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My Favorites Things: Travel Gear + Planning Essentials

Travel Gear

Gear and services that I use when traveling and to help plan travel

We lived in Hong Kong and still travel to Asia multiple times per year (in normal circumstances). Due to popular demand, I’m sharing my curated list of items that I personally use and recommend for planning and enjoying trips to my favorite continent. Some but not all links are affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase I may be compensated as no extra cost to you.

Anatomie luxury travel clothing giveaway

Anatomie Travel Clothes

Get my discount for 15% off!

Use code LAJOLLAMOM for 15% off of your purchase. Say goodbye to wrinkled clothes in your suitcase. The brand has become so popular, it’s now being sold at Neiman Marcus. I love the pants and tops. It’s designed to survive hand-washing in your hotel, too..

Rimowa luggage review

Rimowa

I love, love, love my luggage

We own multiple pieces. While I love the high-end look of the silver Original Line, my favorite piece is the less-expensive Essential Trunk Plus because it has a zipper and more flexible “skin.” Rimowa is an investment and does ding/scratch like other hard-shell luggage but we’re happy (and love the stickers/customization options).

Paskho

It’s all about the pants.

Yes, these are designer travel clothes but Paskho pants are perfect for working at home and daily life. They are so darn comfortable. I have a couple of tunics, too, but you can buy and try without risk to see they work for you. Get $20 off any Paskho purchase here.

Breakfast at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

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old town trolley car drives through Balboa Park.

Go City

Save with sightseeing passes.

I use Go City sightseeing passes in major cities like New York City, Shanghai, San Francisco, and others where a la carte ticket purchases might add up. You can use the app as a ticket. A variety of options from All-Inclusive to Build-Your-Own suite various travel styles. I highly recommend this pass for people visiting San Diego (if that’s you, access my 10% off the all-inclusive pass).

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Blacklane

For scheduled airport transfers.

This is the black car service that we use worldwide (Shanghai, London, Paris, Istanbul, San Diego, etc.) for airport transfers. Use promo code 1WVK908F on your first Blacklane ride and we’ll both save 20%. I use the app or book online. They’ve been great.

When on a vacation in Venice with kids, book a Lion Hunt with Context Travel., one of the best things to do in Venice with kids.

Context Travel

Private and small group tours I highly recommend.

Sightseeing becomes more meaningful when you have someone with you to share details you wouldn’t otherwise have. We’ve done scavenger hunts (their kids’ programming is excellent) in Venice, food tours in Hong Kong, and more. For what you get, pricing is reasonable and you can move at your own pace.

American Express platinum card

American Express Platinum

I don’t leave home without it.

I have the business card and it gets me a $10 food and beverage credit in the San Diego Airport Airspace lounge, access to Centurion lounges, and a host of other travel benefits that outweigh its annual fee. Learn more about the cards I like in partnership with Johnny Jet.

Luxe City Guides

Luxe City Guides

Power check your itinerary in major cities.

I’ve been buying these pithy pocket-sized guides for years but you can download the app and buy city guides through it. Contrary to the name, they are not all expensive recs. They are curated by people in-the-know with locals-only spots, chic shops, restaurants, and things to do.

The eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit is a travel game-changer and a GREAT gift for travelers.

eBags Pack-It-Flat

A real space saver.

This little toiletry bag has revolutionized my carry-on only travel. It packs completely flat and saves space compared to larger toiletry bags. Mine is black but it comes in other colors. You can hang it, too, which is helpful in cramped hotel bathrooms. I only learned about it a few years ago so I am sharing it with everyone I know!

Muji makeup

Muji Makeup Bag

Go to a Muji store and you’ll see what I mean.

When I’m taking long trips and have a lot of sunscreen, full-sized bottles, and more to pack in a toiletry kit, I put it in this inexpensive compartmentalized bag from Muji. You can buy mix and match organizers to fit inside of it. If you can go to a Muji store (my latest was bought in Singapore), check it out. I have been through two over the years.

Bose QuietComfort

For peaceful flying.

I’ve owned several generations of in-ear and over-ear Bose QuietComfort headphones over the years and highly recommend them. While AirPods or similar are easy and fine for day-to-day use, when you really want great sound quality for your airplane movie, music, or sleep, these are the best.

Some Small Things

In most cases, your home medical insurance and credit card protection aren’t enough especially if you’re traveling overseas. Read all terms and conditions to make sure you understand coverage. I’ve listed coverage I use personally and popular coverage options for clients of our travel agency.

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