Travelling is a lot of fun, but it takes preparation to get yourself fully prepared for the trip. You don’t want to spend too much money whilst you’re travelling, but you also don’t want to miss out on any amazing adventures. Here are some essentials you should take with you on any trip, whether it be overseas or over into the next suburb.
You can’t sit on a plane for hours on end with no support on your neck, that’s just criminal. For long flights, you should invest in a quality pillow, so that you can sleep comfortably for the entire trip. Just plug in your headphones, lean back and get jet setting! Along with a pillow, you should stay comfy with some other sleep essentials, as Marine Raynard from The Frenchie Escapes explains. "I always have travel essentials ready for long haul flights. Living in Australia but often travelling around the world, I often spend the night in the plane and sometimes several days in a row! I think a sleeping mask and earplugs are really the basics. But it's also important to keep a routine with some tissues to take makeup off, mini moisturiser as the air is so dry in a plane and to relax your skin. Et voila! You'll be all relaxed for a good night's sleep and fresh for the morning landing!" Find out more about The Frenchie Escapes by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
Once again, it’s almost criminal to have to sit on a plane for hours without feeling some sort of peace and quiet. There are babies screaming, people coughing and that one guy that doesn’t understand that it’s not okay to play music from your phone without headphones. Yes, I’m looking at you. Ear plugs can be bought from pretty much anywhere, and they’re a great investment to have when you want to sleep on the plane in peace. Sabijn Linssen from Retreat Here offers her tips for travel essentials. “A holiday or business trip wouldn't be complete without my yoga mat, a pashmina and ear plugs. My yoga practice helps me to create stillness and a sense of calm, even at busy airports or on the road. Meeting new people, exploring new places and discovering new cultures is amazing and life-enhancing, but travelling can also be stressful, so my mat provides a mini-refuge, especially during business trips. My scarf is used as a blanket for chilly plane rides, as protection from the sun or as a cover-up out of respect for certain cultures. And finally ear plugs. For some extra peace and quiet, wherever you are.” Find out more about Retreat Here by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
You have to keep all of your essentials somewhere, and you can’t keep them all in your pockets. Whether you’re after a bag to carry around your essentials or an overnight bag, it’s an essential for everyone who’s on the go. Roshni Govindaraj, owner of Issara offers her personal travel essential. “My travel essential is the handcrafted leather weekender, which holds enough clothing and personal items to last up to a week! It zips wide open for easy access and packing, and features two zips (lockable!) and the most gorgeous slate grey lining. The bags come embedded with a Bluetooth tracker which is incredibly handy whilst travelling and can be personalised with your initials. My essentials include headphones, hand cream, and a good book.” Find out more about Issara by following them on Facebook and Instagram. Suzanne Carroll, from Cool Clutch, also offers her advice when it comes to packing a travel bag. “As a seasoned traveller I won't leave home without a Cool Clutch. I pack a Cool Clutch with my shampoo and conditioner to avoid any explosions spoiling my clothes. I carry a Cool Clutch with a cool drink and so excited wheat free nibbles in case there is a shortage of edible food. And I pack an extra Cool Clutch to stop my makeup especially, my factor 30 plus lipsalve from melting when travelling in a hot country.” Find out more about Cool Clutch by following them on Instagram and Facebook.
The Great Outdoors
If you’re not going on a plane, but driving to your destination instead, you should make sure you have absolutely everything you may need for an unexpected delay, stop or issue. A first aid kit is essential for every car, along with some tasty snacks and even bring along some outdoor furniture, such as folding chairs and blow up mattresses, just in case you decide to have a little relax in between stops.Who knows, you may want to spend a night under the stars!
You can’t expect to enjoy yourself whilst you’re overseas if your skin feels like it’s been left at the airport. Makeup artist, Amanda Ramsay offers her skincare and makeup essentials for when you’re travelling. “Weleda Tinted Lip Balm, moisturises lips with a hint of colour. Vanessa Megan Nature’s Elixir Oil, a multivitamin shot perks up dull skin and RMS Beauty “Un”Cover up, a multi-tasking natural concealer that hides “puffy” under eye bags post flight!” To find out more about Amanda Ramsay, follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re looking for an all-in-one product that can keep you looking your best no matter where you are, listen to Jacqueline Quenault’s advice. “Lucas' Papaw Ointment can be used for all kinds of things, lip gloss, anti-chafe ointment, great for stings or bites, to put on foot blisters, to soften up hard spots on new leather shoes, provide lubrication on stuck luggage zippers, sunburn, nappy rash, - I even use it as hair gel and as eyebrow tamer.” Find out more about Jacqueline by following her and her amazing advice on Facebook.
Travel is super fun, but it’s important you have the essentials so you don’t have to do without, or splurge on foreign prices. These essentials are ideal for any trip, so don’t forget them. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your passport! That’d be a doozy.