Congratulations to Travel Essentials’ 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

We recently wrapped up our 15th annual Travel Photo Contest, here at Travel Essentials, and boy did we get some gorgeous photos this year! Congratulations to Eligius Wolodkewitsch of Port Townsend, Washington, who took this year’s winning photo, “Sacred Color”!

“Sacred Color” by Eligius Wolodkewitsch – Grand Prize Winner

Eligius took home a pair of Eagle Creek Flatbed Duffels. Check out the slideshow of our winning photos to see beautiful sights and captivating moments, here on our website.

Congratulations to This Year’s Travel Essentials Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Travel Essentials 2012 Travel Photo Contest winner Al Case. Al’s winning photo, taken in Brooklyn, New York, netted him a sweet set of lightweight Briggs & Riley Transcend luggage, valued at more than $800. Second prize winner, Ben Sager, found his photographic inspiration in Bali, Indonesia and won a pair of ExOfficio Nomad Pants, an ExOfficio Air Strip Long Sleeved Shirt, and a Yala silk Dreamsack. Our five Honorable Mentions each won two pair of ExOfficio Travel Underwear and a Tilley Hat.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Briggs & Riley, ExOfficio, Tilley Endurables and Yala for sponsoring this year’s great prizes.

See all the winning photos, along with more of our favorite entries here. And get snapping, as next year’s photo contest opens on June 1!

Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Raiser Announcement

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And for the month of October we’ll be donating $5.00 for each Anne McAlpin Pink Microfiber Travel Towel we sell to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anne’s company, Pack It Up, already donates $1.00 per towel sold so together we’ll make it $6.00 every time Travel Essentials sells one.

Below is the official press release.

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In October, Travel Essentials, a luggage and travel accessories retailer in Ashland Oregon, is donating a portion of sales of its Anne McAlpin Pink Microfiber Travel Towel to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

For every Pink Travel Towel sold Travel Essentials will donate $5 to the Foundation. And to encourage support for this great cause they are also offering customers a 10% discount on the towels during the month.

“We’re a small company,” says owner Nancy Bestor. “But we realize that every little bit helps. We hope to raise money for the foundation and to raise awareness among our customers.”

A favorite of travelers everywhere, the Anne McAlpin towel is lightweight, compact, quick dry and velvety soft. It opens up to a generous, beach towel size of 62 x 35 inches yet packs into a deluxe travel bag that’s about the size of a paperback and is designed to also carry your swimsuit, sunscreen and sunglasses. It’s versatile too and can be used as a blanket, sarong and even a shoulder wrap on cool evenings. Anne, who is America’s leading packing and travel expert, designed it herself and also donates $1.00 from each towel sold to the Foundation.

Travel Essentials is a local, family-run business, owned by Robert and Nancy Bestor since 1994. For more information about Travel Essentials’ store or products, visit or call 1-800-258-0758.