You’ll want to be ready and raring to go when travel gets up and running again – and that means having all the right gear.
Here we round-up the best items to buy in the January sales, from handy packing cubes to the perfect weekend bag.
Holiday in style – 50% off
Pick up a deal: Save on suitcases, headphones, travel wallets and books
We’re going to want our first holiday this year to be special. So why not head off on the break of a lifetime with a smart travel wallet from Aspinal of London (£67.50, aspinaloflondon.com)?
The hand-crafted Italian leather designs come in 17 different colours and patterns, and feature space for travel essentials including passports, boarding passes and a zipped compartment for currency. Take advantage of Aspinal’s personalisation service, which is currently complimentary, and add your initials in gold or silver.
Polka-dot packing – 20% off
Fit more into your suitcase with two stylish polka-dot print packing cubes from Australian brand Typo (£16, asos.com). They feature a grab handle, breathable mesh and zip-around closure.
Bags of adventure – 50% off
Planning to go somewhere far away this year? The stylish Tranverz M Salty Pink travel trolley from Eastpak (£67.50, eastpak.com) is ideal for longer stays. It has double-deck compartments, padded handles and a smooth-wheeling system.
Passport protected – 50% off
Smythson’s Panama passport covers (from £67, smythson.com) are crafted from crossgrain leather and come in an array of vibrant or classic colours. They feature a wallet section for up to four cards, and a press closure to keep everything secure. The azure and coral covers have been reduced by 50 per cent in the January sale.
On-the-go headphones – 35% off
Bose wireless foldable headphones are perfect for drowning out the noise of a packed plane
Essential for any frequent flyer, Bose wireless foldable headphones (£130, currys.co.uk) play music for up to 15 hours and deliver deep, immersive sound — even in noisy environments such as a packed plane.
The Bluetooth technology allows the user to seamlessly switch between two devices (great if you’re using a tablet and a phone) and the touch controls are intuitive.
A chic way to stay hydrated – 60% off
Treat a loved one (or yourself) to a monogrammed water bottle from Anthropologie (£7, anthropologie.co.uk), which has been reduced from £18. The stylish bottle offers a personalised reminder to keep hydrated.
All-weather weekend bag – 20% off
Inspired by the classic travel bag, this weekend duffel by Danish rainwear company RAINS (£44, theunionproject.com) is, unsurprisingly, made from a water-resistant fabric with a matte finish. It has a spacious main compartment, adjustable straps, carabiner details and snap buttons.
Inspiring island tales – 50% off
Take to the tracks of Europe as though lockdowns and new EU travel rules do not exist via Tom Chesshyre’s Slow Trains To Venice
Fancy escaping to a deserted island? Get inspired by Island Dreams by Gavin Francis (£10, waterstones.com), an examination of our fascination with islands.
Beautifully presented with illustrations of maps throughout, Francis blends stories of his own travels with great voyages from literature, shedding new light on the importance of islands and isolation.
Sky-high pampering – 30% off
Take the spa to the skies with The Great Escape Kit from Budapest’s leading skincare brand Omorovicza (£56, harrods.com). The collection fits perfectly into a stylish wash bag, ready to pack in your carry-on. It provides a complete skincare routine — cleanse, mist and moisturise — and a copper peel to smooth the skin.
Drop off anywhere – 30% off
The White Company has a huge January sale on its whole range. Its Cosy Set (£35, thewhitecompany.com) includes a super-soft pure cotton throw and eye mask, making a nap on the go a luxury experience. It’s all neatly packed into a matching grey travel bag, which has room to add make-up, skincare and accessories and is the perfect size to slip over the handle of a suitcase.
The ultimate luxe luggage – 31% off
A good quality four-wheel suitcase is the ultimate travel accessory (stock image)
The Brics pearl pink hard suitcase (£95, selfridges.com) is the ultimate accessory for a chic city break. It has zip compartments, locks, four multi-directional wheels, a telescopic handle and two leather ones, a USB port, mesh dividers and removable shoe and laundry bags.
European exploration – 21% off
Take to the tracks of Europe as though lockdowns and new EU travel rules do not exist in Tom Chesshyre’s train romp Slow Trains To Venice: A 4,000-Mile Adventure Across Europe (£7.85, amazon.co.uk).
Chesshyre, a contributor to these pages, escaped the rat race (while that was still possible) for a few happy weeks, travelling to 13 countries, with encounters and mishaps galore.