Packing and Travel

Ostrich Travel Pillow

You might need this Ostrich Travel Pillow. Actually, let me rephrase that. You NEED THIS TRAVEL PILLOW. Sure, it looks a little neck-bracey, but it’s going to change your life. Use it as a combined eye mask and head pillow during your commute or on a long journey, or, hell, even while you’re at your desk. Naps can improve mood, alertness and performance, after all. The super soft cover contains lots of silicone micro-beads that support your head, block light, and muffle sound. Perfect. Amazing. Life-changing. And I’m only half-way kidding about the last one.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00 - 40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Wary Meyers Soap

It’s okay to be filthy when soap looks this good. Wary Meyers has all sorts of colorful stripes happening in their collection of glycerine soaps, and it’s enough to tempt one away from a push pump and go completely with the old tried and true bar o’ soap. Shall we purchase a few to show off in a soap dish for guests? Or will we be entirely selfish and enjoy them for ourselves? Maybe the trick is buy enough to do both.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Wary Meyers

The Ockham Razor

Razors aren’t pretty. No matter how many designers and ad teams try to convince us that their super-duper-bajillion-bladed plastic handle looks cool, it just doesn’t. So, why hasn’t someone created the Ockham Razor before now? Who knows, maybe the world just wasn’t ready for it yet. The Ockham is precision cast from solid metal that’s easy to keep clean- no ridges or bits of plastic that pick up soap and limescale. Simple ergonomics and a balanced weight make it comfortable to hold and use. Back the project on Kickstarter to get your very own (only two days left, fyi).
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Price: £30.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Travel Toothbrush Holder

The words ‘toothbrush holder’ and ‘cool’ have never belonged in the same sentence, as far as I can tell, but that changes with this particular holder by Cedes Milano. You can also add the word ‘expensive’ into that mix, as it’s not cheap (just warning you). The hinged bottom is chrome plated and it has a tempered glass top with a very small hole to make sure no moisture gets trapped. Does it look cool? Yes. Will it protect your toothbrush? Definitely. Is it a little fussy and a tad pretentious? Maybe. Do you still want it? Don’t be embarrassed to say yes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: MAN of the WORLD

Tangram Travel Organizer

It’s almost the end of February, which prompts this question: is it time to take a trip somewhere? It really doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s not extremely cold (unless you’re skiing or snowboarding). This Tangram Travel Organizer cleverly folds up in a flat, triangular fold to make packing easy. Unfold at your destination- use the elastic loop as a hook if you wish- to see everything neatly organized.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Umbra

Isaac Reina Dopp Kit

What do you buy when you’re design conscious, travel often, and have loads of money? An Isaac Reina Dopp Kit, that’s what. The square box-like shape converts handily into 2-compartment tray with the convertible snaps at the bottom, making all your toiletries organized and easily accessible. And, if you’re scoffing at those numbers in the price tag, consider the fact that Isaac Reina has worked in the Parisian house of Hermes, and his bags and accessories are only available in “select directional boutiques”.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $462.00 - 578.00
Available from: Luminaire

Swivel Spork And Knife Set

Well, if the MoMA Store is carrying a Spork, then you know it’s an acceptable utensil to have in your everyday bag, camping backpack, or travel carry-on. Should you see anyone turn up their nose at your use of an orange, swiveling Spork and/or Knife, simply inform them that Wei Young designed the set in 2012 out of BPA-Free plastic and metal. Or just smirk in self-satisfaction at your preparedness: you have an eating utensil, after all, and it’s clean. Or flip them the bird, it’s up to you.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Kammok Thylacine

If you’ve ever been cold on a camping trip, you know the importance of an appropriate sleeping bag. You don’t want something too bulky or heavy to carry around all day, nor do you want to spend the night shivering and mentally kicking yourself that you didn’t bring a warmer option. Kammok’s Thylacine™ line is a great solution to this problem, as their bags offer a patent-pending Variable Warmth Technology™ (which translates into an ‘interchangeable baffle system’) and Customfit™ size adjustments (you can tighten areas to prevent cold spots). Watch the video below or visit Kammock’s Kickstarter page for more info.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Roll-Up by Winter Session

How to carry your various pens and pencils and tools? In an organized fashion, of course. This Roll-up, designed by Winter Session, is the perfect size for small tools and accessories. Maybe your drawing tools will be at home nestled away in the waxed cotton canvas, or maybe your bicycle tools or makeup brushes, it’s your Roll-up, so you decide.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: The Vitrine

Kuvert Bag

Do you see the interesting pattern on the back side of these pouches/bags? It creates a sort of elastic mesh that accommodates all sorts of odds and ends that you carry around for travel- cables, adapters, or even your passport and other important documents. I picked up the smaller size for the cable/adapter storage purpose from a retailer in Sweden, and, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any stateside store that has them in stock. So, get used to the idea of extra shipping fees or start bugging your favorite retailer to order a few.
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Price: €29.00
Available from: Authentics

Trakdot

If you’ve ever lost luggage while flying, you know it’s beyond annoying. How do you fix that problem? Put the Trakdot™ inside your bag to ensure that never happens again- you’ll know exactly where it is when you take off and land. The Trakdot uses micro-electronics to connect to local cellular networks and gives you a text message to report the location. Learn more at Trakdot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy Trakdot here

Source: Netted

Isoline Travel Set

If you have half a grand to spare, then you’ll probably want to spend it on a travel pillow and blanket, because, hey, why not? In reality, if you are actually in the market for a travel set, you’ll definitely be able to find several that are in the two digit price range, but I’d wager you’ll not find many that have such a pleasing geometric pattern. There’s also a pocket inside the blanket for your phone or eye mask- clearly that warrants the extra few hundred, right? Perhaps add it to your list of things to buy when you get your next raise/promotion/winning lottery ticket.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00
Available from: HORNE

The Scrubba™ Wash Bag

So smart! If you travel often, you know how difficult it can be to pack light and keep your clothes clean, but, now, thanks to this wash bag, you’ll be able to do your laundry quick as can be. Add water and a little detergent to the Scrubba bag with your dirty clothes, close the bag, and ‘scrub’ the bag back and forth. Hundreds of small nodules on the inside of the wash bag efficiently clean your clothes in just a few minutes. The Scrubba folds to pocket-size and weighs less than 180 kg (0.4 lb). Video below with demonstration.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $64.95
Available from: The Scrubba Wash Bag

Hello My Name Is Luggage Tag

Sure, it’s fine to look all cool when traveling, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a tiny bit of humor to distinguish your bags from others on the baggage carousel. Inspired by the ubiquitous “Hello My Name Is” nametag design, this tag has an I.D. window on its reverse.

Material: PVC

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Now that the holiday season has passed, it’s time to focus on escaping for ski trips or warmer climes. And what will you need to distinguish your bag from all the other black cases at the airport? How about a custom leather tag hand stamped with your name, phone number, and email address? (Skip your address, for safety concerns and/or just in case you move house.) On a personal note, I watched someone receive his very own custom tag on Christmas morning, and that someone (a frequent flyer) looked like Ralphie with a Red Ryder BB gun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred