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9 Great Crossbody Bags for Travel

Crossbody bags are the ideal daypack for travel—they are more secure and foil pickpockets better than over-the-shoulder purses or backpacks, and they don’t immediately mark you as a tourist. The best crossbody bags for travel are ultra-lightweight or have anti-theft features, like these nine great bags.

Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Messenger

Travelon’s versatile Anti-Theft LTD Crossbody Messenger can be worn as a crossbody bag, or you can detach the strap and carry it as a clutch. Either way, it’s lightweight (weighing just over nine ounces) thanks to its travel-friendly and easy-to-clean stain-resistant nylon exterior. Like all Travelon bags, this one is designed to be hard to steal, with slash-resistant construction and locking compartments. There’s even RFID-blocking material built into the credit card and passport slots. An internal clip holds your keys securely, which is perfect for travel.

M.Gemi Crossbody Bag

A sharp, sophisticated crossbody optimized to stay in style season after season is a splurge any woman should be willing to make. Handmade in Tuscany, this crossbody from M.Gemi is detailed with sharp linear accents and dressed in rich tumbled leather. It’s a statement piece for sure—and one that’s absolutely worth it.

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2’s Messenger Bag is a classic for a reason: It has a padded, air-mesh strap to prevent shoulder pain (even if you overpack it), padded compartments for electronics, specially designed flaps that help keep out rain, an internal water bottle pocket, and a removable cross-strap.

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Pacsafe Metrosafe Anti-Theft Crossbody Sling Backpack

Pacsafe’s Metrosafe Anti-Theft Crossbody Sling Backpack is a unisex option that holds a ton (including electronics in a special padded organizer pocket). Although lightweight, this bag has a hidden stainless steel wire embedded in the strap, which prevents thieves from slashing it. There’s also a security buckle built in that can be attached to something solid (like a table leg) so you can put it down without worry during a meal.

Baggallini Big Zipper Crossbody Bag

Baggallini quilted big zipper bagg with rfid

Never dig around in the bottom of your bag for an elusive item again with the Baggallini Big Zipper Crossbody Bag. This purse has five external pockets (including three secure zipper ones) and multiple interior compartments to keep everything organized. The nylon fabric is lightweight and water-resistant, so it will stand up to the rigors of travel.

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Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Slim Double Zip Crossbody Bag

Travelon anti-theft classic slim dbl zip crossbody bag

As its name implies, this bag is designed to keep your stuff safe, with anti-theft features such as a security flap, steel-reinforced strap guards, and RFID-blocking pockets. You can even fit this slim-profile crossbody bag under your jacket for extra protection.

Healthy Back Bag Microfiber

AmeriBag small classic microfiber healthy back bag

AmeriBag’s Healthy Back Bags have a unique, ergonomic design that contours to your back and distributes weight evenly. The microfiber version is the lightest and is also water-resistant. Inside, there are spots for your water bottle, pens, cards, and anything else you need.

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Sechunk Cotton Canvas Leather Messenger Crossbody Bag

Sechunk canvas messenger bags shoulder crossbody purse daypack

For days when you need to carry just a little bit more, the Sechunk Cotton Canvas Leather Messenger Crossbody bag is just 8.46 inches by 1.57 inches by 10.24 inches,  so it fits all without being oversized. Fill the leather-trim canvas bag with all your in-flight essentials.

Dagne Dover Andra Crossbody

The Dagne Dover Andra Crossbody is one of the trendiest crossbody bags on our list and comes in a variety of colors. This minimalist bag has lots of organizational pockets to store all your belongings on the go. Wear it as a shoulder bag or across your body.

Don’t see one you like? Check out more crossbody bags from Amazon here.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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The 7 Best Lightweight Boots and Shoes

Heavy shoes or boots can weigh down your feet and legs, making you even more tired and achy after a long day on your feet than you have to be. Swap them out for these lightweight boots and shoes that will make you feel like you’re walking on air.

HOKA Carbon X

Hoka

You don’t have to sacrifice cushioning and support for a light weight. HOKA’s Carbon X running shoe has a carbon fiber plate to help propel you faster plus plenty of cushioning underfoot. These shoes were worn to break the 100K world record time, so they’re practically guaranteed to help you with your 5K time.

Weight Per Shoe: 7.20 ounces.

Havaianas Flash Urban Plus Sandal

Havianas Flash Urban Plus Sandal Crocus Rose

For lightweight sandals, look no further than Havaianas. These iconic Brazilian sandals are made out of a feather-light rubber. Unlike cheap flip-flops, the Flash Urban Plus Sandals have a cushioned footbed, a unique textured sole (to prevent slipping), and a back strap to keep the sandals secure. The Flash Urban Plus has a fun leaf design that will be very on-trend for summer.

Weight Per Shoe: 8 ounces

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Allbirds Dasher

Allbirds Dasher

Most running shoes are made out of plastic, but Allbirds is here to change that with its new Dasher shoe. The sole is made from a lightweight sugarcane, and the top from Allbirds’ signature renewable eucalyptus and merino wool blend. The sleek shoes have plenty of cushioning, a sockless design, and lots of arch support. Wear the Dashers in good conscience, as Allbirds offsets all the carbon emissions from the shoe’s production.

Weight Per Shoe: 10.6 ounces

Rothy’s Chelsea Boot

Rothys

Made out of Rothy’s signature sustainable knit, these Chelsea boots barely weigh anything—and can be worn straight out of the box without suffering from blisters during the break-in period. Removable insoles add extra support and cushioning to further prevent fatigue.

Weight Per Shoe: 9.6 ounces

Bzees Tease Boots

Bzees

Bzees Tease Boots have a lightweight secret—the outsoles are infused with small air bubbles. The rest of the boot is made from a stretchy fabric that’s lighter than leather. Remove the free-foam footbed from the inside to save on even more weight, or leave it in for extra cushioning.

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Weight Per Shoe: 11.2 ounces

Vasque Breeze Hiking Boots

Vasque

Lightweight hiking boots that are also waterproof are hard to find, but Vasque’s Breeze checks both boxes with style. (Click here for the men’s style.) The Gore-Tex Extended Comfort waterproof membrane prevents water from getting inside the boots, while the lining wicks away any sweat-related moisture from the inside. Vibram soles give you plenty of grip to keep you surefooted both on and off the trail.

Weight Per Shoe: 11 ounces

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Clarks Step Allena Go

Clarks

Clarks’ Step Allena Go features a foam-layered footbed that provides cushioning without weight. A slip-on design adds style and convince, and these neutral shoes will work with a variety of different outfits.

