Comprising crystals, a wearable evil eye and smokeless smudge, this travel kit from Sage & Salt contains items designed to transform every final destination into a welcome one. Each component—from the smoke-free spritz to the black salt—aims to support the clearing of bad energy and anxiety while helping to maintain alertness, ultimately keeping travelers feeling grounded and secure.
With guidance, tips and reviews from online travel resource Fathom’s founders, Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati, and their talented contributors, Travel North America: (And Avoid Being a Tourist) provides plenty of information for those able to visit the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean; and those who want to research their future trip once borders open up more. With a focus on natural wonders, history and culture, this book is especially relevant to those living in the US who want to reconnect and discover more about their country.
Topo Designs is renowned for their utilitarian but colorful approach to gear, and the playful, practical Subalpine Hip Pack fits within their range perfectly. With adjustable straps, it can be worn around the waist or crossbody style, and its RidgeBack rear panel provides airflow between the bag and your body. Several interior pockets help separate and protect your belongings and various zips and bungee cords keep them extra secure. It’s available in purple, blue or black.
Studio Unto’s unique set of crayons allows artists of all ages to reproduce the vivid color-scapes of our natural world. As though “you picked up a piece of mineral and started coloring,” each crayon resembles a rock, with swirling, layered and speckled colors. Drawing with them produces multi-colored lines with texture and inconsistencies that add to the allure. Because each piece is made by hand, the finish of the four included in each box may differ.
Though it draws inspiration from weekender-style suitcases popular in the 1960s, Roverlund’s soft and spacious Out-of-Office Carry-All is composed of future-forward, Marine-grade and water-resistant 1200D polyurethane (with a mountain-climbing rope handle). We first fell in love with the brand for their design-forward pet carriers; their foray into people-focused products is a welcome one. This highly functional accessory measures 18.75 by 14 by 6 inches and includes an inner storage sleeve, as well as buckled interior straps.
Made in Canada from plant-based plastic, Another Room’s Slime Jointlocker is a neat carrying case for a small BIC lighter and a mini joint. A removable chain allows users to attach the kit to a set of keys, bag or belt. Available in various colors and sizes, it’s a playful but practical accessory. Price is in CAD.
Hyperice’s sized-down version of their popular Hypervolt percussion therapy tool, the Hypervolt GO, proves helpful for pre-workout use as well as recovery. It seeks to improve range of motion and flexibility, reduce soreness and tension, and enhance muscle performance. The brand’s GO iteration weighs just 1.5 pounds (roughly 30% of the aforementioned original model) and features a 40-watt motor. Three speeds can tackle varying issues, while two heads offer different types of contact. Plus, the device is TSA-approved for carry-on luggage.
Frequent flyers (and many city-dwellers) know the joy of settling into a signature cocktail at an acclaimed hotel bar. With travel presently paused, Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels allows the adventurous to tour the world with their tastebuds. Budapest-based writer/editor Alia Akkam penned the celebratory collection, drawing inspiration from her years on the road, reporting about developments in hospitality. She’s peppered the pages with anecdotes that support the recipes, too. Cover image of Behind the Bar by Alia Akkam (Hardie Grant) Illustrated © Evi-O.Studio, Kait Polkinghorne and Susan Le
Highborn formulates all of their sublime small-batch products with the utmost care. Using ingredients sourced directly from organic farmers, the brand (founded and helmed by Lauren Gannes) is firmly rooted in nature, science and ritual. Their exquisite Salome Aromatic CBD Anointing Oil is made with essential oils derived from rose otto, holy basil, sweet orange, and sandalwood—along with 420mg of full-spectrum cannabidiol from certified organic and ethically farmed cannabis plants. The slightly herbaceous aroma balances upon rose’s delicate floral scent and holy basil’s spice. A reiki-charged quartz, intended to protect and promote positivity, sits inside.
by Humankind’s all-natural mouthwash tablets (made from baking soda, tartaric acid, sodium benzoate, menthol, and thymol) now come in a travel-size iteration with a reusable container made for use while on the go. The durable glass cup makes standardized dilution simple, while the silicone tablet holder sits snugly on top. Removing single-use plastic from the ritual, by Humankind also ships tablet refills in 100% compostable pouches.
Portland, Oregon-based Looptworks repurposes and upcycles fabrics and post-consumer materials that would otherwise be scraps to create bags and accessories. Further, these limited-edition, hand-numbered items are crafted in facilities that employ fair labor practices. The brand’s Weekender Duffel comes in two colorways—black or yellow—and features a kite sail fabric outer and nylon interior, making it lightweight but durable. With a divider inside to separate apparel and gear (as well as two pockets, one with a zip for valuables), the bag has a 37-liter capacity and abides by most airlines’ carry-on rules.
With bold colors and retro stripes in a high-shine finish, Away’s limited-edition Chalet collection brings Alpine-inspiration to their dynamic suitcases. The smaller of the brand’s two carry-on offerings, this iteration fits in the overheard bins of almost all airlines while still transporting so much—thanks to an interior compression system—in its 20 by 13.5 inch interior. Style and spaciousness aside, it also comes with a TSA-approved lock.
Lomography’s preloaded “disposable” camera looks and functions like a simple, convenience store option—and can fit in a pocket, too—but it produces better and arguably more interesting photos. With LomoChrome Metropolis ISO 100-400 film inside, shots will tend toward the grungier and more contrasty end of the analog spectrum. Once you’re finished with this film pack, the camera can be refilled with any of Lomography’s 35mm options. To develop your shots, turn the roll in to any photo lab.
Travel and food magazine Fifty Grande addresses the various scenes—both small and large in scale—across the US, encouraging readers to enjoy the nation’s domestic and culinary grandeur. For its first issue, the focus lies on hometowns. But, to introduce readers to the magazine’s particular lens, it all begins with a thesis statement of sorts: “How do you begin a fresh exploration of the United States in 2020? It’s home to 328 million residents in 3.8 million square miles…It’s also an idea as much as it is anything else: A better way of life, achieved through democracy, liberty and opportunity. Exploring the country is all of this: people, places, ideas and more, across all 50 states.” From Boston and Chicago to New York and Houston, cities are explored with a particular intimacy and care for conveying their complexity. Editor and founder Chris M Walsh guides the collective force’s debut, but allows for it to bound off the page, much like those beloved food magazines that are now bygone.
Made from BPA-free, food-safe plastic, Toothpaste 2 Go addresses packaging waste and forgetfulness. The kit includes a flight-approved vessel for toothpaste and a transfer mechanism to get some from your current at-home tube into the travel-sized iteration. Since the mechanism also works in reverse order, when you return home you’re able to transfer unused toothpaste back into its original packaging.
Intended for artists, photographers, architects and any other creator that depends on dozens of tiny tools for their work, Osuza’s canvas backpack opens out flat to four distinct numbered panels, granting uninhibited access to what’s inside. Its unique folded closure system, which is aided by velcro, lets the wearer adjust the interior capacity from 20 to 40L depending on what’s in tow. Plus, an easy-access laptop sleeve (for up to 17 inch computers) offers assistance in moments when undoing the entire ensemble isn’t possible. For a full list of the interior accessories, pockets, pouches, zipper, hooks, and loops, see the product page.