the carry on essentials

Next weekend I am heading off on a little weekend jaunt to Barcelona, I feel so lucky and I am so excited. I can't wait to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin; I am feeling a huge vitamin D deficiency! Me being the typical Virgo that I am, has a full itinerary ready to make the most of the three days that we are there, please tell me I'm not the only one that does this? When taking a short haul flight I like to keep my carry on to the essentials and take a bag that I will then use whilst on holiday, anything that saves on suitcase space! Cue my favourite backpack from ASOS, it is surprisingly roomy, comfy to wear and ultimately safe from sticky fingers. I like to take anything that is hard to replace and I would struggle to be without in my carry. I've been stranded in sunny climates without sunglasses before and believe me...this is not fun. Therefore I carry at least two pairs with me, IPad, camera (which incidentally was being used to take these shots), this beautiful travel wallet from Aspinal, my diary that comes with me everywhere, the best headphones ever and of course my passport. 
I can't step on a plane without a good book; this is one of my favourite things about flying.  Having two, four, six, eleven, however many hours of uninterrupted down time. It is a purely internet free zone, you have no choice but to completely switch off from the world and I find it exhilarating. Whether I while away the time reading, my current read is The Ice Twins, or watching film after film, a long haul activity, I love having time away from my phone.
This has become my travel lifesaver. Honestly I managed fine before Aspinal came into my life but now I couldn't be without it. I keep my passport, Dan's passport, tickets, my itinerary, money, boarding passes basically anything important and I love having it all in one place. I was very lucky to get this for my birthday but you can get some cheaper alternatives that are just as great on the high street too!

Writing this has made me even more excited for next week, if that's possible! If you have any recommendations of places to see, eat, drink and be merry in Barcelona please do let me know...


  1. Very jealous of you going to Barcelona, it's one of the cities at the top of my to-visit list! I agree, reading is the best way to spend a long flight - so relaxing. And the colour of your Aspinal wallet is gorgeous!

  2. That travel wallet is amazing! I've been doing a lot of traveling as of late and am always looking for easier ways to organize! xx

  3. I think I need to make an effort to carry more sunglasses with me, considering that I live in a place where it's always sunny, haha. That bag is gorgeous, Lizzie, and I hope you enjoy Barcelona! x


  4. I've never been to Barcelona but I'd love to go! I love your bag and the travel wallet, so useful!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  5. Keep! I can't believe you're going to Barcelona! That is wonderful! It's very important to bring all those in the carry on, especially some lip balm just in case! Hope you have an awesome time <3

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  6. Barcelona has been on my wish list for ages - everyone I know who's been seems to love it so much. Also, that Aspinal of London travel wallet is stunning - WANT! x

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  7. I wish you a wonderful trip, it sounds so exciting!! I love all your travel accessories and your photos are lovely :D you also remind me of Elizabeth Olsen from your photo, I'm now following on GFC! xx

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  8. You have some really gorgeous items, I love your travel wallet it's that nice I thought it was a purse at first :P

    Meme xx

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  9. Barcelona is an amazing city, I just got back from visiting last week! I'd definitely recommend Park Guelle, La Pedrera and Tibidabo. Would love if you could check out my recent fashion post? :)

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  10. I love the things you've picked out :) the headphones are sooo pretty!

    x Lilli |

  11. Hell yeah, gotta have an itinerary! I love the grey coloured sunglasses & your backpack, so nice :)

    Claire xx

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  13. Love those headphones, and that travel wallet is so cute!
    Brigitte x |

  14. Love that Aspinal travel wallet! xo

  15. Ok, I adore EVERYTHING in your photographs, especially the Aspinal wallet *swoon*! Have the most amazing trip to Barcelona! :D

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  16. Ah, so jealous you're going to Barcelona, I really want to go! Love that travel wallet, may have to get something like that - seems really helpful.

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  17. I would love to travel to Barcelona! Your bag is so gorgeous!

    xx Isabel

  18. I would so love a travel wallet like this - I bet it makes it so much easier! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  19. Great products, love the headphones!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  20. Hope you have a lovely time, I'm hoping to heard to Barcelona later on this year, really looking forward to it :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  21. I'm all about the packed itinerary - have fun! I've always wanted to visit Barcelona!

  22. The wallet is so handy for keeping everything together!
    I like those headphones as well.
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  23. I need a travel wallet so bad! I hope you have a lovely time hun, can't wait to see your photos!
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