Packing and Travel

Billet Travel Folders

These have me itching to organize all sorts of important papers and documents.

Designers at the Japanese graphic firm Billet originally designed these stylish French-inspired folders for their own personal use. Now they are available to you for containing correspondence and other essential papers while traveling, at the office or in the home. The small folder is just the right size to store 4×6 photos, receipts, recipe cards or passports; the medium folder makes a handy extension to a wallet for safekeeping long items like theater tickets; the large size organizes important 8″ x 10″ documents and oversized photographs. Each paper folder is handcrafted in Japan.

Small, $10.00
Medium, $10.00
Large, $15.00
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Billet Travel Folders here

Travel Shoe Bags

I swear by shoe bags. That sounds funny, but I mean it.

“This handsome shoe bag is great for protecting clothes from getting soiled in a suitcase and so much nicer than carrying shoes in a plastic bag from the supermarket. . The bag is made from a sturdy cotton with a heavy duty cotton cord drawstring. One bag will hold a pair of shoes. Machine wash and dry.”

Measures 16″ L x 11″ W.

Golf Shoe Bag, $13.95, Buy it here.
Gentleman’s Travel Shoe Bag, $13.95
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $13.95
Availability: Buy Travel Shoe Bags here

Bahia Toiletry Case

Here’s an excellent case for you to keep your liquids, gels and creams right where you want them.

A modern take on the on the go-anywhere dopp kit. Large compartment, lined with plastic to keep liquid safely stored inside away from the items in your bag. Features a handy pull out pocket insert, which can be unsnapped to take a few necessities along when you head out for the day or night.

Dimensions: 8” x 8 x 3.2
Materials: Nylon, Polyurethane
100% vegetarian
Color: Black or Silver

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Availability: Buy Bahia Toiletry Case here

Top Ten American Beaches

If you’re planning any road trips this summer, you might consider checking to see if any of these beaches are on the way to your destination.

From wejetset magazine:

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, coastal expert with Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, has recently published his 18th Annual Top 10 American Beaches ranking. Click Read More to view the ranking and our tips for turning a beach visit into a healthy excursion.

top ten american beaches

1. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, FL
2. Hanalei Beach, Kauai, HI
3. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, FL
4. Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY
5. Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA
6. Main Beach, East Hampton, NY
7. Hamoa Beach, Maui, HI
8. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, NC
9. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FL
10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, SC

Fifty criteria were used to evaluate the beaches, including water and sand quality, facilities and environmental management. The top spot went to Caladesi Island State Park. According to Dr. Leatherman, “Caladesi’s real attraction is its powder white sand, warm, crystal clear water and beautiful nature, all making it the number one beach to enjoy and decompress”. –wejetset magazine

Prism Collection

Some nice bright travel accessories for your summer holidays…

Reed Space x Head Porter collaborate to bring you the PRISM Collection. Inspired by the color spectrum and Reed Space’s diverse curation of works from different brands, designers and cultures – this line of accessories brings together highly useful products for the modern day globetrotter. The collection includes a Daypack, Device Pouch, Laptop Case (13” & 15”), Memo Case, Pencil Case and Travel Organizer. Each piece sold separately.

Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00-$425.00
Availability: Buy Prism Collection here

Tampico Alice Suitcase

I’m completely digging these slouchy cotton suitcases.

Available in Slate, Ruby, and White
Materials: Cotton

W15 x D4 x H11 in.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Availability: Buy Tampico Alice Suitcase here

Travel Organizers

Save a few bucks on these travel organizers from The Container Store.

(right to left)
Hanging Valet Black: $29.99 $24.99 ea,
Buy it here. (15-1/4″ x 2″ x 10″ h)

Makeup & Brush Organizer Black: $19.99 $14.99 ea,
Buy it here. (10-1/2″ x 2″ x 7″ h)

Hanging Weekender Bag Black: $19.99 $14.99 ea,
Buy it here. (10″ x 3-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ h)

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.99-$24.99
Availability: Buy Travel Organizers here

Personal Media Travel Pouch

For all of you that get annoyed by the mess of chargers for various gadgets whilst traveling…

“When you are going on a short trip or weekend getaway and don’t need to bring along all [your] gadgets, the Personal Media Travel Pouch is just right for keeping up to 3 essential items like a cell phone, mp3 player and digital camera, and all of their chargers. Each item is nestled in its own separate compartment with its charger stored neatly below it.”

