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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.
Chipped nails, a delayed flight and not a hope in hell of getting to a manicurist before your first meeting of the day (or first cocktail of the night, time-zone dependent). A polish change on your flight might deem you an awful seat neighbour but Tenoverten’s Rose Polish Remover Wipes are a nifty, odourless alternative. Getting the job done, the remover wipes are non-acetone and contain vitamin E, while being vegan-friendly and having a rosy scent. To use, simply open the sachet and press down to dissolve polish. The finishing cleanser cloth (step two), gives a final conditioned and clean feel to your nails.
Finding an adaptor among the chaos of our flat while waiting for an Uber is maddening enough – and when we finally locate one (we’re sure we had six at one point) we’ve no idea what part of the world it’s for. Short of hurling our phone out the window (we’ll resist if only to maintain our star rating), we’re cutting out the confusion (and melodramatics) with this colourfully kitsch adaptor from Flight 001. It’s colour-coded plug heads help to identify the right one for your trip, which may sound juvenile but we’re not convinced that we’re handling the whole adulting thing entirely well anyway.
There’s nothing like being stopped mid-sentence by your waiter with the soul-crushing interjection – “Perhaps it is better if we speak in English, non?” Next time we’re ordering a café creme in Paris we’ll be packing our pocket-sized vocab books courtesy of Herb Lester to help us through any turbulent translating. “How to Read the Menu” is a series of three mini dictionaries that translate the most common (and most confusing) menu items. Making dining in Italy, France and Spain a lot easier, the books (which are no bigger than a credit card) offer an A-Z listing of common foods and table etiquette – it’s the next best thing to having your own interpreter.
“Have you had work done?” is a major compliment in LA. Smug Californians have Nurse Jamie’s non-invasive treatments to thank for their fresher-than-springtime looks, and now Londoners can join in too. A woman of godly stature (in Hollywood terms at least) Nurse Jamie’s and her Eyeonix Eye Massaging Beauty Tool are giving us life – and a serious lift.
The nifty little tool boasts a pretty impressive roll call of benefits. It assists with the absorption of eye creams and helps to relieve the look of tired eyes as well as minimising dark circles and under-eye bags. Use on freshly cleansed and moisturised skin, before applying your eye cream around the contours of your eyes. The tool’s touch-sensitive massage head will activate once in contact with your skin – work from the inside out (it’s how your lymphs like it).
5. Tile Style Pro Series, £19.99
Your flight is in two and a half hours. You’ve yet to leave your hotel and your phone is missing. This means that you are also sans boarding pass (print versions are so 2010). If you identify as someone who is prone to losing things, firstly, congratulations on being self-aware, and secondly, buy this tile. It’s a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds your phone, keys, or whatever else you attach it to, in seconds. Stick a Tile to an item and locate it by sound, by seeing its last known location on a map or by marking it as “lost” and following the beep until you find it.
6. Asceno, £770
Sometimes you’ve got to go bold, and what better sartorial conversion of that statement than a pair of outrageous pyjamas for your travel attire. Asceno does this particularly well – their tuxedo-breasted berry-coloured polka-dot blazer and slinky tailored trousers hit the sweet spot when it comes to planewear. Not quite PJs (although the majority of their collection is precisely that) this set is the perfect transitional outfit to take you from plane to train (although, if you’re spending this much on your pyjamas, you’re definitely heading for chauffeur-driven car).
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