Well, it’s actually happening! I’ve barely got my feet back on solid ground after my month long trip to the Caribbean with P&O Cruises, but now I’m preparing for a very last minute trip to South East Asia with a sister brand, Princess Cruises.
I’m super excited to be going to this part of the world for the first time, and I’ll be ticking four new countries off my bucket list! It does mean however, I have to get my sh*t together and pack pretty damned quickly!
To be fair, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’ll be taking anyway, and there are certainly a few items I can’t survive any sunny holiday without!
Here are my top 10 holiday essentials that I just need to have in my case!
These things are an absolute lifesaver when it comes to packing your case – rather than folding your clothes, you roll them up inside these, and once the cube is closed it keeps everything together. It’s also dead handy for pulling out what you need quickly – you can have a cube for underwear, one for bikinis, one for your dresses and so on.
It’s also really useful to have a smaller one with a change of clothes and underwear in your hand baggage, just in case your suitcase goes walkies (it happens).
I get mine from the Ikea family range, but if you don’t live near one there’s plenty on Amazon! Plus of course you could get them on Amazon Prime if you book last minute like me!
I guess this goes without saying, you’ve got to capture those beautiful sunsets and gorgeous beaches haven’t you? Do it for the memories (and for instagram obviously!)
My current camera I actually got at the airport on the way to the last cruise, though I’d been lusting after it for ages. It’s the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 and it’s amazing. I love the fact that it’s got a viewfinder alongside the touch screen, so much easier for taking photos in bright light when you can’t necessarily see the screen very well. It’s also got inbuilt wifi so that you can connect it to your phone – you can transfer photos and use your phone as a remote control via the Panasonic Image App. The scene and artistic settings have given me some really great photos of sunsets and things and are really easy to use, plus the 30x zoom on it is INSANE!
Noise Cancelling Headphones
I didn’t really understand the hype about these until I borrowed my mum’s when I flew transatlantic on my own a few years ago – they are an absolute game changer.
My parents got me the Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Cancelling Headphones for my birthday last year and they’re absolutely brilliant – when you switch them on they emit some sort of frequency that blocks out that awful background noise you can get on planes and trains, perfect for when you want to go to sleep or even just concentrate on the in flight movie. They’re bluetooth but also come with a cord so you can connect to the headphone socket on the planes. They’ll definitely be my best friend on the 14 hour flight to Singapore!
Phone battery pack
I first discovered how useful these portable power banks were when I was in team iPhone and constantly running out of charge, even now I’ve got to admit they’re great on the go to give your phone, camera or headphones an extra boost.
Plus, mine’s rose gold, because why the hell not!
Kindle or Ereader
Ok, so it’s yet another piece of technology to cart around but such a space saver compared to carting a bag full of books around like I used to! Yes I know there’s nothing quite like flicking through a great big thick paperback but seriously, those 20kg of baggage allowance are precious! This way you can take as many books as you like for very little space.
Facial Sun Cream
It might seem obvious that you need sun cream for a beach holiday, but I’ve got to say, this one by La Roche Posay is the best one I’ve found yet. I’ve got really sensitive skin and eczema to boot, so I need something gentle, moisturising, that gives good protection and also preferably gives me a bit of a glow while I’m waiting for the tan to appear (because let’s be real, I ain’t bothering with makeup on the beach).
My lips dry out ridiculously quickly in the heat, so I’ve always got chapsticks thrown in every bag I own. My favourite at the moment is one by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. I love all of the Palmer’s range and this one is lovely and soft and feels a lot more long lasting.
I’m just going to say it – these are not the sexiest shoes in the world, but oh my god they are so comfy! My feet are a source of constant pain on holiday, literally. I’m a size 8, with wide and flat feet, and I find more often than not I get covered in blisters when I wear sandals. I went two or three holidays borrowing my mum’s Fitflops before I eventually conceded they were the holiday solution I needed! To be fair, some of them aren’t bad – I’ve been borrowing some gold sequined ones that look great with a tan! So yeah, these have made it onto my must-have list.
Gluten Free Snacks
Much as I hate to agree with my parents – I’m a pain in the backside because I’m always hungry. Back in the day it was an easy solution, now I’m gluten free there’s a lot of planning ahead to be done! I’m still looking into what the situation is going to be in Singapore and the other countries I’m visiting, so I’ll be taking some boxes of Nairn’s Biscuit Breaks with me on this trip for those “Oh my god I’m going to faint” moments.
Might sound a bit obvious, but I’m specifically talking about one of those that can hang on the back of your bathroom door, great if you’re somewhere where you’re limited for bathroom space (hello Adonia!). I can get all my makeup in mine, plus my eczema creams and some hair bits and earrings as well!