Essential things to remember before travelling

So you’re getting ready for your trip, then once you get there you remember you forgot your sunglasses, your boarding pass, and you will have to buy expensive sunscreen at the airport because you forgot yours. Here are some things that you have to remember to do, and think about, before you leave for your trip. Following these simple tips will help you to enjoy your trip. There is nothing worse than stressing about all the things you could have done better when your already on the plane. Read on and make sure you are prepared for you trip, so you can enjoy every minute of it while you are there.

things to remember before travelling

Make a List

Lists are you best friend in everyday life, but especially when you are going somewhere and you have lots of things to remember. Ticking off your list is not only satisfying, but you can add to it whenever you remember things. When I have my lists for travelling, I always have to buy a few items to complete it, as a bargain hunter dealsqueen is a great place to start looking for discounts to get that list completed as easily as possible. This is definitely the best and only way to make sure you don’t miss anything when packing. Make a thorough list and stick to it! Unless your backpacking, it’s best to be over prepared than underprepared. Remember to leave time a trip to the shops, which we always have to do, when we run out of essentials like toothpaste the day before you leave! 

Exchange your Money

Remember to get some money exchanged before you go. The jury is out on how much cash you need to carry, as you want to have enough to get around, but you don’t want to carry lots  round with you. Travel cards are a great option for many people, and can save you a lot of money in the long run. It can be expensive going to cash points all the time and withdrawing money, so make sure you prepare, so you don’t have to spend anything unnecessarily. Being smart with your money means saving quite a bit, so you can spend more on things that really matter to you.

The Language

It’s good to know at least a little of the language before you go, and can really help you get about the place. If you want to learn quite a bit of it, there are language schools like Ellci that can help you out. There are also loads of other ways you can learn a language, or at least enough to get around the city. Youtube has loads of language learning videos, and these are great because you get to listen to punctuation and speaking, which is exactly what you need if you are travelling. Even knowing a few words can help you out when needing to find the bank, or a place to eat, or it can just be great if you can say thanks for something.

Here are a few essential things to remember before you go travelling, and doing these little things can, make your trip that much easier. Try some of these things before you go, and see how much more you can enjoy your trip.   

New Year New You…….

That’s it Christmas is all finished for another year. I guess like me you have eaten a bit to much turkey and you have already finished off those lovely boxes of chocolates? Which like half of the nation means that January detox, diet and fitness regime is about to kick in. A couple of years ago I was really good throughout January, in February and even March before my fitness kick had worn off and I was no longer out running 3 times a week.

New Year New You

This year however I am determined to get fitter, having recently lost some weight before out trip to Lapland. I still want to shift a few more pounds and feel better than I have done for a long time.

New Year New You

I have been looking at lots ways to get healthy and stick to it this year. Starting off with:-

Healthy food and drinks

For me making the right food and drink choices is really important. I am terrible for drinking far to many fizzy drinks and not enough water. I go through fazes of drinking water but it doesn’t last very long so this year I want to try and drink healthier options. Smoothies packed with fruits, healthy natural waters and natural fruit juices.

True Nopal Cactus Water is 100% natural and full of flavour with no added sugars, it’s vegan friendly and paced full of antioxidants. It tastes great and myself and the Hubby have enjoyed drinking it.

Shaken Udder smoothies are just yummy! With lots of different flavours to chose from. My favourite is strawberries and clotted cream, so full of flavour. They are a great source of calcium and protein, gluten free and there are no artificial colourings and preservatives.

Benefit Drinks are 100% pure squeezed fruit juices. Enrich – Carrot juice, Cleanse – Prune juice, Vitality – Beetroot juice, and a Cleanse – Prune juice not from concentrate. The Carrot is my favourite, but they all tasted great. Packed full of vitamins to help keep your body topped up with goodness.

Healthy supplements

I am useless at taking multi vitamins and supplements which I know I really should be taking. This year it’s part of my new me, taking regular supplements. Hello Day have sent me and ‘Hello Winter’ box packed full of supplements to help me start on my quest. A box of Immunity support to help with the function of my immune system. A box of Bioharmony balance to help balance the gut functions. Beauty boost. To help with the conditions of my nails, hair and skin. There is one final box of vitality boost to help with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue which is perfect for the winter months.


Just like most people out there we want to be that bit fitter, there are so many ways you are able to do this. You don’t have to take on the big monthly costs of joining a gym, you could walk more, get outside running or even take up yoga or work outs in your own home.

Amazon basics offer a great range of fabulous fitness items at really reasonable prices. I really love these exercise loop bands, great for resistance training at home or in the gym.


After you have spent time looking after your body, eating right, drinking right and getting in some exceise, its time to relax.

Keep your body ready for that last minute swim or gym session, or even just to feel good. Try this fabulous Dove shower foam, its perfect for taking to the gym or just using at home. It’s so silky and soft and smells amazing, plus it helps to moisturise your skin.

Or this fabulous razor subscription box so you never run out. I have been using my Dorco razor for a couple of months now and I love it. It just glides across my legs, without even worrying I might miss a bit on those difficult ankles or around the knees.

Then after a long day run a nice hot bath and relax with a detox scrub from Absolute aromas. Their Himalayan salt scrub is great for buffing off the dead skin and helping to rejuvenate your skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth and relaxed.

So that’s my January sorted, making you I take some extra time to look after myself to help get a bit fitter and fingers crossed shift a few more pounds ready for the Spring and Summer that is fast approaching.

Have you thought about adding some training into this year? Not just training at the gym. I am really thinking about doing some course this year. NLP Training courses offer a range of different ones, something to help me develop and learn more about myself and whys to help others.

Whatever your new year quest is, I wish you lots of luck.

*Thank you to everyone who has sent me products to use within this post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Hello 2018

It’s the start of a fresh new year, 2017 was a year of mixed emotions for me. I had a tough year at my day job, it consumed my life and changed me as a person, I was striped of confidence and it made me question so very much about what I was doing with my life. However 2017 was also a happy time and gave us some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

2017 saw our children turn 8 and 4, they are growing up to be wonderful little people, filling our life’s with so much joy. Even though often they are challenging we wouldn’t be without them. They make us proud every single day.

2017 also showed me what true friendships are, my closet friend has suffered greatly this year and although it’s been hard she has come through one of the toughest years of her life stronger and we had become closer than ever. Something that I never knew that would even have been possible. I love her so much, her strength, her friendship and her children I cherish every day.

2017 also made me an Aunty for the first time, my sister and her partner welcomed a little girl into the world back in August and I can honestly say I cried when I was given the first opportunity to meet her. She was less then 24 hours old and I was the first family member to visit. I was so proud of my sister bringing this gorgeous bundle of joy into our life’s. At 4 months old sharing Christmas Day with their little family was magical, another little one to enjoy the festivities and share our life’s with.

2017 also took us on the most magical holiday to Lapland. It was truly the most wonderful thing we have ever done. We spent the week playing in the snow, meeting the reindeer, huskies, snowmobiling across the frozen lakes and staying in a log cabin. Not forgetting meeting Santa.

2017 took us to Crete for a week on our first family holiday abroad. We had a couple of trips to London. We also went to Legoland and stayed in the hotel for the night which was brilliant. So many fabulous days out with friend and family.

2017 has been a challenging year but we have made wonderful memories and cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for us.

Happy New Year my lovelies, may 2018 be wonderful for you all.