The best summer gift ideas for women who love (or dream of) travel

From the practical to the sublime, Tess curates travel gifts for all ages and pocketbooks. I”m one of those women who appreciates gifts that make traveling easier. Although, I do enjoy an extravagance from time to time.

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Let’s start with the the fun but practical basics. Luggage tags, passport holders, and cosmetic bags are on the top of any travelers list, but why go plain when bold, floral, whimsical choices abound. 1 & 2. The Lilly Pulitzer collection features energizing swatches of color. 3. Vera Bradley gets you pool-side ready with a 6 x 10 canvas/plastic cosmetic bag to keep your essentials safe and dry. 4 & 5. is serious about fun and tropical flair with the floral Paradiso Getaway passport holder and luggage tag. The design even comes in a matching pencil case.

With Lilly Pulitzer summer fun is in the bag. She had me at pineapple but the royal blue tassel closes the deal. The Bon Voyage Tote and zippered Bon Voyage Pouch are just a few examples of the delightful bags and accessories from this resort wear line.

Pendleton ranks among my favorite brands with a large line of totes in an almost endless array of patterns, sizes, and colors, but here are two of my favorites.  1.Pendleton’s wipe-clean canvas tote makes a great beach or pool bag too. I like to gift this bag and stuff it with a Pendleton spa towel. 2. & 2a. Pendleton’s suede reversible tote in brown/aqau is one of this season’s most popular.

The comeback of the iconic wristlet continues into spring with muted hues and pretty vintage florals. The COACH Nolita Wristlet, so named for the hip downtown New York neighborhood, is crafted in coated canvas with a vintage calico print.  The Kate Spade Grove Street Anita Wallet Wristlet in pink bonnet has two zip-around compartments with gold toned hardware.

These cute drawstring bags are perfect for organizing and keeping laundry separated. 1. This 4-piece Travel Drawstring Bag Set of 4 different sized bags both are waterproof and mold proof. 2. Kate Spade’s New York Women’s Getting Dressed Travel Bag set comes in a set of 4 varied sizes as well.

Last year I graduated from gallon-sized baggies and plastic grocery bags in favor of something more sustainable and, well, appealing. This 3-piece set of large packing cubes from E-bags is one I tried out. Turns out, the first trip I used these for really put the organizers to the test. My son’s suitcase was literally dragged on the ground as the bag cart transported luggage from one flight to another. Total wipe out! We lost almost everything, but not the pajamas, shirts, socks and underwear that was packed in these cubes, ha! You can find dozens of other brands, sizes, colors, and prints on Amazon, along with great reviews to help guide your choice. Follow this link and start exploring packing cube options.

Certainly not glamorous but I love my shoe bags! Better than plastic bags! I used these and a similar purchase on a recent trip to Amelia Island, which meant on the way back, any grains of sand that stowed away were safely contained in the bag. They are also large enough to fit two pair of sandals in one bag. You can find dozens of options for travel shoe bags on Amazon and more colorful options such as the Zmart Portable Travel Shoe Bags.

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