Globetrotting adventurers - or those who just sometimes take a flight – can immensely increase their comfort levels by just having the right kit. Read on for our selection of the coolest, the cleverest and the giftiest.
Native Union Monocle (from £40)
What have we here? A half of a pair of headphones, what use is that? Actually, a lot of use. The Monocle acts as a free-hanging boombox (with a 40mm driver), doubles as a speakerphone, and triples as a handheld earpiece for taking calls discreetly while still having your phone in your eyeline. Just the thing when you’re on the move and might have one, two, or no hands free to do any of these things. Got friends? You can daisy-chain up to 10 Monocles together.
Petzl e+lite Zip Emergency (£20)
Admit it: you’re very unlikely to get into the type of situation where you would need to use a light to try and get the attention of a would-be rescuer. And if you are, then by the time you’ve said: “Quick! Pass the Petzl e+lite Zip Emergency torch thing”, you’ll probably be dead. Nevertheless, it’s a neat (27g), and very affordable, addition to your panic-bag, with white and red LEDs than can shine or strobe to bring help when the festival campsite gets just too hectic.
Leatherman OHT (£90)
When you’ve got a grizzly by the scruff, and you’re scrabbling for your multitool in order to remove a seed from the beast’s teeth, thereby to become fast friends and secure a lucrative TV deal, you’ll be glad you have this military grade multitool – all of its blades can be accessed with one hand.
The North Face Nuptse Slippers (£36)
A little indulgent perhaps, but these are just the thing for wandering around base camp trying to find who packed whisky. Warm down-filled uppers and a scrub-friendly sole make these vastly more appealing than putting your wet boots back on.