Travel Handbag Essentials | AD


It’s no secret that I love to travel.

I do, I just love it. Whether that is jetting over on the other side of the world to Hong Kong or hopping over to Paris for the day, I honestly feel like I have learnt so much over the years about the art of having a (mostly) smooth and relatively chilled journey.

Like everyone else, I always start off my travels by packing, and I did write a similar post on my previous blog about this topic but I wanted to do a new and refreshed version about what to pack / what is in my handbag when I travel.

It’s a lot easier when you are travelling on a long-haul flight as you can take hand luggage as well and you don’t have to worry about liquids as much, but on short-haul flights I often don’t pay for a larger suitcase and just take all of my essentials in a smaller suitcase.

I do find packing my handbag can sometimes be the most difficult job! This isn’t just what to take with you to the airport but also what to have in your bag whilst you’re travelling around the city you’re going to.

1) Passport & Tickets.

You’re not going to get very far without your passport & tickets. These are the first things I pack and I make sure that they are in a zip pocket or somewhere easily accessible. The last thing you want to do is to be fumbling around at the airport trying to find your passport! I’ve been there & done that – not fun! I also carry my passport around with me when I’m abroad, I know some people don’t like to do that but I never feel comfortable leaving it in a hotel. I also have a super cute passport case from Aspinall that I received for my birthday 🙂


2) A Book/Kindle.

I got a Kindle for Christmas and I have been loving it. I much prefer a real book because its just nicer, but I’m such a fast reader that one book would be finished in a few days (or hours, depending on how bored I am!), and I can’t carry around 3/4 books so a Kindle is perfect for me. The battery is amazing too, I used to use iBooks but as we all know the battery on iPhones are rubbish!

3) Chargers.

Speaking of batteries, they are not the most reliable, especially iPhones so I take my chargers with me so that I can charge them on the planes, or thinking in a worst case scenario, you can charge your phone / electricals if your luggage gets lost! I also take a battery pack with me because more often than not all the plug sockets in the airport are busy!


4) Headphones.

There’s nothing better than losing yourself in a world of music, especially when you’re either flying or waiting for your flight, which is why I always pack my headphones with me. It also helps when you don’t want to talk to the person sitting next to you!

5) Comfy Trousers + Socks + Hoodie.

Basically my go-to travel outfit! I hate sleeping / sitting in one seat for hours wearing a smart outfit or jeans. I always take either a pair of leggings or comfy trousers on a flight with me so that I can actually sleep and not feel horribly uncomfortable. Flight socks are also a must, nothing worse than cold feet on a flight! And imagine going into the bathroom with no socks on.. Ewww!

I am always freezing when I fly so having a hoodie with me is always a must. Take your cosiest one with you, because you never know when you’re going to need it! Depending on how big your handbag is, this may not be ideal but you can always tie it around your waist or throw it over your shoulders if you want to look really cool.

6) Contact Lenses / Glasses.

I know not everyone wears contact lenses / glasses but for anyone who does, it’s an absolute must to bring your glasses case and contact lense case! It might sound obvious but I have forgotten them a few times and I’ve had to stay awake to try avoid sleeping with my contact lenses in.


7) Lipbalm + Hand Cream.

My skin can get super dry when I’m flying so I always keep my Aloe Lips in my handbag because it’s so hydrating for my lips and you can also dab a bit underneath your eyes to keep them looking fresh. I’ve written a blog post all about the Aloe Lips here, so you can read all about it! Having a hand cream in my handbag is an absolute must, I always feel so much for having hydrated hands!

8) Purse.

Kind of an obvious one but I always take a condensed version of my purse with me when I go away, because realistically you’re not going to need your Costa card or your Tesco Clubcard when you’re exploring a new country are you? I take a card-holder that has my credit card, spare cash and my driving licence if I don’t bring my passport in case I need some ID.


9) Wipes.

You never know when these will come in handy, and at the risk of sounding like my grandma (the wisest of owls), you should always be prepared for the worst. Especially true when you’re travelling to the unknown!

10) Mini Perfume / Deodorant.

As much as I enjoy flying, I’m always conscious of feeling sticky or smelly and its just not a nice feeling. That’s why I always keep a mini perfume or deodorant in my handbag for before you land in your destination. I usually stock up in Boots at the airport (3 for 2 anyone?) – so handy!

11) Hand Sanitiser.

I always have this in my bag regardless of whether I’m flying or not, I think I just love the scent of mine so much! I don’t use it every two seconds or anything, I’m not one of those people, but I do think it’s handy especially when on a plane or airport because its a public place and therefore can be extremely unhygienic.

12) Camera.

I know not everyone owns a camera, as most people use their phones these days (myself included), but when I’m going abroad on holiday especially, I do like to take my camera with me. You never know when it will come in handy and I love taking candid pictures of my family and scenic photos for my blog.

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13) Chewing Gum.

Again, just for freshness and feeling comfortable, I would definitely keep a pack of chewing gum in my bag. You might not even use it as I used the toothbrush and toothpaste instead after I slept for a few hours, but its just in case!

14) Blister Pack / Plasters.

For me, this is more for when you are walking around when you’re abroad, because I’m a big walker and I try and avoid taxis if I can because I think it’s so much nicer to see the local sights when you’re walking around. And if you happen to be wearing shoes that irritate your feet / toes then it’s nice to have some sort of blister pack or plasters. Also, plasters could be used for any minor scrapes or cuts that may happen (it’s always good to be prepared).


15) Paracetamol.

Lol this is such a motherly thing to have in your bag but yes I do carry this around. If you know me personally then you’ll know I rarely take medication so if I ever do take paracetamol for any reason then you know it’s serious! I think I carry these around for others because I’m so nice *angel face* 🙂

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 So that is it for my travel handbag essentials! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully I have given you some ideas of things to put in your handbag when you travel. Let me know if I’ve missed anything out in the comments below and hopefully you can refer back to this post when you pack for your next trip!

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