THINKING of going away in 2022? What better way to prepare than combining practicality and a bit of panache when it comes to your travel accessories.
Travellers have a lot on their plate these days worrying about queues, quarantine periods and vaccination passports. Take some of the stress out of your packing with these stylish essentials that are perfect for the sophisticated sightseer.
London’s Bond Street-based Smythson started producing stationery and fine leather accessories back in the late 1980s, and it remains a pioneer of bespoke leather craftsmanship today. The smart streamlined shape is the perfect currency keeper to accompany you on business trips and is just as practical for leisure.
Price: $314 (£235) at Selfridges
You won’t have much trouble finding this at baggage claim. Gucci’s feverishly popular bee motif is reimagined as a colourful print on this practical carry-on, which is crafted from animal-free raw materials with a low environmental impact. Its capacity of 27.3 litres makes it a perfect option for a short weekend away.
Price: $3,400 (£2,540) at Gucci
A true travelling status symbol – the Louis Vuitton luggage oozes class and sophistication. The 167-year-old designer brand began as a trunk maker, and the Horizon 50 is imagined by influential industrial designer Marc Newson. The exterior and interior are available in a variety of colours, and you can even customize the case with colour stripes and the initials of your choice.
Price: $3,700 (£2,760) at Gucci
Sony has a knack for making headphones with incredibly unmemorable names. They also happen to create the best all-around sound quality on the market, combined with a lightweight design, high levels of comfort, Bluetooth features and staggeringly impressive noise-cancelling technology. Voted Best Headphones of 2022 by What Hi-Fi? and sit at the top of a music lover’s list of travel accessories.
Price: $349.99 (£249) at Sony
Dior’s blue Oblique jacquard print is a timeless classic and guarantees your passport holder will be the sleekest thing the customs officer will have seen all day. It boasts the ‘CD’ signature at the front and features four card slots and two patch pockets on the inside – space to hold all the essentials and easily slips into any bag.
Price: $440 (£330) from Dior
This wonderfully sleek, black leather holdall bag is a product of the late, great Virgil Abloh’s Italian luxury fashion label. The bag can be held by two handles, or hung over the shoulder with a separate strap. The quilted leather elements of this bag resemble meteor holes and it comes with a signature Zip Tie tag. A classy addition to your travelling apparel.
Price: $3,746 (£2,800) from Farfetch
Prada’s stainless steel travel cup comes with a removable Re-Nylon sleeve which features a practical top-handle and an iconic enamel triangle logo. When it comes to luxury travel accessories, it’s the ultimate piece of kit for remaining hydrated in airport lounges or on luxury trains. The easy-to-clean stainless-steel frame is as practical as it is prestigious.
Price: $445 (£332) from Farfetch