Ultimate Travel Product Guide 2016

Travelling this Summer? Sometimes travel can be boring, mundane, difficult and a real chore. That’s why we have compiled the ULTIMATE list of travel must haves. We guarantee there is something in here for everyone and a lot of the products included will appeal to everyone.

We have everything from premium luggage, to the most luxurious travel pillow, to smartphone tech and tablet tech, to USBs for sensitive data and even shaving products too. Plus, there is of course short guide to sun protection products from Calypso and a new product from Gillette.

VonHaus Premium Luggage Set (3 piece £92.99 from Domu. RRP £129.99)

Thanks to VonHaus, you can now travel in true style with this modern 3 piece premium luggage set. Plus, you can do it all for under £100 from Domu. The set is made from super tough Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Polycarbonate for a protective finish.

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Aesthetically pleasing too, onlookers will have no idea the set is £92.99. Usually, protection comes with a lot of weight, but this super light trio are fairly light and they will not impact too much on your luggage allowance. Inside the cases are split with handy dividers and mesh pockets, allowing for smart packing and easy storage.

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But that’s not all. The cases also come with a built in TSA Approved combination lock to ensure your valuables are super safe in transit. Plus, if you are travelling in the US, the lock follows all the regulations to allow the US Transport Securty Association to inspect your luggage without damaging the lock. The mechanism is easy to use and feels really secure – a great touch.

Handily, the smaller case is also suitable for UK Airlines cabin baggage (we checked) and is ideal for those products you just can’t do without on a long haul flight.

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Aside from the gorgeous design and fantastic build quality, the cases all have full 360° wheels! This is a great touch and makes queuing up at the airport an absolute breeze, especially in those pesky cordoned off check out areas. The manoeuvrability is great across the board, plus the grips are ergonomic and the telescopic handles also seem super sturdy too. We recommend them whole heartedly and we cannot believe the low price.. Find out more here at Domu.

Hästens Luxury Travel Pillow

Travel pillows are often poor quality, uncomfortable (especially those with plastic ridges which dig into your neck) and they ALWAYS lack any kind of luxury. Well, the Hästens Luxury Travel Pillow most certainly bucks that trend. It’s a completely different beast, a truly high-end travel pillow and one we absolutely love. Possibly one of our favourite products in this entire guide, this is one to consider for the regular traveler.

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Hästens have been crafting the best pillows and sleep related products since 1852, so they have a lot of experience in what it takes to get a good forty winks. This travel pillow is filled with the finest duck down (30%) and duck feathers (70%) for the ultimate in on-the-go comfort. We have never know a travel pillow like it. A charming pattern adorns the outer part of the pillow and within lurks a super comfortable cotton pillow (filled with the duck down, as mentioned). DO NOT consider any other travel pillows, as you will not find one quite like this. Find out more here: http://www.hastens.com/en/accessories/pillows-and-duvets

Lindy BNX-60 Headphones (£89.99)

One of the most important purchase for the modern traveler has to be headphones. How else will you drown out engine noise or the child screaming across the aisle? Luckily, Lindy, one of the UK’s best producers of music tech, have you covered. Introducing the brilliant Lundy BNX-60 wireless noise cancelling headphones!

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Sound is wirelessly pumped to the headphones in hi quality Hi-Fi to the unit from any Bluetooth device (Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity). The quality is superior to a lot of similar products we have tried at this level and the connection is also highly consistent too (some have a habit of cutting out in use). Once the sound is hits the headphones it is relayed to you by 40mm high output drivers for crisp trebles and booming double bass. A really great performer, we were truly surprised by the quality and detail of the sound. Powerful, rich and a great sound.

Does the noise cancelling technology work?

The active noise cancelling technology is supported by super soft and high quality isolating leather ear pads. Lindy claim the total reduction in low frequency noise is up to 85 and we have to agree it was very effective indeed. The noise cancelling is very efficient and much of the atmospheric hum drum is eradicated for your listening pleasure. Plus, a lot of louder noises and thuds had minimal effect on the listening experience. All in all, the noise cancelling is a success and ideal for any train, plane or automobile.

