The Virtuoso editorial team is on the road often, reporting stories, checking out new hotels, or vacationing with family and friends. In 2018, we had our passports stamped in Thailand, Italy, Kenya, Germany, Peru, and beyond – and after logging all those miles, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to travel well. As a result, you’ll always find these six items in our carry-ons; they make long-hauls, hotel stays, and city adventures a success.
“My Twist+ World Charging Station ensures I never have to Google which adapter I need and then rummage through an alphabet’s worth of options in my trip-gizmo bag. A quick twist configures the plugs for some 150 countries’ outlets, but best of all, I can snap my MacBook adapter and my phone into two of four USB charging ports to juice everything up in one spot.” – Justin Paul, senior editor
“Late last year on a nine-hour flight from Honolulu to Auckland, I discovered the joys of the in-flight sheet mask: It quenches notoriously dry airplane skin, turns a long-haul into a mini spa experience, and I promise, is not as embarrassing as it looks. These individually packaged masks from Pacifica Beauty are great – no rinsing needed, so you can apply one while everyone else is snoozing, sit back for 20 minutes, then place the used mask back in the packaging and dispose.” – Amy Cassell, associate editor
“For long-haul flights, I toss a small spiked massage ball in my carry-on. You can roll it over your shoulders to relieve luggage-induced kinks, or slip it between your seat and lower back for a DIY chair massage. It also feels great rolled under foot, especially after a long day of sightseeing or wearing heels.” – Elaine Srnka, editorial director/vice president, content
“I have a ton of washable, large, and soft scarves that I alternate for air travel. They’re perfect to use as a pillow or a blanket, or to hide from the person next to you.” – Rebecca Ratterman, assistant editor
“I’m not sure I could ever board a plane again without these wireless noise-cancelling headphones from Sony. They’re comfortable and lightweight, and sound excellent. Along with sending a tactful ‘I don’t feel like talking’ signal, they offer special features such as atmospheric pressure optimizing and ambient sound control that let you customize sound based on your surroundings.” – Joel Centano, senior editor
“I never leave home without Olio E Osso Balm in my carry-on. I have No. 3 Crimson, and it’s the perfect sheer color for lips and cheeks – in the best packaging for travel. Bonus: The female founders source and make all of their products in small batches out of Portland, Oregon; products have all-natural bases of olive and shea oils, along with grapefruit essential oils.” – Korena Bolding Sinnett, associate art director