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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.
From retro shoes to suave skincare, these are the latest items we’re packing in our suitcase…
Sleeper’s stock is designed to ease the day-to-night transition with the Kiev-based brand dealing predominantly in 100 per cent linen garments. Determine for yourself what you deem dress or nightie. In any case, we consider its Atlanta dress to be a particularly versatile garment. Simply cut, sleeves can be worn multiple ways – we’ve opted for shoulders out at seaside cafés this summer, and squished-up sleeves now that September’s in session.
Wireless listening is bliss. We’ve declared AirPods our most-prized piece of tech (excluding our phones, naturally) and it’s true; that is until you lose a pod. Sure, Find My iPhone allows you to see your AirPods on a map – you can even play a sound to locate them – but if your AirPods are offline, you have a problem. Clumsy, careless types can rest easy with Tapper’s chic leather strap (a nylon version is also available). It’s designed with a magnetic lock that snaps the AirPods around your neck – think mitten minders for your headphones.
If you’re the kind of person who takes the aisle seat on a plane to avoid disturbing others on your countless trips to the loo then you could seriously benefit from an Elvie trainer. This discrete kegel trainer works to strengthen your pelvic floor (benefits include better bladder control, faster postnatal recovery and enhanced intimacy) through quick, five-minute workouts programmed via an app. It’s difficult to work out muscles you can’t see, so cut out the guesswork and get an Elvie. Your pilates instructor, your seat partner and your actual partner will thank you for it – you’ll be pretty chuffed with yourself too.
Cleansing balms come from some of the oldest traditions in beauty. Conditioning your skin as it cleanses, By Sarah London’s Green Clay Cleansing Balm is one of our favourite plant-based cleansers. Apply a small amount to dry skin and massage until the green balm (a blend of organic apricot oil, virgin coconut oil, beeswax and French green clay) dissolves, then remove with a damp muslin cloth. It’s unisex and for all skin types, and we’d wager you’ll soon find a pot in every savvy skincare guru’s bathroom cabinet.
Lacoste may have been founded by tennis superstar René Lacoste, but functional tennis shoes these are not. The Court Slam’s chunky silhouette cuts a 90s shape – with its gum treads and contoured outsole. We’re wearing ours on the short stroll to the hotel’s tennis court for a quick, impeccably art-directed shoot.
A cult favourite do-everything skin salve, Mango Balm Dotcom is more nurturing than our mothers. We’ve worked our way through all eight flavours and decree mango the winner (for now at least). Call it a lip balm, call it a skin salve, Mango Balm Dotcom is packed with natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin – and it’s one product we’d quite possibly lose our shit over having confiscated at airport security.
No jewellery arsenal is complete without a pair of great gold hoops. Suited to all seasons and all styles, Missoma’s Gold Molten Hoops are punctuating our airport outfit (that being a black polo neck paired with silk cargo pants). Inspired by free-flowing lava, the hoops’ oscillating curves make them a stand-out in our jewellery box.
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