1. Take comfort in comfort
Holiday travel is a marathon of myriad microclimates, whether you’re battling a poorly ventilated ride in the passenger seat of Great Uncle Rick’s ‘94 Buick or the arctic frostiness of economy class. Combining your favorite cardigan, sweatshirt, or vest with a light jacket, pashmina, or scarf are a great way to fight travel discomfort when traveling. An extra plus? You can always fold ‘em up and use them as a pillow when looking for quick nap.
Of course, comfort does not have to equal frumpiness. Take our Merippa House Shoes for example. This modern update on the the traditional Japanese house shoe makes for cozy comfort, from plane to train, and then some. They provide great all-around coverage and warmth for your feet while still being easy to slip on and off, and offer tons of traction with self-adhesive grippers. They’re also machine-washable, fully reversible, and easily rolled up for packing. Plus, they’re available in a wide range of colors, patterns and fabrics, making for a slipper to perfectly suit your style.
Merippa Japanese House Shoes in fuzzy blue white stripe / fuzzy black.
Traveling comfortably is a notion that extends from head to toe, and don’t forget the eyes in between. At Kolo-Topdrawer, we’re big fans of Izipizi a French eyewear brand that’s revolutionizing the nonprescription eyewear market and making cumbersome readers purchased from the drugstore rack a thing of the past. With flex hinges and a rubber touch, they’re incredibly lightweight and durable. A balance of ready-to-wear function with innovative design—the ultimate in feel-good, no fuss style.
Izipizi Readers come in 3 different lens shapes, so you can find a style that fits.
2. Stay clear of clutter
Even the most prepared traveler can feel off-kilter when dealing with the many curveballs of travel. Thankfully, a bit of preparation and some clever tools will keep any trip from devolving into utter chaos. The Kolo Edison Pouch is one of our favorite products, and it’s not hard to see why. Its rectangular shape and zippered design comes with an innovative feature: undo the snaps and it unfolds to twice its size, revealing additional pockets for cords, keys, or any other gizmo you can’t possibly leave home without. Plus, it’s made from quality, water-resistant cotton canvas, promising durability to outlast any travel hitch or holdback.
When it comes to choosing luggage for quick trips home, a weekender bag is all you need. Its roomy enough to fit all your essentials, yet small enough to hide away when you’re stuck rooming with your six cousins on the third floor of Aunt Carol’s suburban digs. Look no further than the Cambridge Weekend Bag, a World War II-era military style modernized with fresh colors. It features a spacious square design that’s both functional and fashionable, and is crafted from heavy-duty, water-resistant cotton canvas that lets you take on travel like a pro.
To pack even lighter, consider sending your gifts to your destination in advance. This way, you’ll you avoid excess baggage and overweight fees if flying, and in any way of travel, minimize the likelihood of your presents getting lost or damage en route to your final destination. And when you finally arrive? We recommend unpacking immediately, even if your trip is a short one. Fold clothing and place it into dresser drawers, hang up any garments that wrinkle, and unpack your toiletries in the bathroom rather than leaving them in a travel bag. Its small actions like this that’ll help you feel more at ease, and avoid pulling clothing out of a rumpled pile on the floor.
(Top) Kolo Edison Pouch Medium in Mango. (Bottom) Cambridge Weekend Bag in Spruce
3. Don’t forget your tech tools
We all know how easily cords get tangled, especially when on-the-go. Put an end to untidy, tangled-up cables at the bottom of your bag with the Native Union Belt Cable. The 4-foot braided cable is wrapped up and secured with an integrated leather belt so it's always smart and stays in prime condition. Never again will you spend your first day of vacation untangling or searching for a charger.
We also have some favorite tools for sleeping. There’s nothing worse than waking up much later than you were meant to and realizing with horror that you’re late for a flight, or worse—breakfast.
The Braun Travel Alarm Clock is perfect for ensuring you don’t miss out on any plans over the holidays, and is small enough to throw in your carry-on. Its scratch-resistant, easy to read LCD display lets you always know what time it is. Even better? Its voice and motion activated snooze button allows you to gain those last precious few minutes before waking up.
4. Know that it’s okay to go a little nuts
It’s no secret that holiday travel is stressful. A lot of what happens will be out of your control, so try to relax and stay calm. If at any point you feel like you’re seconds away from belting out the first verse of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” while swinging your scarf like Josephine Baker waving her feather boa, it’s best to sit down and take a moment for yourself. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and slowly count to ten. Repeat as many times as necessary until you feel at calm, collected, and maybe even merry. And if that doesn’t work? To the airport bar we go!