Carry on kit: 15/12/2010

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PR guru Tanya Rose reveals her favourite hotels and top tips in this new book, Travel Secrets. With 25 years' experience of advising and co-ordinating travel for her high-profile clients, Rose has the inside track on the very best places to stay and visit. Alongside stylish hotels, this glossy tome also reveals tips such as her favourite macaroon shop in Paris, wine shop in Buenos Aires or tea plantation in Mauritius, alongside anecdotes from friends such as Anya Hindmarch, David Collins and Terence Conran. (£25.95, available from and

Cabin fever

Light, compact cabin baggage has never been so vital. With Antler's new Duolite cabin bag you'll meet the carry-on dimension requirements, plus it weighs in at just 2.1kg, leaving a decent amount of room for your belongings. The bag has an expandable gusset and is made of hard-wearing materials that'll withstand the knocks and bumps if other passengers try to cram their bulkier luggage beside it in the overhead compartment. (£89, available from department stores including John Lewis, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Fenwick and Co-op)

It's a wrap

If you're looking to fill a Christmas present-shaped hole for that globetrotting friend, Aspinal of London's new sleek travel wallets and passport covers ought to fit the bill. Perfect for keeping boarding passes, passport and itineraries all in one stylish place, the wallets and covers come in patent, croc or animal-print. (From £22,

Keep track

Parents anxious at the prospect of their children heading off into the big wide world can now keep track of their whereabouts with the new Gaptrac app. The subscription-based mobile phone service provides an emergency key to summon help if travellers encounter trouble, as well as a locating device. To entice youngsters, the app also acts as a social networking tool, enabling pictures and blogs to be uploaded, as well as free worldwide texting between Gaptrac users. (£10 per month;

Ski savers

Booked a bargain skiing break and no-frills flights to get there? Don't outweigh the savings with expensive clothing and equipment. Extreme Sports Trader has just launched a new arm on its website that allows users to trade second-hand winter sports equipment and compare prices for new and used clothing. (