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Unpacking My Bag of Travel Essentials with WeSwap

(Last Updated On: 02/02/2019)

There are certain travel essentials we all can’t live without, whether it’s headphones or a book. 

Travel essentials are often personal to each traveller, whether you go away with everything bar the kitchen sink (like I do) and still forget your toothbrush (like I do.)

Travel currency provider, WeSwap, challenged me to “unpack my bag” to share my travel essentials on my recent trip to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens.

Find out about those little things I can’t live without when I’m travelling in this post!

Unpack My Bag of Travel Essentials with WeSwap Currency Card

Ear defenders

Number one on my travel essentials list (other than my passport, currency and boarding passes of course) are my ear defenders! I totally get that this must be a random item to many of you reading this post but the unnecessary noise really annoys me!  

Classic Ear Defenders

I’m an introvert at heart and, the majority of the time I live for my quiet home comforts. So much so, ear defenders are my holiday essentials staple. I don’t want to hear that baby crying for hours on end during my flight, I want to be deep in my own thoughts as I embark on my next adventure!

It should be noted that since travelling solo for press trips, I’ve started using my headphones (even if I’m not listening to music) instead of my ear defenders so I don’t look like quite the weirdo with ear defenders in! But, those travel essential ear defenders are back out the bag for bedtime as I’m not prepared to be disturbed when I’m sleeping either!

Travel Essentials including WeSwap Card among the Dutch Tulips


As you can tell from my previous posts and, if you know me personally, I take a ton of pictures on every trip! I’ve always had a love for photos as no matter how bad my memory gets (it does seem to be getting worse as I get older), I always have photos to remind of the good times I’ve had or to help me reminisce over places I’ve visited.

It goes without saying, my camera is coming with me! The camera I use is the Olympus Pen E-PL7, a firm favourite among bloggers.

Olympus Pen EPL-7

Not only does it have a selfie screen for those candid travel shots on the go, I love the fact that it’s a compact camera with DSLR features and still fits in the majority of my handbags.

Candid travel shots using the Olympus Pen ELP-7

It fits nicely into my trusty Kate Spade bag, a bag that’s just the right size for my travel essentials and a bag I almost had stolen during a recent trip to Paris!

Me with my Kate Spade at The Eiffel Tower

Phone Charger

The need for a phone charger cannot be underestimated in my opinion. It really is a travel essential for me, even more so when I’m blogging. I have numerous phone chargers, but the main ones I use are these two Ravpower chargers from Amazon.

RavPower Portable Phone Chargers

Wide Ravpower charger

Slimline Ravpower charger

They can both charge my phone up to five times each when I’m on the go and were a godsend on my trips to the Lake District, Lisbon, Croatia & San Francisco. My favourite is the slimline one as it fits nicely into my Kate Spade bag.


I don’t care what the weatherman says, if the weatherman says it’s raining my sunglasses are still coming with me regardless! As a Brit, I’m used to my fair share of rain, but I’m always hopeful that there will sun on the horizon. That’s why you will always find me with sunglasses!

Touching the pyramid point at The Louvre Paris

WeSwap Currency Card

My newest travel essential is my WeSwap currency card.

Currency provider WeSwap are making it easier and cheaper than ever before to exchange your currency; the prepaid card recently voted ‘Best Travel Money Provider 2018’ is now accepted worldwide.

All I need to do now is find another trip!

Unpack Your Bag WeSwap Dutch travel essentials

If you’re one of the lucky ones reading all about my travel essentials, WeSwap are offering £10 for free when you load £50 onto your WeSwap currency card with the code UNPACK 10

Check out their award-winning currency rates & get your free card by clicking here.

Of course, these are just my handbag travel essentials, if you want to know about my suitcase essentials including my trusty shower cap then let me know below!

My next post will be all about my Spring break to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens so stayed tuned!



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  1. 18/04/2018 / 8:53 pm

    Omg honestly, why did I never think of getting ear defenders! I always get seated near crying babies on the plane. lol Thanks so much for the tips. I will definitely check out WeSwap.

  2. 19/04/2018 / 7:37 pm

    I honestly can’t leave without ear defenders! I take them with me on every single holiday. They are so handy especially with so many holiday parties taking places every night. Xx

  3. 21/04/2018 / 8:53 pm

    I need ear defenders, especially with it being summer! I haven’t tried those portable chargers yet x

    Velvet Blush

  4. Lorna
    22/04/2018 / 12:24 pm

    I’ve not heard of ear defenders before, I definitely need to get me some of those!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  5. 24/04/2018 / 12:54 pm

    These sound like great travel essentials – especially the sunglasses! They are essential tools here for protecting your eyes from the sun year-round, so I take them everywhere I go! 🙂

    Hope you are having a nice week so far! It’s a good one here as we have a day off tomorrow! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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