Everyone is off on their European or stateside summers aren’t they!?
Bastards lucky little squids!
My current Insta feed is a relentless attack of the Amalfi Coast, sunbaking in Hawaii and parties in NYC. Here I am sitting in freezing cold Sydney like the sad pleb that I am.
Jk,s I am actually going away tomorrow
It’s been while in the midst of packing that I’ve realised yet again how much I DESPISE it. Yes, it’s fun because you’re all excited for your hols but you live in perpetual fear that you might FORGET SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT!
So I’ve created a few little lists of items you may not think of when packing for your next adventure. It isn’t a complete list though, I am assuming I don’t need to remind you to pack clothes…
Swimmers – Duh, don’t leave these at home. Whether you fancy a skimpy bikini, full-piece or trendy option – we’ve got you covered with a vast array of options.
Scarf – Why is this an ESSENTIAL do you ask? WELL, it’s just such a travelling multi-tasker, that’s why. Roll one up when delayed as a pillow, wrap around yourself as a cover-up and use as a towel on the beach.
Hand Sanitiser – I have a weak tummy and yet have NEVER been sick when travelling. I put it all down to a bottle of trusty sanitiser. I use it religiously when OS, even squirting a bit on a napkin and wiping down my cutlery prior to eating. Pop by a pharmacy and pick up a few of the 60ml Aquim bottles, they are gentle on your skin and perfect for travelling.
Wipes – I shouldn’t even have to explain why you need these. They are great in normal life but get taken to life-saving levels when on vaycay. Use to wipe your pits down if you’re sweaty, get sticky juice off your leg or as an emergency makeup remover. I’m loving the Essano Micellar Soothing Sensitive Wipes as they’re formulated with micellar water (shocker), which is more effective at removing dirt than the stuff you get from taps.
Micellar Water – Speaking of, I always take a travel sized bottle of the stuff for removing liquid lipstick and eye makeup. The Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution is SO gentle on the skin and removes everything.
Dry Shampoo – Your saving grace when your hair looks rank and oily AF but a shower is a day off or you’re in a rush. The TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo is my current fave, freshening up dank locks after even the sweatiest of gym classes, which bodes well for travelling.
MUST HAVE PLANE ITEMS
Sleep Mask – For once in your life get a great nap while you’re en-route to your destination by popping a Restavit (available from Pharmacy), shoving some ear plugs in, and donning a sleep mask like this AMAZING silk version from The Goodnight Co.
Calming Mist – If you’re a nervous flyer (like my dear boyfriend), this Jurlique Calming Blend Aromatherapy Mist is a MUST. Simply spritz around you and on your sleep mask for ultimate relaxation.
Water – You get way more dehydrated when in the air so make sure you pack a big bottle of water to sip at constantly.
Book / Tablet – There’s really only so many shows or movies you can watch so make sure you bring something to read. Being an avid reader, I’ve put some great suggestions right here.
Other items you shouldn’t forget…
Deodorant (plz don’t be the stanky traveller), undies, medicine (including emergency stuff for pain, nausea etc), your toothbrush, and your phone charger.
Words by Kelly McCarren.