My Ultimate Packing Lists

Life before my ultimate packing list meant I had more mishaps than I can remember when it came to packing for a trip. Off the top of my head, one trip where I realised I didn’t have a spare top. Unfortunately, this was the day we were flying home. Dan thankfully had packed a spare top, which saved me the embarrassment of flying home in a bikini.  Another trip, I didn’t pack enough underwear. All I can say is thank goodness we were staying near some shops!

All this packing chaos was all way too stressful. So, now I’ve now perfected my checklist into basically everything I could ever possibly need whilst I’m away. Whether it be for business, travel, beach or a few nights of jollies. I think I now have it covered and any potential wardrobe malfunction is averted. I’ve also created two free downloadable lists if you would like to print them off. One Carry On Packing List and one Long Haul Packing List

Key information

Type of trip: city/beach/business/other:

Travelling to:

Outbound travel time:

Return travel time:

Total days:

Total outfits needed:


Underwear (pants/bras/socks/tights)

Tops / T-shirts

Trousers / Jeans

Shorts / Dresses

Bikinis / Swimsuit

Going out outfits

Cardigan / Light coat for evening 

Need any other shoes? Boots/trainers/flip-flops

Active gear

Comfy leggings and t-shirt

Watch/ Jewellery / Belt

Sunhat / Sunglasses

PJs / Slippers

Clothes to go home in

Laundry bag


Makeup bag

Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Mouthwash

Face cream / Oil / Make-up remover / Wipes


Ear buds / Tissues

Body butter / Hand cream

Shower gel / Razor / Shampoo & conditioner

Hair brush / Hair oil / Heat protectant spray /Hairdryer? / Hair accessories (hair tie/grips)

Deodorant /Perfume

Medication / Plasters / Pain killers

Tampons / Feminine care

Sun cream / After sun / Mosquito repellent

Eye mask / Ear plugs

Techy/ other stuff


Bullet journal

iPad (pre-download films)

Laptop / Laptop case


Camera / Memory card / Chargers / USB leads

Carry on



Advance boarding cards

Medical insurance / EH11


Phone / Earphones


Lip balm / Hand cream /Hand sanitiser / Wipes

Book / Magazine / Pen / Pack of cards

Water / Snacks  

If you are anything like me, then I hope this helps. Have an amazing trip!

Lots of love,

Helen xoxo 

Beautiful Escapes (second edition)

We are off on holiday on tomorrow, well we are off to stay at the airport ready for an early start on Tuesday morning. We are heading off to Sorrento in Italy and the photos look fantastic, so fingers crossed it lives up to it (let me know if you’ve been and any recommendations).

I’ve been on the look out for some nice different little travel minis for a while. Then I spotted  that Fleur De Force had added this little beauty in one of her New in Beauty videos, I knew this had to go to Italy with us! I picked it up from the Bobbi Brown website for £25 (free P&P), but think you can get it from Mac and a few of the others. It contains so many travel goodies and is presented in a gorgeous little travel pouch.

The Beautiful Escape Second Edition Beauty Box includes:

• Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, 30ml
• Origins A Perfect World Anti-oxidant Cleanser with White Tea, 15ml
• Origins Ginzing  Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, 15ml
• Aveda Shampure Body Lotion, 50ml
• Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner, 60ml
• Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo, 60ml
• MAC Liptensity Lipstick, Ginger Rose, full size!
•Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, 5ml

I can’t wait to get trying some new products. I’ve never used the Bumble and Bumble range and they smell fantastic. Nor have I trie the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara or the Ginger Rose lipstick shade.

You also get to pick your little sample, so I went for the tiny Bobbi Brown mascara. Again which is perfect for travel.

Hope you have a happy holidays, whether you’re going away or having a staycation!
Lots of love,
Helen xoxo