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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview Is Here

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You can save hundreds of dollars on our favorite gear, including Patagonia backpacks and more.

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You can save hundreds of dollars on our favorite gear, including Patagonia backpacks and more.

You can find some of AFAR’s favorite shoes, bags, jackets, and skin-care products at a serious discount during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which opens up to everyone on August 19, 2020.

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Just like Amazon Prime Day, the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has also been delayed well past its typical July dates due to the effects COVID-19 has had on the retail industry. So when will Nordstrom’s major summer sale happen this year? Early access sneak peek will open to all Nordstrom cardholders between August 13–18, 2020, and as early as August 4 for cardholders with Icon status. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to everyone else on Wednesday, August 19, and runs through August 30.

Starting July 24, you can preview the Anniversary Sale online and create a wish list so it’s easier to shop when items eventually go on sale in August. To get you started, we’ve curated this selection of some of our favorite bags, skin-care products, jackets, water bottles, and shoes from our favorite brands that have been marked way down. Be sure to check back often—we’ll be updating this list as Nordstrom adds more items to the sale.

Hydro Flask's large capacity water bottle is on sale in the purple color seen here.

Hydro Flask 32-ounce water bottles are 34 percent off

Bookmark Now: $33 (was $50), nordstrom.com

Not using a reusable water bottle yet? Now is the time to get one. This large bottle comes with a straw lid that is great for hikes, bike rides, and on the beach.

Barbour Waxed Cotton Rain Jackets are 37 percent off

Bookmark Now: $300 (was $475), nordstrom.com

This version of Barbour’s water-resistant waxed coat for women comes with a removable faux shearling collar to keep things cozy when the weather transitions from summer to fall.

Patagonia Nano Puff Vests are 30 percent off

Bookmark Now: $105 (was $149), nordstrom.com

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This fall layer packs down into a built-in stuff sack and has been updated to be made with recycled materials. Not only are Patagonia’s essential puff vests $44 off, but you can also get discounts on Patagonia’s Synchilla fleece pullovers and its women’s Nano Puff hooded jackets.

The Veja Esplar Sneakers come in all white (pictured here) as well as with blue and green accents.

Veja Esplar Sneakers are 25 percent off

Bookmark Now: $90 (was $120), nordstrom.com

The sustainable French footwear brand, Veja, marked several styles of its stylish leather walking shoes down 25 percent. Its Esplar style is $30 off for both men and women, and you can save nearly $40 off its green-and-white women’s V-10 sneaker.

Olukai Hokua Flip Flops are 33 percent off

Bookmark Now: $50 (was $75), nordstrom.com

Made with thick, soft straps and a contoured footbed, these men’s sandals feel like wearing slippers but are sturdy enough to last you through many more summer seasons at the beach.

Hunter Tour Packable Rain Boots are 30 percent off

Bookmark Now: $100 (was $150), nordstrom.com

Typically, rain boots would take up half the space in your luggage, but these are made from a lightweight and flexible rubber that can be rolled up and be tucked away in a carry-on.

The Patagonia Black Hole Duffel is one of our favorite weekender bags.

Patagonia Black Hole 55L Duffels are 35 percent off

Bookmark Now: $90 (was $139), nordstrom.com

If you’re planning a camping trip and have to bring along a lot of gear, these rugged and spacious duffels are one of our favorite travel bags for a weekend getaway.

Patagonia Black Hole 25L Backpacks are 34 percent off

Bookmark Now: $85 (was $129), nordstrom.com

In black, navy, and brown, this water-repellent backpack has room for your laptop and books in its spacious interior, and the stretchy side pockets hold even more. But even if you fill the Black Hole all the way up, its thick, molded back panel still keeps everything comfortable. No wonder it’s one of our favorite water-resistant backpacks for travel.

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Totes are 38 percent off

Bookmark Now: $120 (was $195), nordstrom.com

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Expandable bags are one of our favorite packing hacks. Use this water-resistant nylon tote to carry your essentials around from day to day, then when it’s time to head home, unzip and expand it to fit all the extra souvenirs you picked up along the way. It’s on sale in black, gray, khaki, and orange.

Tumi V4 22-Inch Carry-Ons are 41 percent off

Bookmark Now: $350 (was $595), nordstrom.com

At 7.1 pounds, this is one of the lightest wheeled suitcases from Tumi’s hardside travel collection and meets most domestic airlines’ carry-on size requirements. It’s also made with a durable polycarbonate alloy, which means that this bag has longevity—one of the reasons why Tumi is one of our favorite luggage brands.

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffels are 33 percent off

Bookmark Now: $60 (was $90), nordstrom.com

Another one of our favorite weekender bags, this stylish duffel can fit all you need for a two- to three-day trip and has a dedicated shoe pocket to keep your clothes nice and clean.

Bombas socks are worth investing in.

Bombas ankle socks are more than 33 percent off

Bookmark Now: $24 for a three-pack (was $36), nordstrom.com

Socks that don’t slide down during long walks or workouts are worth investing in and Bombas makes the very best. Not only are Bomba’s ankle socks $12 off, but you can also get discounts on Bomba’s cushioned no-show socks for both men and women.

Briogeo All-Star Hair Heroes Set is 33 percent off

Bookmark Now: $45 ($67 value), nordstrom.com

This limited edition set from natural hair-care company Briogeo comes with full-size versions of its cult-favorite “Don’t Despair, Repair!” conditioning mask and “Farewell Frizz” leave-in conditioning spray, plus a travel-size mini of its “Scalp Revival” charcoal and coconut oil micro-exfoliating shampoo.

The Supergoop Defense Refresh spray sunscreen set includes a 3.4 oz. and 1 oz. bottle.

Supergoop Defense Refresh spray sunscreen is 32 percent off

Bookmark Now: $30 ($44 value), nordstrom.com

A Nordstrom exclusive (and reef-safe), this AFAR favorite face sunscreen comes with a 3.4-ounce bottle to use in the morning at home and a 1-ounce mini bottle to keep in your bag for reapplication on the go.

Kiehl’s Day-to-Night Hydration Duo is 33 percent off

Bookmark Now: $34 ($51 value), nordstrom.com

Only sold during the Anniversary Sale each year, these mini versions of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Midnight Recovery Concentrate—an AFAR editor favorite—are ideally sized for your toiletry kit to revive parched skin after a red-eye.

La Mer Mini Miracles Creme Set is 42 percent off

Bookmark Now: $90 ($155 value), nordstrom.com

Whether you’re curious to try out La Mer before making the commitment to its full-size skin-care products or want mini versions of your favorites to keep in your toiletry kit, this four-piece set costs less than $100. In it you’ll find miniatures of La Mer’s highly rated Treatment Lotion, Renewal Oil, Hydrating Illuminator, and Creme de la Mer face cream. (The free travel bag is an extra bonus.)

This article was updated on July 24, 2020, to include current sale information. Products we write about are independently vetted and recommended by our editors. AFAR may earn a commission if you buy through our links, which helps support our independent publication.

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