STYLE: TRAVEL BAGS, CARABEZ RINGS
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
VICTORINOX ZIP-AROUND TRAVEL KIT;