5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Realise You’ll Need This CNY

Oranges… checked. Your Chinese New Year looks in auspicious (*ahem!* obligatory) red/yellow/gold… checked. Propitious greetings… checked.

But did you know how you could make this CNY less stressful? Besides arming yourself with conversational topics to distract gossipy aunts during the annual grilling, here’s what we wish someone had told us to bring when we’re off visiting the extended fam.

  1. que Bottle ($39.90)

This lightweight collapsible water bottle is the perfect companion when you’re on the go. Sure, you’ll be offered plenty of (sugary) drinks when you’re visiting, but there’s nothing better than good ol’ H2O to keep those lucky sayings rolling off your tongue effortlessly. Plus, it’s there when you need it, and stylishly not when you don’t, thanks to its unique spiral design.

Even better, it comes in a festive red to match your CNY wardrobe.

  1. Mogics Power Bagel Travel Adapter V2 ($64)

The most convenient thing you can bring hands-down. This pocket-friendly power strip+adapter turns one outlet into seven, and slides easily into a bag or pocket when you’re done. Phone batt dying after endless rounds of wefies? There you go. No more missed photo ops with relatives you’ll not see for another year.

  1. Kablecard ($59)

This all-in-one cable organiser and wireless charger is your juicing BFF. It packs outsized benefits in a tiny credit card-sized gadget, charges everything from a MacBook Pro, iPad, Android phone to a Kindle and even doubles as a stand. How smart is that?

  1. NIID X URBANATURE D1 Chest Bag ($109)

Up your CNY game in style with this ultra-slim sling. Roomy enough for an iPad Mini yet supermodel lean as Gal Gadot, you can be sure there’s plenty of space for your gadgets AND ang pows plus maybe a snack or two (or three). What’s more, it’s waterproof so you won’t need to worry about sticky-fingered young cousins or accidental spills.

  1. ClickPack Pro ($245)

In charge of carrying the oranges this year? Here’s this nifty backpack to the rescue. It’s almost a black hole with 17L carrying capacity, yet opens conveniently like a suitcase. Even better, it’s slash-proof and comes with a built-in TSA-approved zipper lock, so you can be sure your precious ang pows stay exactly where they should be.