It’s nearly time for my little holiday and as you can see from the travel related posts & constant tweets I am a little excited. Usually at this time of the year I jet off to Corfu for a week in the sun, however this year I am driving to France for a few days in the family camper van. So excited. It’s my first time properly camping, and even more exciting is that it’s in France – Calais to be precise. I keep making myself lists of stuff to pack and not forget, as I am usually terrible for forgetting the everyday stuff you over look. By writing this post I am hoping it helps me to remember to pack these. These might not seem like essentials, but trust me they are (well to me anyways).
I am so bad for forgetting to pack a decent hairdryer and usually end up forgetting one altogether – thus ending up using the naff hotel ones. Last year when I went to Corfu I packed my normal everyday hairdryer, but due to the voltage conversion and other electrical stuff I am pretending to know about it was pretty much a waste taking it. This trip I will be packing my super stylish and hella amazing T3 Featherweight Mini Compact Dryer (£125.00)*. This is going to be perfect for camping as it’s fairly small and light so it won’t take up valuable room in my bag, and it folds at the handle to make it even easier to pack. In terms of size it’s in the middle of a normal dryer and a traditional travel one.
I have actually being using this in place of my normal hairdryer since chopping all my hair off; it’s a great product if you have limited space, or if like me you just love how ‘retro’ it looks on your dresser. I’ve not noticed any time difference in drying time when using this as opposed to my usual dryer. The only difference I have noticed is that this is quitter when it’s turned on – and it’s not like I have a cheap normal dryer that’s noisy, the T3 is just really quiet. In terms of features it’s dual voltage, comes with a directing nozzle, has tourmaline technology, 2 heat setting, a cool setting and comes the cutest retro looking pink. I can’t wait to see how this fares on a different voltage at the weekend in France. Also, keep an eye out for this in action on an upcoming post about how I chopped 11 inches of my own hair off…Eeekkkkk.
LIPSTICK MINI SETS
Yeah yeah, another ‘essential’ I know. But last year I think I packed about 12 lipsticks for a week’s holiday, which is far too many. When I got there I realised I had packed some that were more or less the same shades, so this year I am only taking 4… Famous last words. The Lime Crime Velvet-Tins (£22.50) are coming along with me, plus a full sized Velvetine in Beet It. I think the Velvet-Tin is perfecting for travelling as the lippies themselves are half sized minis and each pack has a mix of shades. I have the Fuchsia Rose tin which contains:
Taffeta – metallic fuchsia pink
GiGi – taupe mauve
Posh – metallic plum
The mix of these shades are perfect for me as it’s more of less shades I would have packed, although I am adding in Beet It as I want a deep dirty red colour too.
Can’t forget a camera now can we?! You would be surprised. The first time I went to Paris I bought a new camera to take with me then ended up leaving it on the sofa at home – yes I am an idiot. This time I will be taking my phone for digital pics but mostly using the Instax Mini (£60.00)* for snaps I want to keep. I am terrible when it comes to pictures as I never really print them out, no matter how much I try to tell myself I will. In the age of digital cameras it’s so easy to forget just how amazing actual physical pictures are, and how much they fill you with joy. As this is my first proper camping trip, and in somewhere as pretty as France, the Instax is an essential for me…. As long as I don’t forget it that is.
What are your easy to forget but ultimate essential items for a trip?