Welcome to Out of Office, a series where we ask the experts about the items they never travel without. This time, we spoke with Shay Mitchell, actress and founder of the stylish luggage brand BÉIS.
For many travelers, a day at the beach requires little gear. A chic swimsuit, an oversized beach towel, and reliable, reef-safe sunscreen are essentials, of course. But even the most modest, hassle-free beachgoer might discover that the right gadget can seriously upgrade — and even simplify — a weekend by the shore. Related: More beach must-haves Take the Yeti Hopper M30 Soft Cooler, which (despite a $300 price tag) is becoming something of a cult favorite. Instead of fishing drinks out of a lukewarm puddle in your cheap lunch bag, the Yeti Cooler will keep them cool for hours of sunbathing and tide-chasing. And instead of your standard shades — which you were going to bring anyway and probably lose or ruin— travelers can opt for a pair of anti-scratch sunglasses made with 100 percent UV protection and a lightweight, material that enables them to float. This is the high- and low-tech gear that will change the way you spend your summer. And we’re willing to bet these accessories will quickly feel like must-packs.
We’ve likely all been there: the dreaded moment when you realize your face wash, shampoo, favorite serum, nail polish, etc. has fully exploded in your suitcase, leaving permanent damage on clothing and valuables. It’s the absolute worst. We’re here to tell you: there is a solution to this terrible problem. While it may be small in stature, the humble toiletry bag is perhaps one of the most essential pieces of gear a traveler needs. For many, toiletries are arguably some of our most valuable (maybe even most expensive) and oft-used possessions, so it makes perfect sense that they need a safe home — wherein they won’t explode — while we’re off adventuring ‘round the world. Related:This Toiletry Hack Has Saved Me Countless Hours of Packing Time Whether you’re in search of a bag that has more pockets than you can count, a slim and sleek little number, or a clear makeup bag the TSA will like as much as you will, we’ve got you and your grooming routine completely covered.
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These supportive kicks will keep your feet happy while you sightsee.
They’ll keep you hands-free and safe.
These versatile socks help promote blood flow and keep your feet warm — no chilly flights.
These $3 Reusable Twist Ties Will Keep Your Charging Cords and Headphones Organized When You Travel
They’re super durable and easy to use.
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It’s on sale for more than half off.
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Shop a set of three for $40.
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The sheer amount of cords, gadgets, devices, and assorted travel tech essentials that you’re required to carry on with you when you fly can be insufferable. First, there are the chargers: the phone charger, computer charger, battery pack charger. Then, the gadgets: headphones, tablet, smartwatch, phone, camera, portable power bank. Next? The travel items: passport, boarding pass, baggage claim ticket. Then, of course, the essentials: sunglasses, pens, lip balm, et. al. Related: the Best Travel Wallets Digging through your handbag to find just one of these things in the moment when you need them can be anxiety-inducing and time-consuming. (If only our handbags could double as filing cabinets.) You’ll notice, however, that the well-seasoned travelers around you don’t typically experience this same moment of panic or delay. They’re cool and quick — gliding swiftly through the airport without pause or panic over the prospect of a missing iPhone. Their secret? A travel organizer that keeps all of their most important belongings in one place, untangled and hassle-free. We’ve rounded up the seven best tech cases to keep your travels quick and seamless, just like the pros.
On your next trip, leave the full-size products at home.