Back in the day I used to do a lot of weekend trips and whilst some things haven’t changed, such as my Mermaid Suitcase from Matalan’s holiday shop, quite a lot of my other travel essentials have. I thought it is about time I shared my new essentials with you as I’ve just returned from spending a couple of days with my sister.

I used to talk a lot about how my headphones was one of the most important things but that was when I used to travel anywhere between three hours on a train to eight hours on a coach. Nowadays, they are still a must have but they aren’t as important as before. I sometimes listen to music with them to help me fall asleep but more times than not they just stay in my bag. The iPod has waved goodbye and I rely on my phone for music as it can connect to my car. There’s nothing I love more than a good old car journey blasting all your favourite songs.

As far as beauty and skincare is concerned, I do keep a couple of things with me at all times. Hand sanitiser – I don’t think I really need to talk about the why so let’s move on. Next up is some form of hand cream. It’s perfect for keeping my hands soft and nourished and the Balade En Provence Hand Cream in particular keeps my dry skin and eczema away too. I always have some form of lip balm stored in my bag as well. I’ve been loving the Crazy Rumours again and they are brilliant to use in the Winter if you tend to deal with cracked lips. Lastly, is a bottle of the Snow Fairy Body Spray. This stuff is AMAZING! Every time I am out and about someone asks me what perfume I have put on and it is always this. Definitely one of my travel essentials!

My travel anxiety has definitely improved, however, it is still there. Any fidget toys that I have got to hand really helps. I think just having something to fiddle with takes my mind off everything around me and it makes me feel less anxious. I always carry a fidget cube with me and then I usually attach a pop it keyring to my car keys.

If I am travelling solo then I usually take a couple of extra bits with me including something to read whether it is a magazine or a good book, a bath bomb or bubble bar but this depends on whether I am staying in accommodation that has a bath, my thoughts journal so I can write anything that is keeping me awake down and my camera if it is somewhere I want to blog about or to capture the special moments.

The only thing left to do now is grab my sunglasses and decide where to travel to next. What are your travel essentials for a weekend away? Are any of them the same as mine?

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*The suitcase was kindly gifted to me from Matalan as part of a collaboration.