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6 Extraordinary Travel Essentials for Memorial Day Weekend

Pack your bags with these beauty, wellness, and fashion goods. 

There’s just something about a long weekend that helps the mind breathe a sigh of relief and relaxation. Memorial Day is just around the corner, and an extra day-off means you have plenty of ways to kick off your summer. The beach? A family road trip? A far-far-away adventure? No matter how you choose to spend your day, we’ve rounded up six beauty, wellness, and fashion goods to pack for wherever the long weekend leads you.

1. INSTITUT ESTHEDERM: No Sun 100% Mineral SPF 50

No matter the place or the weather, wearing sunscreen is always essential. Institut Esthederm provides a super-strong SPF 50 and is 100 percent mineral-based. The lightweight, scentless cream is white and disappears seamlessly into the skin once applied. Best of all, it’s not greasy or sticky—win-win! With 40 years of research and expertise in photobiology, Institut Esthederm develops their products with patented cellular water inspired by the water in our skin. The result: a boost in cellular metabolism and efficacy of skincare. As with anything in life, consistency is key. Using it everyday helps your skin become more resistant and better prepared against the sun’s harmful rays. Remember to add this to the top of your packing list!

2. FORMÉ: Shoe Shapers

Finally, there’s a solution to uncomfortable footwear: shoe shapers. We all have that pair of heels, sandals, flats or booties that are not walkable but look amazing. Formé shoe shapers are the easiest way to fix that problem—just slip the rose gold tool in each shoe and press the “wings” to expand the shoe up to half a size wider. Created by entrepreneur Maureen Stockton, Formé is ethically-sourced and manufactured, too. Keep it in your shoes to minimize wrinkles, especially when traveling.

3. SUNDAYS: No. 9 Coral Nail Polish

Pantone has got it right– the spotlight should be on coral this year. A cross between cotton candy pink and mandarin orange, this bright hue exudes a dreamy, under-the-sea feel. Each nail polish in this collection falls perfectly in sync with the ultra-calming atmosphere of Sundays’ studios. Each formula is 10-free, nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. A cheerful coral shade is vibrant icing on the cake to a long weekend adventure.

4. BANG & OLUFSEN: Beoplay E8 2.0 Earbuds

No commute is complete without some good music, right? These earbuds are as close to perfect as can be. Pop the wireless, lightweight buds from their chic leather case for a crisp, clear sound during your commute. As far as charging goes, just place the Qi-enabled case in a wireless charger to boost the battery life. Five different ear tips are included so the buds will fit in your ear like a glove. Play your favorite tunes, or better yet, turn on a meditation app such as Headspace and zone out while you’re en route to your destination. One more thing: to pause, just tap the ear piece and tap it again to resume—no need to let phone distractions get in-between. Total zen mode.

5. CHANTECAILLE: Aqua Blush in Marigold

It’s amazing how a pop of blush can instantly illuminate your skin with a rosy glow. Chantecaille’s new Aqua Blush is compact and cool—literally. The first time I used it, the high water content of the product immediately invigorated my cheeks upon application. Swipe onto the apples of your cheeks for a dewy finish and blend with fingertips for a natural look. The Marigold shade just so happens to match the Sundays No. 9 nail polish. It’s true: we have a liking for coral shades!

6. STEAMLINE LUGGAGE: Botanist Pink Stowaway

Of course, every getaway requires trusty luggage. This dusty pink suitcase has a vintage feel with a surprise interior of tropical print, palm leaves, and flowers. Store your clothes, and of course, beauty products, in the roomy and lightweight compartment. It’s so charming-looking that you won’t be able to resist snapping a packing shot for Instagram. Also, how perfect will your luggage look in a pastel-colored wonderland like Bermuda or Cape Cod? Wherever the road leads you, this luggage will bring a touch of whimsy. And with that: happy travels!

Wendy Sy

Wendy Sy is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle writer based in New York City. In addition to her editorial website, Style Meets Story, her work has been featured in Allure, Avenue Magazine, InStyle, and more. When she’s not brainstorming ideas for upcoming articles, you can find her spending countless hours searching for lost treasures at vintage shops. Photo by Sophie Elgort.

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