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What Dido Can’t Live Without

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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.

I’m not a big makeup wearer at all, so I have no patience for brushes and a big routine. It’s just not who I am, but this is as close to makeup as I get. It’s a little bit of tinted SPF that makes you look healthy. It’s almost got a gel type of vibe. You rub it in lightly with a moisturizer, and you’re good to go.

This warmer is always in my bag. I was on this TV show on Sunday, and they always keep the studios so cold, so I had one of these down my top and in my jeans, and then if you have one in the center of your back it keeps you weirdly quite good. I discovered them when I went skiing, and now I like them for normal life. I’m always holding them when I’m on a video shoot in some silly outfit outside, too. They’re also brilliant for your shoes.

I always travel with my own tea. I find tea around the world really disappointing. I’m quite English that way. It’s like the beginning of “Thank You.” It needs to be hot and strong. These Clipper tea bags are really good. I’m not as big a fan of PG tips, which isn’t strong enough. But I don’t care at all about coffee the way other people do.

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I have been living in these boots all winter, and now that it’s warmer, they’re cool with dresses, too. They’re comfy, too.

I just love reading so I need to have this on me at all times. When you’re traveling, it’s hard to calm down after a show sometimes, so it’s great to lose yourself in a book. I’ll get transported by a good one. Right now, I’m in the middle of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

This is basically magnesium powder, but a very specific type that goes straight to the brain. It’s brilliant for keeping you calm and falling asleep, but this particular one supposedly helps keeps you really focused and lucid and who knows really, but I find that it works. I sleep really well and I’m on it during the day even though I don’t take that much.

These jeans just fit great, and they’re all I’ve worn for ages. I have different colors for different occasions. I’d say I have maybe ten pairs. The silhouette is perfect on me, and I can still move in them.

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