The Carry On is a 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 luggage. 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. MissMap, Free

With rising statistics on sexual harassment and violent attack claims, an increased awareness for women’s safety is paramount. With an aim to build safer environments, this app allows women to review and rate their experiences in certain locations. Contributing to a database which, over time, will help build safer environments, rateable venues range from restaurants to salons. If you’re travelling solo or are unfamiliar with a particular area, it’s a particularly handy download. When venturing to a new city (or suburb) enter your location and the type of venue you’re looking for. MissMap will generate nearby options and highlight other user’s ratings. Know before you go.

2. Papier Notecards, £26

When was the last time you wrote someone a letter? Scribble messages of thanks, holiday greetings or a little hello with these personalised Papier notecards from wherever in the world you are currently perched. This set, etched by Luke Edward Hall, packs 20 notecards and envelopes emblazoned with a Statue of Liberty watercolour. Think of them as plush postcard alternative – it’s the right level of kitsch.

3. Face Gym Multivitamin Training Stick, £38.50

When you’re pressed for time, multiples are a coveted commodity. This skincare gem goes one step further and allows you to cleanse while you circuit train. Motion-activated, Face Gym’s multivitamin training stick “works out with you”. Choose from activated charcoal, spirulina, Brazilian pink clay and multi-vitamin to brighten, detox, firm and hydrate. As you exercise (and work up a sweat) the product’s motion-release technology gets to work – the harder you workout, the deeper the product can penetrate. To use, apply one to three strokes to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and workout for at least 20 minutes for desired effect, cleansing thoroughly post-workout.

4. Show Them a Good Time by Nicole Flattery, £12.58

If you are always at a loss for something to do on the plane, short stories might just be for you. Sure to finish them on your next flight (even if it’s only a quick hop from London to Dublin), there’s ample reward in a quick read. Speaking of, Irish native Nicole Flattery is a writer to note next time you’re scanning the shelves in departures. Pegged as “the next Sally Rooney”, Nicole’s debut collection of eight short stories range in subject matter from online dating to the abortion referendum. Exploring typified groups from hapless university students to romantically fatigued school teachers, these compact characterisations are injected with wit and pathos.

5. COS Seamless Slip Dress (BEIGE), £35

Made from lightweight microfibre jersey with stretch, this is the ultimate clothing item to squirrel away in your carry on. A low, rounded neckline and seamless edges make for a clean silhouette – not only is it a practical undergarment, it also doubles as a nightdress. While the trend of underwear as outerwear is at an all-time high, this isn’t the garment to tester it with. More functional that fashion-leading, the COS seamless slip is one item you’ll always be glad you packed.

6. Double Wear Moisture Powder Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF30/PA+++, £30

If you’re someone who is always “on”, a compact with the same level of staying power is a coveted cosmetic. Like its cultish parent product, Double Wear Moisture Powder Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF30/PA+++ is durable, with one application lasting for up to 10 hours. It’s also buildable, so whether you’re going for supple skin or Joan Collins–level glam the powder product will help get you there. Available in 12 shades, its high-SPF content has us swooning, UV protection sorted.

7. Juno Metallic Cabin Suitcase, Antler, £159

There are some things we simply will not compromise on when it comes to our carry-on luggage. It must be chic; it must be lightweight; it must be durable. Antler Juno Metallics Cabin meets all of these demands. With a 10-year warranty, a tough and durable polypropylene shell and 360-spinner wheels for optimal manoeuvrability, this may well be short-haul travel’s most practical accessory.

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The Carry On: March 2019

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