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2021 was an up and down year to say the least. Many of us returned to travel, albeit still closer to home than we might have otherwise planned. Still, though, getting back on planes and checking into hotels again was a welcome change from the year prior—and with that came a refresh in our travel gear. We took a look back on what products resonated most with Condé Nast Traveler readers last year. Below, you’ll find the 15 most-purchased Traveler-recommended items in 2021, from face shields for added protection on the go to a cover for your vaccination card to comfortable clothing to wear in transit and at home. Consider these our best travel gear recommendations of 2021, available to shop now in case you missed any the first time around.
A snow shoe accessory
Vaccination card holders
A pouch to hold all your tech accessories
Comfortable pants from Zella
When it comes to comfortable clothing, Zella does it right. The brand, a perennial favorite during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, accounted for several of our top-sold products last year, from the Live In Pocket Joggers (available in men’s and women’s sizes) to the ever-popular high waist leggings and the pocket 7/8 leggings.
True & Co. bras
Another travel wardrobe essential: comfortable bras. True and Co. styles were particularly popular this year, with the triangle bralette and V-neck bralette among the most-purchased. Both are sans underwire and seamless, for smooth lines under a T-shirt and maximum comfort, whether you’re sitting for hours in the backseat or curled up in a lie-flat.