Dream of channelling your inner celeb but end up lugging a broken suitcase and dog-eared travel wallet through departures? Editorial manager, Laura Crombie, shares her luxury packing picks…
If there’s one item guaranteed to get you a cheeky upgrade at check-in, it’s a luxe travel wallet. This silk-lined, calfskin leather number by Noble Macmillan (RRP £240) will last a lifetime. Available in loads of colours, it has pockets for everything from your tickets and passport to your travel money. Hello business class.
A great suitcase needs to be lightweight, simple to manoeuvre and easy to spot on the luggage carousel. Step forward the Galloway collection by British manufacturers, Constellation (RRP £179.99). Sold as a trio of cases – measuring 20’’, 24’’ and 28’’ – they all feature a hot pink colour scheme, durable design and integrated locks. Now you’ve just got to decide which one to take with you.
You know how nothing compares to your own bed? Well I’ve found a crafty way to take (part of) mine with me. My Hästens Travel Pillow (RRP £90) is super-soft, thanks to its 30% duck down and 70% feather down filling, and comes with a handy zip-up cotton case. I use it for naps in the air and if I’m having trouble sleeping when I arrive.
Wake up looking bright and breezy (even if you were dancing ‘til 3am) with Silksleep’s pure silk eye mask (RRP £28.50). As well as blocking out light, the mask helps lock in moisture, reducing the appearance of fine lines around your eyes. Pop it in your hand luggage for en-route snoozing, too.
Don’t fancy lugging your electric toothbrush abroad? Step forward the Colgate ProClinical Pocket-Pro (RRP £69.99). It takes up hardly any space thanks to its slim design and USB charging travel case, but it still packs a punch when it comes to keep your gnashers clean with an impressive 25,500 brush strokes a minute.
I slather Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (RRP £65/50ml) onto my face each night when I’m away to quench sun-parched skin. Avocado, sunflower and olive fruit oils help my skin maintain stay hydrated, while retinyl palmitate and shea butter improve texture and tone.
Sun, sea and sand can play havoc with your hair, luckily I’ve discovered Philip Kinsley Elasticizer (RRP £29), which delivers a moisture hit, while boosting suppleness, elasticity and bounce. The added bonus? It doesn’t weigh hair down.
Soothe your feet after a day sightseeing, with Sole Balm from Temple Spa (RRP £18.50). With a mix of 12 essential oils, including cooling peppermint and bitter orange, known to help reduce swelling, your tootsies will be ready to hit the dancefloor in no time. I also love the brand’s cooling Aaahhh! Foot Balm, which is available in a dinky travel size for £4.25.
Think micellar water is just a beauty fad? Think again. Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (RRP £3.89) cleanses deeply, removes make-up, and moisturises in just one step. No excuses for not taking your slap off, then.
As well as being super-cute, Emma Lomax’s handmade Airplane SOS Kit (RRP) is a lifesaver when it comes to holiday emergencies. It’s packed with (deep breath) a portable battery charger, nail polish remover, anti-bacterial wipe, deodorant wipes, hair slides and bands, an emery board, mending kit, plaster, tweezers, safety pin, lip balm, tampon, toothbrush, toothpaste, ear plugs, earring backs, hairbrush and mirror.
You know how annoying it is when you’re other half wants suncream rubbed in just as you’ve got comfy on your lounger? Hand them PHD Skin Care’s SPF 50 Sunscreen (RRP £10.99) and get back to chillaxing. The ‘never miss a spot’ wand makes it super-simple to get to all of those hard-to-reach places, like your back and legs.
Still mourning the end of Mad Men? Channel your inner Don Draper with a Carry On Cocktail Kit (RRP £19.99). This cute tin contain everything you need to craft two delicious Old Fashioned cocktails at 30,000-feet – all you need to add is the hard stuff, which comes free on Thomson’s long-haul flights.
It might sound a little crazy given my job, but I’m a nervous flyer. I keep cool, calm and collected in the air with a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy (RRP £6.90), a combination of 5 flower remedies, which comes in chewing gum and pastille form, too.
Quench sun-parched skin by slathering on Ayo’s super-luxe Salute The Sun Body Crème (RRP £28). Luxuriously-thick but easily-absorbed, it’s the scent that really won me over, combining sandalwood, patchouli, jasmin, geranium, rose absolute and vanilla absolute.
Us Brits love a brew and research shows 56% of us take teabags and biscuits in our luggage when we’re heading abroad. Loads of Thomson holidays have tea and coffee making facilities in the room, so you won’t even need a travel kettle. For my next trip, I’m swapping my traditional English Breakfast brew for Kromland Farm’s super-fruity Organic Rooibos Raspberry Tea (RRP £2.49).