Road Trip Essentials: What to take with you on your travels!

If there is anything I’ve discovered from Covid-19 is that I love road trips. It’s made me appreciate where I am a lot more and especially just how much there is to do in the UK. When people tell you to visit England, they aren’t lying. There are just so many beautiful places in the UK which are so worth the journey, but when you go on the journey you need to be prepared!

This post is based for those who don’t have some super savvy RV or camper van to go road tripping in and have to go in their Renault Cleo to do 17 hours of driving (plot twist, that’s Brad and I!). We drove the South West coast of the UK staying in multiple Airbnbs, which you can view here, and driving along in Brad Renault Cleo. The OLD Renault Cleo too, and it was great!

When you’re travelling with a person like me who had a bladder the size of a pea and also struggles to sleep, did I mention I’m also a top worrier with my anxiety hitting extortionate levels when I feel the situation is out of my control, so I like to be prepared when we are doing things like this!

I am really glad we did the trip because it felt liberating after so long being inside. Of course we took all the necessary precautions and in doing so this also added a few extra essentials to our trip! So see the list below on what I feel are the best Road Trip essentials!


Our Road Trip Essentials

Covid-19 Essentials to start with:

  • Mask(s).
  • Disinfectant.
  • Correct paperwork if you are exempt from mask wearing.

General Essentials

  • Books! Lots of good books for the journey! Or a Kindle!
  • Your phone, of course! Or not! Depends how disconnected you want to be whilst away!
  • Your purse/wallet, ID and card.
  • If you like to film your adventures like I do, a Go Pro, memory card and external hard drive.
  • Torch (ESSENTIAL this one).
  • Chargers for every electrical appliance you are taking with you.
  • A Notepad.
  • A print out of your Airbnb or hotel bookings just in case!
  • Drinks flask.
  • A cool bag for food if you take any perishables with you.

Car Essentials:

  • Phone Charger.
  • Plug Adapters.
  • Neck Pillow & An Actual Pillow.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sat Nav (Or your phone in these modern days).
  • Phone Holder.
  • Aux Cable & Aux Adapter!

Clothing Essentials:

  • Underwear (I mean you can’t forget that, unless you’re a nudist, then you do you!).
  • Shoes and extra socks for all weather. E.G Walking boots, flip flops.
  • Backpacks!
  • Swimming Costumes & Trunks
  • Towels
  • Jeans & Trousers
  • ‘Going Out’ Wear, Anything from dresses to skirts, blouses to shirts, whatever you feel comfortable in!
  • Summer Dresses are always a must (weather permitting).
  • A Coast, Cardigan, Hoodie, all of the above. I always tend to bring an extra coat with me just in case the car breaks down and you’re stuck on the side of the road, got to keep warm!
  • A smaller bag instead of your backpacks! If you head out for some food you need a nice handbag or clutch bag to take with you.

Comfy Essentials:

  • Blanket, a KEY essential especially if your road trip involves any form of camping. Maybe even a duvet.
  • Slipper socks & Slippers.
  • Winter Coat (as above) to keep you nice and warm!
  • Fluffy PJ’s are always a vibe.

Product Essentials:

  • Deodorant.
  • Moisturiser.
  • For the ladies: Tampons, Pads etc.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hairbrush.
  • Make up.
  • Compact Mirror.
  • Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Shampoo (a must).

I also headed to twitter to ask my fellow bloggers if they were going on a road trip (in a Pre Covid-19 world) and they could bring 1 Essential item, what would it be?

Here are some of the responses below!

Birchbox – March Products

So this March the Birchbox theme was international Woman’s day!

Empowering and lifting up your fellow ladies is what makes the world go around, Share all the love and support in hard times like these, I hope you are all keeping safe!

So, to celebrate International woman’s day here is what I received in my March Birchbox!

Forgive Me Suzie Liquid Eyeshadow – I’ve never owned a liquid eyeshadow but this product looks really easy and useful especially when doing eyeshadow can be incredibly time consuming! Its a beautiful smokey colour as well, I am excited to try this one! Especially as it doesn’t budge or smudge! RRP £8.00.

The Beauty Crop Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner – WE ALL KNOW I LOVE A GOOD EYELINER, So to have another when I have already nearly used up BOTH of the ones I received before, it’ll be good to use this one, liquid eyeliner is the way forward. RRP £14.00.

Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum – Not something I would use as it combats anti-aging and I feel at 23 I’m doing okay! but the product itself looks really good, it brightens skin and leaves it supple and smooth! RRP £32.00.

Daily Concepts Dual Texture Body Scrubber – I use this every damn day since I got it. It has a handle so its really good to scrub all that body lotion in. It comes with a soft side and it also comes with an exfoliation side! Plus it is environmentally friendly and has a label on the side, so when the writing on the label fades, you know its time to throw it away! Mega impressed as I needed to buy a loofa and now I don’t!

Luseta Beauty Coconut Hair Mask – This smells phenomenal, it also really makes a nice difference on the hair! I was impressed with the fact that you leave it on for 10 minutes on damp hair and then wash it out with shampoo and you can smell the coconut is delicious, made me feel good in myself as for me washing my hair is a real pamper session.

So that is what I received in my March Birchbox!

This will be my LAST Birchbox blog post as to help save for the future I am Unsubscribing from the company! Luckily I have plenty of wonderful products to make good use of! Thank you very much for reading!

Birchbox – February Products

HAPPY VALENTINES!

Naturally the theme for the Birchbox this month was love and valentines themed!

How did you spend your valentines this year?

Me? In a club with my man and my favourite people! This was the day after Valentines, Actual valentines day was spent with my family and my man with a nice dinner around the table!

So what did I receive in my Valentines Birchbox?

A lovely Velvet Birchbox make up bag was also included in this months box!

Beautaniq Beauty Bloom Blush – Another beautiful blush to add to the collection, looks really pigmented and also came full size too! A velvety, lightweight powder. Will definitely be trying this out on my night out Friday! RRP: £9.50.

Lord & Berry Lip Crayon – Another full size item! This lip pencil also matches a lot of my MAC lipstick colours which means this is perfect for my make up routine! RRP: £14.00

Vitamasques Lip Mask – Basically lip fillers but without the actual fillers. Infused with Hyaluronic acid, collagen boosters and mulberry extract! And only takes 15 minutes to take action, definitely going to give this a go and let my man decide if its any good, haha! RRP: 4.99.

Anatomicals Rose Hand Cream – I love a good hand cream as I have incredibly dry skin, it smells like a dream and I am definitely going to put this in my handbag! Especially with that blend of Shea Butter and Rose, hydrating my skin left right and centre! RRP: £2.49

Amika Jelly Shampoo – I LOVE new hair products, I am excited to try this product as it completely resets and replenishes your hair and can be used on all hair types! You use this just like normal shampoo and it contains charcoal, pink clay, and sea salt to purify! I would have beach curls without the beach! RRP: 20.00

Spacemask Rose Masks – I don’t usually wear space masks to sleep as I am usually pretty good at sleeping as I am always tired (what’s new) But I am definitely going to take this with me on my travels! RRP: £5.50.

So that is what I have received this months Birchbox! All very pretty in pink and perfect products! Let me know what you got in your box!

Birchbox – January Products

This Months Goodies!

This months Birchbox was incredibly pretty. Pink, white and silver lined marble, it was one to admire for sure! Plus this month Birchbox teamed up with Rochelle Humes!

Naming the box ‘Just the way you are’.This box is all about more self care, more self love, you are great just the way you are. How you can learn to “embrace what makes you, you”. Really warm words which a lot of people need to hear!

1.The Beauty Crop Glow Milk

This one came in an actual small milk carton! It is actually so cute and cool, I am very excited to use this product as I have never used anything like it. It even has coconut and organ oil in, really good for the skin. Hydrating too! – RRP £15.00

2. Greenfrog Botanic Argan Oil Body Lotion

A recyclable bottle, more Argan oil and 48 hour moisturising power! I have the driest skin so I am excited to use something other than my E45! 85% Natural ingredients and smells really fresh – RRP £9.95

3. Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator

This one will be really great for my face in the mornings! A full sub that smells like papaya and has micro-crystals and aloe! I love aloe and find it so refreshing so it will be nice. I can’t wait to use this after taking my make up off as well. My face will feel so fresh! – RRP £26.00

4. Melusine Jade Roller

I am incredibly unsure about this one. I have never used anything like this before and I am unsure if i will use it. It is for contact use on your face to get rid of lines and keep your skin soft, refreshed and fast track flawless skin! “Perfect for easing stress at the end of a long day”. – RRP £15.50

5. Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner

Birchbox has made me love Philip Kingsley products. Tangle free is what I DREAM of, especially with the length of my hair. I don’t know what it is like to not have knots. Apparently this will also make your hair shiny and keep its bounce, I Love my waves. “Say hello to good hair days!” – RRP £19.50.

