Ready to make 2014 your year of travel? Before you take to the skies, check out our curated list of travel must-haves that will help to make your travels easier, smoother and a touch more stylish.
1 Clarity Pouch, $38, See Jane Work
Is your purse a disorganized disaster? I love big handbags but the biggest peril of the cavernous purse is that things easily get lost and you end up spending way too long trying to locate your keys. Or your phone. Or that hair elastic you know you dropped in there. The Clarity Pouch (available in five stylish colours) from See Jane Work can help you get keep your things compartmentalized and easy to find.
2 Lipault 18″ Weekend Tote-Purple, $99, Amazon
A great tote bag is a travel essential for the girl on the go and this roomy option by Lipault is stylish, durable and lightweight. It’s made of a nylon twill fabric with a soft, satin feel and has got a wide-mouthed opening making it easy to access your things when you’re going through security or trying to find that extra sweater midway through your flight. And the rear strap allows you to safely secure it over the handle of a suitcase so it’s easier to tote around.
3 Jewelry Roll, $12, Indigo
I love wearing jewelry when I’m at home but when I travel, it often seems like too much of a hassle to pack everything up, only to find that my necklaces have become tangled and somewhere along the way, I’ve lost an earring. But my sister gave me this awesome jewelry roll for Christmas and I just love it! With individual zipped compartments, it’s easy to keep your jewelry separated but safe and tangle-free. These satin cases come in four fun colours to choose from.
4 Mod Dot Backup iPhone 5 Battery, $38, Anthropologie
I can’t believe how long I’ve gone without a portable phone battery. My phone is always dying on me but not anymore! This pretty polka dot external battery by Ban.Do is a lifesaver in a pinch. Don’t get caught connected again. Just power it up before you leave home, throw it in your bag and it can recharge your iPhone 5 up to 50%. It’s available in other patterns, though this one is my favourite and is also available for the iPhone 4.
5 Briggs & Riley Medium Expandable Spinner, $519, Amazon
I’m usually a carry-on only kind of girl. But some trips require something a little bigger and when I need a larger suitcase to check, my go-to option is the Briggs & Riley Expandable Spinner. This suitcase offers everything a traveler needs. First things first, it’s got four wheels, which are essential for easy maneuverability. Plus, it’s expandable so you can fit in that extra shopping. I love that it fits so much on the inside but looks so slim and sleek on the outside.
6 Get Out of Town Gia Pouch, $78, Kate Spade
The travel bug in you will love this striped canvas pouch from Kate Spade, which just begs you to ‘get out of town’. A small pouch is perfect when you’re on the road or up in the air. Use it to store your cosmetics or your small gadgets and chargers or use it as a clutch when you head out in the evening. Whatever you use it for, this multipurpose pouch will serve you well.
7 Leather Luggage Tag, $95, Tiffany
Every suitcase needs a little something to help it stand out from the crowd as it meanders down the baggage carousel. A colourful luggage tag will do the trick. I love this Tiffany blue option from, well, Tiffany.