A Packing Checklist For A Camp Backpack You Can Carry


It’s natural to worry about packing when you go away. After all, you’re going to rely on those bags for a week or more. There may well be shops where you’re going, but do you really want to pay a fortune for stuff you’ve already got at home? Of course not. Hence why most of us check and double check our cases with packing checklists to hand, and a fine-toothed comb. All the better for making sure we have everything we need.

Sometimes, though, what we pack is even more essential. If you’re that worried when you have access to shops, how much do you need to take for a camping trip into the wilderness? The more, the better, right? Perhaps not. Remember, you also have to carry these packs with you all day. So, how do you find the balance between taking everything you need, and saving your back pain? Read on to find out.

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Be harsh with what you take

If you’ve read Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’, you’ll know that successful backpacking is about being harsh with what you take. The first-time camper Strayed packs every gadget she can get her hands on. And, guess what? She barely uses any of them. The lesson here is that you shouldn’t suffer for things you don’t need. Consider the use of everything you’re taking. Are you honestly going to need those teddies your little one insists on? Is that weighty camping guide actually going to get any use? Ask yourselves these questions more than once to make sure you aren’t taking anything unnecessary.


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Find lightweight alternatives

Even once you’re sure you can’t limit your load any further, go on the lookout for lightweight alternatives to your selections. For instance, you could save yourself lugging weighty tent poles by investing in a popup option. Lessen the need for space-wasting floor pads by opting instead for an inflatable mattress like those found at Outdoor Supacentre. You might even want to consider the weight of your pack itself. After all, this also contributes to the overall load you have to wrestle with. In fact, ask yourself if there are alternatives for everything you are taking. Add these lighter options together, and you could save yourself an awful lot of weight.


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Everything in order

As well as considering what you take, it’s worth thinking about how you pack it. For one, make your life easier by keeping items you’ll need during the day on your person. That way, you won’t have to empty your whole pack to reach that water bottle. Other than that, consider how you distribute the weight in your pack. For one, you want to keep heavy things up flush to the back of the bag so that you can lug the load. Then, place your lighter items on the outside. Make sure, too, to consider the balance in your pack. If one side is more cumbersome, you’ll soon run into problems.


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5 Products You Need in Your Travel First Aid Kit -Lucy Williams Global

I like to travel with a first aid kit with a few products that I know work and the instructions are in English. It is a lot easier to have something on hand than having to find a pharmacy when travelling.

I am not a doctor, but I carry these products with me when travelling. Please seek medical assistance if needed and always read the packaging of any meditation before you take it.

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First Aid Kit

You could just bring a small travel size first aid kit to cover a lot of issues and there are a lot of great kits available on Amazon, like these ones:



These are the 5 products I always bring with me when travelling on a cruise vacation, a land vacation or even a weekend break:


Ibuprofen is good for headaches, fever, back pain, muscle pain and other body pains, as per the packaging label.

I always have a packet of Advil in my bag for headaches.


From cutting your finger to blisters on the back of your heels, band-aids are always handy to carry around. I don’t how many times I have needed a bandaid for cut up heels from my shoes rubbing after being out on tour all day.

I like to have a selection of sizes and choice of waterproof, I like these Band-Aids as it is a selection pack.


Allergy Tablets

I have allergies and I always carry allergy medication in my bag. Allergies can start at any time so it is always good to have a packet handy.

These ones by Claritin melt in your mouth so you do not even need any water to swallow them.

Travel Sickness Tablets

If you are going on a cruise, it is good to bring some travel sickness tablets. Even if you do not get sick, if it gets rough it might hit you. I generally do not get sick, but if it has been very calm seas and then the weather changes I can feel queasy.

Dramamine can be taken for cruise, car and plane sickness.


Heat Cream

Deep Heat is my go-to cream for sore muscles after the gym or walking around all day. I would rather apply heat cream onto the muscles than take an Ibuprofen.

