December 2019

Our Top Travel Accessories

There are always a million things to remember when traveling, but you shouldn’t have to give packing a second thought! Our favorite travel accessories are designed to take the stress out of your pre-vacation routine. These chic and compact picks are great for any getaway – no matter if you’re a day-tripper or globetrotter.

The first step toward a hassle-free journey is staying organized. To keep all your accessories in place, there’s PURSEN’s Handbag Organizers & Travel Jewelry Case. This all-in-one multi-tasker comes equipped with clear plastic pockets of varying sizes and removable pouches, ideal for keeping jewelry separate and untangled. The handbag inserts are another unique feature we love. Plan your look in advance, then pack your purse next to its matching jewelry for easy accessibility.
Buy Now, PURSEN’s Handbag Organizer & Travel Jewelry Case, $48

For your practical must-haves, this Clear Zip Case from Flight 001 is both chic and carry-on friendly. All airline regulated-sized toiletries can be comfortably stashed inside the vinyl (and water-resistant!) pouch. Philip Kingsley’s Jet Set packs are the cure for the common hotel shampoo and conditioner. The carrying case includes cute containers of shampoo, conditioner, and three “Elasticizer” sachets for hair types ranging from the chemically processed to porous, tight curls. It has a slightly masculine smell so it’s great for the guys too!
Buy Now, Clear Zip Case from Flight 001, $8
Buy Now, Jet Sets, $36.29

For the rest of your portable needs, there’re Henri Bendel’s stylish three-set pockets. The Go Anywhere Travel Set compartmentalizes hair accessories (the pouch is large enough for a travel blow dryer, like this dual-voltage fierce cheetah print from Sephora), entertainment gadgets (including iPod and MP3 players), and jewelry in separate, attached sacks. Practical and pretty – we love it for its retro stripe design and cartoon detailing!
Buy Now, Go Anywhere Travel Set, $38
Buy Now, Dual-Voltage Fierce Cheetah Print, $39

Speaking of a well-detailed accessory, Lily Juliet’s Red Stiletto Shoe Bag is both lovely and functional. Lined inside as well as embroidered without, tuck away your heels without fear of damage. The cotton two-in-one folds in half for easy packing, an important detail for any traveler that also holds true for this Wash Me, Wear Me bag. Separate your dirty underthings from your clean ones by stowing them in the appropriate pocket. We recommend stashing both inside a Samsonite 20” Trolley, which comes in an array of colors from deep black to ultra-bright blue, a fun fact that makes baggage claim a piece of (raspberry-colored) cake.
Buy Now, Red Stiletto Shoe Bag, $20
Buy Now, Wash Me Wear Me Bag
Buy Now, Samsonite 20” Trolley, $165

Still looking for a little something to make your luggage stand out from the pack? Tepper Jackson is a fashionable line that makes luggage tags styled with bright colors, prints, and catchy phrases. We like the aqua-navy contrast of its Jet Set piece, but would be more than willing to embellish our bags with any one of the funky-cute options.
Buy Now, Jet Set, $36.29

The whole point of an outing is, of course, to relax and pack in the fun. With that in mind, don’t forget to pack your iPod speaker for that perfect poolside playlist. iHome makes a great Rechargeable Mini Speaker that can be neatly stashed away beside your other travel treats.
Buy Now, Rechargeable Mini Speaker, $19.99

Buy Balanzza Ergo Digital Luggage Scale, $19.97

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Buy Balanzza Ergo Digital Luggage Scale, $19.97, at amazon.com

  • Made of Polyurethane
  • Available in green or black
  • Stay within airline weight limits to avoid expensive overage fees
  • Measures pounds or kilograms on large digital display
  • Requires two AAA batteries

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Alan Stuart Clear Cosmetic Bags, $8.25-$18.75

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Alan Stuart Clear Cosmetic Bags

Stop playing hide and seek with your toiletries and pack them in these clear cosmetic bags. We have them in every size (some more than one!) and love their sturdy, leak-proof construction. The trim comes in black and gold, among others, so we can accessorize to match our shoes. It’s always about the shoes!

Price: $8.25–$18.75

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Rhapsody ibiza, $119 and $149

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When your great-aunt Ethel has an iPod, it’s time for something hipper. We love the Rhapsody ibiza. The ibiza comes with a 30-day free Rhapsody membership ($14.99 monthly) with unlimited access to millions of songs—everything from Maroon 5 to Mozart—along with videos, photos, podcasts and more. And its built-in wi fi means bye-bye to tangled wires. The Rhapsody ibiza mini with combined Facebook and Twitter access debuts in September. Music to our ears.

Price: $119.99 (8GB) and $149.99 (30GB)

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ekosteps, $19.95

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Barefoot in the Park is one thing, but barefoot in the airport? Eew! You can imagine our relief when we found these disposable yet durable flip flops that you can wear going through airport security. We also love them for the spa, the nail salon, hotels and more. Made of 100% recycled paper, going green never felt so clean.

Price: $19.95 for a package of five pairs

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Octopus Strap, $20

Octopus Strap

Your morning travel equation: purse + coffee + carry on + umbrella + newspaper + laptop = catastrophe. Our solution? This AskMelissa Best Kept Secret—the Octopus Strap. Like having a second set of hands in happy colors, it holds together portfolios, laptops, newspapers, packages and more. Now our fingers are free to Twitter about AskMelissa’s fabulous Best Kept Secrets!

Price: $20

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Flight 001 GO CLEAN Packbags, $18-$24

Flight 001 GO CLEAN Packbags

We have the best of intentions when we pack—sort, fold, stack, zip. But by the end of vacation, it looks like Hurricane Andrew hit. When we discovered these packing organizers from Flight 001, we knew our days of tossing dirty shoes, wet bikinis and laundry into our luggage was over. Each drawstring pouch is treated to prevent odor and dirt from contaminating the contents of your suitcase, and they come in colorful zip-top bags with cool graphics.

Price: $18–$24

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Special: Receive 20% off all GO CLEAN Packbags when you use the online promo code “askmelissa.”

LugTagz, $27

LugTagz

We know, we know—you’re going to keep buying black until they come up with something darker! So, which black bags are yours as they come hurtling down the luggage-claim conveyor belt? Try this AskMelissa Best Kept Secret: LugTagz. Their bright colors, glossy finish and extra-large size make them easy to spot. But we love the vintage images and snarky humor. The gospel according to LugTagz: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with cute shoes.” Amen!

Price: $9 per tag, 3-tag minimum

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totes Purse Umbrella, $14.99

totes Purse Umbrella

We were really excited when we spotted these cute little umbrellas with matching covers at Target (don’t you just love it there?!). It weighs next to nothing, so we just leave it in our purse—no more getting caught in the rain while sightseeing. And the pretty patterns and colors satisfy our style craving. We couldn’t choose, so we bought a bunch and gave them to our friends.

Price: $14.99

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Brookstone Dash Rolling Hardside Carry-On, $79.95

Brookstone Dash Rolling Hardside Carry-On

Black may just be New York’s national color, so we are used to stressing as the conveyor belt comes to life with look-alike luggage. Now, we take to the skies with these superlight, candy-colored cases from Brookstone. They roll, spin and change direction easily, and the hard outer shell protects our precious cargo. We loved our pink one so much, we ordered another in green—to match our eyes!

Price: $79.95

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