My Hand Luggage Essentials

‘I like to travel light. I’m also pretty lazy on holiday, so I’ve never been one for carting around hairdryers and straighteners. I barely use them at home, so there’s little chance of me busting them out when I’m supposed to be relaxing

The lack of these electrical item generally means that my hand luggage can be difficult to fill. That, and the fact that I can’t obviously fill it with toiletries like back in the good ol’ days. Despite my trusty hand luggage not being filled to the brim, these are the things I can’t live without on any flight…

The Travel Bug

This goes without saying, obviously. This little bug is the first thing to be packed *anywhere* I go, and I’m including Tesco in statement.  Sometimes he even comes with me on my journeys to work, if I’m having a particularly crappy week, but that’s a whole other post.  I feel odd if I leave the house without my intrepid explorer and, let’s face it, he’d be a pretty rubbish Travel Bug is he stayed home in North Wales all the time, wouldn’t he? Exactly.

‘TTB sits at the top of hand luggage and often earns me odd looks from security when they rifle through my stuff looking for liquids, tweezers and Semtex’

I often worry that some over caffeinated security guard will think my little stuffed amigo has a kilo of heroin stuffed up him bum and will rip him to shreds in front of my eyes, rendering me speechless and heartbroken  It hasn’t happened yet.  The mere of thought of it, however, is the reason I always look so nervous at airport security. Honest…
This little champ is my constant travel companion. The wine in the background is mine.  He prefers red.  


On a flight back from Paris recently, I spent the entire journey home blogging about what I’d seen and done on my phone.  I use the WordPress app, so it means I can just turn on airplane mode and furiously type away (sometimes literally, depending on what’s happened during my trip…). It makes the time pass a bit quicker and makes me feel like I’m being all productive and stuff.  I only start once I’ve read the in-flight magazine, obviously, because I don’t want to miss out on any news about some new far flung destination I haven’t been to yet.  Or, you know, for the makeup deals.


I *need* this on my breaks as I usually only get a chance to catch up on all my favourite shows when I’m off.  Holidays are the time I get to sit back and do nothing with the guilty feeling that I’m sitting back doing nothing.  Seriously; I honestly get that.  It’s so annoying.  I use my iPad for the Audible app every night to help me sleep, so I never go anywhere, for even a single night, without it.

‘I’m also finding it increasingly difficult to be way from Doug the Pug and The Blueboys on my travels, so I need it for the whole ‘Dogs In Outfits On The Internet’ obsession that I have…’

My Hand Luggage Essentials  - iPhone
I need this with me constantly for blogging, Twitter, Insta and reading news.

Baby Wipes

‘Brace yourself while I tell you this, but you DON’T EVEN NEED A BABY to buy these wipes!  I know! it’s shocking but true…’

I rarely go on hols without these bad boys as they’re perfect for waking yourself up at the end of a flight; keeping you from feeling completely disgusting on long-haul, or just brilliant for taking your makeup off so you don’t feel like such a tramp before you attempt to catch some sleep.  They’re cheap and cheerful and can be used for pretty much anything, including mopping up any wine you spill.  Although, if you do this on a regular basis, you should probably get a different container.   Or, you know, stop drinking; which ever you feel it best for you.
Also, whipping out wipes on a flight totally makes you look like you’ve got your shit together when, in fact, just because you packed your wet ones does NOT mean you didn’t leave home without your toothbrush, am I right?

Two Purses

I hate mixing my currencies, so I take a *teeny* little purse with Sterling in it, which I use to pay for all the overpriced shit you get in the airport, and then put all my holiday spends in my every day purse.  This means I don’t have to spend aaaaaages looking through coins when I’m on holiday, going:  ‘Oooh, this one was from my week in Valencia…and this was from….mmmm…might have been Krakow?….or maybe not…is this coin even Polish?, I don’t know….. *cue memory montage* while people behind me in the queue at the local Carrefour get really antsy, because I HATE THAT.
My Hand Luggage Essentials - Two Purses
I can’t deal with mixed currencies.  Gotta keep them separate.  

Flip Flops

It doesn’t matter where on the planet I go – including my back garden in Wales – I will find a use for these bad boys; even if just for a few hours on the ‘plane.  For me, it’s the sight of my ancient, battered old flip flops that practically scream ‘HOLIDAAAAAAAAY!’.  Just picking them up to chuck them in my case makes me smile, so actually putting the ON my feet in a different country is my idea of Heaven.

‘Never, *ever* underestimate the positive, mood enhancing power of smelly old flip flops: they are the Bank Holiday weekend of shoes’

What are your hand luggage essentials?

Suzanne x 


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