No matter how often I travel, packing for me doesn’t get any easier especially if I’m travelling overseas for an extended period of time. While I’m away, I enjoy taking my luxuries with me as these make for a more enjoyable time away. Unfortunately, the more you take, the more weighed down you become and nothing spoils an overseas trip like having to pay hundreds of dollars in excess baggage (trust me I know this). So one positive thing that I’ve picked up in my years of travel is to pack smarter and enjoy the luxuries you’re accustomed to while your away. Here are a few of the products I’m packing on my trip to Europe.
Cloud Nine Micro Iron
Let’s face it, no matter how many 5-star hotels you stay in, the chances of locating a hair straightener are slim to none. Rather than carry a full sized straightener, I travel with a mini. The Cloud Nine Micro Iron heats up to 150 degrees and features Cloud Nine’s patented heat technology which ensures even heat distribution and less pull. The Micro Iron is also perfect for men’s hair due to its narrow plates which are 1.5cm wide. This makes it easier to reach the roots of shorter hair for better straightening results. It weighs in at about 350gms so it won’t weigh you down or take up much space as its only 15cm long. Cloud Nine Micro Iron $156.
Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub
Rather than packing a cleanser and scrub – I just pack one. Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy scrub is specially formulated for normal to oily skin and contains crushed apricot seed to remove dead skin and unclog pores, revealing a clean and polished complexion. I found this product to be quite gentle and can be used daily. It provides a nice clean so there’s no need to pack a cleanser and its decadent formulation adds a touch of luxury even if you’re not staying in a 5-star hotel. Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub $75.
Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini
I love my music loud and clear, and the Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini is my go to when I’m away. Weighing in at 238g and about 5.5” long, this completely portable and wireless device provides exceptional sound and bass and is considered the best in its category. It features a sleek design and built-in stand along with a leather strap so you can enjoy music anywhere. The device offers Bluetooth streaming for both Android and OSX devices while boasting up to eight hours battery life. Best of all it also features a USB port so you can use it to charge other devices while you’re on the go – now that’s handy. Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini $199.95.
Maui Jim – Flat Island Sunglasses
While sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes, very few will protect your eyes and skin while looking stylish. Maui Jim’s Flat Island sunglasses feature the brand’s patented PolarizedPlus2® technology which goes beyond shielding your eyes from glare and harmful UV, but also boosts colour vibrancy and offers extreme clarity. My pair of choice when travelling is the Flat Island Brown Stripe Frame with the HCL Bronze lens. The HCL Bronze lens provides a beautiful warm tint and is perfect for everyday use, so you can rest assured your eyes are protected and so is your skin no matter what your holiday sends your way. Maui Jim Flat Island Sunglasses $299.
Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break
I always struggle to choose the perfect fragrance for my overseas trip. What I have learned over the years is pick a scent which suits the climate you’re going to, and also a fragrance which is versatile and can be worn day and night. During this trip, I’ve packed the limited edition Givenchy Gentleman Only Parisian Break. The fragrance features refreshing notes of Petitgrain lemon and Nepalese mint, before revealing its woody base of vetiver and amber making it perfect for evening wear as well. Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break 100ml $132.
LAB SERIES Skincare for Men Pro LS All-In-One Shower Gel
Skincare and toiletries are usually the culprits for my heavy suitcase, which is why I’m such a fan of all-in-one products when I’m on the go. LAB Series Skincare for Men Pro LS All-In-One Shower Gel replaces up to four products including shampoo, shave gel, cleanser and body wash. This handy little product features a dense, no-drip formula which creates a rich lather – now you can enjoy a little luxury no matter where you are. LAB Series Skincare for Men PRO LS All-in-one Shower Gel RRP $35.