Get kitted out! Here's the best travel gear for 2022

From incredible cameras for snapping wildlife, to rucksacks made for outdoor adventures. We've rounded up some of the best gadgets and gizmos for your travels...

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NIKON: Z30 Camera, from £699

For those who love sharing video or stills, or have ambitions to create their own content, the Z30 is designed to be a step up from a smartphone. Compact and lightweight, it offers 20 in-camera filters, a built-in stereo mic, plus Bluetooth and WiFi functions.
Just press the button and go!


Twelve South: AirSnap Pro Airpods Case, £34.99

These premium leather cases are designed to keep your Apple AirPods Pro safe from harm and come in a jazzy array of colours. You can even charge your earbuds while keeping them protected, as they accommodate Qi-certified wireless chargers and
lightning cables.


GROUNDTRUTH: RIKR Technical Tote, £190

Designed by three well-travelled sisters, the RIKR range is made from 100% recycled material, is carbon neutral and comes with a 10-year guarantee. We love the technical tote, but the collection also includes a backpack, crossbody phone bag, travel wallet
and camera bag.


AWAY: FAR Duffle 40L, £140

Away is best known for its smart suitcases, but this new range of travel bags and accessories is geared more towards outdoor and adventure travel, where flexibility and weight is the key. Hence this new collection is both lightweight and functional, with bags kept unstructured and soft-bodied for easy storage.


SALICE: O27 Sunglasses, £89.95

Robust and lightweight, Salice’s stylish Italian sunglasses offer full UV protection and use a multidirectional venting system that allows for a small amount of airflow, which helps prevent any fogging. The lenses are all interchangeable, and additional ones can be purchased if you need them. Plus, they just look so good!


NIKON: Nikkor Z 400mm f/4 5 VR S, £3,299

If you’re heading out to South Georgia or the Antarctic, it might be time to invest in some camera kit that can adjust to your surroundings. This tough yet compact and lightweight super-telephoto lens will help you capture leopard seals, wandering albatrosses and breaching whales whatever the available light.


OPPO: Find X5 Pro Smartphone, £1,049

Want to travel light and leave the DSLR camera behind yet still take photos you’ll be proud of? OPPO’s latest smartphone was co-developed with Hasselblad and takes remarkably good images and videos, including in low light. It also comes with three specialist digital filters and is rain and dust resistant. 


TICKET TO THE MOON: Lightest Hammock, £79.95

Balmy days (and nights) always have us dreaming of hammocks, and here is one so compact that it will fit in your pocket. Weighing in at just 228 grams, TTTM’s award-winning Lightest Hammock is incredibly strong and secure. Upgrade to the Lightest Pro and it also comes with added insect protection.


TROPICFEEL: Water-friendly Trainers, from £69

These versatile trainers come in a number of different styles and combine the benefits of aqua shoes with the comfort of a trainer and the technical outsoles of a hiking shoe. They’re perfect for a variety of water sports; and even if you just want something suitable for the odd tropical downpour, these are breathable and quick-drying. 


ATOM STUDIOS: Flat Fast Charge Universal Cable, from £24.99

Forget packing numerous wires that tangle in your luggage. This nifty Atom Studios flat cable comes with interchangeable aluminium heads (micro USB, lightning, USB-A and -C) that cover the needs of most modern gadgets. It’s fast-charging, the flattened cable prevents tangling, and it even comes with a useful travel pouch. 


AMAKU: Amaku Mini & Tooth Tablets, £4

Ditching squeezable toothpaste for Amaku’s tablets makes sense. Their packaging is plastic-free, so it’s better for the planet, and it means no more accidents in your washbag. To use: just place a tablet in your mouth, bite down and brush. Their mini eco-travel pots fit a week’s supply, so are ideal for short trips. 


MARLOE: Pacific Collection Watch, £975

The Pacific collection has been inspired by the dawn of the Jet Age, with a style that reflects an ‘above the clouds’ vibe. We just think they’re beautiful. Swiss-made, there are four watch designs to choose from (including the Pacific 55; pictured) as well as a variety of straps.


