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The items our stylists never travel without

The items our stylists never travel without

The idea of travelling is glamorous. The act of travelling is something else completely. It’s middle seats between people who don’t understand elbow etiquette, it’s ticket booths with short-tempered vendors, and it’s temperatures that are either sauna-like or arctic. (The perfect temperature doesn’t exist while travelling, but you knew this already.)   

And the unfortunate truth is that most of these things are out of your control, which means it’s important to embrace the things that are. Like your clothing choices. It may seem insignificant, but the right cosy sweatshirt can help lull you to sleep when you’re 30,000 feet above the nearest bed. The right bag can store the book that will distract you from the wailing baby two rows ahead. And the right shoes can make or break your TSA experience – trust us on this one. To point you in the right direction, we asked our stylists to share the one item they never travel without. We’re still not guaranteeing glamour, but we are promising comfort (and style).

Photographed: A.P.C. Protection Sacoche Bag (£79)

A convenient crossbody bag 

“Having one secure place to store all your travel essentials will save you from an unnecessary juggling act,” says Thread stylist Toby Standing. “This one from APC is great for carrying everything from your ticket and passport to your book and phone – all while looking sharp.” 

An eye mask 

“Sleeping when I travel is hard enough, so I need all home comforts if I’m ever going to get some shut eye on a red eye,” says stylist Alice Watt. “Eye masks are also super handy for when you’re staying in places where you might not be guaranteed black-out blinds – I want and need to maximise all sleeping opportunities when on holiday and definitely want my eight hours. (Also, they’re great for a hangover.)”

A pair of Converse trainers

“This is a staple trainer that goes everywhere with me – rain or shine,” says Thread stylist Millie Rich. “I’ve always had at least one pair of black high-top converse in my wardrobe since I was gifted a pair when I was 12. They’re easy, comfortable, and lightweight.”

An effortless t-shirt 

“I chose this Sunspel t-shirt in particular because it’s so comfortable and versatile,” says stylist Freddie Kemp. “It’s cosy when travelling but also great tucked into a pair of wool trousers when out to dinner. It can do it all and it takes little to no room to pack. (I always pack more than one.)

A cosy knit

“I never travel without a Merino jumper – it’s a year-round staple item, as it breathes well and is usually lightweight,” says stylist Artemis Crowley. “I feel anxious if I don’t have a knit with me.” 

A versatile overshirt 

“For me, it would have to be a overshirt,” says stylist Alexander McCalla. “I find it annoying travelling with a big long coat, as sitting down on transport is always a bit of a pain, but I still want to look put together whilst not missing out on the extra pockets. The beauty with jackets like these is that you can combine them with your comfy hoodie for maximum long-haul comfort and then you can dress up with a rollneck and trousers for a contemporary dinner outfit.”

Photographed: YMC Montand Turtle Neck (Rust) (£48)

A warm layer

“It may sound boring, but a knit, like this one from YMC, which can keep me warm on the plane is something I can’t travel without,” says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. “I throw it over a t-shirt to make myself feel a bit smarter. I love YMC in general and this style in particular in a cashmere-merino blend is a really nice mix of warmth, softness, and durability. It's a luxury piece, but you can wear it everyday with just about anything, and it’s not going to date or go out of fashion, so I wouldn’t feel bad about investing in it.”

A reliable watch 

“I’m a really nervous flyer, and I always show up early and keep an eye on the departures board throughout my time in the airport, so having a watch on my wrist and just being able to glance and reassure myself that I’m doing fine for time is very comforting,” Luke adds. “I like this field watch from MERCI in paris – it hits the sweet spot of price and quality and is styled after WW2 military designs for a timeless quality (pun not intended).”  

Words: Allison Pavlick