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Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing: Autumn Edition

As we continued to navigate this “new normal” way of life, we’re making the most of the little things that bring joy and we’d love to share those with you as we continue on into the fall season. We do feel that it’s important to continue to stay safe and to find adventures and things to fuel the traveler’s soul within our own hometowns, cities and destinations nearby that don’t require a lot of travel. Now, more than ever it is important to work together during this pandemic so we can all move forward to a brighter future. I’ve been using this time I have in New York City to become more in touch spiritually, in search of healing,  helping others, making my home cozy and treating myself to the little things I’ll be sharing in the post below. I hope they bring you joy too!

Calhoun & Co. Butterfly And Moth Woven Throw Blanket

My mom always used to call me butterfly because she said I’m fragile yet resilient and although I’m always flying away, I eventually come back so it’s no wonder my heart exploded when I found this blanket! Brooklyn based Calhoun & Co. is a gift and home decor line with a mission to bring joy and they do it well. Their inspiration comes from community, friendly faces, interesting places, and spending Saturday morning cozied up with a cup of coffee and their dog, Slug!

Simplify Your Cookware with Just One Magical Do-It All Pan

We don’t know about you but ever since the world went into lock down, cooking has kind of been our new thing and the experience has been enhanced by the brilliant Always Pan by Our Place. Living in New York City comes with its challenges- like not having enough cabinet space but the Always Pan is designed to replace EIGHT traditional pieces of cookware! It acts as fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. It’s also GORGEOUS. Our Place also offers stylish and really well made dinnerware and glassware.

We also greatly admire the founder, Shiza Shahid who is also the co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Made to Last Accessories by Duluth Pack

We love Duluth Pack who are based out of Duluth, Minnesota and make handcrafted goods of the highest quality materials and are built to last generations. The Lakewalk Pack is perfect for the autumn road trip and sturdy enough to carry your gear and belongings and the Mohair Logo Beanie is super cute and will surely keep you warm on those chilly autumn nights.

Ethically Made and Adventure Forward Designed Candles

The National Park Candle Collection by Ethics Supply Co will have you feeling like you’ve just reached a mountain peak at your favorite national park. Ethics Supply Co seeks to capture your “scents of adventure” by wandering the trails of some of America’s cherished National Parks. Not only do the candles smell amazing. the packaging is gorgeous, making it the perfect gift for the adventure lover in your life.

Relax with Hemp CBD

We all know 2020 has not been easy for majority of us. heck, we wouldn’t even be sitting here writing this post right now if it weren’t for all of the drastic changes happening in the world! We would probably be relaxing on a beach in Greece but here we are in our home city of New York, anxiously waiting for better days. One way I’ve been able to stay as relaxed and chill as I can be is by taking KindUrth™ Organic Hemp CBD gummies. They have been a lifesaver! I’e tried many other brands but they just didn’t do it for me until I tried KindUrth™.  Organically grown in the USA  and are non-gmo, vegan, gluten free and 3rd Party Lab tested for purity and quality. My favorites are the 1500 mg Premium CBD Gummies (THC Free).

Cozy Jacket by Heartloom

For those quick runs to the grocery store or outdoor dining with friends, we love the super cool Patrice Jacket by Heartloom.

Olive & June The Nailfie Ready Box

We are huge fans of Olive & June, based  and now even more so with these gorgeous fall colors! The box includes an 8-piece mani system of tools and products to help you achieve the prettiest mani from home.  It doesn’t hurt that their branding and packaging are absolutely brilliant, fully quipped with even a holder to prop your phone so you can have FT manis with friends!

Silk Masks by Claire & Clara

Being in New York City during the entire lockdown and witnessing everything we did during those few months has made us huge advocates of wearing masks as evidenced by the way New Yorkers truly flatted the curve and it has stayed that way because majority of us wear masks. With that being said, finding fashionable masks with filters has become a fun hunt! We discovered these gorgeous satin masks by Claire & Clara and were so excite to see that they also include a PM2.5 Filter. *Disclaimer via website: – This is NOT a medical device. This product should NOT be used as a replacement for conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment (surgical or N-95 masks). The product has not been industry-tested nor has it been NIOSH approved.*

Fresh Work Out Gear by Outdoor Voices to Get You Motivated to Stay Active

I just recently discovered Outdoor Voices for new workout gear and I am in love! I pretty much live in the TechSweat 7/8 Leggings. They’re incredibly comfortable and I love switching it up from the usual Black with their gorgeous Evergreen color. I pair it with the TechSweat Cami Tank Top which has a built-in shelf bra, removable pads, and adjustable straps.

