Travel: Travel Essentials – How Do You Pack Light?

Today’s blog post is another travel-related post

I thought this post would be useful with Summer coming up and for those last-minute packers, it may help with what to add to your shopping list!

I’m always off on short or long trips with my friends, family or boyfriend and sometimes they’re very last minute, so having a few travel essentials in your stock cupboard may be useful if you don’t have time to pack or go to the shops, so you can just throw in the key things you’ll need.

 Travel Essentials

My first essential has to be shower gel, because I’m a germaphobe, so whenever I travel anywhere I always feel the need to have showers like twice a day and sometimes more than twice, especially if I’m visiting a humid destination. My favourite shower gel is the Imperial Leather Blissful Escape and out of all the Imperial Leather Signature’s that I’ve tried, this one has to be my favourite as it has a calming scent and is very soothing on the skin and it doesn’t upset my sensitive skin. It contains jasmine and jojoba milk. Jojoba oil is known for its skin-hydrating properties, as the oil closely resembles the natural oils found on human skin. Jasmine is known for its sweet, floral scent and is used as an oil to aid in relaxation.

Travel Essentials

My second essential is shampoo and conditioner. I wash my hair every day without fail, so if I didn’t have any shampoo and conditioner, I wouldn’t even leave the house. This brand I’m about to suggest as my favourite hair brand is one I’ve raved about in previous blog posts, and that is Redken. In my Feelunique order a few months ago, I received the Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner samples and decided that I was going to save them for a trip because the shampoo is a small 50ml bottle and the conditioner is 30ml, so they would be perfect travel sizes. I love these products because they contain Argan Oil to smooth out the hair and keratin to help renew hair fibres. I will leave links below to previous posts on Redken:

Haircare: Redken – Is it worth the price you pay for salon professional haircare?

Haircare: How to save & maintain your hair after dying it

Hair: Hair Colouring – I’ve Dyed My Hair?

Travel Essentials

My next essential are face products. I always have a face wash on my essentials list because I want to make sure the face wash helps to cleanse my skin in the morning ready for makeup and to remove impurities at night-time when I take my makeup off. My favourites currently are the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System set. I only occasionally use the clarifying lotion, so I didn’t include it in travel essentials, as I only take what is necessary. The Liquid Facial Soap is a must, as it is a small 50ml travel size. I always like to use a moisturiser following cleansing my skin, so I also took the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, which is also another 30ml travel size. I bought my Clinique travel sizes from Debenhams. I have a blog post that goes into detail about the 3-Step Skin Care System, and I’ll leave the link below:

Beauty: Clinique – Is It Worth Paying Premium Prices for Skin Care?

Travel Essentials

Some hair essentials I prefer to take, that others may prefer to leave at home, are the heat protectant spray, essential hair oils and hairspray

My favourite heat protectant spray is the Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist, which is a 50ml travel size edition. I love this protection spray because it smells lovely, gives your hair some shine and contains green tea extract, which is known to be a naturally-occurring antioxidant to protect your hair from harmful UV rays when you’re outdoors and helps to protect your hair from heat when you’re styling your hair. So, this spray doubles up and helps protect your hair from heat styling, as well as preventing heat damage from the sun!


My other favourite haircare product is the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil, which is a 5-in-1 Miracle Hair Perfector. It is a non-greasy formula and you can use it before shampooing or after blow-drying. It nourishes the hair, adds shine, smoothes fly-aways, leaves your hair feeling silky and what more could you want from a miniature product?

Travel Essentials

My last haircare essential has to be my favourite hairspray, Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray by John Frieda. I love this hairspray because it has a firm-hold, but yet doesn’t make my hair feel really crispy and thus still allowing my hair to be flexible, whilst holding my curls if I style my hair. The hairspray is formulated to seal out the moisture to prevent your hair from becoming frizzy, which is perfect if you go to a country, which is humid.

Travel Essentials

The last product from my travel essentials is a hand and body moisturiser. When you go abroad or even stay in your own country, your skin can dry up when you’re in a different location. If you’re a LUSH fan, you’ll love this product! It’s the Charity Pot, which contains Shea Butter, Rosewood Oil, Moringa Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil. I love the concept of this product, as 100% of the proceeds of this product goes towards grass-root charities, so it is so generous of LUSH to come up with this product and I wish more larger brands did this.

Travel Essentials

I have included a little travel essentials list to keep you organised below and if you would like me to email the file to you, please contact me on (IT’S FREE!)

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Click link for PDF Download: HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS


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(DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not sponsored by any brands mentioned and all opinions are entirely my own honest opinions.)

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