The 5 Essentials That Make Me Feel Normal When I Travel

…even if I feel like a zombie


Greetings from New York! I’ve just hit the ’10 days away from home’ mark and although there isn’t long left until we head back to U.K shores, I have to say that as a homebody, I think by the time we’re on that flight I’ll be pretty excited to be homebound. Whilst I love to travel and explore, I also love my own bed, my home comforts and Brighton. I’m a creature of habit and so there are always a few things that I like to pack in my suitcase whenever I go away to make the process a little more comfortable and make me feel like I still have a couple of my at-home routines down. Back in the day it was all beauty-based, whereas now it’s a mix of scents, clothing and DVD’s that get lugged along with me. Nothing noted here particularly takes up that much space (so there’s still plenty of room for purchases), however they all play a big part in my hotel room morning and evening routines…


Spray It Right. Isn’t scent such a funny thing? The other day I smelt something that reminded me of the Impulse spray that the Spice Girls did back in the ’90’s and it almost made me cry because the nostalgia was that strong. Viva forever indeed. When I travel I like to have familiar scents around. I’ve tried the whole ‘travel candle’ thing, but it just feels a tad eye roll-y and I never ended up using them (plus they’re banned in most hotels anyway!). Instead I opt for the pillow spray that I use most nights at home – the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – and my current scent which is the Kiehl’s Fig Lead & Sage EDP (now discontinued – boo!). I just used up a bottle of the Escentric Molecule Molecule 01 perfume and this was the only handbag-size scent I had hanging around. It’s bringing back all sorts of memories because it’s the one I wore to Coachella last year too; so to me it smells of sun, good times and mojitos.

Get Comfy. One time I went away for two nights to the middle of nowhere and forgot my pyjamas. Such an error. I spent two extremely uncomfortable and slightly stinky evenings, sleeping in the one jumper that I’d worn on the way there. I’m someone who the minute I get through the door, whips off my outdoor clothes to change into something that’s soft, slouchy and has an elasticated waistband. I take my lounging time seriously. This is why whenever I go away, I not only pack pyjamas, but also just some general comfy tops, bottoms and a hoodie. If I don’t end up making use of them in the hotel, then I can pretty much guarantee that I will on the outward and inward flights.


Snack Attack. I love a hotel minibar. After checking to see whether I’ve been blessed with a bath tub in the room, it’s the second thing I go looking for. There’s nothing quite like a bag of salted nuts or a fridge-cooled Snickers bar when the midnight munchies set in. They don’t however, come cheap and as the previous sentence personifies, definitely aren’t the healthiest of things. That’s why I always travel with some kind of snack stash; some naughty and some nice. You can’t go wrong with Dairy Milk Giant Chocolate Buttons, so I always make sure there’s a pack (or two) in my suitcase and/or hand luggage, but I also throw a couple of Bounce Balls in there for mornings where I’m starving and can’t wait till brunch or evenings when I need something sweet.

Let Me Entertain You. I very rarely end up turning on the TV when I’m in a hotel room. It’s a fact that entertains Lily no end. I don’t often watch TV when I’m at home and I always end up panicking that I’ll have to call reception because I can’t work out how to turn it off, or turn it on when it’s tuned into some kind of awfully gory hospital programme. Instead I rely on my laptop; Netflix and loads of pre-downloaded shows from iTunes. This time round I’ve been obsessed with Sex and The City. So I packed the last couple of discs of the boxset in my suitcase, along with my DVD drive. I find that by having books or shows or films that you actually want to watch, you never end up bored on the flights there and back and you have a bit of evening wind-down viewing too (watched from a bath tub is the ultimate dream).

Work It. The nature of being a blogger/YouTuber/however you define it these days, is that it’s quite the 24/7 slog. Depending on the nature of the trip, it’s either business related or a personal trip with friends or family. Whatever it is, I always like to have some kind of work-related kit with me. My MacBook comes with me everywhere because it has my whole life on it (plus it’s great for SATC viewing) and I like to have my Bullet Journal on hand to because it tends to be when I switch off that I get a spark of new ideas incoming. It’s like a ‘just in case’ situation, but whatever the reason it makes me feel like home. Whenever I’m typing away at a keyboard it feels like home… Ha! Pass the sick bucket, eh? 

