When it comes to reestablishing a travel routine, organization is key. Or as Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin—the founders of The Home Edit, a wildly successful home organizing business that has since spawned multiple TV shows and books—would say, you need a system. The duo’s new collaboration with Calpak delivers just that.
“We wanted to create a collection that makes everyone feel comfortable,” Shearer says. “We are not great fliers, and when we think of travel, we start running through the list of what we need.” The Home Edit’s six-piece collection boils your in-flight needs down to the essentials, and is made to be your one-and-done solution to getting out the door on travel days.
Many pieces were made with the pandemic in mind—the face masks, neck pillow, and shawl all come in their own machine-washable pouches, so they’re not floating around your tote bag or carry-on. The masks themselves come in a pack of three. “You cant just go with one,” Teplin emphasizes. “You need a back-up, so you have one to wash, one to use, and you want them in a pouch for sanitary reasons.”
As for the shawl, it’s just what you need on a chilly airplane or in the backseat of the car: large enough to drape across your whole body or wrap around your shoulders (at 70″ by 55″, it could double as a picnic blanket, really), and made of soft, 100 percent cotton jersey.
Then there are the pouches, which are closer in size to packing cubes—as fans of the show would expect, all of the products are very much built for function. A set comes with three bags and can house all your odds and ends; ideally, each with its own purpose: Use one for beauty products, one for snacks, one for tech accessories. “More than ever, I need to feel so prepared,” Shearer says. “I need back-ups of everything.” At home or on road trips, Teplin recommends repurposing a pouch as a car snack bag. “Purse snacks, car snacks, travel snacks; we’re all about the snacks.”
The entire set has a cohesive look: Each piece is navy blue, with a small rainbow embroidered somewhere on it. (For those less familiar with the pair, they’re likely the inspiration behind any rainbow-organized bookshelves you’ve noticed filling up Zoom backgrounds.) Shearer said picking a darker color for the face masks was a priority, especially with (albeit rare) makeup days in mind. “I cannot stand how makeup looks getting on the back of a white mask, so I wanted to make it navy, so people doesn’t feel utterly disgusting every time they take the mask off.” Other must-have features: adjustable ear straps and an expandable fabric that is sure to cover both your nose and mouth.
The French terry jogger set very much fits in with the loungewear aesthetic we’ve all been sporting the past year, but with a slightly more fitted shape. The top has a boat neck, cap sleeves, and short slits on the sides that make it less frumpy than a standard sweatshirt, without losing any comfort points. The pants have a thick elastic waistband, side pockets and an extra back pocket, and a tapered leg.
All in all, the collection makes walking out the door seamless, something that will come in handy as we start planning trips in earnest once again. And it comes from a brand that’s had plenty of experience making travel gear. Says Shearer, “Calpak makes such excellent things already, so we just wanted to see what we could do to round out what travel looks like to us, and put our cozy spin on some of their best items.”