15 of My Favourite Travel Tips

I have compiled a list of some of my top travel tips, that I have found are a god send when travelling either for long haul, short haul, carry on only or if your checking a bag. There are many other tips I could go into; placing cotton pads in compacts and placing jewellery in cling film. This is only a few tips so do a little research and watch a few videos

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  1. Roll Your Clothes
    It saves room and lowers the chance of wrinkles.
  2. Create a Clothing Emergency Kit
    In case of luggage loss in your hand luggage pack an outfit (I tend to go for a cotton dress or playsuit that rolls small), a bikini and a pair of panties and a bralette – I wear sports bras on the plane. This means I have a change of clothes to go out in and a bikini to hang by the pool if my luggage is missing for a day.
  3. Stuff Your Hat to Pack in your Case
    Roll and stuff pants, t-shirts or cotton items into the hat and place it on the bottom of the suitcase and pack around the hat and over the top and when you take it out it will remain the right shape.
  4. Down Size Your Toiletries
    Don’t travel with massive bottles and jars of product with you a. you don’t need it b. it takes up a lot of space. Get those little travel bottles and decant your favourite products into smaller bottles or pick up travel sizes and samples of products.

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  5. Take an empty Water Bottle and take snacks
    Food and drink can be super expensive at the airport and if you have super early flights finding open places can be a pain. I like to take an empty water bottle to fill at the water fountain or I’ll ask a Starbucks when I pick up a coffee or tea. I also like to take protein/cereal bars as well in case I can’t pick up food or I don’t like what is on offer.
  6. Wear easy to remove shoes
    In the UK you don’t have to take off your shoes but thick heavy boots may need to be scanned. In the US you do have to take shoes off so just make sure you have shoes that are easy to get on and off and I prefer to wear shoes with socks, invisible socks are your friend. Even if you don’t have to take them off for security having easy to remove shoes on the plane are better in small spaces.
  7. Keep everything in its own wallet/case/bag/pouch
    This is an easy way to find all of your stuff, each thing has its own pouch and you’re not digging through your bag to find your lip balm at the bottom of the Mary Poppins hole that is your bag.

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  8. Write a list as you pack
    If you aren’t a list writer, jotting down what you are packing as you do it will let you see if you have forgotten anything.
  9. Download podcasts/update your music/Kindle books
    I need to save space on my phone so I delete all my podcasts and redownload the ones I want to listen to on my flight, make a specific playlist for my trip and update my Kindle with all the latest books I want to read!.
  10. Double check the companies limitations and guidelines as well as those of your country and the country you are travelling to!
    Be aware of what you can and can’t bring and pack, that way you won’t get anything taken away at security.
  11. Don’t overpack!
    You don’t need 7 day and 7 Night outfits for a week, and NEVER take more outfits that days you are going.

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  12. Don’t wear uncomfortable clothing on a flight
     This one seems pretty self-explanatory but you’ll be surprised at the number of people who got for style over comfort. I am not saying you should sacrifice style but no one wants to be stuck in the worlds most uncomfortable jeans for a 10+ hour flight. Miss Louie has a brilliant video with so many options for cute and comfy outfits.

  13. Take deodorant on the plane
    I always take a roll on NEVER an aerosol. Don’t be the person who stinks out the plane with your Lynx. Some people suffer from Asthma and it can seriously affect them. It’s just a common courtesy. Use a roll on or roller ball perfume, if you have to pick something with a light scent that’s not gonna have the other 60-100 people on the place hacking up a lung.
  14. Clingfilm and tape bottles down
    This is a really handy tip to prevent leakages and spillages in your luggage. Just remove the cap, place a square of cling film over the top and screw the cap down. If the cap has a flick cap just take a piece of tape and cover it.
  15. Moisturisers are your friend
    I get extremely dry skin from that air con so I always make sure I have a hand cream/body moisturiser, lip balm and a face cream.  I can keep my skin hydrated and clean also helps prevent breakouts.
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June Favourites

Beauty, Hair and Fashion 

Rose Wrap Dress from Primark £13.00

Bloggers have apparently been going crazy for this rose print wrap dress from Primark! It’s so pretty so I understand why. It’s such a lovely dress and after umming and ahhing over it for a weekend I bought it and I am so glad I did! I wore it to a friend’s leaving party and was so happy with the way it looked.

Nyx Lingerie eye palette £8.00 (available at Nyx Cosmetics)

Nyx has released a new 6 shade palette; this is the matte palette and they have a shimmer palette as well but you know I am a matte girl so when this palette became available I wanted it. Luckily for me, they opened up a new Nyx store in Westfield Stratford and I managed to grab the sucker! I won’t lie and saw it is the most pigmented when swatched but it blends beautifully and it is easy to build the product. I really like the looks I can create with the palette (and some other shadows) and have been using it a lot.

Braids

I love a good braid and recently I have been using braids as my go to hairstyle, they are super easy and with the warm weather a cute alternative to a ponytail. I love a crown braid, I think they are cute and keep my hair off my neck. They also give me Kahleessi and Lagertha Viking vibes; which is my latest obsession and I adore them.