Deep Heat always hits the spot after a long day.

These are my top five travel first aid kit products, what can you not travel without in your travel first aid kit?

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Top 10 Handy Things to Bring on a Cruise

Here are my top ten handy things to bring on a cruise that make life a little easier when on a cruise vacation.

As a cruise expert that spends months onboard a cruise ship, I have found there are some really handy little things that make life so much easy onboard if you are on seven-day cruise to 100 day cruise.

You can buy some things onboard, but some things you can’t and I recommend you bring these ten items.

1. Mesh Laundry Bags 

Set of 6 Mesh Laundry Bags, Reusable Mesh Zippered Laundry Washing Bags Large Mesh and Fine Mesh for Machine Washing Lingerie, Tights, Socks and Underwear – If you use the washing machines onboard use these handy little mesh bags to put your delicates inside to protect them and keep them delicate! Also, no one can see anything fancy inside!


2, Laundry Bag

Large Laundry Bag – It is much easier to store your dirty laundry in a nice bag, then if you need to wash some laundry onboard it looks much nicer carrying this bag than a plastic bag from the souvenir shop! Also, when going home just put this bag straight in your suitcase.


3. Protective Covers for Valuables


Noaks Bags Set | 5 piece (XS/S/M/L/XL) protective covers – These are such a handy thing to have while travelling to keep all the valuable items clean and away from water damage. Also good for keeping food in while travelling all day.


4. Packing Cubes

eBags Packing Cubes – 4 piece Classic Plus Set –  I cannot live without these! They make packing so much easier and create a lot more space in your luggage. Also, use them in draws or in the closet in your cabin to keep yourself organised.


5. Portable Phone Charger

Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy and More – (Lightning Cable Included) – We use our phones for everything, camera, internet, games, as a phone, texting and using the millions of apps we have! The battery always runs out quicker than we expect, so these handy portable phone chargers charge your phone on the go without needing to find somewhere to plug in your charger!


6. Magnetic Hooks

Strong Powerful Heavy Duty Magnetic Hooks – The walls in your cabin are magnetic! So make use of this by bringing magnetic hooks, to hang up jewellery, your lanyard with your cabin key, hang coat hangers on, handbags, scarves, hats, etc. Also, to stick paper to the wall. 


7. Beach Towel Pegs

Beach Towel Clips Large Sized Plastic Towel Pegs Quilt Clips for Sunbed –  Do you get annoyed when your towel moves or the wind keeps blowing it? Well these beach towel clips are great for keeping your towel right where you want in on your sunlounger!


8. Travel Coffee Mug/Water Bottle

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Vacuum Bottle Coffee Flasks Travel Container – Keep your water cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks, hot for 12 hours with these insulated water bottles, so handy for by pool, in the gym, on tour or at the beach. 



Ceramic Travel Mug – Keep your tea or coffee warm and drink it out of a ceramic mug on the go. Stop wasting paper cups!


9. Wrinkle Release Spray

Travel Wrinkle Remover – The last thing you want to do on vacation is ironing! As soon as you unpack hang up your clothes and spray wrinkle remover on them and the wrinkles should fall out.


10. Stain Spot Remover Pen

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pen – These are a life saver when your spill red wine, coffee, tomato sauce, chococate ice-cream down your top! Get the stain out before it become permanent!




Make sure you pack these handy items for your next cruise. Do you have a handy item you always bring on a cruise? If so, please share and comment below.

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The Essential Cruise Formal Night Guide

I get asked a lot how to pack and what to bring for a formal night on a cruise. Being an officer wife, I go to a lot more formal nights than the average person, usually two days a week for 3/4 months!

This is your essential cruise formal night guide for the newbies and regular cruisers that still need help!

If you have never been on a cruise before, this is a daunting experience, especially for women. As they are worried if they are going to be overdressed or underdressed.

It is a lot easier for men as a suit or tuxedo is the dress code. Formal attire for women is another can of worms!

