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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

My Travel Essentials


When it comes to packing, even for trips close to home, I like to take a minimal amount of stuff with me. I hate the feeling of carrying around unnecessary weight, and over stuffed bags, but at the same time I like to make sure I have enough with me so I'm comfortable. In about an hours time, Paul and I will be on a plane headed for New York so I thought I'd share with you what I'll be taking in my handbag and how I keep it all organised, nobody wants to be rummaging around for bits and pieces while trying to get through the airport after all. 


I'm totally and completely reliant on my iPhone, I know that's not a good thing but I am, and I've made peace with the fact that it will forever more be attached to my hand. As well as my phone, I like to keep a battery pack with me, especially for longer journeys in case the battery gets too low. We've had a few over the years but my new one, that Paul very kindly got me for Christmas is by far my favourite as it can charge an iPhone twice. I think he found it here if you're interested. My phone is usually in my hand or pocket so in my bag, in a clear flat sunglasses case I got from Topshop I keep my charger and the cables I need to keep with it. 


I can't go anywhere without a notebook and pen. As much as I love my laptop and phone, when it comes to taking notes or making lists I'm a pen and paper girl. I picked this little blue one up recently from Homesence and it's the perfect size to pop in your handbag. Along with my glasses so my eyes don't get tired on the flight.


I like to keep a little selection of things in a small make up bag that I like to call "just in case" items. It's never usually a lot, just a couple of things I think I might need, and on this flight I'm taking -fluffy socks because I always take my shoes off and sometimes my feet get cold. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for obvious reasons. Compeed Blister Patches because they are a life saver, even though I'm hoping we won't need them seeing as we'll be in trainers all week. My Tangle Teezer, hair bobbles and cirby grips to get my hair up if I want to, and usually mints or chewing gum but I forgot to include that in this picture.


Last up is liquid products. The make up and skincare items I carry change all the time so I haven't included them here, but these are the three items that are must haves for me on flights. My eyes can get quite dry and even more so on planes so I find the Optrex ActiMist to be a great help with this. If I'm being honest I think the drops are more effective, but don't like the idea of using them on a plane. Hand sanitiser is always in my bag, no matter where I'm going -but I'm especially thankful for it when travelling in train stations or airports. Last is my Eight Hour Cream. this product has a cult following and it's easy to see why when it can be used for so many things, my favourite things to use it for is lip does wonders for dry lips. 

So that's what I'll be taking with me, apart from our wallet of travel documents, some dark chocolate to snack on, and of camera. 

I have a couple of posts scheduled to go up while we're away and in the meantime I'm sure I'll be around on Twitter and Instagram, so if you'd like to see what we're up to you can follow me there. Also if you have any recommendations of places we should visit please let me know, I'd love to hear them. 

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