How To Pack Like A Traveller #NotATourist

It's holiday time - flights are booked, hotel is booked and you have a bucket list of things to see and do.  You are ready to head away on an adventure! But what to pack? Clothes of course, but what other necessities are needed? When you get to your destination you don't want to have to worry about finding chemists or supermarkets to pick up essentials, so it’s easier to be prepared and pack them away with you. This way you have more time to meet new people,  immerse yourself in the local culture, eat interesting food and enjoy experiencing the world as a traveller  #notatourist. I travel back and forth between Sydney to New Zealand roughly every 6 weeks so have my packing down to a fine art.  When travelling I want to be as comfortable as possible when living out of a suitcase – this includes being prepared when it comes to having travel insurance and money to use.  Libby and I are constantly travelling and on the go so we are super excited to team up with Visa over the next few weeks to  share with you all our insider tips.

My travel essentials are…

Beauty products 

Being on holiday is no excuse to not cleanse, tone and moisturise. You gotta keep your skin fresh, and even more so when sitting in a aeroplane filled with who knows what. Your skin will dry out and be in need of some extra TLC.  Find travel size beauty products in packaging that is easy to transport but will have enough product so that you do not run out.

Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste – this is a paste that comes in a tub so you can carry it around in your handbag and re apply when needed.  It is free of any nasties and is my go to deodorant.

Grown Alchemist Lip Balm - Watermelon extract purified, rich in vitamins and carotenoids, noticeably provides superior hydration improving the appearance of dry and chapped lips.  Keep this in your handbag at all times while travelling to avoid dry lips.

Jurlique Skin Brightening Day Cream SPF 30 – SPF should be applied to your skin daily, because… wrinkles.  Being on holiday is no exception, no matter the destination.  This lightweight moisturiser can be applied before make up application and is in a soft plastic tube that weighs next to nothing.

La Mav Organic BB Crème – If you are travelling to a tropical location ditch the heavy foundations you may normally wear.  If you are perspiring they will slide off your face or clog your pores.  Opt for something a little lighter, like a BB Crème. I love La Mav as it is organic and this colour matches most skin tones.

Tailor Dry Cleanse- NZ Bentonite clay and organic rice flour polish the skin, while baking soda and citric acid work to break down residual build up.  After staying in hotels with air con on and flying on planes the feeling of freshly exfoliated skin is dreamy.

Lewin & Reilly Cleansing Cream – This teeny tiny bottle is the perfect size to fit in your toiletry bag.  Hydrating certified bio-dynamic Australian macadamia and certified organic white cypress help balance your complexion and cleanse the day or night away. This cleanser doubles as a makeup remover too.

Jurlique Rose Water Face Spray – this travels with me everywhere I go.  It is in a 100mL bottle so is in compliance with customs regulations.  I spray on to set make up but also when getting off an aeroplane to give me skin extra hydration.

100% Pure Super Fruits Night Balm – The ultimate hydrating night balm and one of the most luxurious products I have ever used. It’s formulated without harsh detergents, chemical preservatives, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances or any other harsh, unsafe ingredients that can strip or dehydrate skin.


Jet lag, aeroplane germs, change of diet and climate can subject our bodies to many unfamiliar germs and put our immune systems under strain.  Being sick when you are on holiday is no fun and one sure way to ruin a trip. Take vitamins with you, better to be safe than… Bali Belly! 

LifeStream Natural Vitamin C - Made from certified organic acerola berries that are rich in natural vitamin C. This powerful little berry is the natural alternative to synthetic ascorbic acid (which is present in typical vitamin C supplements).  Vitamin C supports a healthy immune function and is best taken all year round.  I double up my intake 1 week pre travel and when travelling as a precaution.

Pharma EPA Omega 3 – Omega 3 helps with immune health, so if you are not eating enough foods that contain this essential fatty acid it is important you are supplementing with the right product.  Pharmepa is the highest strength and most bioavailable pure EPA omega-3 fish oil supplement available without prescription.  Another great thing about this product is that it is extracted from wild anchovies, which are low in the food chain and therefore less prone than larger marine fish to the buildup of pollutants.

BioCeuticals Arma Force – The ultimate immune booster, with a blend of powerful herbs and nutrients to target symptoms of the common cold and mild upper respiratory tract infections.  This product is powerful and works really fast. Always pays to carry a product like this around with you when travelling!

Nutrition Care Polybac 8– Having a healthy gut is key to a healthy immune system and therefore making it less likely to develop any sickness.  ProBiotics are part of my daily supplement routine; however if you are not taking a probiotic and are going travelling give your gut some extra love and supplement with a high strength product pre travel.

Thompsons Organic Zinc- Zinc is a trace element essential for cells of the immune system (amongst many other things), therefore it is a good idea to supplement with this powerful mineral at all times.


For convenience and safety factor I always travel with my Visa debit card.  That way I don’t have to worry about going to a bank and changing cash over (plus getting charged fees to do so), worry about figuring out a new currency or risk the possibility of losing cash.  Whether you’re booking online or purchasing while travelling with Visa Debit, you can spend your own money from your own account and if need be you can withdraw cash at over 2.1 million ATMs worldwide. Easy!

Travel Insurance

Fall off a scooter? Hospital visit. Bag stolen? New underwear needed, ASAP. Best to have insurance to cover yourself for those “what if” moments.  I travel with a Visa card, as if your Visa card is ever lost or stolen, it can be replaced wherever you are in the world. Be armed with some cash too but keep in mind that when it comes to hiring cars and hotels - credit cards are needed and if cash is stolen or lost, sorry, you’re out of luck!

Search online for the best travel insurance deal, and again, if you have certain Visa cards travel insurance is complimentary when booking return flights.


Clockwise from left: Trade Aid Chocolate, Storm & India Herbal Tea, Pics Peanut Butter Slugs, Ceres Organics Raw Goodness Bar, Walnuts & Almonds.  

Aeroplane food has a lot to answer for! You may miss out on your meal preference, have no options that take your fancy and if you have a big appetite the portions may not be suitable for you.  Bottom line – take your own food to supplement with, just in case! If you are flying long haul it is a good idea to be prepared with easy to snack on food to save yourself getting ‘hangry’.  Leaving NZ you are able to take food with you on the plane, pretty much anything (liquids always under 100mls).  Fresh Fruit, Carrot sticks with Hummus, Nuts and Seeds, Chocolate, Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs, Raw Bars and Herbal Tea.  This will save you time, money and you will not go hungry.

What are some of your travel essentials?

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