The long-awaited holiday has finally arrived. Your suitcase is expertly packed, the mini toiletries have been bought and your carry-on is stuffed with books and magazines you swear you will finish by the time you return.

But when it comes to your handbag, easy access is needed more than ever once at the airport. Numerous passport checks, boarding pass scans and swiping of credit cards at duty free means your everyday handbag just doesn’t cut it once inside the terminal.

Introducing the travel wallet, the organisational accessory that should be at the top of your packing list to help you on your travels. Many of our favourite high street brands offer great versions of this organised wallet, but other under the radar labels are arguably offering the best of the lot, with clever compartments and great colourways, not to mention popular monogramming.

Whether your holiday is a budget-blown getaway or a weekend city break, we have found a range of travel wallets to suit all budgets and airport styles, whether you prefer flying in a tracksuit or not.

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Lover of Luxe personalised leather travel wallet: £49, Lover of Luxe

This was our star buy for myriad reasons. The distinct compartments help separate all your important documentation, meaning less panic and rummaging through your bag in the passport control queue. The chunky wallet could be used while abroad, too, as it’s roomy enough for loads of loose foreign change, and your store points cards once you are back home. A great investment.

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Boden leather travel wallet: £50, Boden

The vibrant colourway of Boden’s offering is just what you need for spotting in an overfilled tote bag. Available in emerald green or traditional post box red, its soft leather screams quality, making this a great gift for the frequent flyer.

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Alice Scott out of office travel document wallet: £24, Wisteria London

If you are the type of holiday-goer to put your out-of-office on the second 5:30pm strikes, this wallet is for you. Its bright palm print is fun and will definitely put you in the holiday spirit, yet its interior is hardworking with zips and compartments every organised traveller will appreciate.

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Three Six Five bright pink travel wallet: £21, Three Six Five

For the sustainable yet stylish approach, Three Six Five should become your new go-to accessory brand. Its vegan leather travel pouch takes safeguarding seriously, with a zip compartment for change, additional compartments for bits and bobs and enough room for passports, hotel keys and a sweet treat for the plane – all topped off with a fold-over flap to close. Don’t forget to monogram your pouch to match your luggage tags.

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Aspinal of London classic travel wallet: £135, Aspinal of London

If you are looking to indulge a loved one with a leather treat this Christmas, look no further than Aspinal of London. Known for its timeless aesthetic, this travel pouch is no different. What’s great about this option is the generous choice of shades you can choose from; opt for traditional navy or trendy orange. Good luck parting with it.

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Azurina nude travel wallet: £50, Azurina

Once you discover Azurina, you will be wanting one (or two) of everything. It prides itself on leather accessories with a range of finishes to choose from and exciting colourways. This particular set from the Instagrammable brand includes an additional passport cover so if matchy-matchy is your thing, you can thank us later.

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Mulberry Darley wallet: £295, Mulberry

If there is a hierarchy when it comes to leather accessories, Mulberry takes the crown. The Somerset-born brand is the luxurious option for those with a little extra spending money. This is a spacious offering you can use both in and out of the airport; it has plenty of compartments, making it a designer investment well worth making. Did we mention the iconic gold hardware?

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Accessorize two clear travel envelope pouches: £16, Accessorize

This set from Accessorize is perfect for those who like visual evidence they have not forgotten anything. The two clear envelope pouches are great for fitting anything from a passport to hotel booking documentation. This would be ideal for a getaway with friends to store all-important papers.

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Smythson panama travel wallet: £325, Smythson

If you are a loyal fan of Smythson’s stationery department, we recommend you check out its travel accessories too. Its strategic interior is on a par with its diary counterpart, as there is a place for everything. The crossgrain leather pouch opens up to reveal a removable passport cover, yet its slim size means it easily packs in your carry-on.

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Ettinger capra travel pouch: £160, Ettinger

Ettinger has been creating leather goods for the royal family for years, so quality is guaranteed with any purchase from the brand. This royally recognised goat leather pouch is great for those who like travelling light. Not only is it big enough for all things travel, but it can also be used as a sleek clutch in the evening. Opt for black for maximum outfit versatility.

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The verdict: Travel wallets

If you find yourself always taking the minimal approach with your clothes, Lover of Luxe’s chunky travel wallet will complement your off-duty look. For the more adventurous, opt for Alice Scott’s printed edition, and those who are trying to reduce their leather consumption should check out Three Six Five.

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