Day-trip Essentials

I never done a Day-trip essentials* post even though I do travel often. I am preparing a post specific about caravanning, but until that one is ready, I’m going to talk about things I have to have with me in holidays.


1. Basic makeup bag and hair comb. I need my lipstick with me, to reapply during the day and another thing I can’t leave the house without is a hair comb. As I have long hair, even if it’s a ponytail, I still have to comb it after a few hours. I also have hair bands and hair clips.

2. A good camera. I have a DSLR with a couple of lenses and it’s really great, but that one does take a lot of space and it’s heavy, so not very versatile. I have a waterproof camera that we got before our sea kayaking adventure, it’s great if we are doing a water-sport, but the picture quality is not perfect, so I hardly use it unless it rains. The Camera for Travel Panasonic seems like a good option for long days walking around. It’s small and light, so easy to carry in my handbag, has a good zoom and it shuts raw as well. I Photoshop my pictures and having them in raw format it’s so much better.

3. Membership cards. In the last three years we’ve bought memberships to a few organisations like National Trust, English Heritage and National Art Pass. As we have a lot of them, I have to make sure we have them with us. I keep in the car their booklets, in case the place we are going to see takes less to visit. If we are going to London I have to remember to take the Oyster too.

4. Healthy snacks. I like having healthy snacks in the car. It makes life so much easier when we are driving for on a long time and I don’t have to rely on snacks from the service stations. I have a stock of healthy snacks at home and in the caravan, so I can take a couple every time we travel with the car.

5. Money. Well, this is obviously self explanatory. The cards are important, obviously. But just as important is having coins for parking. I don’t like overpaying for parking, even though it happens, so lots of coins are a must.

What do you have to have on your day-trips?

* Post in collaboration with Panasonic.

10 Comment

  1. Totally agree on all these. YES to the snacks. I always pack snacks. And a large bottle of water too (doesn’t matter if it came from the tap or a sealed bottle) just in case.

  2. I really do need to get a new camera soon, mine’s not that great.
    I love this list though, and I am a huge fan of membership cards. They can be so worthwhile & save lots of dosh!

  3. A good camera is essential. I have a lightweight compact camera that takes great photos

  4. I have my own camera but would love to update it. It can really come in handy having a good camera for travel and day trips when im out on my own.

  5. Your day trip essentials is waaaay different to mine! But that’s because my day trip essentials includes all the stuff for the girls as well. I miss those travel light trips! 🙂 x

  6. My essentials are pretty much the same as yours. I also love to have extra memory cards and a power bar.

  7. A good camera is an absolute must for me, I’d be lost without it! Membership cards is a great idea! Really helpful post, thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

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