By now, I would've arrived in Hong Kong and while this post comes to you scheduled, I like to think I'm having the time of my life at the moment! I'm so excited to be leaving the Australian shores for the first time in two years, so in anticipation of my travel adventures, here's what I'll be carrying with me on the plane on my journey to Hong Kong and then the dreaded return home.
The most important thing I have in my carry on is obviously my passport as I think I'd have just a little bit of trouble leaving the country without it. I love this little book and seeing it getting filled up with stamps from all the countries I've travelled to. I have the cutest case for it too, which says, 'Un jour de reve' and means to 'one day dream'. I don't think that is the literal meaning and I can't remember for the life of me what it was when I first bought it, which is really lame of me. And I call myself a Francophile! I have a pen to fill out that card on the plane when travelling overseas and I love the Kikki K ones as they have the cutest designs. Since I don't need my bigger wallet and all those loyalty cards I just love signing up to, I've got my holographic Marc by Marc Jacobs card wallet to take with me on my travels. It's small and compact, but roomy enough for my cards and cash. My good old Ray-Ban Wayfarers come in handy when the sun is glaring right in my eyes. I know you can easily pull down the window shutter, but I want to watch the sunrise and the pretty clouds!
We're flying during the night on our way to Hong Kong, so a travel pillow comes in handy for some much needed rest. After all, I'm going to need the energy when I hit up those shops! During my Contiki Tour across Europe, my travel pillow was my saviour on long coach rides, though I haven't quite grasped sleeping on planes just yet. If my attempts at some shut eye fail me, I've got my current read to keep me entertained, which helps me relax too. I find reading a book such a great time killer on plane rides and I get so much done as there aren't as many distractions - the worst culprit for me being the Internet. I'm not too big on watching films or TV shows on planes as the quality isn't that great, anyway, so I should be able to smash the majority of this and cross it off the 'to read' list soon.
Naturally, I don't travel anywhere without my iPhone or iPod. How else am I going to Instagram my holiday? I probably won't listen to my iPod that much on the plane, but we're travelling to and from Hong Kong and China by train, which takes a day, so I plan on enjoying the scenery with some chilled out music - those songs then becoming a part of my travel memories. I have the Bose earphones because they're far superior than the Apple ones, as the guys in the TV Hi-Fi department at work told me, and enabled me to buy these. They were right though - the sound quality is excellent and I love that deep base. When my battery's running low on my technological gadgets, I've got my Juice Cube to charge them up on the go. I love the Juice Cube because it's small and when you shake it, it lights up according to how much power is left in it, which is really handy. I've also got my DSLR camera, the Canon EOS 600D, on me, but obviously couldn't include it here as I used it to take the above photo. On my way home, I may have my MacBook Pro in my carry on bag to lessen the weight from the inevitable shopping I'm going to do, but I think 30kg should be sufficient.
Lastly, in beauty bits, there isn't a whole lot here as I hate travelling with makeup on. It was my 26 hour flight to London that put me right off from ever doing that again! I keep all my beauty products in the American Apparel Small Leather Carry-All Pouch in Lavender and while it's small, it's also really roomy. For some much needed hydration, I've got my Dior Crème de Rose and L'Occitane Cooling Hand Cream Gel. I love my Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm for home use, but when I'm travelling or out and about, these little L'Occitane tubes are my favourite. Speaking of hands and Aesop, I've got the Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash as my hand sanitiser of choice. I was getting a little bit bored of the sweet-smelling Soap & Glory Hand Maid Hand Cleansing Gel and I'm loving the refreshing scent of the Aesop alternative. There's also my Chanel Miroir Double Facettes Mirror Duo in my pouch just to make sure I look somewhat presentable while I'm not wearing makeup. When it comes to freshening up, I've got three products lined up here - the Vichy 40 Hour Anti-Perspirant Treatment Roll On, a miniature bottle of the Jo Malone Cologne in Blackberry & Bay and the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. We got the cutest little mini bottles of Jo Malone cologne when Jennifer and I got our hand massages there a few months ago, and they've come in so handy for travelling. It'll be summer in Hong Kong and China, and the Blackberry & Bay Cologne is the perfect light, sweet and refreshing scent for the warmth. While the sun doesn't shy away during the winter in Australia, I'm so excited for some 30+ degree heat and getting out the shorts and tank tops again!
I've got my carry on all sorted out now, but we won't get started on the check-in luggage or the makeup bag, and my inability to pack lightly...