I’ve been doing quite a lot of travelling within the past couple of months (you might have seen if you follow me on Instagram), from trips back home to Singapore, to weekends away in Milan and Spain, longer journeys to Coachella and Portland, and even a 10-day family ski holiday. There’s also another cheeky trip coming up this week (stay tuned!)
Travelling this much doesn’t really phase me. I’ve been travelling my whole life; my family brought me up learning to cram as many cities and as much fun into a certain space of time as possible. We’re more the ‘been-there-done-that-next-city-please’ type, than the ‘lounging-on-the-beach-for-a-week’ type of family, which has trained me up to breeze through airports and man through jet lag.
As I’ve been constantly packing, unpacking, and packing again, I’ve noticed that there are a few things that I always take with me. I’ve made a list of the cutest items (some that I have, and some that are on my wish list) that are all travel essentials, but all good for the world.
If you’re planning some trips this Summer, make sure these babies are on your list! (Seriously though, how gorgeous is everything?!)
1. Ello V Black PIÑATEX
Comfy shoes are my NUMBER ONE when travelling. These bad boys are perfect for pacing through the airport and slipping off on the plane, and go with absolutely everything in your check-in luggage – easy to slip on with a breezy dress when running to buy lunchtime baguettes at a local boulangerie, and super cute with shorts when cycling through towns.
They’re made using Piñatex – a leather substitute made from pineapple leaf fibres with an ultra thin and flexible sole for a barefoot shoe experience.
2. Matt & Nat Travel Goods
I used to hate passport sleeves since people at passport checks would always get really shitty and remove it when checking my passport. I was always thinking “why do they make them if people get so shitty about it?”. Then I saw the beautiful condition of my passport after spending years in a sleeve, and how gross someone else’s looked. I also use it to tuck in luggage receipts, frequent flyer cards, visas, etc. Worth slipping it on and off quickly at passport security.
If you’re not already in love with Matt & Nat, you’re about to be. They’re a vegan company, and I’m gushing over every single thing on their website. ESPECIALLY everything that is perfect for a trip abroad – hello pink sunglasses case, luggage tag, and passport sleeve. I love a good colour coordination!
3. S’well Water Bottles
I’ll admit it – I used to drink so much bottled water. I grew up in Singapore where you can’t drink tap water, so when moving to London, I’d always still feel weird drinking water from the tap, so would constantly buy bottled water. I now have a filter tap in my home, so it’s all good! But the importance of understanding how bad plastic bottles are is huge.
S’well‘s mission is to rid the world of plastic bottles and to reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide. Their bottles are GORGEOUS with so many stunning designs it’s hard to pick (I have the marble one pictured). They also come in different sizes depending on your needs (I always try to drink a lot of water so I have the largest one), and they keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.
I’ve also given my sister Ming one as a gift, and she loved it (present tip for you!).
4. Fjallraven Backpack
Okay, I seriously can’t go anywhere without seeing a whole bunch of people carrying this backpack around – I only have to turn my head to sit one resting between my own shoulders. And it makes me SO happy.
I’ll be honest – I saw this backpack a lot when I was living in Copenhagen, so I wanted my own one to feel cool and Scandinavian myself. It didn’t take long for the hype to spread in the UK (and everywhere else). I didn’t even consider how amazing this company and product was. They are so durable and last longer than other ‘trendy’ bags (less waste), have fluorocarbon-free impregnation (which are environmentally harmful), use recycled materials, strive to be as energy-efficient as possible, and THE LIST GOES ON.
If you’re interested, everything they do is worth a read, otherwise I’ll be here all day. I’ve wear it to work, bring it on the plane, on hikes, camping, through busy cities – it’s perfect for everything.
5. LSTN Headphones
Headphones are always straight in my backpack, not only when travelling, but every day. Music, podcasts, Netflix. While working, on a boring train journey, ANYTHING.
I’ve got bluetooth headphones that I slip behind my ears when I workout, but for travelling, I rarely bring bluetooth ones since if they run out of battery on a 4 hour car trip because you had one too many the night before and forgot to charge them, you’ll be seriously annoyed.
These LSTN headphones are not only absolutely stunning (I’ve had them years and gotten so many compliments), the quality of product and sound is amazing. They also believe they should leave the world in better shape than they found it. Proceeds of sales from their products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through their charity partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation.
6. Spectrum Makeup Brushes
These brushes have been on my wish list for SO long! Vegan registered and cruelty-free, they come in Marbleous (pictured) and Pink (make you feel like a mermaid/unicorn). They have heaps of different sets, many that come in roll-up brush bags that are perfect for travelling, and even some that look like sea shells.
They also sell vegan brush soap and wonder sponges on their site. Seriously SO dreamy!
1. The perfect travel shoes Ello V Black Piñatex
2. Matching travel accessories Matt & Nat
3. Gorgeous stainless steel water bottle S’well
4. The backpack for all occasions Fjallraven
5. Dreamy wooden headphones LSTN Sound
6. Gorgeous vegan makeup brushes Spectrum Collections