Stay Safe, Sanitized and Give Back with Clean Beauty VIVI Naturals

We’re loving the VIVI Naturals hand sanitizer that comes in a gel or spray form with a blend of Vitamin E, Peppermint Oil, Aloe Vera, Lavender and Ethyl Alochol. All of their products are Vegan and natural: Sulfate, Paraben, Silicon and Phthalate free and are created using clean, feel-good ingredients and packaged using recycled glass, paper and materials that meet the highest environmental standards. I also love their mission of giving back by partnering with Hunger in America & the internationally recognized World Vision Organization.

Get Inspired for Future Trips with Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure Coffee Table Book!

Our dream is that the Dame Traveler book transports you to every corner of our beautiful planet. We hope you sift through each page and imagine yourself there, soaking in cultural experiences, scaling mountaintops, learning from locals, discovering new, untouched European towns or road tripping through America.

Even if your travel plans have halted, the world is still your oyster. And we hope each and every page keeps that fire to adventure glowing until the right time comes to hop on that plane. Available at @westelmdumbo, @westelmbroadway, @strandbookstore@mcnallyjackson @rizzolibookstore in nyc and @barnesandnoble @target @blackwellbooks @powellsbooks and more.

Get Cozy at Home with Custom Designs by Sasha Hayatt Designs

We have been living in these gorgeous lounge wear pieces, custom made by Dame Traveler, Sasha Yakoub herself! She’s constantly updating her website and Instagram with new designs so be sure to follow along to stock up on all of the cute coziness for this fall season!

 

Lifestyle What to Pack

Guide to Choosing the Perfect Travel Bag

Finding the perfect travel bag can be a challenge. You want your bag to be functional and practical for traveling, but not have to compromise on how stylish it is.

So, for when you need to consider form and function for your perfect travel bag, here are some tips on how to choose a cute handbag for travelling:

Style

When travelling comfort is key- no one wants a bag that keeps slipping out of place or too small to fit everything. Luckily there are many types of travel bags out there so we can opt for a practical bag that is still cute. Some of the best designs for travelling are totes, backpacks, crossbody bags and shoulder bags.

Material

There are many material options for travel bags, such as leather, water-resistant nylon and more. Leather is by far one of the best materials for a travel bag because while beautiful and super durable, it is also slash proof. You can find some gorgeous handmade travel bags online, on websites like Mirta for example, that carries authentic made in Italy leather goods.

Size

The size of a travel bag bag is extremely important because you want to be able to fit what is needed during your travel days, but you don’t want it to be too big that it is uncomfortable to carry. You’ll want your travel essentials such as your phone, wallet, documents and passport, as well as any personal essentials at all times and not have to leave anything behind because your bag is too small!

Security measures

Security measures are an important aspect of your travel bag. Two things you’ll want to consider are RFID and zippers. Many travel bags come with RFID blocking card and passport slots, which make it difficult for your information to be stolen electronically. As for zippers, you’ll want your bag to close well and stay closed well while you’re traveling. Inside zippers also give another layer of safety.

A crossbody travel bag is arguably one of the most secure travel bags because they are less targeted by purse thieves since you wear it across your body and it also makes it easier on travelers because it ensures you are hands-free (though wearing it on your front and placing a hand on it in crowded places is recommended).

Good quality and durability

Traveling isn’t always easy on a handbag, so want to choose a bag that is durable and good quality. That way, it won’t show too much wear and tear after only some use and you can continue to use it for future trips as well. Plus, you want your bag to withstand its use while on your travels and not have to deal with a broken bag.

As long as you choose something you like and that will withstand your travels, a travel bag will be worth the investment as it will last years and many trips to come.

