What's in my Travel Backpack?

Last summer I took the plunge and invested in a Herschel Backpack (similar one here). The medium style I picked up is just perfect for city breaks as well as for an in-flight carry-on. It's a really perfect size and even has a little pouch that fits my laptop in it perfectly. So here is a little look at the essentials I pack in there to go away.

Of course the most important thing is my passport as I wouldn't be getting very far without that! It's also handy when you're out and about as you never know when you might need a form of ID.

I rarely take my laptop away with me but I always bring my iPad on holiday. Whether it's to use Google Maps, browse at the airport or just to watch films during the journey, it's always handy to have. I can do most of the minimal things I need to whilst away and it's really compact.

Also for entertainment purposes, I have a cheap set of earphones. They're less valuable and bulky than my headphones so I can just slip them into my bag without worrying about it so if I'm travelling or go for a day at the beach I can easily have a bit of music.

It's also nice to have a point-and-shoot camera in there as it's much less bulky and easier to use on the go than my bridge camera. Also, it's less valuable. Whilst I'd be gutted to lose my camera abroad for all the photos on it, it would sting a lot less if I also wasn't losing £300+ worth of kit along with it!

Another essential is my Kindle. Especially on a beach holiday I tend to read a lot and it's so much more convenient than heaving along several print books with me. Also I can simply download another book onto it by Wi-Fi if I need to.

A guidebook is always good to have as you can't just expect every street to have internet access and data roaming charges can be huge. I also just like sitting in a cafe over breakfast with an old-fashioned guidebook and a pen and notebook to plan what we're going to do for the day.

A pair of sunglasses is also a must! I have a pair of folding Rayban Wayfarers which are fitted with my prescription. Another sun-protector is sunscreen; you never know when you might need a top-up so it's best to keep some on you. Also a nice, hydrating SPF lip balm. Another essential toiletry is tissues as especially at beaches the toilet can be a hole in the ground! For similar reasons but also just because you eat out so much on holiday anti-bacterial hand gel is something I always have with me. Finally I have painkillers, which to be honest even at home I always have in my bag as the last thing you want is a headache or stomach cramps ruining your day!

I tend to keep my valuables in a little bumbag. My friends find this hilarious but I've never been pick-pocketed abroad with this *touches wood*! I keep my currency, keys or key card and phone around my waist so I can always see it. Especially if you're going to be on a crowded Metro a lot you might not want to keep valuable items on your back. Saying that the one I have is really secure and has about 3 barriers you'd have to get through in order to get to the good stuff!

What items do you always have on you whilst travelling?


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  1. You reminded to have a guidebook when I travel because I always forget, haha x


  2. I always carry anti-bacterial hand gel too whenever I travel!
    Nati xx

  3. I'm one of those people that likes to prepared for every possible scenario but that does mean my bag ends up being very heavy!!


  4. Headphones and hand sanitizer are definitely musts when I travel!

    She Likes to Shop

  5. Lip balm and hand gel is a must in every bag I carry with me, even more so on holiday :) These posts have been really helpful and I will be looking back on these in September when I go on holiday!

    Pams Stuff and Things

  6. iPad and sunglasses are an absolute must for me!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

    1. an iPad is so handy - bigger than a phone but more portable than a laptop :) xx

  7. My kindle is definitely one of my fav travel companions, I couldn't go on holiday without it xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

    1. I know, I don't know how we coped before they came along! xx

  8. I would love to get an iPad for travelling as I have withdrawals from my Macbook lol!!!
    My Kindle is always my travel buddy, it's the only time I use it really as it's just so convenient for hand luggage.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

    1. I must say that now I've graduated I only really use my iPad whilst travelling! xx

  9. That bag looks really nice! My kindle is definitely a necessity when travelling, I read SO much when I'm on holiday, also painkillers and anti bac will always be in my bag!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    1. Me too - more than the rest of the year combined it feels haha xx

  10. Kindle is such a must. I honestly take me every where with me. Whether it is just to the shop, or on vaca, it is my savoir.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    1. It's so great as you can fit so many books on it and the battery lasts ages - great for travelling! xx

  11. Ipad, earphones, hand sanitizer and lip balm are my must have essentials :) Of course, there are always about 40 other items that find their way into my bag because "what if I need them!" xx

    Brenda BusyBee


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