Rather than honing my skills to perfection, extensive travelling has only made me worse at packing. Memories contaminate my discipline, practically shouting at me to add a party dress for a safari trip (remember that time everyone dressed for dinner?), full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner (in case I’m allergic to the hotel’s offerings), or stilettos for the Maldives (just in case a ship full of single surfers comes ashore).
But there’s one new item that will certainly be in my suitcase for my longest hauls, and that’s the bright and bold geometric print travel kit by Tabula Rasa ($450), the just-launched knitwear collection from UK-born Emily Diamandis.
The Rag & Bone knitwear designer moved to New York five years ago, yet as she began nesting in an enviable Tribeca loft, she could not find the nurturing knit and woven textures she wanted to come home to every night. Mining her global Rolodex, Diamandis began sourcing yarn from Italy and now produces her nascent homewares collection in China, including the covetable Albion blanket (first picture, $1,495) – a chunky, ivory cable knit I would wear around the house (then probably convince myself I just might “need” with all that air conditioning when I travel around southeast Asia).
Diamandis added travel items to her collection when she realised she also wanted something homely on the road. I can attest to the fact that Tabula Rasa’s Isonline wrap ($370) and matching goose-down-filled pillow ($220, both in second picture) make the perfect travelling companions, stored inside a smart black cotton holder, which keeps them well protected between takeoffs.