Some as weightless as airwaves, these globe-trotting essentials by Want, Tentsile, National Design Collective and more are perfect for your next great escape.
1 Somewhere app by Benjamin Netter
The Somewhere web-based app automatically transports you to an exotic place. Benjamin Netter (who also developed the Tripovore city guide) combines Instagram shots, and their fascinating personal perspectives, with Foursquare and Wikipedia. It delivers a taste of foreign lands in random hits, complemented by tidbits of local lore.
2 Soundwalk by the National Design Collective
If you won’t leave home without your iPod, give Soundwalk a listen. Its audio tours through such cities as London, New York and Paris (in the last, French fashion model Lou Doillon leads you through sexy Pigalle) supply local perspective. Tune in with these sweet maple headphones by the National Design Collective.
3 Orly by WANT
Made of organic cotton, the rollable Orly tote by the Montreal fashion duo WANT les Essentials saves space when not in use. Named for the Paris airport, the bag is equipped with all the necessary trappings, namely internal laptop and card pockets. Also available in black, yellow or blue.
4 Stingray Tent by Tentsile
To sleep beneath the stars is divine; to be clawed at by critters is not. When suspended between trees, the Stingray Tent with tear-resistant insect mesh and removable waterproof flysheet doubles as a hammock for three. It provides a unique view of nature, while protecting campers from the elements.
5 Jet Set by Aesop
The Jet Set apothecary kit of shampoo, conditioner, geranium leaf body cleanser and rind concentrate body balm is packaged in 50-millilitre bottles, to avoid holdups at airport security. Like all Aesop products, they are plant based and not tested on animals.