Available in Camel/Chocolate, Lilac/Purple, Navy/Cool Dust, Pink, Green

10.75″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.99
Availability: Buy Personal Media Travel Pouch here

FlyLite (Remote Wardrobe Manager)

If you’re a frequent flyer and hate lugging your luggage around, there’s a service made especially for you. FlyLite will store items you frequently travel with in your own private ‘iCloset’, where you can drag and drop items you need for your next trip into your virtual suitcase, which will then be delivered (via real suitcase) to your hotel, “fresh, clean and ready to go.” Once you’re finished and ready to move on to another city, you give them a call and they’ll arrange for your suitcase to be picked up and returned, where your items will be cleaned and stored for next time. Luggage free travel sounds good, right? Of course it does: no waiting around the baggage carousel, no standing in lines to check in, not to mention less trips to the dry cleaners…all of that sounds spectacular, which is why it’ll cost you $100 per trip.

[image via TripCart]

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Help I need help.

Designed in an effort to make medical products more human, the designers decided to create a line of headache tablets and bandages in simple packaging. The packaging is made from ‘molded paper pulp’ a new sustainable material which has a soft feel, is made from recycled materials and is compostable after use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Availability: Buy Help I need help. here

Signat and SBL Collection

Perfect for your laptop, this special 1965 re-edition of that classic Samsonite briefcase certainly shows signs of a makeover. Thinner than the old version with a leather handle face-lift, it’s most likely more comfortable to carry around on a daily basis and has the nifty added feature of a removable laptop sleeve. A divider panel and pockets help keep your papers and necessary electronic components organized.

Signat Attaches:
Mini Attache A5, 11” x 9” x 3”, $240.00, Buy it here.

Medium Attache A4, 14” x 11” x 3”, $300.00, Buy it here.

Large Attache, 17” x 12.5” x 3”, $360.00, Buy it here.

Also, I couldn’t help browsing through some of the other ‘Black Label’ items- the faux crocodile shell of the AI2 I thought was especially eye-catching, along with the Hero, which treats the human form “just like an animal skin, with with the ribcage and sternum at the front of the case and backbone at the back.” (Does anyone else find that very slightly disturbing?)

SBL Collection Luggage by Alexander McQueen: Available in bone or black
Crocodile AI2 Upright (lower left/middle), 14.5” x 22” x 8.25”, $775.00,
Buy it here.

Hero AI 1 Upright (lower right), 17″ x 22.75″ x 10″, $775.00, Buy it here.

(Thanks Adam!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $240-$775
Availability: Buy Signat and SBL Collection here

Savour Kindness Pouch

This pouch carries a sentiment worth noting, whether on your travels or on a daily basis.

“Cream naplak inspirational message on gabardine makeup bag. Zipper closure top. Signature Anya bow on exterior and printed on interior nylon lining. Black/cream.”

Measures 15″ x 10″ x 2½”.

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Availability: Buy Savour Kindness Pouch here

Leather Travel Bag

This looks like a steal as far as I’m concerned.

“Durable Travel Bag in rich chocolate brown leather with dark brown suede details and contrasting chocolate brown topstitch. Roomy interior in sturdy black nylon with large interior pocket. Hidden compartment beneath opens with full round zipper closure. Antique brass hardware with leather pulls. Adjustable arm strap with shoulder pad.”

Chocolate leather, Dark Brown Suede, Black Nylon

20 L x 12 W x 9 H inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Availability: Buy Leather Travel Bag here

File Wheeled Trolleys by Mandarina Duck – CLEARANCE

The transparent case (not shown) might look a little prissy, but overall this looks like a good trolley, and now that it’s on clearance you can save up to 30% off.

“these trolleys feature the widest possible wheel base by placing the wheels on the outer extremities. the collapsible handle shaft is protected by retracting into its strong outer shell. comes with a stylish lock for non-airline travel. the high-quality name plate is attached to a chrome, leather-wrapped bar and inserted into the front of the bag. due to the color of this trolley, it comes with a complimentary, removable, durable transparent case to reduce any risk of scuffs or damage.”

file 20″ carry-on trolley by mandarina duck – CLEARANCE, $370.00, 30% off
file 22″ check-in trolley with suiter by mandarina duck – CLEARANCE, $395.00, 30% off

Purchase Information:

Price: $370.00-$395.00
Availability: Buy File Wheeled Trolleys by Mandarina Duck – CLEARANCE here

No Regrets Travel Kit

A handy kit to pamper yourself while traveling, this is stocked with all sorts of things and has lots of pockets for all your miscellaneous gear like passports, boarding passes, and ‘i-Pod-ish’ gadgets. Hangs from an incorporated hook.
Also available in Light Blue.

“Stocked with a long list of items you’d never remember to pack, our No
Regrets Travel Kit is devoted to in-flight comfort. It includes: a
Sleeping Mask, an Inflatable Neck Pillow, an Inflatable Lumbar Pillow,
Ear Plugs, Reflexology Socks, and a Detachable Toiletry Kit.”

9.5 inches L x 4.5 inches H x 4.5 inches D.

Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Availability: Buy No Regrets Travel Kit here