Travel like a Pro for the Holidays!Posted by Whole Earth | 11.06.2023
Travel like a Pro for the Holidays!
You can travel like a pro for the holidays! Be comfortable, organized, and arrive rested. You'll find the clothing and shoes, quality luggage plus smart organizers and accessories at Whole Earth that can make your travels more enjoyable and easy.
Clothing, shoes and accessories
Find clothing that looks good and travels well, both in the terminal and in your luggage. Comfortable shoes are a must for standing in line and racing through the airport as well as for sightseeing and hanging out with family, friends, and the locals. Add a stylish hat or scarf and earn extra style points!
When you're traveling there's going to be a lot of time spent sitting. Look for comfortable tops and pants with a touch of stretch and a forgiving waistband. Knits pack well with minimal wrinkling. And don't forget to layer. If you suspect you'll be flying in a plane that's masquerading as an icebox, add a sweater under your jacket. If it warms up, simply shed a layer for comfort.
Go with stretch
Toad & Co hit a home run with its Women's Taj Hemp Pants. They combine comfort and good looks and are easy to care for. Made of a blend of Hemp, Tencel, and Elastane, they have a wide leg, are soft on the skin, have a bit of stretch, useful patch pockets, and an elastic waistband. They're great for both everyday wear and for travel.
Try a Shacket
Looking for a comfortable shirt for traveling? Have you seen Carve Designs Women's Hudson Stretch Cord Shacket? It combines classic shirt styling with flexibility and is made of a knit Corduroy blend of organic Cotton, recycled Polyester, and Spandex. There are two chest pockets and two side seam pockets. The Shacket is great for layering. Wear it over a favorite knit top or blouse on cool days, and in colder weather add a jacket.
Upgrade from jeans
Hey guys, there are times when a pair of jeans just isn't going to cut it. So how can you upgrade your look and still be comfortable? Try corduroy! May we suggest the Howler Brothers Men's Frontside 5-Pocket Corduroy Pants? You know that if Howler Brothers make it, it's going to be comfortable and have that touch of style that shows you care but not "too" much. These Corduroy pants have a two-way stretch that makes them an excellent choice for travel, work, or hanging out with friends and family.
Get into the holiday spirit with the Royal Robbins Men's Ponderosa 1/4 Zip Sweater. Its warmth and good looks will get you through a long cold winter and the holidays. The modern Fair Isle pattern has subtle yet festive touches of evergreen trees that will pass muster during the "Christmas sweater" days and yet be equally at home during January and February when the holidays are long gone. Made of a blend of Merino Wool, Polyester, and Nylon, it will keep you warm and keep its good looks.
Be kind to your feet and wear comfortable shoes when you travel. You may be standing in line for a very long time. And if you do have to make a dash for a gate, you'll want to be steady on your feet and not take a spill. The same pair of shoes will be helpful if you're planning on doing some sightseeing. Life is so much easier when your feet don't hurt. Take care of them. They'll take care of you!
Josef Seibel's Women's Fergey 20 Shoes combine the best features of a sneaker with a casual shoe. They have the comfort of a sneaker with the help of a removable padded insole and a flexible lightweight outsole that's ready for wet or dry conditions. The Fergey also has a European artisan vibe thanks to its hand-sewn construction. With its stylish good looks and soft, supple leather, it's a great pair of shoes for traveling.
Try a classic
Are you looking for a traveling shoe that has more style than a sneaker or running shoe? If so, please consider a classic. Sorel Men's Madson II Chukka Boots revives an old style with some new details that add comfort to Chukka Boots. The Madson II has a removable EVA footbed, a full-length molded midsole, and a molded outsole that can take on all kinds of terrain. Quite a difference from the old flat-soled Chukkas of the past. These Chukkas are great for traveling and for everyday wear.
Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. A beautiful scarf, a well-placed pin, the hat that frames your smiling face, or sunglasses of mystery are all small things that can add the finishing touch to an outfit worthy of a second look.
Make a statement
Want to make a statement while traveling? Complete your traveling outfit with a gorgeous Pendleton scarf. Pendleton has been making woolens for 160 years and today is known for its bold patterned blankets, sweaters, and more. Our Pendleton Merino Knit Scarf is woven in the Trapper Peak pattern. It's not only strikingly beautiful but will also keep you toasty on cold winter days.
Travel in style
Love the polished look of wearing a hat when traveling but don't want to deal with the hassle of stowing one while seated? A beret may be the answer! They're stylish, and soft and can easily spend the flight on your head or in your bag. The Dorfman Pacific Women's Frenchy Beret is made of wool felt and comes in several colors. Travel in style and add a touch of la Belle France to your outfit.
