The best jumper for layering
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An all-weather jumper is a suitcase essential. Look for one made from an extra-warm material such as brushed fleece and with features such as a raised neck and chin guard to stave off wind chill and a functional zip. Rip Curl’s Anti-Series range will keep you toasty when you’re out in the elements. Rip Curl, Viral Anti-Series Zip Through, $129.99. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Perth.
The best travel shoes
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Ditch the daggy joggers and invest in a comfortable pair of shoes that look slick, too. English shoes manufacturers Church’s are known as careful crafters – it takes up to eight weeks to produce one pair of the handmade shoes. These soft slipper feature leather lining and come in black or wine-coloured leather. Henry Bucks, Church’s Jason slippers, $295. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.
The best feet warmers
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Socks aren’t sexy. But you’ll be sorry you didn’t stash any in your carry-on luggage when you’re trying to get comfortable in just thongs. Grab a patterned three-pack at the airport and pop them in your bag. Should a chill strike your toes, you’ll be covered. Oxford, Jasper socks, $39 for three-pack. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.
The best top for flying
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Planes get chilly. But you don’t necessarily want to cart a big jacket on board with you. Instead, choose a top that’s light, stretchy and will cover you for any change in climate. This Metalicus long-sleeved top requires no ironing so it can be easily stashed in your handbag for a quick wardrobe change. Metalicus, Long-sleeve scoop tee, $49.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.
The best chocolate for sharing
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If you’re picking up treats to enjoy with your colleagues or family when you return home, selecting an option free from nuts will ensure everyone can enjoy the bounty. Classic chocolate coins are a family favourite and will induce a welcome sense of nostalgia for Christmas stockings of years past. If only real money was as delicious… Milk Chocolate Nut Free Gold Foiled Coins, $3.45. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.
The best travel bag
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Been battling your handbag throughout your holiday? Upgrade at the airport so you’re prepared for your next jaunt. A cross-body bag is best for travelling because it’s more secure and can be moved easily in front of you when you’re squished on public transport. This one has internal zip pockets for valuables and an external snap-fastening back pocket for things you need to get to easily (tissues, lip balm). It also doubles as a clutch thanks to a removable strap. Blue Illusion, Le Nicole Khaki Crossbody Bag, $139.99. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.
The best summer accessory
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Ray-Bans have been a summer go-to for more than 50 years. Even if you’re a long-standing member of team Wayfarer or team Aviator, try something a little different this year. The Clubmaster design is an easy way to update your style. Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban, $200. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.
The best way to charge your device
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Watching your phone battery fade on when you’re travelling strikes fear into many: where did I put the charger? Did I bring the right adaptor? Will there be a spare charging spot at the next terminal? Travel with a portable charger and you’ll always have a fully juiced device. It fits in your pocket and all you have to do is plug your smartphone in with the USB charging cable. Watermark Books, 3SIXT JetPak 2200mAh, $24.99 and 3SIXT JetPak 4400mAh, $39.99. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminals, Melbourne and Perth.