Top Ten Travel Essentials


Great Cabin Case | If you’re only planning a short trip or you really want to avoid a long wait, choose something like the John Lewis Miami four-Wheel 55cm Cabin Suitcase, on offer at £55.30. It’s made from impact-resistant and lightweight polypropylene and has a handy multi-height features, as well as offering lock-down at the touch of a button. The super-smooth wheels ensure that travelling noise is limited, and the TSA combination lock will help you pass all international security with ease. If you really want to travel in style, however, the Ted Baker Herringbone 4-Wheel 54cm Cabin Suitcase, £199, from John Lewis, is the perfect choice. Offering the ideal combination of pristine looks and premium performance, it is created using makrolon polycarbonate to ensure it is ultra-light yet super-strong. The interior is perfectly designed for organised packing, whilst the TSA lock will ensure that even travel to the US will pass without any security concerns.

For the Hold | If you would barely get one day’s worth of clothes in a cabin case, you may need to bite the bullet and check in your bags. An excellent larger suitcase choice is the Samsonite New B-Lite four-wheel case in black, £195 from House of Fraser. It’s from Samsonite’s hugely-popular B-Lite range that has been designed to offer boosted features whilst weighing less. An innovative structural design combines strength with lightness, helping to ensure that your case has the maximum capacity without creating a fuss when you place it on the airport’s weighing scales.

Wash Bag | The old ‘don’t forget your toothbrush’ message still applies, and so a good wash bag has to be near the top of any travel essentials list. A really feminine option is the M&S Collection De Jouy Toiletry Washbag, priced at £12.50. This is large enough to keep all off your wash-room items safe in one place but not so big that it will need its own seat on the plane. A more masculine version is the Collezione Leather Mock Crocodile Skin Washbag, £39.50 from Marks and Spencer, which is light and luxurious, offering plenty of space without any unnecessary bulk.

Travel-Sized Toiletries | You don’t want to use up too much of your baggage allowance carrying heavy toiletry bottles on holiday – and back again. The Boots Travel Size range is a good place to start if you want to banish the bulk, offering a huge range of products in handy small sizes. The range includes everything from Sanctuary Mini Foaming Bath Soak, £2.50 for 75ml, to Nivea Pearl Anti-Perspirant, priced at £1.19.

Make Your Own | You could decant some of the products in your bathroom into some funky little bottles such as the iNeibo Silicone Travel Bottles, £14.99 from Amazon.

Make-Up Bag | Even if you are planning to spend most of your days bare-faced on the beach, you are likely to still want to take along some of your make-up essentials. Store them in the gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs Jerrie Rose Preppy Nylon Cosmetic Bag, £75 from Harrods. This bag doesn’t just look beautiful – it is also strong, durable and easy to wipe clean, making it ideal for travel to any destination.

Mini Make-Up | If you simply cannot whittle down your own make-up collection into anything resembling a travelling amount, why not simply invest in a little kit of essentials? The BareMinerals Get Started Complexion Kit, £39 from Debenhams, is ideal if you simply want to maintain a perfect au-naturel look during your trip and contains a primer, foundation, all-over face colour, finishing powder and application brush. If you want a more complete kit that has everything from mascara to lip colour covered, check out the Bronze of Champions Gift Set from Benefit, £26.50 at Debenhams. This is ideal for sun-drenched destinations, featuring colours to perfectly complement a tan, and includes lip gloss, eyeshadow, mascara and a powder brush.

Nail-Care Kit | The holiday environment (whether it be sun, sea, sand or snow) can play havoc with your nails. The Utterly Unique Manicure Kit, £10 from the Bodyshop, has everything you need to keep your nails in tip-top shape and is still small enough to keep in your handbag. It contains scissors, clippers, a file and buffer, tweezers and a cuticle remover.

Sewing Kit | You never know when a button may pop or a hem will fall, and if you’re not likely to find a little sewing kit in your hotel room, you better take your own. The Dotcomgiftshop La Petite Rose Travel Sewing Kit, £4.95 from Amazon, comes in a pretty little tin and contains needles, scissors, buttons, tape measure, thimble, safety pins, cotton and a needle threader (if anyone actually knows how these work).

First-Aid Kit | Make sure you are always prepared by packing a mini first-aid kit such as the Fast Aid Essentials family first-aid kit, £11 from Waitrose, or the Lloyds Pharmacy Travel First Aid Kit, priced at £7.15. In case of any minor cuts or grazes, pack a box of water resistant plasters – Elastoplast Water Resistant Strips, £2.39 from Boots.