About Us

Travel Essentials is a family-owned retailer specializing in top-quality luggage, travel clothing, and travel accessories. We’ve been in business since 1994 in downtown Ashland, Oregon, home of the internationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

We pride ourselves on our firsthand knowledge of all things travel. We’ve traveled extensively, and are always happy to share our travel insights with our customers. Our staff’s understanding of luggage and clothing materials, design, and manufacturing techniques sets us apart from the rest of the retail luggage industry. We routinely speak to the designers of various luggage and clothing manufacturers to give advice, learn the ropes, and forward the needs of our customers.

We also pride ourselves on providing the best customer service in our retail store and on the Internet. We offer a "YES!" Guarantee on everything we sell—if you are unhappy with any of our products, at any time for any reason, we will gladly accept your return—and we strive in everything we do to ensure your satisfaction with your shopping experience with us.

Thanks for visiting our site and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Bob & Nancy Bestor
and the Travel Essentials Team


Meet the Travel Essentials Staff...

Danny
Danny has left home on many occasions with wife, Mara. These high school sweethearts have seen Ireland, Wales, England, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Mexico. After completing collegiate studies (BFA in Illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art) he’s back for a second tour at 252 E Main. Most evenings you’ll find him in the backyard with the grill, Mara tending the garden, and their daughter Lillian, in a sprinkler.
Ember
Ember graduated from SOU with a degree in English and a French minor. She studied abroad in France in college, also visiting Sweden, Belgium, England and the Netherlands while she was there. She loves languages, international cuisine and spending time in the great outdoors with her daughter, Ellie. Her favorite part of working in a travel store is learning the best places to travel by listening to people's stories.
Sabrina
Born in Kona, Hawaii, Sabrina was raised in an oasis of nature and cultural traditions, which sparked her passion for the arts and travel. She has traveled to Mexico, Lower France, Barcelona, through Japan and Italy. She moved to Ashland to attend SOU where she has since fallen in love with the area and graduated with a degree in Printmaking. She spends her days creating art, gardening, canning and making bread.
Lauren
Lauren currently is in her senior year at SOU and looking forward to graduating with a major in Spanish and a minor in communications. She has spent time living and studying in both Costa Rica and Thailand. Her favorite foods of all time are Costa Rican, so if you ever go, she suggests you eat tons of gallo pinto and atoll de avena! In her spare time she hikes, studies foreign languages, and hula hoops.
Bob & Nancy
Bob and Nancy’s journey to opening a travel store began with their honeymoon in 1993, when they traveled cross-country for five months in a VW bus. After a visit to Ashland, Oregon, they decided to leave the Bay Area, plant a little garden and build themselves a home—or in this case a travel store. They’ve been fortunate to travel extensively with their two daughters, and look forward to more solo travels as their nest starts emptying.
Felicia
Felicia is a local college student studying Spanish and working on her degree in child development. Since moving to Oregon in 2010 she loves hiking and exploring the valley. In her free time you might see her riding her bike, gardening, or working on a home-brew recipe. Her favorite travel memory was her visit to Panama, where she saw the canal and ate fresh mango from the branch.
Emily
Emily graduated from Ashland High School in 2013 and is a Freshman at the University Honors College at Oregon State University. She continues to work at Travel Essentials on holiday breaks and in the summers. She has been fortunate to travel with her family on many adventures growing up and intends to study abroad in college. One of her favorite travel memories was riding an elephant in Thailand.