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What Dido Can’t Live Without

Photo: Simon Emmett

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Dido, whose new album Still On My Mind is out now, about the lip balm, English Breakfast tea, and hand warmers she can’t live without.

That’s a great lip balm, and it’s so nice on your face and hands. In the winter I keep it in my pocket. It’s like an Australian version of the Elizabeth Arden eight-hour balm. A makeup artist gave me some once, when I had this eczema stuff on my hand, and it got it good and sorted.

Old-school ear plugs on the tour bus are just essential. I get loads of them and always travel with them because when you’re in a hotel, and there’s a party in the next room, or there’s stuff on going on on the bus, it’s important to block out all the noise. I’ll sleep in them, too. They eventually fall out, but you’re asleep by then so it doesn’t matter. They’re comfortable, too.

If I’m singing and I feel like my throat’s dry, I’ll take these. I remember reading that Kate Bush would pour honey down her throat before she sang, so I feel like shoving a bunch of honey lozenges in me is a similar idea and stops me from shoving manuka honey down my throat. They taste great, too.