Summer Travel Must-Haves for the Road or Air

Traveling this summer by plane, train or car? No worries, Cuisine Noir has got you covered. Browse the must-have travel accessories, gadgets and goodies to get you in the air or on road with ease so you can enjoy your final destination in comfort and style.

ACCESSORIES & GADGETS

Black Girl Sunscreen

Women of color can take the guesswork out of choosing a sunscreen. This travel size product leaves skin feeling silky-smooth without a white residue. It includes natural ingredients such as jojoba oil and shea butter to keep body parts moisturized. It offers protection from UVA/UB rays, making fun in the sun more enjoyable. Let summer travels begin!

Size: 3 oz.
Retail Price: $18.99
Available: www.blackgirlsunscreen.com

 

Built NY Neoprene 2-Bottle Wine Tote

This stylish, polka-dot print tote makes carrying wine easy. The soft neoprene insulates two 750-ml bottles for hours. Save the environment by reusing the machine washable tote and look good doing it.

Size: 9.5 x 15.0 inches
Retail Price: $17.99
Available: www.builtny.com

 

Go Travel Tag Me

Grab the bags and go! These colorful luggage tags allow travelers to identify their suitcase quickly. The opposite side showcases a clear insert with a label for the owner’s name. The plastic loop attaches securely for the bumps and tumbles it might endure. Great time saver.

Size: 2.2″ x 4.2″ x 0.1″
Suggested Retail Price: $3.95 (2/pack)
Available: www.go-travelproducts.com

 

Hot Logic Mini

Move over microwave! This electric lunchbox cooks, reheats, and keeps food hot. Yes, it’s true, imagine a slow-cooker in a bag. Simply place a sealed-lid container (plastic, metal, glass, aluminum, or cardboard) in the bag on top of the heater tray, zip the lid closed, and plug-in the power cord. Clean the house or watch a movie for a couple hours. Return to a hot and ready meal—ideal for a hotel room, campsite, or office. Consumers can get an adapter and use the product in the car too.

Size: 7.25 x 9.75 x 3.5 inches
Retail Price: $39.95
Available: www.hotlogicmini.com

 

Kikkerland Maps Travel Laundry Bag 

This colorful bag allows travelers to keep clean clothes separate from the dirty ones. The durable polyester holds about seven pounds of laundry and clips to a bag. The world maps add an element of learning, discovery and fun for the entire family.

Size: 4″ x 6.5
Suggested Retail Price: $6.00
Available: www.kikkerland.com and Bed Bath & Beyond

 

NewSight Inverted C-Shape Handle Umbrella
This reverse opening umbrella protects users from rain and heavy wind. It opens and closes with ease, folds inward to keep the car dry and stands on its own. It allows some individuals to insert a wrist in the handle for hands-free activities. The stylish newsprint makes it a fun gift for a writer, foodie or a fellow road-tripper.

Suggested Retail Price: $20.99
Available:  Amazon

 

 

Reduce COLD-1 Tumbler with Straw

Want to beat the heat this summer? Take along this insulated, stainless-steel tumbler that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Its sweat-proof body fits in most cup holders. The to-go cup lives up to the hype, making it a must-have for road trips.

Size: 34 oz.
Retail Price: $19.99
Available: Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Costco

 

Roadfood: An Eater’s Guide to More than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems Across America

Don’t get on the road without this food directory. It consists of 1,000 restaurants along highways and back roads. Each entry provides everything needed to decide on breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It includes information such as brief descriptions of the establishments, hours of operation and the approximate cost using dollar signs. Serious explorers should highlight the regional maps that pinpoint each eatery – a nice feature to have while traveling America’s countryside.

Size: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
Retail Price: $22.99
Available: Amazon 

 

SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

One of the best backpacks on the market! It features multiple compartments for everything imaginable, from a tablet pocket to a mesh water bottle holder. The padded back panel fits a 17″ laptop with Airflow ventilation technology and ScanSmart lay-flat technology for TSA scanning. The adjustable straps distribute the weight which makes carrying it manageable. Highly recommended.

Size: 18.5″ x 13.5″ x 9.0″
Suggested Retail Price: $65
Available: www.swissgear.com or Amazon

 

VinoSkin Wine Bag Carrier Skin

Have wine, will travel. This bubble bag protects a 750ml bottle of wine from breaking when storing in one’s luggage. It’s leak-proof, comfortable to carry and reusable. The package contains three, so share with a friend. Cheers!

Sizes: 17″ x 10″ x 1.5″
Suggested Retail Price: $5.95
Available: Amazon

 

FOOD AND DRINK

Bacon’s Heir Rosemary & Sea Salt Pork Clouds

The name tells it all. The airy pork skins pack flavor and crunch. The rosemary aftertaste makes this high protein snack addicting. A popular quote comes to mind while eating the mini-bag on-the-go: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Size: 2 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $10 (3-pack)
Available: www.baconsheir.com

 

GoPicnic

Out of time? Grab these ready-to-eat meals with under 500 calories. They come in handy for long train trips or delayed flights. The Traditional Hummus & Multi-Seed Crackers—like the others—combine a delicious balance of flavors that satisfy the palate without all the artificial colors, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup.
Size: 4.01 oz.
Retail Price: $3.99
Available: Target, Amazon and www.gopicnic.com

 


Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew

The Jamaican-style ginger beer brings the heat with its fresh ginger root and spices. The combination of cane sugar, pineapple juice and honey temper the flames and provide a hint of sweetness. Wake up the soul and calm motion sickness with this refreshing, non-alcoholic drink.

Size: 12 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $4.99 (4-pack)
Available: Amazon

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Rekaya, aka The Food Temptress, is a freelance journalist, author and co-host of the sports podcast “Black Girls Talk Sports.” She has written content for Amtrak, Writer’s Digest Books and various lifestyle magazines. She also has penned seven books in multiple genres. In her spare time, she enjoys developing recipes and exploring Virginia’s 200+ wineries.