Lifestyle Reviews

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

It’s a strange time, isn’t it? Since many of us have been in quarantine and practicing social distancing, it’s truly the little joys that make this difficult time more manageable. From making sweets in the kitchen, to trying a new bottle of wine or cracking open a warm and nostalgic book… it’s the little, simple things that can turn any day into a sunnier one.

No matter what way you look at it, our lives as we know it have all completed changed from the wake of COVID-19. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite items that are bringing us so much joy and happiness during quarantine.

Face Masks By Artisans

Buying a face mask seems all too normal nowadays. But why not invest in one that can help an artist through these tough times? We love these 100% cotton masks made by Project Runway Alum Jennifer Diederich. Made in NYC, these masks are playful, feature a pocket for a filter and a bendy nose piece to mold the mask to your face. Plus, Jennifer’s mask profits go towards more materials for donated masks!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Closet Additions That Support Black Businesses

Without a doubt, this unprecedented time has made us evaluate where we choose to spend and the power that lies in our wallets. We’re focusing on supporting black businesses in all avenues right now – apparel, accessories, restaurants and more. Making it a priority to support and increase the visibility of incredible black creators, designers and entrepreneurs is something we will be continuing to do in the months ahead. Nía Thomas’s eco-conscious apparel line has us swooning. Each piece is crafted intentionally with sustainability in mind. We’re obsessed with this handwoven cotton jute skirt, paired with this azul colored ceramic bra – the perfect pairing for hotter days ahead. And you can bet that on any given day we’ll be strutting our stuff with Nia’s lightweight silk and cotton palazzo pant with side slit and attached cross body bag in one! Each piece feels incredibly special and bolsters our confidence with their bold design.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Fun Bamboo Plates For Summer Picnics

With social distancing measures still in place this summer, we have one thing on our minds… outdoor picnics! Times spent outside in the beautiful warm weather is meant to be treasured – especially after a long quarantine. This set of light, bamboo plates have the most adorable terrazzo pattern and are the perfect size for salads, desserts or whatever you’re serving. We’ll be packing them up in our bags to meet up with our gal pals in the park as much as possible!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Boy Smells Candle

There’s nothing more special than a candle that makes you feel oh so calm and collected. Especially during a crazy situation as this! We’re obsessing over Boy Smells’ LES Scented Candle – inspired by NYC’s eclectic and cool Lower East Side. (We miss being able to explore your every nook and corner New York!) With scents of blackcurrant, peach blossom, pear and cedar – we’ll be lighting this candle to get a whiff of the outdoors when we can’t be outside in the springtime air!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Fashion That Gives Back

Our wishlists on our favorite online shopping stores are ever growing nowadays. But, we’re always happy to know our money is going towards something really important right now. We’re obsessed with Industry Standard’s special edition cotton NYC tee with our custom embroidery because 50% of all sales go to the NYC Fund for Public Health in their efforts fighting COVID-19. There is really nothing more special than knowing our money is going towards supporting public health organizations that have saved endless lives.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Plush Cotton and Bamboo Towels

It feels like the little things really help us through social distancing and being cooped up at home. For example, treating ourselves to a long, warm bath at the end of the day! No spa-like experience is complete without plush towels, right? That’s why these plush Egyptian cotton hand towels with bamboo rayon are our go-to in our bathroom! They’re absorbent as they come and are thick, plush and can handle any sort of self-care product that crosses its path! We love how thick and luxurious they feel!

La Colombe Cold Brew Coffee

What’s a girl to do without her daily run to the local coffeeshop? We’ve discovered that having the perfect, smooth blend of cold brew in the fridge fills that void! La Colombe’s Cold Brew Coffee is our absolute favorite coffee to have stocked up. Silky, strong and totally convenient… their cold brew chilled cans are fresh-roasted and double-filtered for the smoothest, cleanest sip. Quarantine mode won’t have us un-caffeinated – that’s for sure! PS we’re giving away coffee and Dame Traveler books to healthcare workers. Click here to nominate your healthcare heroes!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Olive & June’s Manicure Kit

Quarantine’s got nothing on our mani game with Olive & June’s adorable Everything Box! Inside is literally everything you could ever need for a killer manicure or pedicure at home. From six of their beautiful nail colors (that you can choose from!), their iconic universal polish bottle handle, cuticle cream, nail polish remover pot, brushes, clippers – this box will get any gal’s nails back in tip top shape. It’s the little things like this that make us happy right now!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Observation Journal

