Home for the Holidays? Here Are the 25 Travel Essentials You Can’t Fly Without

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Home for the Holidays? Here Are the 25 Travel Essentials You Can’t Fly Without

From duffel bags to luxe water bottles, these are the items you need for stylish (and easy) holiday traveling.

Home for the Holidays? Here Are the 25 Travel Essentials You Can’t Fly Without

Photographed by Bob Stone, Vogue, October 1972

Holiday travel can be arduous. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, overcrowded trains, and long airport security lines can be expected even on a “normal” day, but on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s? 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—and easier—if you’re 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—hello, chamomile sleep drops!—we’ve found the 25 accessories you shouldn’t leave home without.

Let’s start with the frequent fliers. Boarding a red-eye? If you’re hoping to get some actual rest, Jonathan Adler’s eye mask and ear plug set will swiftly shut out the bright lights and noisy passengers. A few drops of The Nue Co.’s 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’s 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’s suede wallet will keep your travel documents safe and accessible. Serious travelers should also bookmark Swell’s titanium water bottle, Aesop’s Jet Set skin-care kit, and Tumi’s international adaptor—all 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.

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