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What are your travel essentials?

August 6, 2017

When it comes to travelling do you pack light and hope for the best or pack the kitchen sink and have all the bases covered ‘just in case‘? Personally, I’m a mixture of the two. When it comes to the children I tend to over pack as I’m never quite sure what mischief and mayhem they will get into so that extra change of clothes may well be required. When it comes to myself, however, I tend to pack quite conservatively. This is due to a) over packing for the children so I have run out of space for myself and b) my wardrobe is quite limited so I don’t have racks and racks of clothes to select from – completely my own fault as I’m terrible at buying new clothes for myself.

I recently saw a post on Facebook where someone was asking about what essentials they cannot live without when they travel (apologies I can’t remember who this was but please shout if it was you). So it spurred me into thinking about what my travel essentials are when I’m not travelling with the children.

What are your travel essentials?

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Trespass Eldorado Rolling Rucksack

Let’s start with the basics of what is going to hold everything. When I was a teenager I would travel quite frequently and you would always find me adorned with a rucksack. There is something about having everything I needed simply slung on my back. It was so practical both in terms of carrying but also for storing whilst I was on a train etc. I still fall into this category now, although I do love the ability to pull along a suitcase after a long day and I’m feeling tired.

The Trespass Eldorado Rolling Rucksack has both of these features, a durable, comfortable rucksack as well as trolley wheels and pull out handle. Featuring two zipped compartments on the rear of the rucksack, one to house the straps of the rucksack when in trolley mode. Whilst the other holds a waterproof elasticated cover that goes over the wheels when in rucksack mode so not to a) mess up my outfit and b) make it more comfortable to wear.

Capable of holding up to 36 litres of clothes, belongs and travel essentials it means I can pack that extra ‘just in case’ item. Compiling to cabin size luggage requirements it means that should Mr. Boo ever manage to get childcare he can whisk me off on a romantic breakaway without worrying about our luggage possibly being misplaced in the warren of airport conveyor belts.

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Travel Wallet

For anyone who has had the pleasure of travelling with me on day trips, to events in London or blog conferences they will tell you about my little blue envelope. That little blue envelope holds travel information, from maps, tickets, and leaflets. However, with our trip to Disneyland Paris earlier this year, there was much more travel information required so I treated myself to a proper Hopsooken travel wallet. Needless to say, I love it, those who travel with me laugh at it – but they soon stop when they need the valuable knowledge contained inside.


Goes without saying. I’m addicted to my phone and would feel like my right hand had been cut off if I left it behind.


Whilst my phone has a pretty good camera on it and it great for capturing snapshots on our travels. I do like to be the tourist with the camera, taking photos of random buildings etc.

GHD hair straighteners

After living my teenage years not knowing that I could tame the frizzy ball that is my hair (think Monica from Friends when they go to Bermuda and you’re not far wrong). Since discovering hair straighteners, namely my beloved GHD’s there is no way I would travel without them and run the risk of stray curls and humid frizz happening.

So there we have it, my travel essentials. Obviously, clothes, underwear, and smellies all feature in there but who wants to read about them?

What would be on your travel essentials list?

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Collaborative Article

  • Debbie August 7, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I know it’s wrong, but this post brought a smile to my face as I remembered a BBC ‘soap’ called ‘Eldorado’. It really is best left forgotten. But I was absolutely had to open the link because it showed a rucksack with wheels!
    I’ve literally just bought a rucksack I love for the boys’ and my annual trip to London- if only an overnight rucksack for three came with wheels I wouldn’t be having the palpitations I am, especially as we’ve now decided two nights is better than one.
    And of course, essentials for me, chargers, back up battery packs, and a pack of playing cards.
    (GHD’s went without saying 🙂 )

  • Becky August 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Ooh yes, I would pop in the hair straighteners too! great list

  • Emma Bradley August 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I try to travel light but it never really happens! I will take note of this!!

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