With 13 days left on the calendar before Christmas, now is NOT the time for lengthy shopping lists. I have rounded up my top 5 tried and true travel accessories from my personal stash for 2019. These little guys will satisfy any traveler on your list, and are much more thoughtful than that generic gift card you were planning on giving.
#1: Away "The Carry-On" Suitcase
This minimalistic suitcase from Away is the absolute foundation of my travel basics. Sized at 21.7” x 13.7” x 9″ this suitcase is designed to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines and even international flights. The durable polycarbonate shell features a removable battery that can charge your phone up to 4 times, a TSA approved combination lock and 360 degree spinner wheels.
I have used my Away bag countless times on international flights and long haul flights and have never had a single issue storing it in the overhead bin. I am a reasonable packer (read: I rarely over pack) and I can easily store 4-7 days’ worth, dependent of the season, of outfits in the Carry-On. Much to my dismay, I can also attest to the durability as mine has fallen out of the back of a taxi a time or too. And don’t even get me started on their packing cubes… we would be here all day.
#2: Speakeasy Travel Supply "Secret Pocket Travel Scarf"
Speakeasy Travel creates soft and stylish scarves that are handmade by a family team in Cape Cod Massachusetts. Their travel scarves feature a hidden pocket that zips shut, perfect for storing your passport, cash and thwarting pickpockets! The zipper pocket is approximately 9 x 9 and can easily fit a passport, cell phone, keys, lip balm and more.
I used my scarf relentlessly on my recent trip to Spain on the pickpocket riddled streets of Barcelona. Not only did it easy my mind but it allowed me to enjoy my adventures so much more as I was not constantly watching over my purse! Speakeasy travel offers a wide range of colors and fabrics suitable for the four seasons. Check out their website for a video on how to wear your new travel accessory.
#3: Knours "The Starter Kit" travel face care system
Nothing wreaks havoc on my face like 2 layovers, airplane food and dehydration. This collection of 7 TSA friendly mini face care products from Knours has saved my skin every time. Complete with facewash, hydrating cream, mist and cleansing wipes this set is a skin powerhouse in a neat little to-go bag. After traveling for 24 hours straight the cleansing wipes and hydrating mist is all but heaven sent.
Knours is an innovated brand that aims at combating the hormonal imbalances in skin caused by endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in our environment. I can’t think of a harsher climate than a middle seat on a 20 hour flight. Knours pride themselves on manufacturing clean, cruelty free beauty products for men and women.
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#4: Davek "The Davek Mini" portable travel umbrella
Regardless of the weather forecast I always throw this tiny but mighty umbrella in my carry on. Weighing less than 1 pound and measuring less than 7 inches when closed this durable umbrella is perfect for your purse, backpack or even pocket.
If the steep price tag still concerns you, know that every Davek umbrella comes with a lifetime warrantee and loss protection. Leave it in a taxi or at the TSA check? Don’t sweat it, Davek will replace your lost umbrella at up to 50% off the regular retail price.
#5: Molekule “Air Mini” desk top air purifier
While this isn’t an air purifier you can stow in your carry on, it is ideal for road trips or when you find yourself trapped in a stale office cubicle (UGH that’s the worst!). I purchased the Molekule Air Mini when I was having allergy problems at my aforementioned sad cubicle. Within a few hours my symptoms began to subside.
The Molekule Air Mini uses a PECO-filter which breaks down VOC’s, bacteria, mold, viruses, allergens and everything else disgusting. This workhorse can clean a 250 square foot room with a full air replacement within an hour.
“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road.” -Walt Whitman