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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.
Cool comfort wear and the self-care staples we love at home and away
1. Dressing Gown Yellow Gingham & Red Piping, Alex Eagle, £275
The classic, towelled hotel robe has its place; it’s a useful garment to shrug on when you’re changing from one set of clothes to another. In lieu of a need to change outfits – while attempting to elevate our duvet-day dressing – we’re turning our attention towards more tailored dressing gowns, like this one by Alex Eagle. Sunshine-yellow gingham and contrasting red piping, a loose fit and long sleeve make for a comfortable, but chic wardrobe addition. As acceptable to be seen in at the breakfast table as it would be poolside in Milos or flâneuring about Arles paired with a white tank and denim, it’s an injection of happy whatever your surrounds.
2. RENDANG by Will Harris, Granta, £10.99
Offering brief moments of escape and reflection, a book of poems is a wonderful thing to keep at hand both at home and away. Born and based in London, Will Harris’ new poetry collection RENDANG draws on the young writer’s Anglo-Indonesian heritage and explores new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory. Taking the reader on a progressive poetic journey from West Sumatra to Planet Mongo via Gray’s Inn Road, RENDANG focuses on self-perception and what it means to be a person now.
3. Stack Radio App, free
Stack Radio took two years to compile its catalogue of elusive tracks, ranging from Afrobeat to classical, disco to punk before launching its playlists internationally. With no adverts (or interruptions) and no hosts, Stack is strictly all about the music. Choose a pace to match your mood (fast, medium or slow) or plug in to almost 30 genres and let the music play. Your first month is free, meaning you’ve time to test its limits (after that, a monthly subscription will cost £2.49). The best bit: Stack’s guest mixtapes – hand-selected by DJs, film directors, artists and music lovers – which highlight back-in-the-day classics and essential new cuts.
Have a spare 10 minutes? Apply a generous dollop of this marvellous goop to your visage and watch as you Benjamin Button (well, almost). The wunderkind of Hollywood make-up artists (Burbankites swear by it), this clay mask treatment is quite the multitasker. It exfoliates with volcanic pumice rock to help smooth fine lines and softens skin’s texture, while natural clays lift impurities without removing skin’s essential oils. The end result: a softer, smoother, more glowy you.
5. Screen Glasses, Ace & Tate, £98
If there was ever an excuse to wear glasses as a statement without a prescription, it’s now. Our screen time is off the charts thanks to countless hours spent staring into the digital abyss, leading to tired eyes caused by excess exposure to blue light. Ace & Tate’s Screen Glasses are non-prescription frames fitted with blue-light filtering lenses to block misbehaving rays. Cool and effortlessly stylish is Ace & Tates modus operandi, and these frames follow suit. Whether you fancy a novel metal octagon frame or a semi-translucent acetate spectacle, you can avail of the virtual try-on service before committing.
6. Air-Lite Daily Lift for Legs, Legology, £62
Kate Shapland, the fêted beauty columnist dubbed a “legspert” by Get the Gloss, has founded her own company. Channelling her unrivalled knowledge of legs to create Legology, Shapland has developed a product line that works to improve the health and appearance of legs by toning and tightening, discouraging cellulite and reducing fluid retention. Working from the ankles up, her revolutionary Air-Lite cream tackles all of these areas. Caffeine – which boosts your circulation – is a key ingredient, as is centella asiatica leaf extract – known to reduce puffiness. Use morning and night.
7. Scorpio square-neck swimsuit, Tropic of C, £145
It’s time to invest in a well-made swimsuit. Constructed with sustainable materials, the Scorpio one-piece by Tropic of C is cut from black stretch fabric and proves itself as something of an all-rounder. With cut-outs at the back and a not-too-low, square neckline (particularly flattering on athletic body shapes) it’s a dream get-up for surfing, swimming or simply lounging. A day-to-night, sand-to-city multitasker, a swim piece by Tropic of C is wholly worth investing in.
8. Sana Jardin Discovery Set Box, £30
Having a spate of socially conscious fragrances to hand will put you in a spritely mood. A neat shortcut for those looking to build up something of a scent wardrobe, Sana Jardin’s Discovery Set’s 2ml vials are particularly travel friendly. We’re advocates of getting acquainted with all eight of Sana Jardin’s signature blends, including Berber Blonde and Savage Jasmine, before committing to a singular sensory statement. As anyone who has held the moniker of “island hopper” can attest, flitting from one delicious thing to the next all summer long is devilishly good fun.
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