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7 Chic + Tech Travel Accessories to Have

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Since my recent trip to the UK was going to be on the luxury side of travel with me staying at the five-star Corinthia Hotel London, I decided to pack accessories that would not only be useful tech wise, but look chic as well: Read the rest of this entry

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In The Bag: Daytime Accessories For Las Vegas

las-vegas-accesories Sunny and warm, you only need a handful of accessories for a trio out to Vegas if you’ll be spending your days being pampered in one of its dozen spas, hanging out in your hotel or resort, or catching rays out by the pool. Shot in the new Delano Las Vegas and by the Mandalay Bay pool, my accessory picks below: Read the rest of this entry

In The Bag: Chic, Casual Island Life

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Wrapping up my Curaçao style posts, in this edition of my In The Bag series here’s some travel essentials that are chic and casual to live up that island life. Shot at the Carribbean-meets-Miami-chic Floris Suite Hotel.

Backpack – Herschel Supply

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In case you didn’t know yet I’m kind of in love with Herschel Supply Little America backpack. Its spacious (20″ H, 12″ L and 7″ W), lightweight canvas body has two sets of stylish leather straps with magnetic closures, and padded shoulder straps and back. The top flap opens up to the drawcord shut main compartment, which has a padded laptop laptop sleeve inside.

Shoes – United Nude

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Make a footwear statement whenever possible. United Nude’s Cuba Elastic Slip On is a colorful and simple silhouette with the brand’s signature elastics, mesh lining and rubber outsole. Can be styled with cotton shorts, dark washed jeans and even swimwear.

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In The Bag: Sport Travel Gear For The Caribbean

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, sporty accessories for traveling to the Caribbean to destinations like the U.S. Virgin Islands. Shot at the B in St. Croix, these accessories cover you from running or horseback riding to swimming and snorkeling to just hanging out by the beach or pool afterwards while keeping your belongings well stored.

Backpack – Jansport

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Super spacious, the Jansport Growler became a new favorite backpack of mine. Since I like to just do carry-on, was able to fit my 15″ macbook pro, cords, Canon Rebel DSLR, a couple tees and a lot more items in the backpack. There’s two main compartments (one for your laptop and the other for everything else), then there’s side pockets (one with an exterior mesh holder for your water or umbrella), a small front compartment for your wallet and other necessities, and a hidden bottom compartment if need to stick a wet bathing suit or something down there. A polyster body with nylon straps, the usualy Jansport logo has a stealthy leather makeover.

Swimwear – (2)xist

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The (2)xist Core Ibiza Swim Shorts takes a simple, classic style and modernizes it with a low rise waist and trimmed legged, so perfect if you want to show off some leg but not so much like a pair of trunks or a brief style would show. Available in eight colors.

Sneakers – Asics 

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The Asics Gel-Scram Trail Running Shoe is built with a lightweight cushiniong for comfort, so works on hard runs and when having to take long walks if flying with transfer (as I often do). Overall the sneakers are also very lightweight, with a body combination of rugged synthetics and mesh. Read the rest of this entry

In The Bag: Travel Essentials For Cancún, Mexico

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, essential accessories for traveling Cancún, Mexico. Shot at the Moon Palace, these accessories mix a little luxury with simple travel and tropical necessities that’ll keep you stylish and happy.

Tote – Coach

The sophisticated Coach Bleecker Day Tote In Bar Stripe Leather makes a colorful statement with the sky blue stripes, but its gold hardware adds the refined look to the bag. Spacious with large pockets inside (one zip and another with snap closure, it can be carried by its leather handles or a detachable nylon shoulder/crossbody strap. Large and durable for 15″ laptop as well.

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Swimwear – Zara

You can’t go wrong by selecting a floral or tropical print swimwear for the Caribbean, my selection is a clean black and white design from Zara (not available anymore, but here’s another style). The key to swimwear is picking one for your body, but a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to avoid purchasing ones that go past your knees. Swim shorts with an 6-8″ inch seam should be able to work and look good for men of most heights and body types.

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In The Bag: Accessories For London Travel

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, essential accessories for travel in London. Shot in one of the luxury personality suites of The Savoy, these accessories are based on a blue color scheme, that also mix winter accessories with unique tech designs. Just in time if you’re headed to London early next week for the spring/summer 2014 menswear collections at London Collections: Men.

Backpack – Tumi

The Tumi Lejeune Backpack Tote ($445) is very versatile, and the camo pattern option got me several compliments during my time in London last month. Wear as a backpack or use as a tote with the backpack hide-a-way straps and its military-inspired, cord top handles Offering four pockets on the outside (three zips and two open), inside you’ll find several pockets (a large zip, large open and small open pockets) with an orange color scheme.

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In The Bag: Accessories For Traveling From City To Rural Ecuador

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, the essential accessories for traveling from Quito, Ecuador’s city life to its rural, mountain regions in the outskirts. Traveling light is key, but personal style can easily be implemented to the accessories selected as they all come in several design or color options.

For the bag, I selected the local find of a woven wool cross body, as the Andean pattern called my name. Other bags such as backpacks, duffles and satchels can be found throughout both the city and rural areas of Quito (and the rest of Ecuador), but often  they will have the country or city’s name splattered on it. It was nice to find one that didn’t give away where I found it just be looking at it.

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External Power – myCharge

One of the most important necessities for traveling from city to rural, an external power source.  myCharge’s Hub 6000 ($99) comes in a sleek silver body and can add over 25 hours of talk time. Called the “Swiss Army Knife of portable power devices”, you can power three gadgets at once with the built-in Apple Lightning, USB port and micro-USB port (useful for my Sony Cyber-shot I used on the trip). It’s also very light and as you can see below, about the length and width of an iPhone.

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In The Bag: Traveler’s Global Style Accessories For The Weekend

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Photographed at the Tcherassi Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia

Accessories that can work anywhere in the world are essential for a traveler to showcase a global style, especially for the weekend when you are packing light and need an easy transition back to your day-to-day routine. Once you’ve picked your travel companion—for this trip to CartagenaCoach’s Bleecker Legacy Weekend Tote ($658) for its modern heritage design and spacious body—its time to pack the necessities for your journey. So what do you bring in the bag?

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The Bleecker Legacy Weekend Tote has a fabric lined interior with a large zip-pocket on one side and two open smaller pockets on the other (each fit a iPad Mini), a zip-top closure, and a small exterior pocket for your smartphone

If you’re only going to be traveling for a short time, no need to bring that laptop of yours obviously, but if you need to get some sort of work done or you need to catch up on your shows while in transit, a tablet is the way to go. However for any international trip, the first thing you need before that is to style up your passport:

Passport Cover – Men In Cities

From Yuvi Alpert’s Men In Cities (an edited, limited collection of accessories each month with each item costing the same price), this beige Global Nomad Passport Cover ($40) has a vintage inspired charm to it. With two large pockets on each inside flap—one for a passport end and the other for your ticket—and a smaller pocket on the right flap (not pictured).

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With the mini earth imprint on the cover, it’s a testament to Alpert’s simple and stylish designs

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