So that is what I received this month, Was really happy with this box as I will use all of the products as soon as possible! It’s not something I have to wait to use, It is so nice enjoying my self care routines more and Birchbox has really, really helped me to do that!

I have a small box in my bathroom absolutely filled with my products waiting to be tried and tested, makes everything that little more exciting!

Until next month! J x

Birchbox – December Products!

Happy New year you wonderful people!

It’s been one hell of a year 2019, and 2020 is about to get 10x better!

This year is going to be full of positivity and travelling! Also, More blogging! Going to really try and get a hold of posting at least 2 blog posts a week whilst working a little harder on my content, I am also going self hosted with WordPress now I can finally afford it!

Lots of Sri Lanka, Cambridge and London posts to come, as well as 4 new Travel Rolls to my YouTube channel! Lots and lots in store!

So lets see what we got in this December BirchBAG I should say!

For starters it wasn’t a box, it was a gorgeous make up bag! Velvet with a gold star on the front, I have already moved all of my make up into the bag! I definitely needed a new one so I am so happy with this one, saved me buying one!

We also got a free bag of Candy Kittens! SO tasty!

1.Forgive Me Sizzle Eyeshadow Palette

This Birchbox I was going to receive 1 of 2 different eyeshadow palettes! The colours were perfect for the festive season and such a nice variety considering it was only 5 colours, they are really well pigmented when on as well! – RRP £9.00

2. Birchbox Eyeshadow Brush

We received a small eyeshadow brush with the palette, super helpful although I have so many brushes I may drown in them. – RRP £4.00

3. Daily Concepts Mother of Pearl Soap Sponge

MAN THIS SOAP SMELLS SO GOOD. I am yet to use this yet as I have a few lovely products to try in the shower but this sponge is to exfoliate and refresh your skin, it can be used up to 60 times before you need to get a new one! – RRP £6.PP

4. Percy & Reed Session Hold Spray

We love a good hairspray! Although I don’t often use hairspray as I have way too much hair and would use this entire canister on one hairdo. On the slick back hair do’s it works wonderfully! -RRP £12.50

5. Rituals Shower Oil

Another product that makes my skin feel amazingly smooth and replenished! “To Turn Every Day Routines into More Meaningful Rituals!” – RRP £8.50.

6. Vitamasques Diamond Eye Pads

A blend of Diamond Powder and Caffeine to depuff your eyes! Another eye mask for the ages, although again I can’t use this product on my face, so I am sure it works wonderfully, I just won’t find out (sad face) – RRP £4.50.

So this is the contents of my December Birchbag! By far some of the best products I have had delivered so far! Can’t wait to see what January holds!

Till next time!

Birchbox – October Products!

My October Birchbox goodies!

This one was a deep purple box making me feel really spooky and autumnal, the products inside were also so great and appropriate for the cold weather!

This boxes quote was Reach of the Stars! It also had purple paper bedding for all the products which I didn’t mention in my last blog post, I love this as an extra touch! I actually keep the paper colored bedding for my scrapbook as it is so pretty and it’s good to reuse!

So here are the October products!

1.GLOV Reusable Makeup remover pad

I really liked this one because it was soft and it is also reusable! My stepmum is all about things that are reusable to make less waste in the house so she was also chuffed with this one!

2. In Transit Camera Close-up mask, moisturiser and primer in one!

I am yet to use this one yet as it apparently makes your face feel really fresh before you apply your make-up! I will definitely be giving this a go for my pre-work make up routine.

3. Philip Kingsley Flakey/Itchy Shampoo

Not a product I will use as this is (luckily) not something I need to try!

4. FierceFLICKS Eyeliner

I LOVE EYELINER. I said thi in my last post and I WILL SAY IT IN THIS POST AND TO MY GRAVE. I love it, use it nearly every day at work, and generally so to receive another Eyeliner was a dream come true especially as I prefer the pens to the liquid as my hand isn’t all that steady so this has been a dream to use as it stays on also!

