Travel Loot

Things We’re Loving — Vol. 8

by Team Fathom

The smartest beach bag around. Photo courtesy of Quirky.

In an effort to uncover the best in travel, we spend a lot of time traversing the world — and the world wide web. Here are the goods we can't stop thinking and talking about this month.

QuintEssential Optimum Mineralization Pods

QuintEssential Optimum Mineralization Pods

The best remedy for an early morning cross-country flight is Moon Juice's energizing Roots Royal (green apple, beet, lemon, ginger, and turmeric juice) followed by a shot of cold filtered sea water.  At least that's what the salesgirl suggested. The small glass vials of salt water are intended to help your body achieve mineral balance, and I couldn't think of a reason not to give one a shot. (Pardon the pun.) I felt pretty good afterwards and found myself thinking that perhaps I've finally found the jet lag cure I've been searching for. ($52 for 30 vials) – Berit, editor

Quirky Shake Tote

Quirky Shake Tote

Beach season is almost upon us, which means there's about to be sand everywhere. Someone at Quirky had a stroke of genius: Their new tote bag features a mesh bottom with a removable flap so you can shake all the sand out of your beach bag before heading home. It's also water-resistant and really, really cute. ($90) – Kim, editorial assistant

Wonderland Pacific Palapa Chair

Pacific Wonderland Palapa Lounge Chair

If you can't get outdoors, the next best thing is to bring the outdoors in. That's what I like about Pacific Wonderland Inc.'s woven loungers. Handmade in LA out of birch and colorful cording, they'd feel beachy and breezy even in the middle of a small city apartment. ($800) – Jeralyn, editorial director

Rudy's Barbershop Matte Pomade

Rudy's Matte Pomade

Being the serious hat guy I am, I never travel with hair products. But now that the weather is looking good, I expect to find myself on rooftop bars more often. Rather than worry about caps blowing dramatically off buildings, I’m considering padding down my locks with some pomade from bi-coastal barbershop Rudy's. Their product is easy on the shine, my eyes, and my wallet. ($22) – Daniel, editorial assistant

Andrew Moore's "Room 348, Hermitage"

At this year's Collective Design Fair, I was struck by Andrew Moore's photograph of the Hermitage in gallerist Yancey Richardson's area. I visited the St. Petersburg museum when I was 17 and still remember vividly. Given the price tag, this one's more fantasy than reality, but if I win the lottery, this one's mine. ($28,000) – Pavia, CEO

Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

While cruising Kickstarter, I came across an amazing bottle cutter that transforms regular old beer bottles into beautiful souvenir drinking glasses. I can already picture my international beer bottle glass collection sourced from all of the countries I visit. ($50) – Helena, intern

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Zip-Top

L.L. Bean Tote

I think the zip-top version of the classic tote is chic — even a little Celine-like. It fits all my travel essentials, including a purse, books, computer, and chargers, and stacks nicely on top of a rolling suitcase. ($45) – Christina, contributing editor

The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck

"The Price of Illusion"

I recently wrapped up Joan Juliet Buck's memoir, a fascinating look at the former Paris Vogue editor-in-chief's fantastical life. From swinging 1960s London and New York to Paris in the go-go '80s, the book is filled with interesting characters and a storyline that navigates the film and fashion scenes. ($16) – Berit

United by Blue Evergreen Pouch

United by Blue Evergreen Pouch

I have a zillion pouches, yet somehow I always need more. They make such a difference when I'm trying to stay organized on a trip. This time, I'm opting for one from United by Blue, a store I stumbled on while Christmas shopping in downtown NYC. For every item sold, the company removes a pound of garbage in oceans and waterways across the country. Bonus: Anyone can participate in their local clean-ups. ($16) – Kim

COOPH Card Holder Original

COOPH Card Holder

I may have found my next wallet: slim and sleek, made from vegetable-tanned Italian leather, and equipped with pockets for both credit cards and SIM cards, which tend to be misplaced very easily by on-the-go camera enthusiasts who don't have their own SIM card cases. Guilty as charged. (€69) – Daniel


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