The Best Carry On Luggage For Every Trip Type

Open the storage cupboard in my house and it’s stacked with luggage. As someone who’s a frequent flyer, I’ve gathered a lot of suitcases over the years and I now seem to have one for every kind of trip. From lightweight carry on to hard shell luggage, to soft travel packs that squeeze into airline overhead bins, in this article I’ll share the best carry on luggage for every trip. I don’t have a lot of recommendations because I don’t think you need them. If you’re not sure about switching to carry on, I’ve listed the pros and cons below. … Read more

A Simple Costa Rica Packing List (with Printable checklist)

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Welcome to your printable Costa Rica packing list… Skip to the end of this post if you want the link to the printable Costa Rica packing list in high-res PDF. However, I do have good packing tips for Costa in this post if you want to read on. A lot of Costa Rica packing lists will just give you the top level essentials of what to pack for Costa Rica, focusing on the specific items you will need for travelling to Costa Rica. I’ve give you a more detailed list so you only need one print-out to work from. Many … Read more

Does IPL at home work? Philips Lumea Review

Does the Philips Lumea work? I googled this extensively before I bought my IPL machine and, I couldn’t really get a straight answer. So I decided to go ahead, buy one and write a Philips Lumea review myself.  It’s taken me over a year to write this. Not because I’m lazy…or because I’ve been sat at home marvelling my silky soft legs. It’s because my review is mixed and I’ve wanted to give the Philips Lumea a good run for its money before coming to a conclusion.  Black Friday Deals and January Sale – hairy friends, a quick update as … Read more

What to Wear in Lapland – A Snow Trip Packing List

I hate the cold, which is why so many of my friends and family were surprised to hear that I was going to Lapland. When I explained that I’d agreed to the trip at a New Year’s eve party, AFTER midnight and a barrel-full of wine, my decision made more sense. But in the cold light of New Year’s Day, I got nervous about what I’d said yes to. One of my biggest worries: I didn’t own winter wear. My wardrobe is made up of summer dresses and cut-off denim shorts. Every time I feel the need to buy sub … Read more

How to Travel Light: 25 Quick Swaps for Packing Light

Packing light can seem like a herculean challenge if you’re the kind of person who’s regularly paying excess baggage rates. Yet many of the how to travel light tips will have packing two weeks’ luggage into a palm-sized rucksack. Don’t worry, there is a middle ground. What I have for you is 25 quick swaps and changes you can make to your packing system to trim down you packing weight and save space in your suitcase without having to agree to wear the same pair of knickers four days in a row. You may find some of these packing hacks … Read more

Safari Packing List – What You Need To Take On Safari

Perhaps it was because I flew to South Africa just after New Year, and my brain was still addled with sherry, but I didn’t give a great deal of thought to my safari packing list. I just threw a handful of ‘adventure’ items into my bag and pointed myself towards Johannesburg for my month long trip to South Africa. During that time, I took a safari in Kruger National Park where my lack of planning was quickly evident. On the first day, the guide sent me back to my room to change because I was wearing the wrong colours. But … Read more

11 Travel Gifts for Yourself

10 Travel Gifts for Yourself

With the gift giving season right around the corner, why not add a little gift for yourself to your shopping list? Perhaps you’re still receiving gifts from your oh-so-brief but still not forgotten Bieber phase? Perhaps you have a generous benefactor who’s landed a pot of Christmas cash in your lap. Or perhaps you just think – I’m amazing, I’ve worked my bottom off this year and I deserve a little something from me to me. Here are 10 travel themed gifts for yourself. 1. A plane ticket What greater travel gift can there be than the gift of actual … Read more

Trekking Kit – 10 Essentials for Every Long Hike

Putting together your trekking kit? Wondering what to put in your backpack? Read on for the 10 trekking kit essentials to pack for every long hike… Ever get that feeling that the mountains are calling? Whether you are an avid hiker or a novice, a trip into the mountains is an amazing answer to many of life’s stresses. Just being in the great outdoors, taking in nature and the fresh air, can give you an incredible mood boost and restore your positive outlook on life. It’s scientific fact! And what better place to explore the outdoors than the mountains, with … Read more

The Only FREE Printable Packing List You Need

The ultimate travel packing list - with packing tips and packing hacks it's the only travel packing checklist and packing template you'll need

Note: A link to the high-resolution printable packing list PDF is at the bottom of this post. I’ve used this packing list template for a 14 day trip and a 14 month trip. The difference: I take my clothes to a laundry service about every 2 weeks when I’m away for longer. And if you’re looking to pack carry-on only, focus on those items with a * next to them. This list is suitable for a wide variety of destinations. You might want to do a little adaptation – a second base layer instead of a second bikini if you’re off to … Read more

21 Long Haul Flight Essentials: What to Take In Your Carry On Bag

I fly long haul a lot, so it’s a good job I’m one of those people who loves flying. Still, what you take on board a long haul flight can make all the difference to your flying experience. I’ve created this list over years and now they go into my hand luggage every time I fly for more than a few hours. Here’s my list of long haul flight essentials. 1. Collapsable water bottle If there’s one thing a long haul flight is guaranteed to do (apart from get you to your destination), it’s dehydrate you and those tiny bottles … Read more