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Packing and Travel

Brushhanger

Are you always looking for a decent clothes brush when you travel? Check out the Brushanger from Tim Parsons. It’s an updated version of an original design from the 1930s. The hanger folds up to form a handle for the central brush, allowing you to brush off your coat/jacket efficiently. And, of course, that makes the Brushanger easier to pack away in your luggage as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Field

Koinobori Travel Laundry Bag

You may scoff at this travel laundry bag, as it’s not the fanciest, nor the most efficient. However, when one is living out of a hotel room, as I am now, one tends to appreciate a brightly colored bag for less-than-fresh clothes that’s slim enough to fit snugly inside a shallow drawer or stuffed suitcase. It’s certainly more cheerful than a space bag, that I can tell you.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Ostrich Pillow Go

Remember the Ostrich Travel Pillow from Banana Things? Those same good folks are back with the Ostrich Pillow Go, which is a little more like your normal travel neck pillow, but better. Total neck support is possible thanks to the big, comfy headrest made of high-sensitivity memory foam. Hidden magnetic buttons ensure three different positions for all neck sizes. You may still get a few funny looks walking through the airport or train station, but you’ll have had a wonderful, restful journey, while all those other suckers will be complaining about neck pain. Note: there’s only 22 hours left to back the project over on Kickstarter.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Pumice Stones

Umm, how odd and sort of wonderful are these Pumice Stones from Fredericks and Mae? Let’s just appreciate how combining two tools in one is clever, and also how this combination makes it more sculptural and special. Use one to help clean, shave, exfoliate, etc., and note how one would look perfectly at home left out on a ledge or countertop (artfully arranged with your other things, of course).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Fredericks and Mae

DriStore Bags

Raise your hand if you like using plastic bags to protect and organize your gear. If so, maybe you’re ready to upgrade from disposable food bags to the DriStore Bags. The triple-polymer film is rugged and touchscreen compatible, while the IPX8-rated seal is airtight and waterproof to 10 meters. Whether you’re traveling to work in a downpour or to an exotic location clear across the world, put your devices, papers, matches, etc., inside these bags and know your stuff will remain safe and dry (and organized).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Best Made

Timeless Travel Planner

Do your travel plans need a little more organization? That’s just what this planner aims to provide, with pages to specifically map out where you’re going, track expenses, and plan your itinerary. The amount of detail is spot on, as it has places to note current exchange rates, as well as entertainment, accommodation and transportation costs. There’s also room to list your very important ‘To Do’s’ before you leave. Does this mean you’ll travel smarter? Probably, as it would be hard not to take advantage of such an easy system. And maybe, just maybe, getting all your info written down in such a manner will free you up to enjoy your journey more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: The Vitrine