If you spend a lot of your time traveling, no matter if it's for business, or for pleasure, it's probably time to give some serious thought to upgrading your luggage. That old duffel bag you've been dragging around from terminal to terminal is starting to show its years, so replace it with some Rimowa Olive Green Luggage ($400 and up; available only in Rimowa stores). New for this season, the salsa collection gets a stylish color option across the line, while keeping everything people love about Rimowa luggage. Durable polycarbonate construction with a glossy finish, accenting interior fabric, multi-wheel rolling casters, telescoping handles, and TSA locks make it the perfect way to travel in style and utility.
Yes, we all have alarms built in to our phones, tablets, and other gadgets these days, but when it comes to getting up in a different time zone, you can never be too careful. The Braun Travel Alarm Clock ($50) will ensure you stay on time no matter where you roam, with a quiet German quartz movement, light, flip-down lid with a world time zone map, crescendo alarm, and signature clean design. Feel like sleeping in for just a few more minutes? Just wave your hand to activate the snooze and stave off jet lag for another few minutes.
No matter what sort of excursion you have in store — whether you're going away for a quick weekend jaunt, a week-long business trip, or a month-long international vacation — there's a Billykirk Carryall Bag ($185 and up) to suit your needs. The small carryall will hold everything you need when you just need to get away for a couple days, while the medium carryall is perfect when you need to pack in a little more, or go with the large carryall when you just can't decide what to leave home. Each one is made from high-quality fabrics (including waxed canvas and herringbone cotton) with leather accents and straps, plenty of pockets, and enough color options to fit any man's style.
If you're the type of person that likes to pamper your possessions as much as yourself, the Rimowa x Moncler Suitcase ($1,960) should be perfect for you. Sporting a sleek riffled 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.
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). 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'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.