PERSONAL

Colin’s Traveling Bag

Nice look and could go anywhere with you…

“The shape of the bag allows the carrier to store not just the laptop, and all things work related – but also everything you need for a new outfit. All that without being overly clunky or disproportionate or, you know, just plain weird looking… To top it all of, the bag has a subtle and gorgeous green stitching and the interior sports a turquoise lining (not unlike the bespoke suits from Savile Row…) that adds a little dash of flash that is only visible when the bag is opened, to an otherwise beautiful and understated bag.”

Size: 23.5″ x 14″ x 4,5″ (59 x 36 x 11 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $620.00
Availability: Buy Colin’s Traveling Bag here

DIY hand sanitizer

When you’re traveling, anti-bacterial hand washes are great to have because more often than not, you’re eating on the run. My good friend D. over at Less is More Balanced has come up with a recipe to make your own hand sanitizer which not only smells amazing and really works, but also is a genius way to keep all those little bottles out of the landfills.

Make a solution of 60% of alcohol and 40% distilled water and then add a dash of your favorite essential oil. Peppermint smells amazing, but I’m sure any oil would work just as well. Since it is liquid, you will want to put it in an atomizer or spray bottle (I like the one’s sold by Muji) because that will make application easier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy DIY hand sanitizer here

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Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag

I’m sort of addicted to cotton totes. I like the Helvetica city list, and more importantly, you can be one less person contributing to the large number of bags (somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year according to National Geographic) going into landfills.

100% Cotton Canvas construction
Reinforced tacks at double handle
Print of major cities on both sides
Approximately 16-1/2” x 15-1/2” (41.9cm x 39.37cm)

By the way, today is the first of a series devoted to green topics, thanks to Blog Action Day.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag here

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Hideo Trolley/Luggage

All three of these would be completely suitable to be seen with while jet-setting. I especially like the white with the mirror finish, though I don’t know how it would look after a few trips…all three feature functional innovations such as ABS shell, for lightweight supreme protection, and silent moving soft wheels.

(on right)Shown in Orange- Hideo Wakamatsu Mirror Finish 20″ carry-on trolley. Zipper closure. 10lbs., $210, 13in X 20in X 9in.

(middle) Shown in Blue- Hideo Wakamatsu 20” carry-on sized trolley from their Wave collection. Interior features mesh organizing panel with zippered pockets. Combination lock. $210,14.5in X 20in X 8in.

(on left) Shown in White- Hideo Wakamatsu Mirror Finish 26 ” check in trolley. Large capacity trolley features…smooth magnetic locks, [and] a “top spin” to allow tilt pull. 15lbs. $300,18in X 26in X 9in.
[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $210-$300
Availability: Buy Hideo Trolley/Luggage here

flos apollo

The Flos Apollo by Marc Newson.

“Beautifully machined from solid aluminum bar stock, the apollo is a perfect addition to your design orientated life-style. Stylish yet durable…. the ultimate in hand-held lighting. Includes an orange plastic case and leather strap.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy flos apollo here

Personal Valet Pouches (set of 5)

I wouldn’t say the graphics are ‘fun’, I’d say they’re essential when waking up in a strange place with jet lag and a fuzzy brain.

“Stay organized with our unique Personal Valet Pouches (set of 5). Each set comes with 5 different pouches perfectly sized with fun, bold graphics for organizing everyday personal items. Also a great gift for the world traveler. Handy locking drawstring closure. Machine wash and dry. 6″L x 4″W to 23″L x 18″W. Polyester, Nylon. [posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Personal Valet Pouches (set of 5) here

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LaCie Golden Disk

Do you have that nagging feeling that you need to back-up the contents of your computer? I know I do. I don’t think I’ve backed up my hard drive in over a year. This 500 GB LaCie Golden Disk hard drive designed by Ora-Ïto may make the task more fun.

Available for both PC and Mac, plug & play, driver-free (Windows® 2000, Windows® XP & Mac® OS X), and fan-free for quiet operation. The Golden Disk comes with our LaCie ‘1-Click’ Backup Software for easy backups (Windows & Mac).

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Availability: Buy LaCie Golden Disk here

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Hostel Sheet

If you ever stay in hotels or motels or hostels with questionable cleanliness standards, and you fear the results of a black light test, you may sleep better in the hostel sheet, which is essentially a sheet sewn into a sleeping bag shape. It packs neatly into your luggage and weighs 14 ounces.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Hostel Sheet here

SEQUOIA TOILETRY BAG

The buckle on this toiletry case adds that certain je nais se quoi.

Made in Paris

Interior features zippered pocket and 4 elastic compartments and folds down flat. Water resistant. Zipper closure with silver buckle. Made from a durable and extremely lightweight nylon.
12in X 5.5in 5in

Purchase Information:

Price: $72
Availability: Buy SEQUOIA TOILETRY BAG here

Toiletry Travel Case/Caddy

Ah, now this is something that would be well worth the cost. Quite a smart design…

“This lightweight, hard-shelled travel case transforms into a caddy for organizing toiletries when the lid is opened and inverted. Stand it, or use the carrying cord to hang it in the shower and conserve space in the bathroom. Made of polypropylene with a polyester-coated rubber cord. Dishwasher safe.”

8.25h x 6w x 3″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Toiletry Travel Case/Caddy here

Marc Newson Scope Carry-on Suitcase

This is a thing of beauty…Exterior in expanded foam, interior in polyester, with aluminum hardware, heat-laminated with 600 denier polyester webbing.

notes: Capacity of the case is 2604 cubic inches. Comes with telescoping handle and optional side handle, combination lock and detachable interior zipper pockets and a 10 year warranty.

dimensions: 15.75″ wide 21.75″ long 8″ deep
weighs 8 lbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Availability: Buy Marc Newson Scope Carry-on Suitcase here

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Spacepak Clothes Bag

I’ve always been a sucker for clever packing solutions. This one allows you to keep all your clothes in the same bag without mixing the clean and dirty with an inner wall that is flexible and adjusts depending on the amount of clothes you have in each section.

Dimensions: 16in X 11.25in X 4.25in

Purchase Information:

Price: $42
Availability: Buy Spacepak Clothes Bag here

I-Trak

These ingenious tags reunite lost luggage with their owners. The barcode can read by all airline systems, or if found by an individual, it can be reported found worldwide by email, web, or phone.

$15.99 for two tags with a free year for a subscription for both. $4.99 for each additional year per tag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.99
Availability: Buy I-Trak here

Perfectly Folded Shirt

This cheeky shirt has been designed so that it folds perfectly every time, just like the first day you wear it.

Compact Paper Soap Pod

This whole “no-liquids-on-the-plane” thing has really put a kink in my packing procedures. I used to be an all carry-on, all the time, type of girl. If I couldn’t carry it with me, I probably didn’t need it…and packing all my toiletries in a ziplock baggie to show everyone in line at security leaves me a little non-plussed. Anyway, I like the idea of this paper soap. Each little compact comes with 50 wafer thin soap leaves which disolve with a little water.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Availability: Buy Compact Paper Soap Pod here