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The Best Deals for Travelers in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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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 ends August 30, 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? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public as of Wednesday, August 19, and runs through August 30. (Early access opened to Nordstrom cardholders as early as August 4 for cardholders with Icon status.)

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. While popular sale items like the Bombas ankle socks and the Patagonia Black Hole 55L duffel sold out long ago there are still plenty of deals to shop before the sale ends. Following this quick list of the best deals, read on for more information on each item.

Best deals on travel-size beauty products:

Best deals on shoes: 

Best deals on travel bags:

Best deals on clothing and travel accessories:

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

Buy 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.

Briogeo All-Star Hair Heroes Set is 33 percent off

Buy 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.

Kiehl’s Ultra Hydration Set is 32 percent off

Buy Now: $82 ($121 value), nordstrom.com

The mini version of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate—an AFAR editor favorite—is ideally sized for your toiletry kit to revive parched skin after a red-eye. Bonus? This five-piece set also includes full-size versions of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado to keep at home.

La Mer Replenishing Moisture Collection is 33 percent off

Buy Now: $340 ($509 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 five-piece set is seriously discounted. In it you’ll find miniatures of La Mer’s highly rated Replenishing Oil Exfoliator, Regenerating Serum, Eye Concentrate, Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream, plus a Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask. (The free travel pouch is an extra bonus.)

Olukai Men’s Auinala Flip Flops are 33 percent off

Buy Now: $80 (was $120), nordstrom.com

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 just $47 from $70 during this sale.

Hunter Women’s Tour Packable Rain Boots are 30 percent off

Buy 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 short version of these boots and the Hunter Chelsea Rain Boots are also on sale right now.

Adidas Men’s Stan Smith Sneakers are 37 percent off

Buy Now: $50 (was $80), nordstrom.com

The AFAR Approved Veja sneakers may be sold out, but Stan Smiths are always a reliable choice for people looking for a new walking shoe.

Patagonia Black Hole 25L Backpacks are 34 percent off

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

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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.

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

Buy 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. Travel Daypacks are 36 percent off

Buy Now: $70 (was $110), nordstrom.com

This stylish backpack comes with a fleece-lined compartment that can fit most 15-inch laptops.

S’Well 17-ounce water bottles are 35 percent off

Buy Now: $23 (was $35), nordstrom.com

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, which makes it great for hikes, bike rides, and on the beach.

Zella High Waist Studio Pocket 7/8 Leggings are 34 percent off

Buy Now: $43 (was $65), nordstrom.com

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. 

Patagonia Men’s Nano Puff Vests are 30 percent off

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

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 Better Sweater quarter zip pullovers and its Nano Puff hooded jackets.

This article was updated on August 19, 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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