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • elisha mae

    Aww, totally feel you on this one Anna. I’m such a homebody and familiar snacks, books and comfies definitely help ease any homesickness for me too. I hope you have a lovely last few days in NYC though – looks very dreamy on your IG stories!

    Elisha-Maé |

  • Susan

    I am so glad I’m not the only one who packs food when travelling! I go away for work a bit (less now thankfully) but I always have a mix of snacks with me, my craft work that keeps me sane & a really comfy pair of pjs.

  • The super sleep sounds like something I need! I’m a huge fan of the original sleep spray from This Works! x

  • Robyn Wells

    I’m a homebody too! We went a way for a short weekend trip and I packed comfy lounge wear as well as PJ’s. I thought I was the only one who did this. When I arrive at a hotel the first thing I do is find out where cofee will be in the morning. I also read a lot and listen to podcasts.

  • The This Works spray was an absolute life saver for me when I travelled from Melbourne to London on a 27 hour journey, got to my hostel jetlagged and it turned out the person in the bunk below me had the most awful smelling feet ugh. The spray not only smelt incredible but sent me straight to sleep!

    And I’ve been eyeing off the Molecule 01 perfume for way too long, think it’s about time I bit the bullet and went out and got it xx

  • My MAC book comes with me everywhere I go as well, along with comfy clothes. That way I can feel at home everywhere. I never pack box sets of DVDs though, I feel like they are too bulky. Instead I use the opportunity to catch up on my reading on my tablet.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Scent really does make a difference! I like to have a holiday smell so that I can spray it after and the good holiday memories will come flooding back to me. I’m a snack packer too! You never know where you might end up, and I don’t like not having a snack I trust to hand

    – Natalie

  • Nadia Sabrina

    I never live without my Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Well, any multi-purpose salve, really! They’re incredible for anything!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • theblackblush blog

    Yes! I’m all about the power of scents! they really make a difference! I love to have a different scent for every different city that I visit! Like that, everytime I smell it, I go back to that place!

    The Black Blush

  • I remember that Spice Girls Impulse spray! I remember it smelling pretty good to be honest, but I was about 7 at the time so…

  • I have to say, I agree with Lily about finding it hilarious that you don’t like to watch TV when travelling! I pretty much immediately put it on when entering a hotel room. If it’s in the US, it’s because I want to watch Law & Order (it’s. always. on. man I miss you America), and if it’s in a foreign country, it’s to see what English TV programs they’ve dubbed hilariously (French The Big Bang Theory was a personal favourite).

    Otherwise, I agree with you completely about this post! Snacks, blogging journal, comfy PJs, I’ve even been known to pack slippers when travelling (maybe a step too far for comfort?). These are the things always and forever in my travel blag wherever I go. Love this post!

    Eire | Wolf & Stag

  • Bee

    I can’t imagine forgetting pajamas! That would not be fun. I’m like you, instantly in my pajamas once I get home. It’s like magic how quick it happens!

    Briana |

  • Emily

    Love these tips! I’m a homebody as well and love this for a sense of routine even when away.

  • Tinatin Nadiradze

    completely agree. comfort is essential when you are not at home.
    btw i love your blog design. clean and calm just like you 🙂

  • Gemma Oxford

    I really want to get that pillow spray. I had a mini before and it was amazing!


  • Julia Öman

    Love these tips! A question: would you consider writing a post/filming a video about your bullet journal? I have one as well, and find it fascinating how other people use theirs! 🙂

  • Awesome tips….

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  • I’ve already forgotten my pyjamas as I went for a weekend getaway too, and this is the worst thing in the world haha. Comfy pjs are a staple everywhere!

    Julia x

  • Agree being comfortable is key, I am not much of a traveller cause I detest sleeping in strange beds but maybe if i try some of your tips i might find my love for travelling 🙂

  • Anna

    Ah, I’m currently travelling in Malawi and the Deep Sleep pillow spray has been on my bedside table every step of the way!

  • Samantha Hunt

    Thanks for the tips! I’m travelling real soon. I need to get my hands on that pillow spray!

  • Sameera Lyra

    Very useful tip for someone who is going on a long journey.

    Sameera Lyra

  • Really useful tips! Thank you for sharing 🙂