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Out of Town: Travel Gear
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What's 'essential' for travel varies, of course, from person to person and depending on the type of trip you're taking. But we'll agree that Boston Travel Essentials from Aesop, $75, makes the arriving a lot more pleasant.

Three ways to cut down on the friction of travel.
1) TSA Pre-Check
2) Global Entry
3) Mobile Passport

A different kind of travel friction. Chafing and blisters are a bummer whether you're on strenuous adventure travel or just walking in Rome on a hot day. BodyGlide, $14.99, is the preventative.

The most popular wireless, noise-cancelling headphones, despite their $349 price tag, remain the Bose QuietComfort 35. You can customize the colors for an additional $100.

For a road trip, add SnapBaskets and CleverCrates by CleverMade: collapsible utility crates and totes that take up little room in the trunk and which can be quickly expanded into service.

If your trip involves a stay at the Savoy in London or the George V in Paris, they can get you an aspirin. If you're further flung on your adventure, it's a good idea to pack a SmartTravel Medical Kit, $49.95.

New from Nomad, the PowerPack, $119.95, is built to keep your smartphones and tablets charged and take the bumps and bruises of travel. Tile trackable, too.

From our experience last summer, Ticked!, the rose geranium oil by Coventry Body Care, repelled ticks as advertised. $20

From the less-is-more file: the Victorinox dual compartment Monosling, $39.99, is a good option when you need just a few items with you all day.

The Cat Nap Blanket from Eagle Creek, $30.95, starts packed in a rectangular pocket which you can use as a pillow. Or, unfurl, use as a blanket, and tuck your pedal extremities into the foot pockets.

The Chapter travel kits from Herschel, $29.99-$49.99, come in a wide range of looks. As usual from this company, they do the job with understated style.

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