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.
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.
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).
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.
At the beginning of our summer, Matt and I went on our first holiday to Spain. We spent 5 days in Salou and then 4 days in Barcelona. It was amazing, it was the best first holiday we could have had and I’m so looking forward to another trip away with my handsome. Barcelona is a busy, busy place. It’s bloomin’ huge! but regardless of the size, it’s a beautiful place and is full of history, stories, and imagination. It has the most gorgeous little streets and the people are so polite and welcoming. It really is a truly captivating place. The best thing about Barcelona was definitely the fountains, they’re on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening and are fabulous. Sagrada Familia was fantastic and represents so much history of the city and Park Guell was amazing, in such a stunning location and is a beautiful area to relax and embrace the Spanish culture.
The food is to die for as well, we fell in love with this little restaurant in Cap Salou, called Smugglers. They do the best pulled-pork nachos and my mouth waters every time I think about them. We actually spent a fair bit of time in Port Aventura Theme Park and Water Park, they were the highlight of our trip for me. I love theme parks and water rides and lazy rivers are just the best things when you’re in the sun all day. If you ever get to visit, my favourite ride was Shambala. You should check it out, it’s so smooth and fun to ride and the views are even nicer.
Port Aventura Park, Salou.
Waffle with Nutella from the Port Aventura Waterpark.
I recently wrote a post about starting my bucket list which I wrote a few things that I want to do in my life, one of them was actually to travel abroad alone. I feel like travelling is something that everybody should do at some stage in their life, I understand that some people like to stay in their comfort zone. However, I for one like to see new things and experience a way of living differently to my own. This year, my Boyfriend Matt and I went to Salou and Barcelona in Spain in we loved it. It’s definitely inspired me to explore and see more of the world whilst I’m young, whether I’m alone or with others.
New York City, USA
Los Angeles, USA
New Orleans, USA
These are just some of the places that I’d love to spend some time in and experience the music, food, life and see things outside of Wales. I’d love to go shopping on Rodeo Drive, visit the TajMahal, be in Lapland during Christmas, New Year in New York and listen to live music in New Orleans. All of these places have a culture and a way of living that I wish to experience, something that is different to my life in Wales. A temporary time break from my day to day life at home.
However, I totally understand that visiting these places and travelling across the world will be very costly and are just dreams for the time being until I’ve finished my education. I’m not looking to travel all places in the world just a few that I know will make a difference to my way of thinking and living.
Travelling allows you to become more educated as you’re giving yourself the chance to learn more lessons and grow as an individual. You’re able to reevaluate your priorities and learn to value the experiences you have and appreciate the life you were given. You become to understand that packing lightly allows you to realise that you don’t need jewellery, clothes and makeup to survive in life and make you happy. It’ll teach you to take day by day, stop planning too far ahead and life is short so do the things that make you happy. Travel, explore and be excited to take on the experience.
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