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2014 Women's Travel Essentials

Stylish and versatile gear for your next adventure.

—Caty Enders

(Inga Hendrickson)

Stylish and versatile gear for your next adventure.

—Caty Enders

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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