Tokyo Travel Kit

I’m seasoned at packing for a weekend away, but a long haul flight always takes a little more consideration. We’re heading to Japan this week, and I’ve aimed for a pared-back approach to my kit list.

With luggage checked in, Mr Mini Robin will accompanying me on board. He’s small enough to prevent lugging too much along, but large enough to hold the essentials, and even fits an iPad.

To avoid rifling through my bag at customs (cue irrational fear of interrogation), a small zippered pouch will hold the fundamentals. Georgia Jay’s Bebe Party purse fits the passport, phone, cards, cash and a lippy thrown in for good measure.

I like to go sans makeup when flying, but a quick slick of lipstick (MAC Diva is the current favourite) on arrival can help freshen up a tired face.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil is my daily go-to for nourishing my skin, and their Rosehip Collection comes with a travel-sized oil (a few drops will go a long way) along with moisturiser, cleanser and a hydrating mist toner. This toner is the antidote to the skin-shrivelling effects of 11 hours in a pressurised cabin, while cult classic Smiths Rosebud Salve gives dry lips a refreshing minty pout.

I was once excited by the prospects of duty-free perfume, but it’s all about the organic essence of Ingrid Starnes’ Vetyver Bergamot for me now. Her soap of the same fragrance is the ideal omiyage for the people we’re visiting in Tokyo.

Another recent discovery is Aesop’s rinse-free handwash. I’m a sucker for packaging, and the herb driven scent beats any supermarket sanitiser hands down.

The inflight wardrobe – always dancing the line between comfort and cool. I contemplated the dri fit pant option, but you can hardly arrive at one of the world’s sartorial capitals in leggings! Hopefully the slouchy fit of these low slung jeans will meet the comfort requirements. Keeping things Bassike, I’ll be living in their long-sleeve cotton Breton top. Stripes go with everything. Monochromatic options make mixing easy.

Yes, that’s my lingerie, but Lonely is worthy of discussion. They’ve nailed the comfy/sexy combo and the Flora softcup bra is plane lounging perfection. Hoping our mini hotel room will have space for drying handwashed smalls.

I’m ready for you Tokyo.


Alice Lines, Undone Girl

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