TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Don’t Leave Home Without It

by Reisha Zang

It’s finally here…summer vacation. Time to escape the desert heat for some well-deserved R & R. Before you leave, here are some must-have items you gals and guys should consider taking with you to make your journey more comfortable and stylish.

FOR THE GALS

Tote It

Stripes scream beach. This oversized tote from JADEtribe is perfect to take everything you need to the beach. The inside slip pocket will securely hold smaller items with plenty of room for your sunscreen, e-reader and magazines. The light-weight cotton fabric will easily fold to fit in your luggage. www.saksfifthavenue.com

Skin Deep

Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean you should change your beauty regimen. Clarisonic’s Mia FIT lets you take care of your skin on-the-go. This compact, lightweight sonic cleansing device gives you clean, radiant skin wherever you are. It comes with skin illuminating cleanser and a USB charger. www.nordstrom.com

Get Your Beach On

You know the look: tousled, wavy locks from the wind blowing through your hair at the beach. The problem with it is that you feel the salt and sand residue. Oribe has the answer in its Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray. This hydrating spray will give you touchable waves with its extract and oil-infused spray.  www.neimanmarcus.com

Entertain Me

A movie on the go is a great way to spend your time in transit. The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, 3rd generation, is a top choice with over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books and Android apps and games to choose from. It comes with a front and rear-facing camera and up to 12 hours of battery life to watch, read or listen to music all day. www.amazon.com

Keep It Straight

Smythson makes it easy to keep track of your cash no matter where you are. With four different colored zip pockets, this Panama currency case helps you get organized with a separate compartment for different currencies. Stylish and fun, this slim case slips easily into a purse or backpack making it readily accessible. www.barneys.com

Top it Off

You’ll want to wear this hat all summer long to protect you from the sun. This handcrafted Tulum straw hat by Yosuzi showcases patterns of the Guajiro tribe. In addition to being stylish and functional, you’ll be helping others. Yosuzi also donates a portion of each sale to aid Guajiro children overcome malnutrition and educational challenges. www.barneys.com

Lay Back & Relax

Falling asleep makes a long flight pass more quickly. Your own personal travel blanket lets you do it in comfort, especially when it’s this Armand Diradourian cashmere knit travel blanket. A Barney’s exclusive, this handmade throw will let you make the most of your nap. You’ll use it to get cozy in your hotel room too. www.barneys.com

Skin Savvy

There’s no need to sacrifice your skincare needs while in the air or on the road. Zipped into a carry-on compatible pouch are Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser to wash away dirt and grime, a Jasmine Healing Mask to revive a dull looking complexion and the Flower Harmonizing Cream to calm, moisturize and protect skin against stress. www.saksfifthavenue.com

FOR THE GUYS

Color Your World

Packing the right clothing can make or break a trip. These brightly colored Lacoste croc polo shirts are a must. Perfect on their own or under a light-weight sweater or jacket, you’ll be prepared for whatever weather you may encounter. The signature crocodile embroidery accent is done in tonal thread adding a touch of sophistication. www.neimanmarcus.com

Pull It

Bric’s luggage combines classic design with modern functionality. This lightweight spinner trunk suitcase is roomy with lots of pockets to help organize your things. It has TSA approved locks and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Add a matching carry-all cargo duffel and you are good to go anywhere and everywhere in style. www.saksfifthavenue.com

Hear the Beat

Powerbeats2 Wireless head phones are lightweight, deliver Beats’ signature sound and have the ability to connect up to 30 feet from your Bluetooth-enabled device with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six hours. It’s compatible with iOS devices and you can take hands-free calls and adjust your music with no-slip-grip RemoteTalk™ controls. www.beatsbydre.com

Best Face Forward

This award-winning Clarisonic Alpha Fit cleansing kit will clear away all the dirt, perspiration and oil that accumulates on your face when you travel. And bonus, you’ll even get a better shave once your skin is prepped this way. With this in your bag, you be able to meet the world with your best face forward. www.sephora.com

Stow It

You might not know why it’s called a Dopp kit but you know what it is and every well-traveled man needs one. This edition from Valextra is not only functional and manly, but simply chic without looking girly. This is the go-to kit to pack all your toiletries and what not. www.barneys.com

Stay Connected

This Movado BOLD Motion smartwatch with Bluetooth® connectivity will keep you in the know with its smartphone app for Android and iOS.  With a subtle vibration, it will alert about appointments, emails, texts, social media updates and phone calls.  Not to be overlooked, it will also let you know what time it is. www.saksfifthavenue.com

Drive On

Easy off, easy on…Just what you want when you need to get through security at the airport. Tod’s lets you do it with both comfort and style. These classic drivers come in a variety of colors and fabrications all with the iconic rubber outsole with embossed pebbles. You’ll want to wear a pair and pack a pair. www.saksfifthavenue.com

Back Pack It

Getting through the airport is a juggling act – pulling your suitcase, holding your boarding pass and balancing your laptop. It’s nice to have all your essentials neatly stowed on your back, leaving your hands free to deal with your Starbucks coffee. This all-leather Felisi backpack lets you back pack it in style. www.barneys.com