Brands
Because good looks aren’t always enough, this travel bag is packed with a ton of important safety features. Not only does it have lots of locks, zippers and internal pockets, but it also has RFID-blocking slots to hold your bank and credit cards and protect their valuable information.
The tough nylon exterior features slash-resistant Magnaloft fabric panels in crucial compartments and an anti-slash adjustable shoulder strap with internal stainless steel cable. This is a bag that knows that style needs to be accompanied by substance.