Travel Ahead? What To Bring With You On Your Summer Trips


Summer Travel Must-Haves

First published 7/17

We’re in the throes of summer and we couldn’t be happier – the sun is shining, the beach is calling, and we love our outdoor happy hours. But we’re itching to get away, and the travel bug is at full force. So, if you are headed somewhere fabulous this summer (we’re jealous, by the way), here’s a roundup of must-have products to carry with you – all by companies created by or ran by women!

That's What She Said

Looking for the perf beach book? Look no further. That's What She Said is an insightful debut novel by Joanne Lipman, the previous Editor and Chief of USA TODAY,  about the role of men and women in the workplace, and how together we can end the stereotypical gender-gaps. Lipman goes past sexual assault and highlights the more overlooked aspects and situations women might face at work. That's What She Said is a fabulous read to boost your professional esteem and keep your brain occupied while you sip on that poolside piña colada.

Away’s The Carry On

We all know the struggle of fighting for outlets at the airport so we can charge our phones before take-off. Launched by two former Warby Parker execs, Jen Rubio and Steph Korey, Away released a handy smart suitcase, The Carry On, which includes a USB charger to power devices on the go. The brand offers an entire line of minimally designed hard shell luggage and travel accessories. 

Mark & Graham Phone Charging Bracelet

Gone are the days of depleated phone batteries and forgotten chargers. Mark & Graham innovated perfect way for us to charge our phones without the hassel of bringing our cords everywhere. This unique charger not only easily accessible for when you're stranded without a plug-in, but it doubles as a fashionable bracelet. Never again will you forget your charger when its strapped to your wrist in either silver, gold, matte black, or rose gold. 

Arrojo Wave Mist

Create elegant, classic curles to tame your hair with this new Wave Mist by Arrojo. Using sea salt and kelp, this spray softens and removes any form of excess oils to give you those murmaid-like curls you've been waiting for. If you're looking for an easy way to style your hair while away, this is a new product that is hot on the market now. 

AOA Canvas Pouches

Keep all of your beauty essentials compact in your purse or beach bag with these $1 AOA Canvas Pouches. These fun bags come in a variety of styles from rainbows to cacti there are a ton of patterns that will be sure match your summer swag. With the cheap price you can buy a bunch and plan some summer activites with the $10 canvas fabric marker set.

AITCH AITCH The Isabelle Luggage Tag Holder

Founded by Hailey Harmon, AITCH AITCH is a luxury sustainable brand inspired by travel and old world craftsmanship. Harmon, a former founding employee of sustainable jeweler Monique Pean, studied under a former Hermes artisan in her native San Francisco before founding her own brand. AITCH AITCH sources salmon skin, a natural byproduct of the fishing industry and crafts the material into beautiful pieces by hand out of a workshop in London. 

Circ Cell's Luxe Travel Eye Care Kit

The bestselling ABO Eye Serum and the most advanced collagen eye mask on the market.  Combine these with our infusion device for enhanced product absorption and circulation.  The results:  fresh, line-free, puff free, under-eye circle free performance! Maya Crothers is the founder of the luxury skincare brand Circ Cell. After moving to ski destination Jackson Hole Wyoming, Crothers noticed the effects the cooler and dryer temperatures had on her skin. She decided to take matters into her own hands and develop a highly nourishing line with advanced ingredients that produce real results. 


 Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Glossier has created the perfect tinted moisturizer for the summer. Evening out any different layers of your skin, this moisturizer provides users with a light shading that also allows your skin to breathe. If you're looking for a natural way to apply a small amount of coverage and also moisturize your skin, save room on your trip by using this two in one tinted moisturizer instead. 

Dagne Dover Landon Carryall 

This stylish Dagne Dover weekender is the perfect way to travel this summer. It not only fits all of your getaway essentials, but it also keeps you looking sporty and chic while on the road. This bag expands and condenses to a size you would need in that moment. Equipped with a laptop case as well, this bag is a light weight way to travel this summer. 


