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When it comes to traveling, the smallest comforts can mark the difference between an uncomfortable flight or enjoyable one. A favorite neck pillow, a cozy pair of pants or a facial mist can leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and just a little bit closer to home, regardless of the miles between you. From on-the-go coffee makers to quirky phone holdiers, Culture Trip staffers share their must-have travel items for this holiday season.
“My favorite kind of traveling is hitch hiking, camping and backpacking. My old work let me crash test one of these Cafflano all in one coffee makers on my last trip to the middle of nowhere in Bulgaria. All you need is a pan to heat the water and some coffee beans, then you’re set for good coffee no matter how remote you are.” – Alex Mellon, Designer
“This is ideal if you’re a last-minute, panicky kind of traveler. I’m always second-guessing myself during packing, so this handy little organizer is perfect for keeping the most important things in one place. Plus it’s pretty cute!” – Grace Beard, Regional Hub Manager
“Practicing yoga outdoors while on vacation is so delightful, but regular mats — especially the tree rubber ones — are too bulky and heavy to travel with. This one is lighter and folds down small, so you can pack it easily.” – Esme Benjamin, Wellness Editor
“I like using my Birchbox samples when I travel because they’re small enough to carry in my toiletries bag and vary in purpose. Rather than carry a full-size facial wash or moisturizer or shampoo (all of which will most likely leak everywhere at some point), I’ll bring my unopened, new samples and get to cover all my bases – plus I feel like I’m ‘treating myself’ while I’m on vacation, rather than sticking to the everyday ordinary stuff. ” – Amber Snider, Home & Design Editor
“For flying, I like to use this water spray because my skin always gets dry on planes and this mist feels amazing, bringing moisture to skin without me having to touch my face and apply moisturizer.” – Jill Di Donato, Fashion Editor
“For flights, I love wearing harem pants from Elephant Pants, which sends a portion of profits to support the African Wildlife Foundation to protect elephants. The pants are loose but stylish and perfect for long travels – I just put a pair to the test for a flight from Sydney to New York.” – Nikki Vargas, Travel Editor
“I love this battery phone charger, which keeps my smartphone from never dying—both on long flights and while traveling.” – Peter Ward, Technology Editor.
“This adapter is a lifesaver, especially with the USB ports!” – Cassam Looch, Film & TV Editor
“I use this for every flight, since I usually know which [podcast] I am planning to binge on during the flight. It works with any kind of seat that is in front of you, so the tray is left clear for food, etc.” – Asaf Gitai, Mobile Developer & Product Manager
“Catching some Z’s on a plane is a challenge in itself, but the difficulty increases when you are trying to fall asleep while listening to music. Whether you are leaning against the side of a plane, hunched over on the tray, or blessed with a friendly shoulder, over-the-ear headphones are far too bulky and earbuds are guaranteed to obliterate your canals. For the frequent traveler, AcousticSheep SleepPhones might just be your saving grace. Designed as a headband with extremely slim speaker units in it, what you lose in volume and quality is made for in comfort and mobility without constant adjustment needed. And if you wear the SleepPhones right, it doubles as a blindfold.” – Ryan Kristobak, Music Editor
“An iPod Classic is ideal, especially for air and subway travel, because it gives you access to your music library – over 10,000 tracks if you have them – without need of Wi-Fi. Sleep is for wimps, so have a few drinks, choose shuffle, and as the songs pass with the miles you feel like you’re a rider through time to the middle of everything you’ve ever know.” – Graham Fuller, Film & TV Editor