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.

1. Touchland, Hand Sanitizer in Aloe Vera, £12

As good looking as hand sanitisers get, Touchland’s quick-to-evaporate formula is an on-flight must. Packaged in a sleek container, the pocket-size spray is moisturising, deeply hydrating and its nozzle is cleverly designed to evenly distribute the formula across your hands, killing “99.99%” of germs. This aloe vera-scented rendition radiates a fresh, clean fragrance and won’t leave your hands smelling like a doctor’s office. Vanilla cinnamon and forest berry scents have equal appeal.

2. En.Widmer, BONNIE swimsuit in Red Salamander, £165

Traversing the rugged shores of Lanzarote clad in a swimsuit by En.Widmer is up there with our 2019 summer highlights. (Don’t belittle our conquests, swimsuit shopping is no smooth breeze). Positive attributes of an En.Widmer range from the feel-good factor that 15% of profits go straight into preserving the Amazon rainforest to the fact that this skimpy costume moonlights as a bodysuit on dry land. Note: the style runs small so if you are in between sizes, go one up.

3. Pocketalk, £245

Brushing up on our French and expanding our limited Italian vocabulary are resolutions we renew every year with the same good intent (and the same lack of commitment). In faltered reattempts, we’ve downloaded (and then deleted) raved-about language apps and now it’s time to call in the big guns – a handheld translator device called Pocketalk. To use, select your two languages and press the “talk” button under your chosen language, holding down as you speak. When you release the button, Pocketalk will provide the translation. This nifty device has changed the game when it comes to using dating apps in foreign countries – and yes, it’s also useful for work or whatever.

4. Sleeper, “This is not a bag” in Cream, £140

Inspired by the Japanese Furoshiki technique of knotting bags, Sleeper’s “This is not a bag” (spoiler: it kind of is) is 100% our new favourite travel companion. We’re showing it off at work, by the pool and on our Instagram feeds. When untied, this spacious linen bag transforms into a picnic blanket or beach spread – depending our your geo coordinates. Consider it your most riveting multipurpose purchase to date.

5. STAUD, Resin Chain, £60

Taking our style cues from Dame Edna Everage, Gigi Hadid and Leandra Medine this summer, we’re adding the sunglasses chain to our repertoire of floral sundresses and linen shirts. A must-buy for anyone who has suffered the trauma that is losing your favourite pair of sunglasses, this chunky tortoiseshell resin chain by STAUD will make sure you stay attached to your frames.

6. Lanolips, Face Base Aussie Flyer Recovery Mask, £20

From the country with a PHD in jet lag, the Face Base Aussie Flyer Recovery Mask is a leave on-mask that reboots dull, dry skin and brings back moisture, glow and radiance. Jet-setting travellers can slather on a thick layer and let sit for 10 minutes. Formulated to work its magic in-flight, it doesn’t need to be rinsed off – just wipe away any residual product your pores haven’t soaked up. By the time you’ve landed, you’ll have juicy, dewy skin (no matter how much sleep you got).

7. Morville, Classic Originals Swim Shorts in Pastels, £85

Riffing on the classic surf shorts worn by men in the 60s, Morville’s signature quick-drying seersucker designs are a poolside must. Consider these striped swim trunks a timeless pillar of any summer wardrobe. Don’t don your raggedy bathing shorts or rush purchase a questionable design en route to your gate; opt instead for this patchwork pair. Your partner will be ever-so grateful.

8. Vie Healing, 24k Gold Ear Seeds, £29

Though we’re still somewhat on the fence with this one, ear seeds are the new “must-try” treatment to come out of LA. Part of the reflexology family, the gold-plated ion seeds stimulate the reflex centres in the ear to help boost energy and achieve a sense of calm relaxation. Creating a continuous and long-lasting compression on different points of the ear, the seeds can help relieve stress, jet lag, aches and pains as well as boost your mood. Worth a shot, even if the only thing they conjure is auricle awe from your in-flight seat neighbour.

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The Carry On: July 2019

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