With the weather warm and kids out of school this is the season for wandering and exploring with family and friends. Whether you’re road tripping across the region or jet-setting someplace farther, here are our essentials that we never travel without.
For a weekend or week-long trip we feel you can get away with two bags — one to keep on hand for your can’t-live-without essentials, and a weekender bag or suitcase one for your extra clothing and necessities you could survive a day without should the airline send your bags to Canada while you fly to Cayman. For the carry-on bag, we love the hands-free convenience of a backpack. Issara has you covered with its stylish leather backpack that will age wonderfully as you carry it for years on all your adventures. Spacious and lightweight with padded shoulder straps, a dedicated laptop pouch and several compartments to keep you organized, this bag should cover you for all your needs.
However, if you prefer a shoulder bag with some additional versatility, we’d recommend the olive market tote from our friends at Pony Rider. This versatile bag is a classic style that can double as your carry-on bag, and the perfect tote for long days at the beach or farmer market hauls.
When packing your carry-on, consider the items you’d be most hurt to lose. We always recommend to keep some necessary toiletries such as natural deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm and some hair product. Stow it all in a convenient and stylish dopp kit that will last a lifetime, and you’ll still be fresh and presentable should the airline lose your main bag.
Of course, aside from such grooming essentials, nothing is more important to hold onto than your wallet and passport. Keep those items organized and secure in a dual wallet/ passport holder like our favorite from Band & Roll.
After you have your ID, passport, money and dopp kit packed it’s time to make sure your electronics are covered. Whether you need a long podcast to pass the time on a flight or need to schedule a ride when you land, you’ll want to ensure your device has enough juice to get the job done. We recommend a portable charger for charging on-the-go. An extra USB extension cord means you’ll always be able to reach an outlet and a cable holder keeps those cords organized in your bag.
Once you’ve made it through the TSA checkpoint (reminder no liquids in your bag before that!) it’s good to have a reusable water bottle on hand. It’s better for the environment and saves you from the having to purchase the overpriced terminal bottled water.
Sneakers are often the perfect travel footwear choice for their comfort and ease of taking on and off. Our recommendation is the Series 8 from Uniform Standard. It’s comfort makes long walks (and occasional sprints) through the terminal easy, and because of the quality suede they’re made with, they’re smart and versatile enough to carry you through most nice dinners and nights out. That saves you having to pack a dedicated pair of dress shoes you’d only otherwise wear once.
However, sneakers, no matter how stylish, may lack some versatility for short walks to the ice machine in your hotel or jaunts down to the pool. For these trips out of your room we like something comfortable, slip on, water proof, and of course, stylish. We love the pool slides from Australian company, Danward which neatly hits all of these points.
And whether you are someplace warm with a beach or somewhere totally landlocked, it’s always a good idea to have some swim trunks on hand. There’s nothing worse than having to pass up an opportunity to join new friends for a swim at the hotel pool because you didn't come prepared. Danward has you covered for that as well.
Lastly, a pair of classic shades is the final go-to accessory to protect us from the bright summer sun, whether it be poolside or at the beach, exploring new cities or to simply hide the dark circles as a result of jet-lag or a late night. Be sure to keep your sunglasses safe when traveling with a leather glasses case.
Consider this your go-to checklist and you’ll be ready for anything your travels throw at you. Explore more of our Travel Essentials collection HERE.
Written by Connor Roe.