With every boarding pass printed at the International Terminal comes a right of passage for the traveller: Duty-free shopping.
From the moment you pass through the gates of passport control, the world of duty-free shopping opens up and your kid-in-a-candy-store moment begins.
Even if you’ve splashed all your cash while travelling the Sunshine State or want to save your dollars for poolside cocktails, you don’t have to blow your budget with a last-minute purchase. Check out our top buys at Lotte Duty Free, on any budget.
When your budget is less than $50
Dry lips and a drained iPad battery - sound all too familiar? Anyone that’s done extensive flights between Brisbane and the rest-of-the-world will know these often go hand-in-hand with long-haul travel.
At Lotte Duty Free, pick up a Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 ($12 AUD) to disembark with soft and supple lips. The 15ml size is a perfect travel companion and won’t take up too much space in your LAGS bag.
Don’t get caught out with a drained smartphone or tablet battery during your flight. Grab a Cygnett Boost 5000mAh 2.4 amp Portable Power Bank ($36 AUD) so you can binge your downloaded Netflix series without fear of the battery signal flashing red. The device comes pre-charged and ready to use, so you won’t need to find a charging station before boarding your flight.
When your budget is between $50 to $100
If you’re travelling on a long-haul flight and don’t own a pair of noise cancelling headphones, do not make tracks to your gate without detouring to the electronics stand to collect a pair of Sony Zx-110nc Noise Cancelling Headphones ($70 AUD). Comfort on a plane goes beyond the amount of legroom you have, and for less than the price of an exit row upgrade, you’ll be able to block out the sounds you don’t want to hear, and better hear the sounds you do (read: TV shows, movies or music).
Want to be smelling your best while seeing the sights abroad? Head to the fragrance section and let your nose lead you to a 30ml bottle of Hermes Twilly Eau de Parfum ($87 AUD). Don’t worry if Twilly isn’t your fragrance of choice, there’s a number of 30ml or 50ml perfumes that fall within your budget and LAGS allowance.
When your budget is between $100 to $200
If you’re heading away on holidays, hello #EuroSummer, then grab yourself a Bose Soundlink Micro Wireless Speaker ($135 AUD). The speaker won’t break the budget but will ensure hours of crisp and balanced party tunes. It’s waterproof too - perfect for when you’re beachside in the Mediterranean.
Take a taste of Queensland with you as you depart overseas and purchase a bottle of Bundaberg Solera Rum ($155 AUD). The Solera is not only the pièce de résistance of Bundaberg Rum’s Master Distillers’ Collection but also comes with the title of World’s Best Dark Rum (2017). Travelling at Christmas? Solera has notes of rich fruitcake, so the Christmas dessert is sorted.
When you don’t have a budget…
Sometimes life calls for a #TreatYourself moment.
Caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world, so up your extravagance and make your way to the La Prairie counter to pick up a jar of Skin Caviar Absolute Filler ($731 AUD). The 60ml jar infused with Caviar Absolute (caviar extract) aims to recapture skin’s density and refine contours with each application.
For whisky connoisseurs, grab yourself a bottle of Glenlivet XXV 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($549 AUD). While the 700ml bottle might seem exey at first glance, a nip will set you back $24 (30mls) and provide a palate of sultanas and chewy toffee happiness. Did we mention you’re worth it?