Travel goods essentials for a fall weekend getaway
by Kathy Witt
When summer’s greenscape gives way to the rich, burnished backdrop of autumn’s turning leaves, it’s time to update your wardrobe for the season – your travel goods wardrobe, that is – so you’ll be perfectly accessorized for a fall weekend getaway.
LiteGear’s Hybrid Rolling Tote ($99.95) rolls into the season, a confident and compact bag in a gloriously saturated purple. But this lightweight looker is more than just a pretty face.
It has space enough for everything needed for a weekend away: a main compartment for stowing a couple outfits, jammies and a spare pair of shoes plus toiletry kit and accessories and a padded compartment opposite for tucking laptop or tablet. A trio of pockets on the bag’s exterior provides additional storage. Stash a light jacket in one, a book in another, and keys, pens and pencils and other items in a third quick-access pocket, which features an organizing panel.
What elevates this bag above other overnighters is a handy packing feature – gussets in the main compartment snap open so you can open the bag wide like a suitcase for easy, organized packing. It also fits beneath most airline seats. And earth lovers take note: The bag is made of recycled water bottles and has a mesh pocket for holding your 16.9-ounce reusable water bottle.
Speaking of, Freeheart Drinkware has a 16-ounce Virtually Indestructible Tumbler designed with getaways in mind. Called the Road Trip ($12.99), this Made in the USA drinkware features splashy colors along with a car image and affirmations: “fun,” “adventure,” “memories.”
Constructed of the same material as bullet-proof glass, it is made for bouncing over the backroads and byways, but its thicker walls and heavier weight gives this tumbler a smooth-as-glass feel. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to one full hour and really goes the distance with cold drinks, keeping them chill for five to six hours. The tumblers come with a sturdy travel lid and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Find them at www.rvgifts.com and select specialty gift shops.
Keeping with a theme of lightweight, seasonally-inspired hues is Briggs & Riley’s Toiletry Kit ($69) in deep rainforest. From the company’s Transcend collection, it embodies the travel goods trifecta of innovation, functionality and style. The case is constructed of a durable, finely woven fabric made to stand up to spills in a size that offers plenty of room for travelers to pack and organize cosmetics and grooming aids..
Unzip the lid and tuck lotions, potions, meds and more in the roomy pocket within and corral tooth brush, razor and makeup brushes in the elastic loops of the organizing panel. The lid lays flat to provide a full view of the contents within and the bag maintains its sturdy silhouette. A second large compartment holds odd-shaped items like hairbrushes and large bottles. The bag’s Outsider handle is a nice touch that takes up none of the real estate within. And, this kit fits neatly into a corner of the LiteGear Hybrid Rolling Tote.
The RFID-Blocking Large Sarah Bow Wallet by Royce Leather Gifts ($135) lets you go full-on fall color in brilliant red Saffiano leather and isn’t shy about showing off its artisanal craftsmanship. Here is uncompromising luxury in a supple and very sweet-looking women’s wallet that integrates the contemporary functionality of RFID blocking material to protect personal information with a polished and refined grain. A bow adds accent and personality.
Plenty of storage inside and out organizes cards, coin and currency in slots, sections and zippered pockets.
Pack your bags! It’s time to hit the road.
Photo: John Witt
LiteGear’s versatile Hybrid Rolling Tote can be an overnight suitcase, laptop bag or a catch-everything tote, perfect for weekend getaways.
Known for its one-of-a-kind drinkware, Freeheart has a tumbler design for everyone, including road trippers.
Photo: Freeheart Drinkware
Here is the perfect companion for on-the-go essentials: Brigg’s & Riley’s lightweight Transcend Toiletry Kit.
Photo: John Witt
The RFID-Blocking Large Sarah Bow Wallet protects the personal information of its contents with confidence and poise.
Photo: Royce Leather Gifts