What I Take In Hand Luggage

What I Take In Hand Luggage

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Packing in general can be a pain in the butt. But you want to make sure you are best prepared for your trip and especially when you’re on that flight. You want to make sure that hand luggage is organised for optimum comfort in flight. I usually try and only have hand luggage because its just way easier and quicker at airports but I realise that people may want to take slightly more than what I would pack, all I need is my camera really!

So here’s what I pack/ would recommend when travelling for your hand luggage!

1. CAMERA – Obviously the no.1 tech essential i’d recommend for your trip. You want to make sure you capture every view, face and place on that trip of a lifetime! I always like to carry tech stuff with me so its safe and not thrown around.

2. LAPTOP – If you’re going on a longer trip then you may want to consider a laptop for easy accessibility to work, emails, edits etc. If its just a short trip then you can probably wait until you get home for this, have a break from it.

3. CHARGERS – Most places these days have charging ports you can use for all your devices so make sure you take advantage of this and get all your batteries on full power before you land!

4. TOOTHBRUSH/TOOTPASTE – I always like to take one of these on with me to freshen up, especially if its a long haul flight and it breaks up the time going to the bathroom.

5. WET WIPES – Again easy way to quickly freshen up that face and any other place before you land after a long clammy flight. No one likes smelly people!

6. A GOOD BOOK – I always carry a good book with me in case I want a break from the screen. If you have any recommendations let me know I always like buying new books! I’m currently reading ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ and ‘The Path To Happiness’ both of which are great reads!

7. NECK PILLOW – This has saved me countless times on flights especially if I get stuck in a middle seat. Best way to kill time on a flight is to get some sleep in before you get to your destination so, like your devices, your charged up when you land. Get an inflatable one so it takes up as little space as possible!

8. EAR PLUGS – Team these with the pillow for uninterrupted snoozing time. Also very handy for airports and hostels!

9. CLOTHES – Not loads of clothes but I like to pack 1 rolled up t-shirt (maybe 2) and some underwear just in case theres a delay with your luggage when you arrive or you want to freshen up in a long haul flight in between. ROLL your clothes do not fold for less space in you bag!

10. HEADPHONES – Most flights these days have screens with movies, tv, music etc. and you don’t really want to buy headphones in flight they are usually pretty rubbish!

11. MONEY – Always carry a little bit of cash with you in case of emergencies.

12. SNACKS – Bring a few sealed snacks in packets like crisps or cereal bars for in flight munchies. Snacks are way too expensive in flight and at the airport.

13. PEN/NOTEPAD – Always great for jotting ideas down, scribbles, doodles or games.

14. JACKET – Even if your jetting off to somewhere really hot, planes are usually freezing cold from the altitude and the aircon, so bring something to keep you warm. Some flights supply blankets but they are usually really thin and flimsy.

15. CHEWING GUM/SWEETS – Pop one in when you take off and chew loads so you avoid the dreaded popping of the ears as you climb up in altitude. Wrigley’s has saved me many times from this torture.

16. TISSUES – Always handy in an emergency, spillage, sneezing fit or tearful goodbye/reunion at the airport!

17. HAND SANITISER – A small bottle of this stuff is great to keep on you especially if you’re headed to the east of the globe where sanitation becomes a little bit more sketchy…

18. EYE DROPS – I find my eyes get really dry on flights from the air conditioning so I always like to freshen them up after a flight with some of these.

19. SOCKS – Again if your headed somewhere super hot, it still might be a good idea to pack a pair of these even if you throw them away on the other side as flights get cold. (Some flights also provide some in flight socks for you to wear)

There you go, that’s generally what I like to take on a flight in hand luggage with me. I hope this gave you some inspiration while packing and I hope you enjoy wherever it is your jetting off to!

With a well organised hand luggage bag you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the flight.

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Australia | Travel Talk Pt.1

Australia | Travel Talk Pt.1

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Heading down under with this post all about the awesome aussie east coast, starting off in sunny Sydney!

