“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village,” wrote Jane Austen, “she must seek them abroad.” While today’s curious traveler may be able to explore more of the world than in Austen’s time, the logistics of getting there remain, sadly, almost as uncomfortable (just substitute a horse-drawn carriage for the airplane’s middle seat). So whether you are hitting the road seeking adventure, wellness, culture connections, or just plain fun, we’ve found some travel-friendly products that can help make the journey almost as good as the destination.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Mosey’s stylish, versatile bags are made with PET materials (from recycled plastic), low-impact leather, and they are lead-, nickel- and cadmium-free. A tag inside each bag tells how many plastic bottles were rehabbed to make that style: the Getalong (20 bottles) is a perfect carry-on weekender; the Working Girl (35 bottles) has a padded laptop and cord section and a thermal compartment for hot or cold storage; and the Duffy (21 bottles), with its crossbody strap, headphone access, and sunglass loop, is ideal for sightseeing. mosey.com
Sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, low-impact dyes, and polyester made from recycled plastic make this line’s mix-and-match clothes comfortable, easy to pack and perfect for layering. Pair leggings with a pretty tee under a jacket for the plane, throw on an asymmetrical-hem skirt when you hit the town, or slip into a sweatshirt for a walk on the beach. threadsforthought.com
One of the dangers of long flights or car rides can be Deep Vein Thrombosis, the potentially fatal formation of blood clots. After being diagnosed with DVT, Kelsey Minarik founded RejuvaHealth to offer a stylish alternative to the medicalgrade compression stockings her doctor prescribed. Available in bold colors and patterns, the breathable, gradual compression knee- and thigh-highs, tights, pantyhose and leggings help increase circulation and energize tired or heavy legs. rejuvahealth.com
This lightweight linen/cotton shawl will keep you comfy on the plane and cozy in town or country. Made from linen—a durable natural fiber that is stylish this season—and soft cotton, it is elegant and easy to wear. abchome.com
Carry On Carry All
Along with features like four 360-spinning wheels, expandable bodies, and durable fabrics, Biaggi luggage does something no other brand does: It disappears. Well, almost: All of their lightweight suitcases—from business totes to carry-ons to large cases—can be quickly folded down to half their size for easy storage at home or on the road. The Contempo 22” roller carry-on, available in easy-to-spot colors like purple and aqua, is our favorite for short getaways. biaggi.com
Just in Case
Created by certified clinical herbalist and bodywork therapist Sara Jane Taylor, this kit holds everything you might need for portable herbal relief. There are salves and oils to treat cuts, bites, wounds and rashes; a comfrey poultice for sprains; arnica flower essence for shock; and drops for colds, sore throats, eyewashes, and sinus issues—plus bandages, gauze, and instructions. herbalrootsapothecary.com.