While in quarantine and practicing social distancing, we’ve all had to face unusual circumstances and difficult changes. For many of us, keeping in touch with our inner dialogue and the world around us is one way to practice self care and mental wellness. We couldn’t love Baronfig’s Observation Journal more for its open-ended prompts that encourage us to set aside time to be present, reflect and observe. Made in collaboration with artist Shantall Martin – this journal is filled with 375+ bite sized prompts that get us thinking, make us appreciative and really check in with ourselves and the world around us right now!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Blue Light Filtering Glasses

It seems like social distancing has made us more and more reliant on our screens, hasn’t it? Between Zoom conferences, FaceTime happy hours and scrolling social media – it’s time to protect our eyes from the strain that comes from blue light. Our eyes simply weren’t made to handle this amount of screen time! We’re always excited to grab our cute Felix Gray Blue Light Filtering glasses. They protect us from headaches, blurry vision, tired eyes and trouble sleeping and we love that the lenses are anti-reflective too!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Classic Tennis Sneakers

Whether you’re meeting up with friends for a social distance picnic outdoors or going on a daily solo walk around your neighborhood, slip on a pair of classic tennis sneakers to look effortlessly put together! Superga’s Cotu sneakers are chic for any sort of small excursion you have in mind. We love these Italian-made, beloved rubber-soled sneakers worn by Europeans everywhere. There’s a reason they’re called “the people’s shoe of Italy” – they’re easy to wear, sporty, comfortable and wear-resistant too! We may not be able to hop on a plane to Italy right now, but slipping these on make us reminiscent of our time there!

Webcam Cover

With the rise of people staying home to social distance, unfortunately comes with a rise of cyber security issues. Keep yourself safe by keeping your web cam discretely covered when you’re not Zooming with co-workers, friends and family.

Chic Loungeware

There’s nothing like slipping on a beautiful little something while lounging around at home. No offense to our favorite sweatpants, but it’s time for something a little more refined. This chic, ivory slip dress with scalloped edges has the perfect, relaxed fit. We’ll be popping it on while relaxing at home or dress it up with summery wedges and accessories for picnics and outdoor seating at restaurants!

The Dame Traveler Book

Covid-19 has completely disrupted the world as we know it across all industries – travel being one of the most impacted. As travelers, we certainly are going to miss adventure this summer while practicing social distancing. So, what’s a girl to do? Take part in armchair exploration! We’re very proud of our very first hardback cover book filled with the brave, courageous women in our community around the globe. Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure” celebrates the diversity and bravery of women from around the world who are not afraid to think (and live) outside the box. Inside you’ll find endless inspiration for trips around the world, inside tips, beautiful photographs and safety tips too!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Stay Cool with this Vintage Fan

As the summers get hotter and hotter, there’s nothing like a cool looking fan to keep you cool while social distancing indoors. We absolutely love this powerful and gorgeous, vintage inspired fan.

Self Care Products

We might not be out and about as much as we used to be before Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean that beauty and self-care isn’t a priority! We’re obsessed with Indulge Craft Kit by äz Craft Luxury Haircare products. Each are luxurious upgrades to the essential items we love using day in and day out. Between the shampoo, conditioner and the Remedy Restorative masque (our fave!) these hair products have our locks feeling nourished, strengthened and cared for.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Coconut Water Mist

Sulfate free and plant-based ingredients for less scalp irritation and a healthy moisture to get your hair through the humid days without having to use hair styling tools, reducing the heat exposure to your hair. Just spray this inexpensive and natural coconut water and go!

Small Yet Mighty Hair Dryer

Our favorite Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer has feeling light as a feather and ready to go (even if that means we’re just heading to the closest park this summer)! This ultra light hair dryer is faster, lighter and quicker than any other hair dryer we’ve ever used. Weighing in at less than one pound, it’s ergonomically designed and whisper soft – perfect for a packing once we’re at a safer place in the world too! We love that it features 12-heat and speed setting for all hair types and its ion technology for frizz-fair, shinier hair.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Improve Gum Health

I don’t know about you but I’ve been living and enjoying the slower pace of life lately and since I have more time, I decided to add another product to my routine. The PerioSciences AO Gel is an incredibly unique and useful tool that helps improve the appearance and health of your gums . It’s a natural product with essential oils and anti-oxidants but the best part? No harsh chemicals. It also comes in a Oral Care System!


