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. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, £162

We’ve all felt that post-holiday ebb a week after returning from a summer sojourn. Conjuring up scents of remote islands where summer lasts all year, Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc fragrance will transport you straight back to sandy pastures. For those in pursuit of sun and luxury, this is certain to be a new favourite fragrance. Considering Soleil Blanc is available at all major airports and duty-free stores worldwide, there’s ample opportunity to stock up on this bergamot and coco de mer blend. We’ve one in every port.

2. Hair Accessories, Pico, Assorted Prices

Founded by Annie-Marie Pico, this kitsch Danish jewellery and accessories brand has reverted us to kid-in-candy-store levels of gluttony. It’s also caused us to style our barnetts as we did in junior school; more is more, unicorns are in and bows are definitely on trend. Grab as many barrettes, slides and claw clips as you can carry and head out with a rainbows-worth of sparkle in your hair.

3. Blotting paper, MUJI, £1.95

Where there is heat, there is sweat. Keep your complexion matte with these handy blotting sheets, mopping up excess oil and minimising shine between holiday selfies. Made from pulp paper, the nifty sheets absorb oil while keeping your make-up in tact – an industry secret we’ve spilled to everyone we know. Pop them in your carry on for beach trips, festivals… whatever.

4. Medium Sage Bundle, Earl of East, £7

Some might deem travelling with a sage bundle “hippie dippie”, but you won’t find scientists among them. Sage clears bacteria in the air and research suggests that burning this fragrant herb can clear up to 94 per cent of airborne bacteria in a space. It also releases negative ions – which put people in a positive mood – when burned. California White Sage is what you want (so put down that sage you found in your kitchen pantry at once) to use to cleanse your home/ hotel room/ Hyundai rental. Bad vibes, be gone.

5. Lo Rox Aligned Travel Foam Roller, OPTP, £16

After a long flight (or any journey involving an extended period of sitting) foam rolling is a godsend. Helping to elongate muscles and provide a regenerative massage, foam rolling manipulates the fascia (the body’s protective layer of connective tissue that wraps every muscle) helping to relieve tension. Stretch it out in your hotel room for five or ten minutes and use on any part of your body.

6. Megababe Thigh Rescue, £12

Summer chafe is up there with our greatest grievances. This anti-friction stick by Megababe is ideal for runners, hikers, beach-goers… whoever. Glide the easy-to-apply stick over your arms or thighs to counter roughness and chafing. Megababe Thigh Rescue’s natural ingredients – aloe vera, grape-seed oil, ginger root and pomegranate-seed extract – leave a fresh, subtle scent which, thankfully, help to counteract BO.

7. ElectroFlytes Hydration for Flying, £14.95

Staying hydrated while flying is paramount, but drinking gallons of water in-flight isn’t always the most appealing of plans. Most people think hydration is about total fluid intake but, according to Electroflytes, it’s actually about how your body is able to manage internal fluids that ensures proper hydration. (FYI: you start to dehydrate almost immediately after take off and on a 10-hour flight men can lose up to 2L of water and women up to 1.6 litres). Presented in an “ionic” state, ElectroFlytes – an all-natural liquid blend of more than 72+ electrolytes – are absorbed more quickly and at a deeper, cellular level, helping you to stay properly hydrated for the duration of your trip. Pass ’em here.

8. Departure Travel Kit, Aesop, £45

Long hours in transit can fatigue the skin. Keep fresh-faced with these seven travel-sized essentials by Aesop. To cleanse and moisturise hands, call on Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash and the skin-softening Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. Maintain optimum hydration for the skin with Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque and Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, and stay fresh via cardamon-hinted toothpaste followed by alcohol-free mouthwash with extracts of anise, clove and spearmint. The “Arrival” kit is also a fantastic quartet to help weary travellers revive once back on land.

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The Carry On: May 2019

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