The days of lockdowns seem to be behind us, and gone are limiting VTLs too — we’re now free to travel in a post-covid world, and damn are we not taking this freedom for granted again. This one’s for your favourite jet setter whose got dreamy wanderlust in their eyes, where the world’s their oyster, and they get to carpe diem / eat pray love / live their best cliché, while simultaneously flooding our feeds with travel OOTDs and Instagram reels-worthy content. Beach vacay or winter wonderland, whimsical or practical, we’ve got something for every seasoned
— $149 for a 4 pack, available at Apple stores and online.
No one wants to deal with lost baggage while on their dream vacation, so an AirTag or four would be ideal for one to keep track of their belongings. Slip one into your luggage or treat your travel mate to one of those chic Hermès bag charms; the device connects to the Find My app so you can pinpoint exactly where your important things are. One less thing to worry about!
RIMOWA PINE & RASPBERRY
— From $1,180 for luggage, and $160 for iPhone cases. Available from RIMOWA stores.
Tis’ the season for new festive colours! RIMOWA unveils a new capsule collection just in time for Christmas. There’s Pine, a neutral and classic shade of green that will never go out of style, and Raspberry, a bold pink hue that will turn heads. These are available in Essential Luggage models (Cabin, Check-In M, Check-In L and Trunk Plus) and iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max sizes. Can’t decide what to buy? Get the Personal Cross-Body Bag in Pine; it’s absolutely gorgeous.
CHANEL 22 LARGE BACKPACK
— $7,980, available at CHANEL boutiques.
The CHANEL 22, a roomy style with supple leather, already exudes effortless elegance, and now, you can wear it as a backpack. In shiny calfskin and silver-toned metal, the look on the house’s Cruise 22/23 runway sees it paired with a white maxi dress to up the casual factor — much more subtle than a classic flap bag, we say.
RIKI JET SETTER IPHONE CASE
— US$95, available at rikilovesriki.com.
Riki Loves Riki has some of the best lighted mirrors that money can buy, and now there’s a phone case version of their popular products. There’s a mirror on the back of the case, and a strip of light on both the front and back of it that allows you to set five levels of brightness, and three temperature tones (warm, neutral and cool). It’s currently only available for the iPhone 11, 12, 12 Pro and 13 Pro models, but there shouldl be support for other iPhone models in the future.
THERMOS JOO TUMBLER
— $60 (JOO-500) and $65 (JOO-750), from Shopee.
Sometimes, you just need your water bottle to have a loop so you can carry it easily. Thermos hears you and their new JOO tumblers — JOO-500 and JOO-750 — have carry loops that flip up when you need it, and back down when you don’t.
TUMI ALPHA BRAVO BAG
— $1,050 from tumi.sg.
Here’s a duffel that’s the perfect size for weekend trips and staycations. It’s beautifully structured, has all the pockets and zips you need to compartmentalise your things, and even has an expandable shoe compartment with a water-resistant lining.
SWAROVSKI LUCENT HOOP EARRINGS
— $530, available at Swarovski stores and online.
Travel OOTDs are the time when we ought to go big with statement jewellery, and Swarovski’s been on a roll with their new-direction modern pieces. This pair of hoop earrings is a showstopper in eye-catching pink crystal, while featuring a modern octagonal cut that makes even a simple white-shirt-and-jeans ‘fit an absolute stunner.
GUCCI OPHIDIA SMALL LEATHER-TRIMMED PRINTED COATED-CANVAS CAMERA BAG
— US$1,202.73, available at net-a-porter.com.
You can never go wrong with a camera bag while travelling. We particularly love Gucci’s Ophidia style, which is both vintage classic and modern.
CARHARTT VISTA BEANIE
— $89, available at the Carhartt Singapore store and online.
Know someone about to embark on a winter vacay? Carhartt’s rugged wear has been all the rage lately, so we just know your friend’s gonna love this two-toned beanie. You’re welcome!
URBAN SOPHISTICATION PUFFER CASE
— USD90, available at urbansophistication.com.
We can do with more puffy things in our lives, and this tactile case from Urban Sophistication is such a cutie. In a whole range of colours, and even limited edition designs such as black-and-white checks, it has a marshmallow texture that protects your phone and makes for fun mirror selfies too.
SAND CLOUD BOHO XL BEACH TOWEL
— USD78, available at sandcloud.com.
For the beach babe who’s always travelling to Bali, they’ll need a fancy beach towel to frame their bikini shots. This terracotta design with tassel fringe and all is appropriately boho-chic and functional as well — Sand Cloud’s towels are made from Turkish organic cotton and dry three times faster than conventional ones, while keeping sand out.
THE PAPER BUNNY 2023 PLANNER
— $42.50 from thepaperbunny.com.
Everyone loves a gorgeous planner for the new year. This one will not only help your friend plot out those travel dates, it offers motivational quotes (don’t you just love these), suggests fun activities, and has touch points for goals.