Top Travel Essentials for your Jolly Holidays…

Travel Essentials

For many of us, the long haul of travelling to our destination is all part and parcel of the honeymoon or holiday excitement – but if you’re not properly prepared it can soon turn into a terror trip than that relaxing vacation you’ve been dreaming about for the last few months. So whether you’re off on a romantic getaway for two, heading home to family this Christmas or planning a fun weekend away with friends it’s essential you get yourself geared up & prepared for the journey ahead…

The Travel Bag:

Okay, so I’m assuming you’re checking an overstuffed trunk of holiday goodies into the check-in desk which leaves you pondering what handbag should accompany you on your journey. Well, before you dust off that favourite designer tote, stop and think about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing when you get there. If sightseeing is top of your list & you’re hitting a high tourist destination spot it could be worthwhile leaving your mesmerising Michael Kors bag at home and choosing a much safer option. With pick-pocketing, bag slashing, muggings and handbag theft at a serious high, it’s a good idea to treat yourself to one of these handy little travel buddies by Pacsafe

Citysafe 100 anti-theft handbag

So what’s so unique about them? Actually, quite a lot! Not only are they designed to neatly store every gals travel needs, the sleek Citysafe 100 is undoubtedly the James Bond of women’s handbags. The adjustable straps are reinforced with lightweight stainless steel along with similar reinforced panels in the most vulnerable and commonly targeted areas to help prevent bag slashers running off with your contents.
As most passports, credit cards and ID Cards have an RFID chip that contains personal data that many thieves can access via certain radio frequencies (scary thought!!) the Citysafe 100 boasts the award winning RFID safe micro-chip that blocks out these transmissions – helping to prevent your data from falling into the wrong hands.
This brill bag also has a variety of anti pick-pocketing features such as zipper security hooks and secure fixture mechanisms that allow you to secure your bag in place when set beside you… making it even harder for any savvy snatcher to make a dash with your beloved belongings!

Are you considering taking your designer bag now? Hmm, maybe not!

Looking Good:

So now that we’ve got our super-safe travel bag, if you’re anything like me the first thing you’ll want to do is fill it with the absolute essentials of any trip… make-up! Considering all those hours waiting (patiently) in queues, recycled air, sweat, headaches etc. you’ll probably want to freshen up your holiday face at some point. Freebie samples and testers are perfect for this as they’re compact and easily tucked into a pocket. Other handy items to keep with you are make-up removal wipes, small deodorant, hair clip, nail file, travel hair brush with mini built in mirror.
Just don’t forget to bring along those little plastic zip-lock bags for security check-in!

The Nibbles:

Even just an hour or two of travelling on a rumbling tummy can leave you feeling like a wilted grape – however before you stock up on goodies wait until you’re through the security checks or you’ll more than likely end up waving goodbye to that huge bar of galaxy you’ve been hoarding. Once through security you can treat yourself to a range of snacks & refreshments. Cereal bars are a traveller’s best friend as they’re so easy to pop in your bag, won’t cause a huge mess and are a great little boost to keep the energy levels up. If you’re prone to air pressure ear popping *ouch!* it could be a good idea to buy a little bag of boiled sweets to suck along the way… I’ve heard it works a treat to help reduce the discomfort!

The Entertainment:

I personally enjoy catching up with some of my favourite glossy mag’s such as Glamour & Cosmopolitan when I’m on the move, especially the smaller travel sizes that are hassle free for popping in your handbag. If you’re a book reader it’s always a good idea to get your Kindle (or other device) well stocked up with a good variety of top reads. There’s even an app for your smart phones if you want to keep your e-book tucked up at home, or why not give Audible a go –you can just lie back and listen to a great story without even having to glance at a page! Alternatively if you’re travelling at night it could be a good idea to take along a sleep mask so you can catch a quick nap if you’re feeling worn out from all the excitement.

