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Working Remotely

It isn’t business as usual for today’s travel gear

Who knew, back in 1375 when the word “remote” first entered the language, that six centuries later the concept would become the norm?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, going to the office now means commuting to the dining room; company meetings and presentations have gone virtual; and business wardrobes are no longer as buttoned down as they once were. As long as there is power and an Internet connection, “working remote” can happen practically anywhere – from home, a favorite campsite, a national park, even on the road from the comfy confines of an RV.

Working remotely has paved the way for more travel, although the travel itself may look a bit different these days. With travelers choosing road trips over plane trips, outdoor adventure over indoor attractions, private cabins and personal RVs over hotel stays, they still need products that will see them through – and that has opened up the door to new categories of travel goods and gear.

See how savvy travel goods manufacturers have responded to this new norm, with bags built for minimalism and mobility; laptop accessories that help turn on-the-road places into productive workspaces; and an array of items that answer the call for health and hygiene products daily.

The Re:treat Carry-On from Solo New York’s Re:cycled Collection brings a sustainable angle to sleek design. Built with city-functionality in mind and offering uncompromising style, this urban-cool gray bag is made from recycled PET bottles. Featuring water-resistant coating and black camo lining, easy-glide wheels and push-button telescoping handle system, the bag meets carry-on requirements for most major airlines. MSRP: $129.99

Representing the fusion of contemporary styling with the raw urban look of oily waxy buffalo leather, Mancini’s luxurious and versatile Buffalo Classic Carry-On Duffle Bag features padded compartments to protect tablet and laptop, a large zippered main compartment and multiple zippered and slit pockets. Measuring 20” x 10” x 13.5” and available in black and brown, the duffle fulfills business and personal needs with style. MSRP: $339.99

A travel backpack that’s carry-on-sized, organized and comfortable to carry – that’s the Prelude Backpack by Tortuga, a front-loading, weather-resistant bag with lockable YKK zippers that is the just-enough travel backpack. Built for budget travelers, the bag opens and packs like a suitcase, keeps stuff organized and within reach, accommodates a tablet and water bottle, has extra pockets inside and out and carries as comfortably as a hiking backpack. A set of three packing cubes with mesh top panel provide the organization system for this backpack. The Prelude Packing Cubes are made with the same lining fabric and YKK zippers and are shaped to fit perfectly within. MSRP: $149/backpack; $29/packing cubes

The Carry-On Duffel from DELSEY PARIS’ DAILY Collection breaks the boundaries between business and leisure for people who love to be on the move. With two compartments to separate work items from athletic gear, a laptop sleeve that holds up to a 15.6” laptop, removable shoe bag and insulated water bottle, it is the only bag you’ll need on the daily. Offered in gray, the bag is attractive and socially conscious in PET fabric, with 33 plastic bottles making up the material. It offers a removable and adjustable shoulder strap and an expandability feature. MSRP: $139.99

Delivering off-the-grid performance with on-the-grid aesthetics is Matador’s On-Grid™ Series. Pictured are the Packable Tote (MSRP: $49.99), which packs into its own pocket for compact transport, and the Packable Hip Pack (MSRP: $34.99), a hands-free travel solution for keeping everyday essentials within reach. Also comprising a duffel and backpack, the collection is constructed of weatherproof, abrasion-resistant UTS-coated Robic nylon and features multiple organizing pockets and YKK® zippers.

Here are two stylish anti-theft bags in one: Pacsafe’s Citysafe® CX Convertible Backpack can be worn as a backpack or, with a fast fold down, slung over the shoulder as a handbag. There’s room for a wallet, cosmetics case and more, with zipper security and a cut-resistant anchor strap to keep everything protected. Helping protect the planet as well, the bag is made sustainably using ECONYL. MSRP: $109.95

Take your desk on the road with the High Road Car Seat Office Organizer from Talus, a system that organizes and puts business essentials at your fingertips – everything from smartphone and snacks to tablet and tissues – right in the front seat. Made of heavy-duty 500D polyester, the organizer has five inside compartments and 11 outside pockets; a covered back compartment with a movable divider and tissue dispenser; two wide compartments for sorting envelopes and paperwork; a front compartment with two movable dividers for custom storage; and eight outside mesh pockets and three front card pockets. An adjustable seatbelt strap secures the organizer to the car seat. MSRP: $29.99

Meet the coldest, most accessible travel cooler ever made: ICEMULE’s® Traveler™ 35L is all about extreme cold, extra capacity and extreme comfort, no matter where you take it. Featuring PolarPLus™ Insulation for 48-plus hours of ice retention, a PakShield™ waterproof top zipper and IM AirValve™ for increased insulation, the cooler is 100% waterproof. Not only does it float, it offers weatherproof pockets for extra-dry storage, is equipped with a Bowhead Top™ for easy loading and even doubles as supremely durable luggage for adventure travel. MSRP: $289.95

Pack Playmarket’s PlayCare Trolley along to the farmers market and load up the top compartment of this double shopping bag for easy unloading that requires no bending over. With an ergonomic and adjustable anti-slide foam handlebar and front swiveling wheels, the waterproof trolley is a breeze to maneuver. An easy-access lower-level compartment has a zipper closure. The top inner bag can be removed to create one full bag. A folding rear structure reduces the size for storage. MSRP: $189.99

Stow work or play essentials in All Outer’s Pack Out, a collapsible travel backpack that folds down to a minimalist 8” x 8” with no straps or zippers exposed for easy storage until you need it for your next road trip. The water-resistant bag can be tossed in a suitcase for those unplanned adventures and purchases that make travel so special. Then voila! – it opens up to a roomy 18L bag with multiple compartments and a chest strap for all-day comfort. MSRP: $40 (Enter TRAVEL20 at checkout for 20% off sitewide and free shipping.)

