In celebration of the holidays and all our passionate travelers out there, the Travel Curator team and our global collective of tastemakers and travel experts share the must-have travel essentials they’ve coveting this season. Indulge our wanderlust and make room in your stocking for this ultimate women’s travel gift guide – the sky’s the limit.
Melanie Brandman, Travel Curator CEO & Founder
On my holiday gift wishlist: Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist
“This is one of my all-time favorite products and something I always travel with. It totally refreshes me during and after a flight which for me ideally is to Marrakech. A stack of Goop Glow Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel in my stocking would also be welcome.”
Sarah Meikle, TC Contributor & Fashion Consultant
On my holiday wishlist: Westman Atelier Lip Suede Palette
On my holiday wishlist: Slip Silk Embroidered Pillowslip
“I never go anywhere without my lipstick and this gorgeous lip palette has four shades in one, so it’s the perfect multi-tasker to add some glamor no matter the setting and means I only have to carry one.” Check out more of Sarah’s style and packing tips here.
Natasha Silva-Jelly, Travel Curator Editorial Director
On my holiday gift wish list: Paravel’s ‘See All’ case
“This is a game-changer, it’s so chic, but also see-through so you can easily find all your beauty products without endless rummaging. It can also double as a cosmetic or jewelry case. Another game-changer for us hat girls is this genius TOPTOTE clip that connects to your travel bag so you don’t have to squish it into your luggage.”
Shari Mycek, TC Contributor
On my holiday gift wishlist: Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk Lotion
“I adore Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk Lotion. It’s technically a face moisturizer but it’s so gentle and luscious I use it head to toe, slathering it all over my body. It smells divine too. Their Facial To Go is also great for travel.”
Kelli Delaney Kot, TC Contributor & Founder of
On my holiday gift wishlist: Stoney Clover Lane Backpack
“ I never leave home without my chic, monogrammed Stoney Clover Lane backpack. Not only is it engineered to be super comfortable to house my MacBook Pro and travel essentials without being heavy to carry, but it is also so cute to pair with my cashmere camel “tracksuit” I wear for long flights. The outside big pocket provides easy access to my passport and boarding pass and the whole kit fits easily into the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of me. J’adore!”
Sigourney Cantello, Beauty Director & Founder
On my holiday wishlist: Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 in Rhubarb
“I’m a beauty editor, I can’t name just one. You will always find these in my cosmetic bag Ultra Violette Queen Screen Sunscreen, Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 in Rhubarb, Salt by Hendrix Body Glow bronzing body oil, and a tubing mascara to prevent panda eyes. My current favorite is FAIRYDROPS Hyper Quattro Mascara II, Film-type, Water-resistant, Black. “
Kasia Dietz, TC Contributor Paris & Handbag Designer
On my holiday gift wish list: Lalibela by Memo
“Whether it’s a trip to visit family on the Italian Riviera, a jaunt in the Greek Isles or a journey home to New York, this sweet scent bathes my skin with a poetic blend of rose absolute, patchouli and frankincense. I always pack a favorite fragrance to set the mood wherever I’m headed.”
Maya Allen, Instyle Beauty Director
On my holiday wishlist: Louis Vuitton’s On the Beach
“I connect scents with fond travel memories, so perfume is always a huge part of my travel bag. Lately, I’ve been loving Louis Vuitton’s On the Beach, which smells like a sunny vacation in a bottle. I also always pack a glow-getting sunscreen, like Supergoop! SPF 50 Glow Oil”. Check out more of Maya’s pro tips here.
Meagan Morrison, Fashion Illustrator & Founder
On my holiday gift wish list: Coco Appliqued Silk Charmeuse Set
“For me, nothing says travel decadence like a gorgeous silk pajama set for the plane. Since I’ve spent quite a lot of time in London these past few years, I’ve become a huge fan of Olivia von Halle. This winter I’m lusting after her Coco Appliqued Silk Charmeuse Set which could easily be paired with some heels on landing and take you straight to dinner or hotel bar for a nightcap.”
Lisa Smith, Founder The Pr Net
On my holiday wishlist: Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
“I always carry a hydrating spray and oil for my face, eye drops for when I land, and a sanitizing spray. I love Aesop, a beautiful botanical Australian brand.” Check out more of Lisa’s pro tips for business travel here.
Sydney Finch, Communications Director Dior
On my holiday wishlist: Rimowa Cabin Luggage
“I do lots of quick trips especially during the summer so I love my Rimowa Cabin Luggage, it’s chic and compact. I pack day clothes on one side, evening on the other.
Henley Vazquez, Founder & CEO of Passported
On my holiday wishlist: Mammut Seon Backpack
“I love this backpack for travel. It’s super flat and can also be carried as a bag if you need it to look less informal for a meeting setting. It has padded pockets for laptops or tablets, fits everything I need, and helps me stay organized – plus it’s thin and light enough that you can throw it in a suitcase.”
April Uchitel, Co-Founder, The Board
On my holiday wishlist: Lake and Style cote du Paradis fragrance oil
“I never leave home without Lake and Style cote du Paradis fragrance oil, it’s like a vacation in a bottle. My Clare Vivier fanny pack is also the ultimate travel essential.” Check out more of April’s travel and lifestyle tips here.
Avery Matera, TC Contributor
On my holiday wishlist: Panama Jewellery Case
“Whether I’m going away for a weekend or a month, I always carry some jewelry. And, because it’s always a mix of dainty pendants and chunky cuffs, I am forever on the hunt for a case. This Panama Case from Smythson is perfect, with enough room for every type of piece, a structured construction to keep delicate pieces safe when thrown into your tote. It even has a removable tray.”
Milena Calzoni, TC Director Of International Partnerships
On my holiday wishlist: Korres Pomegranate Enzyme Resurfacing Mask
“I love the products by Greek skincare brand Korres, they feel so beautiful on your skin and all the ingredients are natural. My favorite, which is perfect for rejuvenating your skin after a long flight, is Korres Pomegranate Enzyme Resurfacing Mask.
Gina Jackson, Travel Photographer/Blogger
On my holiday wishlist: Skinceuticals Protect Ultra Facial Defense 50+
“I always travel with my SPF to keep my skin protected against all climates, so I wear this every day without fail. I love the entire Skinceuticals skincare range: this SPF moisturizer blends seamlessly into the skin and can be worn under makeup without pilling up.”
Meg Ten Eyck, Travel Curator Director of Analytics
On my holiday gift wishlist: Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask
“I have dry skin on the best of days but after a 14-hour red-eye flight to India, my face is nearly sandpaper. The Jetlag Mask is perfect for your under eyes and is a hyper dewy, hydrating mask that soothes dried-out skin without causing breakouts or becoming too oily. “