Healthy Travel Essentials

by Myron Mariano

Photo: Alite Designs Meadow Rest

Whether you’re a seasoned flyer or a staycationer, packing for a jaunt can be intimidating. These must-haves are the answer. Now the only thing left for you to do is head out the door.

Alite Designs

Easy to set up and to take down, the Meadow Rest (above) is a chaise-style lounge that you will love to bring to the beach. Use it like a lounge chair (its material is waterproof) or as a makeshift picnic blanket. When rolled inside its stuff sack, this 1.85-pound wonder also functions as a pillow.


Tote the Bumblebee Shopper around if your idea of a vacation is staying local and exploring your home turf’s cultural offerings. This chic and functional bag is made of cork skin, a long-lasting and renewable vegetal fabric that thrives in Portuguese cork oak forests. Although the process of making the bags is the same, no two pieces are alike.


The versatile Hiki two-piece swimsuit from Down Under is fabricated for performance on land–and for water sports. So go ahead and say yes to a game of beach volleyball—you can keep the same outfit on to catch a few waves after. The recycled fibers come from post-consumer waste such as discarded fish nets and carpet fluff.


Don’t let the fact that these are water shoes fool you; the Outcross Free is also a fantastic pair of travel footwear. The combination of open sidewall, contoured arch support and antimicrobial treatment will keep you comfortable even if you’ve hardly sat down from an afternoon touring old towns. The non-marking outsole is made of 25 percent recycled rubber.

United By Blue

Turn to Philadelphia-based United by Blue’s flattering Morley maxi dress when you do not have a lot of space in your suitcase for a full trip’s worth of ever-changing ensembles. Flowy and breezy—crafted from a blend of soft tencel and organic cotton—it conforms to a multitude of situations when worn on its own or with a structured-but-lightweight jacket.


Consider the 20-liter pack from Miir when you’re bitten by the travel bug but can only do a day trip away from your office desk. The water-resistant nylon exterior and reflective logos make this the ideal bag for quick backcountry explorations that culminate with plenty of hot dogs and s’mores. It even comes with a 15-inch laptop sleeve, if you are so inclined to stay connected.

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