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Packing Essentials for Summer Vacations

Any travel-savvy person can attest to the importance of organized and efficient packing—whether it’s for a long weekend or an extended holiday abroad. That’s where the right luggage, bags and accessories play a crucial role. Smart packing can save you a lot of time and hassle in transit, giving you more time to enjoy the journey ahead.

Below we’ve gathered up a few of our packing/travel sidekicks for every kind of summer trip on your itinerary. Bon voyage!

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Weekend Getaways:

1. Kipling “Darcey” Luggage Small

2. Bric’s “Milano Bojola” Traditional Shave Case

3. Tumi Voyageur “Geneva” Carryall

4. Rimowa “Salsa Air” Ultralight in Acid Green (Zappos Exclusive)

 

International Travel:

1. Eagle Creek “Sandman” Travel Pillow

2.Rimowa “Limbo” Cabin Multiwheel International

3. Pacsafe RFID Safe™ RFID-Blocking Travel Waist Wallet

4. Jonathan Adler “Airplanes” Passport Case

 

Summer Explorations:

1. Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Backpack/Duffel

2. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Specter Wallaby Small

3. Fossil “Keyper” Beach Tote

4. Arc’teryx “Pyxis 12” Backpack

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Need a Vacation?

Let’s face it; it’s been a pretty brutal winter for most of the country. If there’s ever been a time when you’ve thoroughly earned your spring getaway, this is probably it.

Start planning that spring escape now! Whether it’s just a quick weekend roadtrip to the beach or that exotic getaway you’ve always dreamed of, we’ve got the packing part covered.

Before you know it, you’ll be turning on that “out of office” message, turning off the constant flow of status updates and texts, and trading it all in for a nice, relaxing spring break.

Check out some of our favorite packing essentials for that well-earned vacation!

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1. Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Weekender Boarding Bag

2. Delsey Helium Shadow 2.0 21” Carry-On Trolley

3. Briggs & Riley Baseline Executive Toiletry Kit

4. Bric’s Milano Life Holdall Travel Bag

5. Tumi Vapor™ Medium Trip Packing Case

6. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Starter Set

7. Pacsafe Camsafe V2 Anti-Theft Camera Holster

8. Lipault Paris JPS Series 19” Weekend Tote

SHOP ALL LUGGAGE >>

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Travel: Business Trip Essentials

Traveling for work isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. From the security lines to the layovers to bad airline food, there are many things that can quickly make that business trip less than appealing. But as any seasoned traveler will tell you, the right travel bags and accessories can mean the difference between “where’s my laptop charger?!” and “I’ve got this traveling thing down to a science! No problemo!”

For a smoother transit between inter-city meetings, it’s always a good idea to invest in quality luggage & travel accessories to help you get more organized and efficient--especially when navigating through busy airports!

Check out some of our favorites below:

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1.Tumi Voyager- “Macon” Laptop Charger

2.Brenthaven “Collins” Folio for iPad®

3.Rimowa “Salsa” 29” Multiwheel® (Zappos Exclusive)

4.Travelpro Walkabout® Lite 4- Rolling Computer Tote

5.Victornox Lifestyle Accessories 3.0 Hanging Toiletry Kit

6.Brigs & Riley “Trancend” International Carry On Wide Body Spinner

7.Delsey “Helium X’Pert Lite” Spinner Trolley Tote

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction “A Brief History” Double Gusset Flapover Portfolio

9.Eagle Creek Jet Setter Pack-It™ Set (Zappos Exclusive)

 

SHOP ALL LUGGAGE & TRAVEL BAGS >

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Pack up for a Holiday Getaway!

Whether it’s a snowy winter wonderland or a nice, balmy resort getaway south of the equator, everyone could use a little escape from the day-to-day, especially during the busy holiday season!

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite frequent flyers in luggage and bags to help you pack efficiently for that well-deserved getaway!

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1. Bric's U.S.A. Magellano- Tri-Fold Traveler

2. Eagle Creek Jet Setter Pack-It Set (Zappos Exclusive)

3. Victorinox Lifestyle Accessories All-in-One Charger Set

4. Briggs & Riley Excursion Convertible Brief

5. Rimowa Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin (Zappos Exclusive Color)

6. Kipling Jonah Foldable Tote

7. Tumi T-Tech Cargo Continental Carry-On

8. Delsey Helium Superlite Spinners 28" Rolling Duffel

SHOP ALL LUGGAGE & BAGS >>

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Cool Gifts for New Grads

It’s one of the most memorable and proudest achievements of a student’s academic career, and we think a day this special deserves an equally special and thoughtful gift!

Graduation day is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Show them you’re proud of their accomplishment with a gift they’ll not only love, but will use long after school is done.

Whether it’s a brand new piece of luggage for their new adventures, to a sweet state-charm necklace to remind her of home while away in college, we’ve got the perfect gift to make your grad smile.

