This article was first posted in Resident Magazine, January 2018.
Elevate your travel game this year with products and services that put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. You deserve it, right? Check out these new travel gizmos.
BRING THE EXPERIENCE
The luxe magazine ROBB Report now offers ROBB Vices, a member box around $80 a month shipped right to your door or place of travel to help you cultivate celebration on a regular basis. Each big black box brings unique experiences to your door to remind you that you don’t need to celebrate just over the holidays, but well, just whenever you can! The selection is for the sophisticated consumer with exquisite taste. Products curated include fine spirits, handmade leather goods, high quality foods and other rare finds.
In our first ROBB Vices box, we decapitated a bottle of champagne on the beach with a beautiful sabre from the iconic Georg Jensen company of Copenhagen. In honor of our third date which basically launched our relationship at sunset in Malibu, we recreated that special day. Our box included an artful functional silver sword, with delicious (I mean incredibly delicious) Robb Vices Reserve French Sparkling Wine, and a ripe, blackcurrant berry liquor from Creme de Cassis from Dijon, France, a nice accompaniment to our bubbly. I later learned from the accompanying book that helps you understand the story of each selection, that the liquor was made famous by the Kir Royale cocktail.
If you can’t jetset, each box will feel like a surprise where you can “travel” to different experiences right in your own home. You can even gift the box. I mean, shouldn’t we all be celebrating life whenever we can?
Move away clunky headphones, and dance your way through travel nightmares and long lines with the new lightweight Air Pods that fit conveniently in each ear with no wires. Hook up your favorite playlist on your iPhone and feel like there is a personal concert going on in your mind. The AirPods charge in a little case, and when you take them out they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. Music pauses when you take them out.
Liz Jones Makeup Kits
Forgo your makeup bag full of beauty products you probably won’t wear that take up way too much room, and take the all-in-one kit from Liz Jones on your next trip. She is a leading Australian makeup artist and founder of Liz Jones Cosmetics. Her all-in-one makeup kits come with video instructions. The Bronze Face Kit is my favorite including healthy summer tones with concise step by step instructions. Snap the case open and look in the kit’s mirror to apply Bronzer, Eye Shadow, Lip gloss, Concealer, Eye pencil, and Mascara with an assortment of specific brushes.
Arcona Triad Pads 2 Go
Arcona’s yummy smelling cranberry toner is now in convenient travel packets to-go. Remove make-up with the pads when too tired, or use them to refresh after a workout or a long flight. The multi-purpose cranberry milk infused pads cleanse, tone, and hydrate skin infusing your skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed. The cranberry extract, containing vitamins, phyto-nutrients and essential fatty acids help protect and clarify skin. The ‘magic’ pads also neutralize free radicals with vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols while nourishing and restoring skin with omegas 3, 6 and 9 and rice milk. That has to be good!
MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER
Skip packing. Skip laundry. Skip planning, and enjoy your travel. Ever thought what would it would be like to just show up and not have to worry about what clothes you were putting together? Maybe you need a ski coat or a cocktail dress, but you don’t want to invest in owning them. TRVL Porter can meet your needs. Now operating in many major US cities, you can select your travel clothes online for a fee and they will be waiting for you at your hotel or destination.”With our pre-styled travel wardrobe waiting at your hotel destination, you’ll never travel the same again!” says Stefanie Nissen, Founder + CEO.
Away Suitcase with Charger
What a hassle to have to be chained to the wall of an airport while you charge your phone when the new sturdy Away Bag created by two Warby Parker alums allows you two power up from your roller bag in route. Half the price of their competitors, the carry-on versions allow you to remove the 10,000 mAh battery and two USB ports so that you can recharge a phone or tablet with ease and be compliant with airplane rules. There’s even a monogram edition.
ACBC, a customizable travel shoe
ACBC or Advanced Commuter Basic Concept is a new Italian shoe company that has designed eco-friendly, modular, customizable shoes for men and women that take less space than a T-shirt. Perfect for packing in a carry-on! Their latest collection is based on functionality and use: Street Style, Business, and Active. ACBC offers 16 skin styles and 61 color combinations so you can transform your travel style, from an every day sneaker to a tennis shoe to a casual shoe to a dress shoe. The shoes can even be recycled when the soles wear out, reducing your carbon footprint.
In 3 steps, you can create your ‘sole mate’ by:
- Select your sole
2. Pair it with your Skin (upper) of choice
3. Zip them together to create a pair for any occasion.
The Italians know shoes, so it is no surprise that no detail has gone unnoticed. Each pair of ACBC shoes is made with top-of-the-line materials, including full grain leather, flexible and ultra-light fly-knits, an anti-shock and anti-odor insole, an ergonomic zipper puller, and a waterproof zipper that protects the interior of the shoe from water and humidity.
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Dagne Dover Simone Satchel
Look sharp while traveling and fit everything you need for a plane ride in the Simone Satchel in bone leather or other colors. This satchel is perfect to slide a laptop in while the center console has various slits and pockets to help you stay organized, and find what you need while on the move. The comfortable wide shoulder strap and sleek design also make this bag a great size for a weekend away. Dagne Dover’s signature camouflage lining adds a bit of edge to a somewhat classic leather style.
Petunia Pickel Bottom Backpacks
Known for their stylish functional diaper bags with zip out changing stations, totes in various fabrics, twinning backpack sets, and kid backpacks, Petunia Pickel Bottom also offers a range of backpacks for men and women with a water resistant interior, cotton woven top grab handle and adjustable backpack straps. The open interior has an easy-open Velcro closure under the flap, two exterior side pockets, and an open front pocket hidden under the flap. Some backpacks offer an insulated base to keep things cold for those on the move.
Aluminum Suitcase from the Aileron Collection at Ricardo Beverly Hills
Pick up a sleek aluminum durable luggage case with secure locks. The 20 and 24 inch spinner luggage is offered in silver and blue and is oh so chic! Purchase their suitcase and receive a complimentary tile bluetooth tracker upon product registration.