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Vacation Shopping: Luggage, TSA-Friendly Beauty, Fancy Sweats

Photos: Flight 001
Photos: Flight 001

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Holiday travel is imminent—how's that packing coming along? What, you don't have a suitcase?! We can help. Find below 11 of the best places to get everything you need for easy travel. We're talking suitcases and weekenders, beauty in sizes (and pouches) that will get you though security with ease, even the cozy-yet-pulled-together pieces you need to enjoy the ride, be it by plane, train, or automobile.

Flight 001

This specialty travel brand covers every step of the process, from packing with purpose (oh, designated sandal bag, there you are) to security check-in (hello, clear toiletry bag, you are so much more lovely than a Ziploc) to foreign affairs (color-coded adapter, my iPhone thanks you).

Proper Assembly

This buy-one-give-one newcomer bag line designs everything with commuting in mind, be that across town with their collapsible tote bag ($95) or an overnight venture with their super lightweight duffle (it's less than a pound and a half! $225). They also make an excellent backpack ($225) with smart details like an interior laptop sleeve. A water repellant linen-blend makes up most of the bags, accented with durable leather pockets and pull tabs.


Surprise, surprise: The minimalist Japanese home brand excels at travel goods, too. Their four-wheel suitcases come in a range of sizes at $129 to $260 with sturdy, hard exteriors and intelligently designed interiors (hooray for compartments!). Their utilitarian packing supplies run the gamut from foldable, mesh garment bags ($10) to travel sized cosmetic containers, including teeny spray bottles ($3.25) so you can bring your favorite scent along for the ride.

Herschel Supply Co.

The brand you know for backpacks makes some really good looking—and well-priced—luggage, too. The Highland ($185) should fit most airlines's carry-on sizing, while the Parcel ($240) has the volume needed for longer trips. Basic black, navy, and gray are available in most styles, but we really love the prints and red/burgundy colorway—better for spying at baggage claim, too.


It is stupid what a difference a sleep mask can make, and Bucky's ($12) is terrific. It's been contoured in such a way that your eyes can rest without pressure, which means you're getting to sleep faster, not waking up, and your eye makeup will be a lot less smudged than with a regular mask. Plus, the velcro closure means it never stretches out. To make that coach trip a little comfier, they do lumbar support pillows ($30) and compact neck pillows ($20), too.

Lou & Grey

The loungewear line from Loft offers a ton of pieces that would be comfortable enough to travel in but totally presentable post-plane (plus, they do petites, so you won't be swallowed whole by your drapey sweater). Case in point: a tweed moto jacket with faux-shearling lining ($148), silky printed pants ($70) that pull-on but look polished, and a jacquard popover ($50) that's as comfy as a sweatshirt, but more put together.

Alternative Apparel

For "fancy sweats" that aren't ridiculously expensive, look no farther than sustainably-minded Alternative Apparel. Pieces like a slim jogger pant ($52) paired with a drapey zip-up hoodie ($88) should dull the pain of long train rides and epic layovers. Their new-ish activewear line, Move, makes a high-neck sports bra ($54) that's the perfect balance between supportive and comfortable, the ideal lazy-bra under a chunky sweater.

White + Warren

This knit brand has an entire category dedicated to cashmere travel wraps ($298). They're massive—81" long by 36" wide—so they work as a cozy blanket in-flight and wrap up as a scarf at your final destination. They're not cheap, but this is the kind of thing you buy once and have forever (pro tip: don't lose it).

The Trasiense

They're a splurge, but new made-in-New York brand The Trasiense does some of the most interesting, cleverly designed, downright sexy travel bags we've seen. Their waxed canvas line is the most affordable of their offerings, starting at $135 for an expandable dopp kit to $550 for a mid-sized duffle bag that can be converted into a tote. We also love the backpack ($425), which can be morphed into a shoulder bag. All of the unisex canvas pieces are accented with lambskin and matte black hardware, including the Riri zippers, which are the same you'll find on most designer bags.

Sephora Travel Size

Such an upgrade from the drug store. Beyond the necessary shampoo/conditioner/body wash trio, Sephora also stocks an itty bitty titanium hair styler ($29), smart sets like a Peter Thomas Roth mask trio ($20) for your flight-battered face, and top notch exclusives like Drybar's dry shampoo in the TSA-compliant 1.4oz size ($12).

Everything But Water

For off-season swim, it's hard to beat Everything But Water. As the name suggests, they stock loads of swimwear year-round, plus coverups, dresses, and beachy seperates. Brands range from itty bitty Luli Fama to holiday-cookie-forgiving Miraclesuit; exciting newcomer Marysia to everyone's fave, Mara Hoffman.