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A bon voyage

Travel ranks pretty high on lists for most moms, but if you can't spring for a plane ticket, Odessa Paloma Parker recommends you help her prep for her next adventure with these easy-to-find portable and stylish gifts


If the stylish rose-gold case isn't enough of a draw, this smartwatch also has many impressive tech capabilities including automatic time sync and six-month battery power, so there's no need for a charger while Mom is en route.

Fossil Q Tailor 40-mm leather-hybrid Smartwatch, $200 at Best Buy.


Montreal-based brand Matt & Nat uses vegan and recycled materials to make sleek accessories, including this discreet, compact passport case.

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Matt & Nat Voyage Vintage passport sleeve, $28 at Indigo.


A quick refresh is always in order after a long-haul ride. First Aid Beauty's cooling and hydrating faci al mist is fortified with nutrients from superfoods including kale and spinach.

First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Vital Greens Face Mist, $23 at Sephora.


Travel is rarely synonymous with comfort, but these natty leather flats change seamlessly from loafers to slip-ons thanks to a collapsible heel, so Mom puts the right foot forward from touch down.

Halogen Sylvia loafer, $139.95 at Nordstrom.


Vancouver brand Herschel makes an often-maligned accessory hip again with its utilitarian belt bag. A breezy leaf pattern and waterproof composition mean it's a great option for hands-free tropical travel.

Herschel Seventeen waist pack, $35 at Simons.

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Any seasoned traveller can tell you that a plush scarf is a clever mobile- wardrobe staple.

Eileen Fisher's abstract-print shawl is made with 45-per-cent organic cotton, making it a savvy alternative to a pashmina.

Eileen Fisher woodgrain organic linen and cotton scarf, $135 at Hudson's Bay.



Delays, lost luggage, missed connections: Helping Mom achieve calm is one touch away with Saje's infusion of eucalyptus, lemon and lavender.

It also helps to reduce drowsiness, meaning jet lag is conquerable.

Arrive Revived Jet Lag & Travel Remedy rollerball, $19.95 at Saje Natural Wellness.

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On-the-go beauty routines require minimal tools with maximum payoff. Quo's compact set contains five brushes for face, eyes and brows for easy touch-ups or nights on the town.

Quo Travel Brush set, $40 at BeautyBoutique.


Many airlines require that only earbud-type headphones be used during takeoff and landing. Mom can keep her music flowing with these brightly hued buds, which also have an in-line microphone for phone call access.

urBeats earphones from the Ultra Violet collection, $99.95 at Apple stores.


Fulton has kept Londoners – and the Royal Family – covered during foul weather since 1956. This stylish leopard-print umbrella fits easily in a smaller suitcase and has an automatic closing feature.

Fulton umbrella, $30 at Hudson's Bay.


Ted Baker's novel luggage piece can be used as a rolling suitcase or hand-held purse, thanks to its extendable handle. Its whimsical floral motif means Mom can easily spot it on the luggage rack.

Inez Gem Gardens travel bag, $365 at Ted Baker.

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