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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.
These Venetian pumps by ViBi Venezia are inspired by traditional Furlane slippers – footwear adopted by gondoliers thanks to their practical rubber soles. Artisanal, debonair and on the right side of OTT, these mules are high on our shopping list for Venice (along with Murano glass tumblers). Choose from a multitude of colours and fabrics in its canalside store and leave chanting: “veni, vidi, vici” – I came, I saw, I conquered.
Oral hygiene might not be the sexiest of pursuits, but it’s important all the same. In readiness for the hotel bathroom flatlays that will ensue post-check in, we’re rethinking our morning routine with Marvis’s toothpastes. Clean and polish your teeth with Jasmin Mint (it tastes like lavender pastilles), Cinnamon Mint or Ginger Mint, then flash those pearly whites and snap to your heart’s content.
Primarily, wipes are for cleansing hands and killing germs – and we’ve been known to use them to double cleanse our aeroplane tray tables. Once you’ve deemed your seat a “safe” zone from germs, it’s worth examining these clever towelettes a little further. Available with a variety of therapeutic-grade essential oils – lavender is balancing, lemon is stimulating, peppermint is warming, eucalyptus is invigorating and orange is uplifting – Herban Essentials’ single-note towelettes are naturally antibacterial and antiseptic. Feeling decongested in-flight? Open up a eucalyptus towelette and place on your chest to relieve congestion in minutes.
Anya Hindmarch, like us, is obsessed with organisation. An indispensable purchase for busy travellers, this In Flight case has two transparent labelled sections – one for take off and another for touchdown. Considerably better than our battered plastic sandwich bags then. Its clear exterior means you’ll find the product you’re after twice as fast (we timed it) and the signature tassel zip fastenings offer an added punch of fun.
An aesthetically pleasing water bottle if ever there was one, Danish design brand HAY’s Sowden bottle is a chic and compact addition to our carry on. Eliminating plastic bottles from your flying experience is an important step to take and with this reusable container, crafted in stainless steel with a screw lid, the transition is extra easy. The functional design is suitable for containing hot and cold drinks – so no need to stop for a flat white en route to your gate.
The medicine your frizz-prone hair has been craving. Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield helps minimise volume, promising six times more protection as the air’s moisture levels rise. Those willing to try anything to regain control over their holiday hair will be surprised by the positively normal state of their follicles (even after an hour by the pool in the dead dessert heat). Use it on dry hair anytime of day (just hold the canister between six and 10 inches away from your head) and evenly mist throughout. Your mane never looked so tame.
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