By Gerrie Summers
With all the traffic, security checks, delays and cancellations, lost or damaged luggage, traveling is less than glamorous these days. But we’ve got you covered. Here are chic and fashionable essentials for land, air and sea, to help you travel light and travel in style.
Wings Jetsetter Case
Accurately described as “carry-on couture,” the Smart Birdy Wings Jetsetter Case can hold up to 50 (or more) outfits, depending on your packing skills. It has a phone battery charger for Android, iPhone, iPod and tablets. The removable power bank is TSA approved. Other features of the Smart Birdy are 360-degree Rose Gold wheels, bottom support handle, exterior computer sleeve that can hold a 15-inch laptop, a clip-on shoulder strap, key cord pocket and iPhone/Android USB cord. It can be used as both a carry-on or personal item on flights because it can fit in the overhead bin. It’s easy to spot at the luggage carousel. But you won’t want to check it. (Of course, if you’re forced to, the Birdy comes with a Tote bag to keep your suitcase secure and protected). Other accessories include an expandable shoe console (to keep your shoes separated from your clothes), a hot tool holder, an organizational jewelry case, wristlet clutch, Bluetooth speaker, laundry bag and silk pouch. Available in a wide range of colors. Info: smartbirdy.com.
I Like You Halter One-Piece Swimsuit
You’ll like it, you’ll really, really like it. It’s the perfect name for a swimsuit and this California-inspired swim and beachwear brand has a focus on quality, comfort and style. Part of Cupshe’s Pearl Collection, the I Like You Halter One-Piece is suitable for all body types and the fabric has a luxuriant, smooth feel. The best part is that it’s a 2-in-1 swimsuit—so it’s like having two bathing suits on your vacation. The self-tie double straps can be customized to create a deep v neckline or a keyhole look. It has padded cups and is ruched at the sides (great for the tummy). Info: cupshe.com.
These stylish summer shades will sound good to you! Lucyd LOUD are Bluetooth-enabled eyewear, with bone conduction technology and a built-in mic to let you play music, make calls and even use Siri hands-free. The open-ear sound allows you to hear your environment as well as your audio content. You don’t have to keep taking your phone out to answer calls during a walking or bus tour, or in a restaurant. You can answer calls and have a conversation without holding your phone, listen to music and skip tracks on your playlist, ask Siri a question, just by using the touch pad on the side of the glasses. Available with polarized sunglass lens, prescription and other options, such as bluelight blocking. Info: lucyd.com.
Wallaroo started 19 years ago when sun protection apparel was still a new thing in the U.S. The hats not only provided sun protection, but UV protection as well. Now Wallaroo has a wider range of hats to choose from. The Victoria women’s sun protection hat, provides shade from the sun, and it’s also lightweight and packable, making it great for travel. It comes in 19 fun colors and has an internal drawstring to adjust the fit. Note: Although this style does not have a UPF 50 rating, there are other styles from Wallaroo which do. Info: wallaroohats.com.
SOLO NEW YORK
All-Star Hybrid Backpack Duffel
This great looking, lightweight backpack from Solo can transform into a duffel bag. There are hideaway padded straps for when you want to use it as a backpack. As a duffel you can carry it by the handle or on your shoulder by using the removable shoulder strap. The Backpack Duffel has a separate shoe/laundry compartment and there’s also a compartment to use for laptops and tablets, which really does make it much easier to remove quickly at TSA security checkpoints. The backpack can be used for a day trip (provided you don’t need a lot—think lightweight clothing in tight rolls) but more likely as a personal item that fits well beneath the seat in front of you. Info: solo.net.
Explore Hiking Sandals
These comfortable walking sandals are great for short and long walks and mild to moderate hikes. They have adjustable, buckle free straps and are made of soft nylon for a blister-free stroll. The soles are made of anti-slip molded rubber with phylon insole with a good grip—making them perfect for slippery cobblestones and hilly village streets (they were inspired by sandals worn in Crete Island, Greece). Explore Hiking Sandals are available in three colors: Turquoise/Gray, Pink/Gray and Red/Gray. Info: plaka-sandals.com.
Bamboo Cotton Intimates
B.WR (pronounced “b-wear”) is an organic, eco-friendly undergarment line made with bamboo—which makes it unbelievably light and soft. The company believes that what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in it. The intimates are made from sustainable bamboo, which is also hypo-allergenic and antibacterial, instead of synthetic and irritating materials, making it safe for sensitive skin. Portions of the sales go to non-profit sexual health and education organizations. The Women’s Style Sampler has three of the women’s styles—Lace Thong, Thong and Bikini. Info: shopbwr.com.
Lagoon Abby Swim Leggings
By land or by sea: these are leggings that you can wear on land and in the ocean. Made by TYR, an activewear company and leader in swimsuits and warm-up suits (and responsible for the red bathing suits featured in slow motion on Baywatch), the Lagoon Abby Swim Leggings can do triple duty as leggings on the yoga mat or on the paddle board and providing UPF 50 protection from UV rays. Info: swimoutlet.com.