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Additional features include an integrated microphone, on ear controls, the ability to take hand-free calls and volume adjusting. Making these headphones ideal for travel is an included dual plug flight adapter for in flight systems. For under £90 this is a very high performing set of headphones and they are perfect for travel too. Win, win!

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As pictured, you will receive a hard carry case to protect your BNX-60s , a MicroUSB cable and a 3.5mm audio cable too. The LINDY BNX-60 headphones are available in the UK now priced at £89.99 and can be purchased from http://www.lindy.co.uk/or from http://www.lindy.ie/ for customers in Eire.

Tech 21 Evo Endurance Charging Case (£89.95)

One of the worst things about travelling is the inability to keep your tech charged on the go. There just isn’t a chance to charge on the tube, on a plane or waiting in busy stations. The Tech 21 Evo Endurance Charging Case offers the perfect solution to this issue for iPhone users.

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The Evo Endurance Charging Case is the world’s first ultra-safe charging case and it is super handy. The case provided us with almost a full recharge of the phone at near depletion. Which is fantastic! The case does add a bit of bulk to the phone size, but this is worth the extra weight and the extended ability to use the device is far more valuable than having a thin device. Also, even though the case adds size, the design is fairly comfortable to hold and sits neat in the palm of the hand.

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In addition to the ability to charge, the case also uses Tech 21’s own protective technology called FlexShock to ensure your device can withstand a fall. In fact, the brand claim the device is safe up to 2m / 6.6ft and the shock is dispersed to reduce damage.

The handy LED indicator on the back indicates how much juice you have left, which is a great addition to the case and keeps you updated on the go. Find out more here.

Finlay and Co. Pembroke Champagne Mirror (£150.00)

Summer has been warm, balmy and very sunny indeed. However, on your travels you will need some protection for your eyes and also, you will need to look fab. We love these Pembroke Champagne Mirror sunglasses from British brand Finlay & Co. This fabulous, home grown brand offer some of the finest quality sunglasses in Europe.

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The Pembroke is a classic cat-eye shape and features acutely angled temples and bold mirrored lenses. Handmade in Italy from the finest mazzucchelli acetate and fitted with Carl Zeiss lenses offering full UVA/UVB protection. The Pembroke comes complete with foldable Finlay & Co. case and cleaning cloth. Find out more here.

Dux iPad Air 2 Case from STM (£54.95)

Travelling is not just a minefield for smartphone users – it’s also a dangerous time for your tablet tech. For example, when you have to pass through airport security and show them your tablet, there is always a chance of dropping it before the trip has even got started! These kinds of day to day threats to your tablet seem trivial, but they are the main cause of breakages. That’s why we were happy to receive an STM Dux iPad Air 2 Case to review.

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This case has a military level of protection and has even passed the US Military drop spec test. However, it’s not bulky and it’s fairly slim line! The military protection means it has been tested by over 26 drops from over 4 feet. We gave it a quick go and the iPad Air was fine, but we didn’t fancy repeating the test too much, just in case!

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In terms of functionality the case has a magnetic on/off cover to safe battery, which is a really neat feature. Plus, the back of the case is transparent, therefore allowing some of the elegant iPad design to shine through. This is a really practical, attractive and useful case. Perfect for travelling or day-to-day use. Available here from £44.95.

iStorage DatAshur USB Flash Drive

 If you are a professional who travels a lot, a business owner or just an individual who likes to make sure their data is always safe, then you may be interested in one of these. Introducing the iStorage dadAshur USB flash drive, which the brand claim is the most secure, easy to use and affordable flash drive in the world.

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How does it work?

This nifty USB flash drive utilises PIN access with military grade AES 256-bit hardware encryption to keep the contents safe. The USB has an onboard battery which powers a keyboard on the top of the product. This allows for a 7-15 digit pin to be stored and this must be unlocked to access the data. The data is otherwise fully encrypted and unauthorised access is pretty much impossible without a pin code. Furthermore, if the device is shared with multiple users then you can have varied admin access and independent user profiles, with different pins.

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This is great for those looking to transport sensitive data or personal data across the globe with ease. The device doesn’t take up too much space, is aesthetically pleasing and has a great built quality too. Plus, the USB is tamper proof and physically secure. The datAshur operates straight out of the box, does not require any software or drivers to be installed and is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, Android, Thin Clients and embedded systems. It’s also plug and play too!

