By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

We’re far from recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are slowly coming out of our shells to travel again tentatively. It may not be an international tour, but even a domestic vacation or cross-state road trip has its benefits when it comes to switching up your everyday life. Here are a few travel essentials that are good for any trip, plus a few additions to traveling during (and after?) a pandemic.

For a short weekend getaway, a weekender duffle bag is your perfect companion. Just enough room for a couple of changes of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, and the necessary toiletries.

Cole Haan Leather Duffle, $378

An actual suitcase is the best solution for air travel, even though you plan to not check it in – your stuff is just better protected in a hard-lined case.

Samsonite Etude 20” Spinner Suitcase, $199

Keep all your most valuable and personal items close at all times with a bag or backpack that you can have on your body at all times.

Banana Republic Tote Bag Camouflage, $60

Even bringing your laptop to and from work puts it at risk for scratches and little dents – and why even risk that with all the cute covers you can get for it!

Chic Geek Grey Marble MacBook Case, $80

Being on the go means not necessarily being close to an outlet where you can charge your devices, so why not bring your own! 

Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger, $50

A jacket is perfect for some quick layering if you get chilly – and this one even dresses you up a little for when you go and arrive!

Uniqlo Men Comfort Jacket, $60

Travel Essential Extras Under COVID

A new world order means a new way of traveling (especially air travel), and it will probably be a long time before we won’t have to travel with these extra essentials that will keep you as safe and healthy as possible.

Face Shield + Face Mask

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Water Bottle

Disinfectant Wipes