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Travel must haves to help people become a more savvy traveler

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Lifestyle expert and founder of the blog "Been There, Tried It" shows us some of the latest travel accessories to help us along our journeys this holiday season.

You can read her blog by clicking here

Here are the items featured on FOX 2 News morning.

Genius Pack- ( This travel company's whole mission is to take the hassle out of travel and boy do they. Their Genius Packer carry on is a MUST have for any getaway.  With their signature patent-pending Laundry Compression Technology™, engineered organizational panel, genius functionalities (like a place to store an umbrella AND charge your phone!) permanent checklist, and oh-so-much-more, nothing gets left hanging, or floating in your bag. If you're packing it- there's a spot for it.  

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Lo and Sons travel totes (OG and OMG): (  This family run business was started by a mother and her two sons and if you're traveling this Thanksgiving, you should be very thankful for them. There OG and OMG totes are lightweight but still very practical and functional while still being incredibly stylish and chic. They have just the right amount of pockets to stay organized but not be overwhelmed and they even have a side pocket for shoes/heels. The best part? Their is a sleeve on the back of these waterproof bags so you can slide it directly on your roller, making zipping through the airport a breeze. 

Offering 20% all orders before Thanksgiving- Enter: PRETHANKSGIVING2013 at checkout! 

KIND Healthy Snacks Cube ( Holiday Travel means crazy security lines and lots of weather delays... why leave it to chance that you will find a healthy option at the airport when you can bring something so delicious and nutritious with you? Kind Bars are the perfect snack in a pinch. Made with ingredients you can both see and pronounce- fruit, nuts, honey and spices-- these KIND cubes come in two sizes- sixteen or twenty bars, ensuring you will have more than enough for your whole family… AND some extras to share with the grumpy travelers around you... it is the season of giving after all! From December 2nd to 3rd, KIND will offer $10 off their KIND Healthy Indulgence Cube (normally $42.50). To help give back at the same time, for every cube purchased KIND will make a donation to City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to feeding hungry New Yorkers to feed 12 individuals. Use the promo code GIVE at checkout to redeem the discount.

Mark and Graham Travel Accessories (  Mark and Graham is the newest member of Williams-Sonoma, Inc's family and they have just about every travel accessory you need and in a huge assortment of colors and materials. From luggage tags, to passport covers, cashmere wraps (which can be used as a fabulous plane blanket!), iPad covers or cosmetics cases, not only are these travel must-haves,  but with their custom Monogram shop you can put your own personal stamp on it (and make sure it doesn't get lost!) These also make fabulous gifts for anyone in your life who loves to travel!  Check out all of their travel accessories here:

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iHome (  When you're far away from home you definitely need products from iHome. Need to cancel out the noise of the crying kid or the snoring man sitting next to you on the plane? Check out their super comfortable rubberized headphones ( ). Once you get to your travel destination, you will obviously want a way to play your music on the beach (without getting sand on your phone) or dance around in your hotel room with your microphone (er, hairbrush) and iHome has got you covered with their Bluetooth Rechargeable Stereo Minispeaker. ( . Built-in NFC (near field communications) technology allows for instant Bluetooth connections to stream wireless digital audio and answer calls via Bluetooth from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Small in size... not in sound, these are the perfect travel accessories to make sure your entire trip is a party.  

Cyber Monday Discounts from 50 –75% off site-wide!

Sole Society handbags and shoes: Sole Society got their start with adorable yet affordable shoes (with tons of great options for travel!) and now, they have equally  amazing handbags to choose from... including fabulous travel totes. The Dalia ( is a colorblock vegan tote with zipper details that not only looks great but allows for size expansion AND it includes matching clutch making it the perfect day-to-night travel bag. Another great option for travel is the Rhea ( a vegan cross body bag that makes handsfree travel look great and by removing the strap it instantly turns into a polished handbag for night! The black and brown combo will go with every outfit in your suitcase. 

Sole Society is starting Cyber Monday a week early with 8 days of deals! Check out starting Monday 11/25!

Tieks by Gavrielli ( When it comes to travel, it's all about the blue bottom shoe! The most versatile designer flats in the world, Tieks are made of the finest Italian leathers. These luxurious flats are not only comfortable, they are incredibly portable because they fold up making them perfect to throw in your suitcase or pop in your purse. They come in just about every color imaginable but the Lovestruck color  ( is a great holiday option: shimmery enough to be in the holiday spirit, neutral enough to go with every outfit you're taking with you and of course, wearable all day, every day.

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kits ( Minimergency Kits are beauty, fashion and personal care kits that contain essential must-haves in a tiny (and adorable) compact kit. So small yet so essential-  you won't even notice they are taking up any space in your carry on and will be so happy you have one on hand at all times.  These also make great stocking stuffers!

Minimergency Candy Striper Kit:

Minimergency Kit for Men:

Minimergency Kit for Moms:

Skinny Minimergency Kit:

They are also participating in Cyber Monday. Enter the code "GIFTSINAPINCH" for 10% off of your order on Monday 12/2

Folica Hair and Beauty Products ( When you travel you're often forced to leave your favorite products behind. Not anymore! Folica is an amazing website dedicated to all things hair and beauty and they understand the need for high quality travel size products. Check out their small yet mighty travel Sedu dryer (, de-frizzing wand ( and mini makeup brush set ( that are sure to make sure you look and feel your best on the go (without taking up every inch of space in your suitcase). Another reason to love them? They are constantly offering huge discounts and flash sales.  

Currently offering 20% site wide with the code: 20curly and free shipping on orders over $50!

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