Weight Per Shoe: 5 ounces

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The Best Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Check out the best gifts for your favorite female traveler to give this Mother’s Day—bonus, most of these Mother’s Day gifts are under $100.

Travel-Related Mother’s Day Gifts

Bellroy Travel Folio

Help your mom stay organized while traveling with this chic passport holder and travel wallet. She can keep the whole fam organized since it fits two passports, four to eight cards, cash, and multiple boarding passes. This zip-up style also has RFID blocking technology, which protects documents, cards, and passports from RFID skimming, i.e. electronic pickpocketing. The environmentally-certified leather wallet also comes with a three-year warranty.

LifeProof Wake Phone Case

Give mom a protective and sustainable phone case, no matter what model phone she has. This case is both drop-proof (from two meters), easy to grip, and helps the environment through a donation on the company’s behalf to select charities.

iLive Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

If mom isn’t the most tech-savvy, then these affordable wireless earbuds might just be the perfect gift. This pair supports true wireless and Bluetooth capabilities and comes with a charging case of its own.

Keebos Crossbody Phone Case

Go totally hands-free with this useful and inexpensive phone case; it’s a crossbody bag, wallet, phone holder, and protective case all in one. This Mother’s Day gift is perfect for walking the dog, circling the park, or grabbing a coffee.

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Home

YETI Lowlands Waterproof Outdoor Blanket

From beach picnics to lining the back seat of the car for your family pooch, YETI’s outdoor blanket is an ideal gift for the no-fuss mom. It even comes in a convenient carrying case and is machine-washable. Other standout features are that this comfy blanket has a waterproof layer and that it easily shakes off pet hair.

Artifact Uprising Wood Block Prints

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Gift mom a personalized photo album with this simple yet beautiful woodblock stand. Send 12 of your favorite travel photos to Artifact Uprising and the company will print them on thick card stock and voila—you’ve got a personalized gift within days.

Other places to shop customized prints include Etsy, Framebridge, and Shuttterfly.

COSORI 12-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Whether she’s cooking for additional family members in quarantine or perfecting some of her favorite recipes, this multi-purpose toaster oven will be a delightful surprise. Not only is it reasonably priced, but it serves as an air fryer, toaster oven, broiler, rotisserie, and more. The 12 presets include: pizza, roast, airfry, toast, bagel, bake, broil, cookies, rotisserie, dehydrate, ferment, and keep warm. Plus, there’s an included recipe book (featuring over 100 ideas) for even more cooking inspiration.

EcoVessel Wine Tumbler

Take your favorite drink on-the-go with these triple-insulated, stainless steel tumblers. Priced under $20, it’s an ideal gift for the mom who loves a park picnic or day at the beach.

ChappyWrap’s Places Blanket

While the jury’s still out on our summer vacations, remind mom of one of her favorite places with an ultra-plush blanket from ChappyWrap. With maps of locales like Cape Cod and San Francisco, you can keep her cozy during stay-at-home orders.

Mother’s Day Gifts, Clothing & Accessories

Keds Women’s Clipper Jute

This pair of stylish slip-on shoes from Keds make for the perfect understated, yet practical gift for mom. Wear them now around the house and save them for the next family beach vacation. The versatile style means they match with almost anything and the slip-on style makes them ideal for errand running and city walking.

Rothy’s Bag Collection

We’ve already expressed our love for Rothy’s latest bag collection, and we think the line of bags and pouches also make for great Mother’s Day gifts. All of the accessories are stylish and practical for both future travel and use around town.

Hari Mari Sydney Slides

Keep mom comfy and fashionable with these spring and summertime sandal staples. Between the premium leather, memory foam footbed, and on-trend style these shoes have it all. Not only do they match almost everything, they’ll be her go-to pair of shoes all summer long.

Plaka Slipper Socks

I’ve already raved about these in my review, but these slipper socks are the perfect inexpensive gift for mom this Mother’s Day. The sock-like upper is flexible and soft while the cushy rubber bottom lets you grab your mail, take the dog out, etc. without having to put real shoes on.

Cotidie Evelyn Drape Waist Shirt

Gift mom this classic shirt, with a twist. The moisture-wicking and stretchy material mean this shirt is the queen of double-duty. Whether she’s a frequent flier or just likes to look chic (but make it comfy) at the grocery store, this athleisure brand has got you covered.

Ministry of Supply Swift Wide Leg Pants

These lightweight pants are the stylish ideal travel pant, but can also be worn easily around the house. The stretch crepe material is airy and breathable and will look good with either a sweatshirt or blazer.

Bleusalt

Fair warning, you may want to steal this gift, but know it will bring the utmost coziness to your mom. So, let her enjoy it. Bleusalt’s environmentally-friendly and sustainable beechwood fabric is literally a dream, so anything you pick will be a win. But, if you need help choosing, The Classic Shirt and The 2 Yard Wrap are my go-tos.

MZ Wallace Metro Pouch

It’s a clutch, it’s a pouch, it’s a diaper holder, it’s anything you need it to be. We adore this line of bags (also available at Nordstrom) for its waterproof nylon quilted material and packability.

State Cashmere

Spoil mom with high-quality cashmere, but not at the expected price tag. State Cashmere offers dozens of styles under $100 as well as a wallet-friendly and lightweight spring line, made with cotton cashmere. Or pick something out from the travel section, think socks, blankets, and wraps.  

Mother’s Day Gifts, Beauty

Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler

Gift mom the latest in hair styling innovation, with Dyson’s minimal heat hair styler. It’s a smoother, curler, styler, and dryer all in one.

Pro Tip: Also check this product’s Amazon listing for potential price reductions and Dyson will price match.

TULA Skincare Best Sellers Travel Kit

Cult-favorite skincare brand, TULA, offers some of their best-selling products in a convenient and reasonably priced, travel-sized kit. It’s a perfect way to test out the facial cleanser, day and night cream, sugar scrub, and moisturizing primer. And while you’re at it, throw in the brightening eye balm and sunscreen to your cart for yourself (we won’t tell).

DW Home Candle

Remind mom of her favorite scent with a budget-friendly candle from DW Home. We love the Calming Waves and Tranquil Lotus scents for uber relaxation during this crazy time.

Athena Club the Go-Tos Set

Help mom make her skincare routine healthier with Athena Club’s the Go-Tos set. At just $25 this gift set includes the brand’s Dewy Body Lotion, Soft Face Wipes, and All Day Deo. Each product is made with good-for-you ingredients and smells fantastic.

