My travel Essentials

I’m off to New Zealand, and holy moly am I excited! 

I’m staying for 27 days, visiting 11 different places, so staying in 11 different hostels!

I thought I’d put together a quick list of my 5 absolute top travel essentials, which I take with me whether I’m hopping countries or just states.

1. Nivea moisturising day cream

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This cream is my saviour and I’ve used it for so many years now. It’s super light, and it doesn’t make you shiny (such a bonus). Plus it has SPF 30 in it. I love this as I hate putting sun cream on my face, as it makes me feel like my pores are being clogged!

2. Microfibre towel

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I take this literally everywhere! Some people hate the feel of using them, but I love it! It’s super quick drying, absorbs water super quick when your drying yourself after a shower or at the beach, and it folds up super small. What more could you need? It’s just so practical!

3. Ear plugs and face mask

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I think these two come as a package deal really. I find many people complaining about how loud a hostel can be, but it’s like dude, you’re in a hostel full of a tonne of young people. What do you expect? So for a peaceful night sleep, earplugs are obvs a must. I also find it helps to have a face mask to block out the light. A lot of places I have been to, the curtains haven’t been shut at night, or they’re super thin. So, get yourself a mask to block out the light. I think mines made of a towel material, so it’s quite thick and I see no light.

4. Padlock

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Padlock is a must, there’s no question. It’s always good to lock your bag when flying, I know I do as it gives me extra piece of mind. But most hostels have lockers to store bags and valuable things away, and many don’t provide padlocks. So get yourself a good one! Mine have keys, but on many an occasion I have had a moment of panick after I think I’ve lost them, so a number one is definately better I think.

5. Travel diary

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I take my travel diary with me wherever else I go. I note down what I do, where I go, how I feel, so it’s basically a journal. I view everything that happens to me whilst I’m away, is an experience I’m probably not going to have again. Whether I’m feeling happy at the beach or eating with a few friends, I may never go back to that beach or eat with these friends again. Every experience you have, you should treasure. 

I hope this was useful, and you use it to help get your own travel essentials!

Jess x

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