No matter what the time of year, it’s always important to be chic while travelling. Now that we can head off on our jaunts again — while being responsible of course — it’s time to stock up on some fabulous, timeless and essential (in our eyes!) bits and pieces to give your next holiday a little bit more glam.
Before you go anywhere, make sure your money is sorted. Currensea is a new travel money debit card for ANY currency that connects to your UK bank account. No more hassle of currency bank accounts, topping up cash cards or foreign transaction charges. Exchange rates are based on the wholesale prices with no hidden charges for extras like non-sterling withdrawal fees. Their customer service is pretty awesome too. Sign up here before the secret is totally out: www.currensea.com
mahibis Canvas Shoe
These scandi-inspired indoor and outdoor shoes were inspired by the wilderness but have all the comfort of a favourite slipper. Luxuriate’s editor Ben Barclay tried them out and said: “After a week of heavy hiking in Ireland, my feet felt bruised and blistered so I was very much looking forward to getting back to a pair of slippers – mahabis are the ultimate souped-up slipper though, what a treat. They’re really comfortable with hard-wearing soles and provide rugged support to weary hooves!” We’re convinced – do pack a pair for your next adventure holiday.
Available from mahabis, £79
Briggs & Riley Sympatico Plum Carry-On Case
This super stylish yet strong carry-on case is perfect for those long weekends away. Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico collection is the first and only hard-sided suitcase collection in the world with CXTM Expansion-
Available from Briggs & Riley, £449
Campbell Marson Luxury Wooden Eyewear
These wearable pieces of art are all are handmade, hand finished and exquisitely British. They stand out and attract many questions from fellow travellers as each pair is unique. Their slick website allows you to choose your frame and lens which then appear so you can see exactly what the glasses will look like. This Rolls-Royce of the eyewear world also involves an 80-step manufacturing process to ensure quality and accuracy.
You can choose from a variety of exotic and sustainable woods such as Jet Black Pearl, Santos Rosewood or Smoked Eucalyptus paired with your preferred lenses, giving you the opportunity to design your very own optical masterpiece. The selection of wood species used in their frames spans the globe and Campbell Marson have the ability to access some of the rarest and most beautiful timbers on earth, all of which come from managed forests or with FSC certification. You can also create your very own custom shape in any wood species for a completely one-off creation with your own finish and a vast selection of precious metals and logos.
Available from Campbell Marson, £199
So this is the first toothbrush that appeared in space! Well, Star Trek Discovery (episode 5) but this nifty little thing lasts 365 days on one full charge. The ISSA2 blends improved sonic pulse technology with a combination brush head of PBT polymer and soft medical-grade which is hygienic and durable. This ultimate holiday companion is the only toothbrush you will ever need – lightweight, no bulky charging docks/confusing travel plugs and looks rather sexy in four different colours.
Available from FOREO, £149
ZeroWater Water Filter
We have all been on holiday and that famous question comes up – “Can we drink the water here?” After a quick search online, the answer is as clear as the River Thames. This revolutionary water filter that removes 99% of toxins and contaminants from tap water and is actually powerful enough to turn wine into water! The ZeroWater Portable Bottle combines the 5 stage filtration technology in a portable bottle which is perfect for travel.
Available from ZeroWater, £14.99
111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Treatment Mask
We all know what havoc travelling – especially being on an aeroplane – can do your skin. It dehydrates mercilessly and if you flit between time zones, your sleep patterns are also affected – meaning more stress on your skin. So face masks are almost compulsory in our eyes. 111Skin, of Harley Street, is the go-to for premium masks. This one is superb. Infused with brightening agents such as 24 Karat Gold, Rosa Damascus Extract and Silk Amino Acids that work to smooth the appearance of an uneven complexion, this decadent facial mask leaves an incandescent finish.
Available from 111skin, £20
Dr Lamia 24 Hour Anti-Age Luxurious Cream
Created by top Knightsbridge cosmetic practitioner Dr Lamia Eltohamy, this newly launched moisturiser is superb. Rich, delicately scented and absolutely packed with vitamin E and other ingredients to increase skin cell life, it’s a must for those on the go (or to lather on at home, of course). It comes in a sophisticated gold and cream pot and is the epitome of “guilt-free glamour”.
Available from Dr Lamia, £150
Noble Macmillan Personalised Travel Wallet
There’s nothing more fabulous than carrying your passport and other important bit and pieces round in a personalised bespoke travel wallet. Enter Kensington based luxury leather goods brand based in London, Noble Macmillan, who provide a stunning selection of handmade leather travel accessories in bright pops of colour. We opted for a Mr and Mrs pair for our honeymoon last year – we were the envy of the lounge!
Available from Noble Macmillan
Lumene Nordic Hydra Beauty Lotion
This fast-absorbing fresh liquid treatment is enriched with replenishing Nordic birch sap, moisture-retaining Nordic algae, pure Arctic spring water and potent hyaluronic acid for a lasting locked-in moisture sensation and instantly dewy smooth and plumped looking skin. It’s perfect for dry, chapped skin and gives a boost of hydration if you’re off somewhere cold.
Available from lumene.com £11
American Tourister Spinner Expandable Suitcase
Not only does this brand come in a range of vibrant, fun colours, it’s also really durable – and huge. We recommend the 100 litre Spinner Extendable on four wheels. It’s really easy to manoeuvre, easy to keep clean and you can pack absolutely LOADS of outfits in.
Available from americantourister.co.uk, £149
Ostrich Pillow Go
This looks like a travel pillow for royalty and even better, would also be perfect for at home. With its supportive memory foam core and ergonomic design, after trying it, you’ll never go back. It also comes in a range of stylish and classy colours – double win with one of the best travel accessories!
Available from ostrichpillow.com, £50
La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire
The latest innovation from these Swiss magicians will sort any dried, puffy eyes out. And it is a magnificent anti-ageing tool that helps restore the elasticity of the eye area. It comes with a handy ceramic pearl tool to massage and de-puff the area – in their words: ‘the science of light elevated to an art’.
Available from Selfridges, John Lewis and Harrods or laprairie.co.uk £440
Label M Diamond Dust
This gorgeous leave-in conditioner by the brand that Toni & Guy swear by is a must for dry hair that has been in the sun all day. It’s even got real diamond particles in it. It’s also ultra-lightweight and leaves your hair smelling divine and comes in a chic gold and black bottle.
Available at labelm.com £19.25
Delilah Colour Intense Floozy Lipstick
No matter where you are in the world, you cannot go wrong with a decent, quality red lippie. And a really good one is hard to find. Enter delilah cosmetics, the vegan-friendly and funky brand that everyone should get to know. The red lipstick in ‘floozy’, perfect for all occasions, is creamy, postbox red, easy to apply and stays on for ages. We highly recommend!
Available from delilahcosmetics.com £24
Flare specialise in revolutionary audio technology and products designed for sleeping, travelling and more. Their brand new Calmer® ear plugs reduce stress by removing distortion around us so we feel calmer in the most natural way. Sound quality also improves when doing every day things like watching TV, gaming or even listening to music. Their Isolate® 2 earplugs are great for flying, made with certified high-tech aluminium. One of the must-have travel accessories.
Available from flareaudio.com £19.99
Finally, don’t miss your flight! Check out this watch from Frederique Constant which is designed for people who travel a lot. The Classic Worldtimer has been given an 18-carat rose gold case for that head-turning touch. Only 88 have been produced and everything has been designed so the timepiece can be adjusted quickly and intuitively.
Available from frederiqueconstant.com £13,995.