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16 travel essentials to buy during Nordstrom's super sale

June 15, 2020
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If you're in need of a little retail therapy right now, well ... we can't say we blame you.

It's been more than three months since the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, was officially declared a pandemic, and if you've been sheltering in place since then, you're probably more than ready to start daydreaming about your next trip — especially now that destinations around the world have begun to reopen.

Even if you're not ready to hit the road just yet, now's a great time to stock up on travel essentials you can use during future trips.

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Nordstrom is having another one of its popular sales right now, with markdowns up to 70% off a huge variety of items (and, as always, free shipping.) While we know buying travel gear isn't a priority for many people right now, it won't hurt to dive into those sales bins if you're in a position to stock up for future vacations.

We'd normally tell you to use a shopping portal to get even more points and miles on your purchases, but unfortunately, you won't find Nordstrom on any of them. We do have a workaround, though. If you've been targeted to save $50 at Amazon using just one American Express Membership Rewards point, you may be able to buy Nordstrom digital gift cards for 20% off.

Either way, you'll also want to use a credit card that earns bonus points on shopping purchases. That way, you'll be racking up points and miles for your next trip in no time. Don't forget to earn your Nordy Club rewards, too.

Adidas Tiro Soccer Training Pants

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

To buy: $33.75, originally $45.

These pants just scream "airport mode," don't you think? Grab yourself a pair while they're on sale. They're a solid buy for quarantining at home, of course, but if we had to bet, we'd say you're going to get plenty of use out of them once travel picks up again.

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Hacci Hoodie

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

To buy: $26.24, originally $59.

You (almost) won’t mind long-haul flights when you’re snuggled up in this cozy sweatshirt. You could buy one in both black and gray for less than the original price of just one. That’s a win in our book for use at home or on the road.

Tech Travel Organizer

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

To buy: $20.24, originally $45.

You promised yourself this would be the year you stop tangling all your cords in a hot mess heap and finally got a travel organizer. For less than $15, there's never been a better time to get one than now.

Calpak Silk Travel Neck Pillow and Eye Mask Set

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

To buy: $42.75, originally $95.

This neck pillow and eye mask set is more than half-off and will help you get some much-needed shut-eye on your next 10-hour flight — or cross-country drive. We're particularly fond of the rose gold color.

Herschel Barlow Trail Large Backpack

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

To buy: $58.50, originally $130.

This bag just screams "road trip." Whether you're planning a weekend-long car camping trip or just looking to fit the maximum amount of clothes possible in your bag, this backpack from Herschel will do the trick.

Related: How to tell if your backpack counts as a carry-on or personal item

Beis Convertible Backpack

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

To buy: $35.10, originally $78.

Get extra mileage out of your bag with Beis — we're big fans of their products, and this bag is no exception. You can wear it as a backpack or as a satchel without sacrificing style.

Champion Reverse-Weave Fleece Sweatshirt

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(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

To buy: $17.99, originally $50.

Act fast on this heavily-discounted Champion sweatshirt. It's the kind of sweatshirt you can picture yourself in while you're relaxing at the airport lounge, or roasting s'mores by the fire, don't you think?

Havianas slim "Frozen" Flip Flop

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(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

To buy: $14, originally $20.

You're about to be the parent of the year, although we're sorry in advance if your kids won't stop singing "Let It Go" for the rest of the day. Take them to the lake, pool, beach or even just the fort that's taken over your living room.

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

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

To buy: $56, originally $80.

We know you've had your eye on Stan Smiths for quite some time, so now's the moment to take the plunge. They're the perfect shoe for sightseeing or a casual dinner outside by the water.

Related: The 14 best travel shoes for your next trip

Ray-Ban Polarized Aviator Sunglasses

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

To buy: $142.80, originally $204.

It's not every day you see polarized sunglasses from Ray-Ban on sale. The polarized lenses will help reduce glare and make images appear sharper — ideal for sitting by the pool getting some work done, or just, well, sitting by the pool.

Marc Jacobs Small Leather Wallet

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

To buy: $66.50, originally $95.

You need somewhere to put all the credit cards you've applied for during this downtime, right? This small leather wallet from Marc Jacobs should do the trick. There's plenty of room for all your cards, ID and even cash.

Rag & Bone Straw Visor

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

To buy: $56.25, originally $125

This is exactly what you're going to want the second you step out onto the beach with your family or friends this summer. It's lightweight and blocks the sun without being bulky or overbearing. Get it now while the price is right.

Nike Kawa Slide Sandals

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

To buy: $20.77, originally $26.

It doesn't get much better than these Nike sandals — they're cute, comfortable and affordable. Your kids will love to wear them to the pool, beach, around the house or wherever your travels may take you this summer.

Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones

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(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

To buy: $299, originally $349.

If you're planning on sitting in a car (or plane) for an extended period of time, you're going to want to get your hands on some noise-canceling headphones. And few headphones top the audio quality of Bose.

Tucker and Tate Translucent Rain Jacket

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(Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

To buy: $17.70, originally $59.

This very-on-sale kids' rain jacket from Tucker and Tate will be just what the doctor ordered when you're caught in the rain during your upcoming outdoor vacation. Even if you don't have any travel booked this summer, the price is so good, you can pack it away for your future trips.

Calpak 5-piece Packing Cube Set

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

To buy: $31.50, originally $70.

Trust us when we say that packing cubes will change your life. We promise your items will never feel more organized and you're never going to want to leave the house without them (even if it's just for a coffee run).

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Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023