As the number of COVID-19 vaccinations slowly grows around the world, so too does our excitement to get back to normal. Though some of us have been traveling a little more recently, we can’t wait to really get back at it—but it’s made us realize that some of our gear is lacking, too. Swap out some of your old travel accessories or supplement them with these six handy picks.
The Pet Carrier from Away
We’ve been spending so much time with our pets recently, it’s hard to imagine traveling without them—and if your fluffy friend is 18 pounds or less, you won’t have to. The Pet Carrier from cult-favorite brand Away is back in stock after a quick sellout last year. Your dog or cat can accompany you in style with comfy Sherpa bedding and a waterproof lining.
We’ve kind of grown to love the incognito style of pairing a mask with sunglasses—but that instant-cool look immediately evaporates the second the glasses start to fog. (Or even worse: when it happens to your prescription lenses.) This anti-fog cloth from Nerdwax should help. According to the company, it’ll stay effective for a year or up to 300 applications as long as it’s kept in its original pouch when not in use.
Two-Tone Miami Masks Chain
You know the feeling: You’ve dropped your mask on the ground and it was the only one you brought with you. Avoid the heebie jeebies of having to wear a contaminated face covering—and add a little pizzazz to your look—with this sleek tortoiseshell chain from Miami Mask Chains. (And there are myriad color options available on the website.)
($45, Miami Mask Chains)
Better Off Alone Travel Kit
A female-led company that launched in 2020, Better Off Alone offers a host of ethically sourced and antimicrobial protective gear, like cover-ups and kids’ onesies. But their Travel Kit is our current favorite: A seat cover, pillow case, eye mask, face mask, and blanket are all made with 100% cotton and are treated with antimicrobial technology to greatly reduce surface contamination—a little peace of mind we could all use these days.
($190, Better Off Alone)
Carried Away Convertible Backpack
Refresh a carry-on that’s seen better days with this trendy three-in-one bag. Luggage stronghold Samsonite recruited Sarah Jessica Parker to partner up on this tote that can be carried as such, worn as a backpack, or slung over the shoulder. It also comes with a removable clutch. (And don’t just take our word for it—it’s sold out three times since its launch.)
Rimowa Trunk Plus
We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for a getaway that’s at least several weeks long. And with this classically chic aluminum suitcase from Rimowa, we’ll be ready to pack for at least two weeks of adventures (or poolside lounging). It’s definitely a splurge, but there’s a reason that Rimowa’s been a luggage mainstay for 120 years.