I’m all for a luxury tote – since you keep it with you, there’s less chance of it being filched. But I don’t want something over-designed with too many compartments I won’t use. Métier London’s Incognito Large Cabas, designed by founder Melissa Morris with practicality and understated style hand in hand, has the space you need for a long-haul reversible blanket scarf and a phone. It has a zip which is essential to stop things falling out and getting lost. Personally, I’d pack a small handbag in my suitcase rather than have it with me on the plane – after a 14-hour flight, it’s just one more thing to forget in the overhead locker. From £1,380, metierlondon.com
The little things mean a lot – never truer than when you travel and your horizons both expand and shrink. Over the years, the things that make me feel happy in my hotel room are my cable-knit grey N Peal cashmere slippers – small enough to have in your tote on the plane, or to use as stuffing for that handbag in the luggage. £159, npeal.com
Other micro objects that deliver macro pleasure are my Bose SoundLink Micro bluetooth speakers, which have brought me far more enjoyment than their size might suggest. Whether you’re Radio 4 or rap, one of these will soothe, two will get a party going. £119.95, bose.co.uk
Talking of tech – protect, protect, protect, especially from those random bottles of water that mysteriously appear in your tote. Anya Hindmarch’s World Travel Case holds an 11-inch tablet, headphones and travel documents. I love it in tangerine. You can customise it with monograms and messages. £395, anyahindmarch.com
Items with multiple uses or reversible designs are always useful. Reversible cashmere blanket wraps from The Travel Wrap Company are infinitely handy, particularly when you can’t control the air conditioning. £305, thetravelwrapcompany.com. Similarly, Marfa Stance’s deluxe ‘buildable’ coats – add quilted inners, collars, hoods etc – are increasingly cult for a reason: timeless, stylish and oh so practical. marfastance.com, from £1,000
Even a five-star hotel can’t always press your clothes quickly enough. Steamery’s new, improved travel steamer is ultra-sleek and has two high-performance settings to deliver an immaculate ironed finish or a more natural look. £110, steamery.co.uk
Minimise spills with solid soap shampoos, body washes, moisturisers and deodorants. Try littlesoapcompany.co.uk and nectarbodyandbath.com.