It’s that time of the year again when the travel season is coming into full swing – with school holidays starting and many people taking their first major holiday of the year during the long Easter weekend. I am writing this as I touch down in Mauritius and embarking on my first trip to Africa. Prior to departing for my trip, I came across iShopChangi, a platform that allows passengers to pick up products being sold at the airport online. I buy a lot of duty-free items at Changi Airport both for myself and for friends overseas and the platform saves a lot of time.
What is iShopChangi?
iShopChangi is an online duty-free store by Changi Airport that allows passengers to pick the things they want to buy from 18 hours up to 30 days prior to their flight. It suits passengers who don’t have enough time at the airport to go for the stuff they want to buy. Alternatively, passengers who are waiting for their flights at odd hours – i.e. at the wee hours of the morning – also stand to benefit as physical shops are closed during these times.
Think of the online store as an extension of the retail outlets at the airport. Prices are tax-free and shoppers can be assured of prices that are cheaper or at least match those found in shops in the city. Read on to find out how you can get an additional 7% off (on top of duty-free prices) on iShopChangi spends!
Without further ado, here are my top travel essentials.
One thing I can’t travel without is a good pair of sunnies. I typically go with a pair of aviators as opposed to those with geometric frames as the former suits my facial structure better. When it comes to aviators, nothing beats the iconic and effortlessly cool Ray-Ban Aviator Classic which has been around since the 1930s.
Did you ever wish you could magically bring the pillow you use to sleep everyday to wherever you’re visiting? While it doesn’t do the trick 100%, a memory foam pillow adjusts its shape according to your facial contours allowing for a good night’s sleep even if you’re flying with a budget airline.
For the modern digitized nomad, a portable charger is virtually indispensable given the quick depletion of smartphone batteries these days. I usually post updates in social media live during my travels so it’s important that my phone battery charge never runs out. As I have learned the hard way, it’s important to go for a charger that is fast charging, lightweight and has plenty of capacity.
A versatile power adapter comes in handy as I travel between continents. With one accessory, I won’t have to worry about switching between flat or round prongs wherever I am in the world. Many power adapters these days also come with UBS ports to easily allow charging of multiple devices in one go.
Whether I’m visiting a beach or city destination, a small portable bottle of sunblock always comes in handy. People tend to spend more time outdoors when they are traveling with the need to protect against the harmful rays of the sun even more important.
A good pair of earphones can make or break the journey. Passengers can get bored easily while waiting in the airport or on a flight so a pair comes in handy for watching movies or listening to music. While onboard, you’d want a pair that is light and comfortable and delivers audible sound despite the whirring of the plane’s engines.
A drone allows me to add a new and refreshing dimension to my travel photos and videos. These nifty gadgets usually come in handy in beach destinations or places with lots of natural attractions. The gadget has come a long way since its early days and current models are now much more affordable and easier to use for the amateur. Just remember not to get too carried away with it!
The list of items available at iShopChangi go beyond my personal travel essentials of course. If you’d like to purchase a bag of bak kwa or pineapple tarts sans the tax – the online store has it as well and all you’ll need to do once you get to the airport is head to the iShopChangi Collection Centres located within every Departure terminal and pick up your purchases. You can even get yourself some kitchen appliances from there.
Extra Discount for iShopChangi
As a special treat to my readers, buy from iShopChangi and enjoy additional 7% off (on top of the tax-free prices) with no minimum spend. Simply check out with promo code: IWDR7. Discount is capped at $30 and is valid until 31st March 2018.