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Keep Calm and Carry On: Hand Luggage Essentials

Your ultimate carry-on must-haves for your OOO excursion...


Keep Calm and Carry On: Hand Luggage Essentials
Orion Scott
Fashion Features Writer
June 26, 2024
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Every seasoned traveller knows the hardships that come with packing light. 

Do you compromise the second pair of heels for a sensible flat? Hope that your pre-holiday blowout lasts long enough to not need your hair dryer or just pray that your friend packs enough ensembles and sunglasses for the both of you. 

Whether you've planned a weekend getaway to somewhere sandy and sunny, a week-long festival with your besties or a romantic day trip to the City of Love, we've got your carry-on luggage essentials sorted...

A Chic Weekend Away

Nothing screams a romantic weekend trip away quite like a selection of designer goodies. The trick to elevating any ensemble is with a set of luxury accessories so be sure to back your favourite watch, sunglasses and a sultry red lipstick.


. Ballet Flats, Miu Miu, £700.00; Passport cover, Smythson, £180.00; Sunglasses, Linda Farrow, £499.00; Watch, Rotary, £249.00; Bag, Dior, £4,400.00; Perfume, Chanel, £120.00; Travel Diary, Smythson, £60.00.

A Trip With the Girls

Bag,Dior, £3,050.00; Shoes,Dior,£890.00; Lip oil,Summer Fridays, £26.00; Hand Cream,Rare Beauty, £18.00; Headphones,Shokz, £119.00; Concealer,Glossier, £22.00; Necklace,Thomas Sabo, £279.00; Perfume,Jo Malone, £55.00/

Just because you're exploring a new city with your nearest and dearest, it doesn't mean you need to compromise on stylish footwear. The trick to packing a bag for a girl's holiday is to ensure that each item can be borrowed, interchanged and used by everyone on the trip.

A Far Away Festival 

Boots,Terry de Havilland, £350.00; Bag,Jacquemus, £365.00; Sunglasses,Karen Walker; Phone,Samsung, From £1149.00; Sunscreen Serum,Ultra Violette, £38.00; Sunscreen,Malin+Goetz, £33.00.

We all know that summer festivals are the real fashion runway. Cowboy boots in bold colours are a must while accenting pops of colour, a cross-body bag, suncream and a backup of paracetamol.

A Beachside Escape

Bikini,Away That Day, £75.00; Sandals,Mango, £59.99; Bag,DeMellier, £330.00; Sunglasses,Linda Farrow, £499.00; Sunscreen,Sun Bum, £10.79; Eye Masks,Rodial, £15.00; Lipbalm,Carmex, £3.49; Bronzing Drops,E.l.f, £12.00.

When it comes to beachside essentials there are only a few necessities that come to mind. A bikini with removable straps to fight awkward tan lines, glow drops for a bronzy shimmer, comfortable sandals to go with every outfit, a Kindle filled with your favourite books and ample amounts of sunscreen.

Photographer:  Pixeleyes Photography

Stylist: Orion Scott

Assisted by: Chloe Gallacher

Producer: Clare Pennington

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