Holiday Gifts for Weekend Warriors

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There’s an art to packing for a short trip—there are the essentials, and then there are the non-essentials that bring an element of comfort and joy to the journey. For the frequent traveler on your list, these five items will make the most of any weekend jaunt. 

The Bag 

First things first: Start with the proper equipment. This classic-looking cotton-canvas weekender is roomy enough to hold the necessities for a short trip and has multiple pockets to keep things organized, but its best features may very well be its modern touches: a sleeve that lets it slip over a suitcase handle for easy transport and a zippered compartment that keeps at least two pairs of shoes separate from the rest of your clothes. And the whole thing weighs less than 2 pounds, so it’s easy to sling it over your shoulder and go—even if it's packed to the brim.

Catalina Deluxe Small in Teal Blue, $128, loandsons.com.


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The Multitasker

With luggage space at a premium, weekend warriors need accessories that do double-, triple-, or even quadruple-duty, and this lightweight, high-absorbency Turkish towel fits the bill. At 40”x70”, it’s large enough to be used as a beach towel (or as a bath towel, for that matter), but it takes up way less room than terry cloth. Woven from quick-drying cotton, this thin textile can also serve as a wrap, a scarf, or a throw for a chilly plane, train, or bus ride, and it rolls up to practically nothing. That's a win-win-win-win.

Perfect Classic Turkish Towel in Grey, $35, thebalimarket.us.


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The Wet One

Wring every last drop out of a warm-weather vacation: Pack a stash bag for a wet bathing suit (and Turkish towel!), and never forgo that final swim again. This one has a beachy, tropical print and a vinyl-coated, waterproof interior, and it’s big enough to hold the sunscreen, too.

Tropical Palm Extra Large Cosmetic Bag, $26, needleandoak.com.

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The Sleep Aid

If your road warrior needs pitch-black darkness to get a solid eight hours of Zs, an eye mask is a must-pack accessory. Sure, they could stick with that flimsy freebie they've been using since their last long-haul flight, but this soft, shimmery fox is a playful alternative.

Asleep For The Winter Sleep Mask, $14,sephora.com.

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The Soundtrack

We've got the cocktails covered, but what’s a holiday without the tunes? This waterproof, drop-proof Bluetooth speaker clocks in at just under 4"x4" and weighs less than a pound, offering huge, bass-heavy sound in a tiny, silicone-rubber-wrapped package. With six hours of battery life, a tear-resistant strap for hands-free portability, and an app that can control the volume, pair another speaker, and switch between music libraries in various devices, it'll help get the party started wherever they are. 

SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker, $110, bose.com.


Courtesy Bose

For those travelers who rarely let a weekend pass without hitting the open road or taking to the skies, we've rounded up some must-haves for perfect packing, beach-going, sleeping, and entertainment on the go. How many weekend warriors are on your holiday list? We've kept the prices down so you can give more for less.

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