Travelon makes it easy to tend to personal hygiene on travels with a line of accessories, including ecofriendly, biodegradable and 3-1-1 carry-on-compliant Hand Soap Toiletry Sheets (MSRP: $5.75/50 count), a package so compact and portable it fits in a pocket. Just add water – the sheets dissolve into fresh, fragranced hand soap. Pair this with Travelon’s Antimicrobial On-the-go Cloth made of microfiber (MSRP: $10/set of 2), which features a permanent and safe silver ion antimicrobial treatment.

Need a touch-up? No problem. The Havana Folding Mirror by Ricardo Beverly Hills props upright to stand on your vanity, desk or countertop and folds flat for easy transport and storage in handbag or carry-on. Sporting a chic design accented by the Stephanie Johnson logo stud, it comes in five fashion colors and its compact 6.5” x 4.25” x 0.63” dimensions make it ideal for those on-the-go touchups. MSRP: $16.50

Travelon’s One-Touch Germicidal Portable UV Sanitizer Box provides 360° coverage that kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and germs in under three minutes. Did you know there are enough pathogens crawling over your high-touch personal items that you might be safer kissing a public toilet than answering your phone? Gross, but true. UV-C lights kill or inactivate 99.9% pathogens with no possibility of regeneration. With the USB adaptor, you can plug in and sanitize from anywhere. A roomy interior fits smartphones, glasses, facemasks, credit cards and more. MSRP: $60

Breathe confidently with the CleanLight Air by KeySmart, an ultra-portable air purifier that features a HEPA filter to remove dust, pollen, smoke, odors and ozone from the air before passing through a UV-C light that kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The slim design tucks easily into luggage or backpack and most cup holders and, because it doesn’t have an internal battery, it can be placed inside checked baggage. Plus, with the extra USB port, you can use the device to keep electronics charged. MSRP: $119.99

Fun travels with you when you take GSI Outdoors’ Cornhole Table Set on the road. Perfect for any outdoor space, this mid-size take on the classic cornhole game features two gameboards with fold-out legs that convert into low camp tables. It is the family fun of cornhole, made versatile and convenient for travel. Designed for two-plus players, it weighs 5 lbs. and includes two collapsible tables, eight bean bags in two different colors, game instructions and carry bag. MSRP: $70

No more spilling hot coffee during the morning commute. Pelican’s™ 16-oz Dayventure Tumbler fits 99% of all car cup holders. Not only that, its leak-proof locking insulated lid made with Tritan™ copolyester keeps liquids safely inside, while the 18/8 pro grade stainless steel is vacuum-sealed and double-walled to withstand the regular bumps and drops of everyday life. With a feels-good-to-the-touch sweat-proof powder finish and ergonomic design, the tumbler has a built-in loop for easy backpack attachment. It comes in five colors, including seafoam, canyon red and pacific blue. MSRP: $24.95

The CrazyCap® 17-oz Water Filtration Bottle (Gen 2) in onyx is a next-generation portable water bottle powered with advanced deep UV LED sterilization technology. Lightweight and stylish, it purifies water on the go without using harsh chemicals or replaceable filters, making it perfect for hiking, traveling, a day at the office (wherever that may be) and daily use. CrazyCap destroys harmful germs lurking in your water while also self-cleaning the bottle. It is backed by a lifetime warranty. MSRP: $69

Show your eyes and face a little love and respect with the All Outer Sweat Out Hat 2.0 – with sunglasses holder, the only hat in the world with a built-in sweatband, laser-cut mesh and a proprietary integrated sunglasses keeper. Go ahead and push your limits; this hat keeps sweat and salt out of your eyes and off of your skin. No need to keep wiping your brow while hiking, biking or working outside. The hat also gives you a handy place to park your sunglasses to guard against losing them when removed. It comes in a variety of colors with flat or curved bill. MSRP: $30 (Enter TRAVEL20 at checkout for 20% off sitewide and free shipping.)

Travelon introduces the perfect towel for travel, camping, college and sports: a fast-drying and super-absorbent Anti-Bacterial Travel Towel (MSRP: $18.90). This towel is 3 times lighter than traditional towels, absorbs up to 3 times its weight, features a safe and permanent silver ion antimicrobial treatment and comes with a mesh carry bag.

Get fast relief from nausea and vomiting, without drugs or side effects, with Blisslets’ Sydney + Alex Nausea Relief Bracelets. The Alex is a genuine leather bracelet that hides an ultra-comfortable acupressure elastic; the Sydney elastic pairs traditional patterns from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast with cool, earthy colors. The bracelets are great for motion sickness, morning sickness and other types of nausea such as that caused by migraines, virtual reality games and chemotherapy. The leather cover need not be worn over the inner elastic for nausea relief, and can be worn alone as an accessory after nausea subsides. MSRP: $48.99

Travelon‘s Anti-Bacterial Toothbrush Covers (MSRP: $4.20/set of 2) keep brushes safe and clean from dirt and germs. In assorted colors to prevent toothbrushes from getting mixed up with others, covers can attach to mirror or hard surface with a suction cup.

Banner photo credit
Photo: Kerry Pittenger
Models: Zack Bittner and Emma Scott

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