Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Travel packing essentials




I wholeheartedly agree.

I may have regretted clothes, shoe, jewellry purchases but I have never had one about any of my travels. 

Even some of those trips I may not necessarily want to revisit literally and figuratively.

I am writing this completely jet-lagged in Bangkok.

My iPad isn't cutting it so am in the hotel lobby at 3 in the morning and let me tell you - you want to do some people watching and possible blackmailing, this is the place to be.  
Pity I don't know these people because I would have lots of rope.
Anyway…


I needed a break. For lots of reasons I won't bore you with right now but the British winter has been more brutal than normal.

I thought enough was enough.  
I told the winter that I was leaving it for awhile and 
we had to reconsider our relationship.  
Then like any dysfunctional relationship, it decided it would be all sun ray shining and balmy the day I left. 
Argh!

I was hearing a lady on the flight sharing her travel essentials so I thought I would share with you my essentials for travels too.


This is the beauty section.
Pure Papaya Ointment - like Lucas Paw Paw but without the mineral oil.

Z Gel - this is a household must.  It is homoepathic remedy with arnica and Bach Flower remedies.  It is a panacea for most things.

Biafine - best thing for possible sunburn and wounds.

Homeostick - general moisturizer in stick form but best for around eyes and lips.

Decleor eye gel and Weleda Wild Rose Mask - for the flight, landing, and life in general.


Pain killers may seem obvious but hotels nowadays won't offer it and usually pains come at night when things are shut or you are too sick or in pain to go on a quest to find a pill.  A lot of people owe me favours for having brought a pack of Nurofen and alleiviating pain...

Rescue night remedies may be psychosomatic but I like a harmless crutch.

Antihistamines also a must because the weirdest things can cause an allergy and I am going to places I have never been before…

Remember MacGyver?  


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 This is my ode to him. 

My Victorinox Swiss card lite.


I feel so confident walking around with this.  
Size of a credit card but look what it can do.

Pen, tweezers, different set of screws, scissors, file, red light, magnifying glass, and ruler.


Also, I remember to photocopy my passport and all my credit cards and email them to myself.
That way I can access fairly easily.

From past experience, if you lose your credit card and you ring from abroad and they ask you to punch in your 16 digit numbers and if you don't know it then you have to hang on at least ten minutes for an operator.  This just saves time and stress.

But I didn't get carried away with packing.

At the end of the day, I got my tickets, my cards, and my passport.


I will still be posting and trying to update you on my travels.
Mind you I will be at the mercy of travel goblins so please bear with me if I can not post and am a bit sparse.I hope I see things that I want to share with you all.  
Wish me luck! x

43 comments:

  1. Bangkok, amazing! I really want to travel more, but life is keeping me here at the moment... I never thought of emailing myself copies of documents, what a good idea! All great tips and I love Weleda products. Hope you enjoy your time and have a fabulous trip! xo

    PS: Don't worry about blogging, it really isn't that important ;-)

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    1. Hi Mlle Poirot, i am trying to do as much while I can. yes def email copies to yourself of important things! Weleda is so great in terms of product and value - dont know why its not more popular. will try and enjoy once i get over this jetlag and yes will try not to worry :) thank you

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  2. Good luck and enjoy yourself in Bangkok !!
    It must be amazingly exotic & beautiful there :)
    And thank you for your bday wish :)

    Sofia

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    1. thnk you - bangok is more of a transit city so i can recover but still making most of it. hope you had a great day!

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  3. come on ! we want thailand pics, not biafine tube pics ;)

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    1. OMG - you are right!! tubes of creme instead of coconut trees- when its put like that its quite funny - will post something tropical soon :p

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  4. I have to know what was going on in that lobby mini MacGyver!! Do tell! Living vicariously through you right now, although it is sunny & lovely here, I am in the pick up lane at school as I write this comment & you, my dear, are in an exotic land traversing unknown territory ( well at least unknown to me ). Enjoy all the sights, sounds, foods & local delights and report all you can in your soon to be famous blog.
    xo
    Kelly

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    1. kelly, ultimately we are in bangkok...i am no naive girl but i couldnt help but swivel my head. basically german guy with three women or two and a half. one fifty year old with big boobs, one katoy // ladyboy and one plumpish twenty year old checking out at 315 am. where to begin

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    2. got cut off - but it will always be a bit seedy which is why i tend to stay a short time!! but will share with you soon x

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  5. Well, let's just say that if we accidentally picked up each other's hand luggage, we'd be pretty happy! I agree, travel is probably my biggest expenditure every year. I've been to Rome and Amsterdam so far this year ( I live on a tiny island, so would be sectioned if I couldn't get off it). Enjoy your trip and make the most of it!