Subtl Beauty Stack

Mom will thank you for this life-changing makeup gift. Meet Subtl Beauty’s stack, the ultimate travel-friendly makeup on the market. Build her a custom stack by choosing a lip stain, concealer, highlighter, bronzer, and/or shine control powder and voila, all her makeup’s in one place.

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5 Shoes That Are Good for Your Feet, According to Doctors

We asked experts—the spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as well as the team physician for the Chicago Bulls, White Sox, and Joffrey Ballet—about shoes that are good for your feet. Here’s what shoes they recommend you pack on your next walking-intensive trip.

“Healthy travel shoes should have arch support, a thicker sole, and shock absorption. A breathable fabric is a bonus. Sneakers should be your go-to when traveling. A casual sneaker should do the trick without weighing down your bags,” says APMA Podiatrist and spokesperson Dr. Priya Parthasarathy.

“If you have to do open-toed, avoid flip-flops and do a more supportive sandal. Something thicker, with arch support and a depression in the heel. My favorite sandals for travel are Birkenstocks.”

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Dr. Priya Parthasarathy tells travelers to look for the following when shoe shopping:

  • The shoe should not be able to fold completely in half.
  • You should have some flexibility in the toes but you should not be able to have the front of the shoe touch the back of the shoe.
  • It should also have a firm heel cup and should not collapse when you squeeze it.
  • A bonus is a removable arch support which will allow you to slide your orthotics or additional arch support in if needed.

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Dr. Kamran S. Hamid, an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for Midwest Orthopedics at Rush and team physician for the Chicago Bulls, White Sox, and Joffrey Ballet also weighed in.

“In general, the best shoes for traveling are those that have adequate support and are comfortable. Hoka shoes are a newer brand that are tremendously light while still providing great support and cushioning. Additionally, they have a slight curvature in the front and back of the shoe which takes some stress off of the middle of the foot for long periods of walking. These are great shoes for long-distance runners that we have repurposed for patients with foot/ankle arthritis or pain.”

If you’re looking for a podiatrist-approved shoe, Dr. Parthasarathy recommends the following:

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2019. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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Stylish Running Gear: Tracksmith Session Shorts and Harrier Long Sleeve Review

Tracksmith’s Session Shorts and Harrier Long Sleeve Shirt make up the perfect running outfit for spring.

Tracksmith Session Shorts and Harrier Long Sleeve Review

Price and Where to Buy: The Session Shorts are $68 and the Harrier Long Sleeve is $78 at Tracksmith’s website.

Tracksmith shirt

How the Tracksmith Session Shorts and Harrier Long Sleeve Rate

  • Comfort: 10/10. The Session Shorts are made out of an extra-soft Veloce knit fabric that’s lightweight, moisture-wicking, and breathable, and UV protective. The anti-microbial liner won’t chafe or retain odors, making these perfect for travel. The Harrier Long Sleeve is made out of a merino/nylon blend that will keep you sweat and smell free in the spring or fall.
  • Features: 9/10. The shorts have a perfectly-sized zipper pocket on the side that can hold keys or gels.
  • Design: 9/10. At 3.25″, the shorts hit the sweet spot for length (not too short and not too long).
  • Style: 10/10. With a discreet logo and a sleek silhouette, you can wear this outfit out on runs or to run errands.

Final Verdict: Tracksmith’s Harrier Long Sleeve and Session Shorts are the perfect outfit for shoulder season runs.

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The Best Travel Leggings of 2020

Whenever I travel, leggings are a must. They’re the perfect travel-day outfit, especially when paired with a baggy sweater or long shirt, for a chic but comfortable look. There’s so much to love about a good pair of travel leggings. They’re slimming, they stretch, and they don’t take up tons of room in your suitcase. Plus, should you feel the need to utilize the hotel gym or join a pop-up yoga class, you’ll be ready for a workout.

The Best Travel Leggings

Below I’ve divided the best travel leggings into the three most useful categories for travelers: the best leggings with pockets (to hold your phone and documents), the best leggings to make a fashion statement (to show off your personality), and the best leggings that don’t look like leggings (to travel comfortably incognito).

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Travel Leggings with Pockets

Lululemon Speed Up Tight

The sleek cool Speed Up Tight has sweat-wicking fabric and four-way stretch—and four pockets. With two side pockets large enough for your phone and two waistband pockets perfect for tucking away cash, these leggings are a great choice for the active traveler with stuff to carry.

The North Face Motivation Pocket 7/8 Tights

From the North Face, the Motivation Pocket 7/8 Tights provide support and storage. They feature two discreet thigh pockets, an extra-wide waistband, and are also available in a similar cropped style.

Core 10 Onstride Run Full-Length

With both mid-rise and high-rise waistband options, Core 10’s Onstride Run Full-Length Leggings are customizable for everyone, and they come equipped with a drawstring for adjustability. The two side-panel pockets and a stylish behind-the-knee mesh detail prove that these travel leggings combine function and fashion.

alo High-Waist Cargo Legging

The High-Waist Cargo Leggings from alo features numerous pockets throughout the leg but are stylish enough to run errands in, and comfortable enough to work out in. They’re also available in multiple colors, such as black, bone, and olive branch.

Clever Travel Companion

The Clever Travel Companion leggings pack comfort and security into one ultra-functional pair of pants. These leggings for travel are equipped with two zippered pockets. The first is big enough to hold your phone and passport; the second slightly smaller pocket is still large enough to fit your credit cards and keys.

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Travel Leggings That Make a Fashion Statement

Outdoor Voices 3/4 Two-Tone Leggings

With blocks of navy and black, the 3/4 Two-Tone Warmup Leggings are chic while still maintaining an athletic look, which makes them great for both the airplane and a jogging trail. The material is sturdy, comfortable, and opaque, so you won’t have to worry about anything showing through. If you’re a big fan of the color block style, make sure to check out the Outdoor Voice’s tri-colored Zoom Leggings, too.

Columbia PFG Tidal™ Legging

Up for some serious adventure or maybe just a day hike, but want cute leggings that still work? Sturdier than the average yoga pants, the PFG Tidal™ Leggings will perform well in the great outdoors. Made of moisture-wicking and UPF 50 sun-protecting fabric, these travel leggings are smooth to the touch and even include a large pocket on the side.

Girlfriend Collective Trail Compressive High-Rise Legging

For a fashion statement that’s extra comfortable and eco-friendly, the Trail Compressive High-Rise Leggings from Girlfriend Collective really deliver, and come in a slew of gorgeous colors. Made from 25 recycled water bottles, sizes also range from XXS to 6XL, so there is truly something for everyone.

Beyond Yoga High Waisted Alloy Ombre Midi Leggings

With bright blue coloring and plenty of shimmer, there’s a lot to love about these statement-making leggings. The metallic splatter ombre is a unique plus.

Palazzo Leggings

If your flair is a little more bohemian, check out these high-waist lounge pants for a fashionably daring set of pants that are just as comfortable and flattering as any pair of leggings. They’re affordable, available in lots of different patterns, and fabulous for flying.

Travel Leggings That Don’t Look Like Leggings

Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants

If you want to make sure you’re maintaining a little class while staying comfortable on your flight, check out the Dress Pant Yoga Pants from Betabrand. Made of comfortable, stretchable material, they’re totally chic. I love that they come in multiple colors and are perfect for a business-casual look.

Wit & Wisdom Jeggings

If you need jeans to complete an outfit, but dread the discomfort of wearing denim on a long-haul flight, get yourself a pair of jeggings like Wit & Wisdom’s Jeggings, made of lightweight stretch denim that can be worn around the city or to a casual dinner. No one will ever know the difference.

Blank NYC Faux-Leather Jeggings

Sport a lean silhouette with an edge with these super-stretchy faux-leather and faux-jeans leggings from Blank NYC. These flattering jet black jeggings are also very comfortable and will go a long way in your travel wardrobe.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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Plaka Slipper Socks Review: The Pair of 'Shoes' We're Living in Right Now

Give your feet some love with these super comfy slipper socks by the footwear brand Plaka. As most of the U.S. is in mild springtime weather, it’s just a little too hot for slippers but too cold to go barefoot all the time. Enter the slipper sock. With these slipper socks, you can check your mail, take the dog out, and work from home without having to change your shoes. And the best part is, they’re foldable and super packable, so we can take them with us once we’re traveling again.

Plaka Slipper Socks Review

Price and Where to Buy: Plaka Slipper Socks are available on Amazon and Plaka’s website for $29.95.

How the Plaka Slipper Socks Rate

  • Usefulness: 9/10. While in quarantine I find my feet getting too warm in my normal slippers, but I also keep having to put on socks and shoes when I go to take out the trash or check my mail. The slipper socks have solved both of these problems and are super comfortable while I’m sitting at my desk.
  • Durability: 9/10. I wouldn’t go for a long walk in these, but the rubber bottoms are very durable and even have some grip support.
  • Portability: 10/10. The slipper socks fold up super small so you can easily travel with them or throw them in your purse.
  • Style: 8/10. I bought the heather gray color, so the neutral color combined with the minimalist style means these slipper socks go with pretty much everything.

Final Verdict: If, like me, you’re struggling with which footwear to wear while working from home, these slipper socks are your answer. They are comfortable, have a minimalist style, and are the perfect fit: not too tight to the point that they’re heat-constricting, but also not so loose that they lack support.

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11 Warm, Lightweight Jackets and Coats for Travelers

Bulky jackets are the bane of cold-weather travelers. If your coat isn’t taking up precious space in your carry-on, you’ll have to lug it around the airport to avoid sweating profusely and looking like a nervous security risk. Here are 11 of the best packable, lightweight winter jackets for travelers that will keep you feeling warm and looking stylish on the road.

Patagonia Women’s Vosque 3-in-1 Parka

Looking for a packable jacket that works for every part of your trip, from the mountains to the city? Patagonia’s Vosque 3-in-1 Parka has it all. The outer shell looks like a stylish tweed jacket, and can be worn alone or paired with the insulated liner for really cold days. The liner can be worn alone and works well when you’re active.  The parka uses 100-g THERMOLITE eco insulation, an environmentally friendly material (it’s 92 percent recycled) that’s lightweight but still super warm.

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Arc’teryx Men’s Atom LT Hoody

The Arc’teryx Men’s Atom LT Hoody is a packable jacket that delivers the warmth needed in a whole host of situations and environments. Insulated with 60 grams of lightweight, water-resistant Coreloft™, this hoody maintains thermal performance if exposed to moisture, and compresses into the tiny nooks of your backpack when not in use.

L.L.Bean Quilted Riding Jacket

L.L.Bean quilted riding jacket

Most easy-to-pack winter jackets look like activewear and are tough to pull off on a city trip, but L.L.Bean’s Quilted Riding Jacket is the ultimate winter coat that can do both. Its classic design goes with any outfit and won’t make you look like a tourist who just wandered into town off a hike. Thanks to the insulated synthetic lining, it will keep you warm in -15 degrees F (with moderate activity). Want to layer this jacket? It has adjustable waist tabs that let you customize the fit based on what you’re wearing.

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The North Face ThermoBall Eco Hoodie

The north face thermoball eco hoodie

The ThermoBall Eco Hoodie, available for women and men, packs down incredibly small thanks to PrimaLoft technology that traps heat within small air pockets. This winter jacket is water-resistant and made of recycled polyester and nylon.

Columbia Women’s Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket

Omni-Heat lining and insulation give Columbia’s Mighty Lite Jacket plenty of warmth. It comes in a range of colors and can be found for a surprisingly low price when on sale. This lightweight coat won’t add much bulk to your bag and has a handy interior security pocket to stow valuables.

Uniqlo Men’s Ultra Light Down Parka

If you’re looking for an affordable and packable down jacket, try Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Parka, which folds up into its own handy carrying pouch so you can easily slip it into your suitcase. The hood and water-repellent fabric will protect you in rain or snow showers, and the range of colors will suit any style.

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Obermeyer Women’s Tuscany II Jacket

Based in the snow sports mecca of Aspen, Colorado, since 1947, Obermeyer knows a thing or two about cold and wet weather. It’s developed a patented HydroBlock Sport fabric tested to resist nearly 400 inches of rain (and roll stain-causing liquids right off). Find it in the Tuscany II Jacket, which also uses another unique Obermeyer material: Thermore Classic insulation, which is thin and light but still warm. The hood is removable and adjustable, as is the faux fur trim.

Patagonia PrimaLoft Nano Puff Coat

Patagonia’s PrimaLoft Nano Puff Hoody (available for men and women) is the lightest jacket I’ve ever owned. The women’s version weighs just 10 ounces (the men’s is 12.8 ounces), yet is ultra-warm and waterproof. Unlike some other methods of insulation, you can feel good about this jacket: Its 60-g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco is more than 50 percent recycled material.

