With a trip on the horizon, there are particular moments travelers tend to look forward to most: the first night’s sleep on those floofy hotel pillows, that impossible-to-get dinner reservation you scored, or the glowy sunset view that you’re absolutely armed to capture. But getting there? Not so much.
As travel editors, we spend time in that dull in-between — on planes, in airports, in a last-minute packing frenzy, and the like — so often that we’ve been forced to seek out the things that make those underwhelming travel moments more of a pleasure, and less of a pain.
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At the airport, take comfort in knowing your boarding pass and travel documents are all in one sleek travel wallet and that your suitcase is practically indestructible. On the flight, arm yourself with fancier snacks than meager pretzel packs, a cozy fleece hoodie, and an impeccably good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. After checking in, light a comforting candle, unpack in seconds thanks to your packing cubes, and treat your jet-lagged eyes to a revitalizing session a la Chanel. Experience, upgraded.
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