Carry On: What’s on the agenda for private jet flights and bedbug fights

The big ick of travellers everywhere, bedbugs have been in the news due to recent global outbreaks. Here's what you need to know

Don’t bring home unwelcome souvenirs from your next trip: tuck into this wisdom gleaned from expert government and health authorities before you take off.

At hotels, put your suitcase in the bathroom and check the headboard, mattress, bedding, drapery and furnishings for apple-seed-like wingless bugs or their moulted shells. Trails of black or rust-coloured spots are also signs to bug out immediately. Stow luggage on a rack, away from wallpaper or drapes. Hard luggage is better than soft and light-coloured bags may be less bug-friendly than dark.

When you get home, unpack in the bathroom and immediately wash and dry everything on hot settings.  (Or: leave it all in sealed black plastic bags in the sun for a few days.) Vacuum your luggage and discard the vacuum bag: bedbugs can live for months without food.

Since they’re not just found in beds anymore, be on high alert when purchasing used clothing, bags or hats, and reconsider bringing your own pillow (a vehicle for taking bed buddies home).

Some travellers swear by bedbug rapid tests like TruDetx, and the smell of some essential oils (from cinnamon to orange or tea tree) is one reported deterrent, so spritz away.

The Uber of PJs

First, Blade put heli-summoning at your fingertips. Now, KinectAir does the same for the wannabe private-jet crowd. Established in the Pacific Northwest in 2019, the company now offers a greater range of U.S. options, including empty leg (repositioning) flights at steep discounts.

Jet Setter

Renee Chen of Britton Diamonds

Earth Day is on April 22, and while other forms of carbon might be top of mind to environmentalists, Renee Chen of Britton Diamonds advocates for an unexpected Earth-friendly form: lab-grown diamonds. “Lab-grown diamonds are created with new technologies in a controlled environment, with less disruptions to the earth” as compared to mined diamonds, Chen says. “It is chemically and physically the same as a natural mined diamond, with a much more sustainable production.” Of course, the industry can be rife with ethical and human rights issues as well, with diamonds frequently mined from developing countries with unsound labour practices. Although a handful of domestic mines do produce conflict-free sparklers, Chen says, “globally, we are a relatively small player.”

For travel, Chen doesn’t pack her most valuable gems: wisdom anyone who has lost a ring or watch in a spa-robe pocket or hotel gym locker will affirm. “I like to bring versatile jewellery pieces that can be worn day and night,” she says. “These should be pieces that you are not worried about losing.”

Her favourite destination? Basel, Switzerland: “I was there for [the globe’s leading jewellery and watch show] Baselworld.”