CRACK­ING THE CARRY-ON CODE

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME QANTAS ‘MENDOOWOORRJI’ DREAMLINER -

Ever packed boiled eggs into your carry-on lug­gage? This cu­ri­ous pur­chase be­fore a long flight is one of the many in­trigu­ing habits re­cently shared with me by a very fre­quent traveller. The man, who gets on hun­dreds of planes all around the world each year, has a finely tuned set of rit­u­als and, in this case, in­stead of pick­ing from the air­line menu, he favours a sim­ple, pro­tein-rich snack.

Other sea­soned fly­ers I’ve quizzed have more pre­dictable in­clu­sions. At the top of ev­ery list are a wa­ter bot­tle and noise-can­celling head­phones with a jack adap­tor for com­pat­i­bil­ity with the plane’s au­dio sys­tem.

Next up are loose-fit­ting pants with a draw­string or elas­ti­cised waist, an eye-mask, and a pen for fill­ing out cus­toms and im­mi­gra­tion forms.

Also im­por­tant are shoes that eas­ily slip on and off. Go­ing to the bath­room in bare feet or socks is a trav­el­ling trav­esty. You’d not wan­der into the pub­lic loos at the lo­cal West­field with­out shoes, so why start here? And if you do it, the flight at­ten­dants will not look at you with re­spect for the rest of the trip.

My carry-on in­cludes all of the above plus the fol­low­ing: Fess Fre­quent Flyer nasal spray to help coun­ter­act low hu­mid­ity; Amolin Baby Cream, a calamine, al­mond oil and zinc ox­ide mix which has been my go-to prod­uct for dry lips for the past 35 years; dark choco­late and al­monds for snack­ing; and a book with short, di­gestible chap­ters or sec­tions (re­cent favourites have been Tina Brown’s The Van­ity Fair Di­aries, Tribe of Men­tors by Ti­mothy Fer­riss, and Rules for Mod­ern Life by Sir David Tang).

And you? I’d love to know what’s in your lug­gage.

JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDI­TOR

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