Those who travel often will know that small comforts make a big difference, which is why Jo Malone London’s 60g candle is crucial for frequent flyers wanting to set the mood at their destination. It’s small enough to go through airport security, too.
English pear and freesia travel candle, £25, from Jo Malone London at The Royal Exchange
LOTIONS AND POTIONS
Eschew the last-minute scramble for shampoo at the airport and opt for Malin + Goetz’s kit of six 30ml tubes instead. Housed in a biodegradable zipped bag, there are body and face moisturisers, a body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Each formula is cruelty-free and vegan.
Best-sellers travel kit, £27, MALIN + GOETZ at The Royal Exchange
Staycationing? Then you’ll certainly want a picnic basket, and where better to get one than Fortnum & Mason? The legendary hamper-maker has designed this one with cutlery, glasses and plates inside, as well as napkins, a corkscrew and a bag for waste. All you need to provide is the nibbles.
Shoulder picnic hamper for two, £190, Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange
Holidaymakers going further afield, take note – there really is only one way to keep your documents organised, and that is with Aspinal of London’s smart travel collection. Crafted from mock-croc leather and stamped with gold lettering, it comprises a passport cover, luggage tags and space to hold boarding passes and currency.
Travel collection with removable inserts, £195, Aspinal of London at The Royal Exchange
Instead of wearing your jewellery for the flight (and having to remove it all at airport security), stash it in Smythson’s chic case. It’s lined in nubuck and has compartments for rings, earrings and chains to ensure everything stays safe and untangled in transit.
Travel tray jewellery box in Panama, £340, Smythson at The Royal Exchange
A silk scarf will keep the sun off and shield you from aggressive aircon in plane cabins, so it certainly qualifies as an essential and is therefore worth investing in. This printed one from Hermès is just right, especially because it is so perennially stylish.
Danse Pacifique 90 scarf, £370, Hermès at The Royal Exchange
GRAB SOME SHADE
There’s nothing worse than buying unflattering sunglasses in a rush at the airport. Instead, head to Tom Davies and invest in a pair of the brand’s handmade frames, which are a true lifetime purchase.
Silver and horn sunglasses, POA , Tom Davies at The Royal Exchange
Last, but certainly not least, is Montblanc’s refined cabin compact trolley. It’s designed with zipped compartments inside and a combination lock to keep your belongings safe and organised when you’re on the move.
Cabin compact trolley, £585, Montblanc at The Royal Exchange