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The Travel Must-Haves for Any Trip You Take this Year

During the travel lull, top designers have been hard at work creating incredible new products to elevate any journey—find the best-of-the-best here

Itching to explore? You’re not alone: it’s been just under 500 days since worldwide restrictions came into place and, as travel slowly resumes its pre-pandemic pace, that makes 500 perfectly valid reasons for you to once again give your wanderlust free rein. So, whether you’re heading to the waters, taking a road trip, or jetting off on a quick weekend getaway, we have the travel must-haves to ensure you set off in style.

New Depths

The new Nemo submarine is one of the travel must-haves for this summer
All aboard: Sharp lines and a hydrodynamic form combine to create U-Boat Worx's super sleek Nemo Submarine—the lightest manned submersible ever built.

Is your new yacht lacking a certain something? A personal submarine perhaps? Dutch company U-Boat Worx recently unveiled Nemo, the smallest and lightest—it weighs in at just 2.76 tons (2,500 kg)—submersible ever produced.

Designed to let you explore the deep in air-conditioned comfort, the Nemo can take one or two passengers safely down to 328 feet (100 m), allowing you to visit shallower wrecks and enjoy close encounters with the ocean’s inhabitants.

Named as the winner of a Red Dot Award for design excellence, the submersible stands at five feet (1.55 m) tall, seven-and-a-half feet (2.3 m) wide, and requires less storage than two Jet Skis. It can also be launched from land and easily towed behind a car.

Pack Leader

Bag in a car on beach
Bag it up: Keep your belongings safe and secure on any adventure with a sophisticated holdall from luxury British bag brand Bennett Winch.

Robin Bennett and Robin Winch founded their eponymous luggage brand in 2014 with a mission to make bags that are as functional as they are stylish. The pair came up with the idea for the company at a bar, sketching out what would eventually become their signature Weekender bag on a paper napkin.

Bennett Winch’s designs—all handmade in the United Kingdom from leather or 24-ounce (680 g) bonded canvas—are travel must-haves, personally tested by Bennett, Winch, and creative director Rupert Shreeve for six months before going into production.

Perfect, as its name suggests, for a quick getaway, The Weekender remains at the heart of the Bennett Winch collection, which also includes the smaller Cargo bag, available in three sizes, as well as a backpack, a suit carrier holdall, and a watch roll.

Picture This

Snap happy: Leica's M10-P Reporter is perfect for serious photographers who appreciate limited-edition gadgets with state-of-the-art features.

Leica will make just 450 of its new M10-P Reporter cameras. Launched to mark the 40th anniversary of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, an honor that celebrates outstanding reportage photography, the M10-P Reporter has a scratch-resistant dark-green finish and Black Kevlar armoring detail—the tough material used to make bulletproof vests.

Manufactured in Germany, the M10-P Reporter also has the quietest shutter of any M camera the company has made, and has an intuitive touchscreen control and wifi connectivity. The 2020 Leica Oskar Barnack Award was won by Luca Locatelli, for his Future Studies work exploring new ways for humanity to survive on planet Earth—2021’s winner will be announced later in the year.

Glove Affair

Leather driving gloves on steering wheel
Hand in glove: 100% made in Italy, The Outlierman's leather driving gloves add a stylish element to any road trip, and they offer better grip and control of the steering wheel.

International travel is slowly, but surely, becoming possible once more. But while you plan your overseas vacations for summer and beyond, don’t forget the joy of the domestic road trip. “All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road,” as Jack Kerouac poetically put it in On The Road.

Kerouac might have gone on to add that every driver would also benefit from a pair of driving gloves. Not only do they look stylish (see Ryan Gosling in the film Drive for proof) these travel must-haves also give you a better grip on the steering wheel and can prevent hand fatigue on lengthier trips or when driving a classic car.

The Outlierman has a range of driving gloves in leather, suede, and stringback, full- or half-finger for both men and women, as well as bespoke options for “ladies behind the wheel.”

Banner image: Dive into crystal clear waters with the new Nemo Submarine from U-Boat Worx