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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.
Eco-friendly bags, winter-proof jumpers and the latest items we’re packing in our suitcase…
You’ve lumped your favourite cashmere swaddlings into your case for your 2019 family ski break and as you unpack – quelle surprise – you’ve noticed that your jumpers have started to pill (to be honest, those baubles have probably been forming for sometime, it’s just that you’ve only clocked it now). Enter Steamery’s Pilo, a mini handheld razor and your sartorial saviour this winter season. The ergonomic egg-shaped device quickly gets rid of all that’s annoying. Plus, it’s portable, compact and rechargeable (no batteries, just a USB charger) making it perfect for the road.
One of the first balm cleansers on the market – and now one of the most revered skincare products to grace any beauty hall worth its (epsom) salt – EVE LOM’s Cleanser is a hero product like no other. Removing all traces of make-up, pollution and daily dirt while exfoliating and toning, this cleanser is frankly faultless – oh and it’s designed for all skin types. See, faultless. The eucalyptus (which combats blemishes) oil has a calming effect on both skin and mind, while the accompanying muslin cloth aids exfoliation. Added value: the decadently large pot happens to look oh-so-good in hotel bathroom snaps.
Unremarkable brown paper bags and problematic cling film or aluminium foil are tres passé where to-go lunches are concerned. We’ve converted to Stasher bags, which are reusable, non-toxic and endlessly useful. They’re a must-purchase for those attempting to ditch single-use plastics, and we can confirm that these air-tight pouches are great for carting leftovers back home from your friend/parent/significant other’s house. Made from food-grade silicone, they’re durable enough to be used in the dishwasher or microwave. Stacker’s smaller offerings – snack bags and the pocket – also double as stowaways for tech cords and other tiny treasures.
While many are gearing up to hit the slopes, some of us are more inclined to tropical pursuits. For such temperatures, a wardrobe less festive and less spangled is required. DODO BAR OR + Annabel’s printed cotton-voile pareo is just the ticket. A kind of sarong, the pareo, originating in Polynesia, is made of a single straight piece of printed cotton cloth. Wrap around your waist on lazy days spent lounging by the pool or pair it with a boxy, utilitarian shirt for dinner later that evening; this sartorial item is peak packing prowess.
Dispel long-haul flight cabin gloom by smoothing this lightly weighted aromatherapy pillow over your eyes. Made of super-soft Mongolian cashmere – the perfect cosy companion for all your adventures – Bodha’s aromatherapy eye pillow is filled with a blend of lavender, chamomile and organic buckwheat. Great for getting through a flight stress-free or as an aromatherapy treatment once you’ve reached your destination, the eye pillow also works to enhance meditation. Side note: with this, power napping (you know how to stave off jet lag) has truly never been easier.
Hair in need of a little spiffing up? A spritz of Klorane’s ultra-gentle dry shampoo is any constantly moving woman’s first defence when maintaining a blow dry for the duration of work trip or romantic weekend away. If your Romeo (or Juliet) is particularly spontaneous (or your work trips tend to come with very little notice), and you haven’t had the time to do a full wash and blow out pre sojourn, this product really does the trick. It doubles as a great styling product, so spray it into your roots for added texture and volume.
Base layers are essential. Think of getting dressed for a day of skiing and apply that tog value to your daily getup for the foreseeable. Heattech products are, in our humble opinion, heaven sent and frankly entirely necessary to survive the worst of winter. We’re devotees of Uniqlo’s Heattech line – which proves that thin fabric can keep in a whole lot of warmth. Sneak one of the long-sleeved polo necks under a wrap jacket for a chic pop of colour – the raspberry ripple iteration is scrumptious.
We’re all guilty of locking eyes with our screens for hours on end (even more so when we’re restricted to a flight cabin or train carriage). With a laundry list of potentially harmful effects – including fatigue, brain fog and free-radical damage – the eerie haze from our tech devices is more than a little worrisome. A blue-light screen shield for your phone is a good place to start countering that negativity, with Eye Just’s technical four-layer screen protector proving to be our favourite on the market. It puts a barrier between the blue light and your eyes while protecting your screen from scratching thanks to the smudge-resistant tempered glass.
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