Icon : Sydney Opera HouseI flew from Heathrow airport in London on an Emirates flight – which was incredible. The service, food and choice of films couldn’t have been better. With a stop off in Dubai airport we continued our 18 hour journey to the beautiful city of Sydney. ( I have tried to give rough estimations on what I spent in Sydney, please take this as guide price and always look for online discounts or deals that may be available in other months/times of the year! )

Quick Prices: Return Economy Flights with Emirates ( 1x stop off June/July – August/September) £900 $1400

When we arrived at our first hostel ‘The Base‘ we checked in, dropped off our backpacks and decided to head for a large coffee in Hyde park and take a stroll through Sydney’s botanical gardens – which led us to our first glimpse of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Very surreal to finally see it up close and its a lot smaller than it seems on tv but just as magnificent with the back drop of the harbour bridge. The architecture and design of it is stunning and after soaking up the sun on the steps of the opera house we headed back to our hostel to catch up on some much needed sleep! The Base’ facilities were really well maintained and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Your able to book tours through most of the hostels you go in and can even work shifts for free accommodation or food – so make the most of this if your on a budget!

Quick Prices: 1x Night Accom. The Base £16 $24


holding the #sydney #operahouse #austrailia #selfie #instadaily

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Whilst in Sydney we discovered that you can get water taxis across the harbour. We hopped in one and jetted over the scenic harbour taking in a 360 view of the opera house and bridge – pretty cool way to see it and I’d definitely recommend going in one as they are only a couple of dollars – way better than cramming onto a ferry! It took us over to The Taronga Zoo to check out our first glimpse of Australian critters. The zoo itself was huge, there was so much to see and do. We saw everything from koalas to kangaroos, crocodiles and platypus’ as well as loads more. Some great photo opportunities for any wildlife photographers out there. A great and well run zoo packed with information on wildlife, we managed to get our ticket in a deal with the water taxi by scouting out around the harbour and combining deals.

We managed to get our tickets in a deal with the water taxi return fare as well! Look out for the promoters round the harbour front and don’t be scared to haggle for better prices – theres loads of different tour operators but they all want your custom!

Quick Prices: Taronga Zoo & Taxi Return £27 $41

Taxi view #watertaxi #sydney #austrailia #instadaily

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Giraffe In The City

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Hi Nigel! #pelican #bird #instadaily

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We also took the opportunity to visit Darling Harbour for a bit of sightseeing round the city and a chance to check out the shops and food places. If your looking for a day of retail therapy with snacks and drinks then you should head here. Theres everything you could want and its all set around a picturesque harbour front. Whilst here we visited Wildlife Sydney which was another chance to see some of the animals indigenous to this country. Wildlife Sydney had a more up close and personal feel with some of the smaller creatures of the bush and was catered a lot more to families with young children – so if this is you I’d head to Wildlife Sydney for your dose of aussie animals.

As this is part of the Merlin attractions family you can usually get great discounts to combine entry to multiple places, so really good if your planning to visit more than one of them and make the most of the deal. Make sure you look tickets up online as well as you can often save money on online deals and discounts!

Quick Prices: Online Booking £10 $15 | Walk-In Booking £15 $21


Being in Sydney we couldn’t not take a bus down the road to the famous Bondi Beach. A beautiful small beach located just 20 mins bus journey out of the city offers stunning oceans views and a bustling beach town with cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. I just enjoyed sitting on the beach soaking up the incredible views and ocean sunset! The bus system in Australia is run very efficiently as you can buy tickets in local shops or by machine – they do not take cash on board so its just a swipe on and off system which makes travelling really quick and easy. Trains work in the same way but you buy all the tickets as you go down into the underground using machines.

Quick Prices: Sydney Town Centre – Bondi Beach Bus Return £5 $8

I’d quite happily live on bondi beach #sydney #bondi #beach #instadaily

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sunset at bondi #beach #bondi #sunset #perfection

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You can take a walk along the famous Harbour bridge and glance out across at the Opera house and city from the Pylon Lookout at the centre of the bridge. You can also walk the harbour bridge if your feeling brave and want a higher view of everything!

Quick Prices: Harbour Bridge Climb Day £135 $205 | Twilight £170 $260 | Night £116 $176 | Dawn £170 $260

Amazing views from the bridge #sydney #austrailia #landmark #operahouse #instadaily

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To finish our first stop in Sydney off we took a trip back down the harbour and relaxed in the Opera bar that comes alive at night with bars and tables set up along the harbour front. Massive fire patio heaters light the way and you are able to order food from the bars restaurant as well. You can soak up the atmosphere as you look out onto a bustling harbour front whilst you sip your ice cold aussie beers.

Quick Prices: Beer £4 $6 | Red/White Wine £5 $7 | Pizza £10 $15 | Chips £5 $7


perfect end to the day a cold beer at the opera bar #ideal #sydney #austrailia

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the best course #dessert #cake #foodporn #instadaily

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