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.
There’s never been a time we’ve been more grateful for a 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! Use promo code dametraveler for 20% off!
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.
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!
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.
We’re obsessed with the look and feel of PJ Salvage’s Jersey Pajama Pants and Top. The modal material is incredibly soft cozy and just moves with you, making this the perfect set to wear all year round.
Feel like you’re in the tropics with this beautiful set since you know, we’re traveling from home now!
There’s something about lighting a candle that makes everything seem more intimate and homey. That’s why we believe scented candles are a must in every traveler’s home. Soohyang’s hand-poured, biodegradable wax candles have the most incredible smells to liven up your home base. As the leading fragrance brand from South Korea, Soohyang makes some of the coolest glass vessel candles, ranging from green, fruity scents for the outdoorsy traveler to the nutmegs, cloves and orchids for the romantic. We love lighting one over a home cooked dinner to set a lovely vibe.
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 this large blue glass tumbler – perfect for homemade lemonade during an summer alfresco party. It’s both subtly sparkly and textured – those little touches that make even a simple glass feel special. And we’re always grabbing these adorable smaller, 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.
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!
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.
Barefoot Dreams Pillow
If you’re on the hunt for snuggly, look no further than Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Luxe Casa Pillow! Known as one of the leaders of luxury blankets and fabrics, Barefoot Dreams can be found in thousands of five-star resorts and spas and is a top seller at boutiques around the world. This cozy casa pillow feels like you stowed away a little slice of your vacay! We also love its diamond pointelle pattern and tasseled fringe, a true bohemian addition to any bedroom or living room.
There’s nothing quite like our sense of smell to recall memories in great detail. That’s why we love pumping Compagnie de Provence’s Aromatic Lavender Liquid Soap into our hands. Made in a cauldron, following the traditional methods of maintaining the fresh lavender’s scent, this soap gently cleanses and has us feeling lovely after a few seconds of its use. It instantly transforms our bathrooms into a stroll through the romantic and lush purple rows of lavender fields of Provence.
Strengthening Hair Care
After a long journey filled with dry air on flights and not so nourishing hair products in hotel rooms – there’s nothing like having some incredible strengthening hair care items in the shower! We love Fekkai’s Super Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner for ultra-moisturizing damage and breakage repair. Add their Super Strength Reparative Treatment post-shampoo for a few minutes to let the masque work… pure magic. Their products have our hair feeling silky, nourished and healthy!
Travel-Themed Hand & Bath Towel Set
For the New York lover, we’ve found one of the coolest, understated hand and bath towel set inspired by the NY subways! This crisp and soft set is embossed with the iconic brickwork pattern and arrow signs New Yorkers see while traveling to Uptown. It’s a quick little addition to a home that sparks so many amazing memories of exploring the city that never sleeps. (P.S. if you are a NYC local or a lover of Manhattan, check out this gift guide we’ve curated for you!)
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.
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 (P.S. right now you can save 40% off by stocking up and staying at home!). 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!
A Soothing Overnight Mask
As travelers, there are so many beauty products that don’t make the cut into our suitcases due to liquid restrictions and more. However, this is one you’ll always find us with – both on the road and at home. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Sweet Dreams Overnight Mask is our go-to for hydration! It does the work while we’re fast asleep, is silky smooth and the perfect consistency.
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!
Stainless Steel Reusable Straw Set
Sip on the go and right at home while being eco-conscious using these beautiful reusable stainless steel straws. These polished metal straws come in in straight and angled silhouettes, which make them usable with any sort of beverage you’re whipping up in the kitchen right now. We also love that the set comes with a handy cleaning brush and carrying pouch to throw in your bag on the go!
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 and organic cotton down comforter we found on Garnet Hill’s website. 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! And no cozy home would be complete without an inviting and warm down comforter, made with organic cotton and constructed to always even-fill the distribution of the down inside.
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!
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.
Artificial Heirloom Rose Arrangement
Not quite a green thumb type of gal? Fear not! We’re obsessed with these ecofaux heirloom rose stems and arrangements made from up-cycled plastic bottles and bioplastic. Inspired by classic Rosa Moschata stems, these roses are graceful, arched and rustically beautiful. And because they’re designed with realistic fading of leaves and petals, bug holes and natural “imperfections,” these roses are incredibly realistic looking up close.
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.
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!