Courtesy of Nordstrom
Courtesy of Nordstrom
You can save hundreds of dollars on our favorite gear, including Longchamp totes and more.
You can find some of AFAR’s favorite shoes, bags, and skin-care products at a serious discount during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
After a few weeks of early access previews for Nordstrom cardholders, the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public starting Wednesday, July 28, and runs through August 8.
We’ve curated this selection of some of our favorite travel bags, skin-care products, water bottles, and shoes from our favorite brands that have been marked way down. While popular sale items may sell out quickly, there are always plenty of deals to shop before the sale ends. Read on for more information on each item and check back often as we add new ones.
End up shopping so much on your trip you can’t fit it all in your bags on the way home? This expandable—and water-resistant—tote unzips into an extra-large tote to fit all your souvenir purchases.
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 is seriously discounted. In it you’ll find miniatures of La Mer’s highly rated cleansing foam, treatment lotion, renewal oil, and Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream. (The free travel pouch is an extra bonus.)
A comfortable pair of walking shoes are a must on any packing list. These ones from Italian brand Superga are lightweight, go with anything, and won’t give you blisters even if you are logging more than 10,000 steps a day exploring a new city.
Not using a reusable water bottle yet? Now is the time to get one. This bottle can keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot ones hot up to 12 hours, which makes it great for hikes, bike rides, and camping trips.
The mini version of Oribe’s Gold Lust Repair and Restore shampoo and conditioner is ideally sized for your toiletry kit to revive parched and damaged hair on the road. Bonus? This four-piece set also includes full-size versions to keep at home.
Made with thick, leather 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. Olukai’s highly rated Ohana flip flops for women are also marked down to $47 from $70 during this sale.
Instead of letting a pair of hiking boots take up too much space in your suitcase, opt for a lightweight pair of hiking sneakers, like these ones from Merrell. The Quantum Grip rubber tread will give you traction on any type of terrain, while underheel cushioning absorbs shock and keeps things extra comfy on casual hikes.
This hard-shell spinner suitcase weighs just 7.5 pounds and has four multidirectional spinner wheels, so you can glide through the airport. Plus, you’ll never confuse this bag for someone else’s with its striking terrazzo design inspired by pavement patterns in Venice.
These highly rated and buttery soft leggings are great whether you’re running errands around town or on a road trip and need comfy pants that won’t pinch your stomach after hour five of a long drive. Plus, they come with pockets perfectly sized to fit your phone.
Don’t go on your next beach trip without these products that condition and protect dry, brittle hair. This set comes with both a full size and travel size of Bumble and Bumble’s “Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil” heat/UV protective primer to use daily, plus a travel size of its “Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil” mask to use once a week for deep conditioning.
The 17-ounce Larq Bottle is one of AFAR’s favorite water bottles and is worth the price. The bottle’s cap is fitted with an ultraviolet light that disrupts the DNA in bacteria and viruses, rendering them unable to reproduce (which is how they cause diseases). Pressing the top of the cap activates the light: Tap once for normal purification, or twice for “adventure mode,” which is useful when you suspect your water may be loaded with harmful microorganisms. An added bonus? The double-walled stainless steel bottle keeps beverages cold for 24 hours or hot for 12.
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 “Don’t Despair, Repair!” strengthening treatment oil and “Be Gentle, Be Kind” avocado and kiwi mega moisture superfood hair mask.
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Merrell makes some of AFAR’s favorite hiking boots for men for good reason: They are waterproof and come with Vibram soles for traction, plus they have an antimicrobial sockliner to prevent the growth of germs that could potentially stink up your boots. Another bonus? The brown leather is good-looking enough that you could wear these into a bar after a long day’s hike and not appear out of place.
This packable backpack folds up into an internal pouch so it takes up as little space in your luggage as possible. When you need it, it expands to a roomy 18 x 12 x 5 inches.
This article was originally published in July 2018; it was updated on August 19, 2020, and again on July 28, 2021, to include current sale information.
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