Is it effective?

The datAshur protects your data and it is not to be trifled with. The device uses a “Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism” – this deletes the encryption key and destroys all stored data if the incorrect PIN is entered a total of 10 consecutive times. So be warned, don’t let the kids play with this when you aren’t looking.

Specifications are as follows:

  • USB 2.0 Flash Drive
  • Capacities up to 32GB*
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified
  • IP57 certified – water/dust resistant
  • AES 256-bit Hardware encryption – no software required
  • OS & Platform independent
  • Winner of UK IT Industry Awards 2013
X-Doria Defense 360 (£19.95)

If you don’t fancy adding a charging case to your iPhone and you are looking to bulk down your device, then this slimline case from X-Doria is a simple solution. At under £20 it’s a great value case and it completely surrounds your phone with a 360 degree protective buffer. The case allows the beauty of the iPhone itself to radiate through, rather than changing the look of the phone, this one adds a protective layer and nothing more.

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The case covers the screen too, yet full functionality is maintained and no features are blocked either. A tough two-piece polycarbonate construction snaps into place and is only 1mm-0.5mm thick. This case is perfect for the traveler looking for light, slimline and effect protection for an iPhone 6 or 6s.  Available from Amazon for £19.95.

Calypso Sun Protect products (£4.99 upwards)

 If you are travelling to a place with sun, sea and sand, then you are probably looking for sun creams, lotions and potions to keep your skin safe. Calypso Sun Protect have a great range of products which are perfect for the Summer months and provide a strong level of protection.

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 *NEW* Calypso dry oil wet skin RRP £5.99

Perfect for those dipping in and out of the pool, the New Calypso dry oil wet skin offers instant protection for dry or wet skin with zero white marks. This is a non-greasy, fast absorbing and uses a water resistant formula containing Vitamin E to help protect from free radicals, which change skin cells and cause premature ageing.

*NEW* Calypso sun-sea hair protection RRP from £3.99

Calypso sun-sea hair protection helps restore and protect hair. It contains keratin, the main building block of healthy hair. Keratin is stripped away by exposure to harsh environments, leaving hair dry and brittle, but Calypso sun-sea hair protection replaces this lost keratin and keep hair healthier for longer.

UV filters protect hair from damaging solar radiation to reduce colour fading, while moisturisers like natural Argan Oil rehydrate hair and restore its natural shine. Simple apply directly to damp or dry hair and comb through. We haven’t had a chance to feel the effects of this particular product yet, but we have seen elsewhere on line that this works a treat.

*NEW* Calypso cooling aftersun gel RRP from £4.99

There is nothing worse than a bad bit of sun burn. It can ruin the holiday and put you in severe pain. If you are unfortunate (or silly enough) to get sunburnt, then yoi will need a caring dose of after sun to help ease the symptoms. After a day of fun in the sun, keep skin moisturised with Calypso’s aftersun range, which is perfect for cooling and soothing whilst prolonging your tan.

Calypso Cooling Aftersun Gel is formulated with menthol and Iricalmin to soothe burnt skin. The natural cooling effect of menthol provides immediate relief from the uncomfortable feeling of overheated skin. Iricalmin, scientifically proven through thermographic measures as an anti-irritant, soothes and calms the skin.

Finally, moisturising ingredients such as Aloe Vera – long used as a natural remedy for burns – help rehydrate the skin and replace the lost moisture.

Stockists: Wilkinsons, Rowlands, Numark, Well, Home Bargains, Quality Save, Bodycare, TJ Hughes and independent pharmacies

 Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Razor (£12)

One for him. Gillette has recently added the Chill product to it’s amazing Fusion ProShield range and we love it. The ProShield technology provides soothing to the skin at each stroke. However, with the Chill technology on board there is also now a soothing chill to each shave, therefore making it super comfortable. The results are super smooth too, thanks to the 5 blade system. Definitely a good choice for those who want to look sharp while away.

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AVAILABILITY: Gillette Fusion ProShield razors are available now from all major retailers.
RETAIL PRICE: The Gillette Fusion ProShield razors have a suggested retail price of £12.

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