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14 Travel Essentials You'll Need This Holiday Season

You don't need to bring everything including the kitchen sink while traveling, but these are a few items that do matter.
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Before heading out on your next big trip this season, make sure you're ready with all of the essentials. Consider this your unofficial travel checklist:

For your carry-on

Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Crew

It can get uncomfortably cold on the plane or at the airport so best to prepare with a lightweight sweater that protects against the cold. This one is made with breathable polyester. Its stretchable fabric also comes with unique odor control technology.

Netflix Subscription


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While in-flight entertainment gives you a chance to catch up on the latest blockbusters, there’s nothing like your own curated feed of Netflix recommendations to watch during those long layovers while in transit.The streaming platform is gearing us all up for promising original content to be released soon.

For subscriptions, visit netflix.com/ph

Longchamp Boxford Toiletry Kit

Store your toiletries in this spacious, two zipper dopp kit from Longchamp. It features an iconic, elegant design, in one of the signature line of the brand's. It's lined with Russian leather and its inside comes in a washable material.

Available at longchamp.com

Peter Thomas Roth Mask Mash-Up 6-Piece Kit

If you can't decide on which mask to bring, why not bring them all? These travel-friendly tubes contain Peter Thomas Roth's most coveted face masks. While on the go, you can choose which mask best suits your needs for the day so you won't have to compromise by limiting yourself to one or two tubes during a trip.

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Available at Freyja, Glorietta 2, freyja.com

Copies of your passport and other documents


In the unfortunate event that you lose your travel documents, it’s always safe to keep copies on hand, even it means a digital copy.

Fendi Shopper Bag


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A chic shopper to lug all your must-haves is essential to any trip, whether short or long.

Available at Iconic, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739

For your check-in luggage

Lush Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion

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The battle against jetlag is one of the pains of long-haul trips. Lush’s lavender-scented Sleepy hand and body lotion helps create the perfect environment for better sleep. It’s backed by the science of aromatherapy which dictates that lavender and vanilla have been proven to help respondents cope with stress. Rub the lotion gently onto your skin before bedtime and drift away to dreamland.

Available at Lush Cosmetics stores nationwide

Tumi Large Packing Cubes

Keep your essentials organized in style with Tumi’s collection of packing cubes. The larger variants have, of course, a better capacity for storage and are lightweight.

Available at Tumi.com

Hermès Casaque Stole

This cashmere stole with a two-tone design is great to take along for both practical and sartorial purposes. It can easily dress up a plain outfit or be used to keep you warm and protected.

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Available at Hermès, Greenbelt 3, 757.8910

Epicka All-in-One Wall Charger

No need to fight over the power outlet or the adapters with this handy device. You can connect up to four gadgets at a time. It is also compatible with sockets in most countries.

Available on Amazon.com

TOD’S Gommino Double-T Loafers

If you're going to do a lot of walking, a pair of comfortable and trustworthy loafers are your best bet for lasting a whole day's itinerary.

Available at Greenbelt 4, 757.6292

Everlane Sweater

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From the makers of the lingerie line with a 30,000-person waitlist, Everlane has suddenly become the go-to brand for quality inner and outerwear. From alpaca wool to cashmere, Everlane sources the best quality materials for its apparel, and it's worth knowing that it works only with ethically-sound factories around the world.

Available on Everlane.com

SHHHSilk Travel Sized Silk Pillow

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Getting quality sleep at a new location isn't easy for everyone. This travel-sized pillow covered in Mulberry silk is one of those travel accessories that everyone should take along with them during a roadtrip, flight, or train ride. After emerging from your slumber, you'll wake up with a mark-free face and frizz-free hair.

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Available on Shhhsilk.com

Shiseido Clear Stick/Murad City Skin Age Defense

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Whether you're off to a sunny or snowy destination, you must protect your skin from outdoor elements. This innovative sunscreen from Shiseido does just that, and also ensures protection from water contact and perspiration. It can be applied either over or under your makeup.

Available at Power Plant Mall, 898.1615

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