2017 flat lay

When we travel we create collections of things we think weโ€™ll need. These collections of things are a snapshot in time and tell stories of ourselves: where we are in life and some challenges we face. Like the tennis balls I have joined together with duct-tape to roll along my ever-stiffening spine. Hereโ€™s what Iโ€™m taking (carry-on) to the US this weekend – top to bottom, left to right.


  • A resistance band which helps me build shoulder strength through exercise.
  • Black Ray Ban wayfarers sunnies – the sunnies that everyone has and I donโ€™t care – Iโ€™ve had these a few years and theyโ€™re still going strong
  • My ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Passport in an old Qantas toiletries case – I love these Jack Spade cases as they zip up and keep my passport and travel documents safe.
  • Toothpaste, tooth brush and some Coles medistrips in an old Qantas First class toiletries case that reminds me of that one time I got upgraded to First class from Sydney to LA ๐Ÿ˜
  • Sukin facial scrub 50ml – my new favourite skincare brand – Australian, natural and reasonably priced
  • A year of the Rooster pendant Kitty gave me for this year
  • Some Rose quartz Kitty gave me when she went back into hospital
  • Voost multivitamins – I love how these are dissolvable in water
  • Qantas eye mask from a previous flight
  • Korjo travel umbrella – because itโ€™s always raining somewhere
  • Rosehip face wipes from Kitty – why not
  • Two โ€˜calmโ€™ cards from The School of Life
  • Underneath: a 2015 13โ€ Apple MacBook Pro in a black Crumpler wetsuit sleeve (for when it wants to go ๐Ÿ„ in winter)
  • On top: โ€˜Judge Thisโ€™ a TED book, from my local library, from my new favourite book series (short and interesting books)
  • A double tennis ball to help un-stiffen my spine
  • A Crumpler zip case with US Apple chargers – I travel to the US enough now to have US Apple Chargers too
  • A single pack of Blink eye lid wipes someone recently gave me – might try these on the plane
  • Shaving cream – non-aerosol
  • Metamucil โ€˜trialโ€™ sachets – perfect for long haul travel ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
  • The body shop mango body wash – also from Kitty
  • Mitchum roll on anti-perspirant – long lasting and good for travel too
  • An old disposable razor – I really should get a new one
  • An index card with a quote I like that I heard somewhere I canโ€™t remember
  • A nail file: a brand new thing for me – I stopped biting my nails in May this year for the first time in my life so I actually have to maintain my nails now (which is kinda annoying)
  • 5 x vials of artificial tears – because you can never have too many tears ๐Ÿ˜ญ