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 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. Preen Home, Quilted Eiderdown, £595 If young children can carry around a security blanket and squirrels have been approved on airlines as “anxiety animals”, we see no reason why we can’t drag our duvet through departures for our own comfort levels. This down-filled, quilted eiderdown, crafted using silk satin is perfect for any traveller who loves sleep (and sumptuous pattern work). The double-sided floral quilt features contrasting rainbow florals and coordinating ruffle trim. On arrival at your hotel throw across your bed for a home away from home feel.

2. CLOS19 Campbell-Rey Straws, £50 Straws have suddenly become chic. Not the single-use plastic types that have festered in rusting straw caddies atop bars for way too long (seriously, why are you even considering putting that in your mouth) but the elegant and sustainable kind. Aspirational upgrades from paper and pasta prototypes, these limited-edition glass straws by Clos 19 are designed in collaboration with Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey. Hand-blown in Murano, each straw has been crafted in a solid colour with colour-contrasting thread spiralling through it. A must have mealtime accessory – we have ours at the ready whether sipping at the hotel bar or our work desk.

3. Drunk Elephant, The Littles Kit, £71 This nifty collection of travel-sized skincare products was created to improve tone, texture and natural glow. Consider it the mac-in-a-sac of dermatology. Small but mighty, each miniature skincare saviour – from the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser to the Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream (a blend of six rare African oils whipped up into an all-purpose rescue cream) – is compatible with all skin types. Regardless of occasion or destination, it’s a good kit to have to hand, and the reusable travel bag is quite the looker.

4. Nurse Jamie, Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow, £56 The number three cause of premature ageing is poor sleeping habits, meaning that frequent flyers are in the firing line. Fighting the good fight, Nurse Jamie has created a pillow to minimise wrinkles while you sleep. The Beauty Bear Age Defy Pillow’s genius lies in its unique U-shape design. Cradling your face and neck, its silky, satin finish makes it feel a smidge more stylish than your average travel pillow (we take ours on every plane, train and automobile).

5. This Works, Perfect Legs Skin Miracle, £37 IMDB (as we know it today) started life as a somewhat seedy little black book of the best legs in Hollywood. While times have moved on (for the most part), the pursuit of perfect pins – screen doyenne or otherwise – remains. Perfect Legs Skin Miracle is a powerful tinted serum with vitamin C to repair and enhance. A powerful complex of vitamin C and vitamin E helps even out skin tone and restructure the skin, while arnica helps to fade bruising. We like to lash some on 30 minutes before landing, making bare legs mandatory from the moment your plane touches down.

6. Roberts Revival RD70 Radio, £179.99 Early Roberts receivers were modelled in a traditional suitcase format. While almost every Roberts product cuts it in the kitschy cute stakes, the 1950s styling of the RD70 is hard to trump. Stream music from your smartphone and with two alarms (plus sleep and snooze timers) you can wake up and drift off (by the hotel pool) to your radio. Ok so it’s one more thing to pack in your luggage –  admittedly it’s probably a lot bigger and heavier than your alarm clock (or, you know, your phone) but it is entirely necessary for that low-grade Desert Island Discs addiction.

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The Carry On: November 2018

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