When it comes to travelling there are only two types of people: the pros and the amateurs. While some people will glide through security, effortlessly removing their laptop from a special compartment in their bag, others will reach near breaking point as they desperately unravel their belongings to find that last liquid at the bottom of their carry-on. Some will have all the best travel products including phones fully charged from a battery pack, while others will be searching for a spare charge point and begging a neighbour to borrow a cable for 5 minutes charge time. We’ve rounded up some of the best bags, products, and tech for your holidays this year, to help you sail through the airport and beyond like an absolute pro.
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Backpack – Baggage Freight
Having the right bag when travelling is an essential part of your travel pro set up, and a good backpack is something you’re nearly always going to want to have with you. Whether it’s your only piece of luggage for a couple of days away or your carry on for a bigger trip, the right backpack will make the world of difference.
Chrome Industries make street tested bags which are robust and perfect for travelling. We especially like the Barrage Freight, which has a max capacity of 38 litres, meaning plenty of room for all your gear. It’s super durable, with a waterproof main compartment and adjustable cargo net exterior, so it’ll stand up to any and all adventures you’re heading out on. And if you’re just using to carry luggage from plane to hotel, it’s got a gusseted top opening for easy acces, ergonomic shoulder straps and a laptop sleeve, so you’ll be breezing though that security queue in no time.
Cabin Suitcase – Tripp Holiday 6
Tripp make solid suitcases that don’t cost the same price as a week’s holiday. When it comes to getting a simple cabin suitcase for your quick trips they’re an excellent shout with loads of different models and colours to choose from. The Holiday 6 is one of our all time favourites, which has been on many a trip with us. It’s casing is strong, durable and lightweight and it looks pretty snazzy too especially if you get one of the bright colours – trust us you’ll have no trouble picking out the Banana colour in a crowd.
Sure, Candy Crush might do the job for 10 minutes on the tube but for proper gaming you need to go a step further. And there’s no more fun, holiday-perfect console out there than the Nintendo Switch, which you can of course play as a handheld round the pool or plug into the telly. This is your holiday though, so round the pool is definitely better in this instance and you might even make some new friends if you spot someone else playing one too. The potential for multiplayer Mario Kart or Smash Bros action is huge.
Polaroid Mint Instant Print Camera
Sure your phone takes pretty good pictures and can be very handy while travelling. But if you’re heading off somewhere sunny with mates then something a bit more fun than taking 5,000 selfies on your phone can be a nice touch. Enter the Polaroid Mint Instant Print camera. This genius little device is a digital camera and printer in one sleek case – just take a snap and it’s printed out on a little print in under a minute. The prints have peel off sticky backs if you want to stick them somewhere and there’s even a choice of picture modes, such as sepia and black and white to choose from. And don’t worry – there’s a little mirror on the front so you can still line up your selfies. We love this.
EVO – the world’s smallest travel adaptor
Having loads of adaptors and cables is a mess and takes up loads of space. The amount of times we’ve taken the wrong one to the wrong country too! The Evo is a little beauty for charging all your USB devices however. It’s pocket sized and works in over 150 countries i.e basically everywhere. You can charge two USB devices at the same time and it’s so small you’ll barely notice it.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Booster
Love the sun but hate having dry and frizzy hair? Pack a tube of the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Booster and you can wave goodbye to parched locks. The conditioner restores much-needed moisture to your hair, adds elasticity and improves strength thanks to hydrolyzed elastin, olive oil and chia seed extract – dry hair is more prone to breaking and broken hair often looks frizzy, so strong and smooth is the goal. You can use the booster in between weekly uses of the Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment to keep the hydration locked in all holiday long.
You don’t want to the classic Brits abroad thing of getting sunburned on the first day and then spend the rest of your hols turning various shades of lobster pink, so a good sunscreen is essential. This Aloe Soothing Sun Cream from COSRX has factor 50 protection but is lightweight and hydrating – it goes on like a moisturiser and is easily absorbed into the skin so it won’t leave you with a greasy sheen or white streaks all over your face.
Having travel size products that you can take on board in your carry on is an essential investment if you want to travel like a pro. Romilly Wilde has created mini version of its best-sellers so you don’t have to sacrifice your skin routine for the sake of hand luggage space. The Discovery Kit includes cleanser, a face oil and a concentrated serum in travel sizes (in a clear cosmetic bag to make it even easier on the go), all of which are made from clean and clinical ingredients that deliver results – hello holiday glow.
Percy & Reed
Humidity, sun, and chlorinated pools can wreak havoc with your locks when on holiday. You can make sure you’re still looking your best for all those selfies with Percy & Reed’s Bye Bye Dry Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner. The products, which are sulphate and silicone free, are packed with silk amino acids, keratin and macadamia nut oil to pump moisture back into your hair and help fight the dreaded holiday frizz.
OTO CBD Oil
Nervous flyer? CBD Oil could be the answer to your prayers. We’re particular fans of OTO’s range of oils which are tailored to certain situations. Each oil is beautifully packaged in a minimal white box that slides open to reveal a burst of colour that represents each of the moments: focus, amplify and balance. Balance is the best for flying we reckon as the CBD extract is blended with other calming plants such as lavender and chamomile, meaning just a couple of drops should see you through those shaky moments.
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Day2 Dry Wash Spray
If you go on a big trip, your clothes are going to get dirty and creased very quickly as you move from place to place living out of your suitcase. Sure you could wash a few bits along the way and most hotels will loan you an ironing board but who wants to do that while on holiday? Well Day 2 has something of a miracle product that solves all these problems. Acting a bit like a dry shampoo, it freshens up your clothes and magically irons out creases too. This is going everywhere with us now.
Bring the mini bar on hols with you by packing a box of NIO Cocktails in your bag. The perfectly pre-mixed classic cocktails (think Negronis, Tommy’s Margaritas and Whiskey Sours) come in slim sleeves, so they take up the minimal amount of weight and space, and all you need to serve them is ice, so you don’t have to worry about sourcing extra ingredients or expensive hotel prices. Line ’em up and you’ve got yourself an instant cocktail bar.
F & Wild Swimwear
Even if you’re not going on a beach holiday, always pack a swimsuit…there’s noting worse than finding out your hotel has a swish pool and you’ve got nothing to go for a dip in. F & Wild pieces are handmade by a small team in London using Econyl, which is regenerated nylon made from plastic waste like fishing nets cleaned from the ocean, so they’re sustainable as well as stylish. The pro move? Packing so it’s at the top of your case so you can go from checking in to being poolside in the minimum amount of time.