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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. Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser, £22
An on-the-go, no-nonsense cleanser that’s also vegan friendly, Milk Makeup’s Matcha Cleanser ticks every box. It’s compact – a solid stick form that’ll slip easily into your hand luggage (rather than your overstuffed sandwich bag); detoxifying – packed with antioxidant-rich matcha green tea (hence its alien-green hue); and paraben-free, soap-free and sulphate-free. In short, this cleanser only contains good-for-you ingredients. For Londoners, now that their new UK store has officially opened you can seriously stock up. Statesiders, as you were.
2. MZ Wallace Metro Tote, £195
“Dynamic living” sounds like something that is part marketing speak, part opt-in payment scheme you’ll instantly regret. MZ Wallace – established in 2000 by native New Yorkers Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice – taps into that jargon, but being New York born and bred, there’s no bull to these bags. Synonymous with travel, MZ Wallace totes are lightweight, durable and versatile. Wet wipes are their friend, and that’s the level of pragmatism you need when you’re on the road. The Metro Tote is foldable, rollable and packable – for once we’re actually boasting about something we own being made of quilted nylon.
3. Pocket App, Free
Download the Pocket app to better manage your reading list (and your time) and start saving articles and listicles, videos and galleries to scroll through later. If it’s in your Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet and computer, meaning your saved items are accessible even when you’re offline. Pocket’s listen feature gives it an edge, turning any news story, article or blog post into a hands-free, eyes-free experience. It’s a great one to keep in your back pocket; truly.
As iconic hairdressers go, Sam McKnight peaks the list. The nicest man you’ll find backstage at fashion week, Sam’s signature “done” but ever-so slightly dishevelled look is finally within your DIY grasp. Not something we’ve ever managed to master despite many YouTube tutorials, this hair hero certainly makes the process more achievable. Great to have to hand on holiday, layer with other products without the fear of product-logged hair. It smells nice too – fresh, floral and subtly spicey, courtesy of perfumer Lyn Harris. It’s also available in a handy 50ml travel size.
5. Jade Facial Roller, £12
Send those eye bags packing and stimulate lymphatic drainage (sexy) with this nifty jade facial roller. Made from hand-carved Xiujan jade, the roller utilises ancient Chinese methodology to lessen fine lines and diminish dark circles – they also feel oh-so soothing rolling back and forth on your fatigued face. The texture of the stone helps to bring relief from stubborn tension headaches if applied to your temples and is a strong endnote to your in-flight skin regimine as your plane taxis.
6. AYO Light-Therapy Glasses, £225
Verging on chic (after all, Silicon Valley tech is in) these light-therapy glasses are our kryptonite. Slap on these lab-like shades (no one said wearable tech was peak fashion) post flight and recover from jet lag two to three times faster. How? The LED blue-light therapy device resets your internal clock to help you adjust to a new time zone by mimicking sunlight and signalling to your body to suppress its melatonin levels. Sync up with the goAYO app to calculate the best time to use the glasses depending on where you’re travelling . You can also pop them on when your deadline is looming and you’re nowhere near done, to get you in the zone.
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