Sleek and functional luggage for the holidays
For many, the arrival of the holiday season means slammed calendars and non-stop travel plans. The keys to ensuring the least amount of stress when heading from one destination to the next are to pick the right carry-all and narrow down your grab-and-go essentials. Read on to discover our packing must-haves — from sleek travel accessories to travel-friendly formal wear and red-eye-hiding sunglasses — for making the journey feel every bit as luxurious as the destination.
Valextra’s Sleek and Functional Carry-On Luggage
When it comes to luggage for a quick getaway, travel bags from the storied leather-goods house Valextra are second to none. This creamy white carry-on trolley is perfect for a weekend trip, as the wheels, extendable handle, and scratch-resistant textured calfskin leather make navigating crowded airports a breeze ($US5975, or about $A8020).
For a longer getaway, include the collapsible travel bag in your suitcase in case you need a bit of extra luggage on the way home ($US3950, or about $A5300). The luxurious Bordeaux-colored bag can be fully unzipped for easy packing, and it comes with a set of fabric pouches (top) for keeping all of your belongings organized while on the go. (valextra.com)
Smythson’s Leather Travel Accessories
Small travel accessories from Smythson make a world of difference while zipping from one destination to the next. Made of luxurious but durable cross-grain calf leather, this double-sided luggage tag ($US115, or about $A154) and watch roll ($US550, or about $A738) ensure that your valuables arrive at your destination safe and sound.
A lambskin travel wallet ($US675, or about $A905) with pockets for your tickets, boarding pass, and passport will keep all of your documents organized and easily accessible. (smythson.com)
Brunello Cucinelli’s Casual Wear
To stay as comfortable as possible during long hours traveling this season, look for clothing that is both polished and cozy, like these athleisure-inspired pieces from Brunello Cucinelli.
Although the soft flannel material and no-fuss drawstring waistband of these trousers ($US895, or about $A1200) will make you feel like you are wearing sweatpants, the pinstripe pattern will ensure you look put-together upon arrival.
Complete the look by pairing them with an easy-to-pack cashmere and virgin wool sweatshirt ($US1725 or about $A2315) and laid-back sneakers ($US875, or about $A1175). (brunellocucinelli.com)
Ermenegildo Zegna’s Wrinkle-Resistant Formal Wear
If a holiday party is on your itinerary, tuck wrinkle-resistant formal wear from Ermenegildo Zegna into your suitcase. The high-twist threads in the superfine Australian merino wool of this deep navy jacket ($US1995, or about $A2675) ensure that your go-to topper will arrive at your destination both wrinkle- and stain-free.
Pair the blazer with a high-performance wool turtleneck ($US645, or about $A865) for a more casual affair, or Zegna’s classic wrinkle-resistant Trofeo shirt for something a bit sharper ($US375, or about $A500).
The inky colour palette of these pieces allows them to pair perfectly with everything else that you’ve packed. ([zegna.us](https://www.zegna.us/us-en/home.html))
Dom Vetro’s Sturdy Sunglasses
Cover up tired eyes from a red-eye flight or a night of merrymaking with a pair of sunglasses from Dom Vetro. Each pair is handcrafted in the Italian Alps and designed to highlight the 17th-century-style lenses housed within each pair of sleek frames.
The minimal style of the frames ensures that they will go with everything else in your suitcase—regardless of whether you prefer the aviator-inspired F-36 (above), the Lucite-look quartz Lupetto, or the hardy tortoiseshell Primo style ($US295 each, or about $A395). (domvetro.com)
Aesop’s Travel-Size Toiletries
Help revitalize dehydrated skin after travelling with one of these airport security-friendly sets from Australian skin-care brand Aesop. While each set covers all of your personal hygiene essentials — with a travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizing balm, mouthwash, and more — be sure to pick the one best tailored to your skincare needs.
The Boston kit will tick off all of the basics for sensitive, dry skin, while the London kit delivers an extra dose of antioxidants to boost tired skin. Whichever you choose ($US75 or about $A100 each), the only other item you need to remember to pack is your toothbrush. (mrporter.com; aesop.com)