Culture Trip Staffers Share Their Holiday Travel Must Haves

Holiday Gift © Lijam/Shutterstock
Holiday Gift © Lijam/Shutterstock
Photo of Nikki Vargas
Travel Editor16 November 2016

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.

For coffee addicts…

“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

Cafflano World's First Portable All-in-one Coffee Maker from Amazon

For organized travelers…

“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

Wild and Wolf Happy Jackson Document Wallet Travel Stuff

For yoga enthusiasts…

“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

Manduka eko Superlite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat, 1.5mm from Amazon

For beauty insiders…

“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

The October Birchbox from Birchbox

“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

Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, 10.58 oz. from Amazon

For the cozy traveler…

“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

The Elephant Pant box gift

For techies…

“I love this battery phone charger, which keeps my smartphone from never dying—both on long flights and while traveling.” – Peter Ward, Technology Editor.

Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger from Amazon

“This adapter is a lifesaver, especially with the USB ports!” – Cassam Looch, Film & TV Editor

Ceptics All-In-One International Travel Plug Adapter with Dual USB Ports from Amazon

“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

Silicone Mobile Phone Holder Flexible Car Phone Holder Stand For Iphone from AliExpress

For music lovers…

“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

AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic Sleep Headphones from Amazon

“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

Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black 6th Generation from Amazon

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