5. Morning Goggle Eye Mask

I’m going to give this one to my sister to try as I am usually allergic to a lot of masks, all the ones I’ve tried so far unfortunately. I’m looking forward to seeing how she finds it!

So that wraps up my October Birchbox Goodies!

I am SO READY for next months goodies, I even have the cutest little basket with a base layer of the paper decor they put in all the boxes and all the products I’ve received so far on my dresser! So many things to try and use, see you next month for November’s box!

OOOOooh I am feeling Autumnal but spooky already!

J x

Birchbox -September (& May, Surprise!) Products.

Best believe it has taken me whole month to get this far.

I ordered my September Birchbox at the start of month and was super excited until I received my October box, in October, and never received my September box! Baffled, dazed, confused and after endless complaining to Birchbox and slamming them on twitter later cause I’m a frustrated gyal after 3 emails, they pulled through.

YA GIRL GOT 2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1 TO SAY SORRY, so for this I will be going through BOTH boxes for y’all. Naturally I either wanted the month refunded or something nice but to receive 2 boxes was pretty badass so I was uber happy.

So I received a September Box and a May box!

So many goodies to go through and show you all, I can’t wait to use them!

The reason I decided now I am working full time to get Birchboxes was because when I was at Uni I really felt like I lost complete and utter care of my own self care and beauty regimes, I am really excited to get back into looking after myself a whole lot more.

September 2019 Box!

For starters I love the motivational quotes that are on the top of all the products when you slide the boxes open. September’s Quote was short and sweet!

I definitely tear the front of the product booklets off for them to go on my wall. I have already rippe Octobers in Half so that will be a fun blog post to (try to) write! SO the products in September’s box were all about nurturing your skin a little more!

1. Benefit Cosmetics, Posietint!

You can put this tint on your lips and cheeks! To receive a benefit product as well in these boxes is awesome considering their value! Now I’m not usually one to use tint so I am unsure of how this will look but hey, next time I’m out I am definitely ready to give this a go! – RRP £15.50.

2. Generation Clay Brightening Face Mask

‘Favourite Face Mask’ of the Birchbox Beauty Awards 2019! – RRP 28.50.

3. Marcelle Micellar Water

I used this yesterday to take of my make up and the Aloe in this product is so FRESH. The best part is this being Rinse-free, I am really specific and simple when it comes to make-up and routines. “Strip things back to basics and forget our lengthy skincare routine” and they are not lying with this, mega impressed! only downside was I got some in my eye and it really hurt but thats my own stupidity because who opens their eyes while taking of mascara huh? Me. – RRP £18.00

4. Number 4 Comb,Prep and Protect

I used this one on Monday and man my hair smelt fresh and soft and it even brought my waves back. I found since starting work they disappeared along with my hair care routine so i felt really good the next day seeing the difference which is rare! – RRP £26.25

5. Baija Body Cream

MAN THIS SMELLS SO DAMN GOOD and even feels amazing on my skin! – RRP £15.90

May 2019 Box!

Huge thank you once again to Birchbox for sending this box to me, I received my September Birchbox and this May Birchbox! (After my October one). This box had an lovely quote inside which made me excited to travel;

1. Lord & Berry Eye Pencil

I SWEAR by eyeliner, so to get this eye pencil was amazing as I can never have enough, I get through at least 1 a month. – RRP £13.00.

2. Lottie London Blush Crush

This one was Full Size! Which is awesome for my make up bag and always appreciated. This one pigmented really well on my skin, I did try this for dinner last night and it was really lovely. – RRP £4.95.

3. Beautaniq Nourishing Mascara

Again like the eyeliner, I use mascara religiously. This is also pocket size so I brought it to work with me and now it lives happily in my handbag! – RRP £12.00

4. Mimitika SPF 50 Suncream

As cute as this one Is I live in England, I’ll keep this one for my holidays and travelling! I am excited to use this as I cant use a lot of sun creams due to my skin being so sensitive but this one is “free from harmful ingredients!” – RRP £17.50

5. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

A pre-pre shower ritual to go by, I am so excited to get into these new hair products for before and after to make my hair healthier. – RRP £9.50.


So that is my May & September boxes all wound up!

I am very excited to try all these new things, Uni really made me lose sight of my self care routines so Im really excited to start feeling that little more human and pampered again.

Tune in for October’s Birchbox This weekend!

J x