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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.
1. 111SKIN Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Masks, £65 (pack of eight)
111Skin’s innovative hydrogel Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask works to eradicate signs of fatigue by alleviating puffiness and dark circles. Mimicking the effects of sub-zero temperatures, these results-driven de-puffers deliver visible results (we might sound like an infomercial but these are seriously effective) minimising discoloration and the appearance of fine lines. For this (and the extended lists of benefits noted on the reverse side of their packaging) we – the frenetic and sleep-deprived travellers – are eternally grateful. When not applying in transit, pop these ice-blue crescents in the fridge for an extra oomph.
2. Fern Fans, from £55
Whether warding off the London heatwave or wafting your way through a steaming souk, handheld fans are a non-negotiable addition to any summertime traveller’s hoard. As beautiful as they are practical, Fern Fans – created by co-creative directors Daisy Hoppen and Amanda Borberg – are inspired by the historical practices and mannerisms of using a fan. First on our summer reading list: fan gestures and signals – so far we’ve mastered: “Come talk to me” (carry fan in left hand) and “You have changed” (draw fan across forehead). Handy and assertive.
This toothbrush looks a little confusing but it makes a lot of sense. The iKo finger toothbrush is 100% recyclable, doesn’t require water or toothpaste – it contains fluoride that is released when you brush – and comes in a dinky portable plastic case that slides neatly into your handbag. We’re packing ours for all eventualities – camping trips, delayed flights, long car journeys, you name it…
4. Radiooooo, free
A tech company steeped in nostalgia sounds oxymoronic. Radiooooo is the free app we’ve nominated as our time-travelling DJ. Virtual travel via Instagram is one thing, but how about when you’re actually in the place you dreamed of exploring and want to immersive yourself deeper still into your chosen destinations’ sounds and rhythms. To use, simply pick a country, pick a decade and listen to a curated selection of music popular in that place in history. Scroll through artists and songs historically and geographically and perpetuate those time bubbles from Cannes to Copenhagen.
5. VEN Essential Cashmere Travel Set in Grey, £295
The aspirational “us” is sitting ready for pre-board in our head-to-toe cashmere set from VEN. Your flying accoutrements comprise of a blanket, pillow cover, socks (choose from medium or large) and eye mask backed with cotton cashmere (which is cooler on the eyes FYI); combined, the set emotes ultimate comfort vibes. Ideal for the world’s wanderer, the set’s lightweight finish means it’s compact and easy to pack in your hand luggage. Put it at the top of your travel checklist.
6. PhoneSoap, charger and cleaner, £60
We’re starting to believe that our phones are actually gremlins – they vacuum our time, they attract infinite germs and their battery life depletes quicker than our self respect at 2am on a Saturday night out in Hackney. But we digress… the issue we’re tackling is the bacteria build up on our phones: enter PhoneSoap. The novel device uses UV rays to sanitise your phone while charging it. We use it every night (Saturdays excluded).
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