It's easy to become blasé about the wonders of travel in an age of budget airlines and overzealous security checks, but here at MR PORTER we believe that there's still joy to be found if you know where to look. It's certainly much easier to locate that joy if you're well organised and well equipped - preparation is, in our experience, frequently a prerequisite for relaxation. Needless to say, sourcing the very best-looking, and hardest-working, equipment is a vital element of good preparation.
At a logistical level arriving at the airport, or station, with the appropriate kit, in time to drink a coffee, read the paper and buy from the pharmacy the one the thing that you forgot, is a good start to even the most humdrum journey. Having to run to the departure gate or platform, sweating and afraid of missing the plane or train, is not very MR PORTER; men who say they hate spending time in airports, and so like to cut it fine, are the same ones who miss planes. As an aside, one invaluable piece of advice we were once given in relation to business travel is that it's worth making the effort to leave your hotel in the morning, and instead eat breakfast in a local café. It could well be the only authentic interaction you have with the city you're visiting, and the coffee's normally much better.
The idea of creating a list of the things you need when travelling may smack of OCD, but it's an easy way to ensure you don't forget any of the essentials when you're packing late at night, or brutally early in the morning. Here is MR PORTER's travel check list.
Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER