I was asked the other day what I could recommend as a gift for someone going travelling. It took me a while to think about it as there are so many different ways people travel.
I’ve come up with the following items that I think would be useful, for men and women, whether they are backpacking, cruising, sipping champers on a balcony overlooking the Amalfi coast, or riding festering buses in SE Asia.
1. Silk sleeping bag liner (even if they’re not going anywhere near a sleeping bag)
I’m not talking bulky cotton or polyester sateen here. urgh…static! No. I’m talking real silk. I’ve had mine for over ten years (sorry, can’t remember the brand) and it always travels with me. It is so, so useful. Continue reading →
I’ve mentioned before that without doubt anything I brought that had sat in the ‘dither pile’ when packing, was never used. But sadly, it doesn’t end there. I also brought things I was so convinced I’d use, yet still made no, or limited, use of them. Here, I’ll tell you about four items that I either didn’t use, or that didn’t work out and explain why.
Oh dear. The number of hours I spent dithering over buying this makes me shudder. Overlanding through Central Asia into Tibet and on to S.E. Asia meant we would be travelling in a variety of temperatures.
I brought quite a lot of Icebreaker clothing with me and on the whole they worked really well. Icebreaker gear is quite pricey so I knew I wouldn’t want to risk sending it out to be washed on a rock in a river. The Scrubba Wash Bag seemed the perfect solution.
I had visions of me, during our overland trip, camping deep in the wilderness of Kyrgyzstan with a fantastic backdrop and no one around for miles, happily washing clothes with my Scrubba. So, sitting on the sofa in the comfort of my home, The Scrubba struck me as the perfect solution, I purchased it. Only it wasn’t. At least, not for me. Continue reading →
I’ve put luxury in quotes for a reason. If I was back home these items wouldn’t be on my luxury list, but when you’re travelling what counts as luxury takes on a whole new meaning. Examples are: a flushing toilet (if you can sit on it, even better), a shower that actually gets you wet and doesn’t hurt you, bedding that doesn’t have the imprint of the previous occupant, or their hair! I know, I’m fussy.
Me, sporting the Glam Glow Mud Mask
I’ve read lots of blogs of people who travel (it seems) with nothing but a Lush solid shampoo bar. I’m afraid I’m just not like that. At home, I had a bathroom cabinet chock-full of moisturisers, oils, masks, cleansers, serums etc. I’ve struggled to leave that life behind, so I keep a little bit of it with me in the form of these products. There are other products I thought about adding, such as face masks, (despite my experience in Bali) but they’re not a luxury, they’re an essential! Below are three things I guess I could go without but choose not too, despite being on the road.
We lived in Australia until I was almost 10. My brother, who is 5 years younger than me, desperately wanted cracked feet like his friend. My mother kept trying to tell him that actually he didn’t, that cracks are painful. He didn’t understand the pain. Nor did I, until I got a crack on my heel, 35 years later.
The timing couldn’t have been worse. I’d spent 4 weeks living in slippers at my parents’ recuperating from surgery. I’d finally managed to move home, but still had to take it easy for another couple of weeks. When I was finally ready, and able, to pack up my house, pack my bag and leave, it struck. It was just a small crack on one of my heels, but it was debilitating. Continue reading →