My travel essentials

Up in the air

There are dozens of blog posts and YouTube videos dedicated to this theme. Trust me, I know. I’ve seen quite a few myself. But everyone is different, and everybody has his/her own opinion in a matter. It depends on a gender, travel style, destinations, travel experience, preferences, health issues and many other things. That is why I’ve also decided to give it a go and to share my travel essentials with you, my readers. Hopefully this information will be useful.

Don’t know about you but I’m always making a list of all the things I should pack. I divide them in the following categories:

  • Travel documents
  • Money & cards
  • Electronics & gadgets
  • Medicine
  • Skin care products, makeup, etc.
  • Shoes & clothes
  • Accessories
  • Others

Travel documents:

  • Passport or/and travel ID
  • Tickets and check-ins
  • Hotel or apartment voucher
  • Car rental receipt (if we have rented a car)

Money and all the necessary cards. For example, debit/credit cards, travel insurance and European health insurance cards, some loyal customer or bonus cards (for example, Finnair, Miles & More, Club One, etc.).

Electronics and gadgets:

  • Mobile phone
  • Power bank
  • Charger with an extra cord
  • Tablet; very handy especially on the plane where we always play Carcassonne
  • Travel plug adapter (if needed)
  • Navigator (only if we are renting a car)
  • Camera*, three camera batteries (all charged in advance), camera charger and two SD cards

* although nowadays we don’t take camera as often with us as before; phone cameras are more than enough lately

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Electronics and gadgets

Medicine:

  • Blisters (Compeed only!)
  • Smecta / Rennie / Samarin
  • Precosa
  • Aspirin
  • Painkillers (because shit happens, as they say)
  • Prescription medication
  • Nose medicine (usually Naso-ratiopharm)*

* travel experience taught me to take Naso-ratiopharm everywhere, no matter what season it is – summer or winter. Once I got sick in Malta (thanks to air conditioner) and all I could find in the pharmacy was some eucalyptus spray that didn’t help me much. The worst situation though I had in Austria, where we’ve spent winter holidays. I woke up in the middle of the night because my nose was completely stuck, and I couldn’t breath at all. Numerous trips to the bathroom didn’t bring any relief, nose was still stuck. And it was difficult to breath through the mouth. At some point I got so desperate that I’ve decided to try a spray for sore throat (only thing that I had in my first aid kit)… Let’s just say it was a bad idea. Very bad idea. It felt like my nose was on fire. No, worse! It felt like I sprayed sulfuric acid to my nose. There was nothing else that I could do, so I just waited for the closest pharmacy to open. I had to wait three hours. I think it’s needless to say that it has been the longest three hours in my life. So, since that day I always have Naso-ratiopharm in my purse. Better safe than sorry.

Skin care products, makeup, etc.:

  • Moisturizing face cream, under eye cream and skin toner*
  • Face swipes or micellar water
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Lumene face care products

  • Make up; I don’t use much makeup, and when I say it, I actually mean it. For summer time I usually use mascara, something for the eyebrows, lipstick or lip gloss and sometimes under eye concealer (I don’t really need it after I get suntan). During cold season I add CC cream, eyeliner pencils, one more lipstick and eyeshadow palette to this list.
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Summer makeup essentials

Lumene Nordic chic mascara, eyebrow brush, Maybelline Tattoo brow micro-pen tint (deep brown), Lumene matte lipstick Nordic seduction (4 – Spring night)

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Winter makeup essentials

Lumene CC cream, Maybelline crayon finish waterproof pencil (38 – Brown), Maybelline kohl eyeliner (300 – Edgy emerald), L.O.V. lip affair color & care lipstick (№551 Christina’s Red), Catrice eyeshadow palette The Nude Blossom

  • Shampoo (quite often I’m taking a solid shampoo bar), conditioner, hair mousse and hairspray**
  • Perfume
  • Lip balm and hand cream
  • Travel razor
  • Tooth paste for sensitive teeth and tooth brush
  • Hairbrush (tangle teezer only, it’s the best choice for my thin hair)

* I use mainly Lumene products because they are made in Finland and I can buy them fresh from the Lumene factory shop; Lumene is a good quality product, dermatologically tested and most importantly – it is not tested on animals

** if I’m traveling with a carry-on bag, then I choose either travel-sized tubes for liquids or simply buy hair products when I arrive to our destination

Shoes and clothes

Vacation is basically the only time when I find capsule wardrobe extremely useful. You’ll need just few pieces to create different outfits for 7-12 days.

As for shoes… I always take only the most comfortable pairs, because we walk a lot during our travels. We never dine in fancy restaurants, that’s why you won’t find high heels in my luggage. My favorite footwear brands are Rieker, Clarks and s. Oliver.

 

Accessories:

  • Travel purse (small crossbody bag for everyday use)
Travel purses

Travel purses

Green – Brit-stitch, red – no brand, silver – Miss Selfridge, golden – O.I.S.

  • Travel wallet; I always take smaller wallet with me since I don’t need all my cards when I’m abroad
  • Travel organizers

httpswww.ebay.compTravel-Organizers-Packing-Cubes-6-Pcs-Set-Luggage-Suitcase-Bag-Accessories-Pouch1375456863

These are from eBay. I found similar and cheaper on Aliexpress.

 

Others:

  • Two pens
  • Small notebook that can fit in my travel purse
  • Medium size notebook (to write about our travel adventures)
  • Hair straightener
  • Shawl; I take it with me because of two reasons:
  1. to cover myself during flights (once I got a horrible neck and ear pain on a SAS plane because air vent was blowing like a crazy and it was not possible to switch it off)
  2. to cover myself when we visit churches

And if we are having holiday in a warm country, I will also take sunglasses, swimming suit, hat, heavy duty sun lotion and after sun lotion, opened shoes (not flip-flops, can’t wear those) and maybe a good book, in case I’m going to take a sunbath:

Summer extras

Summer extras

Hope you enjoyed it!

TWVera

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