Travelling to far-flung and unknown lands is my thing, however, lounging around in the sanctity of my own home with all my stuff around me is also my thing, and possibly the reason why I have never been ‘travelling’. You may say I’m an oxymoron (just not to my face please!) – I love seeing the world and what it has to offer but, in the words of Dorothy, ‘there’s no place like home’.
So, with that being said, I think it’s safe to say that I will never be the person to throw the essentials in my backpack and hit the road for a long period of time. I’m a part time traveller and, more often than not, happy to be so. Even if my trip is a short one, I always travel with a few home comforts, either because I can’t find them whilst away or simply because they remind me of home.
1.Photographs of my catsI have two cats – Leia and Max – and they are ace in every way. When I am away from them, I miss them. They are like our children, and I’m sure those of you with kids carry their photos with you, either in your wallet or on your phone. Even though I know they are in safe hands it doesn’t stop me missing them like crazy, so sometimes a quick glance at their furry little faces on my phone does the trick. However, it spectacularly backfired three weeks into our Australia trip when I looked at them and had a mini breakdown.
2. Hair dryerThis might sound quite superficial, which I’m not really – I promise. But I have long thick hair and loads of it, and find hair dryers in hotel rooms next to useless. A small child blowing on my hair would probably do a better job. I think it stems from my mum repeatedly telling my when I was a kid not to go outside with wet hair – ‘you’ll catch your death’. Now, I’m sure she meant on a cold winter’s day in Yorkshire, not a balmy Bali night, but it’s stuck with me all these years. (Ok…..and maybe I’m a bit vain).
3. TeabagsI learnt very quickly that finding a good cup of tea in many, if not most places, is near on impossible. A grande, sugar-free, fat-free, vanilla soy, triple shot, decaf, extra foam, ultra hot, peppermint dark chocolate latte with extra syrup – absolutely no problem! But, as I can’t stand coffee and would have tea hooked up to me by intravenous drip if I could, I ALWAYS take teabags with me. A supply of Teapigs pyramids are a must, usually one of the fruity variety, as finding milk can also often be a challenge. They are perfect in sunny climes too, and are lovely to make refreshing iced tea with.
4. iPod“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once” ― Friedrich Nietzsche. Music is a massive passion of mine, and I simply cannot go a day without it – in fact, my iPod is the first thing I switch on in a morning, even before the kettle! As a nervous flyer, plugging my headphones in and (trying) to chill out by listening to some of my favourite bands is a must for me. I always carry a portable speaker too, so I can listen to music in my hotel room whilst I am getting ready or, as in the case of Bali, on the side of our private pool – bliss!!!
5. Pillow (usually only on road trips)My pillow is the best pillow in the world – fact. It’s a memory foam one, made by a well know company (I think you know who) and it is moulded perfectly for my head. I hate checking in and finding one flat pillow on the bed and no spares in the wardrobe. I have been known to use towels, blankets, and even my own clothes to assist me in getting comfortable when I don’t have my pillow with me. Sleeping is one of my favourite things to do (I’m extremely good at it), and if I don’t get my standard 9 hours (don’t judge) because of a pillow situation, I am not a happy bunny!
What home comforts do you always travel with? I’d love to know.
- Thank you to Teapigs for sending us a lovely selection of their tea for us to pack for our upcoming adventures!