I spoke recently about how to effectively pack for a weekend away with some tips I’ve learned over plenty of travelling but now I’m back to talk about some of the essentials which you do need to pack for a short trip away. For me short trips away of up to four days are what the majority of my trips are, while it’s lovely to do a week or two somewhere I feel I see more of the world this way, plus it works better with my minimal holiday from work. Last year I managed to visit quite a few countries and achieve being out of England every month which I wouldn’t have managed to do without my short haul trips.
I almost solely travel on hand luggage only when it comes to these short trips, unless I’m flying Wizz Air when you have to pay for anything more than a handbag hand luggage, but that’s another story. So when it comes to choosing what to take you’ve got your clothing essentials but what else should you take?
Now unless you’re staying in a super fancy hotel I can find towels a tricky situation. I almost always use two towels, one for my hair and one for my body but in so many places we’ve only been given one per person so I always take a travel towel with me. It takes up very little room and can be super useful as a towel if you’re going swimming/ to a spa as a proper beach towel can take up a lot of room within your luggage.
Cleansing and Exfoliating Brush
Now I don’t want my skincare routine (or lack of one) to drop when ever I go away but you don’t want to be taking your whole bathroom cabinet, especially when your liquid space is so limited. The SENSEE Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator* is the perfect travel companion for so many reasons, firstly it;s such a good size and can just slot into the edge of your suitcase, plus look at the gorgeous glittery bag it comes with, that alone sold me on it. The brush will exfoliate your skin, remove residual makeup and dirt, make your pores smaller and can help prevent acne. After removing your makeup you just add a small amount of cleanser and glide the brush over your face spending about 15 seconds on each area, then once you’re rinsed and dried you can turn it around to activate the anti-ageing mode to massage around any fine lines. Another great thing is that it charges via USB so if you charge it before you go you won’t need to worry about doing it while you’re away.
Now this might seem like an obvious one but hear me out. If you were to go away during the warmer summer months you wouldn’t think twice about packing a pair of sunglasses but heading away for a week in February or November and you probably wouldn’t have sunglasses at the top of your list, but it’s something you need to take. Almost every time I’ve been away without sunglasses I have regretted it, and while it might not always be baking hot there’s always going to be times (especially on bus/ boat tours) when the sun’s glaring a little too much making you squint.
After going through my collection last week I think I may be the queen of tote bags, I own far more than a normal person should but I’ll sing their praises all day long. A tote bag is such a multi functional item you can take it in your bag during the day in case you go shopping and want to pop everything safely together or you might be taking some food and drink out and don’t want to risk a fizzy drink explosion in your handbag. They also have so many more uses and I always use a tote bag for my dirty washing. When you’re travelling – especially on hand luggage only trips – you won’t want your dirty underwear floating around next to your Sephora purchases or that pretty dress that you took but didn’t wear. A tote bag can solve this problem.