The Important Stuff:

Yes, you know – all those vital documents you need to get from A-B without the intervention of frenzied relatives or government officials. Make sure you keep an easy-access compartment in your bag for passports & other important paperwork that is easy to access when needed. Ensure you have confirmations of travel printed out & at hand should anything be queried (the same goes for medical insurance documents) and of course don’t forget to make a list of important contacts should your phone get misplaced or stolen! Important numbers to note should always include travel agents, family members, friends, Doctors surgery, your hotel, credit card company, insurance company, bank etc. Don’t be tempted to lift your address book, as if that goes walkies you’ve just handed a stranger the entire contact details of your nearest and dearest!

Feeling Comfy:

You may have your travel bag organised to perfection but it’s important you travel just as well as your belongings do. Wear something light & comfortable as opposed to tight and tailored. Stretchy layers are super comfy & a great way to let you regulate your temperature to the surroundings – if things get a bit chilly you can hop up in your vest top, long shirt tee & hoodie or if you’re feeling the heat you can remove whatever you need to cool off *within reason of course ladies, ah hem*
Slip on shoes should definitely be considered an essential! In fact I’d go as far as saying they should be a legal requirement… especially if like me you’re always the one who is stuck behind the person that decided to wear knee boots with 40-something zips and buckles *sigh*

Have you a romantic honeymoon booked or are you travelling over the Christmas Jollidays? If so, do you have any top tips or tricks when it comes to travelling? Is the commute something you enjoy as part of your holiday, or are you the ‘get me there pronto’ type?

As always I’d love to read your thoughts and feedback in the comments below, so do stop by and say hello…

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24 thoughts on “Top Travel Essentials for your Jolly Holidays…

  1. Very informative post Karen! 🙂 In my recent travels I found myself taking a lot of those samples that I received in beauty subscriptions. I read Glamour and Cosmo as well and I dress very comfy with the health and pain issues that I have. I will just wear some active wear pants a t-shirt and bring a hoodie in case I were to get cold, that way I can remove later if I get warm. I did bring my own snacks that I had bought ahead of time from the store. Security never said anything about them. I just know that you can’t bring on liquids over 3 oz. and they have to be in a plastic bag. For my makeup, since I bring so much, I just pack that in my checked on suitcase lol. 🙂 xo

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  2. This is great advice. My husband and I hope to fly to Texas to visit my family after the new year. It will be our first flight with Gabriel (our 1 year old), so the nibbles will b especially important!

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    • Awwwh, I remember my first time flying with Emma, always a little nerve wrecking with kiddies but I’m sure you’ll be fine – and yes, plenty of nibbles!! 😀 Thanks so much for your lovely comment Kaily 🙂 XX

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  3. I love saving up my makeup/skincare freebies for when I travel 🙂 And the invention of e-readers has made it so much easier to bring my haul of magazines on a plane…though I admit, I often will buy hard copies at the airport instead. Sometimes you just need the real (glossy) thing in your hands!

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    • Aren’t they so handy to take on the move? Keep the full size essentials for hoarding in the suitcase 😀 I adore myu Kindle Mil, but there’s just no substitute for the feel (and smell bizarrely enough) of a glossy magazine lol Love flicking through them 🙂 x

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    • You know Cyndel I thought that too when I first looked at it but reading about it I was like ‘Wow’ – seriously handy little travel buddy! I’m actually still shocked that personal data can be accessed on your debit/credit cards & passport by someone standing nearby with the right equipment!! Honestly shocks me, scary stuff eh?! 😮 Thanks so much for your lovely comment as always huni 🙂 X

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    • So welcome Jamie – I have to say I’m realllllly impressed with the specs of this one, especially if travelling to a place that is very touristy!! Okay, it’s not as big as some of the amazing designer totes but if it helps prevent a whole range of bag snatching dangers I’m all for it 🙂 Thanks for commenting lovely X

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  4. Great post that bag sounds amazing it’s shocking what people will do when I was in Thailand someone cut my bag to rob it but I noticed it and managed to grab it before they got anything x

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