Shopping for functional travel accessories needn’t mean scrimping on style. In fact, they’re the ultimate investment pieces – pick quality, classic pieces and you’ll watch them stand the test of time, vacation after vacation. We’ve cherry picked the finest travel companions, from sleek, hard-wearing suitcases to sumptuous jewellery boxes designed to travel…
For a luxe, under-the-radar luggage label with pedigree, look no further than British heritage brand Hartmann. Styles might have changed since the label’s inception in 1877, but the quality remains unchanged – just see the best-selling, award-winning 7R carry on for proof. An ultra-light, titanium hard shell, its plush leather trim and handles place this a cut above brands such as Tumi and Rimowa in the style stakes.
If your summer stay involves a sun-dappled country weekend, there’s no better style than a classic roomy duffle bag. British designer Eddie Harrop creates some of the most on-trend styles around, with zig zag inserts and frou frou detailing (think oversized tassels) inspired by the Vietnamese artisans who handcraft each carryall. Playful and practical.
A carry-on suitcase is all very time-efficient, but a fortnight’s stay demands a stowaway. None come more desirable than Globetrotter’s instantly recognisable retro-look cases with signature leather straps. Ten hours in the making, these trunks are made to stand the test of time (and even be passed on to the next generation). The original brown Safari Brown style is a popular choice, but with a kaleidoscopic range of colours on offer why play it safe?
Bonkers, eccentric, out-of-the-box, call her what you like, but Anya Hyndmarch puts the humour into everyday must-haves. This witty pouch is roomy enough to store all you in-flight beauty essentials and equally eye-popping – meaning it will be easy to spot inside a tote or beach bag.
Add pizzazz to your passport (and prevent dog-eared corners) with this limited edition Art Nouveau sleeve.
Endlessly loosing boarding tickets? Always looking for a pocket to store just-exchanged currency? This natty wallet is the ultimate organisational solution. With four separate tabs and safe zip pouch, this luxe leather and suede-line pouch will take the stress out of travelling. Why not personalise with your own initials for uber-luxe finish…
Grappling with a paper luggage tag at check-in (we’ve all been there) isn’t exactly chic. Make sure that if you lose your luggage, you can claim it in style with Burberry’s artfully-printed address holder.
OK, so you do receive an on-board eye mask, but it’s scratchy, falls loose and is made from synthetic fibres (ever noticed how they make you feel hot?). Let your skin breath and your peepers rest with this super-soft mask crafted from raw silk and silk velvet (the inner side). It’s also stuffed with lavender to help you drift away for some much needed shut eye.
If you plan to devour a list of must-reads this holiday, ditch the weighty paperbacks and get yourself the latest, thinnest and lightest Kindle. Billed as a luxury e-reader, the Oasis comes in leather binding (with black, merlot or walnut colourways) and is altogether more comfortable to hold (with a thicker side panel for thumbs and a button press page turner). If you’re a poolside bookworm, this one’s for you.
Vanity cases are alluring, but in reality too bulky for those looking to pack light. This neat and chic jewellery case is just the right size for a watch and bracelet, and contains ring and earring holders. A removable nubuck zip pouch is ideal if you don’t wish to leave valuables in a hotel room.
It’s tricky to get cosy while flying, but this versatile wrap in the softest cashmere can be used as a cardigan, blanket, scarf or head rest. A travel stalwart you’ll use year in, year out.
The anticipation of balmy heat means many of us travel in sandals. Shield toes against the chill of air conditioning with some snuggly colour pop socks spun in the finest cashmere.
Spotting a gap in the market for ultra-feminine headphones, sound mavericks Friends came up with their sleek, ice-white design, finished in metal-of-the moment copper. An accessory in their own right, these pop against a tan poolside (and provide crystal clear sound, too).