13 travel essentials priced from $8 to buy during Nordstrom’s super sale

Things are, let’s say, weird right now — there’s no way around that. Airlines are operating on skeleton schedules, restaurants are either closed or serving takeout only and entire regions and countries are on lockdown trying to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

We’re all doing our part to flatten the curve by staying home so life can return to normal as quickly as is safely possible. Sadly, that’s included hitting the pause button on travel indefinitely.

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So, while we’re not leaving our respective homes for the next, well, who knows how long, now might be a great time to do some retail therapy while simultaneously building up your reward balances so you’ll have plenty of points and miles to burn when it’s time to travel again. Trust us: That time will come.

If you’re in the market for a few new items, Nordstrom is having a massive sale right now, with up to 70% off already discounted and clearance items (and as always, free shipping). We know a lot of these items are not priorities for everyone right now, but for those of you who are still in a position to stock up for the future for less, this is your chance.

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 up our sleeves, though — if you’re targeted to save $50 at Amazon using just one American Express Membership Rewards point, you can potentially buy Nordstrom e-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 the points and miles for your future travels in no time. Don’t forget to earn your Nordy Club rewards, too.

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Adidas Tiro Soccer Training Pants (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $36, originally $45.

These pants just scream “airport mode,” don’t you think? Grab yourself a pair while they’re on sale. They are a solid buy for quarantining at home, too, but if we had to bet, we’d say you’re going to get pretty solid use out of them once travel picks up again.
Trisilk Travel Pillow (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $22.50, originally $75.

Say goodbye to your airport “bean bag” travel pillow and hello to this one made from silk (and 70% off!). Those 13-hour flights will be no match for you when life and travel resumes.
Nordstrom Rib Ruffle Cashmere Scarf (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $48.73, originally $169.

You can’t say no to this cashmere scarf — especially now that it’s 70% off. Wear it as a cozy wrap on your next long-haul flight, to keep you warm on a cool day exploring a city, in the office or even around the house. We have a feeling it’s going to be one of your new travel staples.

Note: This scarf sold out shortly after publication. We recommend this similar one for $44.98, originally $149.
Stoney Clover Lane Small Nylon Makeup Bag (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $40.50, originally $90.

You’re not imagining it when you see everyone on social media traveling with one of Stoney Clover’s Instagram-friendly pouches. Get one for yourself at this discounted price. Your makeup will thank you later.
Tech Travel Organizer (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $13.50, originally $45.

You promised yourself this would be the year you stop bundling 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.
Adidas Ultraboost 20 Running Shoe (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $144, originally $180.

One of our favorite travel shoes is on sale (and no, you don’t have to be an actual runner to wear them). They’re supportive and comfortable and will keep your feet happy after hours and hours of sightseeing.
Calpak 20-inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $74.24, originally $165.

If you’re in the market for a new carry-on, might we interest you in this sleek looking model from Calpak — and over 50% off, at that? It comes in a handful of shiny metallic colors, and is beloved by frequent flyers around the world. It has a TSA-approved lock to give you peace of mind, too.

Related: Say goodbye to checked bag fees with our 7 favorite travel backpacks
Tumi Uma Nylon Backpack (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $380, originally $475.

This backpack is officially in the splurge zone, but you can knock (almost) $100 off this stylish, nylon Tumi bag. There are enough compartments to satisfy even the most over-packers of packers and, of course, a trolley sleeve to fit easily over your carry-on.

Related: How to tell if your backpack counts as a personal or carry-on item
Hacci Hoodie (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.
Eberjey Quincy Jogger Pants (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $66.38, originally $118.

Once you own clothing from Eberjey, you’ll understand the hype. These pants are butter soft and perfect for getting comfortable on a flight (or on your sofa). Get them now while they’re 40% off.
Refined Floppy Wool Felt Hat (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $11.70, originally $39.

If you’ve been wanting to buy a new floppy hat for that iconic Instagram shot, but have been hesitant to take the plunge, now’s the time. We’re fans of this felt hat for around $10. Who knows? You could end up wearing it to Coachella when that eventually happens again.
Tucker + Tate High Waist Moto Pants (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $7.50, originally $25.

Your kid is about to be the most stylish in the airport (and on the plane) in these leggings. They’re stretchy, comfortable and built for wearing for hours on end. And at a price like this, you really can’t beat it.
The Marc Jacobs Quilted Leather Card Case (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
To buy: $28.50, originally $95.

Your credit cards deserve to have a nice little home, especially while you’re traveling. This will keep all your cards and cash organized and easily accessible while on the go. Did we mention it’s 70% off?

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