The Women's Travel Essentials of 2015

What to pack and wear.
Meaghen Brown

Women's Travel Essentials
(Michael Karsh)


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. theseea.com

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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. inbluehandmade.com

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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. nau.com

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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. volcom.com

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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. sn-supernatural.com

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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. wacaco.com

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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. olukai.com

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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. prana.com

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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. prana.com

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