THE GEAR • April 2022
Upgrading your next journey just got personal. Emblazon your name or initials on all your travel essentials and ensure not only that your gear stands out at the airport, but that you’re jetting off in style
Every seasoned traveller knows an oversized cashmere scarf is a fast track to travel bliss, and this super-luxe version (£399) from Royal Warrant holders Johnstons of Elgin is a jet-setter’s dream. It’s plush enough to use as an evening cover-up or scarf once you land but suitably large and cosy to double up as a blanket on the plane. There’s a fantastic choice of colours, too, and the option to embroider your pick with your initials.
Give that battered old suitcase a new lease of life with this bright calfskin leather luggage tag that can be personalised with up to 15 characters (£39). Available in six colours, including a punchy turquoise, the top-quality tag is handmade in Noble Macmillan’s Spanish workshop and would make a great present for any travel lover. Plus, the secure buckle means it will withstand even the roughest handling, so you never need to worry about luggage going astray.
Ditch your usual wallet bursting with receipts and tat and streamline your packing with this sleek holder for four credit cards (£22). Made from 100 per cent Italian leather and available in four colours, it’s easily grabbable when slipped into a bag or laptop case but won’t weigh you down (or add to the wallet bulge) with long forgotten clutter. Personalise your holder with up to eight characters in gold, clear or silver.
Don’t be that person checking every single black suitcase on the baggage carousel. These bespoke bags (from £125) from Lily & Bean allow you to choose almost any combination of colours for the luggage, outer stripe, initials and centre stripe, so you’re guaranteed a suitcase like no other. All are made from 100 per cent lightweight polycarbonate and are a dream to manoeuvre, with eight super-smooth wheels, a TSA lock and an extendable handle. Prepare to turn heads with this one.
Want to feel seriously smug in the airport security queue? Stop scrabbling for a disposable clear bag for liquids at the last minute and go prepared with a transparent make-up bag made to last. This durable, wipe-clean case (£34.95) in clear vinyl is a packing game-changer, with a sturdy brass zip to stop toothpaste leaking all over your carry-on bag. It can be personalised with up to nine characters and even comes with two eye-catching pom-poms for a pop of cheery colour.