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16 travel essentials to buy from Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

Aug. 19, 2020
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We all love a good travel deal here at The Points Guy, and if you're anything like us, you've probably been scouring various internet sales bins while stuck at home. Now, it's time for the public version of the much-anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

This isn't a run-of-the-mill clearance sale. This is Nordstrom's big annual sale where you can buy next season's items at a substantial discount for a limited time. The sale started in early August for those with the highest levels of status in Nordstrom's loyalty program, Nordy Club. But now the big sale is open to all!

Just don't press "confirm purchase" until you read these tips on how to get the most out of your Nordstrom spending — and consider adding a few of our favorite travel essentials to your cart, before prices go up after Aug. 30.

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Tumi V4 International 22-Inch expandable wheeled carry-on

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

You'll look forward to packing when you have this sleek carry-on suitcase in your closet — especially since it's the lightest bag in Tumi's much-loved hardside travel collection. That means it's easier to tote around the airport even after you've added a few new souvenirs. Other features include interior tie-down compression straps and a TSA-compliant lock.

To buy: $349.90 (normally $595)

Good Man Brand Edge sneaker

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

When you travel light, sometimes you need one pair of shoes that can transition from daytime sightseeing to socially distanced outdoor dining. These shoes help you go light on packing while going heavy on helping others since a portion of the proceeds go to the "Why Not You Foundation" that helps students achieve post-secondary education dreams.

To buy: $129.90 (normally $198)

Corkcicle stainless steel canteen

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

Every road warrior needs a great reusable water bottle, and we love that this one has a slip-proof silicone bottom and screw-on cap, making it great for all travel adventures. This bottle can hold 16 ounces of, well, whatever you want, because it will keep your coffee hot for up to 12 hours and your water, iced tea or wine cold for more than a day. It’s stainless steel, BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

To buy: $22.90 (normally $34.95)

Nike Blazer Low SE sneaker

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

The bad news is that Nike shoes almost always sell out quickly during the annual Nordstrom sale. But the good news, if you can snag them, is that these are shoes that can go the distance on your next trip since they can easily be dressed up or down.

To buy: $49.90 (normally $75)

North Face reversible water-repellent jacket

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

There's nothing like stuffing a North Face jacket in your kid's bag if you aren't exactly sure what the weather will do. This one is water-repellent, reversible, warm and machine washable so it can start fresh for the next journey to the mountains, lakes or wherever the year may take you. It's a child-size jacket, but it goes up to a kid's size 18, so it may work for a smaller adult, too.

To buy: $77 (normally $110)

Tucker + Tate cozy knit jogger pants

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The name says it all with this one: cozy. Kids need to be kept as comfortable as possible while on the plane or during a road trip and these lightweight, affordable joggers do the trick while matching almost anything.

To buy: $18.90 (normally $29)

Related: How to survive a flight with kids of any age

Pendleton plaid and faux shearling throw blanket

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

If we had to guess, your upcoming travels are probably taking you to nearby beaches, national and state parks, nature reserves and lakeshores around the country. So, upgrade your next outdoor adventure with this timeless (and machine washable) throw. This reversible blanket has a classic plaid print on one side (choose from black and ivory, a brown Oxford or cabin-ready Scottish red) and cozy faux shearling on the other.

To buy: $78.90 (normally $118)

Halogen cashmere ruana

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

OK, we admit we're going heavy on the "cozy" angle with this year's list, but we're big fans of having an oversized cashmere wrap or sweater at the ready in case your next flight or evening by the fire is a bit chilly. You can toss this 100% cashmere throw on over almost anything and instantly become, well, cozy.

To buy: $98.90 (normally $149)

Herschel travel daypack

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

There's a time for a fancy travel backpack that can hold your whole life, and there's a time for one that fits in the free carry-on sizer for a budget airline like Spirit. While each carrier is different, Spirit lets you bring a single, complimentary personal item up to 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches in size -- and this backpack measures 16.5 inches by 11 inches by 5.5 inches, making it (literally) free to move about the country.

To buy: $69.90 (normally $110)

Jetkids by Stokke bed box

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

We don't always love ride-on luggage for kids, but there are times the bed box feature can be really helpful, allowing little ones to sleep on a long flight. Do a little research before assuming your next airline will allow this to be used, but some parents swear by these devices!

To buy: $148.90 (normally $199)

Uppababy G-Luxe reclining umbrella stroller

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

We love the Uppababy brand of strollers for its streamlined designs and durability. During the anniversary sale, snag the G-LUXE 2108 Reclining Umbrella Stroller that weighs less than 15 pounds. This is not the largest or most tricked out stroller but those who travel will adore the one-handed fold and recline functions.

To buy: $239.90 (normally $299.99)

Night Trisilk travel pillow

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

Arrive at your next destination well-rested and refreshed with this silky memory foam neck pillow. It's machine washable, dryer-friendly and comes with a carrying case. Just remember to wear your neck pillow the right way: Trust us.

To buy: $49.90 (normally $75)

Maxi-Cosi 5-in-1 modular travel system

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

If you and your child are always on the go both in town and potentially further afield, you can upgrade your baby gear with this lightweight and convenient modular system from Maxi-Cosi. The stroller (either rear- or front-facing) collapses flat and transforms into a bassinet, and the infant car seat accommodates little ones up to 30 pounds. And trust us, your kids will probably love it, too. After all, there's a sun canopy and peekaboo window for days spent sightseeing.

To buy: $374.90 (normally $499.99)

Voluspa Vermeil mini candle set

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

This is 2020, after all, so we understand you might be looking for inventive ways to satisfy your wanderlust. If you're dreaming of a coastal California getaway, a bucket-list adventure in Peru, a luxurious Italian vacation, a romantic trip to Paris or a far-flung Indonesian retreat, these premium coconut-oil travel candles have evocative fragrances that will transport you to some of the world's most iconic destinations.

To buy: $33.50 (normally $50)

Eric Javits packable fedora

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

After all this time stuck inside, you’re probably going to need a little extra coverage from the sun. This stylish fedora is made from Squishee straw, meaning you can shove it into your carry-on or bury it at the bottom of your suitcase and it will always pop right back into shape.

To buy: $164.90 (normally $275)

Herschel duffle bag

(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

This bag is stylish without looking like it's trying to be stylish. It's made of durable material and includes a signature shoe compartment, making it great for long weekend getaways, car camping trips, beach days or just your average afternoon at the gym.

To buy: $59.90 (normally $90)

Remember, the sale ends on Aug. 30 -- but some items will sell out long before then.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases