Good design takes care not to tip the scales. In all sorts of ways, whether environmental or by being a product that can multitask its way into your luggage. All these have earned a place in your travel kit through cutting edge cleverness or timeless design.
Ally Capelino Hamish raincoat
Ally Capellino is one of Britain’s influential accessories designers. Starting in 1980, the company – headed up by Alison Lloyd – has pioneered thoughtful, luxurious designs. New for Autumn/Winter 2022 is a witty and – delightfully light – Packables line. Hamish (£120) shines out in a cheery orange (there’s also navy and gray, brown and black) – a mac that looks good on and packs into one of its pockets, with two-way zips and adjustable hood.
Diptyque Limited Edition Perfume Set
For the indecisive, the expansive and a boon for those who love to travel light, French fragrance house Diptyque now has sets of five 7.5ml bottles ($120) to pop in your liquids bag. You can either choose your five fragrances or buy this limited edition that hits the company’s olfactory greatest hits; Fleur de Peau, Do Son, Eau Capitale, Orphéon and the newest addition; Eau Rose which balances high floral notes with artichoke and grassy chamomile.
Augustinus Bader Winter Recovery Set
As someone who always prefers to stick with hand luggage, I love the way gift sets parcel up choice skincare into tiny proportions. With its Winter Recovery Kit ($575), Augustinus Bader manages to shoehorn its ultimate big hitters into airline security-friendly portions, including The Serum Nomad (30ml) The Eye Cream Nomad (15ml) The Rich Cream (15ml) and The Lip Balm (4g). Bader – a professor at Leipzig University, developed Wound Gel for patients with burns; the proprietary TFC8 does the same for skincare
Samsonite Magnum Suitcase
Part of Selfridges’ Planet Earth project, this suitcase will make you feel good as it heads along the carousel. The Samsonite Magnum’s (£199) exterior is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polypropylene – yogurt cups and PET plastics – but has all the robustness you’d expect from the Samsonite brand. Coming in at a 7.5kg weight, this four wheel spinner has all the dividers, compression straps and pockets you’d want. The dimensions are 75x51x 32cm
Begg & Co Nuanced Cashmere Scarf
Scotland has centuries of weaving expertise. This company has been weaving in Ayrshire since 1902. Specializing in the highest grade of cashmere, the path from goat to garment is meticulously traced in terms of ethical production and quality. The colors of the Nuanced scarf shifts from fringe to fringe, and is available in both a washed plain weave and a glossier rippled effect. (£425).
Bokholm Worldwide Travel Adapter
Able to recharge your most precious electrical goods in over 150 countries, the Bokholm adaptor (£26.99) might not set your loved one’s race pulsing when they open it, but it will keep them in touch with you in over 150 countries. There are also two USB-A and one USB-C slots and technology can decipher if equipment is charged and optimize charging speeds elsewhere and has grounding technology.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 speaker
Dustproof, waterproof, with 18 hours of playtime, made from perforated aluminum and waterproof leather, this travel speaker – it’s the first Bluetooth only portable speaker with fully integrated Alexa as well as operating as a speakerphone. The Beosound A1 ($279) comes in at a truly toteable 133x46x133mm, and weighs 558g but delivers very serious pairable sound and comes in five colourways, including gold, gray, pink and green.
RUGD Power Brick
As well as acting as a charger – you’ll be able to get an iphone up to 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes with both USB-A and C ports, the RUGD Power Brick (£49.99) multi-tasks as a light for campers, hikers and festival-goers. Weighing 280 grams, it has 16 LEDs and two lightness modes.(£49.99)
Weighing 4.4g, with a battery that lasts seven hours and an equally lightweight case that packs another 22 hours of charge; just ten minutes in the case will juice up the Nothing earbuds ($99) for up to 2 hours, the stalks have pressure-sensitive controls and the price is very attractive.