Hand Luggage Essentials

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(Greek for 'hello', according to google translate.)

As you may very well know by now, I'm off to Crete, this Friday! I can't believe how quickly it has come round and now that I'm starting to finally get my head around all the details surrounding it, I'm definitely looking forward to it! I shall be travelling with my friend Caitlin and given that we both have crazy 'work and other things' schedules, it has been difficult to get organised, so yesterday was the night we had to pack, so I'm ready to go! I've finished work for now and I have one more day to chill before I set off to the airport!

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As I'm in the holiday mood, and as I have been packing all night, I have decided to do a hand luggage essentials post! A post to show you what I take with me on the plane. This is general considering I change it a little depending on where I'm going and how long the flight is, of course.

My Hand Luggage Essentials:

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1. A book - For long haul flights and longer (two weeks) holidays I tend to take at least three books and I borrow my Mum's Kindle but for this shorter holiday and short haul flight (4 and a half hours) I've opted for the one book. Today I've chosen Cress by Marissa Meyer. This has been on my TBR pile for a while now as I loved the first two books! I plan to be busy in Crete but if I do happen to finish this book then I have all sorts on the Kindle app on my phone!

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2. Camera - I love to always have my camera with me at all times so going on holiday is even more reason to have it on me! We have recently bought this GoPro Hero3 and all it's accessories so I am really excited to be able to use it in Crete! Especially because of some of the trips we've planned (you can read about those later)! I shall also be taking my slightly less modern Olympus camera for photos. I've heard there's some great sights to see in Crete!

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3. Sunglasses - I hoard sunglasses. For some people it's shoes but for me, it's sunglasses. Don't worry, I never pay a lot for them. These sunglasses, for example, are all around £1.50 from Primark! Out of my large collection I chose these three because I'm currently loving the nude pink colours and also that particular squared style!

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4. Passports, tickets, money - That's something my Mum repeats all the way to the airport after multiple checks to make sure she's got everything. I always carry a clear folder with everything in so I know that I have everything. I've got myself my Euros and of course some extra Pounds for my airport spends!

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5. Entertainment - I always have my earphones for music or the movies shown on the plane. It's been years since I went on a short haul flight so I have no idea what this one is going to be like. I make sure I have some pens and a notepad just in case I need to write any ideas or anything down whenever. Pens always come in handy for the puzzle books I, without a doubt, will pick up from the airport!

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6. A cap/hat - Sometimes I opt for the slightly more beachy straw hat but I tend to ruin them within a few days. On this holiday I expect to do a lot of walking in the sun and my scalp burns quite easily, so I'm borrowing my Dad's old Tommy Hilfiger cap for my short trip. Caitlin has also borrowed one of my Dad's caps since he hasn't worn them in years!

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7. A bag! - Duh! Finally a bag is a must otherwise, how on Earth would you carry anything?! Over the years I have used carry on cases, smaller hand luggage bags and now I've resorted to a simple backpack. It's the lightest hand luggage I've ever had! I may not use it for a long holiday but it's perfect for a short trip away as I can use it out and about when I get there!

That's about it for this trip! Of course my phone should also be on that list but until I get a better camera (fingers crossed for my birthday!), I have had to use my phones camera to take half decent photos.

This has got me even more in the holiday mood now! I shall be continuing posts while I'm away as I have them all ready and scheduled so I don't get behind!

What do you carry in your hand luggage? 

See you later!
- KC xx

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  1. Perfect hand luggage essentials, I always find that it's worth taking a scarf incase it gets cold on the plane, my Ipod so have my music and some hydrating face mist to stop dehydration on the plane x

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    1. Ye I took a light jacket just incase!

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  2. Pretty much sums up what I would take when I was travelling and younger - though I usually had make up and toiletries too for long haul :) H x

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    1. I try avoid taking make up but on the way back I found I took quite a bit!

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  3. Yep, great hand luggage list. I also pack a packet of wet wipes. They are brilliant for mopping up spills, cooling yourself down or refreshing yourself after the flight.

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    1. Definitely need to do that after long haul flights!

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  4. That's a good list. I like something to read, some music and if it is a long flight, some sewing like hexie patchwork (found out you can take needle and thread plus nail scissors through security!). Apart from that I buy a bottle of water to take on the plane once I've cleared security.

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    1. I didn't know you could take those on a flight either! I buy a sandwich and a drink too, I don't like plane food!

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  5. I never know quite what to pack in my hand luggage, I'm always thinking well will I need this, oh I might need that.. x

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    1. I'm like that, then I end up packing too much!

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  6. A great hand luggage list. I would cry if i forgot my camera!

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    1. Me too! It's the first thing to go in!

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  7. I've got a Go Pro on the way - I'm excited to get started! Enjoy your holiday xx

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    1. I used it all the time, absolutely fantastic!

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  8. I think you've covered the hand luggage essentials. I always pack a Lipbalm too...I don't know what it is about planes but they make my lips so dry!

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    1. I need to start doing that, my lips dried up quite a bit!

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  9. I would definitely bring all of these. Sometimes I just pick up a book in the airport.

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    1. I used to do that but prices are so high!

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  10. Lovely hand bag essentials here. So handy.

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  11. I always make sure I take a good book on a long flight - but I do like watching the in-flight entertainment too :)

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    1. Long haul in-flight entertainment can be so good these days!

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  12. A book and lots of water is always in my hand luggage.

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  13. Your so lucky that you are going to Crete! For me all of the above and especially a good cracker of a book to keep me occupied! Maybe a notepad and my laptop to do some work too.

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    1. I did take a notebook just to jot any random thoughts down!

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  14. Everyone is going on holiday and it's driving me potty!! I haven't been away in years! :(

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    1. haha I hate that feeling! Get a holiday booked! Have something to look forward to!

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  15. I am with you on the sunglasses they are super needed! Have an amazing time X

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

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  16. I think sometimes my hand luggage is heavier than my suitcase!! I went to Crete many years ago and I would love to go back! Have a wonderful time x

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    1. Had a great time thank you! I'd love to go back too, beautiful island!

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  17. I always take some hand cream with me too as I get really dry hands on the plane, I go away at the end of May and I can't wait to pack my hand luggage and actual suitcase as it means everything is so real! xx

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    1. I wish I had done, I have dry hands all the time! Bought some from the airport though! Where are you going? :)

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  18. i agree with everything in this. i carry all of these as well as moisturiser too

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    1. I ended up buying some from the airport!

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  19. Everyone is jetting off and I'm not this year. Very jealous but hoping you have an amazing time.

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    1. Thank you! I did! Hope you get to go somewhere lovely next year then instead!

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  20. Loving all of your hand luggage essentials. My selfie stick is essential for me too and my kindle xxx

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    1. I don't have a kindle unfortunately! But they are perfect for holidays!

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