Ready to Travel

We're past Memorial Day, which means that summer travel is upon us! My kids aren't out of school for another three weeks but we looked at the calendar and realized that every weekend between now and the end of August is booked. It's not all travel, but some of it is: Puerto Rico, Houston, Ohio, New York. It's fun, but travel means packing, too.

Fortunately, we've got a number of items that can make your packing easier! From TSA-approved bath and body products to handy tools to hostess gifts, read on for how to simplify your travel this summer:

Mixture makes some great travel-sized bath and body for on-the-go! We've got their shea body lotion and shower gel in Lavender Lemongrass, as well as their cute bar soaps in a range of scents. And best of all, their containers are all TSA-approved. ($6-$8)
Duke Cannon knows how to be cool, this time literally. Their cooling field towels are like a cold slap to the face. Perfect for after those long lines in the hot Florida sun! ($14)
Walton Wood Farm and Library of Flowers keep you smelling great on the go. Solid cologne for men and parfum crema for women, respectively, are a much easier way to transport scents than in a spray bottle. With these, you don't have to worry how many ounces it is or that it's going to break or leak in your bag. ($22-$36; Men's | Women's)
The Pocket Monkey by Zootility Tools is an incredibly handy thing to carry in your wallet! It's as thin as a credit card and functions 12 ways: as a bottle opener, ruler, screwdriver, orange peeler, cord wrap ... ($12)
This leather-accented satchel by Joyn India makes an excellent day bag! It's roomy enough to carry sunscreen, wallet, phone, room key, Band-Aids - all those essentials for a day out away from home. But it's compact enough to pack easily and not weigh you down. (Black or Brown accents; $80)

If you're staying with friends or family this summer, don't forget a little something to thank them for their hospitality. A travel-sized candle, a unisex bracelet that benefits veterans, or this incredibly popular putty for kids are all fun items they'll remember but they won't take up much space in your suitcase!

(Candle: $10; Bracelet: $70; Putty: $15)