The more you travel, the more you know how unnecessary it is to check a bag at an airline’s ticket counter. With one well-packed carry-on bag, savvy travelers skip long check-in lines, avoid extra fees and bypass baggage claim, then spend the trip enjoying life rather than unpacking and repacking a bulky bag every few days. This spring, pack smart and light — and save yourself a whole lot of headaches — with these five essentials.
Osprey Ozone Convertible Bag
In order to master carry-on travel, you first need a reliable TSA-approved 22-inch bag. We love the Osprey Ozone Convertible ultra-light travel luggage. New in fall 2013 and weighing in at just more than 6 pounds, the Ozone includes wheels and an extending bar for rolling through the airport, and a convertible pack for when it’s time to wear your luggage like a backpack. It also includes a detachable daypack with a padded compartment for a laptop — a perfect bag for both business and adventure.
Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne
For the time being, rock-solid security prohibits any of us from bringing liquids on airplanes — so most men have forgone traveling with classic cologne. (Plus, who wants to risk the chance that the bottle might break? Yikes!) Thankfully, after more than a year of research and development, Fulton & Roark launched its first line of solid cologne fragrances made of a microcrystalline wax and filled with three concentrated fragrance options (Hatteras, Shackleford and Tybee) that are masculine, travel-ready and won’t irritate skin. Though the scents — fresh with light spice, sandalwood and amber, and white musk — were designed for men, if you’re traveling with a female companion, she’ll likely be tempted to try some herself.
Warby Parker Downing Shades in Walnut Tortoise or Revolver Black
After such a brutally dreary winter, your eyes may need a little extra protection from the blinding rays of the sun. But there’s no need to spend a fortune. Warby Parker offers high-end, high-quality sunglasses online and at a few select locations throughout the United States (with an option to try on select frames at home or virtually on the site for no extra cost). Men and women can both enjoy Downing, a classic round design with dark tinted lenses, in either walnut tortoise or revolver black. We promise, the Downing will add extra style to anything you pack in your carry-on bag. And there’s a humanitarian bonus too — with every pair of Warby Parker glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
If anything takes up the limited space in a carry-on bag, it’s shoes. Nisolo, a shoe company based in both Nashville and Peru, offers men and women options that help solve the “what pair do I pack?” quandary. The women’s Ecuador sandal, made of soft, hand-cut goat leather, slips on and off for easy airport travel, and breathes well for all-day wear (but order a half-size smaller than normal, since the leather tends to give with time). For men, the Moreno loafer’s genuine sheepskin-lined interior provides a comfy feel and functions well with socks or without, and since the leather is treated, there’s no need to worry about stains or water damage.
Mophie Space Pack
For those who have upgraded to the iPhone 5s/5, the newly launched Mophie Space Pack is the world’s first rechargeable battery case with built-in storage. No more worrying that your iPhone might die when you need to navigate to dinner or run out of photo space before your vacation is over. The Mophie Space Pack doubles an iPhone’s normal battery life and supplies space for up to 16,000 more photos, 9,000 more songs and 14 more hours of video.
Photos Courtesy of Nisolo Shoes and Fulton & Roark