Here’s hoping that these items bring joy to your quarantine and social distancing summer. We’re wishing you all health and happiness during this difficult time!

Featured Lifestyle Tech

Essentials for the Dame Traveler’s Home

Essentials for a Traveler's Home

No matter where you roam, there’s no place like home. As travelers, we love the thrill of the go-go-go lifestyle… but we can all agree that having a home base feels incredible. Right now, many of us are practicing self-quarantine and social distancing to help stop the spread of Covid-19 by staying at home. Now is the time to nest, settle in (perhaps with a beautiful book) and curate a cozy place that reflects our deep love for culture and history. Creating a space that showcases all the beautiful treasures we’ve collected while on the road is the best feeling… so take this time to dig out those gems! Have we got you inspired yet? Whether you’re working from home, stuck at home or just need to be home right now, here are our essential items for a traveler’s home.

Roomba Robot Vacuum

If you’ve always dreamed of returning home to a pristine home after a long trip abroad, look no further than the wi-fi connected robot vacuum of your dreams. Whether you’re jetting off for a long weekend or for a few months, the iRobot Roomba picks up dust, pet hair, allergens and so much more while you’re away. We can’t tell you how awesome it feels to know that your apartment is cleaned on a routine without even being there! This traveler’s home essential is bagless, great on hardwoods and even self-docks to recharge itself.

Phone Sanitizer

There’s never been a time we’ve been more grateful for phone sanitizer. Considering the fact that our phones are literally a petri dish of germs (eighteen times dirtier than a public toilet!) we carry around night and day, it’s nice to know that this little gem can eliminate any of the “bugs” we’ve encountered after a trip. After returning from any adventure, it’s hard to keep germs at bay. So, that’s why we love this UV phone sanitizer! It takes just five minutes to zap away germs with the touch of a button!

Molekule Air & Air Mini+ Bundle

With more time spent indoors these days, the Molekule Air & Air Mini+ Bundle is a must have in your home. Moleule uses a patented PECO-Filter Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) nanotechnology to destroy viruses, VOCs, allergens, etc. when activated by light. It’s not only effective, scientifically tested in a lab, but it looks great too.

Beautiful Flatware

Made with the care and tradition of three generations of the Italian Prandelli family, Merpa’s Linea Bronzo‘s base material of the flatware is stainless steel 18/10 covered with a PVD titanium coating is a dream kitchen essential! The company’s factory has such a legacy! Dating all the way back to the First World War, the Prandelli factory created bullets for the Italian Army. After the war, the family’s factory furnaces were used to melt stainless steel flatware. The rest is history! Knowing such a legacy exists within our kitchen drawers feels incredible, and we’re simply in love with the innovative design that honors Italian tradition and lifestyle. Use promo code dametraveler for 10% off any product on the site!

Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket

What semi-stress or jet lagged Dame Traveler wouldn’t look forward to cozying up to a breathable, weighted blanket that soothes stress and anxiety? Baloo’s weighted blanket increases serotonin production, which cues our bodies to rest and relax. What we love most about it is its breathable cotton (suited for all seasons of the year), and how easy it is to care for (just toss it into the washing machine on gentle!). It’s our favorite home essential that keeps us cool and calm when cozied up at home.

Essentials for a Traveler's Home

Pin Adventure Map

A traveler’s home should always reflect the amazing memories and experiences we’ve collected on our journeys. That’s why we love seeing a physical representation of each and every adventure we’ve had with a push pin travel map on our walls! It’s an original piece of art that will instantly have you reminiscing on your explorations, and it’s a great conversation starter too! P.S. we really love that Pin Adventure offers a ton of high quality, customizable prints, ranging from updated world maps, regional maps (like Europe or United States) and the opportunity to personalize each print with names, dates, memories or even quotes and lyrics. It’s one of our favorite pieces to have adorn our walls!

