Summer is prime time for road-trips, camping and outdoor excursions, and with that comes the process of elimination when trying to decide what should stay home, and what you need to take with you.
Here is our list of handy, space-saving travel essentials.
emerginC Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes
Though quick and easy, a lot of facial wipes end up doing more harm than good. Many use harsh preservatives for a longer shelf-life, which can dry out and irritate your skin.
The all-natural, organic and biodegradable facial cleansing wipes by emerginC are a healthy option. Compact, portable and good for all skin types, they cleanse and remove make-up with a gentle, fruit-extract blend of aloe vera, witch hazel, lacto-fermented radish root and honeysuckle. Rolling out in spas this fall, but available online now. emerginc.com
Columbia River Knife and Tool Eat’N Tool XL
When you are eating on-the-go—at a picnic, amusement park or campground, this summer—the Columbia River Knife and Tool is a convenient, all-in-one fork, spoon, and bottle-opener. Sturdier than the eye can see, it provides hefty support and a central hole for gripping, which makes it more reliable that plastic ware, while also being eco-friendly. crkt.com
BioLite PowerLight Mini
Biolite, known as an off-grid energy resource, just launched the new PowerLight Mini. Slim, light-weight and palm-sized, it can be used independently as a light source and charger, or paired with BioLite’s SolarPanel 5 and CookStove as a complete energy ecosystem. Features include four accessible lighting modes, 135 lumens, a 52-hour battery life that is USB rechargeable, versatile clip-stand and bike mount. bioliteenergy.com
Looking for an easy way to stay organized? Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter Cube set is a lightweight set of compact pouches that come in a variety of styles with a quick-grab handle, making it easy to carry anywhere. Its translucent ripstop fabric is durable, stain and water-repellent and it includes a life-time warranty making it a great value for long-term use. eaglecreek.com
REI Co-Op Tech T-Shirt
Functional, affordable and adaptable to any climate, REI Co-Op Tech T-shirts protect your skin from sun and wind, while keeping you cool and dry. The perfect basic for any man or woman, its bluesign®-certified fabric is sweat-resistant and flexible, providing a comfortable option for any outdoor activity or casual occasion. rei.com
Nau Slight Jacket
Call it a wind-breaker for a new age, the Nau Slight Jacket, made of recycled polyester fabric, is an essential item for everyday use or travel. Super lightweight, it compresses down to nothing. Reflective tape makes it great for biking, hiking or strolling, and an adjustable hood serves as an umbrella on a rainy day. nau.com
Fjallraven Raven 20
Perfect for the accessory junkie who doesn’t want to leave anything behind, the Fjallraven Raven 20 is loaded with pockets and compartments to hold all your important items, while keeping them organized. Not only do mesh pockets allow space for larger objects and zippers provide privacy, there are also padded and fleece-lined pockets to protect fragile valuables. Side pockets allow ease of access to your phone or water-bottle, while padded straps provide comfort. It’s the optimal pack for making things compact. fjallraven.us
The Sanuk Bianca Perf shoes are a must-have for any traveler. So comfortable they feel like a slipper, with a flexible, yoga mat heel that makes it easy to roll up to save space in your travel bag. Incredibly convenient but still fashionable, there are a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. sanuk.com