The Best Goodies and Gadgets at the Airport Right Now


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Treat yourself to something frivolous.

One of the joys in getting to the airport with plenty of time to spare before your flight is the chance to do a little uninterrupted shopping (while listening out for your boarding call, of course). Here’s a guide to some of the goodies you can find at Melbourne and Perth airports.

To relax and unwind

A soothing scent can be just the thing to make an unfamiliar hotel room feel like home. These soy wax candles in a variety of perfumes will give any room ambience and burn for up to 50 hours. The perfect “treat yourself” item.

Blue Illusion, Wavertree & London Glass Jar Candle (available in Lemongrass, Flower Market, Beach, Vanilla Bean, Frangipani, French Pear & Persimmon), $39. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

To upgrade your shades

Invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays and add a touch of luxury to your look. These round Prada sunglasses feature a gradient lens and look great on anyone with a heart-, oval- or round-shaped face.

Sunglass Hut, Prada, $390. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

To improve your wardrobe

If you’re going to impulse buy, at least choose something that’s also practical. The Sakura cropped jumper is made from a wool blend, making it both luxe and comfortable for throwing on onboard the plane.

Metalicus, Sakura Cropped Jumper, $129.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

To transport everything to work

The ideal work bag or satchel needs to have the following things: an adjustable strap for comfort, a secure clasp to keep devices safe and internal zips and pouches for small items. It also needs to be large enough to fit documents without bending them and be made from a quality material in a neutral colour. This 100 per cent leather bag ticks each box.

Oxford, Marko Leather bag, $429. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

To haul everything to the beach

You really do need more than just a towel for a day at the beach. Transport all your bits and pieces (sunblock, change of clothes, snacks) in a backpack with a space for everything. The Rip Curl F-Light backpack features moulded shoulder straps for comfort, an insulated area that keeps your drink bottle cool and even a padded space for your laptop (should you hit the waves straight after work).

Rip Curl, F-Light Posse Backpack Midnight, $129.99. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Perth.

To pass the time

Fidget spinners are everywhere. The triangular toys spin on a your finger and reportedly help to release nervous energy or deal with stress, making them perfect for playing with during take-off. Impress any children in your life by learning a new trick.

Watermark Books, Fidget Spinners, $12.95 to $34.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminals, Melbourne and Perth.

To indulge a sweet tooth

When you can’t decide on a single flavour, choose an assorted chocolate box that includes all the greatest hits and a few surprises: crème caramel, peppermint cream, Turkish delight and ginger jelly. The box also folds out into three layers and can be used for keepsakes. A chocolate box that doubles as a jewellery box once you’ve devoured its tasty contents? Sold.

Chocolate Box, Carousel Assortment 3 Layer Box, $34.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

To keep your things secure

It’s not just credit cards that come with anti-theft features anymore. To add an extra layer of security when you’re travelling, invest in a bag that will deter opportunistic pickpockets. This backpack it made of cut-proof material, had several hidden pockets, is water repellant and has illuminating safety strips should your sightseeing continue after dark.

Henry Bucks, Bobby anti-theft backpack, $169.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

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