Horizn H5 (€280)
Slick. Functional. Tough. For a suitcase that’s everything you want to be, add Horizn’s H5 carry-on to your travel ensemble.
Equipped with a removable smart charger that can go in the cabin, use the in-built compression pad to capitalise on the polycarbonate case’s 35-litre capacity, before securing it with the integrated locks and gliding through Heathrow like the jet-setter you wish you were. One day you’ll get that business upgrade, eh?
JBL Flip 5 (£105)
Five days of rain might ruin your holiday, but a quick downpour at the pool party certainly shouldn’t: put JBL’s Flip 5 on Bluetooth duty for a soundtrack that won’t stop at the first sign of showers.
Waterproof down to three feet, the little cylinder of sound also packs revised drivers for beats that belie its compact form and a 12-hour battery life that should outlast all but the longest of tropical storms. Space for two in your suitcase? Use PartyBoost pairing to fend off the weather in full stereo.
Flare earShade (£10)
EarShade might sound like a solution to sunburnt lobes, but these flexible cones filter waves, not rays. Moulded from single pieces of silicone, pop the simple plugs in your lugs to protect them from pain on planes, trains and getaways.
Designed to shelter you from the excesses of everyday sound, the tips don’t block out noise but shade it – so you won’t be deafened by the beach bar’s drum and bass, but you will hear your mum’s reminder to apply more factor 50.
Knomo Farringdon Knomad Organiser (£69)
John Bercow might have retired, but that doesn’t mean you need any less order in your life. Stash your daily haul in this compact sleeve to control your kit like the strictest of Speakers.
Slimline and water-repellent, the Farringdon organiser packs a raft of loops, pockets and slots inside for greater division than a Commons debate on Brexit, while the camouflage finish is perfect for making clandestine exits from contentious sessions. For once, a folio every minister will want.
DJI Osmo Action (£273)
Your Peruvian paragliding plan was always a risky one – and that was before you decided to suit up as Santa for the final flight. If only you’d attached this action cam to your glider: sure, you’d still be starting the New Year wrapped in plaster cast, but at least you’d have footage of the dramatic festive descent to share with your burgeoning YouTube fanbase.
As smart as it is strong, Osmo’s dual-screen snapper can shoot 4K footage at 60fps, record silky super slow-mo and survive all manner of dunking and drops. Experiencing turbulence? RockSteady tech means shots are properly smooth, too – even if your landings aren’t.
Logitech Pebble M350 (£20)
Laptops might be the darling of the digital nomad, but performing intensive tasks with a trackpad is a one-way ticket to RSI and right-click rage. Free your wrist with this scroller for the road.
Small enough to slip in a pocket yet perfectly proportioned for the average palm, Logitech’s compact clicker is silent, too, so you won’t frustrate fellow flyers while you work. An 18-month battery life should suffice for even the longest of sabbaticals and there’s even a USB Bluetooth receiver hidden inside the slimline shell – ideal when sand in your laptop means putting in a shift on the hostel computer.
Patagonia Black Hole Cube (£35)
Sustainable travel is an admirable aim, but unless you’re willing to brave the oceans in Greta’s eco yacht, sometimes you’ll need to take a plane. When you do, this nifty insert is the way to sort your stuff without stuffing the planet.
Divided inside and spacious to boot, the 10-litre Cube is crafted from 100% recycled polyester. Fill it with kit, stick it in – or on, via the lashing – your backpack and, while it won’t offset your flying footprint, at least you’ll be doing your bit to encourage fabric reuse. Perfect for separating your pants from your protest placards.