Holiday travel can be arduous. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, overcrowded trains, and long airport security lines can be expected even on a ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ day, but on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year‚Äôs? It gets so much worse. (Nothing like a jam-packed terminal or delayed flight to dampen your holiday spirit!) That said, we all know the process can be a lot smoother‚ÄĒand easier‚ÄĒif you‚Äôre prepared with the right gear. (A comfy travel outfit helps, too.) From no-brainer staples like a phone charger and a Kindle to the travel essentials you never knew you needed‚ÄĒhello, chamomile sleep drops!‚ÄĒwe‚Äôve found the 25 accessories you shouldn‚Äôt leave home without.
Let‚Äôs start with the frequent fliers. Boarding a red-eye? If you‚Äôre hoping to get some actual rest, Jonathan Adler‚Äôs eye mask and ear plug set will swiftly shut out the bright lights and noisy passengers. A few drops of The Nue Co.‚Äôs clever sleep tincture will help you drift off within minutes, too. A cashmere neck pillow and cozy blanket are as useful on a flight as they are in a long car ride, and Prada‚Äôs stretchy socks will inspire you to kick off your boots as soon as you fasten your seatbelt.
As far as getting organized, packing pouches and travel wallets make last-minute trips easier than ever. Away has a set of four cubes in a variety of colors for just $45, while the labeled tabs in Aspinal of London‚Äôs suede wallet will keep your travel documents safe and accessible. Serious travelers should also bookmark Swell‚Äôs titanium water bottle, Aesop‚Äôs Jet Set skin-care kit, and Tumi‚Äôs international adaptor‚ÄĒall of which make great gifts, too, at $50 or less.
To travel in ease (and style) this holiday season, sit back, relax, and shop all 25 of our top essentials above.