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10 Must-Shop Spots Before Traveling Out of San Francisco

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If you're traveling this holiday season, chances are it will be a long flight either across the country or all the way across the pond. Don't get caught without all the essentials you need to make your time in a cramped space in close quarters with a couple hundred other humans as pleasant as possible. From wraps to keep the chill at bay to the perfect hat for airplane hair to a luxe bag that will make you feel better by just gazing at it, these San Francisco shops will get you ready for a trip to remember for all the things that went right.


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1. Goorin Bros. Hat Shop

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111 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-0036
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Traveling is the perfect time to experiment with hats, since our hair often suffers through uncomfortable naps and static-inducing airplane air. Plus it just might rain you never know. Goorin has something for everyone—we suggest a luggage-friendly soft cloche, flatcap or knit beanie.

2. Timbuk2

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506 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-9860
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This San Francisco brand is known for its bike messenger bags, but you'll find a bag for every type of traveler. Roller bags, laptop cases, wallets, and backpacks made specifically with the traveler in mind are all here ready for your next adventure. And don't forget, you can pick your own color combo!

3. Cuyana

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291 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
1 (888) 993 9092
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Stop by Cuyana's showroom to find that perfectly comfy alpaca sweater or scarf to stay warm on the plane, the travel bag you'll keep forever, a coverup for your beach vacation, or a colorful travel case to stay organized and cheer up your hotel bathroom. Order online and have it all delivered to your door.

4. Goyard

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375 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 398-1110
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This is the only stand-alone Goyard store on the West Coast, and it's a brand that claims Coco Chanel and Edith Piaf as former clients. The bags are French, handmade, luxurious and drop-dead gorgeous. Goyard also specializes in artful, hand-painted mongramming, so if you're ready to travel in serious style, this is your place to shop.

5. Hideo Wakamatsu

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1980 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 255-3029
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For some seriously stylish (though not inexpensive) luggage, this is your store. You'll find everything from hard cases to soft leather rollers—but plan on carrying your new bag on board. You won't want the bag-checkers to mess with one of these beauties.

6. Flight 001

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525 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 487-1001
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This is a no-brainer: hit this Hayes Valley (if you're in the East Bay check the Berkeley location) travel store for all the smart, travel-friendly supplies you could possibly want. From suitcases to TSA-friendly containers, everything is conveniently gathered under one roof, and it's all aesthetically pleasing, to boot.

7. Flax Art & Design

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1699 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-2355
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Every journey provides memorable experiences—head to Flax for a wide selection of journals in which to document them. And while you're there, pick up an album or two for organizing your travel photos the old-school way when you return.
840 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 934-1938
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If you're traveling to a remote locale, hit up REI for everything you might need to stay comfortable and powered up, from sleeping bags to tents to power adapters and chargers to functional clothing for every climate.

9. Green Apple Books

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506 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-2272
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Hours spent on a plane are the perfect opportunity to rest those eyes and get cozy with that novel you've been meaning to read for years. Green Apple is the perfect place to explore and discover your next favorite.

10. Sunglass Hut

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4 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111
Not to be pessimistic, but you are probably going to lose a pair while on the road sooner or later. This place has every brand and style under the sun to either replace a favorite or preemptively stock up.

1. Goorin Bros. Hat Shop

111 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Traveling is the perfect time to experiment with hats, since our hair often suffers through uncomfortable naps and static-inducing airplane air. Plus it just might rain you never know. Goorin has something for everyone—we suggest a luggage-friendly soft cloche, flatcap or knit beanie.
111 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108

2. Timbuk2

506 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This San Francisco brand is known for its bike messenger bags, but you'll find a bag for every type of traveler. Roller bags, laptop cases, wallets, and backpacks made specifically with the traveler in mind are all here ready for your next adventure. And don't forget, you can pick your own color combo!
506 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Cuyana

291 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Stop by Cuyana's showroom to find that perfectly comfy alpaca sweater or scarf to stay warm on the plane, the travel bag you'll keep forever, a coverup for your beach vacation, or a colorful travel case to stay organized and cheer up your hotel bathroom. Order online and have it all delivered to your door.
291 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Goyard

375 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This is the only stand-alone Goyard store on the West Coast, and it's a brand that claims Coco Chanel and Edith Piaf as former clients. The bags are French, handmade, luxurious and drop-dead gorgeous. Goyard also specializes in artful, hand-painted mongramming, so if you're ready to travel in serious style, this is your place to shop.
375 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Hideo Wakamatsu

1980 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
For some seriously stylish (though not inexpensive) luggage, this is your store. You'll find everything from hard cases to soft leather rollers—but plan on carrying your new bag on board. You won't want the bag-checkers to mess with one of these beauties.
1980 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. Flight 001

525 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This is a no-brainer: hit this Hayes Valley (if you're in the East Bay check the Berkeley location) travel store for all the smart, travel-friendly supplies you could possibly want. From suitcases to TSA-friendly containers, everything is conveniently gathered under one roof, and it's all aesthetically pleasing, to boot.
525 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Flax Art & Design

1699 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Every journey provides memorable experiences—head to Flax for a wide selection of journals in which to document them. And while you're there, pick up an album or two for organizing your travel photos the old-school way when you return.
1699 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. REI

840 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103
If you're traveling to a remote locale, hit up REI for everything you might need to stay comfortable and powered up, from sleeping bags to tents to power adapters and chargers to functional clothing for every climate.
840 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Green Apple Books

506 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours spent on a plane are the perfect opportunity to rest those eyes and get cozy with that novel you've been meaning to read for years. Green Apple is the perfect place to explore and discover your next favorite.
506 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. Sunglass Hut

4 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA 94111
Not to be pessimistic, but you are probably going to lose a pair while on the road sooner or later. This place has every brand and style under the sun to either replace a favorite or preemptively stock up.
4 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111