The Coolest Travel Accessories For Road Trips
As we start to think more carefully about our modes of transportation, a trip by road or rail has a lot to offer. From tech gadgets that charge no matter what continent you find yourself on to chic takeaway mugs to gorgeous games that promise to keep everyone entertained—buying a gift for the constant traveller has never been so straightforward. Sometimes the most practical gift is also the most worthwhile.
The vegan cork Valise by Ebby Rane ticks a lot of boxes. Trimmed in cork, it has an inner zipped compartment for smaller items and two pockets designed to hold water or wine bottles upright. There is also a clever outer zipped compartment for passports, travel documents, and items you might need to access quickly. Add to that, it’s deceivingly spacious, and its classic look promises to pair effortlessly with any travel outfit.
Anine Bing founded her eponymous fashion brand in Los Angeles in 2012 out of a desire to take Scandinavian simplicity and pair it with an American spirit. The result is a global fashion house offering timeless designs with a twist. And the resulting wardrobe essentials are now sold in more than 350 stores worldwide, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Selfridge’s, and Net-a-Porter. Beyond ready-to-wear, Anine Bing has designed a series of classic accessories, like this stainless steel water thermal bottle. Offered in both black and white with copper vacuum insulation and an insulated lid—it’s practical, understated, and ideal for anyone on the go.
Designed in Bear Brooksbanks’s Shoreditch studio, these travel jewellery cases are both elegant and functional. The horseshoe-shaped main compartment is roomy and easy to access, while the removable ring tray keeps everything in order. Made from sheep and goat skins that are ethically sourced as a by-product of the local food industry in Bangladesh, the resulting pieces are beautiful, sturdy and sustainable. It comes in an organic cotton dust bag to keep it blemish-free and fits seamlessly into any travel bag large or small.
Designed with travel in mind, this backgammon set by Métier features hand-stitched dice shakers fitted with hidden magnets that gently suction the rolled up board closed. Similarly, elegant leather game pieces pack away in a dedicated zippered compartment. Crafted from the brand’s signature Buffalo leather and featuring hand-painted edges, it’s both distinctive and enduring.
Fitness is no longer limited to the gym. And these two pound Bala Bangles add a constant but comfortable resistance to any workout. Featuring a set of signature elasticated bangle weights—perfect for the ankles or wrists—and a set of Bala bars, this on-the-go kit offers the compact solution for any fitness woes. Whether it’s yoga, Pilates, boxing, or even just a brisk walk, these bits from Bala are the perfect companion. Made in pliable silicon and available in a range of muted colours, the weights are as comfortable as they are chic.
The new Passport III power adapter from Zendure has an auto-resetting fuse and press-and-slide controls for easy one-handed use. It works in over 200 countries and regions, with a variety of connectors and a broad range of voltages. The primary USB-C port can charge an iPhone to 50% in under 30 minutes or fully charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro in two hours or less without ever overheating. Not only is it practical but, in addition to the black style, it comes in a distinctive metallic ombre that is both modern and nostalgic.
Organise your travel accessories without tangles, thanks to the Bellroy tech kit. Inside, a magnetic slip pocket fits a power bank, stretch mesh can hold a mouse, and an elastic strip organises cables. Offered in leather or water-resistant woven fabric, this kit has been designed to separate your larger items from cables and earbuds, keeping everything in check.
Royce & Rocket
Custom made to fit the castle shelves of a signature Royce & Rocket suitcase (although easily transported to any travel bag), these double-lined recycled nylon packing cubes won’t ever go amiss. Finished with a smooth metallic zipper, the cubes are offered in cloud pink or tobacco and sold in sets of four, six, and eight. Organise by outfit or garment type (or simply to separate dirty from clean), and never waste another minute scavenging for single socks and bikini bottoms.
The Kin studio bag, with an optional yoga mat holder is the perfect balance of elegance and function. Quilted to protect your gear, with a wide, comfy, removable shoulder strap for when you’re on the move, it’s lightweight and also water-resistant. It’s available in blush pink or taupe and you can count on the zippered interior and exterior pockets to keep everything safe and orderly.
Desmond and Dempsey
Lightly cushioned so that it sits gently on the face, this silk eye mask from Desmond and Dempsey is soft on the skin. Less absorbent than cotton, it won’t soak up any lingering skin products throughout the night. And the jaguar print is striking without being distracting. Delivered in its own matching silk pouch, it’s designed to accompany you on the road, promising a deep restorative sleep no matter where you’ve stopped for the night.
Perfect for tidying up your cosmetics, tech essentials, or favourite pieces of jewellery, this simple velvet pouch from Elizabeth Scarlett is a true catch-all. Beautifully stitched in a jewel-like navy blue, the Turtle Conservation mini pouch is not only luxurious, but every sale contributes to the protection of a sea turtle hatchling. As it stands, owing to a mix of ocean pollution, human interferences, and natural predation, only 1 percent of all turtle hatchlings in the Dutch Caribbean live to adulthood. And it’s this statistic that led the team at Elizabeth Scarlett to support the Blue Marine Foundation, giving 10 percent from each sale to the charity, funding beach clean-ups, the protection of endangered nests, and the guidance of baby turtles safely to the ocean.
A labour of love between twin sisters Allegra and Desideria Tantalo, Marzoline is a Milan-based accessories brand specialising in decadent handmade headbands, scrunchies, and more. Made from lush velvets and silks, each sumptuous piece is hand-sewn in Italy. Growing up between Rome and London, the sisters honed their talent for business and design while completing law degrees before each earning a Master’s in Fashion Management in London. Out on the open road or at the end of a long train journey, a simple braided headband can make a once tired feeling outfit suddenly pop!