Travel Essentials

10 Smart Items for the Savvy Traveler

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We learned about the J-Pillow from Holly Lucille, ND, RN, who told us that one of these buggers helped her sleep soundly on a 15-hour flight. This unique travel pillow actually won the British Invention of the Year for its ingenuity. With its patent-pending design, it can be used in seven different ways, but best of all—it gives you correct anatomical support when sleeping upright.  ($60)

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Freshen up your hotel room instantly with Refresh Peppermint Room & Linen Mist. Crafted with organic northern Italian mint, this 1-ounce spray bottle is a great traveling companion. Spritz a little of this energizing mist onto your linens, as well. Also available in a relaxing Lavender and a renewing Rose. ($24)

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One of the best ways to beat jet lag, help prevent fatigue, and benefit from important trace elements is to soak in a seaweed bath the evening you arrive at your destination. Phytomer Oligmer Pure Seawater Bath is a bath powder derived from freeze-dried desalinated seawater concentrate that comes in handy packets for individual soaks. ($10.50 per sachet)

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Savvy travelers don’t leave home without their QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones. In a variety of styles (around-ear and in-ear) and colors (white, black, blue/green, and more), they make everything, from music to video to your seatmate, sound better. ($299.95 to $399.95)

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Cameras capture images that make for good memories. Words capture emotions, feelings, fleeting thoughts. Journaling has many wonderful (and proven) attributes, and we couldn’t imagine departing on a journey without packing a few Field Notes to keep track of our thoughts and impressions. While the options are numerous, we suggest the Original 3-Pack. Classic notepads at their finest. ($9.95 for 3-Pack)

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Pink grapefruit, blood orange, and orange blossom essential oils—sound like juicing ingredients to you? They’re the headlining act in Italian Blood Orange Refreshing Hand & Face Towelettes. These divinely scented, purifying wipes, meant to be swiped over your face to cleanse, refresh, and boost your mood, are available in a travel-friendly pack of seven. ($5.00)

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Water bottles can be bulky, which is why we love the deflatable ones. Lately, we’re taken with the MicroFilter Bottle Set—it’s not only a space-saver, but features a chemical-free water filtration system. According to the company, it safely removes 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and can purify hundreds of liters of water from tap water, lakes, rivers, and streams. ($49.99)

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Those of you who refuse to leave your mobile devices behind will appreciate the Travel RockStar Battery Pack + Charger + Surge. This sleek battery charger scores points for its super-slim style and fast-charging, surge-protecting qualities.  Designed especially for smartphones and tablets. ($59.99)

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The ultimate wrap, hands down, is White + Warren’s Cashmere Travel Wrap. It’s a generous 81 inches by 36 inches and perfect for snuggling up in on long flights and for keeping warm on chilly flights. Use it as a blanket, snood, shawl, or looped scarf; there are lots of great colors to choose from, including our favorite, Moonstone Heather, a cloud-blue. ($298)

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You never know when you’ll need a lightweight day pack when you’re on the road. They come in handy when exploring, walking around town, or hitting the hotel gym. The DayPack15, made from durable, recycled PET ripstop fabric, folds up into a nice compact pouch and features an outside pocket for bottles, as well as an internal zipper pocket. ($24.99)

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