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Vacation Packing Tips:
New Luxury Travel Products Make Packing a Breeze

by Jessica Howell

Trendy, totable and totally functional, these products are ROAD & TRAVEL's newest must-haves for luxe travel. After scouring the web, catalogs and stores (and getting the gossip on this year's Travel Goods Show held in Las Vegas), we've compiled a list of our favorites to make your life easier.

Take a peek below and your wish list is sure to grow...

Hartmann Luxe Collection

Roll in Style
Appropriately found in Hartmann’s “Luxe” Collection, this expandable Mobile Traveler, featuring a delicious Woolrich fabric in Apple and Chocolate, blends whimsy with practicality, making for the cutest handcrafted case we’ve seen in ages. Accented with full-grain English Bridle leather, this polka dot version measures 18” by 24” for hauling a closet-full of this season’s resort wear. Find it here. $795

Chelsey Henry Work to Play Bag

Carry-On Cool
Boarding a plane in style and calm demeanor is no easy feat. Make both tasks easier by carrying one of these chic, stictched-pattern “Work-to-Play Bags” by Chelsey Henry. Equipped with interior pockets for every one of your travel must-haves and available in this sweet shade of apple with almond-hued leather accents, this carry-all fits the bill for tidy travel hands-down. (18” wide, 12” tall.) Find it here. $165

DataSafe Wallets

Safe & Sure
A lady doesn’t hand out her digits to anyone. Keep yours – those for your phone and those emblazoned on your credit cards – safe from wireless identity theft by tucking them into a DataSafe wallet. These simple but smart zippered wallets are made from supple Nappa leather and use lots of radio-frequency shielding layers to protect your ePassport and important encrypted docs from techno-creeps. Find it here. $80

Pitotubes Travel Containers

Potion Packers
The gels, ‘fumes and goos that we women require to look and smell our best often cost us a pretty penny. For a special trip, drugstore trial sizes simply will not do. Pack your most fabulous liquids in these clever leak-proof dispensers dubbed Pitotubes. Both lovely to look at and functional, they’re a snap to use and have become our most sought-after travel necessity. (Bonus: Most sizes are smaller than 3 oz., making them ideal for avoiding TSA carry-on crisis.) Find it here. $10+

Bucky Eye Mask

Sleeping Beauty
Beauty rest is crucial whether you’re snuggled in your own bed or spending the night at the Ritz. To make sure that you get your daily dose of shut-eye, rely on Bucky’s super-soft velour Shades, a pressure-free sleeping mask that cradles and comforts in 100 percent (really!) darkness. (Bonus: a handy pocket holds ear plugs that will get you through even the most disastrous plane seating assignments.) Find it here. $25