Check out some of our picks:

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For Him:  

1. Kenneth Cole New York watch, 2. Jack Spade Camo Hard Case for iPhone 5®, 3. Keurig K 10 Mini Plus, 4. Tumi T-Tech Cargo Continental Carry-on, 5. Bocconi Tumbled Leather Billfold

For Her:

1. Michael Kors 'Darci' Watch, 2. Juicy Couture Hologram Phone Case for iPhone® 5, 3. Lipault Foldable 22" Carry-on, 4. Dogeared Jewels 'State of Mind' Necklace, 5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Continental Wallet

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Essential Bags & Luggage for Holiday Travel

It’s that time of year again! The busiest travel season is here and that means packing up and enjoying some much-needed family bonding. But first thing’s first; packing for those holiday trips calls for not only the right bags and luggage, but also a little bit of organization.

Check out these 5 tips to make packing a little less daunting—not to mention save you the hassle of going over the bag weight limit at the counter! 

Investing in quality luggage and travel bags is definitely worth it because a well-made suitcase will last you a lifetime of holiday trips. Another essential to have during family trips (particularly when travelling by air with kids) is a great carry-all tote. They’re big enough to carry everything from paperwork, water bottles, snacks, small electronics and everything else that make travelling a little more comfortable.

Happy travels!

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1. Samsonite Cruisair Bold 26" Spinner, 2. Tumi Voyageur Quintessential Tote, 3. Rimowa Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin 21", 4. Bric's U.S.A. Large Sportina Shopper, 5. Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 36" Wheeled Duffel, 6. Boconi Bags and Leather Tyler Leather Backpack, 7. Brenthaven ProStyle Lite Expandable 15" Laptop Case, 8. Travelpro Walkabout Lite 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 9. Pacsafe MetroSafe 200 GII Anti-theft Shoulder Bag

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Transforming Travel with Style:Dror for Tumi

Every frequent flyer knows the most common dilemma of packing all too well: by the end of your trip, you end up with more stuff or less stuff than you originally packed, but your suitcase doesn’t accommodate this constant flux.

This is why we love Dror for Tumi, a revolutionary line of suitcases and travel bags that combines sleek, architectural design with smart functionality. The collection is designed by award-winning designer and architect Dror Benshetrit.dror for tumi,Dror Benshetrit,luggage,suitcases,travel bags,travel,Tumi luggage,Tumi,

Each piece has the ability to transform, catering to the demands of the jet-set lifestyle. This line of chic, multifunctional luggage is definitely at the cutting edge of travel essentials—a must for the modern globetrotter.

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How I Survived My Cross-Country Move

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Two weeks ago, my family made the big move from Phoenix, Arizona to New Hampshire. In case you're wondering, it was about 2,700 miles. Now, for those of you who have done a cross-country move before, I commend you! Those 4 days were the most exhausting, patience-testing days of my life. Not only did we have a van full luggage, 2 dogs, and our 10-year- old daughter, but we also had our daughter's harp (why should couldn't play something compact like the harmonica or recorder, is beyond me!), miscellaneous items that we couldn't live without for a week ,and lots of snacks for the long drive.

After going through the ordeal of driving 12-13 hour days with lots of stops along the way, I compiled a list of things from Zappos.com that would have made the drive so much easier:

Kavu Mini Travel Bag - First of all, isn't the pattern the cutest? You won't have to go groping through your entire suitcase for your toiletries, encountering items that you probably didn't want to touch along the way, and everything will stay nice and neat. Love it.

Eagle Creek Sandman Travel Pillow - My neck is still tilted towards my shoulder from taking naps while my husband was driving. I’m definitely using this travel pillow on my next trip!

Eagle Creek Quick View Travel Clock - I hate waking up in the middle of the night in a strange place and madly searching for my phone or watch to check the time. This portable alarm clock glows in the dark, and is perfect for checking to make sure you haven't overslept. And the alarm function is an added bonus to avoid having to remember to call in those wake-up calls, like a certain someone might have forgotten a time or two.

Eagle Creek Travel Ear Plugs - I wouldn't know what it's like at all, but I hear that some people have spouses who snore. These ear plugs might be really good for those people. They're also great for keeping the noise out when catching a snooze while on the road.

Tumi Flashlight Key Fob
- I can't tell you how many times we had to run to the car in the dark to grab something essential that we forgot to bring into the hotel room. Of course, it was never my fault that this happened, since I knew where everything was located! It was those other family members who wouldn't listen to where I said this or that was located. But I digress. This flashlight fits easily on your keyring so you'll always have it with you, and will help you avoid falling over curbs. Not that  I did that!

I'm still at the point where I curl into the fetal position upon seeing a car, but eventually I'm hoping to overcome that and take a roadtrip again. I'd love to know what travel accessories are on your must-have list!

Amy Lowe is founder of The Mom Hood, a blog about all her new (and entertaining) experiences living the country life in New Hampshire. She can be reached at themomhood@gmail.com.