The holiday season is a time ripe with familial gatherings, social events, and friendly festivities, but before you can partake in your aunt’s famous dinner trappings, you have to travel. It’s no secret that this time of year is the most hectic when it comes to traversing state, country, and international boundaries, so we’re here to help you make the process a bit more enjoyable.
Below, we’ll run through some of the season’s most sought-after items to make traveling a breeze. From comfortable slippers and garments, all the way to functional EDC items and chargers to keep your most important devices at-the-ready, you’ll be able to rest assured when heading into that next big expedition. Of course, no guide would be complete without some personal flare, so we’ve decided to give you some insight into what makes each of these items so awesome and affordable.
Nomad Lightning USB Key
If you’ve ever been caught without a fully-charged smart device, you’ll understand the importance of a portable peripheral to help you when the going gets rough. Luckily, Nomad’s Lightning USB Key is a perfect all-arounder for syncing, charging, and importing/exporting data when you don’t have time to fish around in your bag for additional cables and cords. Each compact key boasts a mini Apple Lightning to USB connector, a Bayer Polycarbonate and Dupont TPE rubber construction, and a packable size that you can easily attach to your keyring for fast access.
W&P Design Porter Glass
Taking your favorite spirit on the road with you isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but with W&P Design’s Porter Glass, you’ll be able to enjoy a quick sip no matter where you are. This high-quality glass container is wrapped in protective matte silicone to help it stand up to the complexities of travel, while a great-looking silhouette and secure closure make this compact companion a must-have for any on-the-go situation.
Defy Bags Keychain
Defy Bags might be well-known for its high-end urban backpacks and peripherals, but that doesn’t mean that the company can’t make accessories with the best of them. This great-looking keychain was brought to life with a healthy selection of Horween Leather Company’s finest tanned hide and works alongside a matte black military-grade gun sling clip and metallic rivets to ensure adequate security for your most important EDC items. Better yet, the keychain will only get better with age, thanks to a handsome, ruggedized exterior that gains character with day to day use.
Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
Long hours on the road can be tiring, so to make your next big trip a bit more palatable, Matador has created the Pocket Blanket 2.0. This compact drape is perfect for rest and relaxation in areas where a cumbersome blanket might be overkill and offers a 90-micron-thick construction that’s water-repellant, puncture-resistant, and large enough to cover up to four adults comfortably. Plus, it has weighted corners and integrated corner stakes, just in case the weather takes an unexpected turn.
Nomad Airpod Rugged Case
Keeping your Airpod’s protected and close at hand as your travel can be tough, but thanks to Nomad’s Rugged Case, you’ll be able to add a flare of old-world elegance to your favorite audio accessories. Each case boasts a protective Polycarbonate shell, as well as an external layer crafted from high-end vegetable-tanned leather from Chicago’s Horween Leather Co. for a lavish touch that’s sure to earn some complementary glances. Better yet, each Rugged Case will take on a great-looking patina as it ages, giving you a one-of-a-kind Airpod case that retains all of the technical Lightning charging capabilities of the original.
HydroFlask Skyline Series Water Bottle
HydroFlask is one of the most respected names in the water bottle industry, and the company’s Skyline Series Water Bottle is yet another capable inclusion that’ll keep you healthy and hydrated throughout the day. Each example brings a perfectly-sized 21-ounce orientation to your EDC arsenal, allowing you to keep your favorite fluids chilled for up to 24 hours; or, if you’re in a colder climate, warm for 12.
Ezra Arthur Cash Fold
The advent of the metal money clip didn’t come without complications, but with Ezra Arthur’s attractive Cash Fold, you’ll be able to carry more than ever before, without destroying your pant’s pockets. Each variant is made with a high-quality Chromexcel Horween leather and boasts a 30-bill capacity that’s larger than many of the industry’s leading clips, giving you a handsome, American-made peripheral to accent your other wardrobe’s alternative EDC essentials.
