For travel-loving Laundress cofounder Gwen, the best way to celebrate another trip around the sun is a trip around the world. The birthday girl recently touched down in both the UK and India where she worked, shopped, savored and sight-saw her way through each country. Here, she shares her travel tips and some of the treasures she brought back from her journey.
GWEN'S TRAVEL MUST HAVES
Our Travel Tote is such a versatile travel accessory. On departing flights, when I have a smaller load, I can pack it in my suitcase. On the way back, it doubles as a carry-on for the treasures I collected along the way.
I ALWAYS consult my GURU Tyler Brule before any journey. Monocle travel guides are a must.
Logging lots of miles on long-haul flights, I’ve discovered compression socks really help reduce jet lag and swelling. I love this brand for fun, comfortable options.
With carry on sized versions of essentials like Static Solution and Stain Solution, our On the Spot Kit has gotten me out of many a clothing catastrophe on the go.
This lightweight cotton canvas duffel still manages to maintain its structure. Perfectly sized for a carry-on.
Hats are so difficult to travel with. I love this simple and handy holder. Genius!
I’ve long considered London my second home. It’s no surprise my ancestors hailed from the Mayflower and ultimately, I returned to study, live, and work there throughout the last 20 years. It’s a place I never tire of visiting and I have my beat down! One of my favorite spots on this trip was a stay on Burgh Island in Devon UK. This stunningly beautiful tidal island has a rich and fascinating history.
No need to leave your boots behind anymore when you can get a packable pair! Rain boots are a must traveling the UK countryside!
One of my favorite stores—a cream cable is a staple at home or across the pond.
I always have to get a lunch in at Deliciously Ella and nab some muesli bags to bring home. I have gotten so many onto it I have turned myself into a muesli mule. I also check her blog regularly for delicious recipes and food inspiration.
I consider a versatile hat one of my favorite travel accessories, especially in London. I love this blue on blue fedora from one of my favorite hat makers.
I love British woolens! I have several of these ruanas (otherwise known as a wrap). It can be worn alone, as a shawl or used as a blanket in-flight.
I am a product and spa hound always seeking out an interesting local service, from hammans in Paris, reiki in India, saunagus in Denmark, or facegym in London. Now I can get my face workouts here in NYC at their new flagship studio.
India is a mecca for craftsmanship with experts in textiles and jewelry, just to name a few. The changes I have seen with each visit over the last 20 years is truly amazing. A new adventure each time, this visit I was able to spend an afternoon with Tara (short for Ishtara) at the elephant sanctuary.
I loved this dress, but now even more as it reminds me of my special afternoon with my favorite elephant friend, Tara!
Who doesn’t love a fun bobble to dress up any moment? These are fun to wear with just about anything, even just a t-shirt.
While nothing beats shopping this brand at the hotel in Positano, you can find many of their gorgeous Indian block print kaftans online. They’re a must for any summer or holiday.
John is the MASTER of Indian block-printing- his prints and colors are always such a perfect touch to any room.
I always love bringing back my favorite treats from foreign places. I picked up some boxes of this Masala Chai Tea to take home but was excited to find it’s available in the states too.