Check your luggage
Before you start packing, check your luggage! Are the zippers, handle, and wheels working as they should? If not, Whole Earth can help you find a new bag whether you're looking for a carry-on, luggage with wheels, or a duffel, wheeled or not! There are lots of options for bags these days. Our knowledgeable staff can help you sort through your requirements and options.
Pack a duffel
If you're planning on doing some shopping while you're gone or you'll be bringing home gifts, consider an ultralight duffel that packs in your luggage on the way out, and can be deployed for use on the return trip as a carry-on. The Eagle Creek Packable Duffel Bag is made of tough ripstock nylon. When not in use, it packs into its own pocket. Not traveling? Use it for the gym or other outings.
Pack like a pro
When you travel, pack like a pro and use packing cubes. Instead of searching through a jumbled mess in search of a pair of clean socks or that top you know you packed but just can't find, use packing cubes to get organized. Corral your underwear and socks together in one place or your accessories like belts, scarves, and jewelry. The Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube has easy-view mesh so you can see what's in it, and it breathes to help keep items fresh. Looking for a packing cube for your dirty clothes? Try the Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube. It keeps the dirty clothes from contaminating the rest of your clothing by locking in moisture and odors. And when you return home, toss the Isolate Cube in the washing machine for cleaning.
Manage those pills
It's easy to put all the vitamins and pills into one container when packing. But then, when our daily schedule is disrupted, it can be difficult to remember if we actually took the pills or vitamins, so we end up pouring them all out and counting. Resolve this dilemma with a Lewis N. Clark Magnetic Folding Pill Organizer. It's divided into a week's worth of compartments, one set for morning meds and vitamins and another for the evenings. A magnetic system holds the pill organizer in place within the case. The case flips open easily and is held together with an elastic closure. At 4 inches by 7 inches, it can fit in your purse, pack, or luggage.
Make your own travel size
What if your favorite shampoo and conditioner, creams, and lotions don't come in travel sizes for flying? If it's a short visit, stock up on a Nalgene Medium Travel Kit. It's a collection of eight travel-size Nalgene bottles plus two extra dispensing caps that you can fill to get you through the weekend. And when you've returned home and emptied the bottles, they can be put on the top rack of a dishwasher to be cleaned and ready to go on your next trip.
Seasoned travelers know that if one is presented with an opportunity to nap while traveling, you take it! These travelers also know that a neck pillow offers real comfort and prevents a stiff neck. Lewis N. Clark Contoured Hexform Travel Neck Pillow shapes itself to you and offers excellent support. The pillow has an adjustable cord closure to keep it in place around your neck so it won't slip off should you shift your position while sleeping. Try a neck pillow on your next trip and arrive at your destination fresh and ready to go!
Keep it charged
You never want to find your phone in the red zone while you're traveling. Head off trouble with a Goal Zero Flip 36 Power Bank and keep the phone alive with this pocket-size, battery backup charger. It’s a small item that’s handy for traveling and to have stowed in a bag for everyday use as well when a cable gets left at home or there’s no safe outlet available for use. The Flip 36 can charge three smartphones or one tablet. It also makes a great gift.
Bringing a refillable water bottle along on your trip can help keep you hydrated and save some money as well. Have you seen what they charge for bottled water at the airport? Many airports now have hydration stations where you fill up your bottle. And if you have an insulated bottle like the YETI Rambler 18oz Bottle with HotShot Cap, you can fill it up with either a hot or cold beverage. The HotShot Cap is leakproof and an excellent choice for travel or everyday. Give the lid a half twist until it clicks and then drink from any side. The lid can be easily taken apart for cleaning, and YETI water bottles are dishwasher safe.
Traveling with kids?
Kids add a new level of complexity when you're traveling. We have a few suggestions for items that may help them learn the ropes of traveling and keep them entertained. If you're taking a road trip, we have some suggestions for summer travel that can easily be applied to the holidays. Let the kids pack their own bags with favorite toys, books, and activities that are travel-friendly. A backpack or a bag will keep the items corralled and close at hand. You can supplement their choices with surprises along the way.
For young travelers
When kids have an element of choice in preparing for family travels, they often have more confidence in facing new and sometimes challenging situations. Let your child have their own bag or daypack and help them choose a few items to bring on the trip including a favorite plush cuddly, a storybook or two, and a toy to bring them comfort when they're far from home.
Let me entertain you!
At Whole Earth you'll find an assortment of toys and activity books to keep the young traveler occupied. We have a large selection of activity books, sticker books, coloring books, sketchpads and colored pencils and markers, Scratch & Sketch books, and magnetic dress-up and build-it sets. If your child does not have a special companion, you'll find a large collection of plush animals that would love to go traveling and be your child's new friend.
So these are just a few of the many items you'll find at Whole Earth stores or online that can help you travel like a pro and be more comfortable whether you're traveling over the river and through the woods or flying coast to coast on your way home for the holidays.