This list was curated by our brand partner 143 Communications. Some recommendations may be for their clients, but all recommendations are honest and personally made for our Wanderful community. 

In honor of October being National Women’s Small Business Month in the United States, we’re highlighting our favorite female-founded brands that you cannot leave home without during your next adventure.

From foldable beach bags to go-to travel wardrobe staples, we’ve highlighted it all for you below. Time to get packing! 

1.) Lilibridge

Founded by two beach-loving-city women, the Lilibridge bag is a must for your next escape. The stunning prints combine the co-founder & artist’s love of the beach with her passion for style.

Lilibridge beach bag

The bag touts an 8-inch deep base that can hold multiple towels and it’s made of 100% natural canvas ensuring maximum durability.

The best feature of the Lilibridge beach bag? It folds up teeny, tiny to fit into any suitcase!  

Lilibridge folded bag | must-haves for your packing list

2.) Everybody Water

We all know it’s important to stay hydrated while traveling. But by choosing Everybody Water, you’re choosing to join a community that is united by wanting change for women and girls globally.

For every carton of water purchased, a portion of the revenue goes to supporting clean water infrastructure projects that bring water directly into homes. This means women and girls no longer have to walk for water and instead can attend school, earn incomes, and dream big.

Make sure to have a carton or two in hand to hydrate yourself before that long plane ride! 

Every Body Water carton

Read next: How One Woman Championed Responsible Tourism & Created “Just a Drop”

3.) Dudley Stephens

Full disclosure, our closets are full of these turtlenecks, but we just can’t get enough! The Cobble Hill is the perfect staple to bring on vacation. You can dress it up with a cute maxi skirt or get cozy in it for a long train ride.

In addition to being female-founded and run, Dudley Stephens manufactures their designs using innovative recycled fabrics that keep harmful plastics out of landfills and oceans, as well as calibrating production to reduce waste. 

4.) Alice Walk

Every woman needs a go-to wrap for traveling! It’s a must-have accessory and we’re in love with the cashmere wrap by Alice Walk. It can be a beautiful statement piece or an extra layer of warmth.

Grab it right before your sunset gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Alice Walk’s founder believes the pairing of classic silhouettes with beautiful, unique fabrics is the key to creating a fresh-yet-timeless wardrobe.

This wrap certainly speaks to that. 

Woman wearing an Alice Walk wrap

5.) Follain Hand Cream

We all love to travel, but we also know how much a plane ride can dry out our skin! When we’re traveling, we always have Follain’s ultra-nourishing hand cream close by.

Follain’s founder is committed to providing a clean beauty journey for all women, so when you smooth on the hand cream before your flight, you can feel confident it’s full of all-natural ingredients (and you’ll land at your destination with soft, smooth hands!) 

6.) Coco and Breezy

Founded by twin sisters, these fashion-forward sunnies will complete your vacay look. An added plus is you can try on different styles “virtually” and make a purchase from the comfort of your own home! 

7.) M. Gemi

Maria Gangemi, M. Gemi’s founder, grew up in Sicily where she loved looking at handmade shoes displayed in boutiques’ windows. It was with that inspiration that she created a modern shoe brand with a sustainable mission to create beautiful products that matter.

The Cerchio is a perfect travel shoe as it can easily transition from day to night and has all the support for your feet as you explore the city streets of Florence. 

MGemi Cerchio shoes

8.) AMG snacks

AMG Snacks are a great pick-me-up when your energy starts to dwindle from a long day exploring the medina of Marrakech. This female-founded snack company creates vegan and gluten-free delicious bites made with high-quality ingredients (our personal fave is the Almond Chai).

Keep them close so your hunger doesn’t keep you from making the most of every second of your adventure! 

AMG Snacks

9.) TOP Organic tampons

TOP was founded by two moms who created their products so that every girl and woman on the planet has access to healthy, 100% organic tampons and pads. All of their products are eco-friendly and produced within a sustainable, ethical, and transparent supply chain.

Make sure to throw a box of TOP Organic tampons in your suitcase so you don’t get stuck in a bind. 

Read next: Traveling on Your Period: Tips to Feel Prepared

10.) Streamline luggage

This beautiful luggage line combines elegance and sophistication. Sara Banks, who founded Streamline, sought to create luggage that’s not only beautiful but also sturdy. We particularly love The Alchemist Carry On

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