Essentials for a Traveler's Home

Cafe Mug & Saucer

We love having the porcelain mugs and saucers (you may recognize in La Colombe!) in our apartments. Made in Deruta, Italy – these signature, custom-made coffee mugs have been in La Colombe since the cafe’s very beginning. They remind us of slow mornings sipping cafes in the city every time we open our kitchen cabinets!

Stovetop Espresso Maker

If you’re hunting for a little slice of Europe right in your kitchen – this is it! Bialetti’s Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker is an authentic addition to every nesting adventurer. Using ours every morning feels like we’ve escaped into a dreamy little apartment in Roma. After experiencing Italian locals use Bialetti in their kitchens, having one of our own makes us so happy inside. We also love that this version is able to make three cups worth of roast-y, delicious espresso – perfect for all of us who have a serious caffeine addiction!

Travel Home Book

Every traveler’s home needs a little inspiration. If you’re on the hunt for creative ways to showcase more of your favorite global trinkets and trinkets… “Travel Home: Design With A Global Spirit” is truly one of the most beautiful travel-inspired design book we’ve found yet! Written by a mother-daughter duo, the book visits twenty designers who masterfully designed their spaces with their global travels on display. Expect interiors from all around the world, including Marrakesh, Paris, Tokyo, Cuba and more and tips and tricks for cultivating your own global style in a way that reflects your favorite travels around the world.

Essentials For a Travelers Home

European-esque Glassware

It’s the little details in a traveler’s home that remind us of adventures near and far! For example, our favorite Juliska’s timeless, romantic glassware. We’re loving these adorable, swirled glass tumblers in the coolest colors. They’re the perfect size for a cocktail and have us feeling nostalgic for European summers with its vintage-cut crystal inspired design.

A Copper Cookware Set

A great luxury that comes with being home is the ability to make a delicious home cooked meal! Without a doubt, it’s one of the things we look forward to most when we know we’ll be home for a spell. Every gal should have a set of classic, sturdy and chic cookware set, especially a set that makes you feel like you’re cooking at a cooking class in Italy. We’re obsessed with this copper set of ten classic cookware items.

The Perfect Cook’s Knife

There’s nothing quite like the peace and calm that comes from cooking for yourself at home. No matter what’s on your menu for the night – chopping each ingredient with this Cook’s Knife by Wusthof is a dream! Its eight inch size is the perfect happy medium, and its cuts are consistently clean. We love its delightfully smooth handle and the way it seamlessly glides through any thing we’re prepping!

Essentials For a Travelers Home

A Cozy Throw

Every armchair traveler deserves the softest, coziest throw on their couch! We’re obsessed with Alicia Adams’ Alpaca Lugano Throw because its simply the coziest one out there for a traveler’s home! Each design features a timeless basketweave pattern and a contrasting eyelash fringe trim… so no matter what color scheme your humble abode touts, it’ll fit right in. Plus, alpaca fabric is sourced sustainably, hypoallergenic and less likely to pill over time. It’s the perfect addition to the arm of your couch or foot of a bed during your hours cozying up at home.

Essentials for a Traveler's Home

Furry Llama Pillow

Finding comfort in this time can be difficult… and that’s why we love curling up to this adorable llama pillow! It’s a conversation starter, reminds us of those amazing adventures we’ve collected (especially those of us who have seen these cuties out on road!) and simple the coziest little addition to our couches! Little details like this make our hearts happy to see when at home and remind us of all the adventures that are yet to come in the future.

Essentials for a Traveler's Home

Winc Wine Subscription

Don’t mind us as we close our eyes and pretend we’re back in Portugal, Spain, Italy… or wherever our wine tastes lead us! We’re obsessed with a classic glass of vino over here at Dame Traveler HQ, and we really believe every traveler should have the luxury of world wines every month. Winc brings the world of wine right to your doorstep. Each month Winc sends specially curated wines based off of your preferences, straight from the vineyard. It’s the best mail we love to receive!

Essentials for a Traveler's Home

A Clarifying Face Exfoliator

Another skin care essential you’ll see on our bathroom shelves is this Polish + Clarify Face Exfoliator. Unlike other harsh exfoliators, we love that this one is a fine powder you can mix in and customize with your favorite face or body wash. It’s gentle buff that shapes our skin right up!