JBL T450BT Headphones
A quick trip to the supermarket, or an overseas escape for some much-needed rest and rejuvenation — both are a perfect occasion to slap on some great-sounding headphones and listen to your favorite tunes. JBL’s T450BT is the perfect affordable offering for those who want to cut-to-the-chase with their laid-back listening, offering an 11-hour battery life, a comfortable, on-ear orientation, powerful 32mm audio drivers to reproduce the most savory bass notes, and tactile controls on the ear cup for easy volume and track control.
Madewell Suede Slipper
If you’ve spent a significant amount of time in the air, you’re no stranger to uncomfortable conditions. With Madewell’s Suede Slipper, there’s no need to spend another flight wearing a less-than-exemplary pair of displeasing footwear, thanks to a handsome, laid-back orientation, ultra-warm faux fur, and grooved rubber soles for traction as you make your way to and from your next destination. Each example includes a comfortable leather upper, as well as a man-made lining and sole to keep you feeling great as travel.
Caswell-Massey Yellowstone Old Faithful Multi-Purpose Oil
When you’re on the road, there’s hardly any time to pay attention to personal hygiene, especially when it comes to your skin. Caswell-Massey knows how hectic a life of travel can be, so they’ve decided to create a quintessential multi-purpose oil dubbed “Yellowstone Old Faithful.” This well-rounded supplement is sure to keep you looking your best thanks to a selection of high-end ingredients, including organic Argan and Jojoba oils, and other living florals from active thermal features in Yellowstone National Park. Each American-made bottle will moisturize and tone while promoting a great-smelling mixture of living sagebrush, tree moss, birch, and smoky wood.
Aer Dopp Kit
Keeping all of your travel essentials in one all-encompassing location should be a top priority. To make things easier as you head out on your next big trip, Aer’s 2.9-liter Dopp Kit has been crafted from a durable 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon and outfitted with a dual interior compartment to separate all of your on-the-go items. There’s even a water-resistant interior liner and an external toothbrush pocket to your gear protected and accessible during those times when you might not have time to throw everything in a water-tight enclosure.
Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver
Remington’s F5-5800 Foil Shaver was created with a single purpose: provide the perfect multifaceted grooming tool for the traveling man. Thanks to the company’s intercept Shaving Technology, which pre-trims longer hairs, a Pivot and Flex Foil that hugs your skin as tightly as possible, and a rechargeable battery that can operate for up to 60 minutes on a full charge, you’ll never have to worry about looking out-of-place while on the road, giving you a professional appearance wherever you go.
Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Portable Charger
Sometimes, an outlet to charge your electronic items just isn’t where you need it to be. Luckily, Anker’s PowerCore 20100mAh Portable Charger has your back, thanks to its lightweight, ultra-high capacity construction. This packable device offers high-speed charging courtesy of the company’s PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies and can provide up to seven full charges for peripherals similar to the iPhone 8. Each exploratory variant comes with a USB cable, proprietary travel pouch, and a charger that will keep you juiced up when you need it most.
The James Brand Stilwell Pen
There’s more than enough time to be productive on a long-winded trip, so depend on The James Brand’s Stilwell Pen for all of those moments where jotting down an idea just can’t wait. Each of these dependable EDC companions features a D1 Style Replaceable Ink Cartridge for easy, intuitive upkeep, a sleek aluminum body, and a small, packable silhouette that’s easy to take with you wherever you go.
Yeti Hopper Sidekick Dry Pouch
If you’re a traveler who’s looking to spend weeks on the open road, Yeti’s Hopper Sidekick Dry Pouch will be a perfect addition to your gear pile. This secure dry-case is as waterproof as they come, and provides a perfect storage solution for all of your important items, whether they be keys and a passport, or a fishing license and phone. Each variant boasts a magnetic HydroShield closure and RF-welded seams to keep your gear secure through the most adverse conditions, and with a minimalistic, packable orientation, it’s never been easier to keep your easy-to-lose accessories with you at all times.
The 20 Best Travel Backpacks
Now that you’ve got all the gear, you’ll need something to carry it in. Head over to our guide on the best travel backpacks to find the perfect enclosure for all of your jet-setting accessories.
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