Kooshoo Twisted Headband Batik 

Kooshoo has created a headband that not only tames your hair while traveling, but also providing the soft cotton feel to keep it in place. Made with 93% cotton and 7% latex, this headband the perfect accessory for your trip. It comes in not only multiple different colors, but also multiple different patterns. If you are looking for a new headband for this summer, there's one to take a look at. 

Wanders Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask

While you're possibly at baggage claim, Wanders new Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask is a way to keep your face moisturized and healthy while you're away. Created with three different layers, this mask not only hydrates and stays in place, but it also delivers all of the key ingredients to your skin in under ten minutes. Try this out if you're looking for a new mask to use while you're away. 

BASU eAlarm

This guy will get you out of most tricky situations when travelling. Whether you're caught in a sticky situation with a thief or otherwise, or you're trekking through the mountains and encounter some sort of dangerous creature, the noise of this alarm should give you a little time to escape. As a travel tool, you just strap it onto your bag or around your neck and you're good to go. We would highly recommend this for the ladies travelling solo this summer!

AOS Canvas Pouches

Keep all of your beauty essentials together in your purse, overnight or beach bag with these $1.00 AOA Canvas Pouches from At such an affordable price, get 10 for $10 and use them for all your traveling needs!  MISS A was founded by Jean Baik, 31, in 2013.  After getting her degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Jean attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. After working in fashion, Jean took her experience and created


Peanut is an app created by and for the incoming generation of mamas. It takes things like common interests, values, and age of children into account before displaying other nearby mamas to potentially “match” with, and it encourages in-person meetups by taking the hassle out of scheduling. The app features a location toggle you can turn on and off. You can either choose to only see women near your home, or you can set it to show you women near your current location (great for those working and traveling mamas!). It's no secret that motherhood can feel isolating at times, and it's great to have a support network of likeminded women who understand what you're going through. Peanut brings women together and it's perfect for mamas traveling who want to meet women from all over the place they can relate to!

Tatcha's The Pearl Under-Eye Treatment

Tatcha's latest release is perhaps the handiest travel accessory for the ladies with dark circles. If you want to travel light in the makeup department, this is an essential. Infused with light-reflecting pigment, a water-burst technology that makes for a lovely, light application and all the love of founder Victoria Tsai, it's a sure-fire way to cover those summer hangover bags we all get when travelling!

Matrix Miracle Hair Mask

Travel hair is no joke, especially on international flights. This $5 hair mask from Matrix is an easy and compact to counteract everything crazy cabin pressure and airport journeys do to your hair. As an alternative to bringing your favorite but annoying-to-pack shampoos and conditioners (read: mid-flight leaks and random product explosion), pack one or two of these masks for your trip and use those hotel provided s&cs. 

Endurelash Organic Cloth

Patent-pending EndureLash was founded by Nikki Huebner after she decided she'd had enough of the medical field and wanted to become an entrepreneur. These cloths are perfect for travel make-up removal. No bottles, wipes or lotions needed, they will remove your eyeliner or mascara off with just a couple of strokes at the eye - and are a huge money saver in the long run. We love. 

SIX:02's Athleisure

When snazzy athleisure was discovered not so long ago, One would never have imagined how ingrained it would become for the hip female airport traveller. What is a long haul flight without cute comfy cropped jumpers and yoga pants? Who knows. Foot Locker's new female-focused SIX:02 is a destination for all things pretty and sporty, you won't regret having a browse. 

R and Co Dry Shampoo

Does your hair ever become too much to handle sometimes? This R and Co product will help if you're in the middle of traveling. Just pop into a bathroom quickly and spray this to help tame your mane. Not only will it add volume and even out any knots you might have, but it also adds the natural floral scent you've been missing. 

Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky is a freelance lifestyles writer based in New York City, who contributes regularly to iVillage,, xoJane, Huffington Post, and The Fashion Spot as well as many other print and web outlets.

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