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We have all seen those effortless travellers gliding through airport security with the ease of a gazelle and formalised precision. Meanwhile, I’m doing a systematic checklist in my head that I have everything. To calm my mind I think that if I have a passport and a credit card I can buy whatever I have forgotten. Also, Im going through my bag checking I don’t have scissors tweezers or any liquid that is greater than 100ml in my carry on or a belt that beeps resulting in those behind me moaning with frustration. Yes we are all guilty !

Big Girls Baggage

Travel bag –  I always require a dual purpose handbag that acts as hand luggage or a getaway bag.  I am currently using a gorgeous bag that I had made in Bali.  It’s super practical and just the perfect size to keep your essentials and even a kimono. The outside pockets are perfect for easy mobile phone and key access.

Travel wallet –  gone are the days of my bum bag that would be my carry all. I use Kivari wallet. I am a bit obsessed with their soft leather products at the moment. It fits all of my cards currencies, passport and it also doubles as a cool clutch to use on a night out.

Scarf or wrap –  as the planes temperature changes frequently during flight I love to cuddle up with a scarf and I have also used it as an eye mask and also folded up into a pillow.

Carry on suitcase – I am currently using my chic design Antler Juno hard side suitcase (from my set of 3). I’ve had it for 2 years and I believe it looks great but most importantly it is super light (weighs only 2.4kg) and is easy to manoeuvre. Probably not the smartest colour to travel with though !

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Laptop and/or tablet – both my iPad and iMac are loaded with all podcasts and several downloaded books and travel guides. Plus, a couple of my favorite movies. I am currently engrossed in House of Cards and Breaking Bad. I have just finished watching Narcos on Netflix and awaiting the next big Netflix series.

Portable Phone charger – One of these is essential! I currently use a Anker 2nd Generation Astro Mini. Portable chargers are lighter, smaller and more ruggedly built than ever before. Its the size of a keychain or lipstick tube (the trend of the moment for smaller chargers) and can fully charge my drained smartphone once or twice over.

Flash drive – I like to download photos in two places just incase I lose my laptop. Plus I keep copies of my passport and essential travel documents on here also (encrypted with a password).

Headphones – I have fallen in love with the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 noise cancelling headphones. I just love stuff that works. The folding design fits easily in their carry case and if the battery dies the music doesn’t.

Camera – currently using a Sony cyber shot RX 100 iii and carry it with me everywhere. Compact excellent for both video and photo quality. Ive had this about a month. The size may be small, but the features are great and the image quality is excellent for its size. Im currently learning how to capture a great image.

Is there anything I have not added ?

What are your essentials for travel ?

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Here’s the blurb about my big life and I’m so glad that you are here.

My traveling life started 25 years ago leaving my hometown of Broken Hill (not knowing how to use a washing machine) to take the right of passage (now referred to as a gap year) to live work and travel through Europe.

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