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Everything you need for your 2023 travel: our editors’ picks for on-the-road accessories that marry form and function.
A VERY CHIC traveler once told me that while in transit, one must move like a spy. A successful journey, to them, relied on streamlined, understated, and multifunctional accessories to rival those you might find in James Bond’s carry-on. We’ve all crossed paths with that slick, model traveler — that person who seemingly floats through customs, presenting this or that document with the flick of a wrist, seamlessly pulled from some hidden pocket, dressed ready for a Michelin-star meal upon hitting the tarmac (everyone else wilted in sweatpants, crumpled documents falling out of their crushed bags). Gearing up for the rest of the year’s adventures, our editors thus present a careful selection of travel accessories in hopes that this winter we may all move like spies.
Personally vetted by a new dad on our team, the Embark is a versatile piece of spillover luggage — sleek enough for the aesthetic traveler yet hardy enough to have, at times, served as his family’s diaper bag. It shape-shifts, allowing enough room for all the baby gear while still compactly slipping on top of a suitcase handle. SHOP NOW
I have undoubtedly trod multiple marathons’ worth of distance in these lighter-than-air yet decidedly substantial shoes. With a shock-absorbing sole, they’re essentially hiking boots made for the most uneven of roads and trails. But a slick profile and chisel toe make them formal enough for a dressy occasion. The ultimate dual-purpose boot. SHOP NOW
Adjustable and noise-canceling, this rich level of immersive sound is made for blocking out the chaos of crowds or the incessant roar of the in-flight experience. Sound-wise, “more lush lows, punchier mids, and crisper highs” is what one can expect. For the same robust sound at home, check out what our editor had to say about the brand’s speaker, Beoplay A9. SHOP NOW
A personal favorite of our editor in chief, this luxe, made-in-Spain classic features four compartments for all your tickets, passes, international currencies, receipts, or secret love letters — crafted from a supple cross-grain calf leather. I’m loving the Scarlet Red hue, imagining how easy it would be to find in my sea of black clothes. SHOP NOW
This watch was vetted by our super cyclist contributor, an athlete whose accessories must at all times marry form with function. To him, the Endurance Pro was made for athletes without looking like a sport watch. Crafted in a proprietary Breitling material, the stuff is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than stainless steel. He actually forgot he was wearing it. SHOP NOW
This icon of skin care has a discovery set with all manner of magic serums to soothe angry post-plane skin. It contains a calming serum (to help reduce redness), a hyaluronic serum (for intensive hydration), a brightening serum (to reduce uneven pigmentation and smooth texture), and an anti-aging serum (packed with antioxidants). After applying before bed, I wake up with a decidedly better face. SHOP NOW
Truly embodying the “move like a spy” mantra, this suitcase line is a perfect marriage of strength and style. The aluminum shell is hyperdurable, while anodized aluminum hinges provide unbudgeable security. So my sweaters, slip dresses, and holey pajama T-shirts can be protected like the precious cargo they are. SHOP NOW
Sophie Mancini is an editor at Departures. Born and raised in New York City, she holds a degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and has a background as a writer in brand and editorial.
Ahonen & Lamberg is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Paris. Founded in 2006 by Finnish designers Anna Ahonen and Katariina Lamberg, the studio concentrates on art direction, creative consultancy, and graphic design.
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