STYLE: TRAVEL BAGS, CARABEZ RINGS

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AS I PACK my bags, pre­par­ing to em­bark on an­other travel ad­ven­ture, it oc­curs to me that while I talk about style, I’m cur­rently ram­ming hun­dreds-of-dol­lars-worth of groom­ing prod­ucts into zip-lock bags and squeez­ing them into re-used amenity pouches from pre­vi­ous long-haul flights.

I don’t even want to men­tion all the de­canted minia­ture con­tain­ers I’ve trans­ferred my favourite prod­ucts into so they’ll all be able to travel with me! Clearly there’s some­thing wrong with this pic­ture. So, I de­cided to un­cover the best of the best when it comes to the perfect all-round toi­letries bags for the well­groomed trav­eller.

There are plenty of op­tions on the mar­ket rang­ing from your cheap-and-cheer­ful depart­ment store va­ri­eties to the uber-lux de­signer gear that costs more than some air­fares. I’ve se­lected two brands of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one, with prac­ti­cal style and in­tel­li­gent so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

SMYTHSON’S BURLING­TON RANGE

For a travel case that sug­gests style and so­phis­ti­ca­tion look no fur­ther than the Burling­ton wash­bag from Smythson, the Bri­tish lux­ury brand es­tab­lished in 1887.

Made from soft deer skin, it fea­tures two large com­part­ments with a zip-top clo­sure and in­ter­nal pock­ets with zip-clo­sure to keep ev­ery­thing neatly se­cured.

Sil­ver hard­ware gives the wash­bag a chic-but-mas­cu­line edge that wouldn’t look out of place car­ried dur­ing the day. It comes in a range of fash­ion­able colour com­bi­na­tions in­clud­ing Flag Red and Grey Cot­ton, Black and Tan, and is avail­able in a smaller ver­sion if you pre­fer to pack light. The Burling­ton col­lec­tion also ex­tends to other travel pieces in­clud­ing holdalls, back­packs and travel bags.

VICTORINOX LEX­I­CON TRUSS

If you’re tired of de­cant­ing your prod­ucts into minia­ture bot­tles you’ll love the Lex­i­con Truss toi­letries bag as it al­lows you to travel with full-size prod­ucts. There’s a top hook for easy hang­ing that gives you ac­cess to ev­ery­thing you need at eye level rather than hav­ing to tip ev­ery­thing out onto the bath­room van­ity.

Two large side pock­ets are perfect for taller prod­ucts, while zip pock­ets help or­gan­ise smaller items. Elas­ti­cised loops hold tooth­brushes and combs in place and, yes, make-up brushes as more men are wear­ing it these days. All this is wrapped up in an easy, clean, wa­ter-re­sis­tant lin­ing. This wellde­signed toi­letries bag will keep your prod­ucts in or­der dur­ing your flight and give you easy ac­cess once you reach your des­ti­na­tion.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing more stream­lined try the Victorinox Zip-Around Travel Kit. Like its big brother, it’ll keep your toi­letries well or­gan­ised but while tak­ing up as lit­tle lug­gage space as pos­si­ble. Its com­part­ments and nu­mer­ous pock­ets mean there’s room for ev­ery­thing, and its tri-fold de­sign means it stays com­pact and out of the way. And, when you ar­rive, sim­ply un­zip, un­fold and you’re ready to re­fresh. It fea­tures an an­tibac­te­rial easy-clean lin­ing and a hang­ing hook.

VICTORINOX LEX­I­CON TRUSS

SMYTHSON’S BURLING­TON

WASH­BAG

VICTORINOX ZIP-AROUND TRAVEL KIT;

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