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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 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. Fee Greening x Alex Eagle Playing Cards, £28

Bullshit, the adult alternative to snap. To counter its lude name, a classier playing card is required. This pack by London-based artist Fee Greening (in collaboration with Alex Eagle) fits the bill. From the ace of spades through to the king of hearts each of the 54 cards are designed in Greening’s distinctive style, illustrated through a process of old-fashioned quills, dip pens and ink. Edged with silver, this deck is mega flash – and a great time passer on lengthy train journeys.

2. Marianne Sky Silk Eye Mask, Sky + Rose, £25

If the iridescent glow from your airline’s tubular lighting creates an in-flight atmosphere that is less than restful, slip on this sumptuous mask (made from 100% silk) and get some shut-eye. It’s the perfect companion for any journey on which you’re hoping to catch some z’s, as well as for keeping out morning rays at your final destination. For added flair, get yours monogrammed through Yolke’s online service – which will also make it more difficult for your friend to pinch it.

3. App: Hotel Tonight, price varies

Live that Cardi B life – maybe skip the Plaza – and spend, honey, spend. Let us break it down. Hotels give Hotel Tonight their unsold rooms, Hotel Tonight shows you each day’s best deals, you click buy and then scurry off to pack your bags. If you’re less of a planner and more of a spontaneous adventurer this app is a lifesaver as well as a cash saver.

4. Malachite, price varies

Malachite is the guardian stone for travellers and when turbulence gets rough we’re rubbing our green stones and praying to the travel gods for redemption. If you’re hoping to overcome a fear of flying or are suffering from jet lag, this gem is a great ally. Hold one in each hand while flying or keep one in your pocket to soothe your nerves. A stone of change and transformation – read: helpful for jet lag – malachite absorbs a lot of energy so make sure you clear it in between flights.

5. BULY 1803, Officine Universelle Buly Toothbrush, £38

A tortoiseshell toothbrush handcrafted in Italy sounds like the property of one suave traveller. Such an object could only be sourced from Officine Universelle Buly. The Parisian store, modelled on a 19th-century apothecary, stocks beautifully packaged lotions, potions and rather striking toothbrushes. This particular example boasts bristles which are natural silk (which surprisingly caters to those with a preference for more strength in their brush). For those who can’t resist a little monogramming, Officine’s acetate-made toothbrushes can be personalised too.

6. Packed lunch from Nathalie, price varies

For a casual, health-conscious in-flight meal we’re taking a detour via Hanover Square en route to Heathrow. Restaurateur Juan Santa Cruz’s (of Casa Cruz and Isabel notoriety) third instalment, Nathalie, takes the form of a chic deli-style eatery. Powered by a takeaway app, we’re all about their Mediterranean bento boxes. Load up for long-haul or short trips and bypass the loathsome utterance of “pasta or chicken”?

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The Carry On: November 2018

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