The Carry On: April 2020

The Carry On is our monthly round-up of our favourite travel items we'd happily haul from Stansted to Seville, Heathrow to Hydra. Be it a functional fedora or the latest in skincare science, we've probably got it in our carry on. Riffing on the adage "if you can think it, you can be it", we're saying: "If you can jam it in your carry on… you can bring it." Catchy.

Note: weight restrictions and other practicalities do not apply.

Feel-good skincare, home-workout kit and the items we're packing in our suitcase

The Traveller In Pursuit necklace


An octet of charms strung around your neck to remind you of travels past, Alighieri's The Traveller In Pursuit necklace is plated with 24ct gold and inspired by founder Rosh Mahtani's love of travel, with specific nods to both Australia and Colombia. The luxe line-up includes a horseshoe, wishbone and a ship wheel and makes for one of the chicest mementoes we've come across.

Buy now at Alighieri£950.00

An Opinionated Guide to London Green Spaces

Hooton Mini Press

Oh, to lark around and loiter about London. To whet your lockdown appetite, we refer you to page 8 of An Opinionated Guide to London Green Spaces where a beguiling pergola festooned with clematis and wisteria sign posts the otherwise disguised entrance to St John's Lodge Garden in Regent's Park. It's sequestered patches such as this that make this compact guide a must-have. Spanning 50 locations, including Richmond Park, Kew Gardens (aka the botanical HQ of the world) and the elegant Kensington Gardens (alongside some more secluded swards), author Harry Adès' opinionated guide maps out charming walking routes for locals and day trippers alike.

Buy now at Hooton Mini Press£9.95

Weights, Bala Bangles

Classic 1lb.

Weighing one pound each, these wearable weights add extra resistance to your workout when worn on your wrists or ankles. Cute and functional, the bracelets come in a variety of fun colours - we're thinking matcha, maybe? - meaning those who've already embraced the athleisure trend are likely to want to stock up on multiple pairs (to complement their rainbow collection of lululemon). They're great for targeted, relatively slow exercises and movements - we've even tried donning them while we type deskside, though quickly concluded that making work more strenuous right now was a foolish move.

Buy now at Classic 1lb.£40.00

Nike Yoga Luxe Women’s Hoodie


An exaggerated sleeve and an oversized design - what more could one ask for in a hoodie? Elevated loungewear is great for travelling, running errands or lounging around the house, and where possible a coordinating ensemble is advised. This hoodie from Nike is cut from butter-soft thermal fabric and has wide sleeves and slits at the hem, making it a comfortable option to slide on after your yoga or pilates live-stream session.

Buy now at Nike£64.95

Fabric Coat Hanger in Buti Blue

Molly Mahon

When you unpack, it's good practice to arrange all your clothes into categories (by colour gradation if possible; it's what Cher Horowitz would want). With your items segmented you can more readily see what you're working with. While a humble wooden hanger will suffice, we recommend swapping them out for narrow, soft-padded hangers to avoid stretching (especially on jersey or silk). We're stocking up on these classic coat hangers by Molly Mahon. Made by hand in Scotland with hand block printed organic cotton, the whimsical designs inject some personality into your (temporary) closet.

Buy now at Molly Mahon£14.00

Mighty Patch acne patch

Hero Cosmetics

Has a pesky pimple reared its ugly white head? These hydrocolloid acne stickers visibly extract impurities while protecting blemishes for accelerated healing. To use, simply place a patch directly over the blemish and leave on until the patch turns opaque white. Change as needed - a minimum application time of six hours is given as a guide. To speed up the healing process, use one overnight and awaken blemish-free.

Buy now at Hero Cosmetics£13.00


Google Earth

Orbit the world in 3D for free. Download the Google Earth app, roll the (virtual) dice and see where it takes you. For armchair travel at its best, see the world from a new point of view with Voyager, a collection of guided tours from the likes of BBC Earth and Nasa which allow virtual travellers to immerse themselves in new cultures and test their knowledge of the world. Better still, if you have an Oculus Rift, you can explore the wonder of Google Earth in VR. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over Yosemite or teleport across the globe, and all before your 10am Zoom call.

Buy now at Google Earth£0.00

Caring Hand Cream


A non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula designed to combat the effects of relentless hand washing, this product is an everyday beauty hero. Created by paediatric nurse Antonia Philp and her husband specifically for hardworking hands, it's best used little and often throughout the day to immediately soothe and hydrate - it's effectively TLC in a tube. What's more, every time a tube is purchased, Nursem gives a month's supply of free hand cream to a nurse or midwife.

Buy now at Nurse£9.99
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