luxury travel kits

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 April, 2007, 12:00am

Airline air-conditioning, lack of sleep and the stress of travel create a puffy-eyed and weary look on arrival but a good travel kit can make a world of difference.

The Ultimate Travel Comfort Pack (GBP24.95/HK$385; promises to prevent the smudging of eye make-up: an L-shaped travel pillow cushions the head and a moulded mask avoids contact with the wearer's eyelids.

Magellan's Comfort Eye Shade (US$9.85; is a contoured mask made of poly micro fleece and sports a wide, elasticised band and quick-release buckle. More upmarket is the Holistic Silk Lavender Eye Mask (GBP32.50; the silk and velvet mask releases a subtle, relaxing lavender aroma and is available in 12 colours.

The Luxury Travel Kit (below, US$195;, features a large (107cm x 193cm) cashmere silk blanket and a padded charmeuse silk eye mask, stored in a silk bag that doubles as a pillowcase.

For men, the Sleepy Joe Eye Mask (A$25/HK$160;, in paisley swirl, Hawaii blue or camouflage print, has flat elastic fasteners and is backed with satin or silk. If the bags under your eyes are heavy enough to be checked in before boarding, try Oscar + Dehn's Sightseeing Cooling Eye Travel Mask (GBP6.95; Drop the futuristic-looking mask into a glass of ice and the stay-cool gel will deliver sustained cooling to weary peepers.

Online shopping not for you? Loro Piana (shop 338, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1620) offers a luxury goose-feather-filled pillow and cashmere cover in a matching travel bag (HK$6,400). Pair with the Travel Plaid Throw (HK$10,900) to create a chic travel set.