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. Learn more about Danny.
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. Read more about Ember.
Logan
Logan was born in Sonoma County, California. While living there she would regularly visit the coast with her family and has a deep love for the ocean. Growing up near so many vineyards and driving distance from San Francisco fostered Logan's admiration of culture and diversity. She went on to get a degree in Anthropology from SOU. While getting her degree, she travelled to Spain and helped excavate Roman remains in Menorca. She is planning several more trips and her next adventure will be in the UK, Ireland, and Paris for about 6 weeks in the Spring of 2017.
Sabrina
An Oregon native, Sabrina has dedicated her life to music, performing arts, and travel. She discovered her passion for the stage in high school, where she took on her first musical performance as Maria in West Side Story. She has since been a part of numerous Southern Oregon productions. Sabrina has also been up and down the west coast (and even over to Hawaii!) for music competitions and festivals. One of her favorite recent adventures was driving from Oregon to North Dakota to donate supplies to the tribes at Standing Rock. She plans to continue performing and hopes to never stop travelling the globe.
Hannah
Hannah, originally from the Seattle area, is studying theatre arts at Southern Oregon University. In addition to growing up camping on the west coast, she has traveled all over the United States and visited family in Scandinavia. Hannah loves hiking, snorkeling and taking long naps on the beach. She is always eager for new adventures!
Sarah
Born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, Sarah is a Sophomore at Oregon State University where she is studying Math and Communications. Sarah will work at Travel Essentials over her breaks and whenever she can. She has been lucky enough to travel to more than 15 countries with her family and hopes to study in a Spanish speaking country while in college. One time (for about a minute) Sarah swam with tiger sharks off the coast of Belize.
Emily
Emily is a Senior at Oregon State University, double majoring in business management and business information systems. 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. One of her favorite travel memories was riding an elephant in Thailand.
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.