Travelling isn’t easy at all and I like to know I’m organised and prepared for my trip. However, this time I headed on my adventure alone, without my parents or Matt to care for me so I was extra organised this time. I decided to go ahead and pack check a suitcase in and take a carry on since I was on a long-haul flight and I had a layover in Madrid for 2 and a half hours. I wanted to make sure that I packed everything that I needed to keep me entertained throughout the flight and even when I make it to Spain.
Firstly, the most important thing to pack is my passport. It would be pretty foolish to get to the airport without my passport wouldn’t it? I like to carry it in a small bag on my waist whilst making it around the airport but when I’m on the flight it’s packed away in my case for the duration of the flight and then removed when needed. This is usually with all the documents I’m going to need which include my visa (as I’m on a different visa than a travel visa) and insurance documents. I’ll also include any valuables in this so my phone and money with my purse. Since I am stopping in spain I took a small amount of euro’s to grab some food whilst in Spain and and USD for when I arrived in New York.
Next is my entertainment for the flight. I always like to take a book as I’m an avid reader but this time I wanted to take a colouring book and colouring pencils as I’m likely to use the colouring book at different stages throughout my trip. I didn’t want to over pack so these are the only things I took for the flight and I’ll also have movies on the flight to New York from Madrid. I’ll definitely have lots to do!
I packed a few toiletries in these small toiletry bag just to freshen myself up throughout the flight. There are so many germs on airplanes and being in such a small place for so long can really make you feel a little dirty and just a bit gross. To make me feel a little better I paced a toothbrush and toothpaste, I was originally going to bring chewing gum with me but I thought that it would be best to bring toothpaste and toothbrush that I can use again whilst I’m away and will save space (not a lot but some) in my case. I added a deodorant as well because nobody wants to sit by someone who smells do they.
I didn’t bother wearing any makeup whilst I flew because I just didn’t see the point in it really but it’s still nice to feel a bit brighter. To do this I took some skin care products, I really wanted to make sure I had some hydrating mist with me because I just find that it sinks into my skin and just makes me feel more awake. I packed some wipes and hand sanitiser because you just don’t know when you’re going to need these. Whenever I fly I find that my skin becomes really dry and needs a little bit of loving so I added some hydrating moisturiser that will help to make me feel and look more awake when I arrive.
I then packed a few other personal items. I do take prescription medicines so I made sure had all of my medicine with me just in case my other suitcase goes missing. On that note, I packed extra underwear because you just don’t know what’s going to happen do you? I made sure to pack my glasses and sunglasses for the same reason and any chargers I need.
With love, Beth x
I’m heading away in just 1 week and because I’m so incredibly organised I started packing weeks ago (just can’t help myself) and I thought I would take you through what I’ve packed with me to take away on my trip. As I am working with children on a summer camp all summer I made sure to pack plenty of things that I’ll need to keep me going throughout working but also a few items that I’ll need for when I’m travelling after and when I have days off. I
I made sure to take at least a 8 days worth of clothing but I will be wearing a staff t-shirt (I have 8) every single day so I don’t really need many t-shirts but I did take 8 just for when I travel. I also have my clothes washed weekly so I’ve taken 8 to make sure I have 1 day’s worth of clothing whilst the others are being washed. Each member of staff were given a recommended packing list which I have actually taken into account so I’ll just jump straight into it.
- 8 pairs of shorts.
- 8 t-shirts.
- 1 pair of sports leggings.
- 1 pair of jeans.
- 14 pairs of underwear.
- 20 pairs of socks (highly recommended because they go missing).
- 1 Zipped hoodie.
- 2 pairs of trainers.
- 1 pair of walking boots.
- 1 pair of sandals.
- 1 towel.
- 1 raincoat.
- 2 swimming suits.
- 2 bikinis (for after camp as we aren’t allowed to wear them in camp).
- 3 dress outfits for the evenings: 2 dress, 1 skirt, 1 playsuit.
There is a optional list of personal items that include things like a flashlight, sleeping bag and linens but these are things I’ll purchase when I arrive and dispose of before heading back to the UK.
- Sunglasses (packed in carry on).
- Baseball cap.
- Waterproof watch (with alarm as we aren’t allowed phones in cabins).
- Toiletries + makeup.
I haven’t bothered to pack a hairdryer or straightener because I don’t think I’m going to have time to straighten and dry my hair all the time. I have packed elastics and hair bobbles though because my hair will mostly be up all the time or in braids. I haven’t packed as much as I probably could have because I thought I would just go to the Walmart or Target and get anything I may need like a fan and other things.
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With love, Beth x
Throughout 2016 I’ve become to appreciate the little and big things in life a little bit more. For me this year hasn’t been the easiest and now it’s coming to an end I’ve realised that I’ve learned so much this year and loved each month and every challenge I’ve faced. The little things can often be the ones that make the most impact and I definitely agree, I’m so grateful for everything that I have in my life and I definitely think I take it for granted at times. Here are 50 thing that I’m grateful for, what are you grateful for? let me know!
- Movie nights
- Fresh air
- My siblings
- Good health
- The love and trust I have from Matt
- Clean water
- The ocean
- Childhood memories
- My comfort blanket (big red fluffy blanket that I can’t live without it)
- Free health care
- Road trips
- Someone asking about my day
- Matthew Wright
- Quality family time
- Open mic nights
- My parents marriage
- Oversized hoodies
- Body confidence
- My nan’s advice that guides me through every single life choice I make
- The banter between my friends and I
- Charity work
- Cold weather
- Love in general
- The ability to live everyday differently
- High fives
- My animals
- The efforts people make for you
These are 50 things that I’m grateful for. Some may not seem like they’re something to be grateful for, such as open mic nights but I love a good open mic night with friends, a few drinks and listening to people sing and appreciate the songs, the art people have created. Others may be totally obvious things to be grateful for, like love. The memories I have with my siblings will never be forgotten and the endless amount of support from my friends and family keeps me going through the shitty times. Matthew, my goodness. He is truly fantastic and I appreciate every cuddle, kiss and smile he gives me. I couldn’t be more grateful for my parents marriage, they are a prime example of not giving up on someone regardless of the amount of times they mess up or annoy you, love is simply the best medicine.
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With love, Beth x