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The North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket

The north face arrowood triclimate jacket

The North Face’s versatile Arrowood Triclimate Jacket (available for women and men) is a three-in-one coat that’s perfect for travel: You can wear the waterproof, windproof shell or comfy inner fleece liner by themselves, or combine them to make a warm winter jacket. The hood, wrist cuffs, and hem cinch cord are all adjustable for a better fit. This breathable coat is designed for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Lululemon Pack It Down Jacket

The Pack It Down Jacket can be folded up into the right-hand pocket, making it one of the best packable down jackets for women. The fabric is weather-resistant, and the 700-fill-power goose down is certified to the Responsible Down Standard. You can remove the hood to further cut down on weight and space.

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Arc’teryx Men’s Cerium LT Hoody

The Cerium LT Hoody from Arcteryx is incredibly lightweight—just 10.8 ounces—yet it’s surprisingly warm thanks to its combination of goose down and synthetic insulation. (Note that on rainy or extremely cold days, it’s best combined with a weatherproof shell.) The Cerium LT Hoody compresses into its own stuff sack for easy packing.

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9 Travel Kits That Will Make a Long Flight Bearable

Before you resign yourself to suffering through your next red-eye or long-haul flight, consider packing something that can make the experience better: a comfort travel kit. With multiple travel essentials in each kit, it’s like opening a gift to yourself mid-flight.

The Best Travel Kits for Your Next Long Flight

Here are nine travel kits that will make your next flight more bearable.

Cashmere Travel Set

If you take frequent long-haul flights, consider investing in an ultra-soft cashmere travel set. Jet&Bo’s comes with a blanket, an eye mask, socks, and a carry-all case that doubles as a pillow. Bonus: You can use the blanket as a scarf if you’re headed somewhere cold. 

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Pinch Provisions® Tech Kit

Containing eight essential items to ensure you’re bringing everything you’ll need on your next trip, the Pinch Provisions® tech kit is an easy-to-pack bestseller that’s designed to be thrown in your carry-on bag.  From earbuds and charging cables to a phone/tablet stand and microfiber cleaning cloth, being bored and accessory-less for a long flight will be a thing of the past with this compact kit.

Perricone MD The Jet Set Kit

Because a full-on skin-care routine can be quite the burden in the air, the easiest way to keep your beauty regimen in check is to have it all in a single kit. The Jet Set Kit from Perricone MD features a collection of its best-selling and top-rated formulas, so you can make sure your face, neck, and eyes are getting the treatment they need on your flight.

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Scentered Aromatherapy Travel Kit

Scentered makes one of the best aromatherapy travel kits for long flights, especially if you get claustrophobic or are prone to headaches. This travel-friendly set includes one of each of its aromatherapy balms that have various uses, ranging from stress alleviation to inducing good moods. They all come in an easy-to-pack tin that you can toss in a carry-on or personal bag.

Pack Simply Customized Travel Kits

Make a DIY travel kit with Pack Simply. Choose from hundreds of products to create the ultimate in-flight kit that suits your particular needs. With everything from toiletries to hair ties to Advil, you’ll love the convenience. Select your products and the company puts together your travel kit and ships directly to you.

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Tisserand Essential Survival Kit

Essential oils are a popular natural remedy to fight everything from jet lag to insomnia—which is why roll-on oils can be a frequent flyer’s best friend. I love Tisserand’s Essential Survival Kit; this vegan oil kit comes with a de-stressing oil, an energizing oil, and a sleep-improving oil.

Snack Packs

Check out Amazon’s snack packs for when those stale peanuts just won’t do. Options include everything from energy bars to gourmet trail mixes.

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The Laundress Travel Pack

Designed to combat wardrobe malfunctions on the go, the travel pack from The Laundress has everything you need for fast-acting attention. Containing crease release, stain remover, air freshener, and even a special detergent for delicate fabrics, stains don’t have to be the travel-wardrobe ruiner they used to be.

The Carry-on Cocktail Kit

You’ll get to a different level of comfort with this Carry-on Cocktail Kit. Its tin case is filled with everything you need to make an Old Fashioned: a muddler, bitters, cane sugar, and a recipe card. Order the booze from your flight attendant, mix, then sit back and relax.

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10 Products You Need from Sephora's Spring Sale

It’s time to give your skincare and beauty routine a spring refresh, just in time for Sephora’s bi-annual sale. For top-tier Rouge members, the Sephora sale officially started April 17, with 20 percent off your entire order until May 1. VIB members get sale access from April 21 to 29 for 15 percent off orders, and Insiders can shop the sale from April 23 to April 27 with 10 percent off orders. If those terms don’t mean that much to you just know starting April 23rd, the entire site is 10% off with the promo code SPRINGSAVE.

This is the time for stocking up on your favorite Sephora products and finding something new to battle any stress-triggering skin issues (we feel you). Here are our 10 favorite products to get you through self-isolation and beyond. Beauty addict pro tip: Don’t forget to pick your free Sephora samples in the online checkout.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Don’t feel like washing your hair? We get it. Skip the shower and spritz Living Proof dry shampoo into your roots instead. It actually cleans oil from the hair, instead of just masking it—and it smells heavenly. Spray, brush through, and join your Zoom call looking fresh.

Rose Quartz Facial Roller

Show your skin a little love with this Rose Quartz Facial Roller. Use the small or large rose quartz (known for its “love” energy) rollers to gently reduce puffiness, stimulate drainage, and apply face oil. Store the roller in the fridge for a boosted cooling effect. You can face massage away while bingeing your favorite shows—skin care is rarely this easy.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme

When Ole Henriksen launched this game-changing eye cream in 2018, it was impossible to find the jars online and in shelves for months. Why? It works—and it does double duty. The cream contains vitamin C to brighten the under eyes, collagen to firm the skin, and it creates a canvas for seamlessly putting on concealer (if you want more coverage). Banana isn’t an ingredient, it refers to the yellow tone of the cream, which brightens and color corrects. P.S. Your writer is wearing this as she types.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl’s miracle in a bottle has essential oils and distilled botanicals like lavender and evening primrose that work to soften skin and refine the look of pores overnight. You only need a few drops for results by morning—the reason it has almost 80,000 hearts on Sephora. Add yours.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Pillow Talk Lipstick & Liner

Now might not seem like the time for a new lip look, but hear us out. The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and liner basically broke the internet when they launched. Why? The subtle color re-shapes and re-sizes your lips for a natural, but noticeable pout. If you’re distance dating over Facetime (or dialing in for a work presentation), a few quick lip swipes will effortlessly amp up your look.

SLIP Silk Pillowcases

Spending more time relaxing in bed lately? We’re guilty as charged. Upgrade your linens with celebrity-favorite SLIP silk pillowcases. Unlike cotton and synthetic satin, silk allows the skin to breathe and the fibers won’t get caught in your hair—allowing for a perfect night of beauty rest. If these silk pillowcases are good enough for Chrissy Teigen to sleep on, they’re good enough for us.

Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak

Since you can’t get to the tropics anytime soon, bring relaxing and healing coconut properties straight to your bathroom. Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak is formulated with vanilla notes and coconut milk powder, which moisturizes, softens, and soothes the skin. A few scoops go a long way toward vacation bliss vibes.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Have you considered drinking your skincare routine? Collagen is a needed building block for the body, and adding it to your diet can help hair and nails grow. We love Vital Proteins collagen, it’s easy to digest, flavorless, and easily mixes into a smoothie, oatmeal, or with coffee and water. Drink up!

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3

You can’t get to a salon right now to touch up your roots (sorry) but you can give yourself a hair-restoring professional salon treatment at home with Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3. Platinum blondes swear by this miracle worker—it actually relinks the broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical (hair bleaching) and thermal (your flatiron and hairdryer) processes. What does that mean? It basically fixes damaged hair. Seriously.

Drunk Elephant – The Littles

Looking to get a skincare system you can actually understand and that delivers results without spending hundreds? Look no further than Drunk Elephant – The Littles. It’s a stellar starter kit that contains eight of the beloved brand’s bestsellers for morning and evening skincare, with everything from a jelly cleanser to a hydration serum to SPF. See what works for your skin, then go ahead and invest in the full-size bottles.

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13 Stylish Swimsuit Cover-ups for Your Next Beach Vacation

Whether you’re imagining yourself in Hawaii, Florida, Tahiti, or the Caribbean, a week on the beach sounds pretty appealing right about now. Though it’s not yet clear when we’ll be able to take those dreamy beach vacations, you’ll want to be prepared with a cute cover-up to protect yourself from the sun as you make your way down to the sand. Check out the best beach cover-ups for your next tropical getaway.

Venus Deep V Cover-up Beach Dress

Venus Deep V Cover-up Beach Dress.

This simple, affordable cover-up from Venus comes in bright tropical colors or basic black to match any look. An adjustable drawstring under the bust helps you find a comfortable fit. This cover-up is available in a wide range of sizes from XS to 2X.

SHEIN Flounce Sleeve Floral Kimono

SHEIN Flounce Sleeve Floral Kimono.

Slip into this airy, lightweight kimono that packs easily and adds a touch of floral charm to any beach outfit. The three-quarter ruffled sleeves add a little sun protection without making you hot. Bonus: This swimsuit cover-up is ultra-affordable, too.

ELAN Cover-up Maxi Dress

ELAN Cover-up Maxi Dress.

Looking for a little more coverage? Try this plus-size maxi dress, which ties at the neck and has an elastic back so it always feels comfortable. It has a breezy fit and comes in a universally flattering black color.

Aerie Chiffon Kimono

Aerie Chiffon Kimono.

This one-size-fits-all chiffon kimono comes at an affordable price and has a cheery floral pattern. Its breezy slip-on style provides coverage without hassle. Its care is easy, too: It’s machine washable.

ELAN Maxi Cover-up Dress

ELAN Maxi Cover-up Dress.

This full-length cover-up comes in a variety of colors including black, denim, and mauve. A drawstring waist and V-shaped neckline create a flattering silhouette, and the slit skirt is easy to walk in.  

Eberjey Mediterranean Dream Blythe Dress

Eberjey Mediterranean Dream Blythe Dress.

This lacy beach cover-up is made from a combination of bamboo and cotton, creating a soft, lightweight fabric that you won’t want to take off. The dress features a scoop neckline and a thin belt at the waist.

J. Valdi Kimono Swim Cover-Up

J. Valdi Kimono Swim Cover-Up.

Just slipping into this beachy green and white kimono will put you in a tropical mood. The lightweight garment packs easily and ties in the front to keep it in place even on the breeziest beach days.

Seafolly Amelia Caftan

Seafolly Amelia Caftan.

This one-size-fits-all caftan is made of flowing cotton gauze with fun decorative tassels along the edges. Its midi length and short sleeves are long enough to keep you covered, but the billowing design ensures that you stay cool. The caftan comes in two attractive colors.

Kona Sol Striped Knit Beach Cover-up Hoodie

Kona Sol Striped Knit Beach Cover-up Hoodie.

This striped, hoodie-style beach cover-up has a handy front pocket for your phone or other small items, as well as a waist tie to keep the garment in place. The hood will keep you warm on breezy evenings by the shore.

Becca Etc. Tide Pool Cover-up Dress

Becca Etc. Tide Pool Cover-up Dress.

This cute tie-dye beach cover-up from Nordstrom is designed for plus-size travelers. The viscose material is mixed with a bit of spandex for a comfy stretch, and there’s a waist tie to keep the cover-up in place.

ELAN Smocked Waist Cover-up Pants

ELAN Smocked Waist Cover-up Pants.

If you’re only interested in covering up your bottom half, consider these wide-leg, smocked-waist pants from ELAN. They’ve got two side pockets where you can keep small items, and they look equally stylish at the beach or by the pool.

SHEIN Tropical Tie Waist Cover-up Skirt

SHEIN Tropical Tie Waist Cover-up Skirt.

For another fun bottom-only option, consider this tropical-print cover-up skirt from SHEIN. It ties at the waist for an easy-on, easy-off style. Lightweight and breathable, this skirt complements any beach outfit.

Eberjay Summer of Love Sofia Cover-Up

Eberjay Summer of Love Sofia Cover-Up.

This fun, flirty cover-up from Eberjay is long-sleeved and tunic-length, made of soft bamboo and cotton that make it ultra-comfortable to wear. Ruffles and a low-cut tie neck add a hint of retro 60s style.

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The Comfiest, Most Stylish Men’s Joggers Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight

As many of my friends and family know, I never really allow myself to splurge when it comes to comfort—sale rack sweatpants at Kohl’s have been my shtick since infancy, and up until recently, I never saw the problem with that. My sweatpant style was baggy, raggedy, and never eye-catching. 

I didn’t think athleisure (or couchleisure, for people like myself) clothing needed to look good, because who was ever going to see me? It took me until the current quarantine to understand the upside of a handsome comfy pant—because no matter the hour of the day, whether I’m lying around or running an essential errand, I am in sweats.

Although I say I don’t care what people think of me, I do. I’m human. I don’t like heading outside looking like a literal plastic bag, but I refuse to wear jeans right now. It just seems wrong. I noticed I was spending a lot less money overall since I’m always home and decided that if any time was the right time, it’s now. I’d finally switch it up a bit and buy a decent pair of cozy athletic pants that’ll last a lifetime—and that’s how I found the Stadium Joggers by Public Rec.

