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In two days’ time we will be boarding our flight to the Far East for our long-awaited fortnight in the sunshine. I’ve tried to pack lightly, as far as items of clothing are concerned and, over the years, my wants and needs have shifted to include new tech and child-friendly products. There are also several things that I don’t think I would be able to do without. Some are necessary and others are well… just because…

Here’s what I will be packing in my suitcase this time round:

First Aid Kit

When I first went travelling on a trip around the world, my first aid kit contained everything from clean syringes to water purification tablets. Having it with me throughout my journey had a soothing effect – it’s always good to be prepared. Now it’s filled with things such as Calpol sachets, Germolene, Dioralytes and plasters – not forgetting diarrhoea pills and painkillers. Of course, you can always get medicines abroad, but it’s having that extra safety feature close to hand which is reassuring – there’s nothing worse than being stuck somewhere without the kit you’re used to.

My Top 10 Travel Essentials My Travel MonkeySnooze Shade

If you haven’t heard of a snooze shade it’s a fantastic invention. Not only does it fit over all different types of pushchairs and buggies, but it also keeps the sun and bugs out. A great solution when you have a napping baby or toddler. Monkey hasn’t had daytime naps for a while now but when we’ve ventured out at night for dinner, it’s great for keeping a dark environment and blocking out the surroundings in case he stirs from his slumber.

Selfie Stick

Controversial I know… Selfie sticks can really rock the boat in the opinion polls. I’ve witnessed silent pffts and rolls of the eyes whenever my group of pals have got one out. I’m not ashamed to say I think they’re brilliant – and fun. Seeing as there are three of us, it would be nice to occasionally have a family shot. And the best thing of all, you’re bound to capture at least one good moment. I just have to remember not to get the actual stick in the photo…

My Top 10 Travel Essentials My Travel MonkeyMosquito plug-in

If there’s anything I can do to limit the amount of mosquitoes that will enter our room and linger, then a mosquito plug-in helps combat those pesky blood suckers. By releasing a continuous vapour that repels these nasties, chances of one buzzing by my head at night are decreased. Plus, more importantly I want to protect Monkey’s delicate skin. Out and about I’m never without Deet, however, I’ll only be using Deet free bug repellant wipes for Monkey. Much better than those icky creams and sprays.

Zap it

Zap it does exactly what it says on the box. Mosquitoes love me. I don’t just get a little itchy spot, bites turn into huge welts that become swollen for days and painful to touch. The usual sting relief and antihistamines help, but nothing comes close to this small, marvellous contraption that sends a tiny electrical pulse from some sort of magical crystal and zaps away the pain.

My Top 10 Travel Essentials My Travel MonkeyMulti-plug strip

If you’ve seen my post Preparing For Our Holiday, you’ll know I have a real problem with misplacing plug adaptors. Well, enough is enough. With this day and age of gadgets galore, a few adaptors don’t really cut the mustard. So, I’ve gone for the daddy of all adaptors by getting a strip – yep I’ll be able to charge four items in one go! And the upside? Surely I won’t misplace this around the house next time?

Trunki BoostApak

Because we’ve got a long transfer journey and taking a few cab rides, we need a booster seat for Monkey – and one that is safe. The BoostApak also doubles up as a roomy backpack for all of Monkey’s bits and bobs. We’ve yet to road test it properly, but all early signs indicate it’s an ingenious bit of kit. A review will be on its way in the next few weeks.

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Since I’ve started blogging I’ve had little time for recreational pursuits – and the one thing that has fallen by the wayside is my reading. I currently read a lot of blogs but I’m an avid fan of books. So, I’m determined this trip to delve into the land of fiction and complete two novels I’ve been desperate to read for a while now. Even though I love having a real book and turning the pages, my kindle paperwhite is so much more handy and less heavy to carry!


No explanation needed. An iPad is entertainment for the whole family. Note to self: Don’t forget the charger.

My Top 10 Travel Essentials My Travel MonkeyDSLR Camera

I’m no photographer but I do love my Canon DSLR. I rarely take it out with me on our day trips because I am useless and forgetful. But, when I travel it’s a great opportunity for me to get my ‘Annie Leibovitz’ head on. I desperately need lessons in order for me to use the manual settings, but it’s such a forgiving camera even on automatic and takes great shots. It makes me look like a semi-professional. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration…

My Top 10 Travel Essentials My Travel MonkeyWhat are your travel essentials when you go away? Are there any items that you just can’t do without?

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