Essentials For a Travelers Home

Luxurious Linen Sheets & Down Comforter

The joy of resting your head in your very own bed is heaven after a lengthy trip! And that’s why having the ultimate bed set is an absolute essential to any traveler’s home. We’re obsessed with this solid washed-linen bedding set. The linen set is airy soft, made from French flax and washed by hand for luxurious comfort all year long… we love how it only gets more cozy over time!

The Ultimate Comfy Undergarments

Yep… there’s nothing like having the ultimate cozy, comfy underwear in our closets (and on our bodies)! As travelers, we know – comfort is king. We don’t have the patience to deal with undergarments that stick, poke or make us feel anything less than amazing. And let’s not lie… there’s real joy walking around home alone with our underwear on (can’t do that in a hostel, now can you?!). Tommy John’s women’s collection has us leaping for joy in the morning. Each piece moves with you, never rides up, bunches or requires adjusting. We’re loving their Second Skin Brief for the perfect amount of coverage, their Air Mesh Trim Brief for avoiding pantylines on our tighter outfits and their cozy as can be Lounge Henley shirt!

Essentials For a Travelers Home

Blush Terracotta Vase

Hand thrown by an artisan potter in Los Angeles and made out of the most gorgeous blush terracotta clay, this Sheldon Ceramics vase is one of our favorite additions to a dining room table. Its pink-orange hue with intricate and dreamy milky porcelain has so many beautiful details we love to admire. Whether its filled with fresh blooms from the market or simply sitting on our bookshelves as a decor piece, it’s a special piece we’ll be showcasing for years.

Essentials For a Travelers Home

Home Decor Details With Encouraging Messages

When glancing around a traveler’s home, it’s always wonderful to see little details that spark creativity. Inspiration is everywhere, and that’s why we love a home decor detail with words of affirmation – like this Femme De Force candle. We love its cute illustration mixed with a gorgeous blend of wild roses, piercing lemon and a hint of spice. It’s the perfect little nod to self growth we long to see when cozying up at home.

Essentials For a Travelers Home

Self-Cleaning Litter Box

If your roommate is a cat like mine (@brooklynfrmtheblock) then you can relate that despite how much you may love your furry little friend, you definitely don’t love scooping their litter box. Luckily, ChillX has solved that problem for all of us with their incredible ChillX.co AutoEgg Self-Cleaning Litter Box! This has been a huge game changer for me. It’s super quiet, safer than scooping it yourself (and possibly inhaling toxic fumes) and it also log of date, time, duration, weight, and waste data for the last seven days. My cat Brooklyn immediately got used to his new litter box and was even fascinated by the self cleaning process, watching it from afar!

Hotel-esque items for the home

We love the sleek simplicity and modern design of blomus products. Everything from home decor to kitchen and bathroom tools and storage, blomus will make your home feel like a modern hotel stay.

 


We hoped you enjoyed this round up of some of our favorite essentials for a traveler’s home! What are some of your prized possessions (or helpful tech items) you love seeing in your space? We’d love to know!

Essentials For a Travelers Home

Lifestyle Sustainability What to Pack

Our Favorite Eco-Conscious Travel Accessories

Our Favorite Eco-Conscious Travel Accessories

We’re passionate about practicing “sustainable travel” here at Dame Traveler. The concept is certainly a buzzword right now in the travel industry. But we believe that in order to love and cherish the world and its many wonders, it’s important to explore responsibly. Eco-conscious travel is not a trend in our eyes, it’s truly a positive shift. What’s most amazing? Traveling sustainably isn’t all that difficult… it just requires some education and mindfulness. Today, we want to spotlight some small but mighty eco-conscious travel accessories you can pack on your next adventure!

Natural, Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Turns out, many mainstream sunscreen brands are using ingredients that are killing our precious coral reefs. That’s right! 14,000 tons of sunscreen end up in coral reef areas annually, resulting in some horrible damage to the ecosystem that’s already struggling to survive. Make the switch to organic, biodegradable and proven reef-safe sunscreen. You’ll be saving the environment while also treating your skin better.