Food

Banna Chips

I do not like dried fruit or bananas so this is a weird thing to like, (the only thing about bananas is the texture so that it removed with these). They are super tasty and a handful is a really good snack and is filling as an actual banana (not as healthy). Throw them into a little Tupperware pot and into the bag and are great on the go. They are a good alternative to chocolate or sweets.

Pomegranate

So this may or may not have something to do with my Hades and Persephone obsession but I love pomegranates both in the fruit form and the juice form, I love a carton in the fridge and having it with dinner. It’s full of anti-oxidants and has other healthy vitamins packed in as well.

Rice and Green Bean Salad (X)

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So I found this YouTube page as I was scrolling and this recipe popped up and as someone who loves rice but needs it to have some flavour and this recipe is perfect for that. It’s a completely vegan page and all the food looks amazing! This recipe is no different. Check Sadia’s blog out she has amazing recipes for all meals, snacks, dips, desserts, and smoothies.

Completing My PGCE

I did it! I finished my PGCE, I have a job and my career is looking up! I am so excited to be finished. I miss being in school every day but I am enjoying my time off before I go back. By this time next year, I will hopefully have full QTS. Fingers crossed

Podcasts

I have fallen in love with listening to podcasts on my way to work, they are a great alternative to music. I will be doing a separate post showing you what podcasts I am listening to and loving!

Summer TBR

So this is the final summer that I have that will be longer than the school summer holidays and I intend to embrace that by picking up some of the books on my TBR that are the ones I want to read the most.  I will probably be picking most of these up while I am on holiday with my trusty Kindle. I have chosen books that I have either come out this year of books I really want to get too this summer. Fingers crossed?

A Court of Wings and Ruin  by Sarah J Maas (X)

The third book in the ACOTAR series so I won’t spoil the plot for you but this is the finale of the first half of this series. I can’t wait to finish it I love this series and I do prefer it over Throne of Glass so I will be finishing this off before I go back to the other series.

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (X)

This is a book that I am super excited about; I do like to read contemporary in the summer and this book seems like a winner. It focuses on Hannah and uses a concurrent storyline to see what would happen to Hannah and the effect of the decision she has to make. It looks at the idea of true love and fate and I think it will be an interesting read.

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (X)

Another summer, another Nina LaCour novel. I read Everything Leads to You last summer and fell in love with the story, characters and LaCour’s writing. So I am super excited to delve back into LaCour’s work. This story focuses on Marin who ran away from a tragedy and her best friend Mabel to attend college in New York and now Marin has to face her past as Mabel comes to visit during winter break. I definitely want to reread Everything Leads to You but I am excited to see what else LaCour has to offer. (This is an LGBTQ+ novel)

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (X)

So I have been watching the History Channel Show Vikings for a while now and am slightly obsessed with it and Alex Høgh Andersen so when Gaiman released this novelisation of the stories of the Norse Gods, the creation of their world and the end of it with Ragnarok. I love reading about Mythology and have a couple of other non-fiction texts of Norse Mythology which I am excited to read but I definitely want to crack this open; probably while on the plane.

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Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo (X)

While I have no inclination to read Bardugo’s other series, I love this duology! I got Six of Crows for Christmas and loved it and immediately bought the second book but I have yet to read it as I don’t want it to end. This has an almost 5-star rating on Goodreads and I will need to finish this soon! Following on from where Six of Crows left how with Kaz deal with the aftermath of the ‘impossible’ heist?

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman (X)

I have started watching the Amazon Prime series and so far I love it. After a serious talk with one of my friends about the joy that is American Gods, I want to read the novel as well. I think the premise of this novel is really different and I have enjoyed other Gaiman novels. This novel centres around  Shadow, who after being in Prison and having his life turned upside down by the death of his wife takes a job with the enigmatic Mr Wednesday and learns not everything is a black and white as it may seem.

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 I also want to pick up a travel book and I have a couple but I am undecided on what I want to pick up. I loved On the Road by Jack Kerouac (X) and I have What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding (X) and A Thousand Days in Venice (X) but I don’t know what I want to choose. I love reading books about travelling or travel memoirs in the summer. Does anyone have any recommendations?

T5W: Favourite Minor Characters

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey. Here is a link to the Goodreads page if you want to join in on the fun. This group is now run by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes .

This week’s topic is Favourite Minor Characters. 

5. Regan from Fangirl

I love Reagan and her no shit attiude. She takes Cath under her wing and is the bitchy best friend we all know and love.

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4. Jenny Fraser from The Outlander Series

I love Jenny, mostly because she is such a strong character in a very male dominated world. As much as I love Claire, Jenny is by far one of the strongest characters. She fought for herself and her brother and is awesome and badass.

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3. Morrigan, Amren, Cassian and Azriel from A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

I love this group! I couldn’t just choose one of them! They are loyal friends and I love their relationship with Rhysand and their amazing bond and how they share they with Feyre.

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2. Iko from the Lunar Chronicles

Iko is the comic relief needed in this series and her unwavering loyalty makes her an amazing friend to Cinder and an asset to the storyline.

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1. Luna Lovegood from The Harry Potter Series

Luna is by far one of my favourite characters in the Harry Potter series. She is unapologetically herself throughout the whole franchise and the message her character can inspire is wonderful. She is cute, quirky and intelligent and I think she is great.

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