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Maximise your long weekends in 2019 and gear up with these travel essentials

Being situated in Singapore has plenty of benefits but perhaps the biggest is being surrounded by a plethora of islands and exotic destinations. Especially convenient then, because 2019 is well set for plenty of long weekends (namely 19th April, 19th May, 9th and 11th August, and 27th October) that will allow you to slip away for a short — but much needed — getaway.

Travelling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re well stocked with the right travelling essentials. Changi Airport’s online duty-free store, iShopChangi, allows travellers over 20,000 products across all terminals as early as 30 days and as late as 18 hours from departure time, which makes it that much easier to stay organised and relaxed for your holiday. 

An extended shopping window also allows travellers to browse through the extensive shopping platform thoroughly, so you’ll neither have to rush through your duty-free shopping at the airport, nor be disappointed if you’re way past the shops’ retail opening hours. 

The service also allows you to conveniently pick up all your purchases at a designated iShopChangi Collection Centre, especially if the products are otherwise available  across different terminals. 

To ensure you get the most out of your short weekend getaway, here are some travelling essentials to pick up before your next flight out. 

Cabeau Evolution S3 Pillow

Essentially a neck pillow on steroids, the Cabeau Evolution S3 Pillow finally makes sleeping soundly on long flights possible with plenty of nifty little tricks. Besides being crafted from high quality memory foam, the essential travelling accessory also sees raised side supports that are thoughtfully contoured. Multiple zippered sections also leave space for you to store any valuables that you want to keep close, making travelling safer and much more convenient. 

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Sisley Sunleÿa G.E. Age Minimizing Global Sun Care SPF30 UVA


While Bali’s all-year-round sun has been known to give picture-perfect tans, it’s also notorious for silently speeding up the ageing process. Sisley’s Sunleÿa G.E. is your primary line of defence against UV rays, while gently moisturising the skin in the process with a potent mix of shea butter, marjoram and plant glycerin. The quick-absorbing SPF30 formula is also water-resistant, which means more water activities and less pigmentation. 

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Insta 360 One X

So you’ve embarked on the trip of a lifetime, now all you need is a sleek camera that’ll not only capture all the action, but help you edit it with the slickness of a professional lensman. Here, the 360-degree camera sees dual fisheye lenses with some pretty compelling time and perspective-manipulation special effects that are capable of scene-freezes and Matrix-style wraparound shots. Its 5.7K resolution is also one of the highest in the markets, which when coupled with its new image stabilising tech, makes it one of the most sought-after action cameras in the market. 

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Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment

Radiance is not usually something associated with skin after a flight — even after a face mask — but Foreo is looking to change the game with this futuristic gadget. Working with an app, which scans the device and the treatment mask selected, the portable device infuses a combination of LED light therapy, T-sonic pulsations and hyper-infusion technologies to push the nutrients deep into the skin. The result is a 90-second facial treatment that does more than a 20-minute mask would. 

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Garmin Fenix 5X Plus

Just about the most complete GPS sports watch an outdoor adventurer could want, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus is loaded with tech that makes travelling a cinch. Besides detailed maps that’ll ensure you never get lost, the smart watch also allows for contactless pay, and even stores music via apps like Deezer and Spotify. There’s also a fancy new blood oxygen measurement system that’ll support intense high-altitude activities such as mountain climbing and hiking, so you’re always covered no matter where you go. 

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iShopChangi makes shopping for duty-free products a cinch; simply collect your travel essentials at departure before heading off for your weekend vacation. For those looking to stock up on your regular beauty or liquor stash, you’d be glad to know that free delivery in Singapore is available for purchases over S$380.

Maximise your long weekends in 2019 and gear up with these travel essentials

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