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    Women's Travel Essentials

    What to pack and wear.
    Meaghen Brown

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    Seea Capitola bikini

    Women’s surfing brand Seea makes retro swimsuits with an edge. The cross back on the Capitola ($125) doesn’t cut into your neck like on a lot of suits, and the braided detailing on the straps is attractive.

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    In Blue Handmade Bicycle Journal

    In Blue’s leather goods are created in North Carolina, and the craftsmanship shines through. This paperback-size notebook ($25) safeguards sketches and inspired musings.

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    Nau Slight shirt

    Styled to look like a classic button-down, but cut from polyester ripstop with a waterproof DWR coating, the Slight ($145) is both a cute, casual top and a slick lightweight layer.

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    Volcom Straight Laced dress

    A shift dress is great for the road. It’s easy to pack, it goes with everything, and it transitions from the farmers’ market to a four-star restaurant with a change of shoes. The loose fit of the Straight Laced ($50) makes it comfortable even when you’re lugging a heavy shoulder bag.

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    Super.natural Boxy Crew 220 shirt

    This wool-polyelastane crew ($70) became a favorite among testers for its versatility. Nothing else works so well in so many situations, from a day hike to a long airplane ride.

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    Wacaco Minipresso GR espresso machine

    When you find yourself without access to coffee, this hand-powered espresso maker ($65) comes to the rescue. A piston builds the ideal pressure for a rich shot, and the cap is the cup.

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    OluKai Hikina sandals

    The Hikina ($150) is comfortable enough to wear all day, thanks to an anatomically molded outsole and a soft latex-foam footbed. And the hand-stitched detailing on the toe and heel, along with the caramel-colored leather, make it cute enough to pair with anything, even a bathing suit.

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    Prana Bhakti Weekender bag

    The Bhakti Weekender ($80) has eight interior and four exterior pockets, and the padded straps are easy on the shoulders. The quilted cotton makes stashing a cinch.

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    Prana Michelle shorts

    Prana added a silk lining to these baggy cotton shorts ($60) for superior comfort and reduced rubbing when you’re doing lots of walking, especially in hot places. The woven eyelets are a nice touch.

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