Travel Talk with Friends of STOW: Kate Carter

STOW chats with Kate Carter, lifestyle editor of, to discover her travel secrets.

To where would you most like to stowaway?

Looking outside at a grey London sky, I’m dreaming of the Caribbean island of Nevis. I went last year and fell totally in love. It’s like every dream you ever had about the Caribbean, only real.

Who would you take with you?

My family – husband and two kids. They would be in absolute beach-and-sun heaven.

One essential piece of kit you cannot travel without, and why?

My running shoes. Never leave home without them. It’s such a great way to explore a new location. Then I’d need my GPS watch, charger, music and so on …

What is your favourite STOW piece, and why?

The First Class Tech Case. The combination of luxury style and practicality is just a winner.

What would you keep in your stowaway envelope?

The little love letters my children write to me.

Luxury or practicality – which one are you?

I like to try for a little of both!

Best piece of travel attire to stay stylish when on the move?

I’m totally obsessed with Lululemon clothes for travelling in. They combine technical performance with style so brilliantly. Then of course lots of cleverly organised travel products like the Stow pieces!

How do you stay stylish when travelling?

Try not to have too many bags. There’s nothing that makes you feel more flustered than having about four bags you might have just put your passport in …

Best piece of fashion advice you’ve received?

Spend money on the things you carry or wear every day, save on the things that will come and go.

Who is your travel hero/heroine and why?

My granny. She never used to look flustered, or anything less than her usual chic self, no matter how long the flight or coach journey or car trip – even into her 90s.

Which luxury item can you not travel without?

I really love a travel spray or light perfume – not just to put on yourself but because *planes*

Keep up to date with Kate on her adventures by following her on InstagramTwitter, or by reading her articles on The Guardian website.