The Essential Cruise Formal Night Guide

What the Cruise Lines Say

Formal attire on most cruise line websites says:

Women – Evening gown, cocktail dress or elegant pantsuit.

Men – Tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket and slacks.

Very easy for men! Most women will be thinking which option is best?

I would say it depends on the time of year as well, if it is the holidays, you might like to go all out and go for the long evening gown if you have space in your luggage!

The best option is a cocktail dress as they are easy to find and easier to pack! No one wears a pantsuit. If a dress is not your thing though, you can get away with smart pants and a smart top.

Keep it simple! Simple flatters every age and size. Navy is less harsh on the skin than black. Also one block colour is better on most body shapes.

On a seven-day cruise there are usually two formal nights. So either bring two dresses or one and change the accessories.


What do I wear

I stick to cocktail dresses or a lightweight long dress. I have jewellery to match my dresses and I keep it simple with diamonds or pearls.

I only bring nude high heel shoes and a matching clutch as that colour goes with everything. So even if it is not a formal night I can wear them with smart black pants and a smart top.

I always paint my nails as that finishes off an outfit. Either come onboard with your nails done, have them done onboard or do what I do and do it yourself!

I love Sally Hanson Gel Nail Polish. It is quick to do and you do not need a UV light to dry, just natural or artificial light. I use either Red Eye or Redgy and the top coat. I find it does not for chip 4 – 5 days and you can take it off with regular nail polish remover.

I wear my favourite evening perfume Chanel Chance and I wear my hair either pinned up or lose.

If I wear it lose, I straighten it, I could not live without my GHD’s, best invention! Also, you have the option to have your hair done professionally onboard in the salon.

I wear slightly more makeup on a formal night to feel more glam. Then you are camera ready if you would like to have a professional photograph taken by one of the photographers onboard with one of the many background choices.

Formal Attire Suggestions

Here are some great cocktail dress ideas for all ages:



Shoe Ideas:



Evening Bag Ideas:


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Top 10 Packing Tips for an Alaskan Cruise

While I have been cruising Alaska, I have noticed that a lot of passengers arrive unprepared for the Alaskan weather!

So, I thought these top 10 packing tips for an Alaskan cruise would be good suggestions and help if you are going on a cruise in Alaska in the future.

In Alaska, you can have many types of weather in one week. You are lucky if you do not see rain once that week!

The temperature can range from 8C to 20C. When you go scenic cruising around a fjord to see a glacier it is always cold.

Top 10 suggestions to bring with you

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  1. Bring a jacket that is warm and waterproof. These are my suggestions:

  1. Hat, gloves and scarf. These are essential for cold days and when it is raining and scenic cruising a glacier.

  1. Waterproof walking shoes or boots. When it rains it pours! Sports shoes are great when it is dry but, rain goes through a lot the mesh styles! So be careful of the style you pack. There is a lot of walking in Alaska so a comfortable waterproof pair will make your life easier.

  1. Bring an umbrella.

  1. A backpack is better than a handbag as then you can be hands-free to take photos or hold your umbrella! Also, if it warms up you can but your jacket, etc inside.

  1. You always need a camera or a smartphone to take lots of photos of Alaska. It is such a beautiful place scenically and for the wild animals, you may see. Good idea to take a waterproof camera if you can. Also, if you like spotting animal’s binoculars are another great item to bring.

  1. Water bottle so you can refill it, better for the environment and there are places to fill up your bottles onboard and ashore. A foldable one is good so it takes less space in your luggage.

  1. Sunglasses for if it is sunny unless it is raining! But there is always a glare even if cloudy, so protect your eyes from squinting.

  1. Tissues or a soft cloth to wipe your camera/phone down when it rains!

  1. Hand Sanitizer this is a must anywhere, but you need it in nature.


I hope you find these packing tips for an Alaskan cruise helpful. If you have any questions or have your own suggestion please comment below.

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