First things first, I am totally aware this has been done 100x over but for my own personal record I am going to write it down anyway!
Being a family of 5 and what with both my husband and myself being self employed, we haven’t been able to go on many big holidays since having children. My heart is pining for a couple of holidays a year in faraway places, I want to be accustomed to travelling life and I want the children to grow up experiencing different cultures, temperatures and surroundings. But my bank balance says otherwise. So when we saved up and booked our first big holiday its safe to say I was dancing on the ceiling excited.
Heck, I am going to lap up every bit of excitement and aint nobody gonna stop me!
I consulted my own Mum with this post. She did get a bit too excited when I said I wanted her advice on hand luggage essentials, after all who else do I turn to? She has been all over the world and is queen traveller in our circle! Expert packer none the less.
So without further a do, this is what will be in MY hand luggage.
A lage scarf.
In mum’s eyes, this is ESSENTIAL and one of the first things you should be packing! I get her point, it seems logical. If you’re anything like us, then you can switch from being boiling hot to freezing cold within seconds. We both get cold on a plane so it can double up as a blanket too. If your suitcase is lost the other end then voila! You have got yourself a sarong too!
One pair of knickers.
Self explanatory? I think so. The last thing you want is your suitcase to be lost for a day and you have sweaty cacks from a day of travelling!! I won’t take a picture of them though, don’t worry 😉
A swimming costume / bikini.
Again, pretty self explanatory. You don’t want to be tapping your feet waiting for your luggage if it goes walk abouts, you want to enjoy every second you can by the pool so have a bikini ready and waiting for you when you get to your chosen destination!
Sweets for the journey. Mentos or boiled sweets are perfect to stop those ears popping, and I always fancy a little something whilst sitting reading a magazine (or wrestling with 3 children.)
Something to read.
You never know, your children may surprise you and sit still for 5 minutes. Snap up the opportunity to have a read of a little summin’ summin’.
Lets face it, plane headphones are useless. Pack a spare pair of headphones to save the trouble of untangling and holding in the free pair you are given!
This bag consists of medical essentials and toiletries. I haven’t photographed the bag as it will be a clear plastic food bag, not so attractive!
-Sudafed. Take this about an hour before you fly and those popped ears you are expecting won’t be so painful!
-Moisturiser. My hands are dry anyway, but they seem to get super dried out on a plane so a little hand cream is essential in my travel bag!
-Hand sanitiser. I feel like this is standard with travelling with children. I get quite clammy hands whilst travelling, especially in a hot country. And after the children scoff all the snacks and the queue to the toilets is 10 people long, you’ll be glad you packed it!
-Vaseline or lip balm. Air con on a plane = dry skin and dry lips. Vaseline is a must have.
-Wet wipes. You never know when you may need them!!
-Tissues. Again, just so handy to have in your bag
Folder with all your travel documents in. There is nothing worse than getting to the check in desk and you have to rummage around to find passports, boarding passes etc etc. Keep them all in one place and you can just hand the lot over!
Camera! I do not trust to put any of my camera equipment into my main luggage so it is all coming with me in my hand luggage.
I will have my Canon 6D, Canon powershot S120 and a GoPro Hero4. I will also be taking spare batteries for all with their chargers and lots of memory cards! This is all going to go in this awesome bag I picked up in primark for just £4! Keeps it all together and easy to whip in and out if you need to take any snaps on your journey!
I am also taking my laptop as I know I will want to clear off some memory cards half way through the holiday so my apple mac is coming along for the ride too.
That sums up my hand luggage! I hope you have found it useful and not too boring 😉 I will pre warn that next week will be filled with holiday snaps galore!!