Gear review: The best travel kit for 2022

Get kitted out for your next adventure with these versatile must-haves, from trekking accessories to nifty gadgets

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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. 

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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). 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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