Lit­tle lux­u­ries in the heat and dust

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Front Page - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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.


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