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    1. lucky you to already have done two trips! but i am the same, i love travel. but the best thing is when its over i can still replay the memories...Thank you and i will tryand make the most of it once i get over this dreadful jet lag!

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  6. Jealous!! I know for a fact that you'll find lots of inspiring things to share. Have an amazing time!

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    1. Thank you Danie! Dont be jealous - I also suffered through a horrendous winter - this is just respite!!!

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  7. interesting blog!

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    1. Thanks - I will pop over and check out the handbags. I used to be a fiend but now mild consumer...

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  8. OMG! You are not in England! JEALOUS! and you haven't just popped over to Portugal, you're in blooming Bangkok. Well Naomi, you have a lovely time and I look forward to seeing the snaps so that I can admire them vicariously. x

    By the way you are clearly a very organised person! x

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    1. Hey Colleen, Just couldnt handle it - hadto leave but then it was sunny and 14degrees the day i left!!! I will share soon but seriously i am sooonot organised - i only just booked my remaining hotels for the rest of the trip and last minute changed my itinerary completely!!! xx

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    2. Ha ha - now that's living in the fast lane lol! How long are you there for hun - have you even bought a return ticket? x

      p.s. I've just spent the last 45 minutes on Expedia thanks to you! x

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  9. i use to travel ALLLLLLLL the time - but my beau isn't big into travel - which is a TOTAL bummer - so we don't jet set like i use to and love - man do i miss it tho!

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    1. mine doesnt fly!! so makes it hard but at least staying hme is more fun now right?

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  10. Wow! I am so impressed by your packing. I travel innocently abroad with little more than rehydration salts and strong painkillers - I am going to have to up my game.
    I use Weleda's wild rose smoothing day cream, their brand is free of nasties.
    We've had one day of sunshine and now it's wet and dull. You are missing nothing back here in Blighty. Next week we are promised cold and possibly snow so am going to live vicariously through your blog. Have a great time.

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    1. pls dont get impressed with my packing bc the rest is just shoved in balls!! rather humid but for once am not complaining :)

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  12. That's one of my favourite quotes and so true! Interesting to see your travel essentials - I must investigate the Z Gel and Homeostick to add to my travel bag. Enjoy your trip.
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    1. Yes z gel is amazing as a cabinet staple!

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  13. Bon voyage!! Enjoy all your travevelling! xo Caroline

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  14. Ah I am hoping to go travelling - this has got me excited :) Looking forward to hearing more about your travels x

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    1. I will try but just lost my charger...so might be a delay...

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  15. I so agree with that statement! I love nothing more then to travel! So fun! Enjoy your trip :)

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  16. I love that quote :) Very good list of all the travel essentials :) I know what I'll be referring back to in the future :)

    Rachel @ AMomentInTime.
    xo

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    1. You might want to add extra chargers and adaptors to that list..!

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  17. It sounds verrrrry interesting indeed in your hotel lobby! Your packing essentials are similar to mine, although throw in a bunch of stuff for kids as well.... very hard to pack light with my entourage! Enjoy the heat - we're steaming it up here in Adelaide too, it's very Queensland like instead of our usual dry heat. I'm longing for Winter! xx

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    1. Heidi, you are spoiled over there...but be careful what you wish for! Was sweating due to humidity but didn't whine once. Loved it...yes Bangkok can be a little too interesting at times! Xx

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  18. Wow! I am so impressed by all the "equipment" you brought along Naomi. And you have Biafine. That's a must for travellers. You are even better equipped than McGyver ;-)
    Have a fun trip. May I recommend one spot to visit (North of Thailand)? Sukotai: huge and impressive Buddhas in the middle of nowhere. I am telling you... once you have seen these statues, you are in love forever with Buddha!!!
    xo
    Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

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    1. Funny you mention Sukhothai bc I stayed there! One of my favourite hotels now. Will post pics once I am sorted. That place was so inspiring...

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  19. Hey Naomi!

    This post was such a great travel prepare! Can't wait to see all your Thailand photos! BTW, are you sure the Swiss army knife stuff will be allowed through security at the airport?!!
    Have a fabulous trip!

    (='.'=)
    -Lauren at adorn la femme

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    1. I only carry once arrive but I almost took it to the import and f they took that away I would have been distraught! But lost my charger so bringing a spare one next time. I always seem to leave a trail of something behind...

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  20. Good luck! And have so much fun!

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  22. Bangkok!! Can't wait to see the pictures.. I love this post, I will bookmark it, so I can read it before my next journey :) Great blog!

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