Online shopping and shopping in general have certainly changed since the start of COVID-19 lockdowns. Priorities shifted from "wants" to "needs," and we saw everything from toilet paper to hand sanitizer selling out everywhere. Now, only a few months shy of 2021, shoppers are redecorating, cooking, and buying versatile, comfortable clothing.
Travel + Leisure readers have been in nature quite a bit this summer, buying more hiking boots, biking gear, and water sports equipment than luggage, which is to be expected. Exploring our own national parks, beaches, mountains, and backyards has become a 2020 pastime, and avid travelers like T+L readers are truly taking advantage of outdoor adventures in the U.S.
One teacher's face mask hack (putting a face bracket underneath a face mask) has changed the game of mask-wearing for long periods of time. T+L shoppers are loving this particular face mask bracket, an Amazon best-seller, buying over 2,900 of them in the month of September alone.
To buy: amazon.com, $10 (pack of 5)
Away launched its first-ever sale this month on Sept. 9, which offered steep discounts on all their popular styles. The sale may be over now, but T+L readers have continued to stock up on travel essentials, especially the Everywhere Bag, which is the ideal carry-on for weekend getaways and road trips.
To buy: away.com, $195
To buy: amazon.com, $19 (pack of 3)
To buy: amazon.com, from $10
This single-serve coffee maker changed our e-commerce editor Madeline Diamond's entire quarantine experience for the better, and T+L readers (and fellow editors) were inspired to get one of their own. Making the perfect single cup of coffee has never been easier.
While anti-fog spray has many uses, rubbing a bit of this formula onto your eyeglasses before putting on your mask makes clear vision actually achievable, even if you're wearing a mask all day.
To buy: amazon.com, $11
T+L readers are truly taking to the outdoors lately, proven by hiking poles being one of the top purchases this month. If you're lucky enough to work from home (or anywhere else you choose), there's no better time to go hiking, and these best-selling poles make any trek you take on that much easier.
To buy: amazon.com, $35
Never drop your phone on your face again. We know, it happens. Readers have loved this cell phone band for holding onto their devices securely — no more bulky cases or pop sockets popping off.
To buy: amazon.com, $8
Yes, compression socks are a must-have for travel, whether you're in a car, plane, or train. But our editors (and now readers!) have been wearing them while working from home to improve circulation.
With water sport rental facilities largely closed, T+L readers decided to invest in their own equipment. This particular paddleboard likely came in handy for Labor Day and end-of-summer lake and beach days, but it's perfect for sunny fall afternoons, too.
To buy: amazon.com, $300
Quarantine and working from home have made many of us realize the quality of air in our homes. Air purifiers, specifically this one, have proven to be a new household essential for T+L readers.
To buy: amazon.com, $270
To buy: amazon.com, $52
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