The best travel accessories for a road trip


Some of us may be dreaming of a “White Christmas”; while others are already making holiday plans for the coming year. When it comes to travel aspirations for 2023, there’s nothing like a road trip to tick all the boxes. Taking you through historic towns and ancient forts, via ocean roads and dramatic peaks, if you want an immersive journey, the open road will give it to you.

A road trip will also give you that elusive sense of freedom – there will be no flight delays to contend with; no luggage to wait around – all you have to do is fuel up, listen to your favorite tunes and hit the gas.

If you have a travel enthusiast in your life planning an epic road trip, then these gift ideas will be the perfect way to elevate their experience and elevate their highway mojo.

Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable Spinner Suitcase

This chic suitcase will prove to be the ultimate traveling companion. Sleek yet sturdy, the mid-size is roomy enough for a longer break, but best of all, it doesn’t take up too much trunk space. The case also features “compression-expand” technology, so it allows travelers to pack 17% more (ideal if they find souvenirs along the way). Its lifetime warranty and a choice of navy, plum, or black colorways are added bonuses, and you can have it engraved with initials for that extra special touch.

£649 for size medium, briggs-riley.co.uk

Smythson ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Soho Travel Journal

With this classic Panama leather notebook, your traveler can detail every moment of their journey as they take the road less travelled. Smythson’s signature leather notebook borrows its grosgrain texture from the brand’s famous Panama journal, designed by Frank Smythson in 1908. The notebook is lightweight, flexible and durable, and its blue pages with gold edges are a pleasure to write on. It also contains to-do and pack lists, itineraries, travel notes, and full-color world maps. It’s the perfect way to preserve all their memories.

£180, Smythson.com

Madeleine Thompson Cashmere Wrap

This spacious wrap from Madeleine Thompson will keep them warm on long road trips and is luxurious enough to double as a blanket for evenings under the stars. Crafted from the softest cashmere, it provides comfort and warmth when you’re away from home and is an “eternal” addition to any wardrobe. Growing up in London and Hong Kong, Madeleine fuses her experiences and perspectives from opposite ends of the globe into a unique design aesthetic.

£380, madeleine-thompson.com or available from net-a-porter.com

Blasta Henriet eye pillow

This weighted pillow is just the thing to beat fatigue if they’ve been on the road – or behind the wheel – too long. Blasta Henriet was founded by Swede Lo Blästa in 2017, and the brand celebrates natural remedies, traditional craftsmanship and a passion for linen. It has a washable, removable cover, and the inner pillow can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the refrigerator, to relieve headaches and soothe sore eyes.

£18, pantechniconstore.com

Larq Movement Stainless Steel Bottle

This sleek stainless steel bottle will keep travelers hydrated on the go. Besides having a cool and minimalist look, it has a built-in VC LED function, which works to clean the bottle and purify the water at the same time, so adventurers can always have pure water no matter what. anytime, anywhere.

£89, Selfridges.com

Brodie cashmere bed socks

For passengers on a long road trip, these decadent cashmere socks allow them to kick off their shoes and get cozy. The sustainable British luxury cashmere brand is a woman-founded, Yorkshire-based, eco-conscious label that brings a modern twist to traditional cashmere pieces. Keeping feet warm is the ultimate wellness accessory.

£60, brodiecashmere.com

Bill Amberg Jurassic World Backpack

Not only is it a practical investment for any traveler, Bill Amberg’s handcrafted leather bag is also the same prop chosen to play a starring role in the new film. Jurassic World Dominion (he was selected by costume designer Joanna Johnston for Dr. Ellie Sattler’s daily backpack, as portrayed by Laura Dern).

Each bag is handmade in the UK using centuries-old artisan techniques. The studio uses lightweight, vegetable tanned shoulder leather that is both durable and full of character. The natural oils in the skin itself help make it tough and water-resistant, ideal for action-packed adventures. Also, due to the quality and nature of the material, this bag will look better the more it is used.

£550, billamberg.com

Norwegian Rain Unisex Raincho Jacket

Make sure your loved one stays warm and dry, whatever the weather, with this practical raincoat from Norwegian Rain. The company was founded in Bergen (Norway) by Alexander Helle, a business graduate. The idea was to create bespoke rainwear with sartorial elegance. The Raincho is a riff on the traditional sheer poncho. Instead, it’s a sculptural, Japanese-inspired unisex garment that belts together to be feminine and quirky, or left loose to be bold and drapey. A cashmere-lined collar, hood and selection of pockets add to its appeal.

£670, pantechniconstore.com

Briggs & Riley Packing Cubes

Designed to revolutionize the way nomads pack their luggage, these cubes will help organize clothes and keep items tidy and separate while on the go. Ideal for regular stops and suitable for small spaces, they even mean no unpacking necessary – just lift the cubes and put them straight into drawers.

£55 for a three piece set, briggs-riley.co.uk

Gleneagles Berwick travel bag

Drawing inspiration from the golden age of train travel, the handcrafted leather Berwick bag from Gleneagles – Scotland’s iconic country hotel – is perfect for weekend breaks, short trips or as extra luggage on long trips. Designed in-house by Ennismore Design Studio, it was created by two of the UK’s finest leather goods manufacturers; Tusting and Launer London, famous for producing HM Queen Elizabeth II’s signature handbag. With plenty of room to carry all the essentials, the bag features custom branded hardware and a long detachable shoulder strap for easy transport on a quick getaway.

£595, Gleneagles Online Shop

YETI Roadie 24 Hard Cooler, 24L

Designed to be an essential part of any road trip, this compact cooler is essential for keeping drinks and snacks cool and cool. It’s also slim enough to slide behind the front seats of a car – so it’s always within reach – and tall enough to accommodate bottles.

£200, selfridges.com

Wolf & Willa Tiger tote bag at Aspiga

Keeping things stylish on the go is easy with this silk velvet bag from Wolf and Willa, available from Aspiga. Large enough to hold everyday essentials and perfect for taking on every pit stop, the tote even has its own travel credentials: each is handcrafted and made in a workshop in Istanbul. Wolf & Willa is a small, women-owned business, focused on offering handcrafted products using skills passed down from generation to generation.

£190, aspiga.com

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