Summer is the season of travel, and most of us are already beginning to plan a long-awaited five-star getaway as widespread restrictions continue to ease. Whether you’re jetting off to the Caribbean or heading to a red carpet event in the big smoke, there’s nothing quite like getting away from it all for a few days or weeks to reset, refocus and relax in the lap of luxury.
But after so many months of being told to stay at home and preparations for previous getaways feeling like a distant memory, the prospect of having to pack efficiently can feel overwhelming. Choosing the right selection of outfits is tricky enough, but add all of your tech, toiletries and accessories into the mix, and things can start to feel confusing.
The key to the perfectly packed suitcase? Organisation. By ensuring that everything has a place, you’ll know where to find it when you need it, and by putting the immediate essentials into an overnight bag or carry on, you’ll always have the necessities on hand should the journey not quite go to plan.
From tech cases to in-flight gadgets, there are all manner of accessories available that can make the entire packing process easier. Here, we take a look at some of this year’s travel must-haves, convenient luxury guaranteed.
The noise cancelling headphones
When embarking on a long journey, the chances are that you’ll want to get some shut-eye – and nothing is more inconvenient than relentless noise. Whether you’re travelling by plane or train (first class, of course), engine noise and chattering from other passengers can quickly put paid to any plans to nap. Simply pop on your favourite headphones, and prepare to drift off to the land of nod – and should an attendant pass by to offer you a drink or an important announcement come over the loudspeaker, simply press on the right ear with your hand to activate the external microphone.
The overnight duffle bag
If you’re going on a short trip, then the hassle of taking a rolling carry-on on board your flight can often feel like more hassle than it’s worth. When the overhead lockers are full and it won’t fit under the seat in front, it will likely end up relegated to the hold anyway – so to hold onto your overnight essentials, opt for a convenient leather duffle carry-on instead. Light, compact, and easy to stow away in limited space, Frye Logan’s offerings are our top picks – they look sleek and stylish but are as practical as they come too, nailing style and comfort all in one.
The leather tech case
If you like to stay connected during your travels, then your carry-on is likely filled to the brim with your laptop, tablet, mobile phone and other high-tech gadgets – but how do you keep them safe and secure whilst ensuring they are always at hand when you need them?
A leather tech case like this one at Mulberry is a great way to keep your gadgets organised, and will protect them from getting damaged. Featuring separate pockets for each item and space for your chargers and headphones, Mulberry offers a range of stylish and personalised options – from hand-painted art to embossed initials, available in a range of different colourways.