Casey Wilson’s 10 Favorite Travel Essentials You Need For Your Next Trip

If you mixed sunshine and joie de vivre, threw in a dash of sarcasm and put it in human form, you’d end up with Casey Wilson. The Actor, Writer and “Real Housewives” anthropologist also delivered a surprising bestselling book in May 2021 featuring her collection of essays, “The Wreckage of My Presence Her secret sauce is her innate ability to laugh at herself without being precious about it.

“I love people. I want to be out with people in the morning, afternoon and evening,” Wilson says.

It can sound cheesy. But not if Wilson says so. And somehow Wilson, who is currently promoting her collaboration with Hellmann’s new spicy mayonnaise dressing, manages to make even that decidedly odd campaign not just tasty, but downright amusing.

“I’ve been given a title, the spirited ambassador,” she says. “Did you ever think I would have an ambassadorship? Nobody did. But once you hear it, it makes sense. You know it’s right. I am just an ambassador to help people brighten up and live their lives.”

To connect with people, Wilson travels – a lot. Both as part of her day job and when she hits her podcast “Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown” with her co-creator Danielle Schneider. So she told us all about all the gear she’s bought — from her eye mask to her favorite carry-on — to make travel not only bearable, but enjoyable.

Her travel mantra: “I try to make it look like I did something,” she says. “All about me is a lot of trying to do something that looks like one thing but is really lazy.” We’re here for it. Here’s what Wilson doesn’t go home without on her travels.

$48 at Lunya

Wilson wants to sleep in — and zen — when she’s in the air. For her, that means getting this shockingly affordable yet gloriously luxurious silk eye mask. “A face mask is my number one,” she says. “And it’s Lunya’s – it’s an obsession. If I don’t have it, it becomes very strange.” It has a 100% silk exterior, so it’s incredibly soft, and it doubles as a headband for your nighttime beauty routine without wrinkling your hair.

$349.95 $199.99 at Amazon

Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

Wilson won’t go anywhere without these headphones, which boast up to 22 hours of battery life and pure adaptive noise cancellation that actively blocks out ambient noise while still delivering premium sound. “I have a whole machine where I have my Beats noise canceling headphones. I have my Lunya. Of course I have my tabloids, so sometimes I put on the mask, read them, and then pass out with the magazines all over me,” she says.Good noise-cancelling headphones are an essential part of any traveler’s wardrobe to block out the sound of your neighbor’s snoring, a crying baby nearby, or the loud hum of an airplane engine.

$199.99 at B&H

Samsonite mobile office bag

Some people go for trendy carry-on luggage with all devices. Not Wilson, who instead opts for this roomy yet sleek and durable bag from a legendary travel brand. “I did get this suitcase – it’s Samsonite, but it’s not that big of a suitcase or carry-on. It almost looks like an old school, big suitcase. I can’t describe it, but it’s indestructible, yet it’s not huge, so I’ve become obsessed with that,” she says.

$84 at Mountain

Halo flared pants

When she travels, Wilson wants to look dressed without sacrificing comfort. So she is addicted to these pants that actually don’t feel like pants. “I wear them every second — they’re called Vuori,” she says. It’s not your classic sweatpants. Instead, they’re made of a soft, wide-leg fabric that hugs the waist and hips for a slightly elevated look.

$65 at Sephora

Wilson isn’t going anywhere without a product that is loved by celebrities and their makeup artists alike for its flawless finish. “I am very committed to my Armani Luminous Foundation,” Wilson says. The foundation comes in 40 shades in a 1-ounce container, making it the perfect size to slip into your favorite travel makeup bag and go through airport security.

$15 at Sephora

As a working mom, Wilson doesn’t have the time or patience to carefully layer eye makeup or create a complex smokey eye, especially while traveling. †[Kosas] has this product called 10 second eyeshadow where you just dab it on your lids and wipe it off. Finished. That has been a real game-changer for me,” she says. It comes in six neutral shades and is perfect for adding a touch of shine to any look.

$34 at Sephora

Wilson is all about products that are two-in-one, including when it comes to makeup. “I love the Ilia Multi-Stick,” she says. “It’s blush and lipstick. I love anything that I can work with in multiple areas.” The Ilia Multi-Stick can be applied to cheeks and lips to give your skin a radiant finish and brighten your skin.

$38.95 at Amazon

EltaMD UV Restore SPF 40 Anti-aging face cream

Like most adults, Wilson is a lover of sunscreen wherever she is. In particular, she loves the EltaMD SPF, a mineral-based, non-greasy and ultra-light sunscreen option for everyday use. “I’m very obsessed with Elta sunscreen with the moisturizer in it — it’s not chalky,” she says. It is a tinted facial sunscreen that is fragrance free and 100% mineral based.

$195 at Staud

Staud Dana Dress

You want to look neat when you arrive at your destination, but you don’t want a suitcase full of wrinkled ensembles. Wilson is a fan of the Staud color block dresses because they are cute and the perfect travel companion to put on once you arrive at your destination. “I absolutely love those Staud dresses because they can crumple up in your bag, but then they look really cute,” Wilson says. The Staud midi dress is available in five different color combinations, so you can choose an option that suits you and your destination.

Starting at $34 at Amazon

When she flies, Wilson says she usually wears these Birkenstock EVA sandals as her favorite travel shoe. They are waterproof, washable, lightweight and available in 35 different colors and prints. They are also insanely soft and easy to put on and take off. “I have these new Birkenstocks that are a bit rubbery and lavender, but they are so comfortable,” she says.

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