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Travel Essentials: road-ready iPhone cases

The iPhone is a wondrous piece of technology, but it is delicate and not always suited to life on the road. Adriaane Pielou looks at how best to protect the gadget which now contains so much of our lives.

Emma iPhone wristlet in cobalt. Courtesy: Capulet London
Emma iPhone wristlet in cobalt. Courtesy: Capulet London

Your iPhone deserves to be protected from the rougher side of life – whether that is a pair of envious eyes or a wet cafe table. Being dropped in a dash to the plane is, of course, another hazard. A case is yet another consumer item with which to show our taste and style. And when we are travelling light, it is useful if it does double duty.

Capulet iPhone wristlet

Initially, we had our doubts about this neat mini-holiday handbag. We worried about the inside, though: a sleeve for the iPhone, four credit-card slits and, on the back, a flap-top coin pocket. Wouldn't everything just fall out? Surprisingly, they didn't. The clasp is magnetic and stays shut. Case closed.

Available in six colours, including cobalt and pale blue, white and a python print. £169 (Dh971), plus £10 (Dh57) p&p, from www.capuletlondon.com.


Alexander Amosu crocodile case

Handmade from crocodile skin and available in 16 colours of crocodile skin or to be made bespoke, this is outrageously priced when you consider the tiny amount of skin involved. Certainly the best signifier of status among phone cases that we've come across. £600 (Dh3,450), plus £45 (Dh258) p&p.

Call 00 44 845 224 2612 or visit www.quintessentiallygifts.com.


Want les Essentiels case

Zip-around cases of any type exert a primitive appeal; the safety and security they offer practically and symbolically is somehow comforting. This is an iPhone case into which you can also slip your credit card and keys, messages, a sliver of a mirror and a stick of chewing gum and know it's all secure. From Canadian twin designers Dexter and Byron Peart, who say they founded their company to recreate a bygone era of luxury travel.

£100 (Dh575), plus £28 (Dh160) p&p. Call 00 44 203 080 0530 or visit gift-library.com.