The kit

New from Clear Prospects, the Instant Button, offering travellers an easy way to do a quick repair while on the road. Just peel off the button, stick it on to the garment and press for 30 seconds. Simple. There's an Instant Hem in the range, too. Price £1 for two white buttons, and £2.50 for half a metre of hem, they're available via mail order from

The luggage

New from Victorinox, travel bags including the ultra-light Werks Traveler 3.0, which claims to offer 30 per cent more space than competitors, and the Architecture 2.0, a compact sturdy carrier with wheels that retract when used as a shoulder bag. Available from Harrods, Selfridges and selected stores, or go to

The access

Cornish resort Gwel an Mor has opened assisted living lodges for guests with reduced mobility. The five-star complex near Portreath has had three lodges designed to National Accessible Scheme standards and has installed a poolside hoist for access to the Clubhouse facilities. Go to

The deal

Snap up a bargain with Macdonald Hotels' Summer Sensation package. Until 2 September, a family room costs £99 per night in its hotels near Ascot and Camberley. Rooms sleep two adults and two children and the rate includes breakfast, although 5-12 year olds pay a supplement of £5.50. for full information, go to