What’s In My Suitcase?

Ever wondered what my travel essentials are? Well, here you have it – the things I can’t travel without. They tend to change depending on the type of trip/season, but these are the basics. I’ll keep updating this list whenever I discover something new, so keep an eye on it. I didn’t put the obvious things like money and passports on this list because, well, common sense.

Tara’s Travel Essentials

My Phone

I would say I know my phone better than the back of my hand! My Samsung S7 Edge comes with me everywhere. I chose a Samsung because my phone is the only thing I use for taking photos. I don’t have a fancy SLR or whatever it is that the majority of bloggers/tourists use. So if I’m relying solely on my phone then it needs to have the best camera, and that is exactly what Samsung has. Plus I can go swimming with it and it will be fine!

My Laptop

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I recently got a new laptop. My old one was essentially like 5 bricks sellotaped together. My new Lenovo 14 Inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop PC is an absolute dream. It’s all flexible (hence the YOGA), it’s touchscreen and it’s incredibly thin and light. I don’t know myself going through security now. Plus I’m a STRONG believer in anything that isn’t Apple, so Lenovo was an obvious choice. 

Universal Adapter

This Worldwide universal travel adapter with TWO USB charging ports is a traveller’s best friend. One of these will sort you out for all your electrical needs worldwide. It saves so much space and means I don’t end up buying various different adapters in the airport every time I fly (I have wasted so much money on this it’s horrendous). I just leave this in my case, sorted. 


Portable Charger


I love this thing. With all my gadgets on the road and all the photos I take, I could not function without it. It can charge my phone 3.5 times before I need to recharge it – DREAM!


Tangle Teezer

THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. Seriously, my hair gets so matted and knotty when I’m travelling. And now that I’ve chopped my hair off this is the only brush I need. In fact, I actually need a new one. I know this isn’t usually on too many lists of travel essentials, but a girl needs good hair.



Havianas are the only flip-flops that I actually find comfortable. Mine are bright pink and I got them free from the Dubai stand at World Travel Market in 2015, haha. I leave these in my case permanently because God knows I’d never need them in Ireland.


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I always have a bikini or swimsuit with me wherever I go, no matter the weather. You never know when you might want to visit a spa or jump in the sea. I usually buy my swimwear from SURFDOME. They sell a bunch of different brands and generally have a pretty impressive sale on.

Outdoor Gear

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OK, so I don’t always bring a ski jacket. But I always bring a RAIN jacket and shoes that I can hike in. Even in the hottest of places you could encounter a little rain. My next trip is a winter one though, which is why I’ve used a photo of this incredible jacket. I mean, I need to at least look good if I’m going to be crashing into strangers on the slopes.

Slipper Socks (because I’m a child)

I stay in hotels a lot by myself and sometimes it feels a bit impersonal. So I always bring slipper socks to make me feel like I’m chilling at home. And I get cold really easily so I usually end up sleeping in them too. Another random addition to Tara’s travel essentials.


As Baz Luhrmann says, always wear sunscreen. I usually go with factor 30 or 20 on my body depending on how used to the sun I am at that stage. Factor 50 and UP is what I need for my face. Gotta protect that pale Irish skin of mine. This La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS is one of my favs ever since my bff gave it to me, and she’s a bit of a skincare expert.

Dry Bag

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THIS IS WORTH IT’S WEIGHT IN GOLD. I’ve had a dry/wet bag for over two years now. Mine is bright pink, but this OSPREY one is cute too and probably better quality than the one I bought in Thailand, haha. You can put wet things in it to make sure they won’t leak and ruin other things. Like if your swim stuff was still wet but you had to get a flight, shove them in the bag and drop it in your case – no problems. OR you can use it to keep stuff dry in wet conditions. Like when I thought I was going to have to abandon ship, so I put my valuables in and filled the rest of it with air so that it would also function as a flotation device. It I would recommend purchasing anything for a trip it’s this dry bag.

What do you keep in your suitcase?
Anything I should add to my collection of travel essentials?

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