High-end suitcase-maker Rimowa and the design aristocrats at Milanese firm Moncler have teamed up to create what you might call statement luggage. The statement? You know good luggage. With Rimowa’s iconic exterior married to Moncler’s down-padded interior, surely you won’t let a paltry $1,200 stand in your way. It even qualifies as carry-on on most airlines, including Air Canada.
When you’re on the road for work, you’re often solo, meaning there’s no one to watch your bag when you want to order a coffee in the airport or go to the bathroom. Doberman makes an attractive little motion detector ($16.95) that lets out a piercing scream when anything it’s attached to moves. As a bonus, it can also be set off as a distress signal anytime you feel in danger. corporatetravelsafety.com
The Liberty Mobile Hotspot ($130), from Vancouver-based Roam Mobility (roammobility.com), is a cellphone-sized device that lets travellers set up a hot spot anywhere in the continental United States. That means you can use your laptop, phone and tablet simultaneously at rates as low as a penny per megabyte. American company Globalgig (globalgig.com) just launched a similar product ($120), also with low rates, that works in the United States, plus Britain and Australia.
A big part of business travel is sitting in confined spaces, sweating, so trust us when we say that the business traveller in your life will appreciate a packet of paper soap – little slips of paper you can discreetly take into an airplane bathroom, or even a hidden corner of a cloak room, and use to clean up before stepping into a meeting. You can get a cute pack of 25 from Flight 001 for $5. flight001.com
People who take overnight flights in first-class cabins know something the rest of us don’t: luxurious pyjamas can transform your flight. If someone you love takes long hauls, he will thank you for a set in compactly foldable silk. Daniel Buchler makes a good line of silk blends for men (try the T-shirt and lounge pants, for about $210). nordstrom.com