Little luxuries in the heat and dust
NEVER have I been so grateful for sunscreen and moisturiser in travel-friendly sizes. Last week, temperatures were in the high 40s in Botswana’s desert reaches — not a drop of humidity, not a sprinkle of water. My skin sucked up lotions as efficiently as a dry sponge. I became as worried about the diminishing contents of my 20ml tube of Grown vanilla and orange peel hand cream as I did the prospect of how to turn a kikoi cotton throw into a fetching headdress and recharge my camera battery in a tent lit only by hurricane lamps.
Since 2006, after the discovery of a plot to detonate liquid explosives on trans-Atlantic flights from Britain, 100ml limits for carry-aboard liquids have applied at air- ports worldwide. Wehave become used to displaying our modestly sized unguents in plastic bags at hand-luggage X-ray machines, but restrictions for carry-on liquids, aerosols and gels (apparently known as LAGs to insiders) are set to be lifted at Australia’s eight international gateway airports by April next year, after sophisticated security equipment ‘‘capable of detecting liquid explosives’’ is installed.
But remember that different LAG restrictions could apply at overseas airports if you are making transit stops en route to, say, Europe.
Many travellers are now addicted to smaller-sized toiletries for convenience and portability. My checkedin limit for Africa was 15kg, as I was travelling in small aircraft between safari camps, but I made do with a meagre 10kg; on the return journey, my luggage was even lighter, thanks to absorption of all those creams.
In this vein, our Access All Areas page now includes a new element, Onthe Road, and each week we’ll feature the best grooming aids (and, yes, LAGs) to keep travellers refreshed and, if you happen to be Kalahari-bound, properly hydrated.
ON THE ROAD, P10