Get ready for adventure

A new year symbolises a new beginning, providing the perfect excuse to refresh some of the more well-worn items in your travel gear arsenal.

In this set of reviews, we cast an eye over a range of staple travel kit – bags, clothes and more – that’ll endure whatever adventures 2018 has in store, whether you’re planning on strolling the boulevards of Paris, trekking the jungles of Brazil, or both.

Eagle Creek Flatbed 28 luggage case
Neatly combining the practicality of a suitcase and the flexibility of a duffle bag, with handy features such as chunky wheels and a telescopic handle, Eagle Creek’s Flatbed 28 is well-suited to multifarious travel itineraries. With a functional yet stylish appearance, it’s tough enough to protect your stuff on a taxi roof rack in India, but you can still pull it proudly through the lobby of a fancy Venetian hotel.

The single lid gives access to the bag’s capacious interior (although our tester said the flap covering the zip could be larger for more protection), while external straps provide extra strength and security during transit.

Plus points: small top pocket handy for quick access to essentials
Worth noting: no internal compartments; best used with packing cubes
Cost: GBP165, US$200, €180 (77L) – 100L version also available
Rating: quality 9/10; practicality 8/10; value 8/10