The ultimate guide to travelling in style

From luggage advice to the best noise cancelling headphones, we're here to help you travel like a pro

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Whilst it isn't the stylish affair it used to be, travelling doesn't have to be an endless parade of misery some people think it is.

Yes, with the perfect combination luggage, tech and accessories, your voyage around the globe, whether for business or pleasure, can be a relatively painless experience.

We're alway on the hunt for the best gear here at T3, so this guide will offer you the best of the best, the cream of the crop, when it comes to travelling comfortably.

From luggage big enough to hold all your belongings, to the best noise cancelling headphones - this guide has it all. 

If you have trouble getting to sleep, check out our ear plugs buying guide, and if your company has only stumped up for economy seat, make sure you read our buying guide to the best travel pillows.

This is the kit to keep you comfortable, calm, and most important of all, stylish, wherever you decide to travel. 

Best luggage and bags

One of the most import things to consider when travelling is what luggage to take. At T3, we always favour travelling light, so if you're planning a weekend trip, a backpack, like the Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox, would be perfect. Tumi is known for its quality, durability, and all-around sturdiness, so its bags are perfect for travelling with. 

For more backpack recommendations, check out these buying guides:

If you're travelling for longer than a weekend, we'd either recommend a backpack paired with a holdall, like the Mulberry Scotchgrain Clipper, or a some cabin luggage, like the Ted Baker Amithia

The holdall and backpack approach is my personal favourite method. It means you don't have everything packed into one, larger bag (so items are easier to find), but you still have that extra storage space available.

Alternatively, a wheeled cabin case is better if you don't have the strength to carry everything you're travelling with, and prefer a less cluttered approach. 

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If you're going away for more than a week you'll want a full sized suitcase, like the Samsonite Flux. The medium-sized suitcase ideal for longer trips away, with a hard polypropylene shell and TSA-ready combi locks. The big draw here is that, rather unusually for a hard case, it is expandable on all sides, allowing for that extra bit of wriggle room when returning home with those holiday souvenirs.

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We find when it comes to remaining calm while travelling, the small things really do make a difference. For example, when going through airport security getting your laptop out of your bag can be a hassle (don't get us started about putting it back in), so take time to read our buyings guides to make sure you select the best luggage to suit you.

Best Noise Cancelling headphones

If there's one essential piece of technology you need to take travelling (aside from your smartphone), it's a pair of noise cancelling headphones. 

For its mix of great sound, noise blocking, style and useful motion-sensing tech, our current favourite pair of cans are the Bowers & Wilkins' PX.

ANC cans will stop you having your music, podcasts and audiobooks ruined by plane/train/car noise, allowing you to listen at lower volumes, and, potentially preserving your hearing.

Read our buying guide for more noise cancelling headphone suggestions:

Best travel wallets

Whether you're travelling for business or leisure, a travel wallet is a handy way to keep all of your documents in one place. 

With a simple flick through the pockets, you can tick off your passport, boarding pass, and other necessary items, leaving you to breeze through the airport worry-free.

Our pick is the Travel Wallet from Nordic outside brand Fjallraven. Made from the brand's own blend of incredibly durable G-1000 fabric, there's enough pockets inside fo passports, boarding passes, cash, cards and even a pen.

For more travel wallet recommendations, check out our buying guide:

The best cameras

If you're travelling somewhere picturesque, you'll want to take a decent camera to take pictures with, because while smartphone cameras are good, they still can't quite match the real thing.

If you're wanting to take some seriously high quality snaps, we'd recommend the Sony A9. The 24.2 megapixel full-frame sensor is perfect for sports, wildlife or action photography. It's just the perfect all-rounder.

The Sony is hefty though, so my personal favourite camera for travelling is the Leica Q. Not only is it a stunning design, it's also capable of taking some amazing pictures.

For more camera recommendations, check out T3's camera buying guides:

Best Ear plugs

If you don't fancy a pair of noise cancelling headphones but still want to block out the outside world, why not try a pair of ear plugs instead?

Ear plugs are not only easy to get hold of, but they're also pretty affordable, so they're perfect if you're travelling through multiple countries where an expensive pair of headphones might get lost or stolen.

Our favourites are the Isolate Revolutionary Solid Aluminium Ear Plugs. The metal design looks premium, they come with three different ear foams which mean they can fit almost any ear, and they also have a convenient carry pouch included.

Check out T3's buying guide for more suggestions:

Best Travel pillows

Just like marmite, there are two trains of thought when it comes to travel pillows – you either love them or hate them. There is no in between.

Personally, I don't like the extra clutter, but there's still the odd moment I've been stuck in the middle seat, in economy, on my way back from MWC, cursing myself for not buying one in duty free.

If you've got a journey coming up you know you're not going to enjoy, or hate flying, then the best way to deal with any trip is to sleep through it. 

Whether you’re travelling by car, train or plane; it’s rare that we ever find napping during transit refreshing. More often than not you wake up disoriented, disgruntled and with a sore neck. 

However, there are a whole host of funky and functional travel pillows on the market that will keep you comfy from door to door.

Our favourite travel pillow is the Go Travel Ultimate Memory Pillow, its classic U-shape supports the neck and adds a touch of luxury with its memory foam filling.

For more travel pillow suggestions read our buying guide:

Best travel mugs

Frequent travellers will know the tale of trying to find a decent cup of coffee on the go all too well. Too often are we forced to pay inflated service station prices for our high-street coffee shop favourites, shell out a ridiculous amount for a sub-par brew from the snack trolley, or — perish the thought — go without. Well no more, we say. 

Enter: the travel coffee mug. Whether you’re trying to save a bit (or a lot) of dosh on overpriced takeaway coffees, or you just don’t trust anyone else to make you a decent cup is by the by. If you love your joe and you’re always on the move, a travel mug is the natural choice.

Our favourite is the Contigo Autoseal, which is capable of keeping hot drinks hot for 4 hours, and cold drinks cold for a whopping 12.

For more travel mugs read our buying guide:

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