Double Duty

When an unexpected pairing takes off, transforming the comforts of everyday into portable nuggets of luxury.

For a generation that travels as much as we do, the modern traveller expresses a disproportionately large amount of dissatisfaction towards the experience. From snaking queues at immigration checkpoints, to the quality of food in airports, to the ever-shrinking amount of legroom available on airplanes, it’s strange how we’ve managed to embrace an activity that causes us so much unease.

Perhaps it’s a matter of us being too demanding: on top of being avid travellers, we’re also one of the unhappiest generations to have lived, expecting more satisfaction than the people and places around us can provide. It is somewhat ironic that we should demand the simple pleasures of home when the very idea of travelling involves leaving that behind.

With a little creativity, however, a novel combination of items can turn daily necessities into ideal travel companions, elevating one’s experience significantly. After all, some of today’s most sought after inventions have been created by putting together two or more seemingly unrelated functions—devices like the smartwatch, for instance, or 3D printing pens. In anticipation of the journeys we might embark on this holiday season, we find out more about MUJI to GO and discover ways to make travel as comfortable as life at home.

BEFORE A TRIP

Our enjoyment of a holiday can sometimes be determined by what we do before we travel,particularly when it comes to packing. It can be difficult to strike the right balance between having just enough and bringing more than we can carry, but by keeping our luggage organised, excess clothing and personal products can be spotted and removed promptly.

IN TRANSIT

Privacy is a precious commodity to have while in transit. Long haul flights or packed waiting lounges during bad weather delays often mean being in close proximity to a large group of grumpy strangers. To keep spirits up, a hooded jacket with a built-in eye mask gives the illusion of privacy, making it easier to fall asleep under less-than-perfect circumstances.

Read more in The U Press N˚16 (Singapore edition).