My Hand Luggage Essentials

So, I just got back from the Canary Island of Tenerife. I’ll be telling you all about it in a week or two but today I want to share my hand luggage essentials. I did one of these posts last July and I just read it back and I don’t like it at all hence why I haven’t linked it for you to see; therefore I felt the need to do another one. In the posts title it says ‘travel outfit’ and I didn’t even refer to it in the post so thanks to the 12 bloggers who actually liked it! I won’t be mentioning my passport etc. because my Dad deals with all of that. Also I’m doing this in a list form so it’ll be more helpful for people using it to pack their hand luggage. I really hope you enjoy this post and let me know what your hand luggage essentials are.

  • Glasses – I can’t see long distance without my glasses so these are an essential for me. Getting lost in an airport and not being able to see is my worst nightmare so I have to make sure I have these with me at all times.
  • Sunglasses – My eyes are so sensitive to light and if the sun is quite bright then I’ll just start crying (it happens quite a lot!). Having sunglasses to put on once I arrive is really important as is having them for on the plane as both of my flights were during the day. My sunglasses of choice were New Look Black Metal Double Bar Sunglasses.
  • Ibuprofen – If you are on a plane and you have a headache or something, you want to be able to do something about it, so having ibuprofen or your preferred pain medication with you is essential.
  • A healthy snack – You can obviously buy snacks on the plane but I prefer to go into Boots or Superdrug before I board the plane to buy some healthy snacks. I like to buy a sandwich, a fruit pot and a couple of Nakd Bars. On the plane I do buy those crisps in the little box – they are the only crisps in the whole world that I like.
  • A magazine – One of my favourite things to do on the plane is to read a magazine so I always make sure I have one with me. One of my favourite magazines is Glamour.
  • A book – I sometimes like to read a book on the plane and the one I took was Make Up by Michelle Phan because I read it a few years ago and I really loved it (I would highly recommend it to all of you!).
  • Chewing gum – I don’t normally chew chewing gum but on a flight it’s very important. It makes my ears not hurt as much and it is also great if you want to freshen your breath as I don’t personally want to clean my teeth in a toilet on a plane.
  • Water – It is so important to keep yourself hydrated on flights so having a large bottle of water is just an essential. I’d recommend water over anything else as it will hydrate your skin which will get definitely get dried out.
  • Deodorant – It’s important to have this to freshen up a bit and the one I took was the Mitchum Mini Deodorant.
  • Moisturiser – On flights my skin gets dried out quite badly and a lot of other peoples skin does too. I always like to have my moisturiser on hand and the one I have is the E45 Cream which is great as it’s measured in grams so I could bring an extra liquid product with me.
  • Lip balm – I have a lip balm on hand at all times because I can’t stand having dry lips. I can’t imagine having to sit through a flight with dry lips. Burt’s Bees lip balms are the best and the one I’m currently using is the Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear.
  • Underwear – In case your luggage in the hold goes missing or arrives at your destination after you, it’s good to have a spare pair of underwear.
  • Socks – I like to take my shoes of on the plane or I can’t get comfy so I like to bring a pair of socks that I can put on for the flight and then put in the bin straight after because the floor of a plane is not clean.
  • Earphones – It’s good to have some earphones in case you want to listen to music or watch something. I just have the Apple EarPods.
  • Jumper – It can get so cold on the plane so I always like to have a jumper with me to put on whenever. I took a one from Hollister which I can’t find the link to.
  • Scarf – For the same reason as having a jumper, I like to take a large scarf. They look fashionable and they can double as a blanket.
  • Micellar Water – On a flight my skin can feel really dirty so I like to be able to remove it with some Garnier Micellar Water.
  • Cuticle Cream – I always like to have some cuticle cream for my nails and even though it’s a bit unnecessary, I thought I’d include it as I took it with me. My favourite one is the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

Love Sarah x

What’s In My Travel Wash Bag?

As you’re reading this, I’m on holiday (I’ll share where I am in the next post when I’m home – just in case!) and this is the first of the five travel posts you’ll be seeing from me over the next few weeks. I thought for the first one I’d share with you what’s in my travel wash bag, probably something you don’t see too often. I just find this kind of thing really helpful for when I’m travelling to make sure I’m packing all of the right things and also just because I like to see what other people like to use and travel with. I’m not going to include every single thing in my wash bag because we all know I’ll be taking a toothbrush and I’m sure you don’t want to know what toothbrush I have! I really hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’re going anywhere soon.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF50+, £16.50 – It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun and it’s also extremely important to have a different SPF particularly for your face. I actually did a post last Summer talking about the importance of sun protection. I am quite pale and burn quite easily so using a high SPF is very important for me.
  • Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF50+, £9 – For the rest of my body I also got an SPF 50. I have a kids one just because it’s harder to find very high SPFs that aren’t for kids. It’s also hypoallergenic and very water resistant which is helpful.
  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion, £7.79 – I am definitely not going to get a tan as I’m using such high SPFs so I’m taking a gradual fake tan. I really like this tan a lot as it gives such a pretty, natural and sun kissed glow.
  • Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh Deodorant, £2.99 – I needed to take a deodorant with me and this was just the first one I saw.
  • Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette Handbag Size, £75.50 – This is one of my favourite perfumes ever and it is a 20ml bottle in the handbag/travel friendly black plastic packaging.
  • Yes To Cucumbers 30 Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes, £3.99 – I needed to bring some face wipes with me and to me, a face wipe is a face wipe, they’re all the same. These were just the first ones I saw.
  • St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.19 – This is the face scrub I’ve brought with me. I’m currently just trying it out and I’m quite happy with it so far. It contains salicylic acid which I personally find really benefits my skin. I’ll give you my full opinions soon.
  • Foreo Luna Mini Skincare Device, £85 – This is the skincare device that I use. I love it and I could not last a day without it therefore it just had to come with me. It deeply cleanses my skin yet it’s so gentle.


  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Mini, £1.99 – This is my favourite micellar water and I always travel with the mini version. It just gets all of the makeup off of my face so quickly and it’s so travel friendly.
  • Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – This is the product which has just totally changed my skin (see how in my review!) so I had to bring it on holiday with me. It is also supposed to be amazing for sunburn so if by chance I do get sunburnt, then this should help.
  • E45 Cream, £2.35 – This is what I use as my night time moisturiser so I obviously had to bring it with me.
  • Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear, £3.69 – Burt’s Bees do my favourite lip balms ever. This is the one that I’m currently using and I always need to have a lip balm with me.
  • Piz Buin in Sun Lipstick SPF30, £5 – I also need a lip balm for wearing during the day with an SPF in it and this was the highest one I could find. A lot of SPF lip balms feel horrible on the lips but this is really nice.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Shampoo, £2.89 – This is one of my favourite shampoos and it makes sense to share a shampoo with my Mum and we both really like this one.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Conditioner, £2.89 – Again, this is a really nice conditioner which I really like. As the word ‘air’ would suggest, it’s really lightweight which is great.
  • Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, £5.99 – My nails are awful at the minute to the point where I can’t even paint them so I’m using this to try and help them as it has all natural ingredients.

Love Sarah x