2) Don’t let them get henna on your nails. Really, just don’t! Rub it off as soon as it gets on your nail, otherwise you’ll be stuck with gross-looking nails until they grow out! Check out this photo below, that’s what henna looks like after 2 MONTHS!! This henna in the photo didn’t go away until 5 months later, when my nails fully grew out.
Take a little bottle of tea tree oil
I always have a small medical kit with me, but if I don’t have the space, the one thing I always take is tea tree oil. I’ve used it on numerous occasions, the last time being in Bali when my tooth decided to give me grief – just a few drops of tea tree on my gums helped relieve the pain tremendously.
Here are just a few things you can use it for: bacterial and fungal infections, cold sores, tooth and ear aches, head lice, insect bites, sores, deodorant and acne face wash.
Get a silk sleeping bag
Unless you’re planning a luxurious holiday in a fancy hotel of course.
I first heard about silk sleeping bags when I went on a University trip to Vietnam (yeah I had an awesome degree) and that was one of the required things to pack with us. The whole idea of having a tiny silk sleeping bag seemed useless to me at the time and as a student I thought it was a waste of money, but that was the best £30 I ever spent. Want one? Buy it here!
If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself in situations where you have to sleep in less than comfortable locations. From trains in Vietnam to staying in locals homes in India, I’ve been thankful for this small, weightless object in my bag countless of times. Most importantly, mine has a “hood” that can cover your entire head, so you can protect yourself from mosquitos and don’t have to touch whatever you’re using for a pillow with your face.
Get a pair of those totally unflattering toe socks
Ever had those moments when you’re going from a cold country to a warm country and you want to wear your comfortable trainers but you know you’ll be too hot in them when you land? Also since your feet expand on the plane it will be a hassle to put them on every time you go to the loo, and you don’t want to take flip flops with you to save hand luggage space?
Well if you forget for a moment how stupid toe socks look, they can be an amazing travel accessory. I just wear my flip flops on the plane now. The socks keep me warm, going to the loo doesn’t mean I take forever putting on my shoes and I just take off the socks when I land!
Get eyelash extensions
This is a relatively new thing for me but I’d really recommend it for travelling!! On my last trip to Asia I knew that I would be spending some time travelling around remote places with no access to clear water or even a sink. Taking off make up? Forget it! But I still wanted to look great in photos, after all, when else am I going to get the chance to be in such places, right?
After seeing how cool they look on a friend, I decided to spend 60€ on some eyelash extensions, and I never thought I’d love them so much! They lasted about 1.5 months, just enough for my trip and I never had to worry about them. Didn’t wear an ounce of make up and woke up gorgeous every morning! They are so easy to put on too, just takes 1.5 hours and doesn’t hurt one bit.
Travel with locals
The only way to really see a country, in my opinion, is to see it from the eyes of a local. When you’re a tourist, you don’t always know where to go and can be the victim of scams. I am blessed to have local friends in so many countries, and they have shown me places that I wouldn’t even dream of seeing alone. Check out these 2 videos for example of my last trip to India.