Forget about duffles, weekenders, totes, rollers, or whatever else you cram your stuff in before hitting the road. It's time to consider a classic, the suitcase. Or, the Hard Graft Carry On Suitcase ($906), to be more specific. This artisan-crafted case is made of Italian leather and British wool, so it will stand up to the treatment of even the clumsiest baggage handler. But, you may choose to bypass that route altogether and bring it on the plane. It's the perfect size for an overhead compartment, and a removable shoulder strap means you can carry it comfortably as you run to make your connection.
Block out unwanted light, hide your headphones, and support your neck all at the same time with the Travel HoodiePillow ($20). This ultimate airline accessory features an inflatable neck pillow that's built on to the bottom of a spacious hood, which features a pair of drawstrings for blocking everything out. It's suggested that it's also good for reading, watching TV, and studying, but frankly, all we want it for is to keep the creep next to us in seat 26B from making eye contact. [via]
Tired of long walks from terminal to terminal? Make your next trip more manageable by packing your stuff inside a piece of Micro Scooter Luggage (£250; roughly $400). Developed in collaboration with Samsonite, this unique suitcase features hard-side construction, a 26L capacity that makes it ideal for short trips, and built-in kickboard that folds out to turn the entire thing into a scooter, allowing you to roll from place to place with ease.
Enjoy freshly-brewed French press coffee without the hassle of a full-size pot with the Minibru Coffee Mug ($25). Built on the same principles, the Minibru has you add in ground coffee and hot water, let it brew for 2-3 minutes, and then insert the plastic plunger to filter out the grains — leaving you with a perfectly-portioned amount of coffee, no oversized pots or weird-looking single brew contraptions required.
It may not look flashy, but when you arrive at your destination and all you need to do is hang it up, you'll be glad to have this Lexdray London Garment Bag ($540). Made from ballistic nylon and neoprene, this unique piece of luggage features built-in shelving — letting you keep your shirts, pants, socks, and underwear separated and easily accessible — as well as military-grade hardware, a removable Oxford Suiter, and a fleece-lined laptop compartment.
Cradle your whisky with the care it deserves inside the Dewars x FSC Travel Bag ($150). This multifunctional roll is handmade in NYC from water-repellent 18 oz. waxed canvas, and features Dewar's signature Highlander Tartan fabric lining, hand-cut English bridle leather straps, a long interior pocket, and an included Dewar's flask. Also useful as a dopp kit, tool kit, or knife roll, but we prefer using it for its original purpose.
If you're the type of person that likes to pamper your possessions as much as yourself, the Rimowa x Moncler Suitcase ($1,700) should be perfect for you. Sporting a sleek black aluminum exterior, it features shiny, quilted laqué nylon lining to protect your stuff, rugged construction, an included shoe bag, transparent toiletries case, and quilted case.
If you've ever wanted to have your luggage match your iPhone case, now's your chance. The Incase Eo Travel Collection ($150-$300) brings the company's clean, minimal aesthetic to the world of luggage, with a lineup that includes a hardshell roller with glossy front, a standard roller, a rolling briefcase, a backpack, and a duffel bag. All five options are carry-on compliant, and feature padded compartments for Apple devices, organizer pockets for chargers, cables, and other small items, and a black exterior with neon green accents.
When Skyfall opens next month, you might notice a rather stylish bespoke rifle case — but you don't need to wait to buy it. The Globe-Trotter James Bond Collection (£725-£5,000; roughly $1,160-$8,000) includes the Stabilist Aluminium case — inspired by the aforementioned rifle case — as well as a variety of cases ranging in size from 16" to 33" and a line of leather goods that includes a bag, wallets, and card holders. Each one has subtle Bond detailing, but thankfully avoids any tacky displays of branding.
If you're in a hurry, you take your morning coffee to go. But if you're really in a hurry, you brew your morning coffee on the go in the Impress Coffee Brewer Cup ($40). This one-cup-at-a-time travel mug/brewer uses a double-walled outer stainless steel cup and nesting inner cup with stainless steel microfilter to brew great tasting coffee in only three minutes. Just place the grounds in the outer cup, add hot water, and when the three minutes are up, push the inner cup all the way down and snap on the to-go lid to enjoy your coffee.
To hell with folding. If you're not feeling up to using Maps on your smartphone or tablet — or just don't want to ring up a huge international data bill — then consider packing one of these Crumpled City Maps (€12; roughly $15) on your next trip. Made from some sort of special technological material, these full-color maps can be opened and closed in just two seconds, provide details about streets, monuments, museums, and more, weigh only 21 grams, are 100% waterproof, and cram nicely into their included carrying pouches when you're tired of looking like a tourist. [Scouted by Kristof]
No, this isn't a Rambo-style sling for paperbacks. The Book Bandolier ($26) is instead an adjustable leather strap that offers six loops for holding pens, pencils, and brushes, and is designed to wrap around a stack of drawing/notebooks, allowing you to travel as lightly as possible while keeping the tools you need nearby.