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The Summer 2021 Travel Essentials Guide

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After a long winter, we’re planning on spending every second we can outside this summer. We’re rsvp’ing “yes” to every invite that comes our way, whether it’s spending a weekend in the mountains or an impromptu afternoon at the beach. Here are the summer travel essentials we’ve stocked up on to be ready for any kind of outdoor adventure. 

Tracksmith Strata Shorts & Strata Singlet

Tracksmith Strata Shorts & Strata Singlet
Strata

Tracksmith’s new Strata line is your savior for those summer heatwave days when you still want to get active and get outside. The fabric used in the Strata shorts and Strata singlet features a unique breathable knit grid structure that allows for maximum airflow and breathability, while still offering solid UV protection. Finished off with a trademarked “coldblack” coating, heat absorption (and odors) are minimized—which means you can focus on your run and not your soggy outfit. 

You can tell the Tracksmith Strata shorts were designed (in Boston) by runners, because they’re equipped with three internal pockets large enough to securely store up to two gels per pocket. 

Eddie Bauer Guides’ Day Off Utility Shorts

Eddie Bauer Guides’ Day Off Utility Shorts
Eddie Bauer

We get that hiking shorts are designed to be practical, but why do most of them have to be so unflattering? Thankfully, Eddie Bauer recognized that there’s a happy medium between hardcore technical gear and street clothes and created their Guides’ Day Off line, which can be worn from the trails to the post-summit drink. 

The Guides’ Day Off shorts are perfect for hiking (or casual walks) this summer. They have plenty of pockets (including a hidden zip pocket), double rolled cuffs that let you customize the length, and a stretchy material that looks like polished cotton but won’t restrict your movement. 

Mammut Neon Light Backpack

Mammut Neon Light Backpack in Blue
Mammut

Rock climbing, short hikes, a bike ride around town—if you only need to bring the essentials, why do you need to bring a giant backpack? Mammut’s Neon Light Backpack is the perfect day pack for light packers. The 12 L volume can hold a surprising amount, and the short/slim body means it won’t get in the way of your activities.

The Neon Light lives up to its name, with an incredibly light weight and cushioned straps that will help you forget you’re carrying anything at all.

Matador Pocket Blanket

Man sitting on a beach on Matador Pocket Blanket
Matador

Impromptu picnics, beach visits, or park hangouts no longer present a seating conundrum, thanks to Matador’s Pocket Blanket. The brand’s ultra-popular travel blanket recently got an upgraded design with enhanced waterproofing (so wet grass doesn’t seep moisture through), more durable materials, and a more streamlined look. The blanket folds down into an integrated storage pouch that will fit in the palm of your hand, yet expands to provide seating for up to four adults. Weighted corners prevent the lightweight (3.8 oz) blanket from blowing away. 

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen
Supergoop

Sunscreen without the white cast, junk ingredients, and bad smell? It does exist, in Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen. Designed to feel (and look) like you’re not wearing anything, this will be one sunscreen you won’t mind applying. It’s weightless, invisible, and scentless, while still providing SPF 40 protection. The oil-free sunscreen won’t make you break out, and even provides antioxidants to make your skin look better from wearing it.

AWAY The Face Mask

AWAY The Face Mask
AWAY

Now that face masks aren’t required everywhere, it can be harder to actually remember to have one on you for when you do need it. Get AWAY’s The Face Mask and stash it in your bag, so you always have one on hand. The kit comes with a reusable cloth face mask, an adjustable head-strap (to save your ears), two disposable filters, and an antimicrobial pouch to keep it clean even at the bottom of your carry-on.

Eddie Bauer Sandstone Backbone Jacket

Eddie Bauer Sandstone Backbone Jacket
Eddie Bauer

Summer showers are no match for Eddie Bauer’s Sandstone Backbone Jacket. This breathable and lightweight soft shell will keep you dry without overheating. When the temperature does drop, the fabric is wind-resistant, an adjustable drawcord waist can help you seal out drafts and retain warmth. Thoughtfully placed pockets (including a secure zip pocket with a media port on the chest) keep all your gear organized and safe, even in the roughest conditions. 

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