These Holiday Travel Essentials Are Lauren Conrad–Approved

Updated 12/14/17

Lauren Conrad is the co-founder of The Little Market, an online store that sells beautiful lifestyle accents, home décor, and fashion accessories made by artisans all over the world. Conrad and best friend Hannah Skvarla founded the nonprofit in an effort to empower women globally. Using Conrad’s expertise in fashion and décor and Skvarla’s background in international development, they created a platform to help artisans create a sustainable income.

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We get it—this is a really busy time of year, but while we're all frantically planning our end-of-year breaks, we encourage you to hit pause for a moment to reflect on the year gone by. At The Little Market, we feel an enormous sense of gratitude for our small team and to you, for supporting us and buying with a conscience.

Since we launched four years ago, we’ve had the opportunity to travel the world together, meet with admirable and hardworking artisan groups, and visit beautiful local markets. Our travels and our time spent with these creatives have inspired our mission and our commitment to empower artisans in marginalized communities around the world.

So before you embark on your holiday, take a look through some of our favorite travel essentials that will make it a trip to remember. Each artisan-made piece is created while preserving a beautiful cultural tradition and heritage, so you really can’t go wrong.

Haiti Design Co-Op Leather Portfolio-Redwood $88

Store your tablet, notepad, and pens in this chic leather portfolio.

Precious Hands Big Woven Bag, Carmelita $50

Give a one-of-a-kind bag to a one-of-a-kind person. This versatile bag is perfect for someone who is traveling during the holiday season or is a frequent jet-setter. 

Maya Traditions Luggage Tag, Rio $16

Add a bright and colorful luggage tag to ensure your suitcase stands out at baggage claim.

Maya Traditions Overnight Bag, Capri $240

Be prepared for a getaway with a stylish travel set.

EllieFunDay Travel Blanket, Panda $78

Make a little one’s first trip special with an adorable cotton travel blanket handmade by artisans in India.

Haiti Design Co-Op Denim Cosmetic Bag $32

Keep your toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletry essentials in this denim bag.

Mar Y Sol Tropical Tote Bag, Sand $138

Headed on a tropical vacation this holiday season? Take along this tote to store beach and pool essentials.

Manuela Ramos Alpaca Pom Pom Beanie, Black $40

Or if you’re traveling to a colder climate, stay warm with these beanies, handmade from sustainable alpaca wool.

Mar Y Sol Crossbody Bag in Navy $128

Crossbody bags can make carrying everyday essentials a lot easier. Take this bag on a beach trip, to a family get-together, or on an adventure.

Nappa Dori Classic Little Blush Trunk $300

Travel essentials turned home décor. Keep these vintage-inspired trunks in your house for a chic storage alternative, as décor, or to showcase your love of travel.

Woven Promises Striped Bath Towel, Purple $64

Soak up the sun on a tropical vacation with a colorful beach towel by your side.

Meyelo Adventure Duffle Bag in Black $130

Escaping for a long weekend or going on a road trip for the holidays? Carry this duffle bag, handmade by artisans in Kenya, and keep your belongings secure.

Haiti Design Co-op Leather Envelope Clutch in Chocolate $44

Easily manage and organize your IDs, passport, and boarding passes with this envelope clutch made in Haiti.

We wish you all a happy holiday season and safe travels! To see the rest of our collection or fair trade travel essentials, you can visit our online shop.

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