Racking up air miles and hopping across borders in pursuit of sun, sea and sand is a necessary evil. However, despite baggage allowances, endless queues and the obligatory dash across the departures lounge, taking to the skies doesn’t have to be done at the sacrifice of the fourth ‘S’: style.

Avoiding these pitfalls, while still affording yourself enough time (and luggage space) for some duty-free booze, requires a little careful planning. Wise to the fact, Ted Baker has put together a seasonal guide, providing an indispensable edit of everything you need to check out before you check in to ensure a hassle-free trip from home to hotel and back again.

Check In

It’s a daunting sight; standing in front of the wardrobe not knowing what – or how much of it – to pack. Most of us spend a great deal of time trying to figure out how little we can take on our trip, before giving up and throwing it all in, medicine cabinet included.

Like any outfit, the key to success is laying the right foundations. Whether going in the hold or overhead locker, choose a bag that’s sturdy, in a design you won’t be ashamed pulling off the carousel.

Ted Baker’s leather holdalls are the perfect size for a city break, while its spacious and robust suitcases come equipped with all the compartments needed to keep things organised for a longer sojourn, so you can choose a style accordingly.

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Travel Essentials

Good luggage isn’t the only tool of the trade needed when navigating time zones. For all airports’ modern comforts, it still pays to carry some essential kit to help pass the time. Aside from stemming boredom, there are pieces best kept to hand at all times, like sunglasses, a document wallet, or a wash bag in your holdall to freshen up before landing.

Luckily Ted is turning out an increasing number of stylish travel accessories, which includes everything from headphones to iPad cases and even a folding portable speaker for when you reach the other side.

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Departures

Dressing for travel has a tendency to bring out the worst in people’s wardrobes. Your outfit will naturally be affected based on whether flying short haul or long haul, business or pleasure, but the aim should always be to achieve both style and comfort.

In order to transition between varying climates and temperatures with ease, side with versatile layering pieces like lightweight cotton T-shirts, deconstructed blazers and soft bomber jackets.

Rely on chinos to take your look to new heights rather than joggers (which will quickly look out of place when you step off the plane) and pair with loafers or slip-on trainers that can be easily removed when going through security.

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Arrivals

You made it, congratulations – now all that’s left to do is see the sites, nail poolside cool and rotate on the hour to perfect your tan. But that doesn’t mean you should lose your style credentials at sea the moment you apply sun cream.

Our advice? Throw out the ill-fitting board shorts-and-vest combo and replace with a foolproof formula comprising sharply-cut swimwear and a relaxed-fitting polo for walks to lunch.

Ted’s got the evening covered too, so if the locals did see you in budgie smugglers during the day, at least you can redeem yourself here. Short-sleeved shirts will ensure your tan doesn’t get missed, while soft knits and well-cut hoodies are on hand to fend off any late night chills.

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Whether you’re planning a week-long relaxing break on the beach or a whistle-stop city tour, it pays to have a holiday hit-list. So tap Ted’s first class shopping edit to ensure nothing but six-star style from lounge to landing. You’ll thank him when you return.

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