Need an umbrella for travel? Shed Rain’s WalkSafe compact umbrella packs down tiny and light and I love the reflectors on the tips that help cars see you. This umbrella is perfect for urban walking and is so light you can justify taking it along. If you’re going to London, this is your umbrella for sure, especially when it’s easy to forget which way to look as you’re crossing the street if you’re from a country that drives on the opposite side of the road. I’m not sure how it will hold up in strong wind however. But that’s a trade off. Shed Rain is known for making umbrellas that can handle wind, but they are significantly bigger and heavier. This one is a great all-purpose choice because it takes up very little room in your bag, so if you end up not using it, no big deal. Find it HERE.by
Do you travel with slippers? I don’t normally, but at home I can’t go without them anymore and I’m re-thinking my slipper stance. Particularly when there are slippers like these Acorn Oh Ewe IIs, which have a beefy sole and can pretty much function as shoes. They are super cozy and warm–you know that feeling when your feet get so cold, the only way to warm up is to take a hot shower or bath? These fix that level of cold. I’ve been noticing people wearing slipper-shoes like these at resorts and why not? You could wear these on the plane, at your hotel and on the bus or train back from the slopes.
There is a ton of comfort in slipping on some cushy feet loving mocs on tired achy feet, add a hot cup of tea and you’ve got serious bliss which can mean a lot when you’re far from home. The biggest drawback for me, of course, is the space they occupy in my carryon. But if I swap my flip flops for these, it can work. For road tripping, they have to go along and on the rare occasion I’m checking a bag, then it’s easy to take these. How awesome would they be apres ski or snow sports? Find them HERE.by
Need a packable all purpose hat for travel? Check out this Sun Tripper hat from SunDay Afternoons available for men and women. Besides being a must have for adventure travel, because of the design, it works for urban travel too. The bill is not too long like some hats with this style, so beyond being super functional, it’s actually kind of cute–I’m not a huge fan of this look, but this hat pulls it off pretty well. Even with the air vents. And you will love those air vents on a hot day.
It’s such a relief to be able to block out the sun on a hike, and especially on water. If you’re river rafting or paddling for instance, you have to have this. All color options are dark under the bill to absorb glare. The bill is foldable, so you can put it in your pocket, and it can get very small in your bag. I’d add this to my 10 Essentials for hiking, there’s no reason not to take it. Because the black is so unassuming and versatile–I’ve worn it in an urban setting too. Black is the one I take, but the lighter colors will be cooler and more practical for when you’re in the sun.
You know what else this hat is awesome for? The plane. It can get pretty bright up there with open windows and sometimes you just want to shut out the light and watch a movie on your iPad or read a book. This does the trick. The Sun Tripper is a Must Have for travel. Find it HERE.by
Gone are the days you have to choose between a rain jacket or down. Sierra Designs DriDown Hoody is a super light weight down jacket that does double duty keeping you warm and dry with their new DriDown technology. It’s a comfortable fit that covers the bum, and the hood is unique in that you can wear it a couple of different ways–on your head or cuffed up around your neck. Raglan sleeves allow for movement and thumbholes keep your hands warm. These thumbholes have some extra fabric that really seals out cold. It’s great for autumn, but I’d use this all winter too.
I have a packable rain jacket that gets really tiny, but it’s not warm enough. This hoody has 100g of 800 fill power dridown. It’s the perfect cozy hybrid that packs to about the size of a Nalgene bottle. Find it HERE.by
Going somewhere with an elevated altitude? Pick up some ChorOxygen before you go and you’ll probably have an easier time adjusting. It comes in TSA friendly 1-ounce bottles of drops you just add to your water. It helped me and even without the altitude issues, I love this easy way to get chlorophyll. When I’m traveling, I usually don’t have access to my green drinks I make at home and this is a solution. People already living in high altitudes can benefit from its oxygenating effects too, when I bought this, the guy helping me said it was awesome for snowboarding. Find it HERE.by
Horny Toad makes some excellent travel clothing. I love their soft eco friendly fabrics and that their stuff doesn’t hold wrinkles. The Sascha Skirt is a must-have travel piece. It’s comfy, versatile (wear it with boots or flip flops), and has a little pocket. It has figure flattering lines and panels that swing a little when you move. It’s a travel wardrobe essential made from Horny Toad’s Samba fabric, an organic cotton blend with Tencel (derived from wood pulp) and spandex to help retain shape.
Pair the Sascha Skirt with the Ladyhawke Top. Also made from Samba, the V-neck and empire seam are flattering and feminine. Both are soft, light weight pieces that look casual or dressy, and that’s just the kind of thing that earns space in my carryon.
If you’re more of a dress person, check out the Keyboard Dress. This one is fabulous in black and that uneven hem creates feminine movement at the bottom. It’s another piece that dresses up or down and will take you to the Farmers’ Market or out to dinner. Find these and more (and great stuff for men too) on the Horny Toad website HERE.by
The Bellroy Travel Wallet is marketed toward men, but I like it for women too. It’s the perfect minimalist travel wallet, and it’s beautiful. Sleek leather that feels luxurious in your hand, and an elegant minimalism that keeps it simple and makes travel more organized and enjoyable.
I love that Bellroy included a pen to fill out customs forms on the plane. It’s a gunmetal silver micro pen, and they’ve generously and thoughtfully included a re-fill. The slots for paper bills fits all world currencies and there are two sections so you can keep your ISK separate from your USD.
This wallet is well made and backed by a three year warranty. Find it HERE.by