Monday I will be flying to Stockholm for this years Furniture and Light fair and a propos I thought I would share a few of my travel essentials. I own some of the items above, some are in my wishlist (I own something similar but I would love to upgrade). This is not everything I take with me when I travel, beauty essentials have their own category in my mind as do clothes and I am not including things that are self explanatory like passport, keys, credit cards etc
1 :: Organic Tote bag | A perfect tote for everyday shopping. I usually carry a small shoulder bag for essentials, then have a cotton tote on my shoulder if I know I will need it, or I am already carrying things. This one from the Korean brand Depound is my absolute favorite because of its design it is so comfortable and sizable and it comes in the best colors, of course they do ship internationally. The store carries all sorts of organic accessories, do give it a look!
2 :: Wireless Headphones | Noise cancellation too if possible. I own exactly this pair of H9i from Bang Olufsen and I recommend then heartily.
3 :: Card holder | I got tipped about this slim cardholder from Supr. from a friend and I am about to get one for myself, small but very versatile it seems perfect for carrying business cards or credit cards.
4 :: Check in Luggage | For years Rimowa dominated the market when it came to aluminum luggages, so when Away released their very popular model in aluminum too I immediately put it on top of my wishlist. Considering it costs more than half the price of an equivalent Rimowa it is a no brainer if you are on a budget. While I have never seen Rimowa having any discounts, Away does release some codes so next time I am finally getting one.
5 :: Packing cubes | Speaking of luggages, while you can always Marie Konto your clothes directly in the luggage, I find that putting them in packing cubes is even better. Coincidentally the ones from Away are or me the best, with many color options and packs of 4 or 6. My favorite color is Sand.
6 :: Travel Perfume | This one is on you, from solid perfumes to liquid perfumes or even roll on, the choices are too many to go into detail. I usually bring with me a small Byredo bottle and a solid perfume from Diptyque.Click on the links for my scents.
7 :: Shoulder bag | Oslo based Cala Jade makes amazing shoulder bags, Ibis in camel is one of my favorites .(right now 50% off plus if you register another 10% off for a total of 60% off!)
8 :: Pillow Spray | Sometimes hotel pillows have a weird detergent scent for me, maybe I am too sensitive but this Ren Pillow spray always does the trick.
9 :: Aesop travelling essentials | Speaking of Rimowa, they recently had a great collaboration with Aesop that resulted in a super beautiful travel case and few of the best Aesop small sized products. Even with its pricey tag ( 350euro ) it sold out almost immediately. Dont worry though, my favorite travel kit Vienna is still available and it carries all the essentials you need precisely plus it comes in its own little reusable bag.
10 :: Wireless Speaker | Regardless if you are taking with you any kind of earphones, I recommend packing a wireless small speaker as well ( I own the Bang Olufsen P2 but the A1 while it sounds similar has almost triple its battery). Listening to music when in the hotel room is my go to entertainment,I really dont know why hotels bother having TVs on the wall anymore, I honestly dont remember the last time I even turned one on. Between iphones, ipads,macbooks, kindle, I have all the entertainment I need. I usually either listen to music, or put make up on or fall asleep to Netflix. If I am on vacation and not on a work trip I will definitely get a lot of use from my Kindle as well.
11 :: Travel Pillow | Of all the travel pillows, this is the one you will ever need. I discovered them through their kickstarter but now the Huzi infinity pillow is available and you should get it.
12 :: Camera | I never go anywhere almost without my trusty Pen F Olympus camera, and I wish I was getting some sort of commission because the amount of people that have bought it after my recommendation is staggering. I think its the best small camera out there however so if you can afford it you will never regret it.
13 :: Camera strap | While walking in the streets of Zürich almost two years ago I run into a small camera shop to hide from the rain. I noticed the most beautiful handmade silk camera straps and I bought one in black on impulse. While pricey it turned out to be one of the best decisions as it is the sturdiest yet softest strap that exists. Made from an artisan japanese team called Artisan and Artist, you can find some of their products on amazon, along with my silk black strap. Incidentally I have been using it for two years relentlessly and it looks like new.
14 :: Phone charger cable | I cannot count the times that for some reason plugs are in very inconvenient place in hotel rooms. I solve this problem with a charger cable of 3 meters, and this one from Native Union not only comes in beautiful colors but also with a small weight so it stays in place.
15 :: Mini Candles | Especially when I travel for work, I always bring with me a mini candle with a relaxing scent to fill the room when I am trying to rest after a full day, try it, it works wonders!
// Collage created by Katerina Dima