THE PACKING PROCESS | a holiday snapshot

31 July 2015

Holiday packing can be arduous, exciting, or frantic; i am the type of person that plans everything to the smallest detail. why? because i like making lists, i like crossing things off lists, and i fear the day i forget something important that i would need when going on holiday, especially if i am going abroad. 
Here is what I packed for my upcoming holiday:
1. MY CAMERA || (not pictured because I was using it to take this photo!) the most important thing for me, wherever I am going, is my camera - if i don't have it to document my trip, who and what i see, then to me, my holiday would be ruined. i'm not saying i wouldn't manage without it, but if i forgot my camera, and by extension, my camera charger/extra memory card, it'd be like i'd lost a limb.
2. A BOOK || at least one if i'm going abroad, at least one per day if i'm travelling within the UK. enough said. i need books to survive journeys, because luckily, i don't get travel sick. (if i did then who knows what i'd do.)
3. A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES || as i'm going abroad, i need sunglasses, because apparently i am the only asian in my entire family to burn instead of tan. lucky me. and the stories behind my various pairs of sunglasses are even more ridiculous than the fact that i am half indian, and i burn in the sun. first, aged eight: a pair of ninja-turtle sunglasses which were awful and i only had to wear because my mum found a pack of three and i have two brothers, so no i did not chose them myself. second: a pair of oversized sunglasses of my mum's that were on sale for one pound in asda that i once used to protect my face from midges in scotland (i was desperate), and finally: my current sunglasses (from triwa), which verifies my existence as a cool teen and not an old woman trapped in a seventeen year old's body.
4. PENS || (and of course, a notebook, but being a perfectionist, as i don't own a black notebook, it doesn't make an appearance in this photo...) usually a whole pencil case, but three for this picture because if i emptied my pencil case onto my desk it would cover it. i'm not even joking. i hoard pens with passion. i don't tend to use pencils as a rule other than for my art, and if i forget to put pens in my holiday bag, it means i can't doodle, draw or write for an entire week - which is a tragedy, and i'm not even being dramatic.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FOUR THINGS YOU PACK IN YOUR HOLIDAY BAG?

17 comments:

  1. Oh, I love that picture (yay, black and whiteness)! The one thing I always need is lip balm, since it bothers me so much when I have dry lips and I know I won't be home for a while.

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    1. THANK YOU, oooooh yes, I forgot that! I ALWAYS TAKE VASELINE EVERYWHERE with me (not even kidding).

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  2. I am such a list person, and for some reason I find it so lovely & therapeutic to see what goes on others' must-have travel lists. Mine is rather similar to yours, I must say - though my iPod replaces the camera, since music is the one thing I refuse to leave behind no matter where I'm going. On a somewhat offbeat note, I adore that picture! Such beautiful, clean lines & colours - it speaks to my design-obsessed soul. ;)

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    1. Awh thanks! I do rather like the photo too! And same here! I can't function without lists! I find it therepeutic to write them! I agree though, I do take my iPod with me, but if I don't have my camera then THE WORLD WILL END.

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  3. My camera is only new buuuuut... I fell like NOW it would be one of my Top four things. *nods* Also books. Lots of books. But possibly my kindle, because wrecking my books while I'm away is a huge fear of mine. My iPod/kindle are kind of the same and double as notebook/pens too (heaven help me if I run out of battery). PLUS TISSUES. I don't know why, but I can't be without tissues. I think this comes from a childhood of allergies. xD And also a jumper/jacket. I don't even care if I'm going somewhere where it's freakishly hot. I need to have a jacket.

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    1. WHATTTT, YOU HAVE A NEW CAMERA, TELL ME ABOUT IT. WHAT IS IT. CAN I STROKE IT?
      Hmmmmmm, I don't have a kindle but YES TO BOOKS. Ahahah I'm the same with the jumper/jacket thing, I'm used to being constantly hot anyway xD. Tissue is good, I also forgot to add in vaseline, I can't live without that.

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  4. I fear taking books abroad because of wear and tear. >.< And also, I don't have much time to read. And I feel like I should get shades at some point, but I don't really need them. XD But a camera is definitely a must.

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    1. YES TO THE CAMERA. Always. But. UM, what do you DO if you go abroad when you are travelling? HOW CAN YOU NOT TAKE AT LEAST ONE BOOK?

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  5. Hi Hawwa, love the new design and your blog! Your Instagram feed is lovely as well! Those things are definitely the same things I would pack for a holiday too, a camera is certainly a must-have to cherish all the experiences and memories made during the holiday. And a good book would be great to pass time in airports or while relaxing and enjoying the scenery. I can't live without pens either, doodles are so much fun to draw when it gets boring. Love your art and shop, simply wonderful! :)

    Dian
    The Happy Candle

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    1. Awh thank you!! Yup, if I don't have a camera I would NOT be happy, and again, without a book I'd be constantly bored while travelling - same with the pens and notebook!

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  6. Resounding yes to the camera. I've carried a camera with me wherever I went since I was 15 and feel like you on the rare occasion that I don't have one with me (iPhone counts as camera, of course). When I travel I make sure to have my DSLR with me because who knows if I'll ever return there?

    And oh how I resent travel sickness. It used to be so bad, I d couldn't read on any moving vehicle. Thankfully trains and subways are okay now. Airplanes for a while. But cars and buses still are a no-go. At least audiobooks are s portable as digital files now, so I can still keep occupied during long hours of being cooped up in vehicles.

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    1. AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO BEAUTIFUL IT MAKES ME SAD. :P And you have a DSLR *looks on jealously*...
      Cars are actually one of my favourite places to read (especially if I have food!), but planes are the worst for me, as my ears go extremely weird and then don't pop for a good two days after the flight and then I get headaches with it and AGH. It doesn't help that I hate planes anyway!

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  7. Love the new design, Hawwa - it's gorgeous! I've been packing a lot lately because I'm moving to England this week! What I ALWAYS need when I'm travelling (I don't travel very much, unfortunately, but hopefully I can change that) is books, generally my Kindle and then a physical book or two because I love physical books, notebooks and pens and my phone, which I use to take pictures and to listen to music. Great post! :)

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    1. THANK YOU, I love it too!!
      WHAT! Where and what and who and why and when and TELL ME THINGS!

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  8. I always take between 3-5 book when I go on holiday - wherever I go on holiday - because I never know. Sometimes I just like to sit around and spend the day taking in the beautiful view with a book, or sitting by the pool with a book, or if I can't sleep. I can't risk that I'll finish one book too soon. I need back ups.

    I don't like sunglasses, I should probably invest in a pair because, well, hayfever sucks and so do sore eyes but I just haven't found a pair that I love yet.

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    1. If I go on holiday (it's usually for a week) so I take a book per day and then one each for the car ride there and back! I ALWAYS make sure there's space! I honestly don't have any reason to wear sunglasses most of the time considering where I live, but I found them extremely helpful and comfortable when I went abroad this past week, especially as sometimes it gets so bright that you can't see anything in Morocco! I was always wary though as I did NOT want weird tan lines on my face if I wore them too much in the sun!

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  9. YES to all these things, except sunglasses - I'd be blind without my magnifying glass spectacles, it's a sad life *wipes tear* - and I'd probably add a magazine too, just in case a novel gets too exhausting. I hope you enjoyed Morocco, I look forward to reading about it!

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