I’ve swooned over the jogger style from afar for a bit now, seeing them draping mannequins at the mall and covering celebrities in paparazzi photos, so I knew that was the style I was aiming for. Once I saw the Public Rec Stadium Joggers, I knew they were for me. They come in three different colors, but I opted for navy because I hope to wear them in the office in the future. If anyone asks, I’m going to lie and say they’re slacks. It’s a solid scheme in my eyes.

When the joggers arrived, I noticed that the material was nothing like any sweats I’ve owned before. They felt extremely breathable and slipped on like a glove, generously hugging my ankles with a roomier upper area. Overall, I felt much better than I did wearing my old ugly sweats.

I can’t say I’ve taken them off much, to be honest. Although I’ve done almost nothing in them aside from run to the liquor store and supermarket, I’m happy that these pants can work equally well in a casual setting, at home, and for a workout. When I finally get off my butt and use this quarantine to exercise a little bit, I’ll definitely opt for these instead of basketball shorts. But let’s hope the quarantine ends before I get bored enough to go on a run.

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The Best Products for Stress-Free Nighttime and Morning Routines

There’s no better time than now to invest in your self-care routine. For the most part, each of these steps can easily be replicated while traveling, and most products are available in TSA-compliant sizes.

Products That’ll Improve Your Morning Routine

Start your day off on the right foot with a healthy meal and an energy boost. Here are some of my favorite breakfast products.

Next, rejuvenate your skin with these morning routine skincare essentials. All of the below are unisex bath, body, and face products like deodorants, facial cleansers, and deodorants.

Depending on your personal preference, your hair and beauty morning routine might be more refined, but I like to stick to these staples. Depending on how my hair decides to look, I’ll either calm it down with oil or spruce it up with dry shampoo.

Products That’ll Improve Your Nighttime Routine

Relax both your mind and body as you start to wind down your day. I like to have a cup of tea while reading or doing a few light yoga poses.

Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, so make sure you help nurture it with serums, masks, and moisturizers.

Personally, I think comfortable sleepwear is the ultimate sleep inducer. Here are my favorite PJs and what’s on my bed that makes it uber-comfy.

Last step? Some dreamy meditation music or an adult bedtime story. Thankfully, we just launched Virtual Vacations, a series of dreamy audio tours of some of our favorite destinations. Tune in and drift off …

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12 Products to Keep You Sane While Stuck at Home

Welp, times are weird, but you don’t need to hear that again. Nonetheless, welcome back to Elevated: Travel Style for the Modern Man—I hope you’re feeling well and staying safe out there while stuck at home. If you’ve been as bored as I’ve been these past few weeks, I’m happy to know I’m not alone. I’ve counted the tiles in my bathroom three times since March 6, you know, just to be extra sure. (There are 27.)

Aside from math, I’ve been experimenting with cooking styles, improving my home, and discovering new ways to revamp my old lifestyle. I figure being stuck at home this long is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so if I can take advantage of it, I’m going full throttle. These are the comforting items getting me through this uncomfortable period of time.

NakedWines

At the beginning of whatever the hell is going on, I had this huge fear that my local liquor store would close. Although she’s still wide open, I panicked and accidentally bought a case of wine on NakedWines—and by accidentally I mean it was fully intentional. Upon skimming the site, I noticed members were even offered some serious discounts, so of course I signed up. I decided to go with a selection of New World White Wonders to let myself pretend I’m traveling again. Each bottle is individually listed in all of the site’s curated packages, but I chose to turn a blind eye and let myself be surprised. I’ve loved every selection so far.

Allbirds Wool Loungers

These Wool Loungers are really the only pair of shoes I’ve been wearing for a month straight, and I refuse to apologize for it. I’m all about an easy slip-on design even when I’m not feeling like a lazy sack, but these are great for both long walks (accompanied by face masks and gloves) to the supermarket and short walks to throw out the trash.

GoWISE USA Air Fryer

After being bombarded with food photo after food photo in my group chat, I discovered how popular air fryers are amongst my friends, only to find out they’re just super popular in general. Have I been living under a rock? No. But have I been bored living off canned soup and mac and cheese for the past month under self-quarantine? Absolutely. After completing my first air fry, which was homemade garlic parmesan green bean fries, I was shaken to my core that I hadn’t bought one of these sooner. I’ve now ditched the cooking oil entirely and started throwing everything in the air fryer, making homemade chicken cutlets, fried eggplant, and potato chips. It cuts cooking time in half, creates a dramatically healthier meal, and is easy to use. You just pop whatever in, walk away, and it’s done. I’m obsessed.

Weighted Gravity Blanket

If the weight of the world is feeling like a bit too much right now, I suggest adding a few pounds. This weighted blanket from Gravity is seriously getting me through it, simulating the feeling of being hugged—which is something we definitely all need right now. Swaddling your bod and reviving key pressure points helps produce a deeper, more peaceful sleep, so this blanky is totally worth it.

Trade Coffee

Although I’ve really been into that fluffy coffee drink everyone’s been raving about (you know, the one where you vigorously mix water, sugar, and instant coffee), during my time at home I’ve stumbled across Trade Coffee and I’ve been having a ton of fun with it. The brand helps you discover your favorite brew by mailing different blends directly to your door. With almost 400 distinct tastes on offer, the possibilities are endless.

Harry’s Razor

I find grooming very important during this time, but I recently shaved my beard and now I regret it. Normally I’ll use my Harry’s razor for shaving my head and cleaning up my beard, not to fully embody a Cabbage Patch version of Rosie O’Donnell—but that’s fine, we all make mistakes. As I wait for my peach fuzz to grow back, I’ll be anticipating my next clean-up with this bad boy.

Marshall Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

While I’m on the job, I always need to be listening to something. It helps me concentrate and get into a steady workflow. When I first started working from home, I’d catch up on all my news using my TV, but began to feel a little bad for my sleeping roommates. These Marshall headphones are an awesome alternative; I’m still getting my news, hitting up some favorite podcasts, and checking out some new albums. My favorite part: I can leave my work station and head anywhere in my apartment to snag a bite to eat or clean a couple of dishes thanks to the wireless Bluetooth connection.

Boy Smells Ash Scented Candle

I’ve been burning my Boy Smells candle for a few months now, and at this point it’s time for a new one. There are tons of subtleties packed into these. They will easily fill a room with a delicious, non-overwhelming scent. I’ve dabbled in a few other scents, but at the moment I’m ready to find out what this ash scent will bring.

LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

One thing I have to pay more attention to is drinking water. No, seriously, the majority of the liquids entering my body lately have come in the form of coffee and alcohol. I got this self-cleaning water bottle to combat my lack of hydration, and it’s so cool, using non-toxic UV-C LED technology to eliminate bacteria and other viruses. Now that I have this, I’m about to throw my Brita in the trash.

Giant Checkers Reversible Rug

I am a savage when it comes to checkers. I will fight to the death and quadruple-jump with no hesitation just so I can have the bragging rights—it is semi-problematic. With that being said, after painting a checkerboard on my coffee table with my roommate, I decided to go ahead and purchase a board we can play on our roof when we want to get some fresh air. I’m really excited about the future of this board since it’s made of a rug-like material, easily packable for beach trips and hikes.

Cardon 3-in-1 Men’s Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

If I’m gaining weight during this quarantine, I might as well focus on making my face look good. I’ve been pretty dry now that I shaved my beard, so Cardon’s Boost Gel Moisturizer has been a game-changing lightweight nighttime application I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks. I barely realize it’s on my face since it’s not as goopy and viscous as moisturizers I’ve tried in the past, and when I wake up after a night of use, I can really notice a difference in the way my skin looks and feels.

The Essential Spices Collection

As mentioned, I’ve been cooking a lot of new recipes lately. Whether I’m creating a disaster or a masterpiece, my lack of flavor was really showing in my first couple of meals. Turns out salt and pepper don’t always do the job, folks. I thought $99 for all these high-grade spices was a deal I could get behind. Everything I’m making now is so much more flavorful than it was previously, so I’m 100 percent purchasing from these guys again. *chef’s kiss*

Tyler's Fashion Picks for April 2020

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When it comes to fashion, I’m not dressing to impress anyone. I’ve been in my living room since March. Maybe I’ll put on a button-down every once in a while for a Zoom happy hour, but aside from that, it’s comfy tees and breathable boxer briefs almost 24/7. A staple of my look is a large plush couch throw wrapped around me from head to toe, with a cool mug escaping the front of the blanket as if I’m begging for more hot coffee (which I am). Lastly, socks are a must in my apartment because no matter how much I vacuum, there always seem to be crumbs on the floor.

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13 On-Sale Items to Help You Get Comfy While You're Stuck at Home

As proud globetrotters, we’ve never spent quite as much time at home as we’re doing right now. And truthfully, our digs could use a bit of sprucing up. If you’re looking to brighten and improve your home base too, there’s good news. Loads of sales are going on right now to help you stay connected, entertained, and ultra-cozy at home. Just keep in mind everyone is online shopping these days, so the sales we list below will sell out faster than a six-pack of toilet paper.

1. Fire HD 8 Tablet

Fire HD 8 Tablet (8" HD Display, 16 GB) - Red.

These days, screens have become our lifeline. If you’ve been making do with an old, out-of-date model (or worse—a cracked screen), upgrade to Amazon’s Fire and get back to swiping and tapping with the rest of us.

2. L.L.Bean Washable Wool Throw

L.L.Bean Washable Wool Throw, Plaid.

This L.L.Bean throw is everything we want in a blanket: It’s crazy-cozy, handsome, and machine washable. And since L.L.Bean backs everything they make with an astounding year-long return policy, we know it’ll hold up for the long haul.

3. UGG Fuzzette

UGG Fuzzette.

Looking to level up your slipper game? Ugg’s fluffy Fuzzettes are made with the coziest shearling ever, plus feature soles with traction for secure padding around the house. Pair them with the cozy knit joggers also on sale below.

4. Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Noise-Isolating Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Noise-Isolating Headphones.

There’s never been a better time to invest in a pair of solid headphones. Consider them an audio cocoon. This pair from Plantronics have an outstanding price—even before going on sale—and we love their bright, cheery blue color.

5. Rose Bath Soak

FRENCH GIRL Rose Sea Soak Calming Bath Salts 10 oz.

Elevate your bath to the stuff of claw-footed, soaking tub dreams with a scoop of these rose-laced bath salts.

6. Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera (2-Pack)

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera (2-Pack).

Expecting a lot of packages in the coming weeks? These Nest Cams can show you what’s going on outside your front door, and you can talk and listen to people through them, ensuring contact-less deliveries. Plus it can act as added security when you do get back to traveling.

7. Lightweight Compression Leggings

Mid-Rise Elevate Lightweight Compression Run Leggings for Women.

These days, we’re living in our leggings, and this pair by Old Navy delivers on everything we want: four-way stretch fabric, hidden zip pockets, light compression, and a crazy-cheap price. (Use the promo code HURRY.)

8. Apple AirPods With Case

Airpods with Charging Case.

Apple products rarely go on sale, so we’re happy to see $30 knocked off these earbuds of the moment, which reviewers rave are “worth every penny.” Charge them up and work your way through our favorite podcasts or audiobooks.

9. Dining In Cookbook

Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes: A Cookbook.

This debut cookbook from food phenom Alison Roman may be from 2017, but it is absolutely perfect for the current 2020 #StayHome moment. Her self-described “lo-fi” recipes are simple, unpretentious, and unbelievably tasty, with many starring freezer-friendly and shelf-stable ingredients.

10. GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit

The Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit

Say hello to the ultimate work-from-home uniform for casual professionalism. Everlane’s jumpsuit is made from 100 percent Japanese GoWeave fabric, a silk alternative that’s resistant to wrinkles—perfect for work days on the couch.

11. Levoit LV-PUR131 True Hepa Air Purifier

Levoit LV-PUR131 True Hepa Air Purifier.

If knocking out germs and other contaminants from your home has become a part-time job, you might appreciate the added security of a Hepa air purifier. (If you’re wondering, Hepa filters can theoretically capture Covid-19 particles. But consider it a bonus, since it’s no substitute for social distancing.)

13. Alphabet Embroidery Kit

Wool & The Gang™ Alphabet Embroidery Kit.

Planning on scrapbooking, knitting, and origami-ing your way through self-isolation? Allow us to suggest adding embroidery to your list of crafty conquests. (Use promo code VERYRARE.)

14. Eufy RoboVac

eufy [BoostIQ] RoboVac 30C, Robot Vacuum Cleaner.

Being home means you start to really notice those dust bunnies. And since your home may also be multitasking as an office, school, or day care, you’ll want to keep it tidy. Leave it to this handy, reliable robot vacuum cleaner, which reviewers rave is “life-changing.”

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