There's nothing better than traveling to far-flung lands to explore and discover new cultures, foods, and traditions. We're coming up to that time of year when most of us will be getting on a plane to visit family and friends or take a much-needed end-of-year holiday. But before you leave, there are a few essentials to toss in your handbag first. Scroll down for our own sky-high survival kit.
Being cold on the plane is pretty much the least desirable thing in the world. This gorgeous cashmere scarf doubles as a blanket for when the cabin pressure drops and it starts to feel like the arctic. You'll feel right at home curled up in this warm wrap, while still looking chic—as always.
While we love to scan the airport newsagent for magazines, there's only so long they will keep you stimulated on a long flight. We recommend a good book that's guaranteed to get you hooked so you won't even know how long the flight is.
This handy little purse-size speaker is perfectly chic and sure to make you the life of the party—wherever you are in the world. It's been designed with a removable hanging strap, so you can stroll the streets with music filling the air, literally. Grab some cheese and wine at the local deli and eat to your favorite tunes in the nearby park.
This has to be the cutest little camera we've ever seen. It fits perfectly in your handbag so you can whip it out when you need to capture those candid moments. It's waterproof and super lightweight and has a simple one-button control for taking stills or video with a single press. Genius.
Few things are as stressful as being stuck at the airport with a low phone battery. With this portable charger, you won't have to risk going flat ever again. It charges most devices with a micro USB charge port, so you can text and surf to your heart's content.
By now most of you are used to the liquid restrictions before boarding an airplane, but that doesn't mean you should go without. This super-stylish Le Labo solid perfume can be taken anywhere; simply melt the wax by gently rubbing it onto your wrists, behind your ears, or anywhere you want.
This pint-size pouch really packs a punch. It has all the luxe trimmings you could want from a travel purse while being the ideal size to carry all your essential cables and chargers in style. Having them all in one place saves you from scrambling around in the abyss of your handbag later.
When it comes to flying in comfort and style, look to regular travelers like the Olsen twins for inspiration. They always fly with cashmere socks and Birkenstocks. While we love both of these items, we're not sure about wearing them together, but we can agree on cashmere socks.
Traveling can be exhausting, and fatigue can bring on forgetfulness, so it pays to be prepared. This cute little tech is a Bluetooth tracker that's connected to an app that can locate your lost phone or keys in seconds. Simply press the Tile to make your lost phone ring, even if it's on silent. This applies to pretty much everything you attach a Tile to, so never lose your luggage, purse, backpack, or keys ever again.
It's not something we think about often, probably because we prefer not to, but the constant skin contact with our personal tech devices can cause a fairly nasty buildup of germs. That isn't what you want when traveling, especially when you are trying to be bug-free and thus sick-free the whole trip. These sweet cleansing towelettes will keep them clean and smudge-free—problem solved.
A good trip should be documented in your own words. It's incredible how much you can forget if you don't keep a log of what you did. Plus, it's just so romantic, writing prose as you travel the world—sigh!
For all those international flyers, don't forget to download the Google translate app before you leave. Simply type what you want to say, with over 90 languages available. Alternatively you can use your camera to translate text instantly in 26 languages, or use the two-way automatic speech translation in 40 languages.
Possibly your most important piece of tech, besides your smartphone, will be your tablet. It's your source of entertainment, from music to reading material and last-minute work emails or planning, so it deserves a stylish home to keep it safe. This chic yet tough cover is everything.
Nothing says high flyer like Ray-Ban aviators. Not only do they look good and suit everyone, but also, you'll be reaching for this classic style when you disembark a long flight and need to shade those tired eyes.
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