CHROME: Niko Camera Sling 3.0, £130

This bag’s cross-body strap with quick release buckle and top zip opening means your camera gear is always accessible at speed. Its fully customisable main compartment and pockets (to organise cables, cards, film) even have room for a full DSLR with 70–200mm lens. 

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JET CANDY: Travel Essence, £14.99

Now that we are travelling long-haul and crossing time zones again, it helps to keep your body clock in check. This 100% natural remedy claims to work on your jet lag and ease anxiety. Made from the essences of five flowers, it is said to also help with ailments from sea, road or rail travel. 


NIKON: Monarch M7+ 8x30, £499

Going on safari? These new binoculars from Nikon are aimed at bird watchers and wildlife lovers, working well at either dawn or dusk. With an extraordinarily wide 60.3° apparent field of view, they have outstanding clarity and are lightweight, robust and waterproof (up to 1m). 


POCKETALK: Pocketalk Plus, £299

We were already fans of the Pocketalk, a portable, AI-powered instant voice-translator that can translate 82 languages at the touch of a button. Its new Plus device has a 40% larger display and a longer battery life (192 hours). It also comes with a complimentary two-year mobile data plan that can be used in 130 countries and regions. 

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TENTBOX: Cargo roof tent, £2,495

A Tentbox allows you to convert any car into a campervan by adding a sleeping pod onto the roof, and now the company’s flagship model has just had an upgrade that includes space-savvy storage for your bedding. Taking just 45 seconds to set up, the TentBox Cargo includes ladder, mattress and fixing kit.  

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PEAK DESIGN: 30L Travel Backpack, £199

Small but mighty, this expandable bag meets international carry-on requirements and is suitable as a day pack or weekender. Made with travel in mind, it has a waterproof shell, stowable shoulder straps, handy organiser pockets, a laptop sleeve and works with Peak Design’s packing and camera cubes and pouches. 

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KEEN: Drift Creek, £80

Whether you’re splashing through rockpools, trying a bit of SUP, pounding city streets or walking a coastal trail, the Drift Creek is built with performance in mind. It offers incredible traction on wet or dry surfaces and is available in either a Closed Toe model with toe protection or a sporty Two-Strap edition. 

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OAKLEY: CMDN sunglasses, £121

Look effortlessly cool in this new range mixing progressive design (apparently inspired by Camden Town) with a nod to the brand’s heritage. These unisex glasses have a wide field-of-view lens and a strong but light and durable frame. They’ll take you from people-watching in a city square to exploring Wadi Rum. 


DARN TOUGH: Decade Stripe Micro Crew Hike Sock, £23

Socks are one of the most underrated travel items, saving you from blisters and worse. We love the Darn Tough range with their unconditional lifetime guarantee. The Decade Stripes are lightweight, cushioned and moisture-wicking, designed to be used with any shoe, at any time of year, in any location. 


TWELVE SOUTH: AirFly Pro, £54.95

A nifty gadget for travel, AirFly Pro allows your devices to connect wirelessly to other systems that don’t have built-in Bluetooth. For instance, enjoy in-flight entertainment on your favourite headphones. It can also send audio from your iPhone to the sound system in your rental car; you could use it to stream directions from a navigation app. 


RAB: Infinity Microlight, £240

Rab may be synonymous with mountain apparel but this newly upgraded Microlight jacket would be just as brilliant on a windy country walk or exploring a chilly city. Versatile, lightweight, wind resilient and filled with 100% recycled down, it comes in both men’s and women’s versions.


RED WING: Heritage GORE-TEX Classic Moc, £329

Red Wing’s Classic Moc is a much-loved brand and this new waterproof limited edition version with GORE-TEX adds to its versatility making it a great travel companion. Crafted in a waterproof Russet Taos Leather and paired with a GORE-TEX membrane, its iconic rugged construction remains untouched.


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