Travel: essentials for travelling really LIGHTLY

The international appeal of manufacturing partners, exhibitions and shows or photographic locations for our campaigns – Brexit or no Brexit – means that travel wear,  luggage and accessories are more important than ever.

Of course, travelling lighter each time is essential, more so than ever when you expand your family. So, what are my tips and picks of lighter travel essentials?

Reduce waste
There are some big steps we all have to consider related to sustainability and travel; for example, is every trip essential? Could some be avoided? However, the tiny steps add up too, which is why I pack a Keep Cup Brew wherever I go. It’s easy to carry, attractive, and brilliant to use, keeping my coffee warm and reducing the number of disposable cups going to landfill – the foundations of a great everyday carry item.

Get a great case
I take an AWAY Carry On. When Jennifer Rubio’s case fell to pieces on a trip, she decided to design her own replacement. We love the minimal style, organisation cubes – a revelation – and the on-board power bank. Nice kit, living up to the hype and no more searching for the one plug socket in T5!

Shoot smarter
When we need to keep our pack light but shoot stable video, we use the GorillaPod system; it can be used to mount an iPhone or a full size DSLR and, with its grippy legs, it can be attached to practically anything, anywhere.

We also optimise our kit by losing the big DSLR cameras and shooting with the Moment App and Lens. The app gives you more control of your phone’s camera, especially depth of field. And the lenses take mobile cameras to the next level. Big pictures in a tiny space.

Wear clothes to go anywhere.
I need to be able to go seamlessly from a formal meeting with a factory owner to a photoshoot to the mad dash for the plane, all in style and comfort. So, I choose a few signature pieces in materials that never need ironing. I love sustainable staples from The Cotton Story and, as someone who only ever wears a white tee, theirs are perfect.

Avoid packing too many shoes
I also have to move quickly from formal meetings to walking around a city taking pictures to casual catchups in cafes. And I want to do this in one pair of shoes that I can fly in, walk miles in and depend on. Flite from SEVEN FEET APART are super-lightweight and come in a multi-use packing cube so no more single-use shoe boxes taking up space. The design is versatile; from business wear to casual wear – so no need to pack lots of shoes.

Fact file

Matthew Bagwell is a seasoned traveller and co-founder of SEVEN FEET APART, a UK footwear brand. Founded in 2017, it’s purpose is to make every everyday journey better by creating brilliant shoes for the modern traveller.

The shoes, known as Sevens, are crafted and engineered to deliver understated style, premium quality and outstanding comfort. SFA’s lastest range of shoes – known as Fite – is entirely vegan and features the innovative Sugarcane Sole, a substantial environmental improvement over conventional EVA materials.

SEVEN FEET APART is committed to being sustainable, kind and better; the sale every pair of Sevens affords the preservation of 100ft2 of biodiverse, endangered land, in partnership with the World Land Trust.




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