Summer Travel Essentials

Lifestyle expert Melissa Ireland shows us the products we can’t live without when we travel this summer.

Karma Gifts

Be prepared for all of your summer travel with the boho-chic, affordable products available at Karma Gifts! We love the Ruck Sacks from Karma Gifts. You will be able to pack all of your travel essentials in this roomy backpack. Also, Karma’s Travel Mug is perfect to talk coffee, tea or water with your while you are on the go. Get a matching tote, scarf, wrap bracelets and so much more! Feel great about your purchase too, Karma Gifts donates a portion of each sale to those in need. Gifts starting under $20.

Flik Flops

Every pink and blue step will be a light-up adventure for your kids this summer with Flik Flops! These adorable flip flops have unique LED lights on the outsole of the shoes creating a vibrant, lighted path with every step! Kids love the interactive design, and parents appreciate the visibility of the LED lights at night for added safety while walking. Launched last year, Flik Flops are the mastermind of a seven-year-old! Available in girls and boys sizes.

The NapAnywhere is a portable head-support pillow developed specifically by a physician for frequent travelers. This comfortable, portable device can be used effectively while traveling on planes, subways, trains, buses and cars as a passenger. Small and compact, it fits easily into your carry-on, backpack, laptop bag or purse. The NapAnywhere is available in three colors, including Crimson, Cream and Black, and three sizes, small, medium and large. It is stain-resistant, and can be wiped clean with either mild soapy water or a light solvent like rubbing alcohol. A carrying pouch is included to help protect the NapAnywhere when not in use.
My Cabana Boy
When it comes to safely applying sunscreen to our bodies, many of us just can’t get our own backs! They’re hard to reach and we end up with painful sunburned patches the next day. Finally, a new tool to tackle tough to reach spots —  My Cabana Boy is ergonomically designed and easy to use – just pop in your spray lotion bottle, tilt your arm back and spray. My Cabana Boy has got your back and can cover all the right spots. $13.99 at

Beach Bum
Worried your beach umbrella won’t stay anchored to the ground – effectively blocking the sun? Worry no more with BeachBUB, an easy to use beach umbrella base, that’s portable and fits right into your beach bag. Even on a windy day – your beachBUB will protect you – The beachBUB performed without failing in average wind speeds of 42 MPH.It’s super simple to use: just lay the BUB in the sand, place your umbrella pole through the BUB’s reinforced hole, fill the BUB with sand, attach the wings to the collar and voila…your beach umbrella is anchored down safely. When you’re ready to head inside, just dump the sand, fold the BUB up and pop it right back into your beach bag. $19.95 at

Storytime Toys
Storytime Toys are richly imagined, artfully designed books and playhouses in one. Made of lightweight EVA foam and high-quality card stock, the houses fit together like a 3-D puzzle and fold flat in a portable carrying case conveniently designed to fit on your bookshelf. Perfect to take with you on the go this summer, and to keep th kids busy on long car rides or flights! Assembling these houses and furniture is as easy as pressing tabs into place. No tools or screws required!

Storytime Toys promotes imaginative play, creativity and encourages literacy. Safe, environmentally friendly and best of all, battery-free! Stories include: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel and The Three Little Pigs.

Dotmine Day Planners

Keep all of your travel schedules in one place with Dotmine Day Planners. These chic and trendy day planners that are perfect for women and men to keep flights, train schedules and activities at your fingertips!

The concept is simple: create fashionable, functional and affordable day planners to help manage busy schedules. The end goal: increase efficiency, minimize chaos and maximize happiness! You don’t have to plug it in, sync it, click it or charge it. Paper planners are at the ready, with a clear view of your day, week and month.

Dotmine Day Planners savvy planning tools meet the needs of busy people with a place for schedules, notes and monthly and weekly planning pages. These planners go for17-months, August-December and they’re reasonably priced from $15.99 to $32.99.​​ provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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