Air travel is now easier and more affordable than ever, which means that many of us now have our frequent flyer badges. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, and taking internal or international flights, flying can sometimes feel like hard work.
Modern technology though means that flying no longer has to be difficult. You can take away the tedium of your journey, and look stylish whilst you’re doing it: it’s a win-win situation for everyone!
Here are some of our airport essentials for the frequent flyer, so that you can take to the skies in style:
Noise Cancelling Headphones
In flight entertainment can be pretty bad (particularly on internal flights) but not as bad as the cheap plastic headphones you have to buy if you want to access it! Protect your ears, and your style credentials, by packing your own noise cancelling headphones instead.
If you’re looking for new headphones for your next flight then make sure you choose the noise cancelling variety. Noise cancellers are miracle workers that will mute crying babies and hush the din of the cabin around you: the only thing they can’t drown out is the kid behind you that keeps kicking your chair, but you can’t have everything!
Bose Quiet Comfort are some of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market, with the added bonus of being wireless, meaning that you no longer have to be tethered to your device. Some other great headphone options are detailed below:
Unfortunately, lost baggage happens. But it doesn’t have to ruin your trip if you add a bag tracker to the bottom of your luggage. Whether they ends up in Portland, Port Orleans or Portugal, you’ll always know where your underpants are with this handy little device.
Absolutely essential for the frequent flyer, the bag tracker allows you to track your suitcase on your phone whenever it isn’t with you: especially useful if you can’t work out why your bag is always the last one to reach the luggage carousel!
Because style is important, Royce make a beautiful leather bag tracker designed to blend seamlessly into the existing design of your luggage. You can buy yours here.
No matter what the time of year, a super soft scarf in silk or cashmere will really elevate your style. But a scarf serves a much more important purpose at the airport than to simply make you look good: if the cabin is cool you can drape it over you and use it as a travel blanket. If the cabin is warmer, fold it up and use it as a cushion without having to carry a bulky pillow in your carry-on.
No savvy frequent flyer travels without a scarf around their neck or in their carry on. Use this as the perfect opportunity to show off your style credentials by picking an on-trend scarf in a luxury material. Despite their high-end price tags, we love cashmere scarves because they look as decadent as they feel. Here are some of our favourites:
Charger to Go
No one should travel without fuel, and we’re not talking about the air plane here! Running out of battery for your phone, laptop or other device mid-way through a flight is an absolute nightmare, leaving you without your in-flight entertainment options and out of contact when you arrive at your destination.
We’re all guilty of using our phones when we’re bored or killing time (both of which are frequent occurrences at the airport) which can drain the battery of our device surprisingly quickly. Thanks to the portable charger on the go, however, no one ever needs to run out of charge for their device unless they want to!
Invest in a portable charger with enough power for all of your devices and play Candy Crush in the departure lounge to your heart’s content!
Whether you’re taking a weekend break and travelling with nothing but carry-on, or taking a longer trip to Europe with several suitcases behind you, it’s essential that your luggage matches your overall look. That means it should be fashion-forward, sleek, and stylish.
We love leather luggage, which is stylish and durable, but its weight means that it might not be a practical choice for all travellers (particularly frequent business travellers). If weight is important to you then Microlite make the world’s lightest fabric suitcases, which are still incredibly stylish and durable (and demonstrated in the image above).
Choosing dark luggage is a great rule of thumb, as it coordinates with almost anything. What’s more, dark luggage won’t show the marks and scrapes that will inevitably occur when your suitcase is being thrown about by the baggage handlers.
We love the Magellano Ultra Light range, which you can see below:
Finally, air travel is one of the few aspects of our life where we are still tethered to paper: your passport, airline tickets, insurance document, and other travel essentials are all important to have to hand as you pass through the airport.
Rather than throw them into the front pocket of your carry-on (and risk them getting crumpled, damaged or worse) the smart and stylish traveller invests in a document organiser to keep everything you need at the tips of your fingers in an instant.
Available in a wide variety of colours, patterns, and finishes, a sleek leather document wallet in black, brown or tan will have a high end and timeless appeal.
Frequent flying is a fact of modern life. Whether your zipping across the country to meet clients, or flying to the other side of the world for a vacation, we are all likely to spend some time in an airport over the next 12 months. Why not invest in some of these technologies, to ensure you look stylish whilst you’re travelling, and to make that wasted journey time as easy as possible?