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...
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
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
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
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+
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