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    Travel Essentials

    Stylish and versatile gear for your next adventure.

    —Caty Enders

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    SmartWool NTS Micro 150 Crew Sweater

    This 100 percent merino-wool base layer ($75) packs well, dries fast, and naturally resists odor. Besides being workout friendly, it has a scoop neck and side seams that are refined enough to wear just about anywhere.

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    Crumpler Wren Handbag

    The key to on-the-road organization? Keep it simple. The weather-resistant Wren ($135) has spots for phone, notebook, tablet, and chargers but doesn’t overwhelm with pockets.

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    Lstn Beech Troubadour Headphones

    For long plane rides, a good pair of headphones are a godsend. The Troubadour’s ($150) generous ear cups are furnished with reclaimed wood, and they sound as impressive as they look.

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    Nau Compleat Stripe Dress

    Throw it over a bathing suit or under a cardigan: the cotton-like modal fabric, made from sustainably harvested beech trees, dries fast, and the A-line skirt suits every frame ($98). Bonus: it never wrinkles.

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    Clarks Faraway Charm shoes

    Lightweight, with a shock-absorbing latex midsole, these moccasins ($105) can handle long days of urban exploration. The leather upper and lining are surprisingly breathable, and the leather laces and stitching wear equally well in a café or on the trail.

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    Dodo Custom iPad Case

    Disguised as your travel journal, Dodo’s bamboo case ($75) allows easy access to all toggles and sensors, as well as various configurations for typing or watching movies. Lightweight and durable but, sadly, as we discovered, not entirely spillproof.

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    Merrell Anouk Long Jacket

    The midthigh Anouk ($109) is beautifully tailored, with guidebook-size pockets, a generous hood, and a high collar that offers protection in wind and moderate rain. The trade-off of the silky fabric: it won’t stand up to a downpour.

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    Patagonia Reversible Tuhuata Top and Hatutu Bottom

    This reversible combo ($55 and $45) gives you four suits in one. The top has a crossed back and remains firmly in place for beach volleyball, while the bottom’s flattering side straps are wave-ready.

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    Oakley Feedback Sunglasses

    Oakley reimagines the aviator with a slight wrap and a more moderate lens shape ($150). The nose pads help it stay put when things get bumpy, and they’re designed not to snag in wind-blown hair.

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    Prana Estelle Fedora

    The Estelle ($36) looks great and offers lightweight, breathable sun protection. The grosgrain hat-band gives a snug fit on the inside and a splash of color on the outside.

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