ECOMASK

We love these reusable face masks by Eco Mask that are made from fishing nets, recycled plastic bottles and an FFP2 Filter. Proceeds benefit Healthy Seas, a non-profit whose mission is to tackle the ghost fishing phenomenon which is responsible for micro plastics, destruction of ecosystems and the needless death of marine life.

Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

By eliminating the plastic containers for shampoos and conditioners, you’re wasting less and saving more room for liquids in your carry on. Win-win situation, if you ask us!

Check out this shampoo and conditioner bar.

Hydro-Flask Or Canteen

One major wasteful move travelers make is constantly buying overpriced plastic water bottles while on the road. Eliminate your waste and excessive spending by bringing along a Hydro-Flask or other reusable water canteens.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reduce your impact on waste while traveling by packing small, reusable shopping bags. These totes come in handy in many ways! Not only do most fabric bags carry more than disposable ones while you’re out shopping, but they also can be great places to stow away wet swimsuits or dirty laundry. Our favorite? Apolis’s customizable market tote. It’s a sturdy, weather resistant bag that can handle any grocery trip and it ends the cycle of poverty. The female artisans who handcraft your eco-friendly bag receive Fair Trade wages, annual profit dividends, and a retirement fund. Amazing right?

Our Favorite Eco-Conscious Travel Accessories

Deet-Free Bug Repellent

Sure… Deet is the go-to remedy for those pesky mosquitos. But, many environmentalist urge to stray away from using the harsh chemical. Deet is known to irritate the eyes and impair the nervous system. And, in our opinion, that can’t be great for the environment either! Choose a deet-free bug repellent instead.

Microfiber Towel

Although many hotels and beaches offer free towels, the amount of water wasted on washing them really add up. Instead, pack your own micro-fiber, reusable and quick-drying option.

Reusable Silverware & Drinking Straws

You probably don’t think about silverware while you pack for your next adventure, but reusable silverware and drinking straws are two extremely meaningful eco-friendly travel accessories. At this point, we’ve all heard about the catastrophic effect of plastic straws on the environment. By packing these reusable items on your adventures, your committing yourself to a sustainable lifestyle… and the earth will thank you for it.

We’re fans of eightysix straws made by nature itself, they are grass that already grows in a straw like shape and they actually work! They don’t get soggy like paper straws and they come in a perfect envelope that’s light and easy to carry/pack.

Bamboo Toothbrush

Three cheers for less plastic in our health-care rituals! By packing a bamboo toothbrush, travelers can feel good about caring for the earth. It’s the little things like this that add up to a big impact.

Solar Power Banks

By choosing to harness the power of the sun, our natural provider of energy, we’re able to eliminate our reliance on electricity. Packing a durable, waterproof solar power bank is a great option for campers, but also for travelers anywhere! Many of them serve as lanterns and can charge multiple devices.

Refillable TSA-Approved Bottles

When sitting down and beginning the packing process, it can be overwhelming to plan what toiletries are needed. Instead of buying travel-sized options, use your favorite products and place them into reusable, refillable TSA-Approved Travel BottlesYou’ll get the perks of having your favorite items for self-care while on the road while also improving the health of our earth.

Recycled Journals & Plastic Pens

If you’re sitting down to reflect on your adventures, why not do it in an eco-friendly way? Recycled journals and biodegradable pens are two simple travel accessories that can eliminate waste while also being super cute!

Some Other Simple Things To Keep In Mind While Traveling

While the idea of sustainable travel can seem daunting to travelers, we’ve found that the first step  is through education. Once travelers are mindful of their impact on the space they visit, they are able to make conscious steps toward eco-friendly travel.

Here are some really simple things to do while on your next adventure.

  • Shop local – avoid big name-brand companies
  • Cut down on at least one non-recyclable item a day
  • Eat in instead of takeaway
  • If you can, travel slow!
  • Use digital media instead of paper for maps, books, etc.
  • Book eco-conscious hotels
  • Volunteer for a local community resource
  • Spend an hour picking up trash in green areas, like on the beach

You can find more ideas on sustainable travel right here on the blog!


Have you ever packed eco-conscious travel accessories on your adventures? What are your favorite products that contribute to sustainable travel?

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